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MAC Medium Rare, Driftwood, Doe Liptensity Lipsticks

MAC Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Medium Rare Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish. This was one of the least glossy/shiny shades in the range, and of course, it will wear down closest to a matte finish. The texture was slightly heavier, as it was thicker and more cream-like with this balminess. It had good pigmentation and didn’t drag noticeably on the lips, though it took a moment for it to warm up against my lips. This shade wore well for five hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Too Faced Melted Peony (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Tease (03) (P, $50.00) is darker (90% similar). Maybelline Blushing Bud (705) (P, $7.49) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Kiss (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Liv It Up (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). YSL Corail Jalouse (32) (P, $34.00) is darker, warmer, glossier (85% similar). MAC Sweet Venom (LE, $17.00) is darker, brighter (80% similar). Make Up For Ever C210 (P, $22.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Driftwood Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a soft, medium mauve with subtle, neutral-to-warm undertones and a glossy finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation paired with a thinner, more emollient consistency than most of the shades in the range. The texture did sit in lip lines more noticeably, and it didn’t wear as long–only four hours–and was one of the shortest wearing shades I tested. MAC Really Me (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Littlestitious (P, $6.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Bite Beauty Thistle (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Colour Pop Dopey (P, $6.00) is warmer, less glossy (80% similar). Urban Decay Backtalk (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Doe Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a dark, peachy-beige with subtle, warmer undertones and a satin finish. It had great pigmentation that covered the lips with opaque color in one stroke. The texture was smooth, lightly creamy, but I had some trouble with the color settling into lip lines. It lasted for five and a half hours but color did gather more and more in my lip lines on my bottom lip. Colour Pop Echo Park (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Skinny Dip (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked 2 (DC, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Cherish (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Zenith (LE, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Honeybun (P, $20.00) is darker, less pigmented (90% similar). Colour Pop Magic Wand (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Aquarius (P, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Safe Word (P, $17.00) is cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Vanished (P, $17.00) is more shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Fawn Over Me (P, $28.00) is lighter, glossier (85% similar). Bite Beauty Blondie (P, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Bite Beauty Crème Caramel (P, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Overview

MAC Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to have “intense amounts of pigment” with a gel-like texture that melts on lips that leaves behind a satin finish and wears for “eight hours.” It’s supposed to be “comfortable” to wear, but there are no claims about hydration–and overall, they were non-drying. The majority of the range varied from semi-opaque to fully opaque in one stroke, while the texture had some body and thickness to it but was not heavy. The consistency feels firmer in the tube, but it became softer and more pliable as it warmed up against the lips. This was also true about how the color settled and looked on the lips–it tended to fill up lip lines without emphasizing them as much after thirty seconds of wear. The formula didn”t have a lot of slip, and it was actually lightly tacky, which helped it stay in place better. The wear ranged from four to eight hours with lighter shades typically wearing shorter than deeper and more intense shades. The finish was anywhere from satin to natural with noticeable sheen, sometimes glossiness, but it often wore to a satin to semi-matte finish after a few hours. The formula has MAC’s typical vanilla scent but had no discernible taste.

MAC Liptensity Lipstick Medium Rare
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
MAC Liptensity Lipstick Driftwood
Driftwood
Driftwood
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
5
Longevity
4
Application
76%
Total
MAC Liptensity Lipstick Doe
Doe
Doe
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

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MAC Lobster, Postmodern, Gumball Liptensity Lipsticks

MAC Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Lobster Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium orange with warm, pinky-red undertones and a cream finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that covered evenly and smoothly without streaking. The texture was a bit heavier, and it seemed to settle into lip lines ever-so-slightly to the point where I couldn’t really tell in person but it is visible in the close-up photos. This shade wore well for six hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Guerlain Orange Fizz (P, $37.00) is darker (95% similar). Givenchy Mandarine Bolero (304) (P, $36.00) is lighter, glossier (95% similar). MAC Excite (LE, $17.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Bite Beauty Blood Orange (P, $24.00) is darker (95% similar). Estee Lauder Chilean Sunset (LE, $45.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Bite Beauty Marmalade (LE, $24.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C403 (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Impassioned (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cristiano (P, $35.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Diego (LE, $35.00) is darker (90% similar). Bite Beauty Persimmon (P, $26.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Estee Lauder Volatile (P, $30.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Bite Beauty #008 (LE, $36.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC True Red (LE, $17.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunset Orange (P, $35.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Neon Orange (P, $17.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Postmodern Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, dark pink-coral with subtle, warmer undertones and a satiny, cream finish. (I’d almost say it’s a “warm fuchsia” as it is quite pink.) It was richly pigmented with full, opaque coverage with a creamy consistency that melted against the lips and applied even, smooth color in one stroke. On me, it wore well for just over six hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Guerlain Insolence (144) (LE, $37.00) is darker (95% similar). Estee Lauder Jealous (P, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). Guerlain Girly (P, $55.00) is brighter, cooler (95% similar). MAC Impassioned (P, $17.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Revlon Vivacious (120) (P, $8.99) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Gracy (P, $55.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). MAC Dangerously Red (P, $17.00) is darker, less glossy (85% similar). MAC Pleasurefruit (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). NARS Greta (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Gumball Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brighter, medium pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin sheen. It had good color coverage–almost opaque–that applied well enough, but there was a smidgen of streaking and some color sat in lip lines, though I did not notice that in person (only in the close-up photos). It wore well for six hours before starting to break down, and it was neither drying nor hydrating. Estee Lauder Powerful (P, $30.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Dddevilish (LE, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Playtime (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever C209 (P, $22.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). NARS Marisa (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). Clinique Wow Pop (P, $18.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Pink Nouveau (P, $17.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Preston (LE, $35.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Obsessed (DC, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Overview

