MAC The Matte Lip Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches (Part 2)

MAC The Matte Lip Lipsticks
MAC The Matte Lip Lipsticks

MAC Damn Glamorous Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright pink red.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark red with pink undertones and a matte finish. It is lightly cool-toned but may look more obviously cool-toned if you have cool, pink undertones. It had fully opaque pigmentation, and the color went on evenly and smoothly. This shade was not quite as creamy as others in the launch, but it didn’t drag during application. It lasted for almost eight hours and left behind a stain, and it was a little drying for the last two or three hours. Kat Von D Hellbent (P, $21.00) is darker, less pink. Too Faced Melted Ruby (P, $21.00) is brighter, glossier. Chanel La Precieuse (317) (LE, $34.00) is similar. MAC Glam (DC, $16.00) is a smidgen brighter. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $16.00) is darker, more matte. NARS Luxembourg (P, $25.00) is lighter. MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC MAC Red (P, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Fashion Revival Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep raspberry.” It’s a dark, muted raspberry with a semi-matte finish. The color coverage was very nearly opaque (hint of my lip freckle coming through) with even color application. The consistency was lightly creamy, easy to apply, and lasted for almost seven hours. It was neither drying nor hydrating. Gucci Beauty Bitter Grape (P, $39.00) is more shimmery, sheerer. NARS Vera (P, $32.00) is brighter, redder. Marc Jacobs Beauty Cabaret (146) (LE, $30.00) is a touch lighter. Inglot #293 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is much glossier. Illamasqua Shard (P, $24.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Heroine Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “vibrant violet.” It’s a bold, magenta purple with cool, pink undertones and a semi-matte finish. It has mostly full color coverage, is lightly creamy and applies evenly, while the wear is about six hours on me, plus a stain. This is part of the permanent range, so I’ve reviewed it previously, and I didn’t retest it this launch. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC La Vie En Rouge Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright orange coral.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark coral-red with warm undertones and a matte finish. It’s the kind of shade that’s so bright that it plays tricks on your eyes (stare at this for awhile, then stare at something neutral!). It had a lightly creamy consistency that wasn’t heavy, slightly clingy (but not in an uncomfortable way), and lasted for six and a half hours (probably wearable until about eight before you really needed to reapply). It was a little drying towards the end. Gucci Beauty Hibiscus Thrill (P, $39.00) is sheerer, lighter. NARS Kelly (P, $32.00) is lighter. NARS Grace (P, $32.00) is glossier. Chanel La Malicieuse (46) (P, $34.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever #37 (P, $19.00) is a bit lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This collection is supposed to launch online on October 2nd and in-stores on October 9th for North America locations. I only have “October 2014” for international locations.

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MAC Damn Glamorous Lipstick
MAC Damn Glamorous Lipstick

MAC Damn Glamorous Lipstick
MAC Damn Glamorous Lipstick

MAC Damn Glamorous Lipstick
MAC Damn Glamorous Lipstick

MAC Damn Glamorous Lipstick
MAC Damn Glamorous Lipstick

MAC Damn Glamorous Lipstick
MAC Damn Glamorous Lipstick

MAC Damn Glamorous Lipstick
MAC Damn Glamorous Lipstick

MAC Fashion Revival Lipstick
MAC Fashion Revival Lipstick

MAC Fashion Revival Lipstick
MAC Fashion Revival Lipstick

MAC Fashion Revival Lipstick
MAC Fashion Revival Lipstick

MAC Fashion Revival Lipstick
MAC Fashion Revival Lipstick

MAC Fashion Revival Lipstick
MAC Fashion Revival Lipstick

MAC Fashion Revival Lipstick
MAC Fashion Revival Lipstick

MAC Heroine Lipstick
MAC Heroine Lipstick

MAC Heroine Lipstick
MAC Heroine Lipstick

MAC Heroine Lipstick
MAC Heroine Lipstick

MAC Heroine Lipstick
MAC Heroine Lipstick

MAC Heroine Lipstick
MAC Heroine Lipstick

MAC Heroine Lipstick
MAC Heroine Lipstick

MAC La Vie En Rouge Lipstick
MAC La Vie En Rouge Lipstick

MAC La Vie En Rouge Lipstick
MAC La Vie En Rouge Lipstick

MAC La Vie En Rouge Lipstick
MAC La Vie En Rouge Lipstick

MAC La Vie En Rouge Lipstick
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MAC La Vie En Rouge Lipstick
MAC La Vie En Rouge Lipstick

