Thursday, March 28th, 2013

MAC Ablaze Lipstick
MAC Ablaze Lipstick

MAC Ablaze Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright apricot cream.” It’s a medium-dark coral-red with a barely-there sheen (not quite a flat matte). I actually think it looks very much like MAC Lady at Play, and if there was any detectable difference, it would be that Lady at Play is ever-so-slightly lighter (and of course, it has a more luminous finish). Guerlain Nahema is pinker, more subdued, shimmery. MAC Watch Me Simmer is pinker. MAC Hibiscus is redder, darker, shimmery. Wet ‘n’ Wild #909D is slightly darker. MAC Toxic Tale is a smidgen darker but very similar.

It’s bold and bright but not neon–there is a lightness to it. Ablaze had rich, opaque color coverage. Though it’s technically a matte finish, it felt more like a satin or amplified creme finish–creamy without being thick or slick, so it applied evenly, smoothly, and didn’t tug or pull at the lips. I tested this one first thing, and it lasted five hours well and did leave a very subtle reddish stain behind. It was, unfortunately, a bit drying but not terribly so.

The Glossover

LE
product

Ablaze

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Ablaze had fantastic color payoff, but it was slightly drying when I wore it, which was disappointing. MAC's Lady at Play is very close in color but a more hydrating formula.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

Results
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MAC Ablaze Lipstick
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Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Nordstrom, $15.00 (coming soon).

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

I actually think it looks very much like MAC Lady at Play, and if there was any detectable difference, it would be that Lady at Play is ever-so-slightly lighter (and of course, it has a more luminous finish). Guerlain Nahema is pinker, more subdued, shimmery. MAC Watch Me Simmer is pinker. MAC Hibiscus is redder, darker, shimmery. Wet 'n' Wild #909D is slightly darker. MAC Toxic Tale is a smidgen darker but very similar.

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: Giorgio Armani #10 Eyeshadow Palette, Urban Decay Scorch Eyeliner.

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49 thoughts on “MAC Ablaze Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. eileenie

    This is such a gorgeous color! I love it without the lipgloss (which made it intense and more similar to other lipsticks that I’ve seen.)

  2. I think the gloss is going a bit overboard and makes it a little too over the top but I love the lip color on its own! I also love the nails.

  3. Ada

    The lipstick looks very similar to Maybelline ColorSensational lipstick in Coral Crush (which I found to be quite similar colorwise to Lady at Play in a hand swatch, at least.)

  4. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Kathryn kEG

    I just ordered this-it looks fantastic on you Christine!

  5. Isela

    How does Ablaze compare to Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin and MAC’s Hey Sailor line in Sail La Vie? Thank you!!!

  6. Ginger

    This is so gorgeous! I might get it, but do you know how it compares to MAC’s Everhip that came out with the Liberty of London collection?

  7. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Lisa Lisa

    This is one of those colors that I love on other people. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’d like the way this would look on my olive skin. Hm. Maybe I’ll try out Lady at Play. That way I can see what it will look like against my skintone but I won’t have to fight anyone for it! :)

  8. Stunning! My kinda colour!

  9. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Jennifer Jennifer

    I already have Watch me shimmer and Toxic Tale. Is it ok to skip Ablaze? What do you think? :)

  10. This set looks sooo pretty on you, Christine! My reflex is to buy it, but I’m thinking I would be more inclined to picking up Lady at Play. I like the mineralize formula quite a bit, and even better, it’s permanent ^o^

  11. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Callie Callie

    I have light skin and very pigmented lips. Would this suit me?

  12. Marina

    Holy crap. I need the lipstick, like, yesterday.

  13. Stacey

    I bought this today sight unseen which is rare for me. But I like MAC’s matte after realizing the 20 plus year matte lipstick which I still own did not go rancid on me. I like Lady at Play…glad I got this because Lady at Play cost more. Please keep the lipstick reviews going. Thanks. Christine.

  14. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Abigail abigailod

    So happy I ordered this! Yay! It’s exactly what I hoped it would be! At least I pray it fits me well in real life when it comes in.

    Gorgeous!

  15. Sherri

    How does force of love compare?

  16. Na

    Man! I love that color. I just dropped 50 bucks on tf true coral. I really like this! I hope I don’t like any other colors.

  17. Catherine Alvarado-Mullins

    Is Ablaze similar to Coral Chic?
    I just bought that tube, but this one is so pretty. Must know if I should just save for a different color.

  18. Maggie

    i really like it with the lipglass. not so much without

  19. Tiffany

    Is this similar to Maybelline Vivids Shocking Coral?

  20. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Jane Jane

    I think a good dupe for this color is Kate Moss for Rimmel’s Matte lipstick in 110.

  21. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Marina Marina

    Pretty! Christine, how does this compare to MAC Vegas Volt?

  22. This is so gorgeous! I’m in love with the matte finish. I have the wet ‘n wild one, and it’s a bit redder but it sorta looks the same! It’s very flattering on you. :)

  23. Annika

    I’ll pick this up if it’s not sold out by the time I get to the counter!

  24. L

    Christine, how do you find Ablaze compares to MAC’s Lady Danger or So Chaud? Is the one you would recommend? I want to get an orange/red/coral colour for the spring/summer, but it’s so hard to choose!

  25. CoCo

    Cheaper dupe for Tom Ford true coral???

  26. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of DavidJoel DavidJoel

    Christine, how would it look against a NC35 skin completion?

  27. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Angela Ryan Angela Ryan

    WOW I am in love with this color.. I walked into MAC not really wanting anything but then I saw Ablaze. It is so fiery, literally just bright and fun.. I love Matte lippies bc in my mind they are retro, cool and quite chic.. This is my first LE lipstick and I would feel incomplete all summer if I did not have it.. Btw this is my first comment on your blog so I am feeling extra passionate about this lippie haha.

    Overall Ablaze will be the theme of this season for me :)

  28. Kara white

    Do you think this color would look good on fair skin? I’m around NW 15 or 20 in mac?

  29. Pamela

    I found a near perfect dupe for this is Maybelline Coral Crush. It’s a wee bit pinker (barely perceptible) and has a shiny finish.

  30. amanda

    which one is more in your face or brighter? this or viva glam nicki minaj? and if i have vegas volt should i skip out on this one?

  31. Marie

    Difference between vegas volt? I have vegas volt so u think can i skip this shade or need to buy this? Thank you :) also can u recommend matte finish lipstick in coral shades? Thank you so much!!

    Btw, your blog is the best! My go to blog for swatches and tutorials! Thank you :)

    • Vegas Volt is much lighter! I don’t think they’re close enough where you only need one or the other, but it really depends on how often you wear orange! I believe Obey by Illamasqua is matte and coral!

      Thanks!

  32. How does it compare to MAC Forces of Love??

  33. Julie Argue

    Thank you so much for your in depth review. I was excited for this color after seeing it in W magazine. The store near my house was sold ot immediatly and this was the only place I could “test it out” .Thank you for all the different shots, I really feel like like I was trying it on myself!