MAC is Beauty Lipsticks – Part 2: Photos, Swatches and Reviews

I didn’t wanna leave you all hangin’, so without further ado, here’s the second installment of posts for the MAC is Beauty lipsticks! This post, as well as Part 1, will cover all but two of the shades released with this collection… You can check out Silly and Reel Sexy by clicking on the names of them right there! Also, for the sake of time saving, since I got behind today while sitting in a salon getting my hair done allll afternoon, I will be copying and pasting bits and pieces from Part 1! I know, I know, y’all are thinking I’m getting lazy, but I swear it’s just so you all have something to read every day 🙂 I don’t wanna have any more lapses in posts from now on!

All of the colors and finishes in this collection are ideal for Spring/Summer and are a bright, shiny break from the deep, matte lips from Fall/Winter (although I still wear those all the time). Since a lot of these are Lustres, they can be worn sheer, or built up/layered over liners for a bolder look. I really like this, especially this time of year, because so many people are focusing on skin right now… The lipsticks in this post are all a little more on the pastel side versus the lipsticks in Part 1, but they’re equally beautiful and wearable by pretty much anyone!

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Left to Right: Make Me Gorgeous, Notice Me, Pure Vanity, Real Doll, Real Redhead

MAC Lipsticks are high quality and typically highly pigmented, though the amount of color payoff, coverage, wear time, shine, and shimmer differs between each finish. All of these are Lustre finishes, aside from Make Me Gorgeous, which is an Amplified, so I’ll go into more detail for each finish in the individual reviews. I’m actually super impressed with the lipsticks in this collection… I feel like MAC has been listening to their customers and has possibly changed up the formula for some of their newer Lustre lipsticks, although I haven’t confirmed that yet. I mean yeah, Lustre is meant to have a soft sheen, which they do, and be semi-sheer, which they still are, but the color payoff and coverage has improved dramatically for the most part! Thanks, MAC!

With any lipstick, I suggest starting off by applying Prep + Prime Lip… It’s a silicone based primer that contains Vitamin E, so it adds a bit of moisture, locks in that moisture, and smooths out the lip so everything glides on easily and wears longer! I also recommend using a liner before you put on your lipstick; This will help define and shape the lip, as well as keep everything in place and help prevent bleeding/feathering outside the lip line. Keep reading to learn what liners work best with each lipstick!

These lipsticks are all limited edition, and these are still available online at www.maccosmetics.com. They sell for $16 and contain the usual 3 g / 0.1 US oz of product. Like all MAC lipsticks, these have a subtle, lovely vanilla scent, but no flavor.

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MAC is Beauty Lipsticks part 2 Labels

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.  Lipsticks swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Lipsticks swatched on NC15 skin.

Make Me Gorgeous

Make Me Gorgeous

Make Me Gorgeous

Make Me Gorgeous

Make Me Gorgeous Photo taken indoors with natural, indirect sunlight.

Make Me Gorgeous
Photo taken indoors with natural, indirect sunlight.

Make Me Gorgeous:   This lipstick is described as an “intense coral pink” and has an Amplified finish… It’s a bright, medium coral with warm, pinky undertones and a hint of a golden sheen. It feels very creamy and applies well. Color payoff is nearly as intense as it is in the tube, while coverage is about 90% opaque… If you have highly pigmented lips, it may emphasize more of the pinky undertones in Make Me Gorgeous. I got a solid 4 hours of wear without a liner, and around 6 with one before it started to fade. Even then, it was mostly just in the center of my lip.

Liners:   Lasting Sensation Lip Pencil is a near perfect match with this lipstick. Chic Trick will also work, even though it’s cooler toned and more pink… It will actually bring out the pink tones in Make Me Gorgeous and create more dimension. If you’d like more contrast, you can also use Cherry, which will give more of an ombre look.

Dupes:   Crosswires (Cremesheen) is really similar, though slightly more pink. Vegas Volt (Amplified) is more similar in color, and shares the Amplified finished, though it’s not as pigmented as Make Me Gorgeous.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Notice Me

Notice Me

Notice Me

Notice Me

Notice Me

Notice Me

Notice Me:   Notice Me is a “pale lilac” with a Lustre finish… It’s a pale, cool toned lilac pink with a soft sheen. It felt smooth and creamy, but because it’s so light, it can emphasize chapped areas if you don’t prime your lips first. Color payoff wasn’t quite as lilac as it looks in the tube, but it was extremely close… I think it’s mostly because natural lip color warms up the cooler undertones of Notice Me. Coverage was semi-sheer, which is to be expected with a Lustre finish lipstick, but I would say it was about 80% opaque, which is impressive. Wear time was 3-4 hours without a liner and 4-5 with one. Fading was barely noticeable, though, since this color is so subtle to begin with.

