Recently MAC released the Cremesheen + Pearl collection, an Asian inspired collection of Cremesheen finish lipsticks and Cremesheen glosses. I was so excited about this release, as it was full of pretty light and nude colored lipsticks, which are so up my alley. Today I have a review of my first pick from the collection: MAC Pure Zen lipstick.
(Photo credit: my uncle, whose talent in photography (and golf) I aspire towards).
MAC Pure Zen has a cremesheen formula. Cremesheen formulas typically have a semi-sheer finish with a sheen. They apply like a creme lipstick. Cremesheens aren't known to be the most comfortable formula; they can cause some lip dryness over time. The level of dryness does depend on the individual cremesheen lipstick. MAC Shy Girl has a notoriously dry formula, while I find Innocence Beware to be a bit more comfortable. MAC Pure Zen is reasonably comfortable as well, though it is helpful to apply a balm after a few hours.
I've compared MAC Pure Zen lipstick to the other MAC Cremesheen lipsticks in my collection. MAC Pure Zen lipstick is a light peachy pink nude lipstick. MAC Creme d'Nude (reviewed here) is a paler and cooler peach. MAC Innocence Beware is a similar lightness, but more pink than Pure Zen. MAC Shy Girl is slightly darker and more warm peach in color.
Overall, I'm a big fan of MAC Pure Zen. The peachy pink color is absolutely perfect and has favorite potential. Plus, every time I pull out the bullet, I'll remind myself to find some peace in the middle of a busy day. Thanks for reading! Did you purchase anything from the MAC Cremesheen + Pearl collection? What is your favorite MAC lipstick or finish? Have you ever used makeup to find some peace of mind in the middle of a busy day?