MAC describes Brick-O-La as a “mid-tone berry”, on the web site but that is really very little on such an amazing lippy. AA and I were at the MAC store, swatching, removing and swatching again, to get the perfect lipstick, and we finally came down to two lipsticks which were quite similar to each other. While I selected Brick-O-La, she went for Apres Chic, and I must say, I loved the other color on her, and my color on me more than the vice versa situation. We both went back home, happy with our superior taste in makeup.
MAC has a number of lipstick finishes, and amplified is one of my favorites, possibly because it is really hydrating on my lips. The packaging is traditional MAC and this is one of the colors that can be called a very wearable office-going shades. It is sturdy, and I have carried it around in my purse where it does have this tendency to melt when exposed to higher temperatures. Thankfully Kolkata has been quite comfortable to live in recently, and so, this one went into my makeup bag.
The smell is a strong vanilla one, and I for one think that this one smells a lot more vanilla than other products. Maybe it’s the inherent creaminess of the lipstick. It glides like butter on my lips, going opaque after one swipe. As a rule, I always line my lips before applying a lipstick, and this one actually fares well after lining, because it has a tendency to bleed very slightly. It is a shade of berry, with hints of brown, plum and pink in it. On my lips, it assumes its true color, reflecting my orange-toned skin and deliberately downplaying my lip’s little imperfections. For that, I will give this color top grade for being discreetly corrective. It does not flake at all, or make my lips dry.
The color is possibly one of the most wearable shades I have found, and it is definitely one which does not demand to be noted, although it is very noticeable, and I have been asked after this lip color, and what shade it is, by a number of people. This is my second tube of it, after I finished the first one in 2011. Amplified finish generally tends to be slightly bleeding, but I don’t mind this finish, because it is really hydrating as well. I have worn this lipstick as part of my office gear, in parties, and when I go out for dinner. I love wearing this as part of my office gear, and to places where I need to be professionally perfect, because this color is warm on my skin, looks good, without being too loud, which is a great thing when you want to look the lady.
The lasting of this lipstick is another thing. Generally, hydrating lipsticks do not last long on lips, right? But, get this, Brick-O-La lasts for an average of 4-5 hours on my lips, WITH EATING AND DRINKING, and fades evenly to leave a gorgeous berry-brown tint on my lips. I generally touch up after I have eaten something, so that is not a problem for me, but if you are one of those unfortunate lipstick eaters, then this is a good color for you. It can also be worn as a stain, or matted down with powder. In all its forms, it looks amazing.
The swatches I have done for this post were all freshly applied. The creaminess is visible clearly.
- Great color suitable on virtually every skin tone
- Lasts 4-5 hours easily
- Glides on perfectly
- Very hydrating
- Does not flake or dry out my lips
- Bleeds slightly
My Rating : 5/5
Final Verdict :I do not consider MAC’s prices, especially for the lippies, a con. In fact, the quality of the product is quite sufficient for me to buy it and repurchase.
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