Thursday, September 27th, 2012

MAC Charmed, I'm Sure Lipstick
MAC Charmed, I’m Sure Lipstick

How Many Reds Will You Need?

MAC Marilyn Monroe Lipsticks ($16.50 for 0.10 oz.) includes five shades: Charmed, I’m Sure (dark true red), Deeply Adored (deep scarlet), Love Goddess (mid-tone pink red), Pure Zen (frosted warm nude), and Scarlet Ibis (bright orange red). The latter two are repromotes.

Charmed, I’m Sure is a darkened red with a matte finish. It has subtle blue undertones and opaque color coverage. Guerlain Luxure is slightly darker, a touch browner. MAC Red Racer is brighter. MAC Russian Red is darker. MAC Runaway Red is similar, a smidgen darker. Guerlain Samsara is more blue-based. MAC Ruby Woo is more blue-based.

Deeply Adored is a medium-dark brown-toned red with mostly opaque color coverage and a modern matte finish. NARS Amsterdam is slightly browner. MAC Rocker is less brown. shu uemura Rouge Luster is less red. MAC Extended Play is similar, but it is not quite as red/bright. MAC Such Flare is similar.

Love Goddess is a brightened, pink-red with a satin finish. It has opaque color coverage and applies evenly and smoothly. This shade wore for six hours. Tarina Tarantino Fuchsia Lining is lighter. Guerlain Girly is pinker. MAC Gesina is very similar. Chanel Emotive is lighter.

Pure Zen is a rosy beige nude with semi-opaque color coverage. This shade wore for three and a half hours. MAC Lazy Day is slightly grayer. Chanel Rose Dentelle is a bit pinker. Napoleon Paradis Havana is similar. Cle de Peau #129 is very similar, a smidgen less pale. MAC Angel is pinker.

Scarlet Ibis is a reddened orange with a natural matte finish and full color coverage. This has a matte finish. This shade wore for six hours. MAC Sail la Vie is similar. It’s a little redder compared to Givenchy Candide Tangerine. It is similar to Giorgio Armani #405 with a matte finish. Estee Lauder Wild Fire is a touch lighter. Dolce & Gabbana Sheer is similar but a touch brighter.

MAC Lipsticks are vanilla-scented but taste-free.  The matte shades in this launch are like the more recent matte launches–creamy, smooth, easy to apply, and opaque. They have a subtle sheen that wears away after an hour or so and results in a true matte finish.  I haven’t had the time yet to test all of these shades, but I plan to do so today and tomorrow and will update with wear times.  Shades like Charmed, I’m Sure and Deeply Adored tend to wear six hours or so, and they have a tendency to stain as well.   Pure Zen was slightly drying, which is typical of my experience with the Cremesheen finish.  Scarlet Ibis was neither drying nor hydrating.  Love Goddess was just a bit hydrating for a few hours.

Keep in mind, online retailers like Nordstrom, Macy’s, Dillard’s, and Bloomingdale’s will also launch the collection online. These retailers typically launch close in time to the in-store release date (October 4th).

The Glossover


MAC & Marilyn Monroe Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Four of the five shades are solid shades; Pure Zen was drying on me over time, but this is what I tend to experience with Cremesheens and I know some readers find it hydrating on the whole.











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MAC Cosmetics; technically September 27th online at and October 4th for in-store. $16.50 each.

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See individual shade review! :)

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On eyes: Chanel Apparence Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow, Chanel Harmonie du Soir Eyeshadow Palette (taupe), Burberry Trench Eyeshadow, MAC Smolder Eyeliner, and Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Waterproof Mascara. On cheeks: MAC The Perfect Cheek Blush.

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205 thoughts on “MAC & Marilyn Monroe Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches

  1. Lyka

    i’m thorned! ~_~

  2. Sara

    Hey Christine!
    Is Love Goddess similar to Watch me Simmer?

  3. I wish Charmed, I’m Sure was a little darker…but Love Goddess is beautiful. I’m a huge fan of Marilyn and was really worried MAC wouldn’t do her justice but I actually really like this collection!

    • Nichole

      I totally agree with you on charmed I’m sure. Love goddess is beautiful, it’s must have. I picked it up on Tuesday and can’t stop wearing it. 😉

  4. VernlovesMAC

    Thank you:)

  5. Charmed I’m Sure, Deeply Adored and Love Goddess looks amazing! Those are the three lipsticks that I’m getting for sure!

