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A Tale of Two Textures: RMK Pink and MAC Pink Friday

January 26, 2011

The other day, Liz and I were playing around with some pink lipsticks, and we noticed how the difference in texture and tone affected final impact of the look. On one hand, we used RMK Irresistible Lips B in Pink (#04), which I obtained from a beauty blogging friend kind enough to ship it to me from the UK. In case you are unfamiliar RMK is a very high quality brand from Japan. This sells for approximately $40 on Ichibankao.

RMK Pink has an absolutely gorgeous, moisturizing formula.  It feels like a light, luxurious balm, and the moist look translates to the lip, imparting a gorgeous fullness and glow.  This is a very soft warm watermelon pink that is absolutely flattering on warm skin tones.  It has a touch of sheerness, that lets some of the natural lip color to show through.

For contrast, we played with MAC’s Nicki Minaj Pink Friday ($14.50), a rebellious cool, flat pink that Liz stole for her own stash.  This one sold out instantly, but is rumored to return.

I suppose it is not surprising that I preferred RMK Pink, and Liz preferred Pink Friday?  At any rate, I could not get over how the different textures and formula really were.

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  • Nazia @ Mascara Magic January 27, 2011 at 10:54 am

    I’m so pleased to see you do a post on RMK – it’s one of my favourite brands and I’ve actually just done a post on 3 of the lipsticks myself!

  • baby in a corner January 27, 2011 at 11:06 am

    I love pink friday on Liz! My lips are more pigmented and I find it hard to get these lighter opaque pinks to cover them without looking cakey

  • AcademicGirl January 31, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Are there any domestic dupes for the RMK pink? I LOVE the way it looks on Liz but would rather go w with something domestic so that I can either try it on or return it if it doesn’t work.

    • Amy January 31, 2011 at 8:02 pm

      Not that I know of, but you could look at YSL Stellar Pink. The formula feels like the Guerlain Rouge G though–it’s very moisturizing.

  • Ann January 31, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    How sheer is the RMK Pink lipstick? I love it on Liz but my lips are a bit more pigmented. I wonder how it’d look on me.

    • Amy January 31, 2011 at 8:01 pm

      It’s probably about 70% sheerness–your natural color will show through