MAC Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to have “intense amounts of pigment” with a gel-like texture that melts on lips that leaves behind a satin finish and wears for “eight hours.” It’s supposed to be “comfortable” to wear, but there are no claims about hydration–and overall, they were non-drying. The majority of the range varied from semi-opaque to fully opaque in one stroke, while the texture had some body and thickness to it but was not heavy. The consistency feels firmer in the tube, but it became softer and more pliable as it warmed up against the lips. This was also true about how the color settled and looked on the lips–it tended to fill up lip lines without emphasizing them as much after thirty seconds of wear. The formula didn”t have a lot of slip, and it was actually lightly tacky, which helped it stay in place better. The wear ranged from four to eight hours with lighter shades typically wearing shorter than deeper and more intense shades. The finish was anywhere from satin to natural with noticeable sheen, sometimes glossiness, but it often wore to a satin to semi-matte finish after a few hours. The formula has MAC’s typical vanilla scent but had no discernible taste.

P.S. — MAC confirmed on 9/28 that six of the 24 shades are limited edition but the rest should be permanent.

MAC Liptensity Lipstick Lobster
Lobster
Lobster
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
MAC Liptensity Lipstick Postmodern
Postmodern
Postmodern
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
MAC Liptensity Lipstick Gumball
Gumball
Gumball
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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MAC Mulling Spices, Fireworks, Habanero Liptensity Lipsticks

MAC Miptensity Lipstick
MAC Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Mulling Spices Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep, medium-dark red with strong, cool, pink undertones and a cream finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation, but it covered incredibly evenly and smoothly, so I could barely tell (my lip freckle was the only indication it wasn’t opaque). The consistency was soft, lightly balm-like as it melted against the lips, though it is noticeably firm initially. The formula sat well on my lips, didn’t emphsaize lip lines, and made them appear fuller while lasting for a good six and a half hours. It left behind a stain and was neither drying nor hydrating over time. Guerlain Samsara (P, $37.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Leonardo (P, $35.00) is darker (95% similar). Bite Beauty Tannin (P, $26.00) is warmer (95% similar). Bite Beauty #009 (LE, $36.00) is lighter, less glossy (95% similar). Guerlain Vega (P, $37.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Dior Splendor (950) (LE, $38.00) is warmer, less glossy (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Imperial Red (P, $35.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Oh Miley (200) (P, $30.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Bite Beauty Sour Cherry (P, $26.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Bite Beauty Mochi (P, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Just a Bite (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Life's Blood (LE, $21.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C404 (P, $22.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). MAC MAC Red (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Vivien (LE, $26.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C405 (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Legendary (P, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). Guerlain Garconne (P, $55.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Fireworks Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark orange with warm,r ed undertones and a lightly glossy, creamy finish. It had good color payoff, though it was not fully opaque, that covered somewhat evenly. The major issue I had with this shade was that the color gathered in lip lines noticeably, and it was more prone to visiblyl streaking to my eye. It was comfortable to wear and lasted for six hours on me. Bite Beauty Holly (LE, $24.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Cardinal (LE, $17.00) is brighter (95% similar). Urban Decay F-Bomb (DC, $22.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Spiderweb (LE, $18.00) is warmer (95% similar). Edward Bess Eternal Passion (P, $32.00) is brighter, glossier (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Dylan (P, $35.00) is warmer (90% similar). Dior Splendor (950) (LE, $38.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Guerlain Gala (P, $55.00) is brighter, glossier (90% similar). Buxom Provocateur (P, $21.00) is glossier (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Retro Red (P, $35.00) is brighter (90% similar). Shiseido Poppy (RD312) (P, $28.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay No-Tell Motel (P, $17.00) is brighter, glossier (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Habanero Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a slightly brighter, medium-dark red with neutral-to-warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It had nearly opaque color coverage, but the texture remained a little draggy when applying, so it did not look as even and as opaque in a few places. The texture is a bit thicker, but it did not feel heavy and was fairly comfortable to wear. I was able to wear this one for six and a half hours, but it started to feel drying after four hours. Bobbi Brown Flame (P, $35.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever C403 (P, $22.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Buxom Rogue (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Maybelline Neon Red (P, $7.49) is brighter (95% similar). Guerlain Gilda (P, $55.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Maybelline Orange Edge (LE, $7.49) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Bite Beauty Cayenne (P, $26.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Dior Trafalgar (844) (P, $34.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Bite Beauty Mimosa (LE, $24.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Bang (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Maybelline Orange Danger (P, $7.49) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Lady Danger (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Carnal (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Devil Inside (Lip Color) (P) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Marlene (P, $32.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Overview

