Rihanna is hott. We all know this. She dominates important territory: music, beauty, and fashion. In her latest video for “Pour It Up,” she is drenched in Chanel and sporting magenta eyebrows. I’ll blog about that later.
RiRi Hearts MAC Fall line was exceeding successful, as per usual. I especially loved the rose gold package design. Many items have been sold out since Day 1 and you won’t find them back in stock, probably forever. I missed my chance to buy the RiRi ♥s MAC Lipstick in Nude before it sold out. It’s definitely the “star” of the collection and perhaps overhyped. Described as a “cool, nude tone with matte finish,” Nude has quite the grey cast and a tiny bit of a rosy quality, for a medium-dark brown lippie.
After defining this color, I set out to find the best dupe possible. The internet said that would be “Butter” Matte Lipstick by NYX. I kindly disagree, because it transferred like crazy and the texture was a bit tacky. So, I went to my local MAC stand-alone at the Domain in Austin to experiment with lip colors. MAC’s Chestnut Lip Pencil was too dark and warm for a base color. Chicory was too rosy…but, Stone. STONE. Stone Lip Pencil is the secret. It didn’t strike me as “perfect” at first, with it’s muted greyish-taupe brown color, but trust me. This is where you want to start.
(Sadly, after attempting to link you to it, it appears Stone was recently discontinued on MAC’s US site, which is odd to me since I just bought it a month ago. You can still view it on the UK site here and possibly buy at your local MAC counter. If you cannot obtain Stone, the dupe is NYX’s 1,000 Years Slim Lip Pencil.) Okay, sorry about Stone. After you have this ashy, grey/brown base color, you need something nudier and creamier on top. To get as close as possible to the color of RiRi Hearts MAC Nude, I used MAC Viva Glam II Lipstick.