  6. Oh!! Congratulations, MAC !!

    Todos são lindos e perfeitos!

    Quero todos, simplesmente!


  7. All shades are to die for. Which is your favorite?

  8. Charmed, I’m sure & Deeply Adored are both gooooorgeous! <3

  9. Edelmc

    Very helPful post as always Christine. I know you listed dupes for the shades but do you think love goddess is similar to moxie and deeply adored similar to viva glam 1. Thanks

  10. Stephanie t-p

    I hope I can get my hands on scarlet ibis this time around! I’m going to check the pro store today 😀

  11. I love love love Marilyn Monroe and this is one collection I have been waiting for since I got word of it. And since it’s MAC, I am in heaven.

  12. Nichole

    I went to a pre screening for this collection with intentions on getting deeply adored and was disappointed as to how light this color turned out. I thought it was going to be darker more vampy, when I swatched it on it looked more berry on me. I am light med complexion with strong yellow undertones so the color wasn’t at all what I thought might look on me. I picked up love goddess instead and was Rey pleased buy the color payoff, it’s beautiful and it looked like a red tinged hot pink on me. Personally i think the packaging is lovely and chic. I passed on scarlet ibis and charmed I’m sure since charmed I’m sure looked a lot like my covergirl hot lipstick on me and scarlet ibis (sighs) beautiful color but haven’t we had enough orange lippies this year?

  13. Helen

    Hi Christine, how does Scarlet Ibis compare to Ruby Woo or So Chaud?

  14. Jade

    I thought the reds, but they are much darker than I expected! I don’t think my NC15-ness will pull that off. Love Goddess and Scarlet Ibis are the one’s I’m eyeing now… and even then, neither are singing, if you know what I mean. Hmmm. Is this the same Pure Zen from Cremesheen + Pearl?

    Nice to see MAC nailing something! Though with lipstick it’s not unexpected.

  15. Elle

    omg I LOVE scarlet this!!!!! maybe this’ll dupe my kate moss lipstick

  16. AMANDA

    Red lips look gorgeous on you Christine!

  17. I have too many red lipsticks at the moment, think I’ll give this collection a miss.

  18. Diane

    I love love love MAC Deeply Adored Lipstick and MAC Scarlet Ibis Lipstick on you! ur super pretty :”>

  19. Monica

    Thank you for taking the time to do the reviews….I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your blog. I always look here for your reviews before I buy something. With that said….do you think the Deeply Adored is close to L’Impatiente Deep red-black? I am trying to decide if they are so close that I should only choose one.


  20. I’m hopeing to get my hands on love goddess,scarlet ibis,and pure zen *fingers crossed*

  21. Jemma

    Hi Christine, Please can you help me out? I think i only need one but can’t choose. Should i pick up Rocker or Deeply Adored or are they that different i should get up both? From what i have been reading the only difference that Rocker has glitter in it. I am a fan of a bit of glitter on occasions so i think im leaning more to Rocker. I’m not bothered about the packaging either really as i am going to pick up Love Goddess from this collection anyways. If you could give me your opinion that would be great. Thank you :0)

  22. Lizzi

    Yay! MAC did a good job with these! I was interested in Pure Zen and Lice Goddess but I have so many nudes, I think Love Goddess is the only one I could justify getting. Can’t wait to see the blush swatches.

  23. Liz

    I LOVE DEEPLY ADORED! Thanks Christine.

  24. Laura

    Thank you for the swatches and review!

    I definitely want Deeply Adored – it looks stunning – but I can’t decide about Charmed I’m Sure… It is a beautiful shade, but I already have Red Racer, Runaway Red, Russian Red and Ruby Woo (plus Eden Rouge Mattene, Heartless from Venomous Villains and UD Revolution), all of which might be similar. I suppose I should skip it and save money!

  25. Now that it isn’t 3:00 a.m… I’m looking at the swatches and while a couple of these are really tempting, I really do have similar dupes for all of them. I might grab Scarlet Ibis just cuz.

  26. Lydia

    And…..Deeply adored is SOLD OUT!!!!! :(

  27. Abbey

    Well, I was going to buy Deeply Adored, but it’s listed as sold out. Guess I’ll try again when it hits the department stores! Or I may just buy a dupe. I truly don’t care much about the packaging, so if I can get a lipstick that is close but less expensive that’s fine with me!

