Holy Toledo

MAC. A name so many beauty addicts know and love. I was one of them. They started my transition from drugstore to designer. I was a MAC addict in high school. I had so many products from them! But one day I met Sephora. She offered me so many different brands and options that I couldn’t help but fall for her. Somehow I moved on, without MAC. But then one day (10 years later) I stopped in with my friend and saw that they had the most gorgeous red lipstick display with the coolest packaging. Toledo. I knew the day had come for me to fool around, once again, with my old flame.

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See, my boyfriend wanted to give me a red lipstick for Valentine’s Day. Specifically, the new Jeffree Star Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in Red Rum. However, when I went to order it, shipping was $11 USD – on a $18 USD lipstick!!! It made absolutely no sense to order it, an $18 lipstick would quickly become a $35 CAD lipstick … not even NARS costs that much! Quick and simple … NO!

Later that same day, was the glorious moment I stepped into Mac and had my red lipstick prayers answered. They had a variety of reds available in the limited edition Toledo line, but I wanted a bright red with blue undertones. So I picked out the shade Opera.

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Now I know this collection was released back in February, but I needed time to a) stare at it before I used it and b) have a chance to use it a few times before I really gave my opinion (after all, it had been years since I had made a MAC purchase).

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I am a MAC lover once again. This lipstick is creamy and so pigmented. The color you get in one swipe is bold and beautiful. And it stays!! Through coffee or a light lunch. I like my lipstick to always look fresh so I top it up often, but it isn’t actually necessary with this stunner (I definitely do it out of habit). And the packaging. Seriously. How cool and amazing is it? I have no trouble at all finding this baby amongst all my other lipsticks. Plus, at $19 CAD it is significantly cheaper than most of my other faves (Too Faced Melted Liquid Lipstick, Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick, Buxom Full Bodied Lipstick, etc.)

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Sadly, this collection is no longer available through MAC, but you could probably find it on eBay. I do believe however, that this lipstick speaks volumes about the quality of MAC lipsticks. I’m sure a similar dupe could be found in their permanent line. If you fell out of love with MAC, have never tried MAC, or think that MAC is overrated, I suggest you try something from them asap. I was sooo surprised with the quality and the prices. I’m used to paying more for similar products from other brands, but MAC seems like it could be a budget friendly substitute!!

Did you pick up anything from the Toledo line?? ♡♡

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