Now I’m sorry that I’m so behind in my posts that I’m only now reviewing this, but as far as I can tell these are not LE and still being sold. A while ago MAC came out with their matte liquid lipsticks called Retro Matte Liquid. All of those colors were non shimmery. I reviewed (1) some (2) of them (3). Later they expanded by adding shimmery colors and Gemz&Roses is one of them.
Tbh I liked basically all of the colors and had a hard time limiting myself to only one shade. Gemz&Roses is a sort of nude with warm shimmer.
Now his looks quite stark on me, but that’s just because I’m so pale. On me it pulls more rusty and dark. It looks different on others, but always looks good imho. The shimmer is fine and metallic – finally they manage a metallic finish and they didn’t even sell it as such!
The product was easy to apply. I just love the sharp edges you can get with liquid lipstick. It took me a while to hop on the trend and now that I’m finally on the train, everyone else is already getting bored and going for gloss. -_-
The formula is helped by the fine shimmer. I’ve noticed this in nailpolish too, that a flat creme is usually harder to work with than a shimmery color. In this case, the lipstick is less drying than the original non shimmery formula.The shimmer also helps with the look. You know how matte liquid lippies give you those very visible lines; you’ll still get them with this but way less visible. So if you wanted to try liquid lippies but were turned off by the wrinkly look, a shimmery one might be your thing.
Lasting power is comparable to the original one, so it will last quite well, but wear off on the inside of the lip if you eat something oily. The lipstick can only be removed by oil, normal remover did not help.
In a nutshell this is a great liquid lipstick and I hate how they released way too many colors at once because who can afford all those? I’m not getting any PR I’m on a budget here! 😦
Of course by now MAC has already released several thousand other things but I hope some of you might find this review helpful anyway. Let me know what you think and please be patient with me – I cannot yet promise to be back to regular uploads until I fix the storage issue.