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MAC’s Fashion Sets collection is full of bright, bold products that all share the same name and color. These Lip Pencils have Lipsticks, Lipglasses, Eye Shadows, and Nail Lacquers that coordinate with them for a fun, monochromatic look.

Fashion Sets Lip Pencils

 

Fashion Sets Lip Pencils

 

MAC Lip Pencils have a somewhat dry type of formula that wears for around 6 hours or more and is intensely pigmented. Although they can feel dry at times, they still apply smoothly! If you want these to apply as smoothly as possibly, I suggest starting off with something like Prep + Prime Lip… That will also make these wear longer. All of these Lip Pencils work perfectly with their coordinating Lipsticks and Lipglasses and will make those products wear longer and look more defined if layered underneath… Lip Pencils are a must have with a bold lip, so if you plan on getting the Lipsticks, you should definitely pick up these Lip Pencils too!

Fashion Sets Lip Pencils are limited edition,  available online now at www.maccosmetics.com and will be for sale at MAC stores and counters on Thursday, April 4th. Each one of these sells for the usual $15 and contains 1.45 g / 0.5 US oz of product.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.Lip Pencils swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Lip Pencils swatched on NC15 skin.

 

Ablaze Lip Pencil

Ablaze:   Ablaze Lip Pencil is a “bright apricot” with a matte finish. It’s a bright, medium orange that I don’t see any apricot to at all! There is more of a soft coral tone than apricot.

Like other MAC Lip Pencils, I get around 6 hours of wear before any fading occurs. These type of lip liners have a somewhat dry texture that helps them wear longer and appear extra pigmented, but they still apply smoothly.

At first glance, this Lip Pencil looks like Entertain Me but Ablaze isn’t as much of a true orange and is lighter. Lasting Sensation Lip Pencil is also similar but Ablaze is darker and less coral. What A Blast Pro Longwear Lip Pencil is also close but looks much more bold and is a darker orange when applied.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Embrace Me Lip Pencil

 

Embrace Me:   This is described as a “vivid pinkish fuchsia” and has a matte finish. It’s a medium, bright fuchsia with blue undertones.

I got about 7 hours of wear with this Lip Pencil before it started to fade at all and like Embrace Me Lipstick, it left a stain for an additional hour or more. As with other MAC Lip Pencils, it’s a dry type of liner but it’s not so dry that it tugs.

Embrace Me Lip Pencil probably looks pretty familiar to you by now… It’s been released in the past with numerous collections including Beth Ditto, Tour de Fabulous, Iris Apfel, and most recently with the Strength collection in December of 2012. Hopefully they just keep it around and make it permanent this time! There really aren’t any dupes for Embrace Me… More To Love Pro Longwear Lip Pencil (which is permanent) is the only other hot pink lip liner that MAC has to offer, but it’s duller, darker and not as cool toned.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Heroine Lip Pencil

 

Heroine:   Heroine Lip Pencil is described as a “bright purple” with a matte finish. It’s a medium-dark purple with warm, reddish undertones… It’s very very similar to the coordinating Lipstick!

I got fantastic color payoff with this Lip Pencil and over 6 hours of wear before it started to fade away. Even after it faded there was a bit of a stain left that lasted another hour or more. This Lip Pencil felt softer than many other MAC Lip Pencils so it applied easily with no tugging.

Magenta Lip Pencil would be the closest dupe to this, but it’s still way off! Magenta is, well, a magenta color and is brighter and more pinkish.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Silly Lip Pencil

 

Silly:   This Lip Pencil is a “bright pink” with a matte finish. It’s an absolute perfect match to the Lipstick in every way… Including in the way that it looks warmer toned than it really is! On the lips it’s an ever so slightly cool toned, medium bright pink.

This Lip Pencil had a drier texture than the others in the Fashion Sets collection so it didn’t apply all that smoothly… It skipped and tugged a bit, but that’s not uncommon with many types of lip liners. You do want some degree of dryness so they wear well! It had great color payoff and wore for 7 hours before it began to fade, so that made up for the drier texture. I did apply this over Prep + Prime Lip, which may have extended the wear time by an hour or so… It also helped it apply smoothly with no tugging.

Silly is really different from any Lip Pencil that MAC has, either permanent or limited edition, so there aren’t any dupes that I can think of… If I find one I’ll be sure to post it!

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   3

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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MAC released four new Lipglasses with the Fashion Sets collection… These all coordinate with Lipsticks, Lip Pencils, Eye Shadows, and Nail Lacquers of the same names. All of these colors are bright and unique, so this is a great collection that’s definitely worth checking out!

