MAC – Magnetic Nude – Close Contact Lipstick: Photos Swatches and Review

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While there were four lipsticks released with the Magnetic Nude collection, I only purchased two, one of them being Close Contact which is what this review is about. I also picked up Morning Rose. The other lipsticks are gorgeous but I didn’t get them because I either have something similar or it just wasn’t something I needed in my personal or professional kit.

Close Contact 1

Close Contact Lipstick has an Amplified finish, so it’s super pigmented but very smooth and creamy at the same time. Amplified lipsticks also wear well, giving 4-6 hours of wear before fading. Because this is highly pigmented, but still nude, I recommend using Prep + Prime Lip first to smooth out your lips and hide any chapped areas (they tend to show more easily with nudes). Prep + Prime Lip will also increase the wear time of any lipstick. Of course you may want to use a liner too… This will not only define the lip and add contrast if you like, it will also keep the lipstick in place longer, increasing the wear time. Applying a liner first will prevent smudging or feathering outside the natural lip line as well.

The lipsticks from the Magnetic Nude collection are available now and were released on Thursday, December 26th. These lipsticks can be purchased online at or at any store or counter. They sell for the usual $15 and contain 3 g / 0.1 US oz of product. MAC lipsticks have a subtle vanilla scent but no taste.

Close Contact Lipstick Label

Close Contact Lipstick 2

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Close Contact swatched on NC15 skin.
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Close Contact swatched on NC15 skin.
Photo taken indoors with natural sunlight + light from my OttLite makeup mirror.
Photo taken indoors with natural sunlight + light from my OttLite makeup mirror.

Close Contact:   This Lipstick is a “creamy peach” with an Amplified finish… It’s a light, warm, peachy nude with a creamy sheen typical of Amplified lipsticks. Color payoff was true to the tube and coverage was full and opaque with little lipstick applied. The texture is super smooth and creamy, gliding on easily. I got a little over 5 hours of wear (without a liner) before I noticed fading. With a liner applied first, I got over 6 hours of wear. For a nude, this lipstick is really flattering on most skin tones… It’s not cool toned or too light, so it won’t make you look washed out.

Liners:   I’ll go from light to dark with these… All of these are MAC Lip Pencils: Naked Liner, Subculture, Boldly Bare, Spice, Auburn, Mahogany. It all depends on how much contrast you want and your own natural skin tone and lip color.

Dupes:   Myth is lighter, more nude, and cooler. Creme D Nude is also lighter and more nude. Japanese Maple is much more sheer and warmer. Pure Zen is more pink, a hint darker, but more sheer. For limited edition dupes, Sweet & Sour from the All About Orange collection is similar, but warmer and more peachy.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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