So, i've worn N2 lipstick out a couple times now. I am disappointed that N2 isn't more blue-violet, but it isn't bad on my pale coloring. It's not a Tyrone Biggums powdered sugar donut look on me - although there have been a few other MAC l/s & l/g that were.
First time out, i lined the edges of my lips with a little Nightmoth, blended it, put N2 l/s on my lips, and then blended the edges with a lip brush. I wasn't trying for an ombré lip, but to blue N2 a bit. It was OK - not a fail, but it was insufficiently blue for my taste.
Next time, i put on N2 l/s straight, then topped it with Perky lipglass (Taste Temptation coll.). That did the trick. It really brought N2 l/s to pale blue-violet-ness. It did give N2 a rather metallic look, which was fine with me, but may not be to other people's taste. I wore it with a frosty pink and pale violet eye, Unconventional blush on my cheek bones, and Earthshine lightly in the hollow beneath.
I'll be playing around with it more. Once i figure out how to make it the pale blue-violet i was hoping for, then i'll work on the ombré thing. I have lots of plum, purple, and violet lipsticks and glosses, and several plum, purple, and violet lip pencils, so i have plenty of ammunition.