Monday, June 17th, 2013

MAC Heaux Lipstick
MAC Heaux Lipstick

MAC Heaux Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “matte berry” with a “Retro Matte” finish. It’s a deep, berry-hued red with a matte finish. MAC Lush Life is glossier, a touch lighter. Guerlain Liu is redder. NARS Dragon Girl is redder, less berry. MAC Love Goddess is warmer, brighter. MAC Scan-delicious is pinker, lighter. Burberry Bright Plum is darker. See swatch comparisons.

If you picked up RiRi Woo, the texture and consistency of Heaux is just like it–a little creamier, not quite as dry as Ruby Woo, but still drier and stiffer than MAC’s regular matte formula (or any of their other finishes for that matter). It feels dry, looks a bit dry on–and I had exfoliated lips the night before with a lip scrub–so it will emphasize any imperfections in the lip if you look closely. It has rich, opaque color coverage, and like RiRi Woo, it’s not going anywhere any time soon. I’ve been wearing Heaux since about 10AM (it’s 3PM), and it still looks nearly immaculate. It doesn’t feel drying to me (my lips aren’t cracking, and I’m not getting the urge to reach for lip balm). I would expect this to last another two to four hours well, then some light staining. The biggest advantage of the Retro Matte formula is that they tend to wear for hours and hours.

When swatched, Rebel had a stronger berry tone with a lot less red in it, and of course, the finish has a soft sheen, but applied, it was harder to tell the difference–the sheen was the most notable difference between the two. I was surprised, because I really did expect it to look noticeably different applied as well as when swatched.

The RiRi Hearts MAC summer collection will launch June 18th at noon EST exclusively online for North America; June 20th exclusively online for international.

The Glossover




The formula's best aspect is how long it wears, while the texture is a bit stiff (though creamier than permanent Retro Matte finishes) and can be unforgiving. It didn't seem drying while I wore it--it didn't seem to suck the moisture out of my lips, but it's not the most comfortable formula to wear.











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84 thoughts on “MAC Heaux Lipstick Review, Photos, & Swatches

  1. Roxana

    oof, thank you for this! I was all excited to buy it tomorrow but thankfully I don’t think it’s that unique.

  2. Colleen

    This looks very drying :\

  3. Chloe

    Ahhh! Thank you for the swatches! This lipstick shade looks beautiful, defiantly purchasing this!

  4. I really like this! Read from a previous post that this is similar to Rebel (which I love, by the way), but based on your swatches, it’s noticeably lighter and redder. Back to the list it goes! 😀 Thanks for the sneak peek, Christine.

  5. candy

    from looking at the picture i thought this was riri woo, heaux looks more redish than the promo pictures in those pictures it kinda looked like rebel

    • LAYA

      we, all have to at least understand that different skin tones will wear these lipsticks different….rebel is darker on darker skin tones or tan skin….lighter tones like christine…looks brighter…SO , we all cant really judge a color based on one tone wearing the swatch, on a diffrent skin it might look diffrent, plus if you are drinking 8 water bottles a day your lips should not be dry….if they are….. you are dehydrated…i drink a half gallon a day.

  6. Not quite as dark as I originally thought, but I’m actually happy with that! I will attempt to order this and RiRi Boy but emphasis on attempt. We know how MAC releases go lol

  7. Bee

    Diva looks a bit similar too. just that Diva is a tad deeper

  8. Shayna

    Thanks for the comparison ! Heaux is a gorgeous color but I don’t think the difference between it and Rebel will be as apparent on the lips (other than the finish)….and since Rebel isn’t a color I wear very often anyways this will be a skip for me !

  9. Mariella

    What does the name mean? I mean, I get “hoax” and “haut(e)” but “heaux” – is it an alternate (Frenchified) spelling of “ho”?

    • I think it is a Frenched-up version of “ho,” seeing as Rihanna likes to think of herself as a “good girl gone bad.”

    • Whitney

      It’s how Rihanna writes hoe which is how she refers to her bffs on twitter, instagram etc. Not everyone’s cup of tea I’m sure, but I love the juxtaposition of classy french with what she means.