Fashion Sets Lipglasses

Fashion Sets Lipglass Labels

MAC Lipglasses typically give me about 4 hours of wear before I need to touch up. They’re a somewhat thick, slightly sticky formula, but the heavy stickiness isn’t so noticeable after the Lipglass warms up and melts onto your lips a little bit. The texture of MAC Lipglass is very creamy, giving great color payoff and coverage. These, like other MAC Lipglasses, have a subtle vanilla scent but no taste.

All of the Fashion Sets Lipglasses are limited edition. This collection is available online now at www.maccosmetics.com and will be for sale at MAC stores and counters on Thursday, April 4th. Each one of these products sells for the usual $15 and contain 4.8 g / 0.17 US oz of product.

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

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

Ablaze Lipglass

Ablaze Lipglass applied over Prep + Prime Lip.

Ablaze Lipglass applied over Prep + Prime Lip.

Ablaze:   This Lipglass is described as a “bright orange cream” with a hint of shimmer. It’s a medium, warm toned coral-ish orange with golden-coral shimmer. It applies very evenly with no patchiness and has great color payoff. It’s NEARLY opaque but not 100%.

Ablaze Lipglass is certainly more orange than the Lipstick is, but they work well together on their own and don’t NEED to be layered… You can also use this Lipglass layered over the Lip Pencil, which will make it wear longer (I got around 4 hours of wear alone)… Ablaze Lip Pencil is actually a closer match to the Lipglass.

As for dupes, Morange is creamier, more opaque and more orange. Eclectic Edge, which came out with the Styleseeker collection last fall, is close but has a lot more shimmer and is a brighter orange with less coral tones.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Embrace Me Lipglass

Embrace Me Lipglass applied over Prep + Prime Lip.

Embrace Me Lipglass applied over Prep + Prime Lip.

Embrace Me:   This Tinted Lipglass is also a “bright fuchsia cream” with shimmer. It’s a slightly cool toned, bright, medium, hot fuchsia pink with a very fine, iridescent type of fuchsia shimmer.

It’s more pinkish and warmer toned than the coordinating Lipstick but they look fantastic when layered. Like Ablaze, the Lip Pencil is actually a closer match to Embrace Me Lipglass than the Lipstick is. It applied opaque with good color payoff and gave me a little over 4 hours of wear time…. Embrace Me Lipglass went on evenly but felt a heavier than the other Fashion Sets Lipglasses, which is probably why it wore so well!

At first glance, I thought that Girl About Town Lipglass (which is permanent) would be a really good match, but Girl About Town is darker and more opaque… Although they look super close in the tube, they look totally different on the lips! Embrace Me Lipglass is truly unique!

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Heroine Lipglass

Heroine Lipglass applied over Prep + Prime Lip.

Heroine Lipglass applied over Prep + Prime Lip.

Heroine:   This Tinted Lipglass is described as a “bright purple cream” and has a soft iridescent shimmer. It’s a somewhat warm, pinkish toned, medium purple with fine, iridescent pinkish-purple shimmer.

Like most other MAC Lipglasses, Heroine gave me about 4 hours of wear before it began to fade. It’s only semi-opaque but has good color payoff. The pinker and more naturally pigmented your lips are, the brighter this Lipglass will look. The color isn’t really a perfect match to the Lipstick or Lip Pencil… It definitely adds something special to the look when layered over the Lipstick, but it’s a pretty Lipglass however you choose to wear it.

I honestly can’t think of a good dupe for this Lipglass… I’m sitting here digging through my kit but I just can’t find anything close! There are a few that look similar in the tube, like Revenge Is Sweet from Taste Temptations, but Heroine is MUCH darker on the lips!

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Silly Lipglass

Silly Lipglass applied over Prep + Prime Lip.

Silly Lipglass applied over Prep + Prime Lip.

Silly:   This Tinted Lipglass is described as a “bright pink cream” with no shimmer. It’s a medium, bright, creamy pink that looks slightly cool toned and blue-based once applied to the lips, although it looks warmer toned or at least more neutral in the tube. It’s a tiny bit cooler toned than the coordinating Lipstick is, but MAC matched these two products really well!

Silly is mostly opaque and gives fantastic color payoff. It feels thicker and creamier than many other Lipglasses so it applies easily and wears well… It wore for just over 4 hours on me before it started to fade. The only issue I had with this Lipglass is that it settled into the lines on my lips a tiny bit when I applied it without a primer, so I would definitely suggest using Prep + Prime Lip before you put on this Lipglass.

