Illamasqua lipstick smells like vanilla, somewhat similar to Mac just less chocolatey. The Illamasqua formula for liv is opaque and "matte" Matte. As long as you have the Burts Bee Honey lip balm it is easy to work with this lipstick. I personally much radther prefer this over Mac Saint Germain. The pigmentation is ridiculously good, no need for lip liner here.