Garish medium pink for me. Just like another reviewer said,this turned into a slightly-cool toned nightmare on my neutral skin. I'm glad other people can pull this off, but not little old me. This reminds me of Brave in a cremesheen formula, which also didn't work out for me. This is not a coral at all for me, if you want a bright corally cremesheen, go for Crosswires, it's fabulous!
I cannot believe how under-reviewed this is! So little fanfare for Fanfare? Considering how high the demand is for the product, I'm shocked! I think it's gorgeous and on of my top five lipsticks, maybe top three. I waited and waited for this because it was sold out at my local Pro Store and I finally found it in a suburb, but I still plan to buy a back up when my order comes in.
For reference I am NC/W 15, brunette, early 30's, green eyes and this lipstick looks ideal on me with nearly all of my eyeshadow and blush combinations. It's a medium-pale coral tinged pink that is quite similar to Viva Glam VI, minus the blue hue. I wear it easily with warm tones like beiges, browns and dirty plums and cooler tones like greens, violet and black. It easily replaces a nude in a smoky eye look, but is pigmented enough to balance a less intense eye.
Blushes I wear with it have been Mac's Tenderling, Melba, Spaced Out, Lise Watier Rose Cachmire and MUFE Dusty Rose, so both peaches and roses, warms and cooler shades, but nothing too cool. This is a warm based lippie.
As for how it would look on different skin tones, I cannot proclaim to be an expert and am quite shocked by how many do. From what I have been reading and seeing on tv, caucasian women in their 20's-60's should all be buying medium to light pink, rose pink and coral pink lipstick. It brings freshness and youth to the face, and gives the air of approachability whereas the darker lipsticks of last season lend an air of standoffishness and can be aging, highlighting lip lines and smile lines as well as cheek dryness. I think that Fanfare has a fair bit of warmth to it which would make it flattering to those with yellow undertones, such as Asian women or like myself. That's the most insight I can offer. See your counter for professional advice ;)
The staying power of this Cremesheen formula is tops, wears through my meetings with coffee and lots of yapping, can be quickly updated with just a swoosh to the bottom lip and a smudge in the afternoon. I'd say I apply it three to four times a day, which for me is amazing as I usually apply lipstick or gloss over ten times daily.
I do recommend buffing your lips every so often and really smoothing in the Carmex the night before you wear this. I just use my facial scrub, which has AHA/BHA, leave it on for 5 minutes, then buff. I do this every third day and it seems to keep my pores tight, skin bright and lips smooth. This sets the stage for any creamy lipstick.
Overall a beautiful lipstick that I imagine will be in high demand this summer, so get in and buy it now, lest you go through what I did!
I love MAC lippies and I was on the lookout for the perfect coral/pink color. I had this one suggested to me and after years of looking I found my HG coral lipstick for my pigmented lips and PPP complexion. I like the formula of this and the pigmentation is wonderful. I love it especially with Splendid l/g from the Dame Edna collection layered on top.
Fanfare looks pretty in the tube but, on my pigmented lips, it ended up turning into a medium-toned, garish, bright cool-toned pink color that didn't work with my warm-to-neutral coloring. It ended up making me look washed-out, and it was too bright a pink for me to wear it on a daily basis. I can see it looking good on some people, though, but not for me.
I got this as my b2MAC lipstick. I just tested it out on my hand and went with it (I was in a rush) When i got home and tried it out..... I LOVED it! It's such a pretty colour. In the tube it's a peachy pink laced with gold shimmer. On me, I would say it's more "pinky" than peachy. The shimmer is great since it prevents the colour from looking totally matte/flat. I would imagine this would be a great colour for spring/summer topped with gloss. The texture is nice and creamy and the stay power is great!. Definitely worth a try :)
*UPDATE* This looks absolutely gorgeous with brick/cranberry liner as a base and lightening lipglass on top. Absolutely LOVING this lippy!
First of all, I want to say that I absolutely LOVE the cremesheen formula. It can apply sheerly as gloss, it's non-drying, really well-pigmented and it lasts really well compared to other non-drying l/s I've tried. Fanfare is just as comfortable as my other cremesheens (Hang Up and Party Line), but this one is light enough on me (I'm Sandy Medium/Medium Tan in EDM) that I can apply it directly from the tube instead of with a lip brush.
I went to the MAC counter looking for a more work-friendly l/s than Hang Up. I feel that Fanfare is a MLBP shade - it really is a pink on the yellow side, as described by the MAC website. It's warm, but not overly so, and it's a really, really pretty pink. I don't detect any peach in it either... Like I mentioned, it's a safe enough color that you can apply directly from the tube, and if you apply as a sheer gloss/stain, it is pretty, but not *that* noticeable. I really like how it looks though and my SO is much happier with it than my brighter colors.
And I got it 25% b/c Nordie's price matched FF'09. :D
This was another lipstick I returned because it doesn't apply evenly at all. It makes my lips look streaky and just doesn't look flattering at all.
Fanfare is a warm MLBP (my lips but pinker) shade. A very beautiful warm medium pink, on me I don't see any peach tones at all, everyone is different I guess. This is a gorgeous everyday pink and I highly recommend it for those who love warm or neutral pinks.
UPDATE: Too cool and pale for my complexion.
wanted to buy a nice nude shade.
i always avoided pink as i dont want to look like barbie.
I'm an asian with fair skin.
so the salesgirl recommended me lustre as one of the most popular nude. but. it wasnt the effect i wanted. it doesnt brighten my face.
so i tried on the new series of the creamy colours and Fanfare on my lips.
it brightens up my pale complexion.
very natural healthy lips. I like!
i wont buy again because I like to try out other various brands and colours so...it doesnt mean its not good. it is good but I'm a variety person.
I actually got this by mistake when I b2mac'd stuff. I was looking for "modesty" but was in a rush and got this instead. I agree with the reviewer below that it is a warm pink. I wore this with a coral colored shirt the other day and it brought out the peach in it, but it is mostly pink. It's pretty and awakens the face, but not too bright. I am surprised that I have been using this more than I thought because I don't have a shade like this. To me this is more of a spring shade and I know I will use it a lot in the spring and summer. I tone it down a bit by using oak liner, swiping it on lightly, and using "Oh baby" gloss on top.
As far as the formula, I love it! It is moisturizing and the color lasts longer than the lustre or satin formulas. I have gotten "Modesty" since then and that's my favorite shade so far. Huge rave for the formula!