The MAC Fantasy of Flowers collection is MAC’s spring 2014 product line that was released in the Philippines last March, specifically on the day of the workshop with Ms. RB Chanco at SM Mall of Asia. The collection also included blushes and eyeshadow pots (some of which were featured on the previously linked post), but they didn’t interest me so I got just two of the lipsticks and one lip gloss, all of which I will be doing a review on below.
First off is the MAC Dreaming Dahlia lipstick, which was initially the only lipstick I was interested in purchasing. It’s described as a sheer red-coral, as it looks like in the tube, but on my lips it appears more like a pinkish type of coral with a hint of orange (depending on the lighting) and the slightest bit of shimmer—a type of color both cool and warm-toned complexions could pull off easily. It’s sort of like a more saturated version of MAC Lip Blossum.
MAC DREAMING DAHLIA RATING SUMMARY Packaging: 5.0/5.0 Pigmentation: 4.0/5.0 Application: 4.0/5.0 Wear: 4.0/5.0 Longevity: 3.0/5.0 TOTAL: 4.0/5.0
The packaging is the standard MAC black and silver lipstick tube. The pigmentation is good for a lustre shade. It’s easily buildable, with a good color payoff. The application was almost a breeze but it could have been better. I had to swipe the lipstick tube back and forth multiple times to ensure full coverage (it had a tendency to roll off the lips), but that’s forgivable since MAC Dreaming Dahlia is a lustre formula.
The wear was also decent—it was not drying to the lips and the product did not settle into lip lines in such a way that it would look and feel inconvenient, but similar to when it was just being applied, the product had a tendency to roll off on the lips. I found that a bit of a problem since I have excessively oily skin, but I knew it was not just my skin’s fault because the next shade I will be reviewing, which is MAC Heavenly Hybrid, did not cause the same issues.
The longevity factor was the least impressive of them all, because MAC Dreaming Dahlia lasted a mere 2-3 hours on my lips. Although the product appeared to be pigmented really well upon application, it faded off on my lips easily, even without eating or drinking in between.
Check out MAC Dreaming Dahlia on my lips below!
The MAC Heavenly Hybrid is one of the lipsticks used on the makeup model on the day of the MAC Technique Workshop at SM Mall of Asia. I didn’t really plan to get it because I already had way too many berry-toned lipsticks, but I’m so glad I did—it’s described as a “mid-tone berry,” and unlike most of the similar shades I have, this one had a lightweight, lustre formula that gave my lips a youthful looking appearance. It reminded me of a shinier-faded-on-the-lips version of MAC Rebel.
MAC HEAVENLY HYBRID RATING SUMMARY Packaging: 5.0/5.0 Pigmentation: 5.0/5.0 Application: 5.0/5.0 Wear: 5.0/5.0 Longevity: 4.0/5.0 TOTAL: 4.8/5.0
MAC Heavenly Hybrid had the same packaging as MAC Dreaming Dahlia. It beat the former on all the other aspects, though, because its pigmentation, application, wear, and longevity were so much better. First, the pigmentation was really good that application was a breeze—it didn’t take multiple swipes to achieve a really good color payoff, and it was also buildable. Second, even though it doesn’t claim to be moisturizing on the lips, the wear factor was excellent, because in addition to barely settling into lip lines, it gave my lips a hydrated feel without seeming too heavy on the skin. Lastly, the longevity factor could use improvement since it lasted around just 4 hours on my lips, but given that it’s a lustre finish it’s actually impressive at that rate. It leaves a pretty berry tint when it’s faded, too!
Check out MAC Heavenly Hybrid on my lips below!
The last product I bought from the MAC Fantasy of Flowers collection was the MAC Flare for Fantasy cremesheen glass, because my lip gloss collection was insanely unimpressive compared to my lipstick and lip pencil collection, and because the color really appealed to me. It’s described as a “mid-tone pink beige,” but it appeared more pink on my lips than beige. It’s also near-transparent on the lips and jam-packed with tons of sparkle—something I don’t usually like, but happened to find attractive with this particular shade. Like most lip glosses, its appearance is highly dependent on how your lip color looks like (if worn on its own). It did remind me of MAC Soft Spoken from the MAC Stroke of Midnight Lip and Cheek Bag in Pink, however, except this one was more intense in color (MAC Soft Spoken was near-transparent, but it had the same amount of glitter and would probably appear the same as MAC Flare for Fantasy when applied on a separate lip color).
MAC FLARE FOR FANTASY CREMESHEEN GLASS RATING SUMMARY Packaging: 4.5/5.0 Pigmentation: 4.0/5.0 Application: 4.0/5.0 Wear: 3.5/5.0 Longevity: 2.5/5.0 TOTAL: 3.7/5.0
MAC Flare for Fantasy‘s packaging is the clear lip gloss tube and black lip gloss wand standard to MAC lip glosses. I don’t know about others, but I prefer lip gloss wands with brushes instead of sponges because sponges tend to absorb more product than you wish to apply, plus they stain if you apply the lip gloss over a different colored lip.
The pigmentation was good enough—there was a lot of glitter, and unlike a lot of other lip gloss shades, the color payoff appeared evenly distributed on my lips. The application was also okay; it’s just that the lip gloss wand’s sponge gets an awkward amount of product—one dip and swipe would be insufficient, but a double dip would be too much.
The wear was a bit inconvenient because the lip gloss felt sticky and too rich on the lips… sort of like petroleum jelly, but lighter in consistency. It lasted around 1-2 hours on my lips, so the longevity was pretty short.
Check out MAC Flare for Fantasy on my lips below!
That’s it for my MAC Fantasy of Flowers collection review! I wish I got the MAC Fluidline in Phlox and Sassy Moss, but it’s too late for that now, I think. Bummer. I hope MAC releases something similar again in the future! 😦
Anyway, I hope you found this post useful! Sound off on the comments box below if you wish you got a particular item from this collection but wasn’t able to, as well! Let’s sulk together. 😆