Thursday, January 12, 2012

MAC Iris Apfel Lipsticks: Swatches & Review!

MAC has released their highly anticipated Iris Apfel collaboration collection! The launch features limited edition eyeshadows, lipsticks, and nail polish (among other things) all inspired by birds! Five lipsticks are promoted with this collection, but only four are limited edition, so I passed on the permanent one. I must say, I think this is the best lipstick release I have ever seen from MAC. Not only are the shades unbelievably awesome, the pigmentation and formulation is perfect.


My psycho-scavenger blogger side came out when this released, as two of these lipsticks sold out online with an hour before I could get them. I ordered the other two still available, then found myself calling around to MAC stores seeing if the other two colors were in stock to ship to me (this collection isn't available at counters, which is all that I have in my city). Because the collection launched online two days before in-store, I was able to get a MAC to agree to ship them to me in a couple days after they launched in store. I've done this before, and sometimes the associates are on top of things and remember, sometimes they don't. So to be extra safe, I picked up the other two colors when we stopped by a MAC while I was in LA.

Long story short: I'm obsessive. And a little insane. But I got them!!

Here are the swatches on my arm. Aren't they just pretty to look at? The vibrancy is INSANE.

Flamingo, Pink Pigeon, Party Parrot, Scarlet Ibis

Now for lip swatches! First up is Flamingo, the most wearable shade of the bunch. This is a peachy coral that I'm sure will be one of my go-to lipsticks for spring and summer. This is the only lipstick of the release that has a lustre finish.


Next is Pink Pigeon. You almost need sunglasses to look at this one it is so bright, but I love it!! I'm sometimes hesitant with shades like these because of my fair skin tone, but every single color in this collection seems to go well with my complexion. This is a perfect color to pair with a black winged liner for an edgy look. It has a matte finish.


Then there is Party Parrot (aren't you loving these names?), the shade Ingrid and I found ourselves driving all over LA to find. Simply put, this shade is awesome. It is a bright coral/red/pink with a matte finish that makes an entire look pop! I love that it really is a mix between red and pink, and very bright, which makes it almost a more trendy, "young" version of a classic red lip. It has a matte finish.


Last is Scarlet Ibis. This is a bright, orange-toned red that is a bit lighter and warmer than a classic red. I usually stay away from orange-y reds on my complexion, but this one seems to work okay. It has a matte finish.


Now you may be asking yourself, who is Iris Apfel? Here's the promo shot for this collection below. How fly is she? I hope I'm this cool in 60 years. Thanks for the awesome collection, Iris!


If I haven't made it clear already, I think these lipsticks are absolutely incredible. If you are interested in any of these colors, I don't think you would be disappointed with your purchase. These are sold out online, but try checking (or calling) MAC stores around you to see if they still have them in stock. Once again, these are not available at counters (Nordstrom, Macy's, etc.), so check freestanding stores.

Did you get anything from this collection?
xx, Allison

62 comments:

  1. WOW. Really debating about buying Pink Pigeon. It looks like a gorgeous color! I also love Party Parrot.

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  2. Scarlet Ibis looks quite blue-toned in the swatch. I think I'd go for Flamingo just because I have Impassioned and Eager from MAC so I feel like I'm covered on the brights. Oh, and Revlon's 730 the BEST red out there! Xx

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  3. all beautiful colours! xx

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  4. I dont think you're insane! I dont blame you those are really pretty lipsticks!

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  5. These are GORGEOUS. I think I'm in love. Party Parrot is so pretty.

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  6. GAHHHH love Flamingo and Pink Parrot! We only have a MAC counter in Macy's in my town, so I MUST drive to the nearest standalone store!

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  7. Party Parrot is reminding me of Viva Glam Cyndi

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  8. Oohh I'm dying to get Flamingo!!! So pretty! Great swatches thanks so much for sharing!:)

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  9. dang it, Allison. Now I want party parrot. haha. It is such a nice and unique color.

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  10. The Flamingo shade is such a pretty coral, perfect for summer! x

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  11. Oh my gosh, I want the flamingo one so much! But it is not available in Austria yet. I hope I can get one!

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  12. I was able to track down Flamingo last weekend. Can't wait to wear it when the weather warms up!

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  13. you wrote pink parrot instead of party parrot :p

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  14. Wait.... it isn't Pink Parrot, it's Party Parrot!

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  15. CosmeticIntelligenceJanuary 12, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    so jealous that you managed to get flamingo!! wanted it but it was sold out :(

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  16. Haha oops! Too many bird names! Fixed now :)

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  17. I love how these are named after birds :) They are lovely strong colours too- the flamingo is so beautiful <3
    xx

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  18. I like party parrot and flamingo :) www.lovelucinda.com

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  19. LOVE Party Parrot! could be used with so many looks- which is something i consider! Thanks for the on-lip shots too, helps a lot!

