MAC – Punk Couture – Hautecore Lipstick: Photos, Swatches and Review

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There are a total of four lipsticks in MAC’s Punk Couture collection, which was released the day after Christmas… I realize this post if a bit late but I didn’t even receive my products until earlier this week! Because I’ve received these lipsticks in different shipments, I’m reviewing them individually rather than as a group… I may start using this format anyway, so let me know how you like it!

This is the last of the Lipsticks posts from this amazing collection, and is pretty much the Holy Grail of all MAC Lipsticks at the moment… The gorgeous, matte black Hautecore. This particular lipstick was also released on Black Friday as an online exclusive.

I know that initially, at first glance, you’re either going to love or hate this color… But really give it a chance before you make up your mind whether it’s hideous or hot! Yes, it’s black and that can be intimidating but it’s SO gorgeous in so many ways. Hautecore doesn’t have to be slathered on to full intensity if that’s not your thing… It can be dabbed on gently or applied lightly with a brush to darken other lipsticks or for a soft wash of black under another color of lipstick or gloss. Don’t be afraid to play around with this! The results can be stunning!


MAC’s Matte Lipstick formula is one of the most highly pigmented, long wearing formulas that they make. For this reason, Matte’s are my favorite! Because the drier, though still creamy texture, they really adhere to the lips and wear well without feathering or fading for an average of 5-6 hours. That’s a pretty good wear time for any lipstick, BUT you can make it last even longer! With a liner, you’ll add several hours of wear time, extending it to closer to 7-8 hours. The purpose of the liner is to keep the lipstick in place and also give it something even drier to stick to, especially if you line, then fill in around the edges and corners or even all over the lip. Another trick is to use a primer, like MAC’s Prep + Prime Lip, before applying liner and lipstick to add even more wear time and smooth out the lips for a super easy application.

The texture of Matte Lipsticks is dry, but still feels creamy and glides on without tugging on your lips. The benefit to this is an intense, bold lip without shine. I feel like when you’re going for a bold or bright lip, Mattes are perfect because sometimes too much shine and intensity can seem like it’s overdone. The only down side I can think of with Matte texture Lipsticks is that the drier texture can potentially emphasize chapped or dry areas on the lips… However, there’s a very simple solution for this! Once again, Prep + Prime Lip works as a lifesaver… It’s a color-free lip primer that gives the lips a tiny bit of extra moisture on in addition to locking in your lip’s natural moisture. On top of that, it smooths out the lines and texture on your lips so everything applies smoothly and stays in place. I’ve also found that when wearing dark, more intensely pigmented lipsticks, Prep + Prime Lip will help prevent staining!

Hautecore Label


The Lipsticks with the Punk Couture collection are all limited edition and were released on December 26th both online at and stores and counters and are now available IF you can find them… Unfortunately, these sold out insanely fast, so I can’t promise that your local MAC will have it in stock but there’s always a chance that the website and/or local MAC will have more for sale at some point, so keep checking! Like the majority of MAC Lipsticks, these sell for $15 and contain 3 g / 0.1 US oz of product. They have a faint vanilla scent but no flavor. There is also no special packaging with this collection, which is why they sell at the normal price (thankfully!).

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Hautecore swatched on NC15 skin.
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Hautecore swatched on NC15 skin.
Photo taken indoors with natural sunlight + light from my OttLite makeup mirror. For color reference, I’m a NC15 in MAC terms.
Photo taken indoors with natural sunlight + light from my OttLite makeup mirror.
For color reference, I’m a NC15 in MAC terms.

Hautecore:   This is most certainly a “true matte black”, just as MAC describes it. This lipstick, of course, has a Matte finish… It’s a deep, cooler toned type of black with the typical initial sheen like most Matte lipsticks have, which will dry down to more of a true Matte about an hour after applying. Of course the color payoff isn’t going to be super intense dark black straight out of the tube, but it can be achieved with some layering, as can totally opaque coverage. I find that with this lipstick, it’s best applied by dabbing it on, rather than swiping it across the lips, then layering more on and smoothing out with a brush. It does has a creamy texture, though not as creamy and soft as many other Matte lipsticks, which gave this relatively easy application with no emphasis on chapped, dry areas of the lips. I got around 6 hours of wear without a liner and more like 7-8 with a liner! This lipstick did leave a bit of a stain at the end of the day, which was easily removed with MAC Cleanse Off Oil.

Since there are not officially any black Lip Pencils from MAC, you can try Nightmoth if you want to use a Lip Pencil… I, however, use an eye liner of some sort. My favorite is Engraved Powerpoint Pencil because it will wear for a long time. You can also try plain old Ebony Eye Pencil, since it’s dry and will wear well on the lips without smudging like the Eye Kohls, Smolder and Feline, tend to. If you want to try a Chromagraphic Pencil from MAC PRO, you can get Black Black (no, not a mistype, it’s two of the same word)… I like that option because it’s long wearing but also applies smoothly and leaves little to no staining.

Dupes:   Well let’s see… I don’t have many black lipsticks to compare this to, and none that are currently available! Black Knight was a Cremesheen Lipstick that MAC released a few years ago, which is close in color but has a shine. Midnight Media was also a great black lipstick from MAC, released the same time as Black Night, but it was a Mattene, so the texture was closer to Hautecore, but it wasn’t as intense.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:  5

Packaging:   5



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