MAC Pure Zen Lipstick

6/18/2014



I have no idea how to start this one without experiencing the wrath of beauty gods...Well, this would be my first MAC lipstick and, in general, my first encounter with MAC cosmetics. Inexcusable, I know but - now I will redeem myself. I don't have to tell you anything about this cult brand. After skyrocketing in the 90's when it was the 'it' brand, I think, now it's something like a staple make-up for all the American gals and beyond. I wasn't ever that much into MAC for some reason. Well, not as in YSL make-up, for example. After a few gals literally took me by me sleeve and told me 'look Selma, you need to get some MAC in your life" - I felt compelled to do just that. After researching a bit, I've concluded that their blushes and especially lipsticks seem most interesting to me. After lots, and I do means lots of thinking, browsing the net, beauty blogs and countless swatches I've settled with two MAC lipstick out of which this is my favorite. MAC Pure Zen Lipstick is a part of the MAC Cremesheen + Pearl collection that hit online stores in 2012. I believe. Eight Cremesheen lipsticks among many products featured in that collection and my baby girl - the most beautiful nude lipstick was born!

Ne znam ni sama kako zapoceti ovaj post a da izbjegnem gnjev beauty bogova...Pa, rijec je o tome da je ovo moj prvi MAC ruz za usne i, uopsteno, prvi MAC proizvod koji sam ikada isprobala. Znam, apsolutno se slazem - neoprostivo! Pokusati cu da se iskupim u buducnosti a vjerujem da vam nema potrebe pisati ni rijec vise o ovom kultnom brendu. Nakon nevjerovatne popularnosti tokom 90-tih godina kada je MAC bio 'it' brend, postao je nesto neodvojivo od americke make-up kulture - ali i sire. Moram priznati da me MAC nije privlacio kao neki drugi brendovi - zasto, ne znam vam reci. Jednostavno mi nije bio privlacan kao npr.YSL. Nakon sto me par zena doslovno povuklo za rukav i nakon sto su mi rekle 'Selma, ima da uvedes malo MACa u svoj zivot pa makar!' - tek onda sam odlucila da cu napokon da isprobam njihove stvarcice. Sta sve prijateljice rade jedne za druge, zar ne? Nakon sto sam malo istrazivala, zakljucila sam da su mi najprivlacnija njihova rumenila a posebno ruzevi za usne. Nakon mnogo, i mislim stvarno mnogo pregledanih stranica, blogova i beskonacnih swatcheva odlucila sam se za dva MAC ruza za usne a izmedju njih je ovo moj favorit. MAC Pure Zen ruz za usne je dio MAC Cremesheen + Pearl kolekcije koja se prvi put pojavila online u 2012. godini (ako ne grijesim). Osam ruzeva za usne sa Cremesheen finisom koji su, medju ostalim stvarcicama, sacinjavali ovu kolekciju i moja bebica, moj ljubimac - najljepsi nude ruz za usne je rodjen!


During most days I'll wear a nude lip which is the most convenient for me but not the easiest to pull off as my lips are quite pigmented. Rarely has a nude lipstick provided a decent opacity (w/o making me look corpse-like), kept my extra crispy and chapped lips well conditioned and managed to stay put more than half an hour without bleeding or seeping into fine lines. Quite a sexy picture I've painted right there, haven't I? Well, that's maybe how you'll be able to understand why I always shied away from lipsticks which never seemed to cater to my needs. Lip balms remained my BFFs but this lipstick is - I swear - the best lipstick that has ever landed on my lips! No joke, it's so bloody perfect it's beyond words. It's a rosey beige nude shade (definitely leans towards pink) - with allegedly a frosted finish (gasp!). As you can tell, there are some teensy shimmer particles in it but they don't translate on my lips at all (thank goodness - I don't like frosted finish anything). The texture is so heavenly creamy but you immediately know that the wear is average. It can hold on up to 3h on my lips but during those three hours, my lips look peachy sweet. The color fades evenly. I'm beyond happy with my purchase and this is the baby, the true reason why I'll purchase more MAC make-up. This lipstick is fantastic as it does it all - it looks really lovely (I expect  you to back me up on this one), it has a medium opacity and I mean a true medium opacity, it's creamy and hydrating, it lasting power is decent - what else to wish for? Perfect to team up with a smokey eye or to wear by itself as I do for a natural, everyday look. The packaging is classic MAC (sturdy, black, bullet-like and well made) and it smells of vanilla (not too sweet though). I'm looking forward to my next MAC purchase, can't you tell? :)

Vecinu vremena su mi usne nasminkane u nude tonovima odnosno u boji mesa ili koze, kako se kod nas kaze. Iako mi je to najdrazi look za usne, nije mi ga lako iznijeti iz razloga sto su mi usne prilicno pigmentirane. Rijetko je koji nude ruz za usne imao pristojnu pigmentaciju (a da mi nije u potpunosti 'isprao' boju sa lica) - da ne govorimo o tome sto je rijetko koji njegovao moje ekstremno suhe i perutave usne, ostao na njima vise od pola sata bez razmazivanja i sakupljanja u boricama. Seksi, eh? Ali jedino na taj nacin vam mogu pokusati docarati zasto sam do sada izbjegavala ruzeve - naprosto nisam uspjela naici na one koji bi odgovarali mojim potrebama. Balzami za usne u ostali moji najbolji prijatelji, ali ovaj ruz - casna pionirska, ruku na srce - je nesto najljepse cime sam ikada namazala ove usne! Ne salim se, za mene je ovo savrsenstvo i borim se sama sa sobom da vas ne zatrpam sekvencom predivnih epiteta. Pure Zen je ruzicasto nude/bez nijanse, savrsene 'boje mesa' (definitivno izrazenog ruzicastog podtona) sa navodno 'frost' finisom (sok i nevjerica!). Kao sto cete i same primjetiti, ovaj ruz jeste prozet sicusnim svjetlucavim cesticama no uopste se ne primjecuju na usnama. Srecom jer ne podnosim 'frost' efekat u kozmetici. Tekstura je bozanstveno kremasta no to automatski znaci da je trajnost prosjecna. Na mojim usnama se Pure Zen zadrzava do 3h ali tokom ta tri sata moje usne (biti cu apsolutno subjektivna), izgledaju prekrasno i njegovano. Tokom sva ta tri sata nosim divnu boju na usnama i ravnomjerno se povlaci sa njih. Ja sam vise nego zadovoljna kupovinom i srcano preporucujem krasnu M. sa Facebook stranice Svijet Kozmetike. Zasigurno cu nabaviti jos MAC sminkice kod nje a razlog je upravo Pure Zen ruz (cca 30KM, ovisno od nijanse). Krasan je, srednje ali istinske srednje prekrivnosti, kremast je i hidratantan te je pristojne trajnosti za ruz kremaste teksture - sta jos da pozelim? Idealno upotpunjuje smokey eye ali je jednako lijep i u sklopu njeznog make-upa za svaki dan, sto ja preferiram i nosim na fotografijama. Pakovanje je klasicno za MAC (cvrsto, crne boje, u obliku metka) i mirise na vaniliju (ne pretjerano). Jako se radujem svojoj narednoj kupovini, zar se ne primjeti? :)

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