Mandarin is a color that really intimidated me and I was going back and forth on if I should spend $19 on a lipstick that i'm unsure of but I ended up buying it since that's what my goal was for that day...to pick up a color that I normally wouldn't.
The Packaging is something I love, I like how it comes in a square shaped tube vs the circular ones, because I'm clumsy and and am always knocking my circular lipsticks down when i'm trying to grab one so I like how the square one stays put.
The shade description given by Smashbox is : Electric Coral
And this particular shade has a lustrous finish, shea butter for lasting moisturization and Vitamin C & E antioxidant to protect.
Surprisingly this was one of those colors for me that in the tube it looked a little scary ...gorgeous but scary. Yet it turned out to be a really pretty color.
I found the quality of the lipstick out of this world great. The pigmentation is incredible and it lasted me 4 hours without having to re-touch. Also be warned because of the intense pigmentation the lipstick did stain on me...which I personally don't mind but I do know there are people who don't like that. For example the swatch I did on my hand even after washing my hands with soap to remove it there was still a very strong stain left over from the swatch.
Personally I recommend using a lip brush with this one especially if you are like me and am just venturing into the world of bold lip colors it helped me have a little bit more control over the intensity. Also I've found MAC's Nymphette Lip Glass helps to tone it down a little while still giving a beautiful finish.
Purchased at: My local Sephora