I can’t think of many Lipglasses that look similar to Silly… Pink Nouveau would probably be the closest but it’s more blue based/cool toned and is lighter and brighter.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

MAC Fashion Sets are sets of coordinating Lipsticks, Lipglasses, Lip Pencils, Eye Shadows, and Nail Lacquers that share the same name and color. They’re all unique, bright, bold colors that are perfect for Spring and Summer!

Fashion Sets 2013 Lipsticks

Fashion Sets 2013 Lipstick Labels

I feel like recently, MAC has really improved on the formula for Matte Lipsticks so I’m happy to see that all of the Lipsticks in the Fashion Sets collection are Matte. For the most part, these have a creamy texture, amazing color payoff and coverage and a slight sheen that fades after about the first hour of wear. As with other MAC Matte Lipsticks, I get roughly 6 hours of wear.

All of these Lipsticks are limited edition. Fashion Sets are available online now at www.maccosmetics.com and will be for sale at MAC stores and counters on Thursday, April 4th. Each one of these lipsticks sells for the usual $15 and contains 3 g / 0.1 US oz of product. These Lipsticks have the classic, subtle MAC vanilla scent but no taste. As far as I know, these are already sold out online but there’s a good chance that MAC will replenish stock so keep checking back! Otherwise, be sure to get to your local counter or store early or see if they can put these on hold for you.

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

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

Ablaze Lipstick

Ablaze Lipstick applied over Prep + Prime Lip.

Ablaze Lipstick applied over Prep + Prime Lip.

Ablaze (Matte):   Ablaze Lipstick is a “bright apricot cream” with a Matte finish. It’s a medium-dark, rich, warm, pinkish coral with a matte texture that has a soft sheen to it at first, though the sheen begins to fade after the first hour or two of wear.

Like other Matte finish lipsticks from MAC, I got nearly 6 hours of wear with Ablaze. It gave me completely opaque coverage and great color payoff with very little product applied. This lipstick glided on smoothly, even though it’s a Matte, and didn’t feel drying.

The most similar lipstick I can think of would be MAC’s Watch Me Simmer, from Shop MAC, Cook MAC that came out last spring/summer… Watch Me Simmer is more pink, not as bright, and has an Amplified finish which is creamier and has more of a sheen.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Embrace Me Lipstick

Embrace Me Lipstick applied over Prep + Prime Lip.

Embrace Me Lipstick applied over Prep + Prime Lip.

Embrace Me (Matte):   This lipstick is a “bright fuchsia cream” with a Matte finish. It’s a bright, medium-dark, hot pink fuchsia with a cool, blue undertone. On my lips it appears cooler toned than it is in the tube. Like many other recent Matte finish Lipsticks from MAC, this has a slight sheen that fades after about the first hour of wear, although it’s not as much of a sheen as the other Matte Lipsticks in this collection.

Embrace Me wore for a solid 6 hours on me and left a stain for over another hour after I removed it! It has totally opaque coverage and wonderful color payoff. The texture is slightly drier than the other Fashion Sets Lipsticks so it didn’t apply as smoothly as the rest of them did. That said, I didn’t find Embrace Me to be drying to my lips at all.

There are several MAC Lipsticks similar to Embrace Me, but none are a perfect dupe… The closest ones would be Daddy’s Little Girl, from the recent Archie’s Girls collection, but it’s lighter and seems to have more purple in it as well as a Satin finish, so it’s much shinier. Dear Diary Pro Longwear Lipcreme Lipstick, from the Beth Ditto collection, is nearly a perfect match but seems a little brighter and cooler. Pink Pigeon, from the Strength and Iris Apfel collections, is darker but more neon and has more sheen to it. If you missed out on any of those and can’t get your paws on Embrace Me, there is always Candy Yum Yum, which is permanent so it’s available at all times… However, it’s a bit lighter, cooler, and has more of a neon look.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Heroine Lipstick

Heroine Lipstick applied over Prep + Prime Lip.

Heroine Lipstick applied over Prep + Prime Lip.

Heroine (Matte):   Heroine Lipstick is described as a “bright violet/purple” with a Matte finish. It’s a bold medium-dark, warm toned purple. Even though it’s a Matte finish Lipstick, it has a soft sheen to it that lasts a little over an hour after it’s applied. If this lipstick looks familiar to you, it’s because it was also released around this time last year with the Reel Sexy collection.

Heroine wears for a little over 6 hours on me and like Embrace Me, leaves a bit of a stain even after it’s worn off or has been removed. It gives opaque coverage and top notch color payoff. Heroine feels soft and glides on easily without feeling the least bit dry.

