MAC It's a Strike Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches

MAC It's a Strike Lipsticks
MAC It’s a Strike Lipsticks

MAC Babes and Balls Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep burgundy [with a Matte finish].” It’s a deep berry-plum with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that covered the lips with even color. The texture was lightly creamy, which made it glide on without tugging on the lips, but it didn’t slide around or feather on me while worn. This shade was still going strong after six hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating over that period of time. Make Up For Ever M501 (DC, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Rocker Chick (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Givenchy Violine Retro (P, $37.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). MAC Toung 'n' Chic (LE, $18.50) is lighter (90% similar). Milani I Am Powerful (P, $6.99) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Femme Fatale (P, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). Pat McGrath Deep Orchid (P, $40.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Hel's Bells (P, $34.00) is lighter (90% similar). Hourglass I Hide My (P, $34.00) is glossier (90% similar). ColourPop Persuasion (LE, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia #10 (Vol. 1) (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Hourglass If I Could (P, $34.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). MAC Joie de Vivre (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Pat McGrath Wrecked (DC, $40.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay CSB (PiP, $18.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Endangered Red (P, $27.00) is warmer, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Rebel (P, $20.00) is darker, less glossy (80% similar). ColourPop Plastics (LE, $6.00) is lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever C506 (DC, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). Fenty Beauty Flamingo Acid (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Perfect Score Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark red with subtle, cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. The pigmentation was fantastic and covered lips with opaque color in a single pass. It had a velvety consistency that applied easily and didn’t tug on the lips. This shade was still fully intact after six hours of wear, but it started to feel drying after the fifth hour. Dior Splendor (950) (LE, $38.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). NARS Mascate (P, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Miami Vice (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Trans Siberian (P, $26.00) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora Red Desert (97) (P, $14.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Coloured Raine Cherry Blossom (P, $17.00) is brighter (95% similar). Sephora After Hours (23) (P, $8.00) is brighter, glossier (90% similar). ColourPop Silk (LE, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Pat McGrath Vendetta (P, $40.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Rouge Tentation (169) (P, $38.00) is warmer (95% similar). Smashbox Unzipped (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Dominic (P, $36.00) is lighter (90% similar). ColourPop Blood (LE, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Jetset (LE, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Rocker (P, $20.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #48 (DC, $19.00) is glossier (90% similar). ColourPop Goldie (P, $6.00) is less glossy (90% similar). MAC Salon Rouge (LE, $20.00) is brighter, glossier (90% similar). ColourPop Poison (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). NARS Rouge Improbable (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Bowl Me Over Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep burnt brown [with a Retro Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark burgundy with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color coverage, though it was not fully opaque, that applied evenly. The consistency felt lightweight, velvety, and was thin overall. It’s more like modern Retro Mattes and less like past Retro Mattes that would drag, tug, and pull painfully. On me, the color lasted for a solid six and a half hours and could easily be worn longer. It was lightly drying after four hours of wear. Shiseido Curious Cassis (RD620) (DC, $28.00) is brighter (90% similar). Maybelline Burgundy Blush (P, $7.99) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Bad Behavior (LE, $30.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Anastasia Brandy (P, $18.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). ColourPop Thousand Percent (LE, $6.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Estee Lauder Desirous (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Attraction (494) (P, $37.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Fetishist (P, $55.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Milani I Am Strong (P, $6.99) is darker (85% similar). NARS Bette (P, $34.00) is darker, brighter, glossier (85% similar). Urban Decay Hex (P, $18.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (90% similar). ColourPop Cashing Out (PiP, $7.00) is darker (85% similar). Illamasqua Growl (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer, glossier (90% similar). MAC Diva (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). ColourPop Chola (LE, $7.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). MAC Dreaming of You (LE, $20.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). ColourPop Mamacita (P, $6.50) is darker, cooler (80% similar). ColourPop Sarah (LE, $7.00) is darker, brighter (80% similar). MAC Carnivorous (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler, less glossy (80% similar). ColourPop Infinite Best (LE, $6.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Liquid Lurex Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “tarnished gold [with a Dazzle finish].” It’s a dirty gold base with multi-colored glitter–primarily pewter, gold, and pink. It had semi-sheer color coverage that was mostly the result of the high density of glitter in the sheerer, lightly glossy base color. The texture is noticeable on the lips, due to the amount of glitter, but I only saw less than a dozen glitter particles stray beyond my lips over the three and a half hours it lasted (though some glitter lingered for longer than that). MAC No Interruptions (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Guerlain #777 (P, $33.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Redemption (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery, more pigmented, warmer (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Lame (P, $36.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Gel (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Spoiled Fabulous (P, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Trick (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Maybelline White Gold (P, $7.49) is more shimmery, less glossy (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Balm Frost (LE, $56.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Metalwork (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Thunderstruck (P, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). NYX Exposed (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, more pigmented (85% similar). MAC Tanarama (LE, $20.00) is more pigmented, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Tower 1 (LE, $18.00) is cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Rory (LE, $36.00) is less shimmery, more pigmented (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

These shades are part of the It’s a Strike collection, which launches August 18th.

