MAC Carmine Rouge, Breathing Fire, Bunnybeams Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches

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MAC Carmine Rouge Lipstick
MAC Carmine Rouge Lipstick
MAC Carmine Rouge Lipstick
MAC Carmine Rouge Lipstick
MAC Carmine Rouge Lipstick
MAC Carmine Rouge Lipstick
MAC Carmine Rouge Lipstick
MAC Carmine Rouge Lipstick
MAC Carmine Rouge Lipstick
MAC Carmine Rouge Lipstick
MAC Carmine Rouge Lipstick
MAC Carmine Rouge Lipstick
MAC Carmine Rouge Lipstick
MAC Carmine Rouge Lipstick
MAC Carmine Rouge Lipstick
MAC Carmine Rouge Lipstick
MAC Carmine Rouge Lipstick
MAC Carmine Rouge Lipstick

Carmine Rouge

MAC Carmine Rouge Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark pink-red with cool undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable color payoff with a smooth, creamy texture that wasn’t too thick or too thin. The lipstick applied evenly, sat well on the lips, and lasted for nearly eight hours. It also left a stain behind, and it was neither drying nor hydrating over time.

Formula Overview

$20.00/0.1 oz. - $200.00 Per Ounce

MAC Lipstick comes in a variety of finishes, and the pigmentation and wear tend to be dependent on the finish. The sheer finishes, like Lustres, tend to wear for only a couple of hours and have sheer coverage (as designed) and are non-drying.

Some of the original Matte shades have a stiffer, drier formula, while newer ones have a more velvety, silicone-feel to them, and the latter are creamier, more comfortable to wear, and easier to apply, but most Matte shades are quite pigmented and long-wearing, though some are drying.

The Amplified and Satin finishes tend to have good pigmentation, lightly creamy to moderately creamy consistencies with a bit of shine, and moderate to long wear with deeper, richer shades wearing longer. The Frost and Metallic finishes have the most variance between shades with coverage ranging from semi-sheer to opaque with average wear and non-drying to slightly drying formulas. All MAC lipsticks are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste.

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MAC Breathing Fire Lipstick
MAC Breathing Fire Lipstick
MAC Breathing Fire Lipstick
MAC Breathing Fire Lipstick
MAC Breathing Fire Lipstick
MAC Breathing Fire Lipstick
MAC Breathing Fire Lipstick
MAC Breathing Fire Lipstick
MAC Breathing Fire Lipstick
MAC Breathing Fire Lipstick
MAC Breathing Fire Lipstick
MAC Breathing Fire Lipstick
MAC Breathing Fire Lipstick
MAC Breathing Fire Lipstick
MAC Breathing Fire Lipstick
MAC Breathing Fire Lipstick
MAC Breathing Fire Lipstick
MAC Breathing Fire Lipstick

Breathing Fire

MAC Breathing Fire Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool undertones and a satin finish. It had nearly full color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. This shade has been released before, but this first seemed to have a touch more slip than the last time I tried it. The lipstick applied without tugging on my lips, and it was comfortable to wear. It was still going strong after six hours of wear and felt non-drying while worn, though there was a touch of color that pulled into my lip lines over time.

Formula Overview

$20.00/0.1 oz. - $200.00 Per Ounce

MAC Lipstick comes in a variety of finishes, and the pigmentation and wear tend to be dependent on the finish. The sheer finishes, like Lustres, tend to wear for only a couple of hours and have sheer coverage (as designed) and are non-drying.

Some of the original Matte shades have a stiffer, drier formula, while newer ones have a more velvety, silicone-feel to them, and the latter are creamier, more comfortable to wear, and easier to apply, but most Matte shades are quite pigmented and long-wearing, though some are drying.

The Amplified and Satin finishes tend to have good pigmentation, lightly creamy to moderately creamy consistencies with a bit of shine, and moderate to long wear with deeper, richer shades wearing longer. The Frost and Metallic finishes have the most variance between shades with coverage ranging from semi-sheer to opaque with average wear and non-drying to slightly drying formulas. All MAC lipsticks are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste.

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MAC Bunnybeams Lipstick
MAC Bunnybeams Lipstick
MAC Bunnybeams Lipstick
MAC Bunnybeams Lipstick
MAC Bunnybeams Lipstick
MAC Bunnybeams Lipstick
MAC Bunnybeams Lipstick
MAC Bunnybeams Lipstick
MAC Bunnybeams Lipstick
MAC Bunnybeams Lipstick
MAC Bunnybeams Lipstick
MAC Bunnybeams Lipstick
MAC Bunnybeams Lipstick
MAC Bunnybeams Lipstick
MAC Bunnybeams Lipstick
MAC Bunnybeams Lipstick
MAC Bunnybeams Lipstick
MAC Bunnybeams Lipstick

Bunnybeams

MAC Bunnybeams Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a medium, pinky lavender with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had rich, opaque pigmentation that applied evenly on the lips. The texture was light-medium in weight, thicker but not heavy, but it seemed prone to pulling away at my lip lines so a liner or lip primer may be necessary if you have lines like I do. This shade wore well for five hours, left a pinkish stain behind, and was slightly hydrating.