  28. Monica

    The lipsticks are already sold out on-line. How can this be?

  29. Jade

    Wow. All but Pure Zen are sold out on the website.

  30. Scarlet Ibis is gorgeous! I love orangey reds.

  31. Silesha Ferguson

    Every lipstick except for Zen SOLD OUT online within 15 minutes. I’m quite pissed. Now I’ll have to camp out at the store. Yippe.

  32. Bethq

    Annnnd…all except Pure Zen are sold out as of 9 AM EST.

  33. Deb

    Thanks for the swatches! Love Goddess is tempting but as you say, how many reds do I really need?

  34. Tania

    I’m not even a fan of Marilyn but I’m like .:grabby hands:. to all the collection. I’m looking forward to the rest of your reviews Christine! thank you

  35. Bea

    I’m kind of disappointed that as soon as I got the e-mail for the collection I went to immediately go to buy and all of the colors were sold out.

    • Yeah, for future reference, waiting or relying for the email is usually not the way to go :( It typically launches a few hours before the email!

    • Melinda

      I know I was disappointment too at first. Then thought it’s just good for my wallet. I already have a ton of red lipsticks and just need to be happy with those. Oh well.

  36. Carla N.

    I’ll be honest: This collection is the biggest temptation that’s been thrown my way since I started my boycott of Estee Lauder brands, back in the spring. I’d LOVE to have “Charmed, I’m Sure” and “Deeply Adored.”
    I feel sure I can find the same colors in other lines, though, and I already own Ruby Woo, Russian Red, Powerhouse, Classic Dame, Lady Danger, and Runaway Red, so it’s not as if I lack for reds.

  37. divinem (Melissa)

    I’m going out of time and don’t have time for other sites to put it up. I called MAC in Times Square and placed my order as soon as they opened. Looks like I’ll get everything I need.

    I cannot BELIEVE how fast all of this sold out! @_@

    • Really not surprised – this is how MAC has built its machine – launch in the middle of the night, have low quantities (or at least, not enough to meet even half of the demand), and knows you’ll be there for the next rollercoaster! :(

      • divinem (Melissa)

        Yes, and it chaps my ass when I fall asleep just MINUTES before it goes up online! -__- Oh well, I paid a premium, but not what eBay scalpers will be charging!

  38. Mimi E. Stanford

    That’s the same Pure Zen that launched w/ Cremesheen + Pearl, right?

  39. Lindsay

    How does Love Goddess compare to Moxie? Tia!

  40. Tina

    Christine….OMG! This collection was made for you! Every single lipstick looks A+ on you! Rock it!

  41. chiquita

    How does Deeply Adored compare to Camden Chic?

  42. Huda

    hey does deeply adored compare to mac diva..or mac hang up? is it a dupe for either? thanks again!

  43. Charmed, I’m Sure and Deeply Adored would be my pics, but seems I already own some similar shades already (Luxure, Amsterdam and Russian Red), I need to think about it… I’m not sure if this collection has arrived here in Mexico, but fortunately, I know a “secret” Mac Store where LE items take longer to sell out.

  44. Neha

    As usual the entire lipstick range is Sold Out!! It happens all the time..

  45. melanie

    How does Charmed I’m Sure compare to Heartless? They look similar to me…

  46. Mary Jane

    Hello Christine, please how do you see Scarlet Ibis lipstick on an NW20 complexion? I will go NC30 when I self-tan. Thank you!

  47. yadira

    they all look amazing on you. :) i bought 4 out of the 5. im regrettin g the last one.

  48. Barbie

    yawn, the only i like is scarlet ibis. i already have enough red lipsticks.

  49. Mya

    Wow why I am not surprised that all the bomb colors are sold out :/ which one of the reds would look good on a c40 skintone ?

  50. Cat

    I love Love Goddess! The reds are very pretty but it seems like you could get pretty close with another color. Still might pick them up, though.

    I’m tempted by Scarlet Ibis, but I already Sail La Vie, so I don’t know if I need both.

    Since these appear to already be sold out at MAC, I’ll wait for Macy’s or Nordstrom to release them.

