Mac Whirl & Velvet Teddy: Worth The Hype?

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(Left: Velvet Teddy. Right: Whirl)

2014 in the make-up world was the year of the Kylie Jenner lip. Make-up lovers ventured on a hunt to recreate her big, pillowy nude lips, drifting between pink, to mauve, to brown. Mac counters were swarmed, and many lipsticks and liners went out of stock for months at a time.

I managed to pick up Velvet Teddy pretty quickly which has become my all-time favourite lipstick. I wear it practically everyday, it’s brown tones suit me perfectly. Despite an array on dupes being promoted over Pinterest, Instagram and blogs – non have ever compared to this. It’s matte formula promises to stay on my lips and require little touch up – not only lasting a long time but fading evenly. If you’re lips are very dry I find it can highlight it a little but this is expected with matte formulas. Absolutely love – so much that I’m on my second tube! Worth the hype.

Getting my hands on the Whirl lipstick took a whole while longer and the email to say it was back in stock was a sigh of relief. It is described as ‘dusty pink’ which I do not find to be true – it is definitely much browner and more purple. Used as a lip liner – it does exactly what it says on the tin, defining and a little over lining can cheat a set of big lips, but part of the appeal of this liner was that you could wear it on it’s own all over the lip to recreate the iconic look – but I actually find it very difficult to wear this way. I find it very drying and it makes your lips look wrinkly and just not attractive, for me at least. I have actually found better alternatives for the Kylie Jenner lip in the drugstore – such as Rimmel 1000 Kisses Lipliner in Tiramisu which is quite brown, or if you prefer something a little more true to mauve/dusty pink there is the Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Eastend Snob, which I absolutely love. Both, particularly the latter, have much less drying formulas and are a lot easy on the purse. Whirl is not worth the hype.

Have you tried any of these products? How do you feel about them? Let me know in the comments!


Rimmel Colour Rush Balm | Review & Swatches

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These balms apply so smoothly to the lip, making it impossible to cause any drag. Their glossiness can mean it’s not as long lasting as some more matte shades, and it can start to fade away where your lips get the most action – meaning in the centre, and personally it effects my bottom lip more than my top. This could lead to a kind of lip-liner look with colour only on the outside if you’re not careful, although it takes quite a few hours for this to happen. All it takes to prevent is a quick, mirror-free swipe across the centre of your lips at lunch and ta-da, you’re looking perfect again. I find this isn’t too noticable on the more nude shades, which seem to fade away more uniformly than the red.

With 15 shades to choose from there is something for everyone, and the fuss-free, super-fast application means it’s perfect for those who prefer half an hours extra sleep as opposed to trying to fix and perfect their lipstick.

My first experience with the Rimmel Colour Rush Balm was at a family party, when I noticed my mother’s best friend wearing a beautiful, glossy red lip. After a few minutes of aweing at the shade I couldn’t resist asking what it was, and she enthusiastically filled me in, clearly welcoming the compliment to her make-up. It was The Redder The Better. I couldn’t resist picking up the balm for myself.

Rimmel Colour Burst Review and Swatches shade the redder the better

This shade is a true, true red – possibly leaning slightly more orange as opposed to containing any blue tones. It’s a definite “wow, look at me” shade – which is exactly what I look for in a red.

I decided to explore the line a little more, and picked up two other shades: Keep Mauving and Drive Me Nude.

Rimmel Colour Burst Review and Swatches shades 710 drive me nude

Drive Me Nude is a little more pink than nude on my lips (with Keep Mauving probably being a better match) but it is a perfect everyday shade which is cute, simple and adds a that little bit of colour. It is also sheerer than the other two shades, allowing your natural lip colour to shine through – very nude.

Rimmel Colour Burst Review and Swatches shades keep mauving

Keep Me Mauving is probably my favourite of the bunch I picked up. It’s definitely got that purple to it, while still maintaining a every day, nude look. It is sheerer than The Redder The Better, but has more buildability than Keep Me Nude, allowing you to get the level of coverage and intensity you desire.

What’s your favourite shade from this line?