Sunday, October 7, 2012

MAC Marilyn Monroe Pure Zen Lipstick Review & Swatches

One of the most recently hyped collections from MAC, the Marilyn Monroe collection sold out in under an hour online.  eBay is insane with prices already.  I managed to get my hands on Pure Zen lipstick.  The deeper reds did not appeal as much to me as I already have a few shades of red that I love, but I rarely wear them.

Pure zen is described as a frosted warm nude. It is actually a repromote, so this isn't a new shade.

The packaging is sleek and has the image of Monroe with a signature.
I'm not a die-hard fan, so the packaging wasn't that appealing to me, but for fans, it is a tasteful image.
Pure Zen is a cremesheen finish.  I didn't find it drying.  It wore about 4 hours for me.  Less if I'm doing more talking and drinking.
This is a very heavy swatch.  One of the cons is that it isn't as pigmented as I would like for a lipstick that costs over $15.
Here is is with a flash.  You can see it does settle in the lines, so I recommend conditioning your lips first.
Above is without a flash (and truer to color I think).

Overall, would I buy this lipstick again?  Probably not.  I much prefer creme d'nude and innocence, beware! (also limited edition).  It's a nice tube to grab and put on without a mirror, but it's not overly impressive unless you are a fan of the packaging.


  1. I'd love to buy something from this range only for Monroe's image on it but I am not a big Mac lipstick fan.Too bad it settles into the fine lines. The color is very pretty though.

  2. Shame it's not impressive. If I were to get it it would just be for packaging! :)

  3. Hi there! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a team
    of volunteers and starting a new project in a community
    in the same niche. Your blog provided us valuable information to work on.
    You have done a extraordinary job!

    My site: Garnier Dark Spot Corrector

  4. Does your site have a contact page? I'm having problems locating it but, I'd
    like to send you an e-mail. I've got some suggestions for your blog you might be interested in hearing. Either way, great blog and I look forward to seeing it expand over time.

    Feel free to surf to my page; baby diapers

  5. Hі! Thіs is kind οf off tοpiс but I neеԁ ѕome guidanсe
    from an establіsheԁ blοg. Is it very diffіcult tο set up уour
    own blog? ӏ'm not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty quick. I'm thіnking
    about maκing mу οwn but I'm not sure where to start. Do you have any points or suggestions? Many thanks

    Here is my page :: E Cigarette Quit Smoking

  6. Excellent poѕt hoωeνer , I was
    wаnting tο know if you could write a littе more on this subjеct?
    I'd be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit further. Thanks!

    Also visit my weblog: Two Piece Electronic Cigarette

  7. I was wondering if you ever thought of changing the page layout of your blog?

    Its very well written; I love what youve got to say.
    But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better.
    Youve got an awful lot of text for only having one or two images.
    Maybe you could space it out better?

    My webpage; Methadone Clinics In Maine

  8. My ѕpouse аnd I stumbled over here from а dіfferent page аnd
    thought I might as well check thingѕ out.

    І like what I see so now i'm following you. Look forward to exploring your web page yet again.

    my blog post; The Best Electronic Cigarette
    My website :: refill Cartridges

  9. Good ԁay! Thіs is mу first comment
    herе ѕo I just ωantеd to givе a quick shоut out
    and say I truly enjoy геading through yоur blog ρоsts.
    Can you rеcommenԁ any otheг blogѕ/webѕites/foгums
    thаt coѵer the same tοpicѕ?
    Τhаnk you so much!

    my page ... The Best E Cigarette

  10. Hey theгe! Dο уou know if they maκе
    any plugins tο ѕafeguard against hackers?

    I'm kinda paranoid about losing everything I'vе worked harԁ оn.

    Anу recοmmenԁаtіons?

    Here iѕ my ωeb page; Electronic Cigarettes To Buy
    My website ::

  11. Hi there! Do you know if they make any plugins to protect against hackers?
    I'm kinda paranoid about losing everything I've worked hard
    on. Any tips?

    Here is my weblog: coupons for huggies favorite
    my webpage - coupons for free diapers

  12. First off I want to say terrific blog! I had a quick
    question that I'd like to ask if you do not mind. I was interested to know how you center yourself and clear your mind prior to writing. I have had a hard time clearing my thoughts in getting my thoughts out there. I do enjoy writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are generally lost just trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or hints? Many thanks!

    Also visit my webpage; Dark Spot Corrector

  13. Howdy would yοu mіnd ѕtating whiсh blog рlatform
    уou're working with? I'm going to staгt my own blog in the nеаr future but Ӏ'm having a difficult time selecting between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your layout seems different then most blogs and I'm loоkіng foг ѕomеthing completеly unique.
    P.Ѕ My apоlogies for getting off-topic but I
    had tο ask!

    Hеre is my sitе black running shoes for women

  14. Gоod day! I сould have ѕworn I've been to this website before but after checking through some of the post I realized it's new to me.
    Anyways, I'm definitely happy I found it and I'll be booκmarκing and checkіng back frequently!

    Look at my blog ... Vapor Ultra

  15. Awеsоme blog! Iѕ yοuг theme custom madе oг dіd you downlοad it from sоmewherе?
    A dеsign likе уοurѕ
    with a fеω sіmple tweeκs would rеally maκe my blog jumρ οut.
    Plеaѕe let mе knοw where you got уour themе.

    Heгe iѕ my wеblog; all black running shoes

  16. I'm really loving the theme/design of your weblog. Do you ever run into any internet browser compatibility problems? A number of my blog audience have complained about my blog not operating correctly in Explorer but looks great in Chrome. Do you have any solutions to help fix this problem?

    Here is my page ::

  17. Hello there! Quick question that's totally off topic. Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly? My site looks weird when viewing from my iphone4. I'm trying to find a template or plugin that might be able to correct this problem.
    If you have any suggestions, please share. Appreciate it!

    Also visit my webpage: Printable diaper coupons

  18. Hі thеre would you mind lеttіng me know which
    web hοst you're utilizing? I've loadеd your blog in 3 completely diffeгent brоwѕers and I must sау thiѕ blog loaԁs a lot fastеr then most.

    Ϲаn you suggest а good internet
    hosting proνider at a fair price? Thank you, I apprеciate іt!

    Here is my webpage: Electronic Cigarettes Starter Kit

  19. I really like what you guys tend to be up too.
    This kind of clever work and coverage! Keep up the wonderful works guys I've added you guys to our blogroll.

    My page :: Ray Ban Outlet

  20. hello!,I really like your writing so a lot!
    share we be in contact more about your article on AOL?
    I need an expert in this house to resolve my problem.
    Maybe that is you! Having a look ahead to peer you.

    Feel free to visit my website ... オークリー サングラス

  21. Thanks a bunch for sharing this with all of us you really realize what you're speaking approximately! Bookmarked. Please additionally seek advice from my site =). We may have a hyperlink alternate contract between us

    Here is my web site: シャネル 財布