Oh, Violetta. How long I have searched for thee! I've been on the hunt for MAC's Violetta lipstick for two years; fact. It's a permanent lipstick in the MAC Pro range and every time I've gone to London, I've travelled to the Soho Pro store because of this one lipstick. Every time I went, it was sold out. However, I popped into MAC on Grafton Street around Christmas time and one of the lovely girls told me she had a spare Violetta in her kit and would give it to me. I, of course, offered her money and a swap but she handed over this little beauty to me free of charge! I love it even more, I was thrilled.
Why do I obsess over Violetta so much, you ask? Well, look at it! It's a vibrant violet, that's a completely unique shade and pops out in contrast to my pale skin. It has an Amplified finish, so it's creamy and has high-impact colour pay-off. (Impassioned is my other favourite MAC lippy, which is also an Amplified finish; I bought it around two/ three years ago and still love it to death.)
The lipstick is is a blue-toned purple, that can slightly change colour depending on who's wearing it. I usually wear a fuschia-pink or bright purple lipliner underneath it, depending on what way I want to go with the shade. I usually need to apply 2 coats of the lipstick for a complete opaque pay-off, as it can look semi-sheer with just one application. It lasts well on the lips, but I do advise wearing a lipliner with it to ensure it stays on and doesn't bleed outside of the lip line. It's around the usual €17-20 mark for a MAC lipstick, but of course that can change depending on what currency you're using and how you buy it. I'm aware that you can order Pro products into regular Mac stores, but I'm not sure what stores in Dublin do that unfortunately. Violetta sometimes pops up in some of the MAC limited-edition collections (e.g. Venomous Villains), so snatch it up while you can if you see it in a future launch. I adore Violetta - till death do us part, I say!