If you’re looking for a dupe of Heroine, the closest I can think of would be MAC’s Violetta, which is permanent at PRO stores and online…However, Violetta is considerably more iridescent and shimmery. Other than that, the color is very similar. Strong Woman from the Strength collection is another nice MAC purple, but it’s much darker and more blue based. Seductive Intent Mattene Lipstick from the Taste Temptation collection is also similar but pinker and brighter. Seductive Intent also has a considerably creamier texture and more of a sheen.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Silly Lipstick

Silly Lipstick applied over Prep + Prime Lip.

Silly Lipstick applied over Prep + Prime Lip.

Silly (Matte):   Silly is a “bright cream pink” with a Matte finish. It’s an intense, medium, nearly neon pink that’s almost neutral but looks slightly cool toned once it’s applied. It looks warmer in the tube and when swatched. Like the other Fashion Sets Lipsticks, Silly has a slight sheen at first but it faded quickly on me, turning into a true Matte finish in less than an hour.

I got totally opaque coverage and awesome color payoff with Silly. It felt especially creamy and applied evenly without feeling dry at all. This Lipstick gave me just less than 6 hours of wear before it began to fade.

Silly is a unique Lipstick and doesn’t have a dupe that’s all that close to it… Candy Yum Yum is a little darker but is much more cool toned. Pink Nouveau is also more of a blue based pink and has a considerable amount of sheen because it has a Satin finish.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

MAC Fashion Sets are bold brights with a modern edge… They’re coordinating sets of products that include a Lip Pencil, Lipstick, Lipglass, Nail Lacquer, and Eye Shadow that are all the same color. I only purchased the lip products, so there will only be reviews and photos for those… Sorry!

Silly Lip Set

 

Not everyone wants to be totally match-matchy but it’s fun to do monochromatic looks sometimes… It’s definitely not considered a “makeup don’t” any more!

My favorite part of Fashion Sets are the lip products, since it’s always nice to have a coordinating liner, lipstick and gloss… I do like the Eye Shadows and Nail Lacquers too, I just didn’t think it was necessary to add to them to my collection or kit.

Since the Eye Shadows and Nail Lacquers are totally different products and textures than lippies, they aren’t perfect matches to them… That said, they don’t have to be a perfect match for a monochromatic look to work. They’re all high quality and nicely pigmented so they work well on their own and get a big thumbs up from me!

All three of these lip products are limited edition, although I am hoping these return as permanent like some of the products from Fashion Sets of 2012 did. Fashion Sets are available online now atwww.maccosmetics.com and will be for sale at MAC stores and counters on Thursday, April 4th. Each one of these products sells for the usual $15. MAC Lipsticks and Tinted Lipglasses are lightly vanilla scented but have no flavor.

Silly Lip Pencil, Lipstick and Lipglass all used together.Photo taken indoors with indirect sunlight as well as light from my OttLite makeup mirror

Silly Lip Pencil, Lipstick and Lipglass all used together.
Photo taken indoors with indirect sunlight as well as light from my OttLite makeup mirror

Silly Lip Pencil, Lipstick and Lipglass swatched on NC15 skin.Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.

Silly Lip Pencil, Lipstick and Lipglass swatched on NC15 skin.
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.

 

Silly Lipstick

Silly Lipstick applied over Prep + Prime Lip.

Silly Lipstick applied over Prep + Prime Lip.

Silly Lipstick (Matte):   Silly is a “bright cream pink” with a Matte finish. It’s an intense, medium, nearly neon pink that’s almost neutral but looks slightly cool toned once it’s applied. It looks warmer in the tube and when swatched. Like the other Fashion Sets Lipsticks, Silly has a slight sheen at first but it faded quickly on me, turning into a true Matte finish in less than an hour.

I got totally opaque coverage and awesome color payoff with Silly. It felt especially creamy and applied evenly without feeling dry at all. This Lipstick gave me just less than 6 hours of wear before it began to fade. Since this is a Matte Lipstick, it can emphasize chapped or dry spots on the lips, so I suggest applying it over something like Prep + Prime Lip to smooth and even out the texture of the lips.

Silly is a unique Lipstick and doesn’t have a dupe that’s all that close to it… Candy Yum Yum is a little darker but is much more cool toned. Pink Nouveau is also more of a blue based pink and has a considerable amount of sheen because it has a Satin finish.

Silly Lipstick is limited edition, contains 3 g / 0.1 US oz of product and costs $15.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

Silly Lipglass

Silly Lipglass applied over Prep + Prime Lip.

Silly Lipglass applied over Prep + Prime Lip.

