Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

MAC Heaux Lipstick
MAC Rebel Lipstick

The Sultry Season: MAC Rebel Lipstick

MAC Rebel Lipstick ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) is a deep, fuchsia berry with a glossy finish and very subtle, nearly imperceptible shimmer.Β  It’s almost opaque (you can just barely see my freckle peeking through), but it applies easily, smoothly, and is a great shade to brighten up your skin tone.Β  It’s bold without being too dark or vampy–but still not a red, not a fuchsia.

Is this the right berry for you? Would you wear it?

The Sultry Season is a series of posts featuring deep, rich shades of brown, berry, plum, and wine lipsticks and lipglosses — just right for autumn — that runs through October 2010.

See photos and swatches…

MAC Heaux Lipstick
MAC Rebel Lipstick

MAC Heaux Lipstick
MAC Rebel Lipstick

MAC Heaux Lipstick
MAC Rebel Lipstick

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128 thoughts on “MAC Rebel Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. wow i looove this color! is it similar with most popular?

  2. Jennifer

    wow i like this color a lot!

  3. Lady Di.

    This is really beautiful. Im always afraid to venture outside my “coral” comfort zone so I tend to stick to lighter, peachier colors. I love how this seems to brighten up your whole face, this just might be my next MAC purchase!

  4. Kerri

    This one is going on my list. Love that it’s bright and dark at the same time.

  5. the_izzle

    I love that colour. Think it with look great on my warm skin!

  6. Lils

    Gorgeous color! I saw that the lipsticks are $14.50 now.

  7. Jay

    lovely! would you say this is a must for someone who owns girl about town?

  8. kasiaj85

    Hi Christine! I’m soooo happy to see this post :d I just got Rebel from B2M on Saturday and I definitely LOVE it! πŸ˜€ It looks similar on me, maybe a bit more blueberrish πŸ˜‰ but I just adore it!
    P.S. I bought it together with probably the LAST Stereo Rose in Poland πŸ˜‰ so you can imagine how happy I am :)
    it looks great on you! love the Sultry Season idea :)

  9. oooh that’s pretty

  10. Andrea

    Rebel has long been a favourite of mine, but it looks a lot more pink in your photos, it’s more berry to me. Grogeous nonetheless, and it definitely looks stunning on you.

  11. Latonya

    This is what I wanted Rebel to be on me but, it looks nothing like that. It looks great on you!

  12. baby in a corner

    i love this but it looks a little more matte in the full face photo! i’ve so many fuschia lipsticks though!

    • It’s a satin finish, so it’s almost like a matte but not quite!

      • baby in a corner

        thanks for your reply! i really want to go shopping but with less than 2 weeks to go to my thesis due date, i can’t really take time off!

        • Totally understand! YOU CAN DO IT!!! πŸ˜€ I can’t imagine the relief you will feel when it is done!!

          • baby in a corner

            thanks, last week was the worst, (i hope) cause i’d a big section not started and i didn’t know what’d be like. but i actually wrote loads so i’m now i’ve to cut down what i’ve written to fit in the conclusion and another section. i was jokingly thinking to myself that logging onto temptalia has been like having a quick chat with a colleague at work! so thanks for the mini breaks!

  13. that is gorgeous! I love it!!

  14. This is easily one of my favorite fall/winter lipsticks. I’ve found it to be pretty wearable for daily wear and great w/ minimal makeup. One question though, if you were going to use a lip liner underneath, what would you suggest? Thanks in advance!

    • Magenta to make it pinker, Vino for darker, Velvetella might be the best match.

      • Oh, this is great advice! I have pigmented lips that run to a brownish pink (or is it a pinky brown?) and when I use a lip liner that’s close to my lip color, Rebel applies a little darker. SO, this is great info to have, especially since I was trying to figure out how to get this to look pinker. Thanks again! :-)

      • Brian McDowell

        I love Rebel with Chesnutt liner…the brown and the pink look FAB. Chesnutt does a good job of deepening the color just a smidge around the edges so it looks very 3D.

  15. lauraaaaa

    rebel is my all time favorite lippie! im glad you featured it

  16. Terra

    Wow, its beautiful!

  17. For some reason this reminds me of older women years ago wearing 3 quarter sleeve suits, fake Jackie O pearls and that tight 60’s hair with crimson lips….
    Nope. Not this one. Not for me. :)

  18. Jessie

    Wow, that’s a beautiful lipstick. I don’t have any of the satins, but that might be the one to try!

