Friday, May 2nd, 2014

MAC True Love's Kiss Lipstick
MAC True Love’s Kiss Lipstick

MAC True Love’s Kiss Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is describeds as a “clean bright red [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a brightened, medium-dark red with neutral-to-warm undertones and a very, very fine ruby shimmer and a soft sheen. MAC Head in the Clouds (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer. MAC Cherry Glaze (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. Tom Ford Beauty Rouge Fatal (LE, $45.00) is warmer, browner. MAC Night to Remember (LE, $16.00) is more matte. NARS Future Red (LE, $26.00) is brighter. Maybelline Infra-red (LE, $7.49) is slightly warmer. MAC Everyday Diva (P, $22.00) is pinker. MAC Ruffian Red (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Red Racer (LE, $16.00) is slightly cooler-toned. MAC Cockney (P, $16.00) is a touch darker. Buxom Provocateur (P, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It seemed less like your typical Amplified finish, as it was more emollient and had more slip, so the finish also looked slightly wetter. It was mostly opaque, but it didn’t completely hide my lip freckle. It applied evenly and didn’t tug or pull on the lip. The color wore well for six hours, and it left a stain behind. I found the formula to be a smidgen drying on the whole, but it wasn’t too noticeable. It was vanilla scented but had no discernible taste (in line with MAC’s regular lipstick formula).

The Glossover


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MAC True Love's Kiss Lipstick
MAC True Love’s Kiss Lipstick

MAC True Love's Kiss Lipstick
MAC True Love’s Kiss Lipstick

MAC True Love's Kiss Lipstick
MAC True Love’s Kiss Lipstick

MAC True Love's Kiss Lipstick
MAC True Love’s Kiss Lipstick

MAC True Love's Kiss Lipstick
MAC True Love’s Kiss Lipstick

MAC True Love's Kiss Lipstick
MAC True Love’s Kiss Lipstick

MAC True Love's Kiss Lipstick
MAC True Love’s Kiss Lipstick

The Makeup Look

On face: Guerlain Parure de Lumiere Foundation, Guerlain Les Voilettes Loose Powder.

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104 thoughts on “MAC True Love’s Kiss Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Wow so red! Love it on you! How many reds does one need though?
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  2. I keep telling myself that i don’t need any more red lipsticks, but this is really lovely. And also distinctly different from the other reds I own. I think.

  3. Ida

    I might need this! One can never have too many reds πŸ˜€

  4. Gisele

    Christine, what about feathering?
    This is something that I have to deal… I usually go for mattes.. but this red is gorgeous!

    • I didn’t have that problem with this shade, but I don’t usually have issues with shades feathering/bleeding on me! A few have, but it’s not common for me.

  5. It’s a nice red, but probably okay to skip, right? I own too many reds already! Looks beautiful on you! <3
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  6. Do you know…is this collection mostly limited edition shades or just packaging? Pretty on you but I’ve seen reds that look more stunning on you many times over. Pretty, but I’m not sure it’s great.

  7. Definitely buying!

  8. I love MAC’s Amplified Creme finish so I definitely have to check this one out!

  9. Do I need another beautiful shade of red??? Of course I do…if I can get my hands on it πŸ˜‰ I love the packaging.

  10. It’s not as deep as I thought which I think is a good thing. It looks lovely on you!

  11. The shimmer in this is gorgeous! I wish they would make a similar lipstick in fushia
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  12. Stephanie

    This looks a lot brighter than the bullet and the promo pictures would make it seem. I thought it would lean a bit pinker, but I guess not! I’m still getting this though, because my prom dress is themed after Maleficent

  13. Nat

    MIGHTY NEED. This colour is amazing. πŸ˜€

  14. Bre

    Usually I can’t resist a red, but the swatches seems to have an orange undertone, I prefer blue-based or neutral reds. Geez MAC has been more of a miss lately, at least for me. My wallet is pleased.

  15. Kath

    Nice, but not exactly unique. Thanks for saving me money, Christine! I was only really watching out for this and the Sculpt powder since you speak of it so highly. Now I think I’ll just buy the Sculpt powder (if I can snag it fast enough!)

