Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

MAC Boyfriend Stealer Lipstick
MAC Boyfriend Stealer Lipstick

MAC Boyfriend Stealer Lipstick ($16.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep blackened plum” with a Cremesheen finish. It’s a purple-wine with a glossy sheen. MAC Dramatic Encounter is browner. Chanel L’Impatiente is redder and matte. MAC Rebel is more of a berry, brighter, not as vampy. Thierry Mugler Dream is slightly lighter. Urban Decay Apocalypse is purpler. Dolce & Gabbana Lust is purpler, browner.

It settles into lip lines, and it looks a bit more like a stain than a lip color. I think it would look better applied, blotted, and left as a residual stain or else topped with a gloss on top, because it can look somewhat uneven on its own.  The consistency has a slick feel, but I still find that Cremesheens kind of drag on the lips; I think it might be that the texture is on the thinner side.  It wore for three and a half hours, and it was noticeably drying–which is par for the course with my experience wearing Cremesheens.  I know other readers have better luck and find them hydrating, so consider how your lips react to the finish.

The Glossover

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Boyfriend Stealer

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It was noticeably drying--which is par for the course with my experience wearing Cremesheens. I know other readers have better luck and find them hydrating, so consider how your lips react to the finish.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

Results
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MAC Boyfriend Stealer Lipstick
MAC Boyfriend Stealer Lipstick

MAC Boyfriend Stealer Lipstick
MAC Boyfriend Stealer Lipstick

MAC Boyfriend Stealer Lipstick
MAC Boyfriend Stealer Lipstick

MAC Boyfriend Stealer Lipstick
MAC Boyfriend Stealer Lipstick

MAC Boyfriend Stealer Lipstick
MAC Boyfriend Stealer Lipstick

MAC Boyfriend Stealer Lipstick
MAC Boyfriend Stealer Lipstick

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

MAC, $16.50.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

MAC Dramatic Encounter is browner. Chanel L'Impatiente is redder and matte. MAC Rebel is more of a berry, brighter, not as vampy. Thierry Mugler Dream is slightly lighter. Urban Decay Apocalypse is purpler. Dolce & Gabbana Lust is purpler, browner.

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: MAC Spoiled Rich Eyeshadow Palette, Burberry Trench Eyeshadow (highlighter), MAC Designer Purple Pearlglide Eyeliner (left), MAC Petrol Blue Pearlglide Eyeliner (right), MAC Bad, Bad Black Mascara. On cheeks: MAC Veronica's Blush Pearlmatte (left), MAC Prom Princess Blush (right). On lips: MAC Boyfriend Stealer Lipstick.

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59 thoughts on “MAC Boyfriend Stealer Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches (Archie’s Girls)

  1. gabis

    What a shade to call “boyfriend stealer”, LOL. I highly doubt men around the world will find that lip colour attractive or even nice for that matter :D

    • Madii

      Who cares what men will think?

      • Jasmine M.

        Exactly!!! I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t choose what makeup I wear based on what I think men will like.

        • Zoe

          On some level, I think many of us wear make up to look good for the opposite sex, even if we don’t consciously admit to it :P ..I mean really, if there’s a guy I like I would probably try to look my best to try and attract him..

          But in any case, this lipstick is called “boyfriend stealer” so obviously, said boyfriend should be attracted to you in order to be “stolen”.. and GABIS was simply saying that this particular colour is not very attractive to men

          • Dali

            Men like confidence. If you feel good and confident wearing a lipstick, no matter what color it is, men will respond. Hey they will even respond when you wear no makeup and feel confident. Personally, my boyfriend loves it when I look vampy as well as natural. It all depends on how “you” wear it. Btw I love this color! :)

      • Dani

        I think the point is that it’s called “boyfriend stealer,” but boys won’t like it.

    • Kat

      Veronica had no trouble attracting boys with her dark purple lipstick :).

      • Zoe

        LOL I completely agree! When I saw this shade being called “boyfriend stealer” I scratched my head a bit.. to me, a lipstick shade with such a name should be a nude

        • Kat

          I really think MAC just gave the lipstick its name because it is Veronica’s signature color and she’s known for “stealing” Archie from Betty time and time again. Real-life men vary greatly in what they like/don’t like on a woman – not that their opnions ever mattered to me :).

        • VickyM

          Lol I agree with everyone saying that it is a very weird color to call boyfriend stealer, most of my male aquintances think the best look is no makeup, but they tolerate or even like sheer berry lipsticks, pink lipsticks and more natural looks, so even though this is nice the name is very far from the truth lol.

    • chris

      I agree to people who say “who cares”? (personally, even if i like a guy, I’ll make sure to wear what I like even if he may not like it, and deliberately say what I think and suspect him to make a reaction to – nothing worse than a relationship where the woman suppresses her own identity in and becomes a shadow of herself to please some guy IMO)

      Also, there are many men who love the look of a strong lip. Will forever love my Daddy, who for highschool prom, despite my Mom saying my red red lips looked “garish” told me he loved colour and I looked fab (he’s been trying to get my Mom to wear strong lips for as long as I can think, but she just won’t – which is perfectly fine if she doesn’t; I think my Dad likes the strong lips because my Grandma never left the house without bright (or dark) lipstick on :) ).

