In today’s Throwback Thursday post, I’m showing my MAC Twig lipstick:
The colour in itself isn’t really a throwback, although I’m willing to bet money that the shade has been around since the inception of MAC. But what’s TBT about this lipstick is the bullet. It’s silver. And no, it’s not a limited edition.
All of MAC’s lipsticks used to be in these brushed silver tubes. I can’t recall the exact year I bought this, but I’m pretty sure this lipstick is close to 10 years old. The lipstick tubes really did look like silver bullets back then. These days, aside from limited edition collections, MAC lipsticks are housed in the same shape but in black tubes (the regular line, not the Mineralize Rich ones):
The silver tubes didn’t have a MAC logo on the outside. But even before that, the tubes were actually not the rounded bullets we come to associate with MAC, they just had flat tops:
I don’t wear my tube of Twig on my lips anymore, but when I put it to my nose, the scent is the same as when I first bought it. It swatches just fine on my skin as well:
It has been suggested that perhaps the older formulas with all of the preservatives and “bad” ingredients probably helped to keep the lipstick from turning (compared to how quickly newer formulas turn – I had a MAC Peachstock from Liberty of London collection turn bad within 3 years).
Here’s a comparison of MAC Twig (described by MAC as “Soft muted brownish-pink, in a Satin formula) against other similar shades from my stash, L to R:
• Shiseido Perfect Rouge Pink Mesa PK303
• Lise Watier Rouge Fondant Supreme Sandra
• MAC Cosmo (Amplified Creme)
• MAC Twig
• Rimmel Lasting Finish Kate Moss in 08
• Illamasqua Glamore Nude Lipstick in Minx
• Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Musk
I bought MAC Cosmo as a replacement for Twig and I much prefer it over Twig – it’s warmer and less brown – more wearable for everyday. The closest match of the bunch is actually the Shiseido (it’s a hair more cool-toned), which is great because I LOVE the Shiseido formula.
I threw in the Bite Beauty in Musk into the mix even though it’s not really a close match (it’s too warm)… mainly because I only recently finally opened that Luminous Crème duo that I bought last Christmas ::facepalm:: The other end contains Retsina, which is a pale nude shade. I’m again reminded of how much stuff I have! 😉
Do you remember when MAC lipsticks were in the silver bullet tubes? MAC lipsticks are now CAD $20 each but I think I paid $14 for Twig. Does anyone remember how much MAC lipsticks were 10 years ago?