I love lipstick. I love Marilyn Monroe, so when the press release for this Max Factor Marilyn Monroe Colour Elixir Collection came in, it was a bit of a no-brainer. A collection of four reds, inspired by the iconic looks of Marilyn, and selected for every skin-tone, I leapt to take a look at this one!
The four shades are Marilyn Ruby Red – a blue-based red cream. Marilyn Sunset Red – an orange-based red cream. Marilyn Berry, a pink-based red, and Marilyn Cabernet, a sightly deeper true red, with just the tiniest hint of gold shimmer. Here’s how they look in the bullet:
For some reason, my camera is making Marilyn Berry look like a baby-pink there, but I assure you it’s actually a pink-red (as you’ll see in the swatch pic below). I love the shades they’ve picked out, actually, I think Sunset Red is the nearest to a lot of the reds Marilyn actually wore – she did love an orange-toned red, in pictures – but Berry and Ruby would work well for paler and cooler skin tones, respectively, where Sunset and Cabernet are good for warmer and darker skins. Me, I’ll be happy in all of them except Sunset, as I am both pale and cool, and find anything with an orange tone quite difficult to wear. It’s still lovely though.
|(L-R) Ruby, Sunset, Berry, Cabernet|
The formula is a silky and relatively opaque one, the swatches show several passes with the bullet on my skin. This pic is a much better representation of Berry too (third from the right, there). I found the formula to be averagely long-lasting – four or five hours or so, unless you’re eating and drinking – and oddly, a little bit sweet-tasting. All in all a great collection for your money, and at £10.99 per lipstick, it’ll be a little easier on the pocket, not to mention easier to get hold of than MAC’s recent Dita Von Teese lipstick, so if you missed out on that (I only got mine by accident, I admit) then pick up one or two of these instead … they’re in-store now.
The Fine Print: PR Samples
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