I love to shop at the outlet mall about an hour from my house. There is a Cosmetics Company Store, which is an Estee Lauder, Inc shop selling multiple brands under the parent umbrella, mostly discontinued products. One of them is MAC. I was sad to discover after I purchased this lipstick, MAC is not cruelty free. *Deep sigh*
Described as a "semi-sheer deep berry red with a frost finish." Umm... I do not see frost when I apply this or when it is swatched. It is not as sheer as say, Black Honey by Clinique and I found it easy to build the coverage without a lot of product. I could see this shade and possibly formula being unforgiving on dry flaky lips, not because the formula is dry, it is actually quite moisturizing, but because the shade is so dark.
Like all MAC lipsticks, this has a vanilla scent and is very creamy and comfortable to wear. I pair the dark berry lip with a light gold eye and I blot my lips with tissue before I reapply to prevent any product buildup. It's not a look I would wear every day but I do enjoy the drama and I am glad I made the purchase. Now stop testing on animals, dang it.
I rate Cunning 4 out of 5 stars. It is a beautiful vampy shade which I find frost-free. Not for the fairest of skintones, a medium to dark complexion would adore this colour.