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MAC Baking Beauty Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm

MAC Baking Beauty Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm
MAC Baking Beauty Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm

MAC Baking Beauty Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm ($19.50 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “creamy light peach.” It looks like a yellowed tangerine in the tube, but applied, it takes on a lighter, peachier coloring with subtle pink shimmer. It is similar to shades like NARS Buenos Aires, MAC Kiss Me Softly, and MAC Poetic License.

This formula is supposed to “[add] moisture while providing the right pop of color and mirror-like shine.” It has a thicker consistency (somewhere between Lipglass and Lustreglass), a slight tackiness, which gets tackier the longer you wear it, and is slightly hydrating but doesn’t replace other standalone lip balms I’ve used. Baking Beauty has semi-sheer color payoff, though it generally translates to more of a nude-ish shade on my lips, you can see how much “covers” my lip freckle to get a better grasp on the coverage. It only wore two hours on me, which was shorter than I’ve experienced with the original release of shades

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total

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MAC Devil’s Food Lipstick

MAC Devil's Food Lipstick
MAC Devil’s Food Lipstick

MAC Devil’s Food Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “glossy deep plum [with a] frost [finish].” It’s a burgundy-brown with barely-there ruby red micro-shimmer. Maybelline Plum Paradise is redder, brighter. Chanel Baroque is less red, browner. MAC Approaching Storm is darker, less shimmery. MAC Odyssey has a pinker shimmer/iridescence.

It has semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff, and it applies somewhat evenly, but it pulls and settles into lip lines. This one wore that way, too, where the color migrated and gathered into the creases of the lip while it wore. Devil’s Food lasted just over four hours on me, which is about average. It was a bit drying, though, which wasn’t surprising, given the consistency wasn’t as creamy as it could have been and did tug slightly at lips during application.

7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
3.5
Application
78%
Total

MAC Lavender Whip Lipstick (2013)

MAC Lavender Whip Lipstick
MAC Lavender Whip Lipstick

MAC Lavender Whip Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light cool lavender [with a] Cremesheen [finish].” It’s a pink-tinted lavender with a soft, pearly finish. MAC Nocturnal Instincts is darker, more mauve, less pink. MAC Budding Love is more lavender. MAC Quite Cute is lighter. MAC Pink Friday is cooler-toned, more opaque. MAC I Like It Like That is more opaque. MAC Blooming Lovely is grayer.

It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff; it hid most of my lip freckle but there was a slight translucency all around that allowed the natural lip color to come through. The finish has a light, pearly sheen, as it is part of the Cremesheen family. It has a lightly creamy consistency that gets creamier the longer it is held against the lip–it always starts off a bit stiff, but as the first layer wears away, it gets better. I wore Lavender Whip yesterday, and it lasted three hours, which is a bit below average for a lipstick. It was neither drying nor hydrating.

So, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Lavender Whip 2013 Edition is not the same as the Lavender Whip that came out in 2008. When I initially swatched it, it seemed pinker, but I thought I remembered wrong and/or lighting differences accounted for it. I went back into the Temptalia archives and compared my 2008 version to the sample I received this past week–and they are definitely different. I took a snap of the tubes themselves (with my phone’s camera and in my office, so apologies for the quality not being quite as good!) and then just added comparison swatches. This year’s Lavender Whip is pinker–it is much less purple. The newer version reads warmer, less lavender. They’re sisters but not twins. If Lavender Whip was too purple, it will be a happy change, but if you wanted something more decidedly purple, you may be disappointed.

Lavender Whip
Lavender Whip
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

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MAC Fiery Impact Extra Dimension Blush

MAC Fiery Impact Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Fiery Impact Extra Dimension Blush

MAC Fiery Impact Extra Dimension Blush ($25.00 for 0.22 oz.) is described as a “burnt red bronze.” It’s a burnt orange–a little redness to it–with a subdued quality so it doesn’t appear too red or intense–and a barely-there satin sheen. Chanel Frivole is bolder and more matte. Guerlain Peach Boy is brighter and redder. NARS Gilda is redder.

It had buildable color coverage from sheer to true-to-pan color, which is deep and dark enough to work on deeper complexions but still be an easier shade to apply for even fair skin tones. The texture has the dryness present in the formula, but this dryness doesn’t seem to contribute to a powdery look on the skin or difficulty in blending out the product. Instead, the product applies evenly and easily, blends out well, and the finish gets more and more natural the longer you work it into the skin. Fiery Impact wore for eight hours–quite impressive given the wear of other shades and that MAC states these have a six-hour wear time–and didn’t look faded at all.

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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MAC Blazing Haute Extra Dimension Blush

MAC Blazing Haute Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Blazing Haute Extra Dimension Blush

MAC Blazing Haute Extra Dimension Blush ($25.00 for 0.22 oz.) is described as a “dirty peach.” It’s a warm-toned tangerine orange with a golden peach shimmer-sheen. MAC Fresh Honey is a touch brighter and more orange. MAC My Highland Honey is more matte and a touch darker. Illamasqua Lover is matte and more orange.

It had better pigmentation compared to the last two shades I’ve tested; it is more buildable and true-to-pan. Also a plus is that because it’s a brighter and more pigmented shade, it will work across more skin tones. The shimmer in the finish of this shade was a bit stronger/more shimmery than others, but it still was rather subtle once blended and buffed on the skin and didn’t emphasize pores or any imperfections in the skin’s texture. It lasted for seven hours well, which was a nice plus, since it is only listed as having a six-hour wear time by MAC. The texture is slightly dry, but this did not seem to interfere with the application.

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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MAC Bareness Extra Dimension Blush

MAC Bareness Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Bareness Extra Dimension Blush

MAC Bareness Extra Dimension Blush ($25.00 for 0.22 oz.) is described as a “rosy beige.” It’s a soft peach with a subtle warm undertones and a beige shimmer that translates to a satiny sheen when buffed out. NARS Sex Appeal is lighter. MAC Cream Soda is brighter and more matte. Chanel Espiegle is darker, more orange.

The color payoff is sheer to semi-opaque but does require a few layers to get true-to-pan color (and the coverage of these ranges from sheer to greater).  It has a slightly dry consistency that makes it a smidgen on the powdery side. The formula is supposed to wear for six hours, and this does–but it is noticeably faded after seven. I don’t think six hours is particularly great wear, but because it’s all MAC says it’s supposed to last, it meets the claim.

Like At Dusk, this is a subtle color for anyone who is has medium-colored skin or deeper. I’m about NC25/NC30, and it shows up as a barely-there peach–a little warmth and glow–and on fairer complexions, the color may be more apparent. On deeper complexions, it might not show up at all. The finish is really lovely applied, though, as it buffs out to a beautiful, glowing sheen that doesn’t emphasize pores and looks effortlessly natural. If it shows up on your complexion, it’s worth a look-see.

P.S. — Does anyone else find it interesting that the blushes are supposed to have six-hour wear while the Skinfinishes are supposed to have ten-hour wear? The description is off, too, since these don’t actually have a metallic finish at all.  I just wonder what magic is in the Skinfinish that isn’t in the eyeshadows or blushes!

Bareness
Bareness
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total