Thursday, April 25th, 2013

MAC Dominate Lipstick
MAC Dominate Lipstick

MAC Nudes & Metallics Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) features four shades of Metallics: Dominate (deep metallic purple), Pre-Raphaelite (deep metallic dirty berry), Show-All (heavily metallic deep red), and Subverted (metallic brown).

Dominate is a reddish purple with a frosted, metallic finish. It has mostly opaque color, though it doesn’t look as even as would be desired for such a deep color. It lasted five and a half hours, but it was slightly drying. MAC Yung Rapunxel is purpler, not metallic. Urban Decay Apocalypse is sheerer and not metallic. NARS Train Bleu is darker, matte. MAC Smoked Purple is purpler, less red-toned, and mostly matte.

Pre-Raphaelite is a berry-ish red with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It turned surprisingly warm on me, even though it didn’t see particularly warm-toned in the tube or swatched initially. It had mostly opaque coverage, but it did not apply perfectly even. It wore for six hours and was somewhat drying towards the end. MAC Good to Be Bad has no metallic finish. Rimmel Metallic Seduction is lighter. MAC Dark Side is less brown and has no metallic shimmer. MAC Endless Drama is darker, less warm-toned, and doesn’t have the metallic shimmer.

Show-All is a warm, deepened red with red, metallic shimmer and frost. It is distinctly warmer compared to Pre-Raphaelite, but there are some casual similarities. It had opaque color payoff, and this shade applied more smoothly than the previous two. It lasted five and a half hours, and it was also lightly drying. MAC Legendary has no shimmer and is browner. MAC Extended Play doesn’t have a metallic finish. MAC Extended Play isn’t metallic and is more plum.

Subverted is a medium-dark brown with strong, red undertones and a copper metallic shimmer. It has mostly opaque color coverage, and it applied somewhat evenly. It lasted five and a half hours when I wore it, but it was a bit drying. It is browner and a bit warmer than Show-All. MAC Legendary is close in color, but it doesn’t have a metallic finish, so it appears more subdued. CoverGirl Smoky is much browner. NYX Brown Sugar is less red-toned but has a slightly metallic finish, at least.

I think the metallic finish is interesting, but with it, I found myself paying for it as all four were slightly drying. Not so drying that my lips were peeling or bleeding, but the last hour or so of wear was somewhat uncomfortable as I was itching to apply some gloss or balm. The consistency is a somewhat creamy, so during application, they didn’t tug or pull, but they didn’t leave a thick layer of product behind, which helped them adhere better to the lips–and all of these lasted five hours or longer.

Note, all of the metallic shades were sweating heavily upon arrival, but in my experience, this occurs during the hotter months when things are shipped (and these went ground and sat an extra day in New Mexico, before hitting California and being delivered in 80 degree weather) but doesn’t seem to impair the texture or color. The droplets can leave “stains” as they dry on the edges (think water spots on glassware).

P.S. — The Nudes & Metallics Collection may be frustrating to find. When it launched in PRO stores on the 18th, every store I called was sold out of over half the collection already. The online launch date has been pushed to mid-June (no specific date was given). It is supposed to be for PRO only, which may mean that it is restricted to PROs only even online, but you should be able to call MAC PRO at 1-800-387-6707 and order (for anyone, PRO and non-PRO alike) per a LiveChat I did this morning.

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MAC Nudes & Metallics Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches (Part 1)

B+
I think the metallic finish is interesting, but with it, I found myself paying for it as all four were slightly drying. They were also a bit uneven when applied, and since they're all rather dark colors, it is more noticeable.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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MAC Dominate Lipstick
MAC Dominate Lipstick

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MAC Dominate Lipstick
MAC Dominate Lipstick

MAC Dominate Lipstick
MAC Dominate Lipstick

MAC Dominate Lipstick
MAC Dominate Lipstick

MAC Dominate Lipstick
MAC Dominate Lipstick

MAC Pre-Raphaelite Lipstick
MAC Pre-Raphaelite Lipstick

MAC Pre-Raphaelite Lipstick
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MAC Pre-Raphaelite Lipstick
MAC Pre-Raphaelite Lipstick

MAC Pre-Raphaelite Lipstick
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MAC Pre-Raphaelite Lipstick

MAC Pre-Raphaelite Lipstick
MAC Pre-Raphaelite Lipstick

MAC Show-All Lipstick
MAC Show-All Lipstick

MAC Show-All Lipstick
MAC Show-All Lipstick

MAC Show-All Lipstick
MAC Show-All Lipstick

MAC Show-All Lipstick
MAC Show-All Lipstick

MAC Show-All Lipstick
MAC Show-All Lipstick

MAC Show-All Lipstick
MAC Show-All Lipstick

MAC Subverted Lipstick
MAC Subverted Lipstick

MAC Subverted Lipstick
MAC Subverted Lipstick

MAC Subverted Lipstick
MAC Subverted Lipstick

MAC Subverted Lipstick
MAC Subverted Lipstick

MAC Subverted Lipstick
MAC Subverted Lipstick

MAC Subverted Lipstick
MAC Subverted Lipstick

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MAC PRO, $15.00, June 2013.