  19. I like this shade so much!! It’s definitely my kind of berry shade!
    Is it an Amplified finish?

  20. Roxanne

    Want!! I think it matches my glasses! (totally not a faux pas, right?)

  21. Iliana

    I also love that it leaves a slight stain on your lips, and that it wears well (about 4 hours). Love this :)

  22. I LOVE it! How does this compare with Lustering?

  23. Sexy Sadie

    This one is the right berry for me.

  24. I think Rebel will be in my future! I’ve been on a red streak lately (in spring, it was coral, in the winter it was nudes…) so I think this would be a great way to break out of that. Rebel seems to be quite a nice Satin finish from MAC!

  25. Beleria

    Beautiful! How would you compare this to Lickable?

  26. Ester

    Totally added that to my wish list. I think it will look good with my pale skin, dark hair and dark eyes.

  27. Maren

    I have always loved this color, but it stains my lips. Have you experienced this? What can I do to prevent this?

  28. Ali

    I love the freckle on your lip! I have one too on my upper lip! :) haha

  29. Ritournelle

    That’s a beautiful, rich colour! I think I’d wear it more in the summer than in the fall though.

  30. Deb

    Oooh, what a gorgeous color! I may have to add this to my list. It looks much easier to wear than most MAC reds.

  31. Oh my goodness.. I want this so bad, but I think it would look horrible on me (I’m NW15) because this is GORGEOUS..

    Ugh, paleness! I hate thee.

    • NOOOOOO! Dark shades like this look AMAZING on pale skin tones!

    • I’m NW20 and I love dark / bright / intense lipsticks! When I wear colors like these, I keep my eyes neutral and simple (with something like Naked pigment), a little eye liner, and a delicate color for the cheeks. I love colors like Viva Glam Cyndi, Lustering, Ruby Woo, I Like It Like That, Viva Glam Gaga, etc. Some of those shades are light colors (but pretty intense) and I think that bright, intense colors can be just as intimidating as dark colors.

      Try it out and experiment because you may be pleasantly surprised. Worst case scenario: you don’t like it and you get a full refund!

  32. Leah

    I was just thinking last night, “I wonder if Temptalia will use Rebel in her sultry series”.

    I love that shade on you, when I wear rebel it looks so much more purple (pigmented lips).

  33. Ashley

    This color is absolutely stunning! I always hear people on Specktra talking about this color, but I always assumed it was more purple and more vampy. This looks wearable and more pinky and berryish than I would have thought. I wonder if it would look this good on me? And plus, who doesn’t love the name? Rebel is perfect!

  34. Rosamaria

    Beautiful color. I love Girl About Town, and wear it often, but sometimes I want something a little less bold. This would be perfect!

  35. Aimee

    Rebel is my favorite lipstick color! I love it so, and it lasts forever on me – to the point where my lips are still slightly stained the next morning!

  36. erin

    i LOVE this lipstick. it’s probably my most worn shade. i bought it because in the tube, it reminded me of Cyber (which i wear A LOT), but a little more subtle. on the lip, they don’t look much alike at all, but it’s lovely anyway.

  37. NeenaJ

    I love the look of this shade! Is it warm, cool or neutral? I’m warm & fair but can wear berries if they are neutral and would love to get this if it would work on me.

  38. J

    It’s funny that you’ve posted your review for Rebel now because I JUST bought it and came home to read your review of it, after hemming and hawing over it for weeks and being unable to find a good swatch of it online. Now that I’ve got it, I LOVE it. It’s amazing. I’m NC20 with dark brown hair and light grayish-green eyes, and Rebel pulls a really beautiful berry-ish purple-fuchsia colour that’s bright and edgy without looking too over the top. It’s much more pink and warm on you, but it still looks fantastic. :)

  39. Shal

    Love this! How does it compare to Party Mate lipstick?

  40. oh yeah, baby!!!! i have this one and i LOVE it! on me it looks a bit darker or should i say more dramatic than your photos (i am quite fair NW15) but i just adore it! Sultry indeed…

  41. i love that colour!!!

  42. Kate

    I don’t think there isn’t a lipstick that doesn’t look good on you!!

