Mac describes this lipstick as a sheer yellow pink with pearl. Am I the only one who can't say "pearl" without drawing the word out in an imitation of Captain Jack Sparrow or even more so by Captain Barbosa? Peeaaarrrrrrrllll. This lipstick is a lustre formula in a mid-depth rose toned pink. It's a very natural color for me and easy to wear.
I'm including three lip swatches, all taken indoors, because the light from the flash hit in different spots as I rotated the camera. Each picture gives you a little different take on the color and how it looks on.
The two lipsticks I purchased have great wear for lustres. Much longer than I anticipated. That gets two thumbs up from me. Here's a swatch photo taken in full sun. Venus is on the left and Fire Sign is above to the right.
The Mac website describes Fire Sign as a red-pink. I'm so pleased with this color. By the name I expected more of a fire engine true red but this lipstick is the kind of red I'd want to wear in summer. It's a bit lighter than a true deep red, both in color and in feel.
It does stain a bit in wear, which is AWESOME! The worst thing about red lipsticks is how they wear while you eat or drink. They can bleed or leave an awkward line around the edge of your lips. With the stain this causes, I can wear this for four hours or so, eat and drink all I want, and still have a nice flush of color on my lips. No signs of awkward uneven wearing. I LOVE this about this lipstick!!!
Again I have three lip swatches, taken indoors with a flash, to more accurately portray the feel of the color. Plus, even-steven, I did three of Venus, it wouldn't be fair not to do three of Fire Sign. :)
Mac lipsticks are $14.50 and can be purchased at Mac, Nordstrom, Dillard's and Macy's.
I've only just started to investigate this collection. So far I purchased these two lipsticks, one MSF and some of the cremesheen lip gloss cremes. I haven't even had a chance to look at the shadows yet, so tell me, my dear reader, is there something from this collection that you feel is "must have" that I need to be sure to look at?