Before I forget, for swatches and other looks featuring Cult of Cherry, click HERE and HERE.
I already made a semi-review of the Cult of Cherry products in THIS entry, but now that I've already seen the entire collection in stores and read a lot of reviews online, I can safely conclude that it is one of the most coveted MAC collections of the year. The rich, bold colors truly welcome the advent of fall, and although I don't think I can sport dark lips all that much, I can definitely try. My favorites from the collection are the Creme Cerise and Lightly Ripe lipsticks, Kirsch mattene (all these dark mattenes remind me of those late 90s dark matte lipstick craze using Revlon Colorstay in Raisin!), Cherry Blossom and Jampacked lipglasses, Plum de Bois blush, and Spiced Chocolate and Tempting quads. The jury's still out on the Shadowy Lady Quad. I'm still so on-the-fence about that, mainly because I have a lot of shadows that can easily dupe it, and I already have Deep Truth.
Lightly Ripe topped with Cherry Blossom is one of the prettiest color combinations I've seen. It's not too corpse-light nor too goth-dark, and the light sheer pink color flatters most complexions. Jampacked is a beautiful, beautiful sheer grape that can be worn by itself and it will still look gorgeous. It's not as dark on the tube as it is on the lips, so it comes off as a luscious, shiny berry-like stain when worn.
A lot of people are loving So Scarlet, and because I have not tried it yet, I still cannot form an informed opinion about it, but I am excited to use it one of these days. Plum de Bois is the perfect deep pink bronze blush, and it is very buildable - can look as sheerly pink-bronze to medium-dark bronze depending on your application. The gold pearl in it makes it all the more pretty.
The Spiced Chocolate quad is just wonderful. The colors however are too dark for my lid color, so the colors in this quad for ME are all crease, outer V or blender colors. However, they are gorgeous. My favorite is Brash, a frosty reddish copper that when applied on my lids reminds me of Firespot eyeshadow, although they are not dupes of each other at all. I already have Nanogold from the N collection, but I don't mind another one because it is such a coveted, versatile color. The Tempting quad is another favorite, mainly because of the beautiful marriage of Sharp, a frosty bright yellow gold that looks more chartreuse to me, and the rich cocoa colors like Tempting and Dark Edge. I have been trawling the net and I've seen beautiful looks using the Tempting quad. It seems like it is such a fool-proof set.
Anyways, here is a look using the Spiced Chocolate quad and the lip products from the Cult of Cherry.
Camellia Rose skin-smoothing primer V.2
Adorned With Grace Minerals oil-control powder
DreamWorld mineral foundation in Theia and Amenti (Luna formula) (50-50 mix)
DermaBlend QuickFix undereye concealer
Bare Escentuals Well Rested over Dermablend
DreamWorld Creme Topping in Angel (clay and silica formula)
Aromaleigh Pure Rouge mineral blush in Quintessential
Dayna's Glow in Violet Vesper over blush
MAC Beige-ing shadestick as primer
DreamWorld mineral shadow in Ra's Chariot foiled on lid
MAC Brash shadow on outer lid and crease
MAC Sweet Chestnut and Dark Edge shadows blended on crease/outer V
MAC Ricepaper to blend above crease and to highlight
Aromaleigh Rocks! Sonics shadow in Grass wetlined on upper lashline
Almay liquid eyeliner to line
Maybelline and L'oreal mascara base and mascaras
MAC creamola lipliner
MAC Lightly Ripe lipstick
MAC Cherry Blossom lipglass
Here's where I went with that face:
With my little boy at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA
touching the stingrays and baby sharks
looking at seals and sea lions
And here's my loot from the CCO (cosmetic company outlet) at the Cabazon Premier Outlets where we shopped on our way home: Clinique eye makeup removers, my holy grail eye primer: two Beige-ing shadesticks, and my two back-ups of my favorite MAC 3D glass - Algorithm.