Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

MAC Nocturnal Instincts Mattene Lipstick
MAC Nocturnal Instincts Mattene Lipstick

Taste Temptation with Nocturnal Instincts and Seductive Intent

MAC Nocturnal Instincts Mattene Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “mid-toned greyed lavender.” It’s a pink-lavender with a semi-matte finish. There’s a definite gray tint to it, as it reads cool and a little neutral. It was opaque on the lips. MAC Budding Love is a little pinker. MAC Blooming Lovely is less pink and lighter. MAC I Like It Like That is pinker, more blue-based. MAC Dress It Up is pinker.

MAC Seductive Intent Mattene Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “vivid purple.” It’s a vibrant magenta purple with strong red undertones and a natural sheen. It had full color coverage when applied. MAC Heroine is just a touch darker. MAC Violetta is darker and has shimmer. I believe MAC Up the Amp is duller, less magenta.

Both shades were fully opaque on the lips, and they had a soft, creamy consistency that enabled great glide during application. They weren’t so creamy that they felt thick or moved around once on the lips. Mattenes tend to be longer-wearing, and Nocturnal Instincts wore well for five hours, while Seductive Intent lasted for six and a half and lightly stained. They are vanilla-scented but have no noticeable taste.

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MAC Nocturnal Instincts and Seductive Intent Mattene Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches

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Creamy, rich in color, and long-wearing are apt ways to describe the Mattene formula. Mattenes are a great option for someone who finds a lot of matte lipsticks too drying or stiff to wear.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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MAC Nocturnal Instincts Mattene Lipstick
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MAC Nocturnal Instincts Mattene Lipstick
MAC Nocturnal Instincts Mattene Lipstick

MAC Nocturnal Instincts Mattene Lipstick
MAC Nocturnal Instincts Mattene Lipstick

MAC Nocturnal Instincts Mattene Lipstick
MAC Nocturnal Instincts Mattene Lipstick

MAC Nocturnal Instincts Mattene Lipstick
MAC Nocturnal Instincts Mattene Lipstick

MAC Nocturnal Instincts Mattene Lipstick
MAC Nocturnal Instincts Mattene Lipstick

MAC Seductive Intent Mattene Lipstick
MAC Seductive Intent Mattene Lipstick

MAC Seductive Intent Mattene Lipstick
MAC Seductive Intent Mattene Lipstick

MAC Seductive Intent Mattene Lipstick
MAC Seductive Intent Mattene Lipstick

MAC Seductive Intent Mattene Lipstick
MAC Seductive Intent Mattene Lipstick

MAC Seductive Intent Mattene Lipstick
MAC Seductive Intent Mattene Lipstick

MAC Seductive Intent Mattene Lipstick
MAC Seductive Intent Mattene Lipstick

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Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

MAC, $15.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

See individual shade reveiw!

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: Lancome Petit Tresor Eyeshadow, Edward Bess Dusk Eyeshadow, Lancome Lumieres de Paris Les Paillettes, Burberry Trench Eyeshadow, bareMinerals 5AM Eyeliner, and bareMinerals Midnight Eyeliner. On cheeks: (your left) MAC Silver Dush Iridescent Powder, Kevyn Aucoin Natura, (your right) Chantecaille Rose Petals Highlighter Powder, Kevyn Aucoin Natura.

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53 thoughts on “MAC Nocturnal Instincts and Seductive Intent Mattene Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches

  1. wow, seductive intent is so gorgeous!

  2. Rochielle

    I’ve been waiting for you to do nocturnal instincts !! I think I’m in love !! Just ordered it :)

  3. Wenz

    UGH! Im such a sucker for MAC Mattenes…Nocturnal Instincts looks a little too cool for my nc42 coloring.. BUT Seductive intent will be mine!!!

    • Maria Wilson

      I picked it up during the flash sale on Black Friday–it is SO gorgeous in person! Definitely recommend!

  4. Esme

    You’re right about Up the Amp–it’s a little paler, and definitely less bright, than Seductive Intent. It’s closer to a true purple than to magenta (though it still has a good deal of pink).

  5. Patricia Souza

    Christine these lipsticks are pretty, but your skin looks amazing!!! What are you wearing as foundation? You are glowing!

  6. Veronica

    Very pretty! If I wasn’t on a lipstick hiatus, I’d be all over Nocturnal Instincts – such a perfect, plummy pink. (This being said, it still baffles me why they just don’t make this finish permanent!)

  7. Lisa

    You look good in just about everything. Seriously.

  8. Erin

    Ugh, sold out on the MAC site already?? Every place I could find said it was going on sale on 12/6. Is that normal for it to go on sale earlier than was advertised?

  9. L

    Are these in store yet?

