Friday, December 30th, 2011

MAC Flamingo Lipstick
MAC Flamingo Lipstick

MAC for Iris Apfel: Lipsticks

There are four limited edition (and one permanent) shades of MAC Lipstick ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) in the Iris Apfel collection: Flamingo (light milky bright coral), Morange (loudmouth orange), Party Parrot (bright red-pink), Pink Pigeon (bright cleanest pink), and Scarlet Ibis (bright orange-red).

MAC lipsticks come in a variety of finishes, so the color payoff, texture, and wear can vary based on the finish alone. In this collection, we have mostly mattes. The matte formula on these is comfortable to wear without being drying; I actually would have pegged them as amplified cremes or satins, because they didn’t cling like some of MAC’s original matte finishes do (think Ruby Woo; none of these are similar in texture). Lustres tend to wear off quickly and dry out my lips, so they’re not my favorite finish. Amplified cremes are really opaque, creamy, and comfortable to wear. Because of the intensity of the pigmentation in these shades (except Flamingo), these will wear longer and have a tendency to stain. I’ve worn Morange for six hours in the past, and I tested out Scarlet Ibis for wear, and it wore for six hours and left a bit of a stain. MAC lipsticks are vanilla-scented but taste-free.

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MAC for Iris Apfel Lipsticks Review, Photos, Swatches

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These are really nice matte finishes--they're not dry or difficult to apply! If you love your lipstick bright and opaque, you'll probably enjoy these offerings from MAC for winter/spring.

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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MAC Flamingo Lipstick
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MAC Morange Lipstick
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MAC Morange Lipstick
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MAC Morange Lipstick
MAC Morange Lipstick

MAC Party Parrot Lipstick
MAC Party Parrot Lipstick

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MAC Pink Pigeon Lipstick
MAC Pink Pigeon Lipstick

MAC Pink Pigeon Lipstick
MAC Pink Pigeon Lipstick

MAC Pink Pigeon Lipstick
MAC Pink Pigeon Lipstick

MAC Pink Pigeon Lipstick
MAC Pink Pigeon Lipstick

MAC Pink Pigeon Lipstick
MAC Pink Pigeon Lipstick

MAC Pink Pigeon Lipstick
MAC Pink Pigeon Lipstick

MAC Scarlet Ibis Lipstick
MAC Scarlet Ibis Lipstick

MAC Scarlet Ibis Lipstick
MAC Scarlet Ibis Lipstick

MAC Scarlet Ibis Lipstick
MAC Scarlet Ibis Lipstick

MAC Scarlet Ibis Lipstick
MAC Scarlet Ibis Lipstick

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

MAC for Iris Apfel releases in-stores on January 5th, 2012 and will be available at all MAC locations and counters; $14.50 each.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

See individual shade reviews! :)

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189 thoughts on “MAC for Iris Apfel Lipsticks Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Avatar of Vanessa nessa

    party parrot and pink pigeon you will be mine!! <3

  2. Avatar of Veronica Veronica

    Ah, if I only I could wear those oranges, this whole collection would be mine! Very pretty and vibrant. Definitely going to check out those pinks.

    On a side note, Scarlet Ibis looks amazing on you!

  3. Krista

    Gorgeous colors! :) Darn it, MAC makes me wanna spend all my holiday gift cards! :)) I was supposed to budget them throughout the year.

    • ruman

      hi… pink pigeon looks so gorgeous… how does it compare to Mac’s Dame Edna Gladiola? ive been trying to get my hands on Gladiola or at least a dupe for sooo long. im so sad! any comparison with pink pigeon and gladiola.. i know gladiolas a bit more purple.. but can u pls tell me the colour difference? thank u!

  4. Avatar of Daniela Daniela

    Christine how does Flamingo compare to Crosswires? :)

  5. Kate

    Happy new year! would flamingo look very different from the new chanel coco shine flirt?

  6. JoeJoe

    Happy New Years! Would you say Party Parrot is pretty close to YSL Paris Rose? Thanks for your time! Xoxo

  7. melisa

    love pink pingeon do you think candy yum yum will ever come back out?? its my fave!

  8. Sara

    ITS AVAILABLE ONLINE NOW GUYS!!!! (: I just grabbed 2 flamingos heheh

  9. Eunice

    Hi,

    Is Pink Pigeon same with Candy Yum Yum?

    Thanks!

  10. Avatar of Joanna Joanna

    Went to M.A.C. today and previewed the collection. I love Pink Pigeon! Much more unique than the other lipsticks. I compared Scarlet Ibis to Lady Danger, and Impassioned to Party Parrot. I must say both Lady Danger and Impassioned are better dupes, so if you have these dont bother getting Party Parrot or Scarlet Ibis. If you like bright lips like I do Pink Pigeon is beautiful :)

  11. OMG! I want Flamingo so badly!

  12. Liv

    Love flamingo :) Def my next MAC buy…

  13. RJ

    i live in the UK and went to the MAC pro store today to have a look at this collection but was told that this collection is only available online

    Has anyone seen it at their local MAC?

    Thanks x

  14. Amie

    Iris collection is only available at MAC stores, not at the counters. And hurry, all the lipsticks are almost sold out everywhere!!! Had to call over 10 stores to find mine!! xo

  15. Melissa

    Can anybody explain why this collection won’t be released at mac counters inside stores like Macy’s and Dillards? So bummed out! Went to buy all the lipsticks today and the sales lady told be they will only carry it at free standing mac stores:(

  16. Shannon

    So I’m pretty new to the make up world which is probably why I cannot figure out why I always have a lipstick fail. My face has a lot of pink/red in it, but like with Flamingo for instance… there is zero pink that shows up on me. Its all coral, if not orange, and is so not flattering on me. What am I doing wrong? I have no idea where to start when trying to find a shade that will look on me the same that Flamingo looks on you.

