Most dark lipsticks I find are either plum, aubergine, or wine. For the longest time, I wanted a dark red — an on-the-verge-of-drying-out-blood red.
MAC Sin is that type of red lipstick. A less gory description would be: blackened MAC Ruby Woo.
MAC describes this as a deep dark blue red. I used to have a lipstick in this color — Fixed on Drama, but it’s a limited edition and is described by MAC as a rich wine matte.
Which one is the deep dark blue red and which is the rich wine matte?
In pictures, maybe Sin looks a taaad bluer, but on the lips (and in real life), they’re the same. At least now, I don’t feel as disappointed anymore when MAC decided not to make Fixed on Drama a permanent.
MAC Sin is supposed to be matte. And it is matte. But MAC has a retro matte formula which is a pigment-added-with-the-littlest-amount-of-wax type of matte. I’m happy with that, though, because the latter is my favorite MAC lipstick formula. But if you’re expecting a creamier matte typical of the non “retro” version, you’ll be disappointed. They should’ve classified Sin among the retros.
As with the other lipsticks in the retro matte line, Sin drags along the lips, deposits a solid even color, and has above average longevity (i.e., no fading between meals and stays on unless you eat lard).
When applied with pressure, it’ll look almost black on medium olive yellow skin. I usually just apply it on the center of my lips to a few millimeters away from my lip line, then spread it out with a lip brush. It’ll look like this:
I use Sin (and dark reds) particularly when I’m feeling overwhelmed at work — and one of my workmates noticed, Hi G!
Sin gives me an illusion of control, haha (am I the only one left using haha instead of lol?). If I can put on Sin perfectly and keep it from feathering the whole day, I can do EVERYTHING.
Here’s Sin among most of my dark lipsticks:
See? It’s my darkest red, it has no plumminess at all. <3
For now, my dark red lipstick need is temporarily satisfied. And until such time that Melt Cosmetics decides to restock 6six6, I’m happy to “settle”.