  43. Pang

    This lipstick has been on my wishlist for a little while now. Hope to get it soon. I’ve seen how it looked on someone and it was love at first sight! lol…I knew I had to get me one too. Wondering if there is any drugstore lipstick shade that comes close to it?

  44. Ashley

    It’s beautiful, I’m getting doubles.

  45. Johna

    Love it! Rebel looks fab on you Christine & it’s one of my favorite MAC lippies of all time! I’ve read Rihanna wears Rebel from time to time. Wet N’ Wild has a dupe in the matte line but I forgot the name :( I took the sticker off LOL

  46. stephanie

    I love it. Ihave it. It’s beautiful with clear lip glass over it

  47. Luisafer

    wow what a color… it’s like using red dragon, so vibrant, pretty!!!

  48. Jas816

    Ok…read this post last night and went and bought the lipstick today! I am NC45, this color is the bomb. I never, ever do lipstick, but when I saw it, I had to have it, it was calling my name….I may be a convert to lipstick, keep these posts comin’!!!!

  49. Kimberly

    This is one of my all time favorite MAC shades, it has become my go-to color and it is phenomenal.

  50. Sian

    What blush would you recommend to pair with Rebel? I love wearing Rebel but my Pink Swoon doesn’t look right.

  51. ginny

    I have this color and it’s so pretty. Whenever I wear it I get compliments. However, I have to advise that it stains the lips but in a good way =) This is a nice lipstick to have if you don’t own it yet.

  52. natasha

    wow! the mac website is WAY off with the swatch. This is a lovely color. I recently bought viva glam cyndi and I am now obsessed with bright colors on my nc43 comlextion. i think i will have to give this one a try!

  53. Sharon M

    Rebel was one of the lipsticks I tried on during my first visit to the MAC counter at The Bay last winter (yes, I’m slow at discovering MAC, LOL). I was looking for a hot pink lipstick and am NW 15 in winter. Rebel was a “no” from both the SA and me… eventually I got Lickable, which suits me much better. Then Show Orchid came along and Lickable has stayed in my lipstick stash at home ever since… Show Orchid is much better for summer when I have a bit of a tan from being outside on my work breaks.

  54. civa

    this color looks gorgeous! might have to check it out next time :)

  55. Grace

    AHHHH I WANT THIS! in fact, I need this. Love this color, perfect bright.

  56. Ooooooh my gosh. I hate to go all crazy, but I love this!

  57. AnaG.

    What a lovely color!! For sure one of my next purchases :-)

  58. Michelle

    Hey! I was just wondering how Rebel compares to NARS’ Strawberry Fields gloss. Not in texture, obviously, but in color. I like lipsticks a lot better than glosses in general (because I hate pulling my hair off my lips and then smearing the gloss on my face, haha), but I can’t get over Strawberry Fields’ color! It’s so gorgeous.

    Thanks in advance! =)

  59. Lauren

    Christine! How does this compare to MAC Girl About Town and NYX Chloe? And which out the three would you reccomend for NC50?

  60. dawn

    hi christine! what’s REBEL’s dupe among MAC lipsticks? i have full fuschia and girl about town..are they almost similar? πŸ˜‰ r should I also store this? hehe your site and reviews are very helpful! thank you very much!

  61. Bee

    Thank you so much for your wonderful reviews! Rebel looks gorgeous on you! :)

  62. Yianna

    do you think it would be nice on really fair skin, applied really lightly ?

  63. Dylan C

    OMG IS THIS LIMITED EDITION?! If so I might weep since this is a gorgeous color and must have! If its not permanent I can always check my local CCO? I must know!

  64. The shade is gorgeous but more than that I love the juicy finish!

  65. jackie

    This color is absolutely gorgeous! I must have it.

  66. Huda

    Hey Christine! I know this is an old post, but I recently purchased this lipstick and would really appreciate your advice on something. I like my lipliner to exactly match my lipstick, and I saw you suggested Velvetella for the best match but it’s discontinued :( What do you think about Beet lip liner?? Thanks again!!

  67. anger

    my lovely av shade!

  68. This is definitely going into my cosmetic bag! Thanks to the video on ItsJudy’sTime…i absolutely love this!

  69. Crystal

    “Rebel” looks beautiful on you! Are you wearing a lip liner? If so, what’s the name? I’m gonna go buy them both this week!