MAC Gwendolyn, Valiant, Modern Temptress Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches

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MAC Gwendolyn Lipstick
MAC Gwendolyn Lipstick
MAC Gwendolyn Lipstick
MAC Gwendolyn Lipstick
MAC Gwendolyn Lipstick
MAC Gwendolyn Lipstick
MAC Gwendolyn Lipstick
MAC Gwendolyn Lipstick
MAC Gwendolyn Lipstick
MAC Gwendolyn Lipstick
MAC Gwendolyn Lipstick
MAC Gwendolyn Lipstick
MAC Gwendolyn Lipstick
MAC Gwendolyn Lipstick
MAC Gwendolyn Lipstick
MAC Gwendolyn Lipstick
MAC Gwendolyn Lipstick
MAC Gwendolyn Lipstick

Gwendolyn

MAC Gwendolyn Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is a medium-dark, purple-leaning taupe with neutral-to-cool undertones and a satin finish. There were fine pearls strewn thorughout, but it did not read metallic or shimmery in person. The consistency had moderate slip, and unfortunately, the color went on unevenly and was prone to settling in my lip lines. It wore well for four and a half hours and was lightly hydrating.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

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 Valiant Lipstick
MAC Valiant Lipstick
MAC Valiant Lipstick
MAC Valiant Lipstick
MAC Valiant Lipstick
MAC Valiant Lipstick
MAC Valiant Lipstick
MAC Valiant Lipstick
MAC Valiant Lipstick
MAC Valiant Lipstick
MAC Valiant Lipstick
MAC Valiant Lipstick
MAC Valiant Lipstick
MAC Valiant Lipstick
MAC Valiant Lipstick
MAC Valiant Lipstick
MAC Valiant Lipstick
MAC Valiant Lipstick

Valiant

MAC Valiant Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is a deep, plummy black with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. There was fine pearl strewn throughout the lipstick, though it did not actually seem shimmery in person. The texture was lightly creamy with slight slip but not enough to feel slippery while worn. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that went on somewhat evenly with some color gathering in my lip lines. The lipstick stayed on well for five and a half hours and was neither drying nor moisturizing.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

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 Modern Temptress Lipstick
MAC Modern Temptress Lipstick
MAC Modern Temptress Lipstick
MAC Modern Temptress Lipstick
MAC Modern Temptress Lipstick
MAC Modern Temptress Lipstick
MAC Modern Temptress Lipstick
MAC Modern Temptress Lipstick
MAC Modern Temptress Lipstick
MAC Modern Temptress Lipstick
MAC Modern Temptress Lipstick
MAC Modern Temptress Lipstick
MAC Modern Temptress Lipstick
MAC Modern Temptress Lipstick
MAC Modern Temptress Lipstick
MAC Modern Temptress Lipstick
MAC Modern Temptress Lipstick
MAC Modern Temptress Lipstick

Modern Temptress

MAC Modern Temptress Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle, warm red undertones and very fine gold and copper pearl. It had good color coverage in a single layer, which was buldable to full coverage. The consistency was lightly creamy and had a bit of slip (definitely not matte!), so it glided on without dragging but did not look patchy. This shade lasted for six hours and was neither drying nor hydrating.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

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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$20.00/0.1 oz.

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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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This makes me want to cry. I’m SO interested in this velvet matte formula, but super dark shades look very unflattering on me, and all the MAC velvet mattes are dark.

Well, I guess instead of pouting about not finding a suitable shade in this line I could smile about having saved $17.50.

Gwendolyn and Modern Temptress look so beautiful for fall/ winter! I’m actually quite surprised by how much I’m liking Gwendolyn! Even though, truthfully, I know it probably wouldn’t look “right” on me, due to it and my undertones clashing. Not like I need anymore lipstick, but this one is unique enough that it is worth at least a try-on, no?

We try to approve comments within 24 hours (and reply to them within 72 hours) but can sometimes get behind and appreciate your patience! 🙂 If you have general feedback, product review requests, off-topic questions, or need technical support, please contact us directly. Thank you for your patience!