MAC Gem of Roses is easily my favorite lipstick that MAC has released this year, 2011. Actually, it's a tie between Gem of Roses (Semi-Precious Collection) and Oh, Oh, Oh (MAC Me Over Collection). Both are gorgeous and easy to wear, both are in my handbag (and - between you and me - I got backups of both!) :-)
Even though Gem of Roses doesn't look that spectacular and unique on the lips, it's a shade I don't quite have yet. I was suprised myself! ;-) It's so wearable and always appropriate. It just goes with anything.
The color is a little hard to describe, I have often seen it described as strawberry pink... I don't know, it's definitely a fresh looking pink, warm toned, with a nice sheen. Finishwise it's a Lustre.
I am officially nominating it in the category Best MAC Lipstick of 2011!
Someone please hand me the Oscar!
Have a great day!