I don't know what it is about getting older but recently I have been veering towards brighter lippies, in particular red ones, whereas previously I would never have gone near anything remotely verging on red. I just used to feel so self conscious with bright lips! These days, I enjoy rocking a red lip, although in general, I tend to go for more wearable, sheerer reds.
Mac Cockney is one such wearable red from the permanent collection and one I haven't really heard much about. It is a lustre formula which is one of my favourites as I find they impart a good amount of pigment on the lips, whilst still making it very wearable and glossy.
In the tube, the colour looks very vivid and rather dark for a red with tiny flecks of golden shimmer running through it. I've heard others say it reminds them of China Glaze's Ruby Pumps and I have to say I agree. It also looks rather Christmassy (dare I utter the word in June!!). When swatched however, it looks altogether lighter, sheerer and warmer.
On the lips, it is semi opaque with the light sheen that Mac's lustre formula is known for. Thankfully the sparkles do not show up on the lips and instead, you are left with a flattering, glistening red which is much more subtle than you would think. It reminds me in texture and versatility to Viva Glam Cindi, although it is quite a bit brighter.
I find this lippie to last for around four hours before I need to reapply which is quite good going really, considering I am a habitual tea drinker! It was super comfortable to wear and I was pleased to see that when it wore off, it faded evenly, without leaving any annoying lines around the outside of the lip.
I am gradually building up my red lipstick collection and this is a welcome addition. It can be built up gradually for a more intense look or used sparingly for a subtle stain, and as a result, I think this would suit many people from fair to medium skintones. If you are a fan of red lips or even a red lip novice like me, Mac Cockney is certainly worth a look.
Price - £13.50