MAC used to be a store that I would frequently visit many, many years ago. At that time, they were the only “pro” makeup store available in Malaysia and I was so enamoured with the variety of products and colours they offered. These days however, I don’t usually shop at MAC unless there is a limited edition item that I must have. I started finding the huge array of products overwhelming and the limited edition collections, which used to be seasonal (meaning four times a year), have been flying out of MAC nearly every month. It just got a bit much after a while and I couldn’t keep up.
Anyway, in one of the rare visits when I actually perused and played around with their makeup, I came across the MAC Lipstick in Rebel and immediately fell in love with it. I’ve been looking for a deep berry, fuschia lip shade and Rebel seemed to fit the bill.
From the bullet, it seems to have some purple undertones but when applied on my lips, the colour tends to lean more fuschia. The purple will start showing after a few hours as the colour deepens.
Rebel is in the Satin range, which means it is a cream lipstick with a slightly glossy finish. I find most of the lipsticks in this range to have comfortable wear without getting too dry over the day. If you suffer from chapped lips, I would recommend layering the lipstick over a balm because this colour will accentuate the dry bits. Also check your teeth after applying such a deep colour because it does transfer.
The texture is relatively smooth when freshly applied. It is very long-lasting as the colour does set and will turn matte. I generally can wear this until I have to eat. Like most people, I have a habit of wiping my mouth after eating and it will leave a noticeable stain behind. I just need to touch up once and am pretty much good to go for the rest of the day or until my next meal. During touch up, do try to blot out as much of the leftover lipstick before reapplying because I find that it may go on a bit patchy over the old colour.
Although it doesn’t make my lips feel particularly dry, it is not the most moisturising lipstick and I need to add a lipbalm on top so my lips feel more emollient. I’m used to reapplying a lipbalm throughout the day so I don’t find it a bother as it’s already part of my routine.
I like Rebel for the colour and opacity. Although the lipstick does darken when worn over time, it is still very wearable even if you are not used to strong colours. I have also seen this lipstick work on many different skin tones so it’s quite an adaptable shade. The lipstick has the usual light vanilla scent but it’s not disturbing and I have actually come to like it over the years of wearing MAC lipsticks.
I purchased Rebel at a local MAC store for RM68 (yes, the prices have been going up). Like most vampy lip colours especially the matte-ish kind, it can be a bit high maintenance and tricky to wear. But I’d still give Rebel a thumbs-up just because it’s such a beautiful, versatile colour with a very long-wearing formula.
Have you tried Rebel before? What is your preferred MAC lipstick and do you have a favourite? Do pop by and share in the comments below.