As you’ve probably heard, MAC Huggables are back for Summer 2015. With the first round, I did some major purchasing because I loved the formulas and colors (my original post on these is here). I continue to use the colors from that former batch, as I loved the color selection and moisturizing feel. I was beyond excited to see these return for a summer round. These are currently available at Nordstrom, Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Selfridges UK and other MAC sources.
Although I made two trips to my local MAC counter to see this newest release, in truth I find this summer’s version less enthralling in terms of the color choices. I started with a purchase of three–red Flaming Lips, peach Soft Talkin’, and neutral pink I’m In. Although the formula, texture, and overall moisturizing properties of the formula hasn’t changed and is equally wonderful, I found that there is only one color from this batch that I truly love–that is, the light pink I’m In. For some reason (I’ll speculate on this in a bit), this year’s color choices were a little “off” for me–even the sheer red Flaming Lips seemed to clash with my natural mauve lip tone. I think that the reason is that the colors from this summer’s release are very one-note. Sometimes a complex color that is a mix of warm and cools can work on many different skin tones and colors. These colors seem a bit simpler in tone–they will either work for you perfectly and harmoniously, or they won’t.
I’m In, on the left, seems to be the perfect natural grab-and-go color for me. I purchased three of I’m In to wear throughout the year. Although the other colors are wearable, and I’ll get plenty of use out of them, they just aren’t as flattering as I’d like.
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Chantecaille’s Lip Chics ($35) have long been on my radar as a must-try. This time around, I picked up Chantecaille Amour (a pretty, wearable soft pink) and Isis (a complex mauve-brown with subtle shimmer). These soft, moisturizing sheers offer a gorgeous colors that are easily wearable everyday. They offer a soft, amped glow that is very flattering. They are also wonderful at moisturizing imperfections in the lips, to give a youthful appearance.
Chantecaille Amour is a universally flattering medium rose. I find the wear time on this pretty good for a sheer–just under a medium time frame. They feel wonderful.
Chantecaille Amour on Liz:
Chantecaille Isis might be an unusual choice, but I love mauve nudes. I had read that this color was similar to MAC’s Huggable in Rich Marron, which is a color that I backed up and use several days a week.
In my opinion, the sheerness and glow of Isis, together with the dash of red, keep the color from being too 1990’s. It looks quite polished with a nude-themed makeup look.
Chantecaille Isis on Liz:
Here are comparison swatches with some other pretty sheer, neutrals. On the left is Chanel Rouge Allure Troublant. I’ve also compared MAC Rich Marron Huggable with Isis. As you can see, Isis is more complex. However, they are quite close in color. Overall, Chantecaille feels even more cushiony, moisturizing, and lasts a bit longer. I’ve also swatched Chanel Rouge Coco in Avant Garde.
My small experiment into the Chantecaille Lip Chic line is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. I find these “swipe and go” lipsticks very flattering in both their color and formula.
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