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Punk Couture Haul: Instigator & Hautecore

 

Hi! The collection is my absolutely favourite MAC collection since a long time. I’m a sucker for dark lipsticks and I want a good 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 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.

 

mac punk couture instigator

 

 

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.

 

mac punk couture hautecore

 

 

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.

 

mac punk couture haul

top: Hautecore
bottom: Instigator

 

Below you can see a comparison with and Nars Volga.

 

mac punk couture swatch

top to bottom: Hautecore, Instigator, Nars Volga, Diva

 

 

11 Responses to “Punk Couture Haul: Instigator & Hautecore”

  1. Misato scrive:

    ok, non voglio Volga XD
    anche se mi sa che presi Instigator e Punk couture la mia quota vampy è finita XD

  2. what a great post! I have just bought instigator and I’ve never tried it yet, but I’m very pleased ’cause it’s purple with a warm undertone. Love your pics as usual

  3. SoColorful scrive:

    Stupendi!
    Anche se penso che per me non vadano tanto bene, visto che ho le labbra un po’ troppo sottili

  4. kenderasia scrive:

    Misato no, non volerlo che c’è di meglio :)
    anche secondo me con quei due sei a posto 😉

  5. kenderasia scrive:

    claudiaserpe introducing ava’s world thanks! you’re so kind <3 
    Instigator is really lovely, indeed!

  6. kenderasia scrive:

    SoColorful Questa collezione è davvero riuscita secondo me.
    Eh purtroppo i colori così scuri tendono a rimpicciolire 😐

  7. Misato scrive:

    kenderasiapiù che altro per me mi sembra caldo, comunque con questi due e Potent fig penso che la quota sia completa, specie visto che comunque uso più facilmente i brights 😀

  8. Sabina Spielrein scrive:

    Ho cercato di resistere ma alla fine ho ceduto a Instigator… e meno male *_*
    Concordo in pieno su tutto ciò che hai scritto, è estremamente elegante e nonostante sia matte lo trovo confortevolissimo.
    Grazie per avermi creato il desiderio di Volga eh! XD

  9. shoppingandreviews scrive:

    Diva è stato il mio autoregalo natalizio e Instigator quello di compleanno <3
    In questo periodo ho le labbra secchissime e instigator lo uso con un balsamo labbra sotto, altrimenti risulta a chiazze, però ottima durata anche così!

    Amo i retromatte e i matte anch’io <3

  10. kenderasia scrive:

    Sabina Spielrein hai fatto benone, io lo sto adorando *___*
    ahahhahh scusami XD però ti avverto che la texture non è il massimo!

  11. kenderasia scrive:

    shoppingandreviews ohhh che bellissimi autoregali!
    l’altro giorno ho preso il primer per labbra – sempre di mac – e devo dire che migliora di molto la situazione!

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