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  20. oh my, that Flamingo both swatch and on your lip looks soooooo sooooooooo gorgeous, my go-to shade! and I love that it's a lustre finish!!! the other 3 shades are so pretty as well, but I would definitely go with Flamingo because I think I can get the most use!!! nice post <3
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  21. I love it when bloggers actually do lip swatches.. i find its the only way i can get a true grasp on the color and what it might look like on a human!!

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  22. I really want flamingo! Its so pretty!! :)

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  23. i fell in love with these colors when i saw them online but ur swatches gave me a better idea of how they look. thanks so much for putting up pictures of how they look on ur lips, it rlly helps!

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  24. I loved this colours ! I mean, I love the whole collection ... LOL *

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  25. OMG I am SUPER SAD I didn't get my hands on these lipsticks :( I'm trying to put myself on a cosmetic strike cause I spent wayyy too much on makeup last year but these lipsticks are freaking gorgeous!! So sad!! With that said, are there any dupes for Flamingo and Party Parrot in the permanent line??

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  26. LOVE this line as well. i only have counters where I'm from as well but in a recent visit to Edmonton which is about an hour and a half away from me I was thankful to get the last Flamingo there. needless to say, amazing colour and so wearable.

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  27. A good dupe for Flamingo in my opinion is "Strawberry Shortcake" in the Revlon Lip Butters collection. I bought both Flamingo and Strawberry Shortcake and although the Revlon one is less pigmented it's still a relatively close dupe :) hope that helped!

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  28. I love the Scarlett ibis colour! Is this available in the UK?

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  29. I'm loving that party parrot! I love these shades, I just don't think I could pull them off...sigh.

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  30. Your lips shape is perfect !! Those lipsticks fit so well on you !

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  31. Love the lip swatches!!

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  32. Flamingo is gorgeous ♥ The others are a tad bright for me, but still pretty.

    Carissa xx

    Vanilla Crush Blog

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  33. That stuff is stunning!

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  34. Hey girls, Would you recommend this shades go for medium skin tone?

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  35. Silvianavarromurcia87January 12, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    beautiful post! and great photos!!=P
    congratulations!!!
    xoxo

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  36. Flamingo is so pretty! I keep seeing it all over blogs!!

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  37. I'm on a hunt for Flamingo and Party Parrot. They sold out 2 hours after their release in the stores near me. However, for some reason, Party Parrot has not been released online on the CAD version of MAC - where I tried to order it.
    These are absolutely beautiful and so summer ready.
    <3


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  38. pink pigeon i the best!

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  39. Awh man! I want them all. I think I want party parrot the most though!

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  40. Ah so need to get my hands on this. They all look amazing!

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  41. I think MAC Impassioned is a good dupe for Party Parrot, and it's Amplied Creme too. :) I would've loved to get Party Parrot, but any matte lipstick does not work for me. Hope that helps. :)

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  42. Hi, I love your channel & I'm enjoying reading the blog! I think these colors are gorgeous but probably too vibrant for me to pull off. However I did get a lipstick called A Perfect Day from the MAC Naturally collection. It's a nude which works easier on me. I put up photos on my blog of that and I also got Subtle Breeze mineral blush :)) I loved your swatches of all of these.

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  44. I believe this collection will be releasing in the UK next month!

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  45. flamingo is so pretty!

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  46. Itsalondonthing ImzJanuary 14, 2012 at 3:20 AM

    I love party parrot and pink pigeon, they look lovely and super bright. I think theey would look great on most skin tones too.

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  47. I love all of these shades, especially Flamingo! Totally sold out here though!

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    xo

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  48. Such amazing colours - I love Party Parrot!

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  49. Pink Pigeon and Part Parot are so pretty! Can't wait til spring to wear bright color lipsticks!

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  50. I want flamingo SO bad but it it sold out everywhere I have been. :/

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  51. Absolutely love the look of these! I wish I could pull them off! I always find that lipsticks tend to sit on top of my lips and do not apply anywhere as evenly as yours do. Do you have any tips for applying lipstick, especially bright colours? Thank you! I absolutely love your blog Allison :) I check it several times a day xD

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  52. Impasioned seems to be a good dupe for party parrot - but it's not a matte or quite as "vibrant" as party parrot.
    Anyone know any lipstick dupes for Flamingo?

    I'm still sad I couldn't get my hands on these

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  53. Flamingo & Party Parrot are gorgeous!

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  54. The prices of the Iris Apfel Lippy are really expensive now.. :(

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  55. These colors are gorgeous and I would love to get Flamingo but have called all my local MAC stores and of course they are sold out. Hoping it becomes avail again online at some point!!

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  56. I like Party Parrot. Is so beautiful.
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  57. OMG they are so beautiful! D: i wish i could buy them but i couldn't find them :( i think i fell in love

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  58. http://crayonspencils.blogspot.com/2012/02/mac-iris-apfel-lipsticks-swatches-and.html -- Iris Apfel Swatches

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