  51. inge

    the lipsticks were really the only thing I was intersted in. Of course they are sold out. I will call and have them placed on hold at my local MAC. That being said MAC should really allow people to order 2 of something with these limited edition collections. Undoubtedly, scalpers bought 10 of each to then sell on ebay for crazy prices. Personally, they are making me weak with allowing that to go on and raising their own prices as well.

    • There is a limit online – it is 4!

      • Ruca

        Inge is right though. Pro members are not supposed to order more than 3 of any single item, and others 4, but there are people who go in with Pro accounts and place 3 orders in a row to sell it on eBay. When By Request came out, there was a girl on Instagram showing her 10 Candy Yum Yums that she bought to sell on eBay, where they were raking in a disgusting $100+ EACH. I have seen the Pro benefits get cut back more and more as they attempt to stop the eBay jerks, but I really think they need to put more effort into identifying who these eBay sellers are and stripping their Pro memberships! NO ONE should have to pay $100 for a MAC lipstick! And no one should get denied due to lightning-fast sell outs because the scalpers wiped out the supply. Makeup is supposed to be fun–these people are ruining it for everyone. :(

        • Not saying there aren’t ways to get around it – only that they do have a system in place, even if it isn’t foolproof! :)

          • Ruca

            Oh true, and I’m sure you are aware of this; I am probably more “whining” (the G rated word for what I really mean) about MAC’s lack of policing the Pro accounts who abuse the privilege. I’m a Makeup Artist, but I also love the products and have my own personal collection. It infuriates me when I miss a color I’ve been waiting for because so many people are abusing their Pro cards. I don’t have ANY other pro memberships that have this problem. I’d also hate to see MAC Pro go the way of Urban Decay just to stop the eBay nonsense. :\

      • Inge

        I didn’t realize this as I usually just by one of something… Cool Thanks!

    • Abbi P.

      I called my MAC store and they refused to hold anything day of launch, what’s your secret??!!

      • Inge

        I spoke too soon because I called and they said the same… Lol … Whatever I just want love goddess and that’s it but I will not stand in line or blow off work to snag a lipstick if its there when I get there then great if not oh well. :)

      • Inge

        I think I will just treat myself to my first Armani eyes to kill in 27.. I swatched it in Saks the other day and it was gorgeous…

  52. Silesha

    I wonder then, Christine, did it launch at different times in different places? I literally stalked the Internet starting at 12am this morning. It had not launched in Florida where I am as of 5am. Then bam! I blink, there it is at 7:30, I hit shop and was slapped in the face with sold out. Just really disappointed. I have spoken with my local MAC counter and will be braving that fiasco next Thursday. I’m obsessed with Marilyn, books, DVDs, music, clothing, artwork. It’s the only reason I’m willing to fight at the store.

    • It went up approximately 4:30am PST, which would have been 7:30 AM your time! It looked like nothing sold out for ~one hour after that.

      • Silesha

        Wow. Well all I can say is thank you for your reliable information. You are my go to source for all things related beauty. I figured it was a big deal because you usually post sneek peeks a few weeks or so before, and this one a week before. You’ve spoiled me! Abbi, good luck to you as well! I’m in Tampa and my local counter told me to be sure I am one of the first ones walking in. Guess I’ll show up and wait a few hours for the store to open. All for the love of Marilyn!

        • For awhile, it was coming out a week early at PRO stores, but now the online date has caught up with the PRO store date and I don’t get much lead time (not that there was much before, lol!).

          Good luck!

    • Abbi P.

      I had the SAME problem, and I just happen to be in FL too, LOL, everything I had to have sold out and I’ve been waiting for this launch for months, I’m so upset to have to drive an hour to Palm Beach on the 4th hoping to get my lipstick etc!!!! Good luck to you too!!!!

      • Brjsmom

        I was online at 8am in Florida and everything was gone!!!! I will be stalking my Nordstrom on the 4th:)….good luck everyone! Btw, in palm beach the Wellington mall has a Macy’s and Nordstrom and they don’t usually sell out on the first day

  53. Courtney

    I’m just to “meh” about this collection. The lipstick are almost appealing to me, but not really. I’ll check it out in stores to see if anything works on me, but I have enough red lippies.

  54. Rebecca Brennan

    They are all so pretty but I just cant pull off any of those colors!! Bummer :(

  55. jkj

    Is Scarlet Ibis similar to Lady Danger?