Silly Lipglass:   This Tinted Lipglass is described as a “bright pink cream” with no shimmer. It’s a medium, bright, creamy pink that looks slightly cool toned and blue-based once applied to the lips, although it looks warmer toned or at least more neutral in the tube. It’s a tiny bit cooler toned than the coordinating Lipstick is, but MAC matched these two products really well!

Silly is mostly opaque and gives fantastic color payoff. It feels thicker and creamier than many other Lipglasses so it applies easily and wears well… It wore for just over 4 hours on me before it started to fade. The only issue I had with this Lipglass is that it settled into the lines on my lips a tiny bit when I applied it without a primer, so I would definitely suggest using Prep + Prime Lip before you put on this Lipglass.

I can’t think of many Lipglasses that look similar to Silly… Pink Nouveau would probably be the closest but it’s more blue based/cool toned and is lighter and brighter.

Silly Lipglass is limited edition, contains 4.8 g / 0.17 US oz of product and sells for $15.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

 

Silly Lip Pencil

Silly Lip Pencil:   This Lip Pencil is a “bright pink” with a matte finish. It’s an absolute perfect match to the Lipstick in every way… Including in the way that it looks warmer toned than it really is! On the lips it’s an ever so slightly cool toned, medium bright pink.

This Lip Pencil had a drier texture than the others in the Fashion Sets collection so it didn’t apply all that smoothly… It skipped and tugged a bit, but that’s not uncommon with many types of lip liners. You do want some degree of dryness so they wear well! It had great color payoff and wore for 7 hours before it began to fade, so that made up for the drier texture. I did apply this over Prep + Prime Lip, which may have extended the wear time by an hour or so… It also helped it apply smoothly with no tugging.

Silly is really different from any Lip Pencil that MAC has, either permanent or limited edition, so there aren’t any dupes that I can think of… If I find one I’ll be sure to post it!

Silly Lip Pencil is limited edition, contains 1.45 g / 0.5 US oz of product and costs $15.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   3

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

MAC Fashion Sets are bold brights with a modern edge… They’re coordinating sets of products that include a Lip Pencil, Lipstick, Lipglass, Nail Lacquer, and Eye Shadow that are all the same color. I only purchased the lip products, so there will only be reviews and photos for those… Sorry!

The Heroine Lipstick pictured in this post is from a previous collection release so it’s been used… Sorry it looks a little big flattened and smudgy!

Heroine Lip Set

Not everyone wants to be totally match-matchy but it’s fun to do monochromatic looks sometimes… It’s definitely not considered a “makeup don’t” any more!

My favorite part of Fashion Sets are the lip products, since it’s always nice to have a coordinating liner, lipstick and gloss… I do like the Eye Shadows and Nail Lacquers too, I just didn’t think it was necessary to add to them to my collection or kit.

Since the Eye Shadows and Nail Lacquers are totally different products and textures than lippies, they aren’t perfect matches to them… That said, they don’t have to be a perfect match for a monochromatic look to work. They’re all high quality and nicely pigmented so they work well on their own and get a big thumbs up from me!

All three of these lip products are limited edition, although I am hoping these return as permanent like some of the products from Fashion Sets of 2012 did. Fashion Sets are available online now atwww.maccosmetics.com and will be for sale at MAC stores and counters on Thursday, April 4th. Each one of these products sells for the usual $15. MAC Lipsticks and Tinted Lipglasses are lightly vanilla scented but have no flavor.

Heroine Lip Pencil, Lipstick and Lipgloss all used together.Photo taken indoors with indirect sunlight as well as light from my OttLite makeup mirror.

Heroine Lip Pencil, Lipstick and Lipglass all used together.
Photo taken indoors with indirect sunlight as well as light from my OttLite makeup mirror.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.Lip Pencil, Lipstick, and Lipglass swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Lip Pencil, Lipstick, and Lipglass swatched on NC15 skin.

 

Heroine Lipstick

Heroine Lipstick applied over Prep + Prime Lip.

Heroine Lipstick applied over Prep + Prime Lip.

Heroine Lipstick (Matte):   Heroine Lipstick is described as a “bright violet/purple” with a Matte finish. It’s a bold medium-dark, warm toned purple. Even though it’s a Matte finish Lipstick, it has a soft sheen to it that lasts a little over an hour after it’s applied. If this lipstick looks familiar to you, it’s because it was also released around this time last year with the Reel Sexy collection.

Heroine wears for a little over 6 hours on me and like Embrace Me, leaves a bit of a stain even after it’s worn off or has been removed. It gives opaque coverage and top notch color payoff. Heroine feels soft and glides on easily without feeling the least bit dry. As with all Matte Lipsticks, I suggest applying it over a primer, like Prep + Prime Lip or a lightweight moisturizer so it won’t emphasize any dry or chapped areas you may have on your lips.

