Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

MAC Cockney Lipstick
MAC Cockney Lipstick

MAC Cockney Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “sheer yellow red with multi-dimensional pearl” with a Lustre finish. It’s a luminous, orange-red with very fine, barely-there gold shimmer. Chanel Coromandel is more orange Guerlain Genna is a touch more orange but similar. MAC Ruffian Red is not as warm-toned. Clarins Red Prodige is similar in color and texture/sheen. MAC Strut Your Stuff is brighter.  Cockney is part of the permanent range.

It’s been a couple of years since I’ve reviewed Cockney, and when I first did, it was semi-opaque–there was some translucency–but when I applied the shade from Year of the Snake, it was closer to opaque than anything resembling sheer. There’s a really subtle translucent quality to this version, but you and I both know this is not sheer! (And even the previous tube I had, it wasn’t sheer.)  At the end of the day, I look to the brand to give me guidance on what their product is supposed to do and look like, and this just isn’t sheer.

The Lustre finish really sings here, because it gives a shiny, luminous finish that’s reflective but not frosted or metallic.  It just looks lush and juicy on, even though there’s no gloss!  When I wore this shade, it lasted for five hours on the lips (which is particularly long for a Lustre finish!), but it was a bit drying (on par with my experience with Lustres, though).  The embossing of the snake pattern on the lipstick did not seem to affect the texture or quality of the lipstick. I was also surprised that there was no price increase for the embossing.

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If you love that Cockney is more pigmented than sheer, then absolutely check it out, because it's a pretty lovely shade and looks great--other than it being slightly drying.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

MAC, $15.00.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

Chanel Coromandel is more orange Guerlain Genna is a touch more orange but similar. MAC Ruffian Red is not as warm-toned. Clarins Red Prodige is similar in color and texture/sheen. MAC Strut Your Stuff is brighter.  Cockney is part of the permanent range.

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: MAC Once Upon a Time Eyeshadow, MAC Aztec Brick Eyeshadow, MAC Altered State Eyeshadow, MAC Carbon Eyeshadow, Tarina Tarantino Ultraviolet Eyeliner, Dior Iconic Mascara. On cheeks: MAC Shell Pearl Beauty Powder. On lips: MAC Cockney Lipstick.

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47 thoughts on “MAC Cockney Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Tuva Tuva

    0h so pretty! :D Shame it’s drying. :(

  2. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Emily 18thCenturyFox

    I had been holding off on Cockney because I have no use for anything but opaque lip products. I’m pretty excited to read this review and off to buy it- thanks!

  3. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of TA K

    THIS IS GORGEOUS!!!
    from the embossing to the color!

    and christine, you look fab! :)

  4. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Precious Precious

    I’ve been ignoring this shade whenever I pass by the MAC counter., maybe now’s the right time to buy one. I like your blush, by the way. What did you use? :)

    • On eyes: MAC Once Upon a Time Eyeshadow, MAC Aztec Brick Eyeshadow, MAC Altered State Eyeshadow, MAC Carbon Eyeshadow, Tarina Tarantino Ultraviolet Eyeliner, Dior Iconic Mascara. On cheeks: MAC Shell Pearl Beauty Powder. On lips: MAC Cockney Lipstick.

  5. Just to clarify (because I don’t want to misunderstand), so the Year of the Snake version of Cockney is more opaque than the permanent version?

  6. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Jade Jade

    This is very pretty, but I have Ladybug so I’m VERY sure I don’t need this!

  7. Isa

    What a poppy red <3

  8. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Cat Cat G

    I was bummed it only got a B but when I see it mostly lost points for pigmentation, I’m okay with that! I like how pigmented looks!

    • The only drawbacks were: slightly drying (and some readers find this true of Lustres, like me, while others love them for their hydration!) + TOO much pigmentation, LOL! It is SO SO counter-intuitive to take away points for pigmentation, I know.

  9. I love the finish of this, it’s gorgeous. It has just the right amount of translucency.

  10. Ariel

    How does Cockney compare to Lady Bug? Thanks

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

    I skipped over this when I made my order for the Shell Pearl powder, but now I’m starting to rethink it. The embossing is so pretty. I just wish the snake designs were on the tube as well. :(

  12. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Pamela Pamela

    This is one of my fave reds by MAC! It’s just bold enough without being shocking.

  13. Micaela

    This was actually my First Mac lipstick :) It is quite drying, but a very nice red for my pale skintone! Nice glossy finish! This version totally looks more pigmented though… that’s weird!

  14. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of _An_ An

    What a lovely shade of red!

    It’s bold, but not too bold for me… I think translucency helps a lot.

    I don’t wear red much at all, but I’d love to wear this one. ^^

  15. Chelsea

    Christine, you always look stunning in red lipsticks.

  16. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Rachael Rachael

    It looks a lot like Revlon’s Candy Apple LipButter.

  17. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Abigail abigailOD

    This red seems like a nice break from all my matte ones! Lustres were my first Mac lipsticks.

    Christine, how does this compare to Love Bug, if you have it?

    May sound silly: Are yellow undertones good for yellow-undertoned skin? Because so far, blue undertoned lipcolors agree with my NC40.

  18. Beck

    i love this shade i own it, however i would not purchase any of these YOTs
    lipsticks the snake detail is hideous imo

    • Stacey

      Those born in the year of the snake like me think it is beautiful MAC celebrates the snake since each sign only comes/ returns every 12 years.

      • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Emily 18thCenturyFox

        Knowing a little something about snakes I think this is a much lovelier and fitting tribute then snakeskin :( since I am year of the dragon, I think this is as close as I can expect to get.

        • Meri

          I am also a Dragon, the year that just passed, I wish they had made a tribute to the dragon, the snake is lovely and according to Chinese signs if you ever see one in your house you will never go hungry and it’s good fortune. The colors are beautiful but since they are in the permanent collection I passed in favor the Archie Girls line.

        • I’m the year of the Dog so I’m not sure what they would so. lol

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

    I’m glad I didn’t get this. I actually prefer the less pigmented version. It’s more wearable for me.

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

    In the pictures of your lips, did you apply this heavily. In other words, can I get a more sheer application than what is on your lips?

  21. Looks gorgeous on you! I’d actually like to try this one myself.

  22. That is really, really a beautiful red on you! if I wore red lipstick, I would choose a shade like this–though I wish I could have seen the more translucent version

  23. Ellie

    Gorgeous red! Thank you MAC for making this not so sheer.

  24. Kymberly Sloan

    How does this shade compare to mac ladybug ?

  25. cel

    The embossing is gorgeous! I can’t believe something so glossy can last so long!

  26. This looks stunning on you!

  27. Lucy

    I bought a MAC Cockney Lipstick last weekend. It looks georgeous!!!!! Thank you Tempatlia;*

  28. Meri

    looks close to Apres Chic, very nice

  29. Katie

    Love this shade!

  30. Ana

    I love the color but I think there are other High End/Drugstore versions that are very similar. I’m pretty sure I own something that is very close to this color.

  31. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Emily 18thCenturyFox

    Just got this today and I’m in LOVE with the serpentine embossing. However, since I am an opaque kinda gal I was a little sad about the pigmentation which is SILLY since a little Redd liner will bring out the sauciness of this lipstick. I used to work at a Chinese Immersion school that did stilt walking in the Chinese New Years parade each year- yay for the year of the snake!

  32. Grace

    Is it similar or different with MAC Mineralize Rich Everyday Diva? I can’t decide. I know the other one is cherry red with blue based, what about Cockney? Thanks