  56. Kafka

    After seeing your swatches last night, I decided I just had to have Love Goddess and Charmed, I’m Sure. Possibly the grey-blue eyeshadow too & Mehr (which not a single Macy’s or Dillard’s counter seems to carry). You know my issues with MAC’s Limited Edition game and lord knows, I have enough reds, but I *really* wanted the lipsticks, so I stayed up. I hadn’t slept in over 2 days though and finally fell asleep, probably about 10 minutes before they hit the website judging by the times mentioned below. And… BAM, they’re sold out.

    I’m really frustrated and annoyed. I’m not going to call the one, single MAC store in town in a futile attempt to pre-order the lipsticks or jump through endless hoops. The Macy’s/Dillard’s counter near me never gets more than 10 in a batch of the new stuff. It’s really no use and frankly, it’s just not worth THAT much effort to me. I hate MAC’s Limited Edition thing with their intentionally low quantities. Really, really HATE it. It’s the one thing that turns me off MAC as a whole. Every time I do try to actually counter the odds, it’s…. *sigh* Did I mention that I’m annoyed? I wish everyone luck in getting what they want. I’m sure it will look lovely on all of you.

    • Yeah, it looks like it went up around 4:30AM PST and a bunch of stuff was sold out by 5:30AM PST.

      A lot of readers were reporting their counters/stores only had 2-5 of each shade :(

      • Kafka

        2 to 5???!?! That’s insane! It’s even worse than the usual 8-10 number that some MUAs at the Macy’s and Dillard’s counters have quietly told me in the past is their usual number for L/E stuff. It’s just bewildering to me. Even if hype drives sales, there are enough die-hard MAC addicts that a greater number would STILL cause hype, they still wouldn’t have a ton of extra product left (esp. for really significant, important collections) *AND* result in greater profits for the company. They don’t have to manufacture 500 more per counter; even 50-80 would do it. The only ones who would lose would be eBay sellers. MAC’s business model makes absolutely no sense to me.

        • And what’s even worse? My MAC store got ONE beauty powder and the same 2-6 of each lipstick and about 4 of each blush. And this is the top selling MAC store in the area- I think all stores got the same crap amount! They had plenty of polish and decent amt of shadows- but everyone wants lipstick and blush dang it!

  57. Sandra

    Love the colors on u  which ones would look good on a c40 skin tone ? I want them all lol buy not sure if I can pull them off help! N when will they be sold in Stores in Cali

  58. Val

    Hi Christine, do you know if the Pure Zen lipstick from this collection is the same as Pure Zen from the Cremesheen + Pearl Collection? MAC describes one as rosy beige and one as light peachy pink nude. Thanks.

  59. Yellowlantern

    I am a little disappointed that deeply adored isn’t darker, but I like that it’s a darker matte and not blue based red. Hmmm…

  60. Marlow

    which lipstick here would look best on a warm fair skintone in your opinion?

  61. Deeply Adored is really my kind of red!

  62. Lisa J

    SOLD OUT. As usual. This is why I am soooooo over the collections!! I stalked the website until about 3a.m. central time (TX) since I was up studying anyway. NADA. Then I wake up this morning around 9:30 and boom….already sold out. Everything gone….except the nail polishes which I don’t want to pay $17.50 for. And to top it off, I’m not that excited about anything really anyway. I’m a huge Marilyn fan, but not much uniqueness with this collection in my opinion. Nothing really stands out to me. Not even worth fighting through the crowd that will inevitably hit MAC when this collection releases in store. All I wanted was Love Goddess lipstick and the two blushes. I more than likely have similar colors in my collection already, in all honesty.

    Still frustrating, though. :(

  63. KENDO

    These are nice, but I am so over the MAC limited edition game. The cosmetics companies have to *earn* my money, and I’m not going to lose sleep over their products just because they make such piddling quantities. It’s beyond ridiculous!

  64. Ruca

    Christine, I have 2 questions if you don’t mind…. First, isn’t Pure Zen just a special packaging version of the perm range Pure Zen that recently came out with the Cremesheen + Pearl collection? Please say yes LOL I skipped it for that reason.

