Tomorrow, December 17, is your last chance to buy Pink Friday, the ridiculously limited edition lipstick created in honor of hip hop star Nicki Minaj’s debut album. In fact, if you really want one, I recommend staying up tonight — these things have been selling out lightning fast.
The reason for the frenzy: this lipstick is only being sold through MAC’s website, only on four Fridays (starting with Black Friday, ending tomorrow).
To help you decide whether you want to stay up (or console you if you miss out), I decided to do a swatch comparison with MAC’s other pale pinks.
First, there are the differences in finish. Lustres are sheer and glossy. Cremesheens are moisturizing, cream-finish, medium pigment. Amplified Cremes (or Amplifieds) are cream-finish, medium-to-full pigment. Satins are long-wear, semi-matte, medium-to-full pigment. Frosts usually — but not always — have a frosty finish. They’re medium pigment, and I sometimes find this formula more drying than the others. (Some people don’t have this problem.) Mattes — self-explanatory — are matte finish, full pigment.
Creme Cup is warmer than the other pinks swatched here. It’s very close in color to Angel, but Creme Cup is a hair brighter. Snob is cool and slightly mauvey; it’s more subdued than Pink Friday/Saint Germain. Pink Plaid is deeper than most of the others, and a little mauvey. Pink Friday is a bright, cool, medium pink. Saint Germain is brighter, more white. Viva Glam Gaga is lighter, more sheer, and just a hair warmer. Pink Nouveau is deeper, more rose, a more saturated color.
So… will you be staying up tonight?