Iris Apfel Lipsticks: Review, Swatches, Photos

January 30, 2012 § 1 Comment

A colour collection inspired by a rare bird who has always been ahead of her time, Mrs. Iris Apfel. Subject of her own exhibit at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and larger-than-life star, Apfel boldly mixed flea market finds with haute couture decades before doing it was considered de rigueur. M·A·C presents Lipsticks, Beauty Powder and Eye Shadows with as much fabulous flair and joie de vivre as the woman who helped create it.



Release Date:  January 5, 2012

Okay, I’m extra behind on this one, but better late than never 🙂 It’s definitely worth the wait because these lipsticks are…………….. everything!  Bright, vibrant, long-lasting, pigmented… ah, the list goes on!  (I did not purchase Morange since it is a permanent lipstick.)

| FLAMINGOLight milky bright coral | Lustre | $14.50 US, $17.50 CAD | Limited Edition

Flamingo is a nice lipstick.  It’s a soft, sheer pink that’s an easy colour for anyone to wear.   It’s definitely not a “light milky bright coral” on my lips, but I love how it gives them a subtle touch of pink and slight sheen.  Because of the Lustre finish, I really had to layer it on to get any kind of noticeable colour pay-off.  I wish it lasted longer on the lips, but such is life with Lustres.

| PINK PIGEON | Bright cleanest pink | Matte | $14.50 US, $17.50 CAD | Limited Edition

Pink Pigeon is bright, opaque,  and fantastic.  It’s super pigmented blue-based fuschia pink.  I love that it’s as vibrant on my lips as it is in the tube.  This shade is definitely not for the wall-flowers.

| PARTY PARROT | Bright red-pink | Matte | $14.50 US, $17.50 CAD | Limited Edition

Party Parrot is a bright and very warm, strawberry pink on me.  This colour is perfect for summer.  It’s not as bold as Pink Pigeon, but it’s definitely a noticeable shade, especially if you want something slightly different from a red lip.

| SCARLET IBIS | Bright orange-red | Matte | $14.50 US, $17.50 CAD | Limited Edition

Scarlet Ibis is brrrright orange red, just like it promises.  It’s bold and daring.  I’ve never worn an orange red before this, but I’ve got to say, I’m feeling it.  I like this because on me, it’s more red than orange, but the orange undertone shines through.  MAC’s Lady Danger lipstick is incredibly similar, but slightly more orange.  Surprisingly, this lipstick is not as difficult to remove as Pink Pigeon or Party Parrot.  Go figure.


  • All shades apply very smoothly, though of course, the stiffer texture of the mattes don’t glide as nicely as the Lustre
  • Besides Flamingo, the colour pay-off is outstanding, colour-consistent, and very long lasting
  • The mattes are full coverage in 1-2 swipes


  • really had to layer Flamingo on to get any kind of noticeable colour pay-off
  • The drier finish of the mattes will show ALL kinds of texture in your lips, so definitely exfoliate your lips before wearing
  • The mattes are so long lasting that they took quite a bit of effort to get off
  • The mattes didn’t dry out my lips, but I definitely suggest using it with a primer like MAC’s Prep+Prime Lip for best results


Definitely Brown Girl Friendly!




Party Parrot

Party Parrot

Party Parrot

Pink Pigeon

Pink Pigeon

Pink Pigeon

Scarlet Ibis

Scarlet Ibis

Scarlet Ibis (Please excuse the bad lighting!)


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