MAC Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to have “intense amounts of pigment” with a gel-like texture that melts on lips that leaves behind a satin finish and wears for “eight hours.” It’s supposed to be “comfortable” to wear, but there are no claims about hydration–and overall, they were non-drying. The majority of the range varied from semi-opaque to fully opaque in one stroke, while the texture had some body and thickness to it but was not heavy. The consistency feels firmer in the tube, but it became softer and more pliable as it warmed up against the lips. This was also true about how the color settled and looked on the lips–it tended to fill up lip lines without emphasizing them as much after thirty seconds of wear. The formula didn”t have a lot of slip, and it was actually lightly tacky, which helped it stay in place better. The wear ranged from four to eight hours with lighter shades typically wearing shorter than deeper and more intense shades. The finish was anywhere from satin to natural with noticeable sheen, sometimes glossiness, but it often wore to a satin to semi-matte finish after a few hours. The formula has MAC’s typical vanilla scent but had no discernible taste.

MAC Liptensity Lipstick Mulling Spices
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
MAC Liptensity Lipstick Fireworks
Fireworks
Fireworks
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
MAC Liptensity Lipstick Habanero
Habanero
Habanero
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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MAC Claretcast, Eros, Life’s Blood Liptensity Lipsticks

MAC Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Claretcast Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark pinky berry with subtle, cool undertones paired with a satin finish. It had full color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly, with just a bit of tugging initially but became easier to glide on as it melted against the lips. The texture was light-to-medium in weight, lightly tacky but comfortable to wear over a six and a half hour period. The formula was a smidgen drying after four hours of wear. YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (DC, $34.00) is glossier (90% similar). Bite Beauty Aubergine (P, $24.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Melted Berry (P, $21.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Marsala (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Seduce Me (128) (DC, $30.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Chanel Roman (208) (P, $37.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). NARS Vera (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Unattainable (P, $30.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Confident (P, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Commotion (LE, $20.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Beetroot (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer, less glossy (85% similar). Givenchy Framboise Velours (315) (LE, $36.00) is lighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Headliner (608) (P, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). Chanel Luxuriant (150) (P, $37.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Sheer Shame (DC, $22.00) is lighter, less pigmented (85% similar). Colour Pop Lyin' King (P, $6.00) is warmer, less glossy (85% similar). Revlon Plum Velour (P, $7.99) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Winterberry (LE, $24.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). Bite Beauty Crimson (LE, $28.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Eros Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. The texture was denser and pulled more than other shades, and while I could feel it melting, it did not melt as much and was always a big draggy going on. It had good pigmentation, but it was harder to get smooth, even application; I expect this one to be more unforgiving on those with drier or flakier lips as well. The color lasted a solid six hours, left behind a pinkish stain, and was non-drying. Tom Ford Beauty Cooper (LE, $35.00) is darker, less glossy (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Raspberry Pink (P, $35.00) is darker, less glossy (95% similar). Bite Beauty Bellini (LE, $24.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty I'll Teach You (Lip Color) (P) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Velvet Underground (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Roll the Dice (118) (DC, $30.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Pink Lady (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Givenchy Fuchsia Irresistible (205) (P, $36.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Estee Lauder Dominant (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Voila! (120) (DC, $30.00) is darker, warmer, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Red Balloon (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Sangria (P, $26.00) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Hot Rose (P, $35.00) is darker, warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Illamasqua Glissade (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Giorgio Armani #505 (LE, $32.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Life’s Blood Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium red with neutral-to-cool undertones that has a lightly glossy, cream finish. It is the combination of brightness and undertone that seems to appear a bit warmer on me, though to my eye, it is neutral-to-cool. It had nearly opaque pigmentation, and the color went on evenly and smoothly while the consistency seemed to fill in lip lines and made my lips appear fuller and smoother. This shade wore well for six and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Marc Jacobs Beauty Oh Miley (200) (P, $30.00) is warmer (95% similar). Givenchy Heroic Red (321) (LE, $36.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Juicy (LE, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Imperial Red (P, $35.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Cardinal (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay F-Bomb (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Spiderweb (LE, $18.00) is warmer (90% similar). Dior Splendor (950) (LE, $38.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Retro Red (P, $35.00) is warmer (90% similar). Buxom Provocateur (P, $21.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Mochi (P, $24.00) is more muted, warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Bite Beauty Holly (LE, $24.00) is lighter, warmer, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Brave Red (LE, $30.00) is lighter, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Gala (P, $55.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Pomegranate (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay No-Tell Motel (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Legendary (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Mulling Spices (P, $21.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). Edward Bess Eternal Passion (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Fraise (P, $24.00) is lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Overview

