MAC Instigator Lipstick Review

I’ll be honest. When I ordered the Punk Couture lipsticks I had no intention of using them too often. They’re so bold and vampy! But I find myself wearing these lippies a lot lately. Especially Instigator!

Instigator is a deep blackened plum with a matte finish. It goes on very smoothly but not evenly. I have the same patchy application issues with Instigator as I had with Talk That Talk. It applies evenly on my top lip but gets extremely patchy towards the center of my bottom lip even after exfoliating and MAC Prep+Prime lip primer. However, Instigator is much creamier than Talk That Talk so it gets better after a few swipes back and forth. It’s definitely not a lipstick you want to apply without a mirror though.

I’m not sure if MAC has changed the matte formula lately but it’s been feeling really good lately! Instigator is creamy and has a tiny hint of sheen but still looks matte. It’s very comfortable to wear and lasts for over 5 hours. Once it fades it leaves behind a stain that can easily be touched up with gloss. Instigator looks great alone but because of the patchiness I would recommend a lip liner.

MAC Instigator and the rest of the Punk Couture collection will be available online and in stores at all MAC locations on December 26th.