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MAC Ablaze Lipstick

MAC Ablaze Lipstick
MAC Ablaze Lipstick

MAC Ablaze Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright apricot cream.” It’s a medium-dark coral-red with a barely-there sheen (not quite a flat matte). I actually think it looks very much like MAC Lady at Play, and if there was any detectable difference, it would be that Lady at Play is ever-so-slightly lighter (and of course, it has a more luminous finish). Guerlain Nahema is pinker, more subdued, shimmery. MAC Watch Me Simmer is pinker. MAC Hibiscus is redder, darker, shimmery. Wet ‘n’ Wild #909D is slightly darker. MAC Toxic Tale is a smidgen darker but very similar.

It’s bold and bright but not neon–there is a lightness to it. Ablaze had rich, opaque color coverage. Though it’s technically a matte finish, it felt more like a satin or amplified creme finish–creamy without being thick or slick, so it applied evenly, smoothly, and didn’t tug or pull at the lips. I tested this one first thing, and it lasted five hours well and did leave a very subtle reddish stain behind. It was, unfortunately, a bit drying but not terribly so.

Ablaze
Ablaze
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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MAC Heroine Nail Lacquer

MAC Heroine Nail Lacquer
MAC Heroine Nail Lacquer

MAC Heroine Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright violet cream.” It’s a light-medium, pinky-purple with warm, pinky-red undertones and a cream finish. MAC In the Dark… Purple is darker, redder (better match for Heroine, actually). OCC Pansy is much pinker. Zoya Kieko is darker. Zoya Perrie is a bit lighter and more lavender.

While it’s not muted, it’s not a bold/bright shade either. It doesn’t match the Heroine lip products at all–it is purpler and lighter. Based on the collection, everything seems like it’s supposed to match (and the descriptions are fairly uniform across the products), but this one definitely stood out–and that may be to your liking (or not). It was mostly opaque after two coats, and it applied fairly well. The consistency was on the thicker side, but it didn’t seem to cause problems during application other than being mindful of how much product is on the brush. I actually felt like this had a cream-jelly hybrid of a finish, because it had a slight squishy look to it after I applied the two coats.

Heroine
Heroine
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

MAC Heroine Lip Pencil

MAC Heroine Lip Pencil
MAC Heroine Lip Pencil

MAC Heroine Lip Pencil ($15.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “bright purple.” It’s a magenta purple with a matte finish. I’m not as familiar with lip pencils as I am with other lip products. I don’t have it, but from what I remember, MAC Magenta should be somewhat similar–perhaps a bit purpler, rather than as red as Heroine.  If you know of any potential dupes, feel free to sound off in the comments!

It had excellent color payoff, even in a single pass, and it applied mostly evenly. It was the creamiest of the four pencils released in Fashion Sets, but it’s not my favorite lip pencil formula just because it pulls and drags on the lips. I usually save lip pencils for the end of a swatch session, because they’re rather rough on lips. This was the last shade I swatched from the collection, and it really was creamier than the others. It is a really good match for the lipstick, though, and if I had to say they differed in any way it would be that the pencil pulls redder. MAC’s Lip Pencils wear like iron normally, but they’re uncomfortable and drying over time–underneath a lipstick, I don’t experience these issues, but alone, I can’t wear them without paying for it later.

Heroine
Heroine
7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
86%
Total

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MAC Heroine Lipglass

MAC Heroine Lipglass
MAC Heroine Lipglass

MAC Heroine Lipglass ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright purple.” It’s a magenta purple with violet and pink pearl. It reminded me of a more pigmented MAC Revenge is Sweet. MAC Athena’s Kiss is the most comparable shade I could think of, but it’s not quite as bright or as pink. On lips, it looks a bit fuchsia, and depending on how naturally pink/red your lips are, it may look even pinker.

It yielded semi-opaque color coverage–it added quite a bit of color but there was translucency so the natural lip color came through. It applied somewhat evenly but was hard to maintain without lines of demarcation showing up (say, if you pressed your lips together). The texture is tacky, slightly thickened, and I typically get three to five hours of wear with MAC’s Lipglass formula (I will be testing the wear of these shades over the next few days and will make updates as necessary).

Heroine
Heroine
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
83%
Total

MAC Heroine Lipstick

MAC Heroine Lipstick
MAC Heroine Lipstick

MAC Heroine Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright violet/purple.” It’s a medium-dark, red-toned purple with a satin finish. Heroine originally launched with Reel Sexy last March. MAC Seductive Intent is slightly lighter and pinker. MAC Strong Woman is darker, purpler. MAC Violetta has a light shimmer but is otherwise a worthy dupe to consider.

It will shock absolutely nobody that Heroine has already sold out (and in all forms but the polish) on MAC’s website, but do not fear, as it is a normal launch and will be hitting stores and counters next week as well as retailers like Nordstrom, Macy’s, etc.  Heroine has a creamy consistency that glides on well without tugging or pulling on the lips.  It has full, opaque color coverage and wears well for six hours and does leave a reddish stain behind. It’s neither drying nor hydrating.

Heroine
Heroine
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

MAC Style Surge Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Style Surge Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Style Surge Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Style Surge Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “neutral coral cream.” It’s an orange-coral with a hint of pink and a creamy, slightly glossy sheen. MAC Lady at Play is quite a bit darker and more red/pink in comparison. Laura Mercier Tangerine is darker and pinker. MAC Vegas Volt is darker and slightly more orange. MAC Crosswires is darker and pinker.

This shade was fully opaque, and it has a creamier consistency than the other shades–there was a wetness to it that gave it that glossy finish. It applied evenly and easily, and though it was creamier, it didn’t feel any thicker/thinner than the majority of the range. It was the most hydrating shade of the twelve colors released. Style Surge lasted four hours on me when I wore it, and it was incredibly comfortable to wear.

Style Surge
Style Surge
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total