There’s just something about purple lipsticks; I’d pick a smokey purple or a bright plum over a pink or red any day of the week. Other girls might have their signature red (that shade that makes you feel like a million bucks) but I prefer something like MAC Smoked Purple (review) to give me that I-can-do-whatever-the-eff-I-want feeling.
It took me a few years of experimenting with “vampy” shades to figure out that the less red there was in the lipstick, the more I was likely to get on with it. I stuck to light plummy shades with sheer finishes for much too long, but now I’m willing to go as purple as possible. (Maybe in preparation for blue lipstick but until I can get my hands on a good one in a good formula, that is a story for another day.)
The MAC x Nasty Gal Collection takes inspiration from the edgy website of the same name and Sophia Amoruso, Nasty Gal’s CEO and the #GIRLBOSS herself. I’m admittedly not too familiar with Nasty Gal because international shipping is a pain (I do know that their styling is kick ass and way cooler than I will ever dress) and I haven’t read Amoruso’s book, but the collaboration with MAC took that #GIRLBOSS vibe (which I think is self-explanatory?), put it in 3 lipsticks, and placed them within my reach. Stunner, Runner, and Gunner are “power shades” without a doubt. I nearly picked up Runner (the burgundy) because it looks so cool in the promo image (center) but Gunner is a purple. So… that was that.MAC Gunner (1,000.00 Php) is a”deep purple” with a matte finish. I would actually describe it as a bright purple and not a deep purple, but that’s what MAC is calling it. It’s nearly a cartoony shade, especially when put up against or beside black. Many have said that it is a dupe for Illamasqua’s Kontrol, but even from swatches I can see that Kontrol is slightly more grey and muted. I know I’m going to get questions about how this compares to MAC Smoked Purple, so there is a comparison swatch for you guys at the end of this post.