MAC Claretcast, Eros, Life’s Blood Liptensity Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches

MAC Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Claretcast Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark pinky berry with subtle, cool undertones paired with a satin finish. It had full color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly, with just a bit of tugging initially but became easier to glide on as it melted against the lips. The texture was light-to-medium in weight, lightly tacky but comfortable to wear over a six and a half hour period. The formula was a smidgen drying after four hours of wear. Colour Pop What If (P, $7.00) is lighter (95% similar). Bite Beauty Aubergine (P, $24.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Melted Berry (P, $21.00) is glossier (95% similar). YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (DC, $34.00) is glossier (90% similar). Lisa Eldridge Skyscraper Rose (LE, $32.00) is brighter, cooler, less glossy (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Drama Berry (510) (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, glossier (90% similar). Tarte Popsicle (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop First of All (PiP, $7.00) is more muted (95% similar). Stellar Beauty Wicked Aura 01 (P, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Maybelline Plum for Me (P, $7.49) is darker, more muted (90% similar). NARS Jolie Mome (P, $26.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Chanel Roman (208) (P, $37.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Art Deco (502) (PiP, $38.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Grenadine (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker, less pigmented (90% similar). Estee Lauder Confident (P, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Damage Control (P, $26.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Exotica (P, $54.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Seduce Me (128) (DC, $30.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). NARS Vera (P, $34.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Love Crime (P, $54.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Eros Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. The texture was denser and pulled more than other shades, and while I could feel it melting, it did not melt as much and was always a big draggy going on. It had good pigmentation, but it was harder to get smooth, even application; I expect this one to be more unforgiving on those with drier or flakier lips as well. The color lasted a solid six hours, left behind a pinkish stain, and was non-drying. Tom Ford Beauty Cooper (LE, $36.00) is darker, less glossy (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Raspberry Pink (P, $37.00) is darker, less glossy (95% similar). Burberry Bright Pink (233) (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (95% similar). Bite Beauty Bellini (DC, $24.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Hourglass Leader (P, $32.00) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty I'll Teach You (Lip Color) (PiP, ) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Jasmine (LE, $7.00) is less shimmery, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus (LE, $19.50) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ashley (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery, less glossy (90% similar). Givenchy Fuchsia Irresistible (205) (P, $36.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Red Balloon (LE, $19.50) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Dior Ultra Atomic (660) (P, $37.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Hot Rose (P, $37.00) is darker, warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Otranto (P, $55.00) is more muted (90% similar). Bite Beauty Pink Lady (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). L'Oreal Lacquered Strawberry (P, $9.99) is warmer (90% similar). Hourglass I Can't Wait (P, $34.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Voila! (120) (DC, $30.00) is darker, warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Givenchy Framboise Couture (323) (P, $36.00) is cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Sangria (P, $26.00) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Life’s Blood Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium red with neutral-to-cool undertones that has a lightly glossy, cream finish. It is the combination of brightness and undertone that seems to appear a bit warmer on me, though to my eye, it is neutral-to-cool. It had nearly opaque pigmentation, and the color went on evenly and smoothly while the consistency seemed to fill in lip lines and made my lips appear fuller and smoother. This shade wore well for six and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Hourglass Icon (P, $32.00) is darker (95% similar). Givenchy Rouge Insomnie (12) (P, $34.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Jasmin Rouge (P, $54.00) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Oh Miley (200) (P, $30.00) is warmer (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Screen Siren (P, $34.00) is more muted (95% similar). Make Up For Ever Iconic Red (400) (P, $24.00) is lighter (95% similar). Hourglass My Icon Is (P, $34.00) is warmer (95% similar). Estee Lauder Boldface (P, $32.00) is more muted (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Naomi (LE, $36.00) is lighter, more muted (95% similar). Stellar Beauty Super Sonic 04 (P, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Juicy (LE, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). Givenchy Heroic Red (321) (LE, $36.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Carmine Rouge (LE, $19.50) is more muted, less glossy (95% similar). Guerlain #25 (P, $33.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Mulling Spices (DC, $21.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). Edward Bess Eternal Passion (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Imperial Red (P, $37.00) is warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Bad Apple (P, $24.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay F-Bomb (P, $18.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Dior Splendor (950) (LE, $38.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Overview

