Hi ladies! It’s been a busy week for me so I’ve not had time to do a proper post in a few days. To fill the void in the mean time I wanted to share my comparisons of MAC’s newest collection of the only thing I purchased from it… Gem of Roses lipstick. The Semi Precious Collection didn’t interest me at all. It’s not surprising since I’m not a huge fan of MAC’s mineralize line in general. There are a few exceptions to that rule, like usual, but mostly it’s just not for me.
Yeah, sorry about the finger-printy Guerlain tube… obviously didn’t see that through the lens 🙂 I went through my collection of lippies and pulled out what I believe are the closest things that I own to Gem of Roses.
Guerlain has a similar tone, but is not as sheer or as glossy as the lustre finish of Gem of Roses. Natural Purple is too brown/mauve and not pink enough although the formula is quite similar. Rimmel’s Rose Blush is closest in terms of shade and texture but has sparkle (hard to detect here and not terribly noticeable in real life) but the formula and scent is different. I much prefer the smell of the MAC one. I’m not sure what the Rimmel one smells like, but it’s rather odd (not too off-putting, but worth noting). On the lips, Rimmel’s shimmer is more apparent and ends up giving it a slightly frosty look as opposed to the general shininess of MAC. Buxom is too matte and too pigmented to be considered for dupe-dom, but if you like the overall tone and shade of Gem of Roses you will probably enjoy Bombay as it’s matte sister. Overall, if you are searching for a Gem of Roses look alike, Rimmel’s Rose Blush will get you pretty close. And, best of all you can easily find it at the drugstore and probably on sale 🙂
For good measure, I had to show you what Gem of Roses looks like on, of course:
I am happy with my purchase. MAC rarely lets me down in the lipstick department (if ever, really) and Gem of Roses proves to be more unique than one would think initially…at least in my collection. But, for those on a budget or if you missed out on the now sold-out shade definitely check out the Rimmel version the next time you visit the drugstore.
Did you purchase anything from Semi Precious? What’s a shade of lipstick you can’t live without?