    Second, I’m curious if this year’s Scarlet Ibis is any different from last year’s Iris Apfel release? I also skipped this one because I already have last year’s, but I’ve heard a lot of complaints about Candy Yum Yum and Moxie being “different” than the original colors, and I’ve even seen a few swatch comparisons that prove the colors have changed. I really like the original Scarlet Ibis, so I’m hoping they didn’t alter it.

    Thank you!

    • Yes, Pure Zen is the same as the shade launched with Cremesheen + Pearl. Scarlet Ibis seemed the same to me :)

      • Vanessa

        Is Scarlet Ibis similar to Sail la Vie? Thanks Christine!

        • Yes, I believe I mentioned that it was similar to Sail la Vie in the review! :)

          • Ruca

            I’d go a step further and say Scarlet Ibis is like Ruffian Red and Sail La Vie got together and had a baby. I swatched the 3 on my arm today (I have last year’s SI), and the Ruffian is similar, matte, but darker, and SLV is Satin, and a bit oranger. Before this collection released, I had put SLV on half my mouth and SI on the other half, and the only difference I saw was that SLV was shiny!

      • Ruca

        FABULOUS!! You just made my day! Thanks Christine!

  65. Elia

    Ugh about the lipaticks being sold out, im gonna be up early next Thursday (thankfully no class on Thursday’s) and get my self to that Mac store I’m lucky to have 3 near by and 2 are in the same mall :)

  66. Mary Beth

    So depressed that I will never be able to own ANY of these shades. I have looked forward to this collection for MONTHS and woke up at 5:30 a.m. Central Time to buy it online…only to discover that all the lipsticks were sold out. I really feel like crying right now…

    • Laura

      Huh? I ordered at 7am CST no problem.. I got Love Goddess & the beauty powder..

      • Mary Beth

        Well, I looked at the MAC website at 5:30, and all the lipsticks except Pure Zen were sold out.

        • Noelia

          Visit or call your local MAC store and ask them if they can put a hold on the products you want. I went to the MAC store at my Macy’s and I was able to put a hold on the deeply adored lipstick from the collection. They even let me preview the whole collection which was really nice of them!

    • YellowLantern

      Like Christine said, you could try again at department store websites when the collection goes live there. And for all we know the sell out is only temporary. Sometimes products will be listed as out of stock and then become available again a few days/week later. I noticed that about the Heavenly Creatures collection.

    • Dana

      The collection has yet to launch at Nordstrom…keep a look out for it on the website!

  67. Mariana

    Hi Christine!

    Could you tell me if Love Goddess is similar to MAC Fusion Pink? And has Pure Zen something to do with MAC Creme de Nude?

  68. Violet

    How does Love Goddess compare to big bow for the Hello Kitty line?

  69. Veronica

    They’re all right up my alley, but that’s also why I’m going to pass – I’m pretty sure I have dupes for every single one of these! 😛 Good luck to people who really want them, though.

  70. dee

    I have a question….I underdstand where they got most of the names for their collection from but what is Pure Zen,…what does that mean? and where in her work did it come/inspire from?,…just curious thanks!

  71. If MAC did not put Marilyn on it, would it be sold out like this? You just saved yourself some money given that MAC raised the prices on this.

  72. Vincent

    What’s a modern matte? To me, Deeply Adored looks more semi-matte, but you described it as a modern matte? I’m just kind of confused of what a modern matte is.

  73. Melissa

    I have been anxiously awaiting these beautiful Marilyn shades, but now that I see them, I realize that I have many MAC reds that don’t really need any more compatriots. Having said that, I would like to get my hands on Deeply Adored which is such a gorgeously seductive and deep shade. I have recently seen Revlon’s Shanghai Collection which possesses two lovely Marilyn-esque shades: Red Lacquer and Cherry Blossom (which looks very similar to Deeply Adored). So, if I am not able to purchase Deeply Adored, then Cherry Blossom it shall be. :)

  74. Kat

    They are all beautiful! The first three shades would work well on me :).

  75. Jenna

    Deeply adorned is so pretty. Im going to order that one but i need a lip liner tho :( can you recommend one thats close to this shade? I wont be able to pick it up instore and macs swatches are usually unreliable…

  76. Bella

    Christine, they all look great on you! If you had to pick one, which one would be your favorite?

