Thursday, July 14th, 2011

MAC Brick-o-la Lipstick<
MAC Brick-o-la Lipstick

MAC Brick-o-la Lipstick

MAC Brick-o-la Lipstick ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone berry” and has an amplified creme finish. It’s a creamy berry pink with a subtle shine and opaque color coverage. The creaminess in the texture allows for easy glide across the lips and little product is needed to achieve full color. This shade is part of MAC’s permanent range.

The amplified creme finish is designed to deliver opaque color coverage with a creamy texture and shiny finish. MAC Lipsticks are vanilla-scented but taste-free. Amplified cremes typically last four hours when I wear them, as they are more opaque and have a tendency to cling to lips (but are not drying).

MAC Capricious is similar but less pink, and the finish makes it appear a bit different on lips. Cle de Peau #117 is slightly redder and darker, but it is in the same family. Chanel Etole is redder and more muted. Hourglass Nocturnal comes close but is a bit more plum.

The Glossover

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Brick-o-la

B+
It's a softer way to wear a dark color--it's plum, pink, and berry--and none of those really dominates, which makes it easy to wear with a variety of looks. It should work well on both cooler and warmer skin tones, as well as light to dark.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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MAC Brick-o-la Lipstick

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Nordstrom, $14.50.

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

MAC Capricious is similar but less pink, and the finish makes it appear a bit different on lips. Cle de Peau #117 is slightly redder and darker, but it is in the same family. Chanel Etole is redder and more muted. Hourglass Nocturnal comes close but is a bit more plum.

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28 thoughts on “MAC Brick-o-la Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Lily

    Had this…didn’t like it:(

  2. Color looks great on you, Christine! Not a fan of the name, though :P

  3. Luisa

    That was my first ever MAC Lipstick, actually the first ever product I bought from MAC. Bought it in Canada, so many memories…I still love it :D

  4. alyssa

    The name reminds me of ricola i like it its very catchy, the color is gorgeous i will def have to get this!!! BTW looks amazing on you!!!

  5. Jen

    How does this compare to Gem of Roses?

  6. Jakara

    I will purchase it asap! I love the color!

  7. Avatar of Casey Casey

    I have this! I love it, and it is absolutely wonderful for winter when you want to wear something a little darker but are afraid of going all out and scaring people.

  8. Carrie Ann

    Very pretty! I never really noticed this one before, but MAC has so many great lipstick shades.

  9. Candy

    Wow, I’ve been overlooking this lipstick. I’ve never noticed it before. It looks like it would be up my alley. I’ll have to check it out!

  10. Tigress

    Ooh, I love this. I’ve never actually purchased makeup from MAC before (too expensive), just their brush cleaner, but this may change that.

  11. got this but mine looks more redder. Its a great neutral red. :) Looking good Christine!

  12. Lilac

    It looks like a warmer (and slightly darker) version of Mehr (Mickey Contractor – LE) lipstick. Not an exact dupe of course but somewhat related, especially when worn. :)

  13. Janice

    Love this color! I feel like every lip color you swatch always looks good on you!

  14. You know I was just in the store yesterday, and swatched it on my hand and thought hmm nothing special…but your pictures is making me have second thoughts. It looks gorgeous on you.

  15. Amy

    I feel like colors look so beautiful and true on you because your lips aren’t very pigmented. My lips are really pink. I thought I wanted MAC’s Gem of Roses because it looked very subtly pink and natural on you, but on me it was bright pink.

    Probably the same with this. Love it on you, would probably be too bright on me. (And I hate having to block out my lip color beforehand.)

  16. Jen

    This looks so good on you. I don’t have your coloring, so I don’t think it’s for me, but I sure do like it on you!

  17. looks great for warm skin tone :)

  18. Avatar of Maja Maya

    LOVE when you review items in the permanent line! Thank you!

  19. I wanted this so badly and guess your pics just made me more in love with the color
    loved it on you Christine :D

  20. makeupfan141

    this my go to shade anytime throughout the year…I even wore it on my wedding day.

  21. Avatar of Mariella Mariella

    I love Brick-o-la (I keep forgetting to wear it so this has jogged my memory, so to speak). Amplified creams are my favourite finish from MAC. I’ve always found the name misleading…the “brick” suggests something very orange. MAC’s Mocha blush is the same – I was so surprised, when I was at the counter, to find it wasn’t brown or mocha coloured at all but much more a pink/plum type shade that I like and can wear. Misleading names!

  22. Oh this is so cool. I really wanna try this out.

  23. Kathrina

    I have this and I like it, especially when worn whith the right outfit, but I can’t detect any pink in it. On me it’s more like a slightly brownish burgundy red. But this might just seem so to me because my natural lip color is much pinker in comparison.

  24. Mary

    This color looks amazing on me (NC44) Love it :D My second MAC lipstick ever (Viva lam VI is my 3rd and it’s a great everyday color, Sunsational L/E was my 1st)

  25. LisaLove22

    Are there any drug store brand lipstick comparable to the MAC Brick O La?

  26. Lucy

    This lipstick looks gorgeous. Exactly what I wanted cockney to be!