MAC Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to have “intense amounts of pigment” with a gel-like texture that melts on lips that leaves behind a satin finish and wears for “eight hours.” It’s supposed to be “comfortable” to wear, but there are no claims about hydration–and overall, they were non-drying. The majority of the range varied from semi-opaque to fully opaque in one stroke, while the texture had some body and thickness to it but was not heavy. The consistency feels firmer in the tube, but it became softer and more pliable as it warmed up against the lips. This was also true about how the color settled and looked on the lips–it tended to fill up lip lines without emphasizing them as much after thirty seconds of wear. The formula didn”t have a lot of slip, and it was actually lightly tacky, which helped it stay in place better. The wear ranged from four to eight hours with lighter shades typically wearing shorter than deeper and more intense shades. The finish was anywhere from satin to natural with noticeable sheen, sometimes glossiness, but it often wore to a satin to semi-matte finish after a few hours. The formula has MAC’s typical vanilla scent but had no discernible taste.

MAC Liptensity Lipstick Claretcast
Claretcast
Claretcast
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
MAC Liptensity Lipstick Eros
Eros
Eros
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
83%
Total
MAC Liptensity Lipstick Life's Blood
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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MAC Dionysus, Burnt Violet, Double Fudge Liptensity Lipsticks

MAC Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Dionysus Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark burgundy red with subtle, warm undertones and a glossy, creamy finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, which had fairly even coverage, though the darker color paired with the more emollient texture seemed to highlight lip lines slightly as the color would settle and appear darker in mine. The texture was lightly balm-like as it melted against the lips and glided across with minimal tugging initially and then no tugging at all once it warmed up. This shade wore well for seven hours and was non-drying, which is close to as described for wear. Bite Beauty Liquorice (P, $26.00) is less glossy (95% similar). NARS Ingrid (P, $32.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Lingering Kiss (LE, $17.00) is more muted, less glossy (90% similar). Bite Beauty #001 (Reformulation) (LE, $36.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Black Cherry (LE, $24.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Your Majesty (P, $35.00) is lighter (90% similar). Besame Noir Red 1930 (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted, less glossy (85% similar). NARS Bette (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). NARS Mona (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Burnt Violet Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a blackened plum with subtle, cooler undertones and a creamy, lightly glossy finish. This shade did not apply well, unfortunately, as the texture seemed to separate and look almost like fine crumbles or grains on the lips, despite the texture itself feeling creamier and more balm-like on the lips. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with some color that settled noticeably into lip lines. It did wear for seven hours and left a strong stain behind, though it was a bit drying. Urban Decay Confession (DC, $22.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). NARS Liv (P, $32.00) is lighter, more muted, warmer (85% similar). MAC Heart Hangover (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, lighter, less glossy (80% similar). MAC Dramatic Encounter (LE, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Double Fudge Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep, brownish burgundy with warm, red undertones and a glossy, creamy finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, which covered the lips with smooth, even color, but there was a bit of translucency where the natural lip color peeked through. I had some trouble getting higher coverage along the inner portion of my lips, which might be due to the formula or the amount of slip in this particular shade (slightly higher than other shades in the range). The texture felt firmer in the tube initially, but it started to melt and glided on to the lips well after a couple of seconds. It was lightly tacky, so despite the glossiness, I did not experience feathering or color migration over time (but I am not prone to either, so your mileage may vary if you experience it more often). This shade wore well for seven hours and left a stain behind, and while it wasn’t hydrating, it wasn’t drying either. Besame Noir Red 1930 (P, $22.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Make Up For Ever C407 (P, $22.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Dahlia (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Cherries (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Paramour (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Overview

