I used to be a total MAC devotee. I still enjoy some of their products- and swear by my brushes- but the multiple LE releases that require one to be on the site at the moment of release finally turned me off. However, I picked up a couple of pieces recently that I've been loving.
Dreaming Dahlia is a lustre lipstick from the Spring 2014 Fantasy of Flowers Collection, which was launched mid-February. Unlike other recent collections, it seems that there's a decent amount of stock available. It is described as "sheer red-coral." I agree. It looks far more vivid in the tube than it does on the lips.
Dreaming Dahlia is packaged in the traditional MAC lipstick tube.
Although the description states that it's a sheer color, it appears to pack quite a punch. This is quite accurate. This vivid color is what really sold me on picking it up.
I think Dreaming Dahlia would be a lovely shade for easing into spring, or for those who are a bit afraid of such a cheery, poppy-coral color. Remember how this is a sheer shade? I think the color payoff may surprise you.
I swatched this with one pass (left) and two passes (right). This is a buildable, sheer color.
Outside, without flash:
Outside, with flash:
Inside, without flash:
Inside, with flash:
I find either of the outdoor swatches to be closest to what I experienced in real life. I find this to be beautiful, and a unique color in my stash. I enjoy the formula more than I remembered. This is almost balm-like in how it sits on the lips and is buildable. I can see this becoming a go-to this spring because it's very workable. One swipe on my pigmented lips gives just a hint of color, and two brings my lips into spring.
I tested this over two days. I got about three hours of wear without eating or drinking. However, the formula behaved nicely and didn't fall into lines on my lips or call attention to spots I needed to exfoliate.
Bottom Line: I forgot what a great value MAC lipstick are at $16. I think that this is a universally flattering color for spring, and the buildable formula is a great way for even the color-phobic to ease into spring. This is a LE shade, but should be readily available via MAC counters and MAC's website.