If you’re looking for a dupe of Heroine, the closest I can think of would be MAC’s Violetta, which is permanent at PRO stores and online…However, Violetta is considerably more iridescent and shimmery. Other than that, the color is very similar. Strong Woman from the Strength collection is another nice MAC purple, but it’s much darker and more blue based. Seductive Intent Mattene Lipstick from the Taste Temptation collection is also similar but pinker and brighter. Seductive Intent also has a considerably creamier texture and more of a sheen.

Heroine Lipstick is limited edition, contains 3 g / 0.1 US oz of product and costs $15. As far as I know, this one sold out online almost immediately, so be prepared to show up early at your local counter or store if you want to pick up this lipstick! You may want to call ahead or stop by and ask if they can put it on hold for you.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Heroine Lipglass

Heroine Lipglass applied over Prep + Prime Lip.

Heroine Lipglass applied over Prep + Prime Lip.

Heroine Lipglass:   This Tinted Lipglass is described as a “bright purple cream” and has a soft iridescent shimmer. It’s a somewhat warm, pinkish toned, medium purple with fine, iridescent pinkish-purple shimmer.

Like most other MAC Lipglasses, Heroine gave me about 4 hours of wear before it began to fade. It’s only semi-opaque but has good color payoff. The pinker and more naturally pigmented your lips are, the brighter this Lipglass will look. The color isn’t really a perfect match to the Lipstick or Lip Pencil… It definitely adds something special to the look when layered over the Lipstick, but it’s a pretty Lipglass however you choose to wear it.

I honestly can’t think of a good dupe for this Lipglass… I’m sitting here digging through my kit but I just can’t find anything close! There are a few that look similar in the tube, like Revenge Is Sweet from Taste Temptations, but Heroine is MUCH darker on the lips!

Heroine Lipglass is limited edition, contains 4.8 g / 0.17 US oz of product and sells for $15.

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Heroine Lip Pencil

Heroine Lip Pencil:   Heroine Lip Pencil is described as a “bright purple” with a matte finish. It’s a medium-dark purple with warm, reddish undertones… It’s very very similar to the coordinating Lipstick!

I got fantastic color payoff with this Lip Pencil and over 6 hours of wear before it started to fade away. Even after it faded there was a bit of a stain left that lasted another hour or more. This Lip Pencil felt softer than many other MAC Lip Pencils so it applied easily with no tugging. Although it has a smoother texture, I still suggest applying this over something like Prep + Prime Lip, which will make it go on like it’s made of silk as well as make this Lip Pencil wear longer.

Magenta Lip Pencil would be the closest dupe to this, but it’s still way off! Magenta is, well, a magenta color and is brighter and more pinkish.

Heroine Lip Pencil is limited edition, contains 1.45 g / 0.5 US oz of product and costs $15.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

MAC Fashion Sets are bold brights with a modern edge… They’re coordinating sets of products that include a Lip Pencil, Lipstick, Lipglass, Nail Lacquer, and Eye Shadow that are all the same color. I only purchased the lip products, so there will only be reviews and photos for those… Sorry!

Embrace Me Lip Set

Not everyone wants to be totally match-matchy but it’s fun to do monochromatic looks sometimes… It’s definitely not considered a “makeup don’t” any more!

My favorite part of Fashion Sets are the lip products, since it’s always nice to have a coordinating liner, lipstick and gloss… I do like the Eye Shadows and Nail Lacquers too, I just didn’t think it was necessary to add to them to my collection or kit.

Since the Eye Shadows and Nail Lacquers are totally different products and textures than lippies, they aren’t perfect matches to them… That said, they don’t have to be a perfect match for a monochromatic look to work. They’re all high quality and nicely pigmented so they work well on their own and get a big thumbs up from me!

All three of these lip products are limited edition, although I am hoping these return as permanent like some of the products from Fashion Sets of 2012 did. Fashion Sets are available online now atwww.maccosmetics.com and will be for sale at MAC stores and counters on Thursday, April 4th. Each one of these products sells for the usual $15. MAC Lipsticks and Tinted Lipglasses are lightly vanilla scented but have no flavor.

Lip Pencil, Lipstick and Lipgloss all used together.Photo taken indoors with indirect sunlight as well as light from my OttLite makeup mirror.

Embrace Me Lip Pencil, Lipstick and Lipglass all used together.
Photo taken indoors with indirect sunlight as well as light from my OttLite makeup mirror.