MAC La Vie En Rouge Lipstick
MAC La Vie En Rouge Lipstick

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Guerlain Parure de Lumiere Foundation
  • Urban Decay Naked Loose Finishing Powder
  • MAC Scone Bronzing Powder
  • Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Glow
On eyes:
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Sunset Highliner Gel Crayon

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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I MUST pick up Heroine this time around! It isn’t permanent where I love, unfortunately, because I have a thing for purple lipstick!

Pretty…though I’m disappointed with the semi-matte and satin descriptions across this line (not disappointed in you…you call it as you see it…but in MAC). What happened to the true mattes?
I love the first two of these four. Maybe. I’m still sort of ogling more of the Nars audacious line.

These all look marvelous on you! Glad this release is a hit, performing well, and permanent. At least, i think. hard to remember all the MAC stuff straight. and they haven’t dropped RHPS yet…been stalking.

and i had the nerve to try to do my JOB + missed the blush. i only didn’t check in about an hour. Frank isn’t there yet.. Strange j was, but it is #3 of my faves. as i cannot stalk a store, due to night job + day job fri, guess i’ll forget it. I’m far too old for more extra aggro from m/u. hardly want to drive an hour on Sat AM+ have the stuff all sold out Fri. Think permanent is more my speed, but i like that yellowy-orange from this release. (Isn’t one of the new MAC l/s releases perm? oh, forget it, i’ll look back in Temptalia… You always have everything documented so precisely.

How dare you work when you’re supposed to be working! It would be nice if MAC would just make more, so no one had to sit around for 2 days to make sure they were there when it launched.

The matte lipsticks are supposed to be LE per the press release I have, though it’s possible that the info is wrong.

I pass on MAC MATTE! Terrible formula.. Apparently not improved enough for me! Besides, fashion revolt is my lip color and I prefer MJB cabaret to dab over and smooth! How about just reviewing EVERY MJB lippie? I can make you a GOOD bribe… πŸ˜‰

Oh, I vote ONLY! πŸ˜€ Where did the big re-sale box of many lippies from MJB where the middle is Showstopper.. Donde esta? No estas vibe con Sephora…. Damn. Am I blind? If so, I can easily produce brain damage as a candid excuse… Gimme. Please? Muchas Gracias!! Que Linda!

Awesome colors! I already have heroine and love it! I thought fashion revival would be a dupe of rebel in color, do you think they are alike? Ok, now I’m definitely lost!Just don’t know which ones to get! haha

Thank you! I was thinking about getting Damn Glamorous, but I’ve got Glam..
I may still get 5 lippies of this collection. Can you tell how I love matte lipsticks? πŸ˜€

Not at all. But MAC provides a good range of color choices. My favorite matte formula is the one from LimeCrime Velvetines.. but there are some things about this brand that I dislike, so I usually avoid them. πŸ˜‰
What do you recommend? Is there any matte formula that you like the most?

(Sorry about my poor english. I hope I have made myself clear.. ;))

I want LVER and am debating on Fashion Revival…but I just spent the last two days stalking for RHPS so I don’t know how proactive I’m gonna’ be in trying to get a hold of these before they sell out lol.

Did you get the blushes from this collection?

