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A couple of days ago I wrote that I’d purchased Azealia Banks’ Yung Rapunxel lipstick by MAC Cosmetics (swatches here). Now, I own a lot of lipsticks, but this particular lipstick was worth buying to me (and mentioning here). It’s very different from the lipsticks I’ve been wearing lately: I’ve been very much into pinks. For me getting a lipstick like Yung Rapunxel was a big deal as it’s a deep plum color, a dark color. When I saw MAC’s press pictures for this lipstick, I just had to get it! After wearing different pinks all summer, I was ready for a change.
Because this lipstick is limited edition (if you know anything about MAC you know that their LE items sell out quickly!), I placed my order on the same day it came out. And after a couple of days of wear, I’ll now share my thoughts! On all pictures below I’ve applied the lipstick without a gloss or lip liner. All pictures with taken in the sun (with a minimum amount of makeup…).
Yung Rapunxel is a gorgeous color for fall and winter, especially if you have a darker complexion. Like I said, it’s a deep plum, but it does have a pink undertone which is mostly visible in the sun (as you can see in my pictures).
Very pretty! It’s very creamy and it’s a shade that can easily be altered by adding a gloss. It is, however, a quite difficult color to apply. Applying it sheer (to get a lighter wash of color) is almost impossible. The reason for this is because it applies uneven. If I apply it without a mirror, I get ‘patches’ of color, instead of one even layer. A nice, even application requires a little bit of effort AND a little bit of product. Also, since it’s semi-matte, it accentuates the lines in your lips a bit.
What I’ve found it that Yung Rapunxel requires moisturized and exfoliated lips and a mirror. If you have dry lips, this is not the lipstick to wear… What I’ve been doing is wearing this lipstick with a gloss on top. I have fine lines in my lips, that I rather not have emphasized. Applying a gloss on top, doesn’t just moisturize my lips and give them a nice shine, it also changes the color of the lipstick a bit. On the pictures I’ve seen of Azealia, Yung Rapunxel appears a little lighter. So yes, to avoid dry lips and to make the color more wearable (for me), I’ve been topping it with a pink lipgloss. This way the color is a little bit less deep AND my lips don’t look dry.
Is this lipstick worth getting? I think so! It does require a lot of precision and effort. It’s not a lipstick that you can quickly apply while driving, for example. Also, color wise it does not look good on everybody (I think it looks best on darker complexions, darker than mine even). Moreover, there are tons of similar shades out there, also at the drugstore. However, if you’re like me and you usually stick to pink and other ‘save’ colors, this is a great lipstick to experiment with!
Yung Rapunxel is available on MAC’s website until September 20. On the site it currently says that it’s out of stock, but I’m pretty sure it’ll be refilled soon. You can also find it in New York City stores. It retails for $15 (3 g / 0.1 US oz).