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on 6/15/2012 2:00:00 PM
More reviews by lareinarumbera
Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool
Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium
Holy batman in h*ll, I think I've finally found my "office" lipstick. I've bought countless MLBB/demure lipsticks, and while I certainly liked them a lot, I didn't love them. For example, I thought I'd found the right match in Clinique Beauty, which, while beautiful with most work outfits, looks a little too autumnal in the summer due to its brown tones, or MAC VGV, which didn't last very long (it's a Lustre so no surprises there), and looked a little too nude in some lighting (looks good with more eye makeup but I don't generally wear a lot of eye makeup to work).Enter Fanfare. Described as a mid-tone yellow pink, to me it looks more like a warm rose-pink with a smidgen of mauve thrown in. It's about a shade or so darker than my lips, so it does look like I took the time to actually do my lips, but it doesn't look dull or aging, as it has more rosy/pink tones to it than most MLBB shades. It has enough pink to make it look healthy and not brown or dull in the warmer months, while it retains the muted, professional aspect a rose/mauve lipstick can give. This is what I wished Chanel Mademoiselle (too brown, too red) would look like - perfectly ladylike and competent.The Cremesheens are not quite what I would call a casual formula, as it is quite pigmented and opaque - I'd go for a Lustre or Glaze finish for the weekend (for a rose-pink Sweetie comes to mind, but that is shimmery and more violet) - but it is a great way to wear color in a more formal setting. it's not drying, but not as moisturizing or glossy as the Lustres - it's a bit more creamy, and not quite as balmy, if that makes any sense. It's smooth to apply but it can cling to patches/lines (which is why I docked 1 lippy), so make sure to moisturize!I don't think this lipstick gets a lot of attention its more famous Cremesheen sisters (Shy Girl, Modesty, Creme Cup et al.), but it is beautiful in its own right and will make you look oh-so-polished for the office with a string of pearls. I think it is most definitely backup-worthy and I hope MAC does not plan on discontinuing this any time soon.Pricewise, I don't think it's too expensive, and the sleek MAC packaging is nice enough to not bother me. I will pick up a backup for my office, so I don't have to carry it with me.This looks great with either Staunchly Stylish Pro Longwear Lip Pencil or Subculture Lip Pencil, both lip toned neutrals that will prolong the wear of Fanfare by an additional couple of hours, and prevent bleeding. continued >>
7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.
on 5/25/2012 4:50:00 PM
More reviews by suzq21
Skin: Oily, Tan, Warm
One of the new additions to my collection. This is becoming one of my favorite go-to lipsticks that goes with almost any kind of look. Described as a Yellow Pink, on my it looks like a pink with a touch of coral. I've heard horrid stories of it melting, although that hasn't happened with mine... yet. Revlon's Pink in the Afternoon is a very close, cooler toned dupe. Fanfare is warmer toned. NC 37-40 for ref.
5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.
on 3/18/2012 9:27:00 PM
More reviews by klckelso
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Red, Other, Other
LOVE this!!! I was looking for a lipstick that I could wear daily but wasn't just a "blah" color and this is exactly what I wanted! Its a pink-y shade with a gold sheen (and maybe a little pop of coral?). Would definitely repurchase :)
1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
on 2/10/2012 5:17:00 PM
More reviews by basmah
Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool
Hair: Brunette, Straight, Other
I've had this lipstick for ages and I'm currently trying to use it up. I feel that the colour looks different on me now than it did 2 years ago. I have no idea whether that is because the lipstick is a bit old, or because my colouring/lip colour has chanced over the years (yes, I know you should throw lipsticks out after a while and that its gross that I still have it after 2.5 years, but it doesn't smell funny or anything). Before it was almost a bright pink on me, but now it is a MLBB colour on my pigmented lips and fair skin (NW15 or lighter, NARS Siberia). I really like the cremesheen formula because it's not drying on my lips (which tend to be dry during this time of the year). I really enjoy wearing this lipstick to work right now, because it's very natural looking but gives my face some colour. I would probably repurchase this eventually, even though I first want to use up some of my other lipsticks.
on 1/28/2012 8:56:00 PM
More reviews by Asianbarbiee91
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Black, Straight, Medium
I'm speaking on behalf of my mother & her twin sister. They're turning 46 in just a few days but they still look like they're in their 30s. They exercise frequently and watch what they eat.. so they look pretty darn good. This lipstick is their favorite. It is far from plain but it is also from being garish. This lipstick looks great on them! It is a very sophisticated shade that's far from being a boring pink. They compliment on the formula as it moisturizes their lips and wears on for at least 4 hours. They're an nc25 complexion with some yellow undertones with dark brown hair.
