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MAC Liptensity Lipsticks

September 23, 2016
MAC Liptensity Lipstick

MAC’s latest is the Liptensity Lipstick ($21 each for 3.6 g/0.12 oz) which is an intensely pigmented lipstick with a satin finish. The pigment in these lipsticks is so good they are what I’d consider one-swipe wonders. If you’re like me and love the rich pigment and saturated color of matte lipsticks or liquid lipsticks but hate that dried out matte look, the Liptensity lip colors will give you that full coverage without looking fake or dry. There are 24 shades total, all with a satin finish and no shimmer. The range is quite impressive and they seem to have covered a large number of colors from neutrals, corals, plums, reds, pinks and some bold edgy colors. I lip swatched the ones I could see myself wearing and every single color performs well.

Texture is smooth and creamy. They have a full coverage without feeling thick although they aren’t necessarily weightless. There’s no hydrating feel but they did not dry out my lips and feel comfortable once on. Lasting power is among the best I’ve tried and they stay put for a long time without fading as long as you don’t touch your lips.

MAC Liptensity Lipstick

I split the colors by color group for swatches. All except the last category have also been lip swatched (I just couldn’t bring myself to put on blue lipstick lol). In the photos I’m wearing the Prolongwear Foundation in NC35. (Still testing the formula to see if my skin can handle it.)

Neutrals include:

  • Driftwood which is a pale mauve nude pink
  • Doe is a light medium neutral beige brown
  • Toast & Butter is a medium brown
  • Medium Rare is a soft creamy pink
  • Smoked Almond is a medium peachy rose

MAC Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Liptensity Lipstick Swatches

By request I’ve brought back larger lip swatches but will also have side by sides at the bottom. Not sure that I will keep doing the individual lip swatch photos as they take up the entire page! I also feel self conscious that enlarging the photos allows you to see every imperfection on my skin 🙁

Next up are the reds and oranges. They’re similar with slight variations in undertone:

  • Lobster is an orange red
  • Habanero is an orange
  • Fireworks is a bright red
  • Life’s Blood is a blue-based red
  • Mulling Spices is a a deeper red

Next up are the browns and plums. These surprised me the most because they go on the lips different from what you see in the tube. These have a vamp feel.
  • Dionysus is a plum red
  • Cordovan is a reddish plum
  • Double Fudge is an intense brown
  • Burnt Violet is a deep vamp plum

 

MAC Liptensity

Up next are the pinks and mauves. Even though I’m a neutral lip lover at heart I really have a soft spot for Claretcast and Marsala.

  • Gumball is a bubblegum pink
  • Eros is a cool-toned bright pink
  • Post Modern is a warm bright pink
  • Claretcast is a fuchsia mauve 
  • Marsala is a mauve plum

Last but not least are the bold edgy colors. These are shades I could never feel comfortable wearing but arm swatched for reference.

  • Ambrosial is a vibrant fuchsia plum pink
  • Galaxy Grey is a grey lilac
  • Hellebore is a purple
  • Blue Beat is a navy
  • Stallion is a deep black

One last roundup and lip swatches side by side:

An impressive lipstick launch. The formula performs well and I love the sleek colorful packaging. The caps match the lipstick color and the lip product is one that fills the entire tube. I love that the tips are beveled which makes application easier than the flat top ones you see from some other brands. Most MAC lipsticks make my lips peel by the next day as they are a bit drying. I lip swatched all the colors in a single day and by the next day my lips were fully in tact without any peeling or dry patches. So while they aren’t necessarily moisturizing I do think they have a non-drying formula. If you have dry lips with patches you might want to consider using the MAC Prep + Prime Lip or Dior Addict Lip Glow Pomade as a base first. Both will smooth out the lip without making them too emollient where the lipstick will slide off.

Out of the ones I lip swatched I’m really hard pressed to pick a favorite because they are all good. If I had to narrow down my picks to 5 it would be: Doe, Postmodern, Claretcast, Smoked Almond and Burnt Violet.

Bottom line definitely worth checking out. You can find them now online at MAC and Nordstrom. (I spotted them yesterday at my local Nordstrom counter.) At this time I do believe they are limited-edition.

Have you checked these out yet? What colors did you end up getting if you bought these?

Many thanks to MAC for sending me all the shades to play with!

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  • Smoked Almond and Toast & Butter are my faves!

  • Beautiful swatches and post Sabrina! The Reds look very similar to one another – those are my least favorites of the bunch. The pinks are just lovely! sj

  • These look lovely! Toast & Butter and Double Fudge have to be my favourites out of the bunch. Great post 🙂

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  • These look amazingly highly pigmented. So beautiful! I'll definitely pick up one or two!

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  • These all look amazing! Smoked Almond is such a pretty shade x

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  • Anonymous

    Dear Sabrina,
    These swatches are very helpful in both formats, large and side-by-side. I just picked out three (actually four) that I know will work well for me. Please do not be self-conscious about the large swatches, I know I see no imperfections and I'm sure others don't either. You know we are always harder on ourselves than anyone else–just remember it is a public service to help people find the right shade, I know you have saved me a lot of money and disappointment. Thanks!

  • Kristina aka cubicledweller

    I totally wish i had lipstick worthy lips like yours! love the close up swatches! I only buy MAC occasionally, but this post is making me want Post Modern and Doe, among a few others…thanks for the beautiful post!

  • Hi Sabrina, I just wanted to say that your swatches are some of the best out there — they're always crisp, well-lit and give me a great idea of how shades might look on my pigmented lips and medium olive skin. And I don't see any flaws, but I think whatever you're comfortable with is great; as another commenter noted above, the swatches are incredibly helpful whether they're large or side-by-side 🙂

  • These look really nice. I'm just so in the "meh, its MAC" camp that I don't think I'd spend $21 on a lippie from them.

  • Absolutely stunning! I love Smoked Almond! And may I just say, all these shades look gorgeous on you!

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  • They all look so great with your skin tone! I need toast & butter and marsala.

  • Wow these are really nice! Even the "out there" shades are really pretty.

    I quite like how you do swatches and it's way useful to see how the colors compare on the arm and on your lips! Please don't change your format!

  • Toast & Butter, Postmodern, and Claretcast look great on you! I think I might pick up Smoked Almond 🙂

  • Kelly

    Thank you for posting these – definately need that Almond shade, maybe Double Fudge. I appreciate that you share so much of yourself on this blog – we alllll have skin imperfections ( might much more glaring than yours, I would argue lol).

  • Lisa

    I have never tried MAC lipstick but this sure makes me want to! Every color looks beautiful on you, especially the Smoked Almond and Postmodern! Thanks for the great pictures- your skin is beautiful too!

  • Sabrina do you think Driftwood is rather grey? Or pink? Thanks!!

  • Seriously debating if I wanna swap my Toast & Butter lippy for Smoked Almond! They're both so beautiful and SO comfortable on.