MAC Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to have “intense amounts of pigment” with a gel-like texture that melts on lips that leaves behind a satin finish and wears for “eight hours.” It’s supposed to be “comfortable” to wear, but there are no claims about hydration–and overall, they were non-drying. The majority of the range varied from semi-opaque to fully opaque in one stroke, while the texture had some body and thickness to it but was not heavy. The consistency feels firmer in the tube, but it became softer and more pliable as it warmed up against the lips. This was also true about how the color settled and looked on the lips–it tended to fill up lip lines without emphasizing them as much after thirty seconds of wear. The formula didn”t have a lot of slip, and it was actually lightly tacky, which helped it stay in place better. The wear ranged from four to eight hours with lighter shades typically wearing shorter than deeper and more intense shades. The finish was anywhere from satin to natural with noticeable sheen, sometimes glossiness, but it often wore to a satin to semi-matte finish after a few hours. The formula has MAC’s typical vanilla scent but had no discernible taste.

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MAC Claretcast Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Claretcast Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Claretcast Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Claretcast Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Claretcast Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Claretcast Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Claretcast Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Claretcast Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Claretcast Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Claretcast Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Claretcast Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Claretcast Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Eros Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Eros Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Eros Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Eros Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Eros Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Eros Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Eros Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Eros Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Eros Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Eros Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Eros Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Eros Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Life's Blood Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Life’s Blood Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Life's Blood Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Life’s Blood Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Life's Blood Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Life’s Blood Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Life's Blood Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Life’s Blood Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Life's Blood Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Life’s Blood Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Life's Blood Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Life’s Blood Liptensity Lipstick

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
  • Marc Jacobs Flesh & Fantasy Air Blush
  • Laura Geller Ballerina Baked Gelato Illuminator
On eyes:
  • Giorgio Armani #9 Eye Tint
  • Giorgio Armani #10 Eye Tint
  • Sephora Blonde Ambition 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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Even though I usually stay away from anything other than a matte finish, I must say I like the finish of these (after the shine fades away a bit). Out of the three, Claretcast is my fav!

I haven’t noticed any major dryness issues when it comes to matte lipsticks (maybe retro mattes are a bit tricky). Also, I always use Blistex lip balm which does wonders for my lips.

Not the commenter, but I usually opt for mostly matte finishes too. I try to keep very well-hydrated, and put on lip balm at the beginning of doing my makeup so my lips are well-hydrated by the time I get to my lipstick at the end. I also have a lunch break during my work day, so I fully remove my lipstick, eat, then put on lip balm for the rest of my lunch. Once my lunch break is over, I freshly reapply my lipstick. And to deal with any flaking or other dead skin texture, I brush my lips with my toothbrush every time I brush my teeth! I’d say I’m pretty firm about it, but definitely don’t do it hard enough to break the delicate skin. It’s the easiest and most effective (and most free!) lip exfoliant around!

If I weren’t about to go on a major binge of another MAC collex this Wednesday, I would be wanting to get Claretcast. It is one of those super rare, fuchsia-tinged shades that actually work with my olive undertones. Life’s Blood is quite beautiful, too.

If only I could wear these gorgeous bright lipsticks I would have to own a few of them! I love the colors! The finish looks so healthy – just a bit of shine!

I like Lifeblood and Claretcast best however I’m not certain how Claretcast will actually look on me. I have the melted dupe and it is almost neon on me. Maybe due to the different lip colors. Hmmm.

Could also be the formula – this is definitely going to be a lighter formula, whereas the Melteds are pretty opaque and a bit more cream-like.

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