For some reason, I have traded in the signature pink for a lighter, more natural colour for my day to day makeup and although I wasn’t sure at first, I have definitely grown to love it. At one point, there were certain colours in MAC that were so difficult to get hold of, so as soon as they were in stock I hoarded. Lip liners in Soar and Whirl, and lipsticks Velvet Teddy and Brave seemed to be out of stock for ages and even with email alerts, I kept missing them. Thankfully, I managed to get hold of them and I have been making the most of these natural brown toned dusky rose shades a la Kylie Jenner. Now, it’s no secret that Kylies lips have been adorned with a lip combo of Whirl and Velvet Teddy but as my Mum has pinched my Velvet Teddy, I’ve tried it with Brave and it makes such a pretty combination.
MAC Whirl is described as dirty rose colour and when worn alone, I find it translates into quite a dark brownish shade on me. It’s falls into that 90s brown pink shade range which seems to be ever so popular at the moment. I do love the MAC lip liners and whilst some are very soft to apply, Whirl is more on the drying side. It has a matte finish, and it doesn’t budge which makes for a good liner. Worn alone, it gives a good five hours of staying power with hardly any smudging or feathering but it is quite drying, and clings to my dry patches. Adding a satin lipstick like Brave or similar makes it a bit more wearable as the dryness isn’t as apparent.
MAC Brave is probably one of my most loved colours and I have Millie from Pearls and Poodles to thank for the recommendation. She hosted a competition on Instagram to win both Brave and Velvet Teddy and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them both. It’s a pink beige with white pearl shimmer, which translates as a pinky mauve on my lips. The satin finish, like with other satins can be quite drying so a lip scrub is essential before application. Over the top of the Whirl, Brave lasts for such a long time which again is unusual for a satin finish as I find that they tend to slide off quite quickly. Worn alone, I average a wear time of around 3-4 hours. Brave is one of those colours that doesn’t need much precision to apply. I often find myself putting it on sans mirror and it just works.
Together, MAC Whirl and Brave have become one of my most utilised lip combos and I can’t stop myself from creating this perfect pout that is perfect for daytime. As expected, Whirl is still out of stock on the MAC website but Brave is showing as available to buy. Have you got Whirl or Brave? What’s your favourite lip combo?
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