MAC Coral Optix, Forbidden Romance, Love’s a Gamble Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches

01/06

MAC Coral Optix Lipstick
MAC Coral Optix Lipstick
MAC Coral Optix Lipstick
MAC Coral Optix Lipstick
MAC Coral Optix Lipstick
MAC Coral Optix Lipstick
MAC Coral Optix Lipstick
MAC Coral Optix Lipstick
MAC Coral Optix Lipstick
MAC Coral Optix Lipstick
MAC Coral Optix Lipstick
MAC Coral Optix Lipstick
MAC Coral Optix Lipstick
MAC Coral Optix Lipstick
MAC Coral Optix Lipstick
MAC Coral Optix Lipstick
MAC Coral Optix Lipstick
MAC Coral Optix Lipstick

Coral Optix

MAC Coral Optix Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a bright, medium red with strong, warm orange undertones and pink, gold, and copper shimmer that give it a more metallic finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation that applied evenly across the lips and never tugged during application. The consistency was smooth, lightweight, and dense enough not to feel gritty (with all of the shimmer/sparkle). It wore well for five hours, left a faint stain behind, and was lightly hydrating.

This shade, along with six other new shades, will launch on June 22nd online and in stores/at counters.

Formula Overview

$19.50/0.1 oz. - $195.00 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.

Browse all of our MAC Lipstick swatches.

01/06

MAC Forbidden Romance Lipstick
MAC Forbidden Romance Lipstick
MAC Forbidden Romance Lipstick
MAC Forbidden Romance Lipstick
MAC Forbidden Romance Lipstick
MAC Forbidden Romance Lipstick
MAC Forbidden Romance Lipstick
MAC Forbidden Romance Lipstick
MAC Forbidden Romance Lipstick
MAC Forbidden Romance Lipstick
MAC Forbidden Romance Lipstick
MAC Forbidden Romance Lipstick
MAC Forbidden Romance Lipstick
MAC Forbidden Romance Lipstick
MAC Forbidden Romance Lipstick
MAC Forbidden Romance Lipstick
MAC Forbidden Romance Lipstick
MAC Forbidden Romance Lipstick

Forbidden Romance

MAC Forbidden Romance Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium-dark plum with warm, brown undertones and pink and gold pearl. It had medium, buildable color payoff that glided on easily and yielded even coverage. The lipstick was lightly emollient with some slip but did not feel thick or heavy, so it did not slide around once applied. It wore well for four and a half hours on me and was lightly hydrating.

Formula Overview

$19.50/0.1 oz. - $195.00 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.

Browse all of our MAC Lipstick swatches.

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01/06

MAC Love's a Gamble Lipstick
MAC Love's a Gamble Lipstick
MAC Love's a Gamble Lipstick
MAC Love's a Gamble Lipstick
MAC Love's a Gamble Lipstick
MAC Love's a Gamble Lipstick
MAC Love's a Gamble Lipstick
MAC Love's a Gamble Lipstick
MAC Love's a Gamble Lipstick
MAC Love's a Gamble Lipstick
MAC Love's a Gamble Lipstick
MAC Love's a Gamble Lipstick
MAC Love's a Gamble Lipstick
MAC Love's a Gamble Lipstick
MAC Love's a Gamble Lipstick
MAC Love's a Gamble Lipstick
MAC Love's a Gamble Lipstick
MAC Love's a Gamble Lipstick

Love's a Gamble

MAC Love’s a Gamble Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a light pink with warm, yellow undertones and silver, pink, and gold pearl and sparkle. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied fairly evenly to lips. The texture felt grittier compared to other shades as there was quite a bit of sparkle, while the lipstick base seemed thinner and moderately emollient. The lipstick wore well for three and a half hours on me and was non-drying.

Formula Overview

$19.50/0.1 oz. - $195.00 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.

Browse all of our MAC Lipstick swatches.

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Dior Star Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
  • Milani Coral Beams Blush Harmony
  • Milani Bronze Burst Blush Harmony
On eyes:
  • Natasha Denona Sunset Palette
  • Sephora My Boyfriend's Jeans Contour Eye Pencil

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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Coral Optix is calling my name! Gorgeous, and I’m not usually one for metallics. On the fence about Forbidden Romance but it could be really lovely. Not sure if it won’t look too dark on my paper white complexion for a nice summery shade…

I am kicking myself right now for placing *that* order with UD yesterday, because along with Quiver Afterglow Blush, I also ordered Sheer Slowburn Lipstick…
Wish I would’ve waited just one more day, seen Coral Optix, and gone for that instead. This shade looks utterly amazing as the perfect juicy orange-red summer lipstick!

Edit: As I was finishing up writing this, I received an email from UD that my order just shipped, LoL.

I like Forbidden Romance, but I love Coral Optix. I went from, -Hmm, looks nice, at the first photo of the lipstick itself, to -ooh at the swatch, to -OOOOHHHH!!!!! at the photos of it applied. It’s such a happy summer colour, I think. Sweet Sakura is listed as a dupe and that is one of my summer favourites, though I use it in winter if I feel I want the world to appear lighter. I know, sort of silly, but harmless madness 🙂
Back on track, Coral Optix looks even better than Sweet Sakura, it’s sparkly, and shimmery and looks like so much fun! Yes, I’m smitten 🙂
And generally I’m not into orange lipsticks at all, some tones just seem to resonance with the colour part of the brain, or something.
No that’s it, I can’t keep you reading my sillinesses any longer. I’m just glad you reviewed these!

I love forbidden romance, but if you’re looking for a dupe urban decay’s vice lipstick in amulet is pretty spot on!

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