So I just happened to go to Nordstrom for the first time the day the MAC Semi-Precious collection came out. Awesome! My mum was visiting me from Tennessee and we decided we needed to splurge on some MAC. She got MAC Eyeshadow in Malt and MAC Lipstick in Viva Glam V. She got me one of the new lipsticks from the Semi-Precious collection Gem of Roses!
Gem of Roses is described as a midtone strawberry pink by Mac. It's a satin creme with only the slightest shimmer. I don't like shimmery lipsticks, but I feel like this is just enough to make it undetectable on the lips but add that extra bit of fab. I feel like midtone strawberry pink is pretty accurate now that I hear it, but I would add a bit of mauve and red to that as well. It's quite a lovely berry color that looks pinky sometimes and has more red other times.
This is my first MAC purchase ever and I'm so excited and happy about it! The lipstick applies well, isn't sticky, and feels smooth and moisturizing. It doesn't bleed out from the edges, it doesn't get on my teeth, and it doesn't stain the skin around my lips when I mess up and need to wipe off the edges. It seems to last pretty averagely, a couple hours. Of course eating reduces that pretty drastically. I did notice that it sort of stains my lips, in a good way, though. After I ate pretty quickly after applying it was still on probably 80%. It was more faded but the color was totally still there. I love this!!