MAC (Pro) Lipmix Overview and Swatches
I picked up a couple of Lipmixes from MAC Pro in NY, and here’s how they perform.
I swatched the black Lipmix beside OCC’s Tarred Lip Tar, and as you can see, it’s a completely matte and opaque textured paste right from the get go, similar to a thick cream concealer. OCC starts glossy-looking because it’s suspended in more oil, and you’ll also need to spend some time shaking it up because the pigments will separate from the oil and the product will appear more “translucent” otherwise.
Both do ultimately set to a more or less matte finish, but you’ll get there faster with MAC. The only con is that if you don’t have steady hands, the MAC is a little less forgiving because it sets much faster.
Also, if you have dry lips you might want to apply a layer of lip balm on first, because Lipmixes aren’t all that emollient.
The pro is of course that you get a one-coat, instantly velvety, opaque texture that you don’t need to keep blending and layering.
Shade wise, Crimson is a pretty nice alternative to MAC Russian Red. It’s just a touch brighter, but is lightweight and paints on a lot smoother and easier. (Ruby Woo and MAC Red are a little more blue-based than Crimson Lipmix.)
I do actually really like this texture even though it has a tendency to dry out at the tip, and might spurt out when you squeeze too hard. Another con is that these are designed to mix with your other lipsticks so you can make them more red, more blue, more black, etc. You won’t find quite the same range of shades as you would with OCC.