Formula Overview

$20.00/0.1 oz. - $200.00 Per Ounce

MAC Lipstick comes in a variety of finishes, and the pigmentation and wear tend to be dependent on the finish. The sheer finishes, like Lustres, tend to wear for only a couple of hours and have sheer coverage (as designed) and are non-drying.

Some of the original Matte shades have a stiffer, drier formula, while newer ones have a more velvety, silicone-feel to them, and the latter are creamier, more comfortable to wear, and easier to apply, but most Matte shades are quite pigmented and long-wearing, though some are drying.

The Amplified and Satin finishes tend to have good pigmentation, lightly creamy to moderately creamy consistencies with a bit of shine, and moderate to long wear with deeper, richer shades wearing longer. The Frost and Metallic finishes have the most variance between shades with coverage ranging from semi-sheer to opaque with average wear and non-drying to slightly drying formulas. All MAC lipsticks are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste.

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Flesh & Fantasy Air Blush
On eyes:
  • Tom Ford Platinum Cream Color for Eyes
  • Viseart Petit Pro #5 Eyeshadow
  • Viseart Petit Pro #4 Eyeshadow
  • Viseart Warm Mattes #2 Eyeshadow
  • Urban Decay Twice Baked Eyeliner

About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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I like Carmine Rouge, but have Candy Cane, and like Breathing Fire, but have Kimchi. I like Bunnybeams, but it might be too light for me. I may try it, though. It seems that I like many of these Rocker Chick lipsticks 🙂

Wow, MAC’s taking a big risk on naming its lipstick after Carmine. The cruelty-free community are not going to be quiet – carmine a color obtained from crushed beetles.

I couldn’t agree more. I only buy CF makeup and was really disturbed to see that this is named after crushed beetles….not okay. Just another reason NOT to purchase MAC Cosmetics!!

Mac is not cruelty free, which is very disappointing. So many companies make excellent products that are cruelty free, why can’t/won’t mac. Seems like money is more important to them.

“Carmine” also just means “vivid red”… Perhaps unfortunate word choice but is there actual proof to back this up?

I guess we’ll never know what they were truly thinking, but this seems to happen a lot with MAC, that they do something most likely innocently or without intentional distaste, but find themselves in controversy in some way or another. Recently the Vibe Tribe collection, and the backlash they received from posting the (beautiful) photo of a WOC’s lips, Caitlyn Jenner as their transgender collaboration, etc. In the cruelty free movement (and it’s a big movement), carmine is a bit of a trigger word, so I’m really surprised they went with it.

It does describe the colour well, but I totally see the issue.
How I wish all cosmetic companies could just go CF. But I’m not going to start a discussion here, I suppose there are a lot of other forums for that.

A lot of companies are using carmine. Carmine is used in some candies, rouge, staining agent to stain cell nuclei, juices, ice cream, yogurt, eye shadow, lipstick etc. I can’t imagine MAC is the only company using carmine but could be.

no, a lot of companies use carmine! it’s mostly used it lipsticks and lip pencils, but also blush and some eyeshadows. but i think it’s pretty hilarious that they chose that name, since it’s literally crushed bugs and that’s kinda gross.

Cochineal extract is extracted from the cochineal, specifically the female, a species of insect that belongs to the order entomologists refer to as the “true bugs.” (Don’t trust any account that calls this bug a beetle — it’s not).

livescience.com Just FYI (I thought it was a beetle too.)

I want Bunnybeams!!! Although, I have a funny feeling that it *could* look rather weird against my medium warm olive complexion? I really hope it won’t clash with my coloring, because I just love the sweet name and very springey color.

The other 2 shades are stunning and far more wearable. And easy to dupe, unfortunately for me.

I like all of them, but if I had to chose, and I probably do, I’d go for Carmine Rouge. Bunnybeams might be to light, but I would like to test it.

Bunnybeams is so cute! Both the name and the shade. I think I would look deceased wearing it but it’s cute for other people! That Carmine Red tho! My mouth watered lol I’m not even saying that for comic effect. Lipstick just does it for me and that classic pinup red….damn! It’s so good! Other people may have mouths that water over delicious foods or smells, but the look of a classically beautiful lipstick melts me every time!

Yes I do. Idk how it’s going to look on me, blue reds are better for my complexion but I’m justifying the purchase because I do other people’s makeup all the time even though I’m not a mua. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve said I should just go to school for the discount a pro card would give me….I’d be out A LOT of dollars because I would have even more makeup!! Lol

Wow, I love Carmine Rouge. I have more than enough red lipsticks, but it is a beautiful color. Christine, do you use a brush to apply lipstick or apply it straight from the bullet?

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