      • Mariella

        You’re right there – not my cup of tea in the least. What a shame to refer to your “bffs” like that! Just seems sad and scuzzy to me (I teach high school girls and see how this sort of role modelling trickles down and it just is very sad).

      • It is more of a hipster/internet thing than a Rihanna thing.

    • Julia

      Yes it is. Pronounced like Devereaux but actually it’s the word ”Ho”

    • Quiche

      This is a word that used in online forums. It’s calling someone a “hoe” but it’s a bit funnier because of the French spelling. Pronounced like hoe there is just an emphasis.

      This isn’t a Rihanna thing, but an online forum thing.

  10. Sonia

    Thank you for helping me save some money, Christine! This lippie is an extact dupe of a wet n wild lipstick I own (Cherry Picking).

  11. I’m a little disappointed. I was actually hoping for it to be a matte version of Rebel but this looks exactly like Love Goddess to me. I think I may skip.

    • Brittany

      me too :(

    • chris

      same here, in contrast to most people here i wanted this to be exactly like my possibly no1 favorite mac lippy rebel, just in a matte texture… looks too red to be very close to rebel!

  12. Keen Janine

    Christine, Would you say this is similiar, if not dead on, to MAC Love Goddess from the Marilyn Monroe collection?

  13. Rad

    Ha, Rebel looks so much more flattering on you Christine. Do you think this whole collection is just hype over nothing? The colours in the collection are practically the same as shades in the permanent range so I don’t get why people are going crazy over it.

    • chris

      up the amp, rebel and ruby woo are some of mac top selling lipsticks.. for ppl who wear them lots, it would be nice to have the exact same shade matte. for ruby woo, I don’t get it either because that one is matte already… but for the other 2, i am totally excited to mix up my most worn spring and fall shades!

  14. This has a much more noticeable difference unlike the others but they all look painfuly drying. I think I’ll go dupe Rebel, seeing as Heaux isn’t THAT unique at all.

  15. Katie

    Haha…the name cracks me up. Heaux = Hoe

  16. Katie F

    Hmm…I love the retro matte formula (the drier the better in my book…hate lipsticks that feel slick) but I think I may have something like this in my stash…better check before I start stalking the website. Thanks for the swatch!

  17. i may pick this one up. it looks like it would work better on me than rebel

  18. Jen

    Didn’t think I was interested in any of this RiRi Hearts stuff but I think I want Heaux now… I don’t have anything incredibly like it and it’s REALLY pretty.

  19. Linda

    I really wanted this one. After seeing the swatches it is of the list. I already own Rebel and it looks so much prettier.
    The same for Riri Boy. If I ever need a color like that i’ll go for Up The Amp.


  20. kari

    i looooveee berry shades + matte? gimme! rebel is too purple for me, so this is perfect. hopefully it’ll still be available when i get paid next week! :>

  21. Clio

    It looks so neon in the up close swatches, but then more muted in the full face pic. I don’t know what to think.

  22. pretty lipstick, but not really digging the name on this one. some of my favorite products have “naughty” names (urban decay, nars, etc.) but buying a lipstick based on a derogatory term for women bugs me. ugh, MAC.

  23. Josephine

    Is it really similar to love goddess? I missed out on that! And would this work on a nc20-25 skin?

  24. abigailod

    This shade might bring back my love of berries and plums. Looks Amazing on you!

    Christine, what do you recommend to make lips appear fuller? Line outside the lips? I notice drier formulas look stellar on fuller lips than *average lips. Your thoughts?

  25. Yasmin

    I was hoping Heaux to be a dupe for Rocker, which was limited edition and I missed :C
    Well, I’ll buying Rebel very soon for my birthday. I’m not a big fan of the retro matte finish anyway.

  26. I actually find the subtle difference–slightly lighter,and more red– from Rebel quite interesting. I’m NC20’ish and I’m thinking this could be totally gorgeous. The finish appears a tad drying, but I may have to pick this up.

