Thursday, April 4th, 2013

MAC Sounds Like Noise Lipstick
MAC Sounds Like Noise Lipstick

MAC Sounds Like Noise Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright true orange matte.” It’s a brightened warm-toned orange with a smidgen of red in the undertone and a satiny finish (it doesn’t read entirely matte). That lack of red is actually what makes it stand out against a lot of other orange shades (like MAC Morange and MAC Neon Orange, which both appear darker and redder). OCC Banjee is lighter, yellower. I was surprised to find that none of the orange lipsticks in the gallery came close.

Sounds like Noise is an online-exclusive from the MAC x Hayley Williams collaboration, which is supposed to launch on April 9th (but hardcore fans may want to start stalking a little earlier).  It has opaque color coverage, and it had a nice creaminess to it that fell somewhere between satin and amplified (in terms of finish); definitely creamier than the average matte finish by MAC.  I have it on now, and we’re almost at four hours of wear, and it’s still going (I’m guessing five to six hours in total), and it’s slightly hydrating thus far (will update in the next couple of hours!).

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If you don't like the redness of a lot of orange lipsticks on the market, I think you may appreciate Sounds Like Noise.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

MAC, $15.00, April 9th (online only).

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

That lack of red is actually what makes it stand out against a lot of other orange shades (like MAC Morange and MAC Neon Orange, which both appear darker and redder). OCC Banjee is lighter, yellower. I was surprised to find that none of the orange lipsticks in the gallery came close.

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: Urban Decay Bourbon Eyeliner.

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71 thoughts on “MAC Sounds Like Noise Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Very pretty. I’m trying to resist this because I own way too many orange lipsticks already.

  2. Sage H.

    I am excited for this release – the idea of a true orange intrigues me.

  3. Cora Zane

    Very pretty! I like it, even though that color would never work on me. :)

  4. How does it compare to MUFE’s #40? – It’s my go-to for bright orange lipstick that doesn’t have hints of red. From the photos it looks similar, though it looks like MUFE’s orange might be brighter?

  5. Carrie

    Oh wow! I love this a lot, that’s always been my problem with orange lipsticks. But this one seems just perfect for me!

  6. Hend

    Its a cool vibrant color but i don’t think it’ll suit my skin tone :(

  7. Miriam

    I didn’t see Milani’s Sweet Nectar in the swatch gallery but if anyone reading this has both colors, can you tell me if they’re close dupes?

    • Esme

      I have Sweet Nectar, and going by this post, I do think it’s a decent dupe. Sounds Like Noise looks slightly lighter and yellower, and Sweet Nectar is glossy instead of matte. But I thought of Sweet Nectar the moment I saw these photos! It’s certainly the “truest” (i.e. least red) orange I’ve found in a drugstore.

  8. Hannah

    Loving the color! but they could’ve at least added Hayley William’s signature somewhere on the packaging or indicate that its special edition..

  9. Gosh, this is absolutely beautiful. It looks like a more wearable (in every sense of the word, eek) version of Lime Crime’s Cosmopop. I confess I’ve never bought a MAC lipstick because there are decent dupes for them and they’re so much pricier here in the UK but I may just have to get this one. SO gorgeous!

  10. I cannot wait for the release of this collection! I’ve loved Hayley AND Mac both since I was about 12. Absolutely perfect collection for me. :p Thank you for the reviews and swatches, Christine!

  11. Isela

    How does it compare to Maybelline Vivids in Electric Orange? Thx!

  12. Patricia Couto

    Christine, will you review the extra dimension collection? Do you know if retails like nordstrom will carry this collection?

  13. CC

    I dont think this will work for my skin tone; I’ve been looking for the perfect orange lipstick for me but I think the orange needs to have red undertones. I have Morange and I don’t like it lol It needs to be more of a reddish orange in order to work for me! Oh well, it is lovely shade and I’m so glad you can pull it off!

  14. KEG

    I feel like the lack of red might make it a little harder to wear

  15. Deb

    Oh my gosh! I LOVE this much more than I thought I would! Glad to hear it’s different from Morange. Thanks for reviewing!