Embrace Me Lip Pencil, Lipstick and Lipglass swatched on NC15 skin.Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.

Embrace Me Lip Pencil, Lipstick and Lipglass swatched on NC15 skin.
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.

Embrace Me Lipstick

Embrace Me Lipstick applied over Prep + Prime Lip.

Embrace Me Lipstick (Matte):   This lipstick is a “bright fuchsia cream” with a Matte finish. It’s a bright, medium-dark, hot pink fuchsia with a cool, blue undertone. On my lips it appears cooler toned than it is in the tube. Like many other recent Matte finish Lipsticks from MAC, this has a slight sheen that fades after about the first hour of wear, although it’s not as much of a sheen as the other Matte Lipsticks in this collection.

Embrace Me wore for a solid 6 hours on me and left a stain for over another hour after I removed it! It has totally opaque coverage and wonderful color payoff. The texture is slightly drier than the other Fashion Sets Lipsticks so it didn’t apply as smoothly as the rest of them did. That said, I didn’t find Embrace Me to be drying to my lips at all. Since this is a Matte finish lipstick, I recommend priming or lightly moisturizing your lips prior to applying this lipstick if you have any dry or chapped areas, as it will emphasize them. My favorite product is Prep + Prime Lip from MAC… It also extends the wear time.

There are several MAC Lipsticks similar to Embrace Me, but none are a perfect dupe… The closest ones would be Daddy’s Little Girl, from the recent Archie’s Girls collection, but it’s lighter and seems to have more purple in it as well as a Satin finish, so it’s much shinier. Dear Diary Pro Longwear Lipcreme Lipstick, from the Beth Ditto collection, is nearly a perfect match but seems a little brighter and cooler. Pink Pigeon, from the Strength and Iris Apfel collections, is darker but more neon and has more sheen to it. If you missed out on any of those and can’t get your paws on Embrace Me, there is always Candy Yum Yum, which is permanent so it’s available at all times… However, it’s a bit lighter, cooler, and has more of a neon look.

Embrace Me Lipstick is limited edition, contains 3 g / 0.1 US oz of product and costs $15.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Embrace Me Lipglass

Embrace Me Lipglass applied over Prep + Prime Lip.

Embrace Me Lipglass applied over Prep + Prime Lip.

Embrace Me Lipglass:   This Tinted Lipglass is also a “bright fuchsia cream” with shimmer. It’s a slightly cool toned, bright, medium, hot fuchsia pink with a very fine, iridescent type of fuchsia shimmer.

It’s more pinkish and warmer toned than the coordinating Lipstick but they look fantastic when layered. Like Ablaze, the Lip Pencil is actually a closer match to Embrace Me Lipglass than the Lipstick is. It applied opaque with good color payoff and gave me a little over 4 hours of wear time…. Embrace Me Lipglass went on evenly but felt a heavier than the other Fashion Sets Lipglasses, which is probably why it wore so well!

At first glance, I thought that Girl About Town Lipglass (which is permanent) would be a really good match, but Girl About Town is darker and more opaque… Although they look super close in the tube, they look totally different on the lips! Embrace Me Lipglass is truly unique!

Embrace Me Lipglass is limited edition, contains 4.8 g / 0.17 US oz of product and sells for $15.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Embrace Me Lip Pencil

Embrace Me Lip Pencil:   This is described as a “vivid pinkish fuchsia” and has a matte finish. It’s a medium, bright fuchsia with blue undertones.

I got about 7 hours of wear with this Lip Pencil before it started to fade at all and like Embrace Me Lipstick, it left a stain for an additional hour or more. As with other MAC Lip Pencils, it’s a dry type of liner, so it glides on most easily and wears best when applied over something like Prep + Prime Lip. It’s not so dry that it tugs, though, so it will still apply well even by itself.

Embrace Me Lip Pencil probably looks pretty familiar to you by now… It’s been released in the past with numerous collections including Beth Ditto, Tour de Fabulous, Iris Apfel, and most recently with the Strength collection in December of 2012. Hopefully they just keep it around and make it permanent this time! There really aren’t any dupes for Embrace Me… More To Love Pro Longwear Lip Pencil (which is permanent) is the only other hot pink lip liner that MAC has to offer, but it’s duller, darker and not as cool toned.

This Lip Pencil is limited edition, contains 1.45 g / 0.5 US oz of product and costs $15.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

MAC Fashion Sets are bold brights with a modern edge… They’re coordinating sets of products that include a Lip Pencil, Lipstick, Lipglass, Nail Lacquer, and Eye Shadow that are all the same color. I only purchased the lip products, so there will only be reviews and photos for those… Sorry!

