Thursday, October 15th, 2009

MAC Magic, Mirth, & Mischief Collection
Lipsticks: Total Wow!, Madly Creative, Utter Fun, Surprise Me

MAC Magic, Mirth, & Mischief Review: Lipsticks

Four shades of lipsticks debuted with MAC’s holiday color collection, with one being permanent (Pervette). Personally, I was really hoping to see another amazing holiday red from MAC this season, but I wasn’t so lucky. (Note: again, I hope to have lip swatches up tomorrow or over the weekend.)

  • Total Wow! is a semi-opaque berried-pink with gold shimmer. It reminded me of Stark Naked blush, actually, but (obviously) in lipstick form.
  • Utter Fun is a blue-based deep pink. It looks awfully red in the tube, but it swatched completely pink on my arm. I imagine if you have a lot of natural redness to your lip color, this will turn out a bit more red than pink on you, though. It’s creamy and mostly opaque, so those are pluses.
  • Surprise Me is a peachy-brown neutral with soft golden shimmer and a slight sheen. It’s an interesting color, but it doesn’t wow me. It doesn’t really say holiday to me, either.

Even though none of the shades really blew me away, I did really like the idea of a Stark Naked blush-turned-lip color, so Total Wow! is a must on my list.

Edited:  Sorry about the mix-up… when I was in-store, the artist told me Madly Creative and it didn’t occur to me to double-check!  I think I have Pervette in my stash, so I’ll swatch that when I do lip swatches.

  • Product: 25/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

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MAC Magic, Mirth, & Mischief Collection
Lipsticks: Total Wow!, Madly Creative, Utter Fun, Surprise Me

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42 thoughts on “MAC Magic, Mirth, & Mischief Review: Lipsticks Swatches & Photos

  1. Madeleine

    Does Surprise Me l/s remind (if yes,in what degree ) Lolipop Loving?Is it close or totally different?

    • Ellectronica

      Lolipop lovin’ is more coral with a green hue to it(my absolute favourite lipstick). This Surprise Me reminded me of Costa Chic, however not as pretty. I was very disappointed.

    • Nah, not really. Lollipop Loving has a lot more green in it and less opacity.

  2. Hmmm really frosty shades seem to make my lips look awful…guess I’ll have to try them in person..thanks for the swatches like always Christine!!

  3. Shweta

    Thanks for putting the swatches up Christine. I was on the MAC website struggling with which colors to buy and now I’ve made up my mind…..I’m gonna get Totally wow and utterly fun…

  4. laura

    lovelove utter fun

  5. felicia

    Hi christine, was just wondering how similar is utter fun to girl about town? thank you.

  6. Hey Christine,
    On MAC’s website it shows that Pervette is part of the collection instead of Madly Creative. Are they similar?

  7. amy

    Surprise Me looks like a lovely colour, but none of the colours seem to stop my heart.

  8. Wow Christine! You really are quick! I’m loving the swatch of Total Wow! :) Might get that when this is released in the UK. Thanks for the reviews and swatches! Can’t wait to see your lip swatches xx

  9. Chrissy

    Any lip swatches coming up soon?

  10. Alexis

    How come MAC Online lists “Pervette” instead of “Madley Creative”?

    • My artist told me the wrong thing, so sorry about that! :( I didn’t even think to double-check when I got home (they were missing one of the lipsticks).

  11. Charlotte

    I thought the lightest shade was Pervette, not Madly Creative? I just got back from Nordies and they had Pervette and no Madly Creative, and also checked the MAC website and they had the same thing. I’m a bit confused…

  12. MC

    When you do swatches… can you do some pairings with the colleciton’s dazzleglasses if you think of some combinations that you think go particularly amazing? ‘Cause as of now, I’m thinking maybe Utter Fun might look sort of holiday-ish with Shee-zam… but I’m not seeing any other great combinations…


  13. Hm, Surprise Me looks very pretty. I might have to check it out if it’s the peach version of Hug Me. The other ones look kind of meh.

  14. I picked up Utter Fun. It was the only one that really struck me as the one to get. I thought I’d get Surprise Me, but it looked kinda bleh when I swatched it.

  15. kpenn

    Total Wow and Utter Fun, here I come!
    Great time to cash in some of my recyclables!

  16. Kaleen

    Did you not do swatches because of chapped lips? If so, I completely understand where you’re coming from. I went to a MAC counter yesterday to do my first B2M trade, and had a hard time testing out lipsticks because my lips were chapped. I ended up taking a leap of faith and just guessed what would look good on me! hah

    • My lips were pretty dried out from being sick, but I honestly just couldn’t handle being up any more. I had originally planned to review everything (including the palettes) the same day, but after the colour collection, I was zapped.

  17. Lorna

    i would agree with you on total wow. it is a very pretty color and looks like it would add color without being too much.

  18. abby

    Hi Christine!! Thank you for the swatches and reviews. I wonder if the utter fun lipstick is similar to lustering…or are they completely different? lol Thank you!!!! :)

  19. Petra

    I was soo hoping for a nice red myself. Port red was the actual shade in my mind. but mainly because I missed out on it back then. :)

  20. Jen

    I bought all four and surprise me just might be my new everyday nude lip….It’s really easy to wear and looks good with almost any gloss color over it. Very pleased with surprise me!

  21. august

    hiya could you do one on ”hug me” from mac i hurd it is really good but dont know weather to try it plus i am in the UK and dont know where to buy it!

  22. Tiana

    I got Totally Wow yesterday and I love! It’s a great shade to get a little bit of that (fall) berry color for those of us too timid to branch out into more opaque colors! Definitely one you can put on without a mirror as well :)

  23. Rita

    When are the lip swathes coming for the MMM Collections?

  24. JillyB

    I went to both Nordies and my local Mac store today and they both had Pervette instead of Madly Creative, which really bummed me out because I wanted Madly Creative. I asked the MA and she didn’t know anything about it. So I bought Total Wow! but I would have bought more. If Madly Creative is coming out with another collection make sure to let us know (as you always do!) Thanks!

  25. Lolly

    Hey I was wondering how Utter Fun compares to Speak Louder?
    I’ve already got Speak Louder so I don’t want to get it if it’s too similar!