MAC Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to have “intense amounts of pigment” with a gel-like texture that melts on lips that leaves behind a satin finish and wears for “eight hours.” It’s supposed to be “comfortable” to wear, but there are no claims about hydration–and overall, they were non-drying. The majority of the range varied from semi-opaque to fully opaque in one stroke, while the texture had some body and thickness to it but was not heavy. The consistency feels firmer in the tube, but it became softer and more pliable as it warmed up against the lips. This was also true about how the color settled and looked on the lips–it tended to fill up lip lines without emphasizing them as much after thirty seconds of wear. The formula didn”t have a lot of slip, and it was actually lightly tacky, which helped it stay in place better. The wear ranged from four to eight hours with lighter shades typically wearing shorter than deeper and more intense shades. The finish was anywhere from satin to natural with noticeable sheen, sometimes glossiness, but it often wore to a satin to semi-matte finish after a few hours. The formula has MAC’s typical vanilla scent but had no discernible taste.

MAC Liptensity Lipstick Dionysus
Dionysus
Dionysus
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
MAC Liptensity Lipstick Burnt Violet
7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
3
Application
80%
Total
MAC Liptensity Lipstick Double Fudge
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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MAC Smoked Almond, Toast and Butter, Cordovan Liptensity Lipsticks

MAC Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Smoked Almond Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark pinky-brown with warm undertones and a creamy, lightly glossy finish. It was nicely pigmented with full-color coverage that went on smoothly and evenly. The texture felt a little firm in the tube, but it started to melt as I applied it to my lips. The consistency was a little thicker but did not feel heavy, and it did not well up in lip lines as it seemed to self-level after five minutes of wear. This shade wore well for six and a half hours and was lightly hydrating. Colour Pop Grunge (LE, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Magic Spell (LE, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Chai (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Rouge Angelique (174) (P, $36.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Buff (P, $35.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Script (218) (P, $37.00) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C107 (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Mocha (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Molasses (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Toast and Butter Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark caramel brown with warm, reddish-orange undertones and a cream finish. It had opaque color payoff paired with a lightly creamy texture that just barely tugged on the lips initially but started to melt and feel more gel-like from the warmth of the lips. On me, I was able to get six and a half hours of good wear out of the shade, though that’s not the full eight promised. MAC Photo (P, $17.00) is darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Gustavo (LE, $35.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Choker (P, $20.00) is more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay 1993 (DC, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay 1993 (P, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Hot Cocoa (P, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Tansy (P, $6.00) is brighter, warmer, less glossy (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Cordovan Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a dark, reddish plum with subtle, cool undertones and a glossy finish. The consistency was more gel-like and had more slip on the lips, though it was thin and lightly tacky so I didn’t feel like it slid around while worn. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, but the color distributed evenly and smoothly. This shade lasted for seven hours and left behind a strong stain. Tarte Soul (LE, $20.00) is darker, less glossy (95% similar). Inglot #293 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is glossier (95% similar). Bite Beauty Bordeaux (P, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Dark Side (P, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Bite Beauty Jam (P, $26.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Labradorable (LE, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Marsala (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Beetroot (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy (90% similar). Bite Beauty Sugared Maple (LE, $24.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Hang Up (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Buxom Menace (P, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Overview

MAC Smoked Almond Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to have “intense amounts of pigment” with a gel-like texture that melts on lips that leaves behind a satin finish and wears for “eight hours.” It’s supposed to be “comfortable” to wear, but there are no claims about hydration–and overall, they were non-drying. The majority of the range varied from semi-opaque to fully opaque in one stroke, while the texture had some body and thickness to it but was not heavy. The consistency feels firmer in the tube, but it became softer and more pliable as it warmed up against the lips. This was also true about how the color settled and looked on the lips–it tended to fill up lip lines without emphasizing them as much after thirty seconds of wear. The formula didn”t have a lot of slip, and it was actually lightly tacky, which helped it stay in place better. The wear ranged from four to eight hours with lighter shades typically wearing shorter than deeper and more intense shades. The finish was anywhere from satin to natural with noticeable sheen, sometimes glossiness, but it often wore to a satin to semi-matte finish after a few hours. The formula has MAC’s typical vanilla scent but had no discernible taste.

MAC Liptensity Lipstick Smoked Almond
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
MAC Liptensity Lipstick Toast and Butter
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
MAC Liptensity Lipstick Cordovan
Cordovan
Cordovan
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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