Not long ago, everyone from Prada to Margiela set out to capture and bottle the essence of lipstick. Many perfumers called upon powdery floral notes—like rose, violet, musk, and vanilla—often found in classic bullets beloved by your grandmother. But the cosmetics world has shifted, and with it, so has this generation's taste in lipstick. Bold, unapologetic, Instagram-friendly hues are what customers crave. And those rules regarding certain colors for specific seasons? Consider them effectively erased. A vampy berry looks just as sexy with a bikini as it does a turtleneck, and red is no longer reserved for special occasions.
MAC, the beauty behemoth behind some of the world's best-selling bullets, is now reinterpreting what lipstick smells like for the modern woman (or man) by releasing six scents inspired by the brand's most iconic colors. And you better believe none of them smell like something you'd find on granny's vanity.
Ruby Woo, a cult-favorite red worn by everyone from Rihanna to Rita Ora, is laced with hints of leather for a sultry yet sophisticated finish (just like the lipstick itself). Lady Danger, a flaming orange, is ripe with wild cherry, while Candy Yum-Yum—a Barbie-worthy pink that shouts rather than whispers—is a tropical blend with hints of cotton candy. My Heroine (another RiRi fave) boasts saffron, incense, and cordovan leather notes…you know, like what we imagine a vintage opium den smells like. Crème d’Nude provides a warm hint of musk that lingers on bare skin, and Velvet Teddy (a beige-y mauve) is tinged with wild honey. We imagine each fragrance (out November 30) leaves its mark—much like the kiss color that inspired it.