  10. Oh man, Seductive Intent will be mine! I got introduced to the mattenes with the Style Seeker collection and now I’m obsessed! Wish they were permanent!

  11. Mirian

    so pretty! unfortunately i can’t pull them off :(

  12. Miss J

    I *NEED* Seductive Intent!

  13. Kafka

    It’s so funny how these colours are appearing on my new phone (which is throwing colours off for everything, btw). There, the Nocturnal Instincts is a gorgeous soft rose pink that made me sit up. Here, on my laptop, it’s much more cool pink with a mauve undertone! The next lipstick is almost neon magenta-pink-red on the AMOLED phone screen, here it is a more purple-y magenta. I think I preferred the phone versions. I wanted them both.

    But forget all that. You’re wearing Kevyn Aucoin’s Natura!!!! From what little I can see just on one cheek, it looks fabulous on you! (On both screens!) A microscopic, almost invisible shimmer — just a glow really. And it blends in almost like a powder, more than a blush! (On me, it shows up a wee, wee bit more, because I’m a bit paler and much more olive/yellow than you.)

  14. Nocturnal Instincts looks very interesting!! Might have to try that one on.

  15. I’ve already ordered both of these and can’t wait to get them tomorrow! They look soo beautiful on you!

  16. I NEED Nocturnal Instinct!! :)

  17. Cami

    These colors are gorgeous! I love that they’re semi-matte because regular matte can make lips look too dry sometimes.

  18. Christine K

    both look great on you! i was really interested in the chantecaille rose petal highlighter – will you be doing a review on it?

  19. Alison

    Its forever beyond me why the Mattene formula isn’t permanent!

  20. YH

    Will these be in stores tomorrow 12/6 or 12/13?

  21. Seductive Intent looks almost like a lip tar color its so bright.

  22. I quite like Noctural Instincts. Both look fabulous on you, Christine. You look so very pretty in these pictures.

  23. Oh and meant to also ask you what foundation you are wearing in these photos. I like the finish.. not too matte and not too dewy.

    • Giorgio Armani Maestro! :)

      • Lena

        Will you be doing an Armani Maestro review? :)

        • I might, but I can’t commit to a certain time frame or that I will at all, so I prefer not to get anyone’s hopes up and either not do one or take a long time before one goes up. Let’s just say that I test two or three times as many products I actually have a chance to write about. And I photograph four or five times what I write about, LOL!

      • Gotcha I thought it might be :D It makes your skin look amazing and it also looks like a particularly good and imperceptible match for you too. I have this on order as I had to try it.. crossing my fingers it’s nothing like luminous silk foundation ….

  24. Bea

    When will this collection be available online at Nordstrom or Macy’s? These colors look beautiful on you btw! – I could only get my hands on the Nocturnal Instincts & the Unconventional Blush. (I wasn’t too thrilled with the Passionately Tempted.. so I passed on it.) :-)

  25. Beautiful shades! Trying to figure out if I need Nocturnal Instincts, since I already have Blooming Lovely and Up the Amp- which would sort of combine to equal this. Still, these look really amazing.

  26. Cate

    Revlon’s Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Smitten is probably a pretty good colour match for Seductive Intent!

  27. I mentioned I loved Lavender-Pinks, yeah? Pretty much extends to any colour along that spectrum.

    GDit MAC. I don’t have money to spend! /adds to wishlist oops

  28. Tamara

    This look Gorgeous! Not to bright, perfect for a funky night out!

  29. Ade

    Hi Christine, how is Nocturnal Instincts compared to NARS Sex Machine Velvet Matte Lip Pencil? Both formula & color wise.
    Thanks! ;)

  30. Pami

    Why wasn’t this post, and the one with the MAC Perky Lipglass in your “Daily Feed” email?
    I rushed to purchase all three, but Seductive Intent is sold out :(
    I’ve been looking forever to find a lighter, slightly pinker version of my favorite Violetta, and this looks like THE ONE! Agggh!

    Anyway, I’m still happy I was able to get two out of three, and hoping Seductive Intent will come back in stock.

  31. Pami

    I just read my comment below, and I’m so sorry if it comes off like I’m angry with you Christine. I’m not! Just mystified as to why they weren’t in the emails. So happy, I looked at the blog and found them!!!

    Also forgot to add that I think Nocturnal Instincts looks very much like Bobbi Brown’s Lilac 17 Rich Lip Color, which I have and love.

  32. freshpinklips

    Nocturnal Instinct appears to be similar to a MAC permanent lipstick called Faux, described as “muted pinky-mauve” which kind of describes this mattene shade. I have Faux and this is how it looks like on me in pictures.

  33. browngirldoesbeauty

    Bought Seductive Intent today, and I am in love. Perfect vibrant color to brighten up the winter.