2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
on 1/28/2012 8:33:00 PM
More reviews by marthapie
Skin: Normal, Olive, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
This is the lipstick I use every day to work, as the colour is great for the office, not too bold but gives my lips a nice pretty plumped and juicy look. The consistency is very creamy so you can feel it rather conspicuously on your lips. It has a strong scent but it is a gorgeous one so as long as you dont mind scented products you will love it.As I said I wear it daily and I've had it for 2 months and it has just run out now. I'll definitely get the same again because I just can't imagine finding such a perfect shade again. Usually light lipsticks with my olive skin tone look too 'barbie doll' on me or they're too peachy and porn starry! But this is classy and cute. Lovely!
on 12/26/2011 4:11:00 AM
More reviews by rocksister
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Curly, Coarse
Definitely one of my favorite shades of lipstick that I've ever bought! It was worth every penny. It is the right shade of pink for my skin tone. Would definitely buy again, as it has become my signature shade!
on 8/28/2011 6:06:00 AM
More reviews by lilliesloveandlipsticks
Age: 18 & Under
Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Black, Other, Other
My first MAC lipstick, and I'm already quite turned off by it. Hear me out first--I know that sooo many ladies out there love MAC lipsticks! I'm just not one of them.Firstly, Fanfare is a beautiful shade of medium pink. But it turns dull and a little greyish on my slightly pigmented lips. I have yellow tones in my Asian skin, and it seems to bring out the yellow tones in Fanfare even more. When I'm on the public bus, my complexion looks so sallow, and Fanfare seems to be the cause. Even when the lighting gets better, I still feel that something's not right with my makeup...Remove Fanfare, replace it with a more blueish pink gloss, I look so much better.Colour-wise, I admit that it's partly my fault--I should have known better, that departmental store lighting is always bad for colour selection. And a lesson learnt--I need a little blue in my lip products. Texture-wise, I'm on the fence. A tad too creamy? A little greasy? It tends to settle into the fine lines of my lips, and even after prepping my lips, still not pretty.Longevity of this lipstick is rather mediocre. After a drink and a snack, it is gone, leaving my lips dry and thirsty for moisture. For SGD$28, I expected more. I don't think I'll be buying MAC lipsticks anymore. I'd rather save my money for Chanel Rouge Allures (the best)!
4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
on 7/7/2011 2:57:00 PM
More reviews by waterlili818
Skin: Acne-prone, Olive, Not Sure
Hair: Brown, Other, Other
I LOVE this lipstick it goes so well with my golden olive skin tone, it looks fresh and I get compliments every time I wear it! I had a hard time finding a lipliner but FINALLY found that subculture lipliner works the best....BEAUTIFUL!
on 6/23/2011 5:09:00 AM
More reviews by curlywurly89
Skin: Very Dry, Medium, Not Sure
This is probably one of my favorite MAC lipsticks that i own- in fact it's actually one of my favorite lipsticks in general. In the tube the colour looks beyond boring. Actually when i first bought this a couple of months ago and took it home i questioned my sanity because it looked like the ugliest and most boring colour ever. I figured the MAC MUA tricked me into buying this because it was a crappy colour that they were probably trying to get rid of. I had never heard of it on youtube or seen it get mentioned anywhere else. I was even contemplating on returning it before i even used it but since i hate returning makeup, i decided to keep it and try it. I'm so so glad i didn't!!! Fanfare is a salmony/pinky/corally/neutral colour that's very hard to describe. On my lips though it comes of as being the prettiest medium corally/pink colour that i have ever worn. It's really really beautiful. It complements my skin tone beautifully and is extremely low maintenance, in that you don't need a lip liner or lip gloss to make it work. Also, the formula is fab! Being a cremesheen it's very very creamy and rich in colour! Having said that, I must warn you that this is not the case with all cremesheens, the formula is not consistent. I have a few cremesheen lipsticks that are rather dry and not as creamy and smooth as fanfare.Overall a very nice lipstick, that deserves more love and recognition.
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