Punk Couture Haul: Instigator & Hautecore
Hi! The MAC Punk Couture collection is my absolutely favourite MAC collection since a long time. I’m a sucker for dark lipsticks and I want a good black lipstick from ages. So this post is about my MAC Punk Couture haul where you can read my very first impressions, swatches and a comparison.
For this MAC Punk Couture haul I got Instigator and Hautecore lipsticks. I have to say that all four lipsticks in this collection are gorgeous. But Studded Kiss is far too similar to Diva which I already own and Punk Couture is a little too cool for my complexion. So I chose Instigator, a warm dark purple and Hautecore, a plain black. Both lipsticks are Retro Matte which is my favourite finish along with Matte one, especially since MAC reformulated them: I find that they apply smoother than previous formulations, just like Ruby Woo for examples.
As I said, Instigator is a super dark purple with warm undertones. It doesn’t lead to burgundy though. I was afraid that it would look too similar to Nars Volga but while the latter is way more burgundy with red undertones instead of purplish ones. Instigator has a great formula: though it’s matte it glides on almost like a cream without looking patchy. It has a great colour payoff and it looks really dark, almost a blackened purple when applied directly from the tube. If you prefer a softer look – still not sheer – you can apply it with a lip brush so it won’t look too vampy or goth if this is your concern, but I have to say that I’m feeling comfortable, elegant and sophisticated with blackened lips: it’s an attitude matter.
Hautecore is simply black. In some swatches it can seem quite sheer but I find that it’s more buildable than sheer on lips since I get easily a full coverage. I’ve been looking for a good black from a long time but most black lipsticks are too creamy and bleeding or in general too cheesy. Hautecore has the best formula ever: it’s so smooth and glides on lips without effort, you don’t either need a lip pencil with it.
If you like vampy lips I highly recommend these lipsticks because with this kind of colours an excellent quality is fundamental. If you don’t know how to rock them, I can suggest to do a simply but defined eye make up: a light, luminous colour on lid and a dark shade in the crease, then a classic cat-eye eyeliner. Bold lip colours need a perfect polished base, stay toned down with blush and play with contouring and highlighting.
Below you can see a comparison with Mac Diva and Nars Volga.
top to bottom: Hautecore, Instigator, Nars Volga, Diva