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).

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MAC & Marilyn Monroe Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches

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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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9/10

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9.5/10

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9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

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

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

See individual shade review! :)

What makeup are you wearing?

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. Dominique

    Would you say love goddess is similar to MACs Fusion Pink?

  2. J

    Hi~
    Could you tell me if Deeply Adored is similar to MAC So Scarlet ?

  3. Evi

    Ladies don’t be upset just yet. Call your local dept store with a mac counter and see if they have any. I did this today and found both colors I wanted. Just be prepared to pay for them over the phone.

  4. Christine

    How does either Charmed, I’m Sure or Deeply Adored compare to Nars Pure Matte in Terre de Feu?

  5. Sophie

    i want them all!

  6. Malaika Ahmed

    Is Charmed I’m Sure anything like Heartless by MAC?

  7. Bhav

    How does Love Goddess compare to MAC’s Fusion Pink?

  8. lily

    i like love goddess the best, and charmed im sure:D

  9. Veronica

    so sad :( all the lipsticks are sold out everywhere in MAC stores! and i absolutely NEED love godess haha. Do you know where I could purchase it or any great dupes for this color? Thanks!!

  10. Bruna

    What is the difference between “Such flare!”(ice and glitter) and “Deeply Adored”?

    Tks!

  11. anon

    what shade of red would you recommend for NC25-30? thank you

  12. Sandra

    I was hoping you would have a dup for either Camden Chic or Deeply Adored… would you happen to have that? I can’t seem to find any. Thank you.

  13. Alice

    Love your site Christine!! I can’t believe I just stumbled on it now.

    Of course these shades are long sold out by this time but can you recommend another MAC lipstick (preferably something in their permanent collection) that is similar to either charmed I’m sure or Deeply Adored?

    Thank you!!

  14. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Mahnaz MJ

    Hi Christine,

    May I ask you where you bought those drop pearl earrings from please? I have been wanting a pair just like that but I cannot find them anywhere. I would really appreciate it! Thanks!

  15. Ana Carolina

    Hello, Christine! Love the site!
    Is Glamour101 (Lime Crime) similar to Deeply Adored?

  16. renee

    charmed im sure went pink on my lips too, but runnaway red was an awesome berry red.