We were introduced to the collaborative “Love & Water” collection between MAC and the famous Chinese photographer Chen Men a little while back. The playful feel that arises is definitely one that I wanted to check out and so I was super excited to receive the Lipglass in Budding Love to try out the “Love” side of things.
Packaging: Instead of arriving in the boring ol’ black MAC packaging, the items in this collection get the added bonus of an additional, decorated cover. So pretty that you almost want to sit it on a shelf to display. With the Chinese character for love depicted on the outer sleeve, a bit of fun trivia is that the calligraphy was hand-painted by Chen Man herself.
Color: When I first heard Budding Love, I imagined that it would be a pretty girlish color that would bring out one’s inner…flirt? I wasn’t too far off the mark with the pale lavender shade that came out. It’s definitely not that quiet of a color, more so of a bold pastel with how opaque it is - a pretty intriguing color that ends up being one you can’t really look away from.
Application: Arriving in the standard tube and brush format for MAC’s Lipglass, it’s pretty straightforward with the application. I would note that you just have to be careful about how much is on your brush so that your lips don’t get an overwhelming amount of gloss on them. But other than that, the formula is really easy to swipe on and feels pretty okay on the lips. I mean, you definitely know it’s there, but it isn’t too overly sticky to become bothersome.
Wearing it without anything else on my lips, I was surprisingly pleased at how well the color showed up. It would definitely be a bit bolder I had layered it over a lipstick, but I sort of like the look of it on its own.
Overall: As one of the limited edition shades of MAC’s Lipglass in the line, you can pair them with the MAC Chenman Lipsticks that are also in the line for a complementary duo. Though sporting them solo lets you rock them a bit softer and for a more playful look. Even though I tend to prefer lighter lipglosses, I have to say that for the shade, this lipglass is really fun to wear. A bit different from the ordinary sheer shades and it’s definitely bright enough for spring.
Sadly, it’s currently sold out on the MAC website, though with a bit of sleuthing, you might be able to pick it up somewhere else or hit up your local MAC store for one in stock. At $14.50, it’s affordable for one cutesy and possibly love-filled pout.
(Disclaimer: MAC Chenmen’s Lipglass in Budding Love was provided to me for review purposes. This review is purely my opinion.)