Liners:   Hip ‘N’ Happy Lip Pencil is warmer, but is similar in color, so it adds just enough definition when used with Notice Me. You can also use a light nude like Subculture for a no-liner look, or even a more mauvey, deeper liner like Edge to Edge for a more dramatic look.

Dupes:   Angel (Frost) is darker, warmer, and more pigmented. Saint Germain (Amplified) is MUCH brighter, more intense, cooler, and pinker, though I THINK that if you barely apply it and use something like a lip balm over it, it may work as a dupe. Other than that, Lavender Whip (Cremesheen), which was limited, is the closest dupe I can find.

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Pure Vanity

Pure Vanity

Pure Vanity

Pure Vanity

Pure Vanity

Pure Vanity

Pure Vanity:   This is a “pale peach nude” with a Lustre finish… It’s a light, peachy nude with a subtle sheen. It felt smooth and applied easily, but like other pale nudes, can emphasize dry areas if you have any. It looks less pigmented on the lips than in the tube, but it’s still a very pretty color. Opacity was pretty good for a Lustre, and it covered very evenly without streaking or settling into the lines of my lips. I didn’t notice any fading until near the 3 1/2 to 4 hours mark without a liner, and only had some fading after about 4 1/2 to 5 hours with a liner.

Liners:   Since this is a pretty light nude, the usuals like Subculture or Boldly Bare Lip Pencils will work well for a barely there type of liner. If you want to bump up the color a bit, you can try Fruit Cocktail or even Lasting Sensation, but be prepared to blend those in around the edges since they’re brighter and darker!

Dupes:   Real Redhead (from this same collection) is actually similar, just a few shades darker and not as creamy. Razzle-Dazzler (Lustre) is darker and more coral, as is Peach Blossom.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Real Doll

Real Doll

Real Doll

Real Doll

Real Doll

Real Doll

Real Doll:   Real Doll is a “light pinky lilac” with a Lustre finish… It’s a light, pastel pink with cool lilac undertones and a natural type of shine. Like the other Lustres in this collection, it felt exceptionally creamy and smooth when applied. While it’s not quite so bright on the lips as it is in the tube, it’s still very well pigmented and colorful for a Lustre. Coverage was great and looked opaque and even. Wear time was about 4 hours without a liner, and a little over 5 hours with one.

Liners:   Hip ‘N’ Happy Lip Pencil is absolutely perfect to use with Real Doll if you don’t want much contrast between your liner and lipstick. You can also play around with a bolder rosy toned liner, like Soar, if you want more definition. If you’d like full on barbie doll pink lips and more of an ombre look, you can even try Shock Value Pro Longer Lip Pencil, which requires a bit of blending, but turns out very pretty and bold!

Dupes:   Dreaminess Mineralize Rich Lipstick is the closest permanent dupe I’ve found, but it’s a little darker and more pigmented. If you happened to pick up A Novel Romance (Cremesheen) lipstick from the collection of the same name last fall, it’s also similar, but brighter and warmer.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Real Redhead

Real Redhead

Real Redhead

Real Redhead

Real Redhead

Real Redhead

Real Redhead:   This lipstick is described as a “mauve nude” with a Lustre finish… When I look at it, I see more of a light, peachy nude with warm undertones and a golden sheen, thanks to the uber small shimmer particles. Texture was smooth, but it had the typically slightly drier feel to it that a lot of Lustres with more of a shimmer-sheen have… That said, it still applied easily and felt fine on my lips without drying them out at all. Color payoff is really close to the way it looks in the tube, while coverage was a bit sheer, so it doesn’t reflect the color payoff well, unless you build it up a bit. I noticed no fading or feathering until I had Real Redhead on for around 3-4 hours, and it lasted closer to 4-5 hours with a liner.

Liners:   Yet again, the typical nude liners come into play… Subculture and Boldly Bare are great if you don’t want oodles of contrast. Other than that, you can play around with any of your favorite nude and peachy liners!

Dupes:   As mentioned earlier, Pure Vanity (also from this collection) is like a lighter version of Real Redhead. For a permanent dupe, you can try Shanghai Spice (Cremesheen), which is similar, though a bit more coral. If you pair Boldly Bare Lip Pencil, lightly applied all over the lip, with Shanghai Spice lipstick over it, it’s a pretty close match!

Overall Rating:   4 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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