Ablaze Lip Set

Not everyone wants to be totally match-matchy but it’s fun to do monochromatic looks sometimes… It’s definitely not considered a “makeup don’t” any more!

My favorite part of Fashion Sets are the lip products, since it’s always nice to have a coordinating liner, lipstick and gloss… I do like the Eye Shadows and Nail Lacquers too, I just didn’t think it was necessary to add to them to my collection or kit.

Since the Eye Shadows and Nail Lacquers are totally different products and textures than lippies, they aren’t perfect matches to them… That said, they don’t have to be a perfect match for a monochromatic look to work. They’re all high quality and nicely pigmented so they work well on their own and get a big thumbs up from me!

All three of these lip products are limited edition, although I am hoping these return as permanent like some of the products from Fashion Sets of 2012 did. Fashion Sets are available online now at www.maccosmetics.com and will be for sale at MAC stores and counters on Thursday, April 4th. Each one of these products sells for the usual $15. MAC Lipsticks and Tinted Lipglasses are lightly vanilla scented but have no flavor.

Lip Pencil, Lipstick and Lipgloss all used together.Photo taken indoors with indirect sunlight as well as light from my OttLite makeup mirror.

Lip Pencil, Lipstick and Lipglass all used together.
Photo taken indoors with indirect sunlight as well as light from my OttLite makeup mirror.

Lip Pencil, Lipstick and Lipglass.
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Lip products swatched on NC15 skin.

Ablaze Lipstick

Ablaze Lipstick applied over Prep + Prime Lip

Ablaze Lipstick applied over Prep + Prime Lip

Ablaze Lipstick (Matte):   Ablaze Lipstick is a “bright apricot cream” with a Matte finish. It’s a medium-dark, rich, warm, pinkish coral with a matte texture that has a soft sheen to it at first, though the sheen begins to fade after the first hour or two of wear.

Like other Matte finish lipsticks from MAC, I got nearly 6 hours of wear with Ablaze. It gave me completely opaque coverage and great color payoff with very little product applied. This lipstick glided on smoothly, even though it’s a Matte, and didn’t feel drying. Since Matte Lipsticks tend to emphasize any dry or chapped areas of the lips, they look best when applied over a primer like Prep + Prime Lip (which will extend the wear time as well) or a lightweight moisturizer.

The most similar lipstick I can think of would be MAC’s Watch Me Simmer, from Shop MAC, Cook MAC that came out last spring/summer… Watch Me Simmer is more pink, not as bright, and has an Amplified finish which is creamier and has more of a sheen.

Ablaze Lipstick is limited edition, contains 3 g / 0.1 US oz of product and costs $15.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Ablaze Lipglass

Ablaze Lipglass applied over Prep + Prime Lip.

Ablaze Lipglass applied over Prep + Prime Lip.

Ablaze Tinted Lipglass:   This Lipglass is described as a “bright orange cream” with a hint of shimmer. It’s a medium, warm toned coral-ish orange with golden-coral shimmer. It applies very evenly with no patchiness and has great color payoff. It’s NEARLY opaque but not 100%.

Ablaze Lipglass is certainly more orange than the Lipstick is, but they work well together on their own and don’t NEED to be layered… You can also use this Lipglass layered over the Lip Pencil, which will make it wear longer (I got around 4 hours of wear alone)… Ablaze Lip Pencil is actually a closer match to the Lipglass.

As for dupes, Morange is creamier, more opaque and more orange. Eclectic Edge, which came out with the Styleseeker collection last fall, is close but has a lot more shimmer and is a brighter orange with less coral tones.

Ablaze Lipglass is limited edition, contains 4.8 g / 0.17 US oz of product and sells for $15.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Ablaze Lip Pencil

Ablaze Lip Pencil:   Ablaze Lip Pencil is a “bright apricot” with a matte finish. It’s a bright, medium orange that I don’t see any apricot to at all! There is more of a soft coral tone than apricot.

Like other MAC Lip Pencils, I get around 6 hours of wear before any fading occurs. These type of lip liners have a somewhat dry texture but they still apply smoothly, especially if you use it over Prep + Prime Lip, which also extends the wear time.

At first glance, this Lip Pencil looks like Entertain Me but Ablaze isn’t as much of a true orange and is lighter. Lasting Sensation Lip Pencil is also similar but Ablaze is darker and less coral. What A Blast Pro Longwear Lip Pencil is also close but looks much more bold and is a darker orange when applied.

This Lip Pencil is limited edition, contains 1.45 g / 0.5 US oz of product and costs $15.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5