  16. It looks good on you!

    (If you’re reading the comments, Dustin Hunter, hiii :P)
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  17. Yep, I’ll be having this one, thanks very much! Looks lovely on you Christine :-)
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  18. LU

    Wow, I totally don’t need this, but I might need the buxom dupe! Haha. Thanks for the review and dupes as always!

  19. Adrian

    Kanga Rouge 2.0??? You should do a side by side with Kanga Rouge…I’m sure they look identical. I could be wrong lol.

  20. Oh gosh this looks amazing I can’t wait for the Maleficent collection!!!

  21. ziska

    Good job as usual Christine, but im passing!

  22. Pretty! How does it compare to Viva Glam Rihanna?

  23. Ammara

    Great colour! I think MAC should switch their regular packaging to this metallic black casing. It’s beautiful, and they need the change.

  24. beck

    i have red racer not a fan should i skip this guy?

  25. Thats nice! A tad bright but looks lovely on u! :-)
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  26. This is very pretty, but I already own so many reds that it doesn’t seem worth it.

  27. JOSIE

    Its nice. But I,m so over red lipsticks. So many has come out.

  28. If I try to get anything from the Maleficent collection, it will probably be this.

  29. Irene

    It’s pretty, but the whole collection is pretty disappointing for me. I was hoping there would be deeper shades of red, more interesting colors in eyeshadows, etc., I can’t understand why they’d release the Maleficent collection in summer. Such a wasted opportunity!

  30. ppk

    Wow, I had no true expectations for this shade. I thought it would be more of a cool, boring red. I love that it leans to neutral-warmer undertones. And that is ever so subtly sheer. Seems like a pretty fun and wearable red to me! And I don’t know but, I think that shade actually does look ‘clean’ (may be the words just got to me). Either way, I think this sleek and simple redefinition of Maleficent’s look is finally showing its appeal!

  31. Oh, good, another red MAC lipstick that I shouldn’t buy, but will. It will have plenty of company in my red lipstick drawer. Yes, drawer.

  32. This is a great ‘Disney’ colour :-) It’s a little too warm for me, but it looks fantastic on you!
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  33. CKG

    What a sweet and appropriate name

  34. Denise

    Think I’ll stick with my Guerlains and givenchys if i want a red lipstick!

  35. Jules

    This is an absolutely lovely red. I really like the color and the shimmer – but I hate movie tie-ins! I’m not into Disney stuff, and at 29 I’d feel kind of silly pulling out a Disney-labeled lipstick in public!

  36. Miss J

    I was so excited looking at it in the bullet, but the appearance of it in the swatches are disappointing for me. Boo. Oh,well…money saved!

  37. That looks great on you!
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  38. Qgyrl

    I just started collecting MAC after viva glam nicki 2. I wish I could have purchased the villains collection. That collection had so many shades for everybody. I wish this collection was bigger. I’m kinda disappointed. :-(

  39. anne

    way too orangey for me.

  40. Love it on you!! I wouldve expected to see a darker more sinister color in this collection though, but im not at all disapointed with this one!
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  41. I love the color and finish! It looks all juicy and sexy! The rest of the collection is a bust but I really like this lipstick
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  42. My bank account officially hates you Christine lol. I keep saying every collection I don’t need anything then I read your reviews and see swatches and I’m sold!

  43. Inej

    Too many red for me but I loooove this! Is it the same with Viva Glam Rihanna? Perfect for yellow undertone and medium skintone? Thanks Christine! :)

  44. AbigailOD

    This is red truly is juicy red! lol! Which I gave in and ordered! Ayy! Have you tried it with the lipliner that launched with? I ordered it as well and it will be my first red MAC lipliner. Do they go well together? Although permanent, did you review this one as well? I can’t seem to find it. Thanks lady!xo

  45. How does this compare to MAC Kanga Rouge (from the Dame Edna collection)? Thanks.

  46. Erin

    I bought this. I already have Lady Danger and Russian Red and this is definitely different. I wear all red lips over MUFE Waterproof Lipliner in 8C and with Urban Decay Ozone around the edges. I found it to be slightly yellow-leaning and neither orange (as Lady Danger is) or blue (as Russian Red is).

  47. How does this compare to Russian Red? Should I skip or own?

  48. noelia

    Is this similar to viva glam nicki?