  27. Beautybeatmanila

    Ugh why did you have to compare the 2?!?!? Now I feel like I have to buy both

  28. Anonymous

    How does this compare to Ronnie Red? Thanks!

  29. I, too, dislike the name, but I giggle because it reminds me of that old episode of Gilmore Girls.
    “That’s a pretty color. What is that?”
    “It’s called ‘Vicious Trollop’.”
    “Oh, stop it. Now why would you name a lipstick something like that?”
    “Because ‘Dirty Whore’ was taken?”

  30. Nichelle

    I thought these were supposed to have special packaging with it? Or am I wrong?

  31. Marilyn

    I loathe both of this collections lip colors because they are STUNNING and would look horrible against my super yellow toned skin. This lip color really is a show stopper, especially on you.

  32. Lisa J

    I’m not one for red lipsticks usually, but I’m kinda liking this one. I like how it leans a bit more red, not as much pink/berry as Rebel and others. Also, I just prefer a matte finish for bolder colors like this rather than a satin/sheen finish. The name annoys me a bit (I follow her on Instagram and not too fond of her affinity with the word “heaux”) but I may just look past it. Considering how I happen to own a blush called Orgasm, a velvet matte lip pencil called Sex Machine, and a multiple named G-Spot…how far off am I really?? LOL 😛

  33. Hester

    How similar is to MAC’s pro long wear lip creme (I believe that’s what it’s called) in Perpetual Flame?

  34. Haemy

    I’m really not liking the release time. Unless your lunch time magically falls on that time, most of us with work are pretty much screwed. I wish the release time was midnight instead. :( Not dead set yet but I think I want Heaux.

  35. cel

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the direct comparisons! This is such a gorgeous color!

  36. artemis

    Lol, this lipstick is nice in one aspect:it makes rebel’s finish look perfect by comparison :)) it looks a bit like riri woo to me too.

  37. Cute color, but similar to some I already have.

  38. Alice Bassi

    Hi Christine, do you think this lippie could be the same as Drench by Illamasqua? I’m wearing it on my lips now and it’s way darker compared to the swatches I found on web. If you don’t mind, should you take a peak here? It’s a photo of me wearing Drench!
    Thank you so much, I love how Heaux and Rebel look flattering on your lips! =)

  39. anna

    Has it been heavily swatched?

  40. I tried to add Heaux to my basket (or whatever they call it on MAC), waiting about 5 minutes, then realized I could get a dupe for less. I haven’t exactly been 100% satisfied by MAC lipsticks, so this isn’t worth $15 out of my bank account.

  41. Tatiana

    Isn’t it more similar to mac love goddess than to rebel??

  42. Elle

    This looks so pretty! Honestly though, the shade doesn’t look all that unique to me. I have one by Rimmel, which while not quite as matte, looks almost identical. Its Shade 09 in the Kate Moss for Rimmel collection, and its a very pretty berry with red undertones.

  43. i really prefer Rebel. I might buy it too. Heaux is really disappointing to me, I was expecting more of a pink berry, but this is more a red. I have enough reds :(

  44. Kai

    I have Rebel & I think I’ll stick to Rebel.

  45. Camille

    I thought Heaux was it ? …

    And RiRi Boy was it : which look like a lot like Ruby Woo

    I am a little bit confused.

  46. Oh my goodness, I really like it! … of course, I’m too slow to the game – it’s sold out. lol

  47. Chloe

    What would be the best lip liner to use with this lipstick (preferably mac)?

  48. I bought this, and I love it so much more than Rebel! I’ll have to check out that wet n wild dupe someone on here mentioned.

  49. Keshia

    Just realized that MAC Marilyn Monroe’s Deeply Adored and MAC Heaux are the same in color.

  50. rae

    i’ve always wanted rebel to come in matte.

  51. Robin

    The dupe of Heaux is Diva by MAC, it’s not Rebel

  52. Valeria

    I received my Heaux today, and found it very similar to the La Sensuelle by Chanel what do you think Christine? Kisses from Brazil!

  53. Cristina

    Can Mac Heaux be compared to YSL Rouge Volupte Forbidden Burgundy?