Additional reporting by Kristen Juliet Soh
Over the years, MAC cosmetics has collaborated with icons like Mexican-American music legend, Selena, Rihanna, and haute couture house, Giambattista Valli, producing bestselling collections time after time. Barbie’s last release with MAC left fans wanting for more- and the brand delivered.
Their newest, universally flattering lipstick, @Barbiestyle, dropped on 9 March, and is resonant of the doll’s iconic cool-toned, bubblegum pink lip colour. The formula is matte, yet glides on smoothly, which means less touch-ups and full-power, Barbie pigment throughout the day.
The shade is housed MAC’s classic bullet-shaped casing, but in a bespoke shade of gold that we just know will be the perfect addition to your vanity or makeup bag.
MAC’s director of makeup artistry, Gregory Arlt, suggest users apply the colour with a matching lip liner (we hear MAC’s lip liner in Edge to Edge (USD18) is a dead ringer for the shade) and gloss, or to even use it on its own. Alternatively, take a leaf out of Kim Kardashian’s book and line your lips with a dark liner first, before swiping on the exclusive lipstick, for a trendy nod to the 90’s. Plus, lining your lips in a darker, nude shade automatically contours your lips for a fuller look- just like Barbie’s!
@Barbiestyle retails at MAC stores islandwide, or at MAC cosmetics’ website for USD20, but last we checked, the lipstick has already gone out of stock.
Update: Hey, guess what, we’ve found out that it’s available at Lazada!
Alternatives to MAC’s @Barbiestyle lipstick
If you’re now obsessing over the colour and are hating yourself for not getting your hands on the product, we have some consolation to offer.
Here are a few alternatives that deliver a very similar shade to the MAC @Barbiestyle lipstick. Hopefully, you’ll find one that you can cart out right away!
NARS Cream Lipstick in Roman Holiday
This creamy lipstick offers a sheer finish and like all NARS lipsticks, provide long-wear and smooth application. There are 28 shades available in the collection but for the closest one to @Barbiestyle, go for Roman Holiday, a gorgeous pink shade that we’re sure will turn heads.
NARS Cream Lipstick retails at SGD40 and is available at all NARS counters and Sephora.
Huda Beauty Power Bullet Matte Lipstick in Honeymoon
This hydrating matte lipstick is known for its level of comfort and full-coverage application. You’d love how the lipstick glide on easily, thanks to the addition of sweet almond oil in the formula. You’ll be left with coloured lips that feel hydrated and smooth.
Huda Beauty Power Bullet Matte Lipstick retails at SGD42 and is available at Sephora.
Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Ballerina Blackout
This soft matte lipstick is designed with an ultra slim bullet for enhanced definition. It boasts a vivid colour without weighing on your lips and its creamy texture is known to be long-lasting.
Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick retails at SGD29 and is available at Sephora.
Pat McGrath Labs MatteTrance Lipstick in Polaroid Pink
One of the most sought-after products by Pat McGrath, this highly pigmented lipstick offers full coverage in a beautiful matte finish. Infused with optical diffusers, this lipstick furthers help to blur the appearance of imperfection so you can have the most kissable lips ever.
Pat McGrath Labs MatteTrance Lipstick retails at SGD59 and is available at Sephora.
By Terry Rouge-Expert Click Stick Lipstick in Flamingo Kiss
This crowd-pleasing lipstick has a balmy texture and a thin bullet to offer extra precision. You’d also love how it delivers high-impact pigment to lips within just one stroke.
By Terry Rouge-Expert Click Stick Lipstick retails at SGD50 and is available at Sephora.