When it was my birthday I received an unexpected and very lovely gift from Judith: Heroine by MAC. I had heard and read quite a bit about this lipstick and I was really curious about it. Alas, I had a make up ban so I could not buy it.. It is like she answered my prayers (oh, drama).
Heroine is a fan favorite lipstick and I completely understand why it is. This is a deep purple lipstick that seems to look great on pretty much anyone! Something I would not so easily expect from purple, which usually is an edgier color to wear! The lipstick comes in the typical MAC lipstick holder and the color is a cool purple and pink. MAC categorizes Heroine as a matte lipstick, but it has a satin and semi-matte finish, meaning it does not dry your lips as much as a regular matte finish would!
As you can see from the swatches, the lipstick is very well-pigmented. One really does not need to layer in order to get a deep and rich color. One layer would suffice, but I tend to go for two, because I am just used to that. Luckily, the lipstick is easy to apply because of its creamy texture. I do make sure I do not have (many) cracks on my lips, because it will show.. so make sure you hydrate and make those lips soft. Do you also notice that bit of shine on the second swatch? That is what I mean with the lipstick not being completely matte.
I took two different type of pictures. One at night when I was wearing Heroine without any lip balm underneath and the two latter pictures. These were taking during the day with lip balm underneath, which explains why it looks far more smoother on the last two pictures and more matte on the first one! The lipstick stays on throughout the day (not the night without reapplying) and it will easily survive small meals, but with dinner I started to notice that it came off. However, it gives off a soft purple-pinkish stain. I absolutely love Heroine and am so glad I can use it. It truly is a beautiful color that can look slightly different depending on the shade and the person who is wearing it. If you want to get Heroine as well, then you are in luck! This color is back in MAC stores (unless it is sold out again) and available online! You can get it for €18,50. The wonderful thing about this color is that it may seem edgy (and can certainly be worn that way) but gives off such a classy vibe as well! What do you think? Would you dare wear this color?