  2. D

    What gloss what you suggest to go over this lipstick?

  3. DevilishDoll

    Wow, Christine…this color looks gorgeous on you! I don’t think I would like it on myself much, but I really love all the purples on you!

  4. Keen Janine

    is this anything like mac yung rapunxel?

  5. Mariella

    You may not like it much, Christine, but it looks gorgeous on you!

  6. t_zwiggy

    I think I would have liked this better if it was even sheerer and way more glossy.

  7. Lexxie

    Woaw Christine I LOVE your earrings !!!! Where’re they from ?

  8. S

    I can’t help but want all the Veronica products out of nostalgia.

    It’s unfortunate about the quality of this one, I loved the shade. I do like how this looks glossy- what kind of gloss did you put over it?

  9. Bruna

    It looks a bit too sheen, but the colour is beautiful!

  10. Audrey

    Despite the mediocre review, I really like this. The shade is beautiful. It seems really similar to Clinique’s Almost Lipstick in Black Honey… except dryer and a stronger color payoff.

    • Krysta

      That’s exactly what I was going to say, it looks like Black Honey, which I love. I may have to get this!

  11. Mary

    I love the color and it looks beautiful on you. I don’t even mind the sheerness…I usually only wear gloss. If I had prettier lips I would probably get this one.

  12. Anna

    It really stains, what a pity, such a beautiful color!

  13. Ineka

    Thanks for your review. How does Yung Rapunxel compare to this?

  14. amanda

    This looks pretty similar to Urban Decay’s Confession lipstick (or at least how Confession looks on me). Now I feel as though I don’t need this shade. My wallet is safe :)

  15. I kind of love this, I might have to get it. I bought Feelin’ So Good (and love it), and that was going to be my only purchase from this collection, but I just love this type of sheer vampy color.

  16. kathi

    I see that most of the lipsticks from this MAC collection are sold out online. I’m happy I was able to get a few before having to wait for the dept. store launches.

  17. Jules

    The first picture of the article attracted me, I was curious how it would look put on. The end result is pretty nice, I really like the color, didn’t quite expect it, just looking at the lipstick. But this type of shades should be definitely hydrating. Dark colors look awful on dried lips…

  18. I don’t think I would steal many boyfriends with this lipstick… I can’t imagine many men liking this kind of dark, daring shade of lipstick really.

  19. Samantha

    This reminds me of a slightly pinker version of OCC Black Dahlia. This is pretty, but I was hoping for a more dark dark purple payoff. Any suggestions?

  20. Elizabeth K.

    This just seems like the wrong color for a cremesheen. I love colors like this, but I wish they’d made it in the Amplified finish.

  21. Jennie

    This is such a beautiful lipstick shade! I can’t wait to wear it to college. I’m not interested in stealing any boyfriends or attracting men with it. I wear makeup for myself. :)

  22. meg

    Hey Christine. How is this similar to Benefit’s Oh Currant? Or Benefit’s espionage?

    • I don’t think I have either of those :( Tried to see if I’ve reviewed but nothing came up (because I don’t remember either!).

      • Meg

        That’s okay Christine! :D thank you so much! I love your blog so much. The dupe list is very helpful <3 keep it up!!

    • chris

      I have both of those. Espionage is way redder, Oh Currant could look close to the shade family but is very dark and very opaque!

  23. Meri

    I love it, I think its the sleeper color of the bunch alsong with Oh OH OH, the more you look the more you love it!

  24. kiran

    That seriously has nothing that can steal away a boyfriend. MAC should really take good time to consider before they assign names to their lipsticks.

  25. Elizabeth S.

    def gonna pick this up :)

  26. D

    Hi Christine! I LOVE the color but have the same ‘drying’ concern. Any chance you could ID a Guerlain dupe for this? :)

  27. Lisa

    I usually love cremesheens but this was very drying on me.

  28. Bari

    I wore this today and I was happy as a clam:). I love dark vampy colors and this was great over some Chapstick which sheered it out quite a bit.

    • Jennie

      Me too! It looked absolutely amazing on me. Very goth-like. I actually built mine up to full coverage (and it didn’t feel drying at all). :D

  29. Dee

    Hi! Is boyfriend stealer like mac most popular? Just because I have it and don’t want to buy boyfriend stealer if they very similar! If anyone knows I would appreciate it xx

  30. Melissa

    I love MAC, but as gorgeous as this shade is, it is 100% dupable. NYX Round Lipstick in Almost Black is a good dupe, as well as Revlon’s Va Va Violet. If the dupes are too rich in colour (and when is that ever a bad thing?), then just sheer it a bit with clear gloss.

  31. Yasmine

    Hi Christine! How does this compare to MAC cyber?

  32. Chesca

    Hi!

    How does this compare to Chanel’s Rouge Noir?

  33. I absolutely love this shade! I do agree however that it is a little drying for my lips also. The girl at the Mac counter applied this on top of the a dark red lip liner and it looked amazing! It was vampy lips and so stunning, I got a lot of compliments :)