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Yes.

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See individual shade review!

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69 thoughts on “MAC Nudes & Metallics Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches (Part 1)

  1. This seems like such a fall collection, not summer.

  2. Georgie

    MAC is about 15 years late with these lipsticks. I know the Nineties are coming back into fashion but these really belong in the past.

    • Avatar of Gretchen oh.no.pepper

      Oh my goth! So right on. I love 90′s nostalgia but the vampy lip thing was never a favorite of mine, personally.

      • Avatar of Amy xamyx

        Perhaps MAC ran out of color ideas; I mean, how many shades of bright pink or orange can one brand do? Besides, not everyone cares for the aforementioned brights, so why shouldn’t MAC go outside of the box once in a while, and try to attract a new market, or try to win back those who may be branching out to other brands?

    • 18thCenturyFox

      Yeah or some of us like the 90′s and the colors. Lawd knows nothing about today’s fashion is recycled.

      • Avatar of Gena Gena

        I love these colors, too. Re.your last sentence: Nope, **nothing**, it’s all original…. **wink**

    • Avatar of Tina Tina D

      I soooooooo agree! I thought I would have been the only one to hate these, and yes they do belong in the 90s lol!

  3. Avatar of Etaoin baby in a corner

    I’ve been looking for a ringer for MAC Queen’s sin – not sure Show it all fits the bill but its close! thanks Christine as always!

  4. Beck

    I like them all! BUT the last thing I need is more lipstick…haha

  5. Avatar of Amy xamyx

    These will be a definite skip for me, although I love all the colors. The metallic finish isn’t so appealing to me that I can’t make do with what I have in this range (which is numerous, LOL).

    Maybe it’s because I’m naturally drawn to this range of shades, but I find these colors extremely flattering on you, Christine.

  6. Chloe

    Bit dissapointed… Total let down – why would you come out with vampy lip colours in spring/summer? + they’re totally unwearable because they’re so metallic and vampy lips don’t suit me… :(

    • 18thCenturyFox

      What with the color/ finish police? A million brands, a million collections- most of them adhering the the “if its spring it must be pink/ summer coral/ fall rust/ winter jewel tone” Aren’t we grown ups? Some of these comments make me feel like I’m in the online version of Pleasantville.

  7. Avatar of Anissa Anissa Knight

    they don’t seem like they apply evenly. i’m goning to pass on the metallics

  8. I’m one of the few people that actually enjoy a frosted/metallic lipstick, but usually in much much paler shades than these for summer. Personally, I don’t care for dark metallics on me whatsoever.. no, not even for fall. I think they are giving me disco era flashbacks or something.

  9. There are too many collections out now that seem better suited for autumn. If it was September I would be all for this!

  10. Avatar of Angelica Ozga angelica

    why do those lipsticks look so sweaty?

    • Hi Angelica,

      I addressed this in the post, but here it is again for you: “Note, all of the metallic shades were sweating heavily upon arrival, but in my experience, this occurs during the hotter months when things are shipped (and these went ground and sat an extra day in New Mexico, before hitting California and being delivered in 80 degree weather) but doesn’t seem to impair the texture or color. The droplets can leave “stains” as they dry on the edges (think water spots on glassware).”

      Hope this helps!

  11. Pre-Raphaelite looks incredible, like what I’d expected MAC Ever embellish to look on my lips (until it came out practically sheer). I may have a look at it. Thanks so much for the hard work, as always!

  12. I love vampy lip shades, but if they’re both frosty and dry, then I imagine that they will be hard for my lips to take. Plus I find that frost finishes tend to make my lips look smaller.

  13. Avatar of Audrey Audrey

    I like everything here. Hope it won’t be a problem acquiring these…

  14. Avatar of Cindy Cindy

    I wore these colors in the ’90′s. I’m very fair, I don’t know how I swung it, LOL.

  15. Avatar of Kathryn KEG

    I think these are pretty, but since they are pro colors, I wont be going to any extra trouble to seek these out

  16. Avatar of Icequeen Icequeen81

    Normally can choose just one , But from this collection I like all

  17. Avatar of Gabriella bella

    they look pretty similar to each other… a bit crappy in the texture too!

  18. gen

    I actually kind of love them and I’m so surprised!

  19. Avatar of Sarah Sarah

    how does show-all compare to queen’s sin?

  20. ZG

    SUBVERTED AND DOMINATE HAVE GOT ME CURIOUS. CAN’T WAIT TO CHECK THEM OUT LIVE AND IN PERSON.

  21. jdm

    What’s up with these narrow views of what is seasonally appropriate?

    Wear what you feel like wearing, makeup has no “appropriate season”.

    I rarely pick up MAC anymore, but these are some beautiful lipsticks. I think they’d look especially lovely and persons of color…

    • Kat

      Agreed. I wear the shades that I love all year round.

    • Lilac

      I agree. While I find the colours pretty, I can’t wear all that orange, neon pink or barbie pink (I wish I could but I can’t). Here especially these two reddish tones would suit a lot of people, including myself. I also like that they are frost, because these last a lot longer on me than amplified or lustre finishes.

