MAC Temperature Rising – Lipsticks: Photos, Swatches and Reviews

These lipsticks were released in May of this year with the Temperature Rising collection… Indeed, this is another late post and these items may not be available at most locations but I still want to share these with you so you can see that there may be some good dupes out there!

Temperature Rising Lipsticks

Since this was the big collection for Summer, MAC came out with some beautiful special packaging for it… It reminds me of the texture of NARS packaging, but a beautiful, chocolaty bronze color. The boxes were also the matte bronze.

MAC Temperature Rising Lipstick Box

Temperature Rising Lipstick Tube

MAC lipsticks apply smoothly, are highly pigmented, and wear for 4-6 hours (depending on texture/formula). MAC lipsticks have a faint, pleasant vanilla scent but no taste. Although it’s not always necessary, I suggest wearing something like Prep + Prime Lip underneath, especially with the Dazzle lipsticks… That will keep these from looking or feeling dry and hide any chapped spots on your lips for a smoother application. Primer helps the lipstick wear longer too! Also, a liner will help add some wear time and prevent the lipstick from feathering outside your lip line and add some definition. Like primer, it’s not a necessity but it does add a little more of a put together and polished look.

Since these limited edition lipsticks have special packaging, they sell for $16.50, rather than the usual $15. These, like other MAC lipsticks, contain 3 g / 0.1 US oz of product.

Temperature Rising Lipstick Labels

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Lipsticks swatched on NC20 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Lipsticks swatched on NC20 skin.

Altered Beige

Altered Beige

Altered Beige

Altered Beige

Altered Beige

Altered Beige

Altered Beige:   Altered Beige is a “creamy yellow beige” with a Lustre finish. It’s a repromote and was originally released with the Nordstrom exclusive Colour Forms collection in 2008. This is a pale, warm nude with both pinkish and yellow undertones. The pink seems to add warmth, while the yellow is more part of a soft golden sheen. For a Lustre, it gave really good coverage and color payoff, wearing for 3-4 hours before fading. Since this is SO light, I suggest this for pale to medium or medium-dark skintones only. It can make deeper skintones look a bit zombie-ish.

For a liner, you can use either a true nude or something with a bit of pink to brighten this lipstick. If you want a light nude, Naked Liner Lip Pencil is good… The next step up, like a your lips but better type of nude, would be Subculture Lip Pencil. Subculture also has a nice warm tone to it. For a pinker liner, you could try Dervish Lip Pencil. If you’d like to layer a Lipglass over this, Liquid Passion, also from this collection, would be perfect!

Dupes:   Tropical Mist was limited and more sheer than Altered Beige is, but it’s very close in color… For permanent dupes, I would suggest Japanese Maple Lipstick. Pure Zen is also close, but a bit more pink.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Caliente

Caliente

Caliente

Caliente

Caliente

Caliente

Caliente:   This is a “super dazzle violet” with a Dazzle finish. It’s a medium, warm toned rosy, coppery brown with shimmery/glitter particles that are violet, gold, and copper. The texture is totally different than any other lipstick… While the base color has a creamy feel, it’s the dazzle bits that make it feel slightly rough… Not like a torturous, dragging, unpleasant kind of rough, but they certainly don’t just glide right on. You definitely want to wear a primer under Caliente if you want a smooth application! These will drag across chapped areas pretty badly and emphasize them.

That said, it IS a pretty lipstick, especially on medium to deep skintones. It has great, though not completely opaque coverage… The natural color of your lips will show through a bit. Color payoff is great and it looks nearly the same on the lips as it does in the tube. With Dazzle lipsticks, I get about 3 hours of wear before the shimmery bits start to move around… The color will stick around for more like 4 hours.

For liners, you can use SO many different ones with this… Plum, Half-Red, Spice, Auburn, Chestnut or Mahogany Lip Pencils… There are even more than that, it’s just a matter of playing around with them and seeing what’s best with your own lip color and skintone. A nice Lipglass to layer over this lipstick is Underdressed, which is part of this collection.

Dupes:   Dupes are tricky since this is such an uncommon finish… Oh, Oh, Oh is the closest dupe I’ve found, but it was limited edition. It was released with the Archie’s Girls collection in Spring of this year as well as MAC Me Over in Fall of 2011.

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Feel My Pulse

Feel My Pulse

Feel My Pulse

Feel My Pulse

Feel My Pulse

Feel My Pulse

Feel My Pulse:   Feel My Pulse is a beautiful “vivid magenta violet” with a Cremesheen finish. It’s a medium magenta with some warm pink tones and a soft sheen. It looks more pink on the lips than in the tube, but that’s probably because the coverage isn’t 100% opaque… More like 90%, but that’s still pretty good!. Color payoff is great and the texture is creamy so it applied smoothly. Like most Cremesheens, this gave me around 4 hours of wear before it needed a touch-up.

For liners, the obvious choice is Magenta Lip Pencil. Another option would be Heroine Lip Pencil if you got that when the Fashion Sets collection was released. If you want to bring out the fuchsia/pink tones, I suggest More To Love Pro Longwear Lip Pencil… For added contrast or an ombre look, you can try Currant, Vino, or Nightmoth Lip Pencils. If you’d like to use one of the Temperature Rising Lipglasses over this lipstick, I suggest using Rhythm.

Dupes:   Since purples are becoming more and more popular, there are a few dupes for this… For a permanent color, Violetta would be the closest. Heroine, which was limited edition and released with the Strength and Fashion Sets collections earlier this year, is darker and more or a true purple. Midnight Mambo, which recently came out with the Tropical Taboo collection, is the closest dupe and may still be available at some MAC locations… It is a Mineralize lipstick, though, so it costs a bit more but also contains more lipstick in the tube and is a much more nourishing formula!

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Sheer Seduction

Sheer Seduction

Sheer Seduction

Sheer Seduction

Sheer Seduction

Sheer Seduction

Sheer Seduction:   This is a ” super dazzle brown” with a Dazzle finish. It’s a warm, medium orange-ish bronze with dazzle particles that are copper, gold, and pink. Like Caliente, it has the somewhat gritty texture due to the Dazzle finish, so it feels the same when applied. It gave better coverage than Caliente with no translucency. Sheer Seduction looks nearly the same on the lips as it does in the tube, though a hint warmer, but has great color payoff. As with other Dazzle lipsticks, I got around 3 hours of wear before the dazzling bits started to fade and move around and 4 hours before the base color faded. This lipstick is flattering on most skintones, but be careful if you’re pale to light… You have to rock this with the right look then!

There are several liners that you can use with this… Spice is good if you want a natural line to keep the lipstick in place. You can also try Auburn, Chicory, Mahogany or Chestnut, depending on your preference and skintone. If you’d like to add some gloss, you can layer Soft Serenade Lipglass over this, which is also from Temperature Rising.

Dupes:   Like Caliente, it’s hard to find a dupe for this because it’s so unique… The closest I can think of that are part of MAC’s permanent range would be Meltdown or CB96, though they’re more orange, or maybe Bronze Shimmer.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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