MAC Dionysus, Burnt Violet, Double Fudge Liptensity Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches

MAC Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Dionysus Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark burgundy red with subtle, warm undertones and a glossy, creamy finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, which had fairly even coverage, though the darker color paired with the more emollient texture seemed to highlight lip lines slightly as the color would settle and appear darker in mine. The texture was lightly balm-like as it melted against the lips and glided across with minimal tugging initially and then no tugging at all once it warmed up. This shade wore well for seven hours and was non-drying, which is close to as described for wear. Bite Beauty Liquorice (DC, $26.00) is less glossy (95% similar). NARS Ingrid (P, $34.00) is warmer (95% similar). Pat McGrath Anarkissed (DC, $40.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). NARS Bette (P, $34.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Mahogany (601) (P, $38.00) is darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Your Majesty (P, $37.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty #001 (Reformulation) (LE, $36.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). ColourPop It's Faux (LE, $10.00) is less shimmery, cooler, less glossy (90% similar). Sephora Goddess (30) (P, $13.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Lingering Kiss (LE, $19.00) is more muted, less glossy (90% similar). Bite Beauty Black Cherry (LE, $24.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Sephora Malt Shake (29) (P, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Raw Footage (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Saboteur (Right) (LE, ) is darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Magic Charmer (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever Eggplant (501) (P, $24.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Besame Noir Red 1930 (PiP, $22.00) is darker, more muted, less glossy (85% similar). Sephora Me First (38) (P, $13.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Sephora Super Bold (13) (P, $15.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Cool Beets (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Burnt Violet Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a blackened plum with subtle, cooler undertones and a creamy, lightly glossy finish. This shade did not apply well, unfortunately, as the texture seemed to separate and look almost like fine crumbles or grains on the lips, despite the texture itself feeling creamier and more balm-like on the lips. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with some color that settled noticeably into lip lines. It did wear for seven hours and left a strong stain behind, though it was a bit drying. MAC Phenomenal Woman (LE, $19.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Laura Mercier Plum Noire (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Sephora Wanderlust (33) (P, $8.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande (LE, $19.00) is warmer, less glossy (95% similar). Sephora Power Suit (01) (P, $13.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Burberry Black Cherry (57) (P, $34.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Cherry (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Guerlain #555 (P, $33.00) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Nude Fatale (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Becca Maroon (DC, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Lisa Eldridge Velvet Midnight (LE, $36.00) is less shimmery, lighter, less glossy (85% similar). NARS Liv (P, $34.00) is lighter, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Sephora Goddess (30) (P, $13.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Heart Hangover (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, lighter, less glossy (80% similar). ColourPop It's Faux (LE, $10.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Dramatic Encounter (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Urban Decay Confession (DC, $22.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Double Fudge Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep, brownish burgundy with warm, red undertones and a glossy, creamy finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, which covered the lips with smooth, even color, but there was a bit of translucency where the natural lip color peeked through. I had some trouble getting higher coverage along the inner portion of my lips, which might be due to the formula or the amount of slip in this particular shade (slightly higher than other shades in the range). The texture felt firmer in the tube initially, but it started to melt and glided on to the lips well after a couple of seconds. It was lightly tacky, so despite the glossiness, I did not experience feathering or color migration over time (but I am not prone to either, so your mileage may vary if you experience it more often). This shade wore well for seven hours and left a stain behind, and while it wasn’t hydrating, it wasn’t drying either. Burberry Black Cherry (57) (P, $34.00) is lighter (90% similar). Pat McGrath McMenamy (LE, $38.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Sephora Malt Shake (29) (P, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar). KVD Beauty Motorhead (P, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Estee Lauder Nude Fatale (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Phenomenal Woman (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever Eggplant (501) (P, $24.00) is cooler (90% similar). Besame Noir Red 1930 (PiP, $22.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Guerlain #555 (P, $33.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Cherries (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Saboteur (Right) (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C407 (DC, $22.00) is less glossy (95% similar). YSL Prune Power (89) (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). ColourPop Paramour (LE, $7.00) is lighter (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Dahlia (DC, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Revlon Black Cherry (P, $10.99) is cooler (85% similar). Chanel Prune Souveraine (878) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). MAC Double Fudge (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Bite Beauty #048 (P, $18.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Shiseido Noble Plum (224) (P, $26.00) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (85% 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.

MAC Dionysus Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Dionysus Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Dionysus Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Dionysus Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Dionysus Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Dionysus Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Dionysus Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Dionysus Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Dionysus Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Dionysus Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Dionysus Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Dionysus Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Burnt Violet Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Burnt Violet Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Burnt Violet Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Burnt Violet Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Burnt Violet Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Burnt Violet Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Burnt Violet Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Burnt Violet Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Burnt Violet Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Burnt Violet Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Burnt Violet Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Burnt Violet Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Double Fudge Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Double Fudge Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Double Fudge Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Double Fudge Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Double Fudge Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Double Fudge Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Double Fudge Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Double Fudge Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Double Fudge Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Double Fudge Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Double Fudge Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Double Fudge Liptensity Lipstick

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If MAC reads you….and I know someone there does, let’s make this clear. These should be permanent. They are a very fine offering, and now there is a lot of holiday competition. This bunch would be great year round. I suspect I would be way into these, but later.

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