      Unfortunately I think these won’t go online in Germany at all, and at least for April, they were not released in a pro store. I guess I won’t even be able to buy these. :/

    • Avatar of Moria Moria

      For me at least, I can’t wear certain colors with a tan or in the dead of winter when I am fishbelly pale. Do I apply these rules universally? Nope, but for me there are certainly winter and summer shades.

  22. Sandy

    What was MAC thinking??

  23. Hi Christine! How does “Dominate” compare to “Dramatic Encounter” from MAC’s limited edition collection this past fall?

  24. Zoe

    I think that although these are dark shades they most definitely can be worn during Spring/Summer! I think that everyone sticks to the usual color schemes too often. If you mix it up with lighter colors and tones then I think these are totally wearable.

  25. Avatar of Rad Rad

    They leave a lovely shimmer on the lips. Really love these!

  26. Kat

    These are my kind of colors – just beautiful! Too bad that the formula is drying :(.

  27. 18thCenturyFox

    I got three of these yesterday and am wearing Subverted today and I LOVE it. Reminds me when I first grew to love MAC in the 90′s and Chintz, Frou and Plastique were my jams. I’m wearing Subverted today and think it may accompany me to the gym and staff meeting Just Because. So much nostalgia going on here.

  28. Karyn

    I just called a MAC Pro Store was able to purchase all 8. They were all “sold out” earlier, but some holds fell through, so they happened to have them all at the moment I called. I got the last of many of them, but might be worth calling some stores in case this happens elsewhere.

  29. Maggie

    I’d buy most of them if I could find them…they don’t look that 90s to me. Dominate is kind of scary but I really like Pre-Raphaelite and Show-All

  30. I really love rich, dark shades, but don’t dig the metallic look, nor the warm tones of three of the colors.

  31. silje

    i dont care, if its not summerish! i love them all! They are so beautiful! i need them!

  32. Avatar of Gena Gena

    I agree with both Xamyx and 18TH/Fox. Makeup colors are never “in” or “out”, it’s all in how you wear them. Besides, it’s not like “goth” was just a passing trend; there are still “goths”! You don’t have to consider yourself “goth” to wear these, anyway. I think they’d be great patted on lips like a stain; you’d look like you just finished a sweet bunch of blackberries, freshly picked from the vine…. ;)

  33. Avatar of chris chris

    These shades will look amazing on women of darker hues. Thank you for the look/see.

  34. VickyM

    Not my taste at all, I would never wear these, but I´m generally adverse to very dark colors anyway.I tend to wear mid toned shades all the time.

  35. Avatar of artemis artemis

    nice shades even if they’re metallic…too bad they’re drying

  36. Please take care when expressing your opinions. There is no reason to judge, criticize, or belittle those who love what you dislike or dislike what you love. Please be respectful of differing tastes, opinions, and views.

  37. Avatar of raloves Ra

    I like the name Pre-Raphaelite but Show-All is amazing colour!

  38. I really like these, but it seems like a holiday collection.

    Monica

  39. MissLovely210

    All these colors were HUGE in the early nineties when I was in middle school in Japan. I remember having a Revlon lipstick in a color exactly like Dominate!

  40. renee

    I love them! Yeah im from the nineties and goth and theres nothing wrong with vampy colours! I think MAC are awesome for bringing out these colours and that they are totally the versatility that the market needs! there are lots of nude, pink and red purple shades out there already, and the fact that they came out with these in this style are just adding to the collection. I have olive skin and am NC30 so i know that all these will suit me so im fully excited about this collection :D :D

  41. Avatar of Laura Laura

    Not gonna lie, I totally love these!

  42. These are GORGEOUS on the lips I really want Show All but they look so gross due to the sweating and since they are drying I will give them a miss.

  43. rachel

    hope to get two of these shades….

  44. shakila

    what foundation are you wearin? it looks amazing!!!

  45. Avatar of Brenda Brenda

    I recall that as well! I know I had a Revlon shade in high school (mid 90;s) that looked very similar! I think it had something to do with berries in the name or the collection’s name…

  46. Avatar of Brenda Brenda

    grr. My last comment was in reply to Misslovely20 re:revlon colour simiilar to dominate. Not sure why my browser isn’t allowing me to reply to comments.

    Anywho, I really like the colours of these! Maybe it’s the same as a few have mention, the nostalgic feel of the 90′s in the hues – reminding me of a lot of Revlon’s collections during that decade, the scores of magazines I bought with dark lipped models in Guess and Express ads and the tubes and tubes of Toast of New York I went through!

    It’s also nice to see MAC put out more than the sickly sweet and bright pinks and oranges that some people just can’t or don’t want to wear. (I very much dislike the way they look on my skin, golden yellow with a bit of olive) I find dark lipsticks more versatile as well.

  47. Avatar of AS AS1929

    I love these colors. There is something very finished-looking to me about these dark, metallic lips. Especially on a strong-featured woman like Christine! This is the perfect way to wear them – bare eyes and beautifully groomed brows balanced with a shapely, proportionate lip. Minimalist and gorgeous. Yes, very 1990s, but I loved that look!