For the last two years via online voting MAC Cosmetics have allowed their fans to dictate what shades will make it into an online only collection. Such collective is of course the MAC By Request which normally features three lipsticks, three glosses and three eyeshadows all of which are discontinued shades from by gone collections. This years MAC By Request line up features shades from the 90's...yep most of use either were yet to be born or still in nappies. Crazy huh?
I seldom wear lipgloss (long hair and gloss never bodes well), I need another eyeshadow like a hole in the head and everybody knows that lipstick is my weakness. In the end I bought two shades from the MAC By Request Lipstick Collection for 2014 - MAC Hoop and MAC Pink Poodle, both pink hues but both very different.
MAC Hoop Lipstick is a bright but somewhat muted pink (I realise that sounds neigh impossible), imagine MAC Angel but a little brighter and pink based. I don't often like brighter pink lipsticks but I find this really wearable. It is a matte finish but not totally flat nor is it drying like MAC's Retro Matte formulation. The reason I enjoy MAC's matte lipsticks is that they tend to wear really well - at least three hours per application and don't cling to dry areas of my lips nor do they encourage my lips to dry out. If you like soft, natural pink shades with a little pizazz this is one to look out for. A good dupe for this would be Revlon's Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick in Pink Pout which you can find via Boots for £7.49 - link.
My other choice was MAC Pink Poodle lipstick which in hindsight I wish I didn't purchase as it is not at all flattering on me. I've seen a good number of online reviews of this shade but one thing that most images fail to pick up on is how shimmer based this is in real life. If you enjoy frosty lipsticks then I imagine this won't be an issue for you but I hate anything metallic/frosty on my lips. MAC Pink Poodle reminds me a lot of MAC Show Orchid - a bright pink with a strong blue undertone which means this shade can sometimes appear more purple than pink depending on the wearer. MAC Pink Poodle is a glaze formula which means it is a glossy finish, that feels light weight on the lips as well as being somewhat hydrating. The downside is that it isn't the longest wearing - on my lips I was able to achieve around two hours of wear.
You can find the MAC By Request Collection via MAC Cosmetics online - link
The lipsticks are £15/3g each.