The Rihanna Hearts MAC Fall Collection dropped in stores yesterday and I was able to snag the only thing that I wanted, Talk That Talk Lipstick. It was pretty much the first thing sold out all over NYC but after a tip on Twitter I was able to find a tube at the MAC Flagship Store in Times Square. After seeing swatches online I have to admit that I was not very impressed and kind of disappointed with Talk That Talk, but I decided to pick it up anyway for review purposes. Keep on reading to see if it lives up to all of the hype.
First of all the packaging is gorgeous! I love me some rose gold and the packaging is definitely all that I expected it to be. I feel so glamorous grabbing the tube out of my purse to touch up my lips.
Rihanna’s signature is etched in the tube just like the rest of the lipsticks from the collection.
Talk That Talk is a deep plum with slight red undertones. The Retro Matte Formula is extremely dry. No I mean EXTREMELY dry. This causes it to apply uneven and patchy. Even applying a moisturizing balm doesn’t help much. If you do not exfoliate your lips prior to application you will regret it. You have to really layer it on to achieve tube color but don’t apply too much or it will began to crack. The rest of the shades that I have from the collection has a much better texture. This is not a grab and go lipstick and requires a lot of work to make it look good. I apply a moisturizing balm, line my lips with e.l.f’s Lip Lock Pencil, apply the lipstick around the perimeter of my lips then slowly fill in. Layer to achieve desired opacity.
This is how it looked about a half hour after application. By the time I dropped my son to school about a half hour after this shot was taken I noticed that it was caked and looked cracked so I wiped it off completely and did a fresh application. Here is how it looked an hour later when I arrived at work…
It looked very uneven and dry and I had to fill in the spaces to make it look decent. To avoid your lips getting too dry and looking cracked it’s best to take it completely off and reapply every few hours which is super annoying and inconvenient. I’m totally not impressed. Now the big question that I am sure y’all want answered, are there any dupes? Initially I figured I didn’t need Talk That Talk because “I have tons of similar shades.” I was wrong. I have nothing exactly like it in my collection, all of the similar shades are too red or too purple. The closest dupe that I have is Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Black Cherry which leans a bit more purple and the formula is obviously different. You can blot it and apply a little translucent powder over it for more of a demi-matte look…
Talk That Talk, Black Cherry
Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Black Cherry
Talk That Talk had to be the most talked about item from the Fall Collection and sadly it does not live up to all of the hype. The formula is just way off and it takes so much work to make it look good. I wish the texture was more like Heaux which is my favorite from the collection. Although I am disappointed in the texture and application I do love the shade. It’s such a beautiful color and perfect for Fall and Winter. I guess I’ll just keep practicing and find a way to make it work.
Talk That Talk is limited edition and retails for $16.50. If you can’t find it in store, the Fall Collection will be launching online on September 30th. You can see my review of RiRi Woo which is back with the Fall Collection here.