  16. Jenn

    Do you think this compares to OCC’s beta at all?

  17. Erica

    I am NC 55 and I’m tired of all these red-orange lipsticks impersonating true oranges (lol). Maybe they last longer on the lips. Wondering if I could pull this off with my cool chocolate complexion….

  18. Jean

    I highly doubt my NC20 complexion can pull this off…but urg is sooo pretty on you!

  19. I love the colour. Brings back memories of my mums lipsticks from the 70s. Lol

  20. xamyx

    I equate orange lipstick with fingernails scraping a chalkboard-both just irritate me. I’m all for less traditional makeup shades, but this is one I just can’t get on board with. I know there are many who love it, and even a few it truly flatters, but I really just don’t like it.

  21. Amber

    This will solve my problem of never finding an orange lipstick that is not basically red. Morange was the first MAC lipstick I ever bought and then it was Vegas Volt, Neon Orange, and then Costa Chic. Orange lipstick is my confidence booster and I have been dying for a true orange. So glad this still has yet to be released. I would be very upset if I missed out on this color.

  22. abigailod

    Wow, so this is what a “true” orange is supposed to be! lol. =)

    What blush would be good with this Christine? Regular coral-ish types or bronzers? Would coral clash with a true orange? You think this is too bright on an NC40? Thanks much my lady! <3

  23. ID

    the orange is insane

  24. Azaza

    OMG I really want this lipstick

  25. Rica

    How is this compared to mac electro lipstick?

  26. Maurissa

    How does this compare to MAC ProLongwear Lippie ‘Good to Go’? I am NC50 and I LLOOVVEE orange lips. I have been looking for a pure orange, So Chaud was too red and I did not like Morange. I hope I can catch it as soon as it comes out online.

  27. What time do the launches go live on the site? I’m always too late! Living in LA, forget about it. All the MACs nearby are cleared out of new collections by noon. :(

  28. Amber

    Yay! I just bought mine!!!!

  29. Yin

    Wonder how this compares with Inglot 278, which is also an orange lipstick. Too bad I can’t go into a store to test swatch. :(

  30. Memphislily

    This lipstick is gorgeous! How does it compare to Mac’s So Chaud?

  31. Orangegirl

    I just ordered this. I can’t wait to get it!

  32. How does this compare to Maybelline Orange Edge?

  33. Stellar

    How is this compare to Revlon’s Siren?

  34. Trisha

    How does this compare with OCC lip tar in Beta?

  35. Just ordered it! Can’t wait!

  36. Cheyenne

    How does this compare to MAC’s Saigon Summer?

  37. Charlotte

    I’m so happy that i’ve picked the up on Mac Cosmetics UK – it sold out within 24 hours, and its just arrived in the mail – looks amazing on! I’ve got pale skin similar to Hayley so i’m gonna rock this one out as much as possible! Shame i didn’t buy seconds/thirds…

  38. Mirela Patino

    Awesome review!!! I was wondering if this type of color would make teeth look whiter or yellower? I don’t really know how to figure that out. Thank you :D

  39. Lex Marie

    How does this compare to Lime Crime’s My Beautiful Rocket? I own and love Sounds Like Noise, I’m just curious.

  40. Reiko

    When is the last day to buy this?

  41. Nikki

    How does this compare to Kat Von D’s A Go Go?

  42. priscilla

    I am still thinking witch lipstick to buy with my yellow skintone. I think Morange looks prettier on you. So probably on me too. Next week we have queensday in Holland. So it is all about the orange. I think it would be fun to wear a true orange lipstick. But now i don’t know witch one to choose :-S. But sounds like noise is limited and morange i can always buy. What shall i do??

  43. rehana

    How does this compare with milani sweet nectar and Maybelline electric orange? Which would be the closest dupe?

  44. Mara

    Did you put anything on your lips before applying this one? Mine is a bit choppy. :(

  45. Kate

    Could my NW20 skin tone pull this off do you think?