  17. Do you remember what you’re wearing on your cheeks, Christine?

  18. Avatar of Reiko Reiko

    How does Flamingo compare to last year Winter collection’s Cut A Caper?

  19. Wow Im so sad! Flamingo was the only thing I wanted out of this collection and it sold out online by the time i got on which was 11 o clock the day it came out. Then called my MAC counter and the lady next in line had the last one :(

  20. Nina

    I bought Flamingo and Scarlet Ibis, and I’m a NC30-35. Flamingo is no doubt beautiful, but the shock for me was scarlet ibis. I dont normally wear bright lipsticks (but buy them none the less), this looks absolutely beautiful on my skin tone (and i am sure it would on others). Love it!!

  21. Hunter

    Christine, does anyone read the comments before they post?! About 40 people asked about Lady Danger and Impassioned ;) haha so funny. I was just wondering, it says in your post one of the lipsticks will be permanent, do you know which? Maybe I missed it in the article.

  22. JoeJoe

    Happy New Years! Would you say Party Parrot is pretty close to YSL Paris Rose? Thanks!

  23. Smidgeroo

    Would you say Scarlet Ibis is similar to Hibiscus from the Surf Baby Collection? I’m debating whether I need both. <3

  24. Nancy

    I’m soooo lucky!! I got the last 3 Flamingo lipsticks in my entire city today..

  25. Avatar of Amy Amy

    For some reason my Party Parrot doesn’t look nearly as bright and neon as the pic ;(

  26. Cecilia

    *sigh* Alas, I was very late on the Flamingo band wagon and none of the MAC stores has this color anymore. So, I was playing around with the Sweet Sunset lipstick from the Naturally collection and then I had an epiphany. I dug around my stash for my Ever Hip lipstick, looked at the color from the tube and I thought, “I wonder?…” Swiped a little of Sweet Sunset and then layered Ever Hip over it, ran over to temptalia and compared it to the real Flamingo swatch. Verdict: It’s hard to tell because my living room light is so yellow, but I think this concoction might have pulled it off. Depending on your natural lip color, you may need to adjust the amount of Sweet Sunset vs. Ever Hip. For me, I used a thin layer of Sweet Sunset and maybe 2 thin layers of Ever Hip. If you gals have Ever Hip and Sweet Sunset, I encourage you mixing the two together. I’d be curious if you were able to pull something close to Flamingo! :-)

  27. Martha

    Hi Christine! That Flamingo lipstick looks beautiful! Do you think it is comparable to the Chanel Rouge Coco shine in Flirt? My local store is sold out of flamingo:(

  28. Katy

    These are so… drunken fun summer, if you know what I mean.

  29. Avatar of Jessica Jess

    Is Flamingo closer to Blossom Culture or Supreme Style? :)

  30. rebelle

    anyone looking for party parrot dupe, sleek true color lipstick in heartbreaker is soooooo similar and also has a matte finish, and it’s only $6!

    • Laura Garcia

      Yeah, but it’s not MAC!

      • rebelle

        well, i’m just helping with other alternatives since MAC party parrot is SOLD OUT, and it’s a pretty unique color. Sleek lipstick has pretty good staying power and moisturizing enough for me. I said DUPE, it doesn’t have to be from the same brand, but suit yourself.

  31. May

    Been desperate to find the perfect dupe for Flamingo. Is Korres Mango Butter 13 Natural Pink close?

  32. laureen

    i really wish that mac would still continue to sell iris apfel collection beautiful colors all my friends are looking to purchase it but they aRE ALL OUT I HOPE THAT MAC WILL STILL CONTINUE WITH THIS LINE OF MAKEUP.

  33. Irene

    On my lips Flamingo looks so bright as Party Parrot
    O.o

  34. Vanessa

    How does party parrot l/s compare to force of love l/s?

  35. hanna

    i couldn’t help but notice your skin look AMAZING in these photos, can you tell me which foundation you wore during this shoot?

  36. Pleinair

    Oh how i wish MAC to bring this collection back in stores :(((( this collection sold out too quickly :((( sometimes i hate limited editions…. :((((

  37. Maria A Porrasa

    I absolutely love what you’re doing on your website. THANK YOU SO MUCH! Keep up the good work!

  38. beck

    MAC PLEASE repromote Party Parrot….so bummed I missed this one. Force of Love and Watch Me Simmer could not compare to this beauty. =(

  39. Leizel

    Flamingo is so pretty! I hope they re-promote it as I didn’t get it the first time around :-(

  40. marj

    i love your product.. super..

  41. Zeenatrising

    Hi Christine, thank you so much for the great reviews! I always consult your website before purchasing makeup and have told a million people about your amazing site. Big question: just found pink pigeon on eBay and the finish is DIVINE. It’s perfectly matte. Scarlet Ibis and Party Parrot are on eBay but are expensive – do you think the finish is the same for these 3? I hate shine in lipstick but matte doesn’t always apply as smoothly as these. Should I invest in party parrot and scarlet ibis if I’m looking for the perfect, vibrant matte lipsticks? Thank you!!!

    •  @Zeenatrising They all have a similar finish, but I don’t know how much more than retail you’d be paying. MAC comes out with a lot of those types of colors so you could probably get away with waiting.  You may also consider MAC’s PRO lipsticks – the amplified and satins – as they’re often bright and have a mostly matte finish.