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MAC Babes and Balls Lipstick
MAC Babes and Balls Lipstick

MAC Babes and Balls Lipstick
MAC Babes and Balls Lipstick

MAC Babes and Balls Lipstick
MAC Babes and Balls Lipstick

MAC Babes and Balls Lipstick
MAC Babes and Balls Lipstick

MAC Babes and Balls Lipstick
MAC Babes and Balls Lipstick

MAC Babes and Balls Lipstick
MAC Babes and Balls Lipstick

MAC Perfect Score Lipstick
MAC Perfect Score Lipstick

MAC Perfect Score Lipstick
MAC Perfect Score Lipstick

MAC Perfect Score Lipstick
MAC Perfect Score Lipstick

MAC Perfect Score Lipstick
MAC Perfect Score Lipstick

MAC Perfect Score Lipstick
MAC Perfect Score Lipstick

MAC Perfect Score Lipstick
MAC Perfect Score Lipstick

MAC Bowl Me Over Lipstick
MAC Bowl Me Over Lipstick

MAC Bowl Me Over Lipstick
MAC Bowl Me Over Lipstick

MAC Bowl Me Over Lipstick
MAC Bowl Me Over Lipstick

MAC Bowl Me Over Lipstick
MAC Bowl Me Over Lipstick

MAC Bowl Me Over Lipstick
MAC Bowl Me Over Lipstick

MAC Bowl Me Over Lipstick
MAC Bowl Me Over Lipstick

MAC Liquid Lurex Lipstick
MAC Liquid Lurex Lipstick

MAC Liquid Lurex Lipstick
MAC Liquid Lurex Lipstick

MAC Liquid Lurex Lipstick
MAC Liquid Lurex Lipstick

MAC Liquid Lurex Lipstick
MAC Liquid Lurex Lipstick

MAC Liquid Lurex Lipstick
MAC Liquid Lurex Lipstick

MAC Liquid Lurex Lipstick
MAC Liquid Lurex Lipstick

Lipstick
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$20.00/0.1 oz.

88%

Average

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Makeup Look
On face:
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation
  • MAC Blind Score Casual Colour
  • MAC Trophy Pearlmatte Face Powder
On eyes:
  • MAC Gutter Gal Eyeshadow
  • MAC Bowl Out Eyeshadow
  • MAC 300 Game Eyeshadow
  • Burberry Trench Eyeshadow
  • MAC Bowlarama Eyeshadow
  • Sephora Love Affair Eyeliner
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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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I saw swatches of the lipsticks on Instagram this afternoon and I was so disappointed! They did not match their description at all and it seemed like the opacity was not that good at all. I’m really glad I just saw your swatches, because I instantly fell in love with Babes and Balls (what a vibrant color!) and Bowl Me Over. These will be great for fall and winter!

And it’s a Strike! All 4 are gorgeous on, even that wild goldish glitter one! Bowl Me Over is my favorite one, though. I will need to check it against Deep Love to make certain that they are different enough to justify getting this one.

I don’t like the name, Babes and Balls, but the color sure is pretty! I’m going to check my stash for dupes, and if there aren’t any, will pick up that up or one of the dupes. Also love Bowl Me Over of course, but I have dupes galore. Do you have the Trophy powder all over your face? I was thinking that powder would be too light, but I love how glowy your face looks.

Babes and Balls is my favorite out of the lineup. I have a Gazpacho which is a dupe for 2 of the other dupes listed so I think I’m covered there for Perfect Score.

These look a lot nicer than I was expecting. Bowl Me Over might have to be my first red lipstick purchase. Even Lurex looks better in the distant photo.

Glittery lipsticks are Liquid Lurex are better in person as they don’t appear quite as gritty from a normal distance!

I am Glad that there is no colour for me. So I can Save some Money.
Still have not all urban Decay lippies from my wishlist, Mac Troll Collection Haul was expensive and Star Trek is coming and if I nearly forgot the new makeup forever lipsticks.
Sooo many new lipsticks. And I think there is not much Time When the Holiday collections will come out.

I think these are beautiful, but Liquid Lurex surprised me and is my favorite. Not on its own, but I love the multi-dimensional glitter. I think it would look fabulous over other lipsticks.

Dang, I’m surprised that I like the way Liquid Lurex Lipstick looks but I could get the same effect with a warm glitter and either Violet Voss Secret Weapon or Lits Forever Wear glitter base for the lips.

How would you use Liquid Lurex? I wouldn’t want it to get stained with other lipsticks if I decide to apply it on top so how would you use it?

I was expecting a lot more dupes for the first three. Babes and Balls is beautiful, but the more I looked at it, the more it looked like UD’s Venom. A Temptalia swatch comparison tells me they’re “close enugh.” (I’m getting a lot of use out of that phrase recently, thankfully.)

Perfect score is indeed perfect. Bowl me over is like a younger sister to MAC Diva indeed. These are amazing for fall and winters. Totally loved your eye makeup Christine!

Wow, so I totally thought this collection was going tone a pass when I saw the promo pics. But that I have seen the swatches, I love them all lol. I’m pleased how well the first 3 scored. I may have to go see them in person and try to narrow it down, otherwise I’ll end up with all 4. The first 3 are beautiful for fall (even though I’m soooo not wishing for fall to come), and Who doesn’t love glitter?

Perfect Score and Babes and Balls are just the sort of colours I’d wear this Fall and don’t happen own anything quite like. And after seeing the blush and powder you are wearing in these photos, I’m so afraid I’m about to drop some major $ on this collection.

Babes and Balls *makes drooling noise* but I already have Rebel, which I think will be even more similar with Nightmoth underneath it, which is how I wear it. I really don’t know when this deep dark bubble will burst, need to not get carried away hahaha.

Thank you so so so much for these reviews and swatches. It’s hard to find good ones about ”Bowl me over”, and I really have a crush on it, but I’ve never see it IRL ^^ (just on Mac’s Website). Thanks to you, I know that I HAVE to buy it haha it’s like a need or something 😉
Thank you again from France and keep going, you really do an amazing job !!

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