  77. Dana

    I check the website around 8 EST and it was available for a couple hours…I only picked up one lipstick in Deeply Adored..the whole collection was pretty redundant..wonder what Marilyn would have thought lol

  78. Courtney

    I’ve never owned a red MAC Lipstick mainly because I tend to play it more safe but I’m debating whether or not to buy one for the sake of the collection. I know I’m getting at least one lipstick posibly two.

  79. Elena

    How would you compare Scarlet Ibis and Lady Danger, shadewise? They seem pretty similar to me!

  80. SoojiHY

    I would love to win Love Goddess as it seems like such a gorgeous colour and I would love to try out bolder lip colours instead of neutrals!<3

  81. rachel

    love goddess looks amazing on you! i’m really disappointed in the deeply adored shade; it was described as deep and quite frankly, it’s just not.

  82. you rock every single one of them. its no wonder you like red lips! beaut

  83. Becks

    can you compare Scarlet Ibis and Sail la Vie from the summer collection?

    • Becks

      Never mind! Just saw it in the review. Been a long long day! I love your reviews and knowledge you have about the products and comparisons. <3 from tel aviv

  84. lola

    I’m a little disappointed with this collection. The packaging looks cheep and most of the line has either already been launched or is permanent and apparently the only way to get your hands on any of it was if you ordered and paid for it before they launched. I’ve started trying other makeup lines and have found better quality products, I think I’m over MAC right now. I just thought I’d share…

  85. tepi

    hi christine! i have read a comment asking if Scarlet Ibis is almost same as Lady Danger but i can’t understand what you meant when you replied, “the perfect cheek”…which you think should i buy, Scarlet Ibis or Lady Danger? i have Racer Red and Ruby Woo but i like to buy Charmed I’m Sure and Deeply Adored, what’s your thoughts on this?

  86. Lily

    Wow! All of the reds are absolutely gorgeous! I love red lipstick more than any other. And of course I love Marilyn! <3 Such a shame these sold out so instantly. Oh well, on to the next thing. I'm so over items that require effort to buy. If I can't buy it at a reasonable convenience I don't even want it anymore.

    • dominique

      i agree i went at 958 not even ten and deeply aored got sold out in front of my face the lady before me took the last two !

  87. Dimple

    hehe all of those colors look really good on you!!

  88. Vanessa

    Fro a VERY pale person (lighter than NC/NW15 in MAC reference), what shade of red can you recommend? I originally had planned to get Charmed, I’m Sure but it looks a little too “bright” for me, where Deeply Adored looks quite nice. But I’ve never owned a red lipstick before, so I’m scared to choose the wrong one!

  89. Joan

    You look good in everyone of those lippies! So pretty. Selecting makeup to wear must be a breeze for you. You can close your eyes and pick a lipstick, because no matter what, it just looks amazing on you!

    I got all of the lipsticks in this collection except for Scarlet Ibis because I swooped it up with the Iris Apfel collection.

  90. shims

    Hi christine.. Is love goddess similar to speak louder or impassioned?

  91. mirian

    how does pure zen compare to nars buenos aires?

  92. Dana

    the packaging doesn’t look as tacky in person!

  93. blkrox

    Now on-line at!! Good luck ladies!

  94. kai

    im a little sadden that all of the colors were in the red family except for “pure zen” i was hoping that the color “deeply adorned” would have been a nice plum/brown as the swatch on their website let on thanks for the review you helped deter me from making a mistake but now ill check out the Zen =]

    • Carla N.

      I’m not at ALL disappointed to see so many reds.
      In fact, this collection is the toughest one to ignore since I stopped buying MAC in spring 2012.
      I’m not proud of this, but I consoled myself by buying Ellis Faas L101 “Ellis Red,” and, oh, my goodness, it is GOOOORGEOUS!

  95. How does Love Goddess compares with Girl About Town or Impassioned?

  96. Ana

    If you had to list them likability how would it go?

  97. Morgane

    Hi Christine!
    Is Love Goddess similar to Impassioned ?

  98. krystle

    Hey! How does Pure Zen compare to TF Pink Dust? thx!

  99. Jennifer

    Curse you temptalia! I was only going to get love goddess, and scarlet ibis, but charmed I’m sure found it’s way into pre-order. Loving the colours, can’t wait!

  100. Christina

    Oh SCARLET IBIS… you beautiful, beautiful bird!!