Thats wierd,in the pink pro lipstick palette I own it looks totally different!
Tomorrow I will go to Mac and I will compare these and let you know.
By the way NYX Fig is an incredible color and has a very nice texture, you should check it out! πŸ™‚

These are all great! I’m especially loving Fashion Revival, although it makes me wish I hadn’t just bought MAC Rebel. While not a complete dupe, they seem pretty similar…

hi, christine!
lovely swatches, as usual!
i really hope i’ll be able to get some of them.
question: how do you think fashion revival and rebel compare?
thanks a lot!
juliana

just thinking if i REALLY need it or if i’ll be fine with rebel/magnetism/splurge (seems i already know the answer, but…).
again: thanks a lot for all these swatches and reviews, they’re REALLY REALLY helpful.

Christine,
How do you feel about Fashion Revival, would it be considered a dupe for MAC Rebel? I understand that they’re both different finishes, and I already currently own & love Rebel. I’m debating whether or not to even purchase Fashion Revival, but it’s such a lovely color!

They look very nice! I guess they’ve done some improvement on the formula. Though I have to say, it’s really bizarre that they would name a coral shade “Life in Red.” o_0

Ugh, these are so gorgeous. I can’t really wear mattes (too dry!), but Damn Glamorous looks absolutely exquisite — it’s just the right tone to play well with a matte finish.

La Vie En Rouge just might. The more I see it, the more I like it. I really like Heroine, but I have and like Kat von D L.U.V. I’m not sure if Heroine is enough different to justify buying it.

I love every color here. Fashion Revival is calling out to me in particular, but it reminds me of Illamasqua Magnetism (albeit a smidgen purpler and matte). I always want colors that look like what’s already in my stash! lol. Might pick up La Vie en Rouge when it hits counters. πŸ™‚

Ooh La Vie en Rouge is pretty different! Not a big fan of mattes in general but these look super pretty ..probably because theyre not “suck the life out of your lips “matte ! On a related note though..Grape in your Dupes list for Heroine looks SO pretty..I have eyes on that one now!!

All amazing and pretty colors but I’m so done with MAC after this fiasco with the Rocky Horror Launch…I’m like planning on never to give them my money again…Now people are selling the lipsticks at $50 – $150 a pop on Ebay…Worst launch and customer service I have ever dealt with…

Oh goodness. I wasn’t sure if I wanted all of them but my goodness you convinced me to buy them all. La vie en rouge and damn glamoures are very similar. Are they worth getting both or am I better off picking one?

It would depend on how often you’d wear ’em! They’re nice, but if you don’t wear either color often, just one πŸ™‚

Thank you for the swatches, Christine! All these colors are so pretty on you.
I will be buying Damn glamorous, La Vie en rouge, and Fashion revival.
I already have Heroine πŸ™‚

Can you please explain the first pair of lips with lipstick on versus the second pair of lips, directly underneath, with lipstick on? Thanks! πŸ™‚

PASS πŸ™‚

Hi Lotus!

The first is direct light, the second is diffused – the idea being “in sunlight” vs. “in the shade” (or the office, indoors, etc.).

As I suspected, La Vie En Rouge is the only shade which interests me! Shame as I love MAC’s matte formula.

All four of these are beautiful, actually, but my favourite here is definitely Fashion revival! πŸ˜€ Why do so many of these awesome MJ Cabaret-like shades have to be LE and/or restricted in some way! *shakes fist at sky* πŸ˜‰

These don’t actually look matte, as you note, although I wouldn’t personally compain as dead matte lipsticks look…difficult on me, LOL!

Hi! First time commenter, thank you for your hard work and for getting this up rapidly! I’m glad this collection got a full review from you instead of the quickies. Also, can someone explain why this collection isn’t advertised on the mac site? Atleast the Canadian one. Does mac only show them once they’ve released?
Anyway, I think I’ll pass on these purely because of colour preference, but getting most from your part 1, thanks Christine!

Sorry, should have asked this with the previous but how does La vie en rouge compare with party parrot? It’s the one that got away for my sis lol

MAC typically doesn’t put anything up until release day, though they have put up the last few collections with “coming soon” first!

Thanks! I just got damn glamorous and la vie en rogue.. Excited! This was my first time stalking MAC to get a limited edition release lol

I think they may have originally planned to release a new shade instead of Heroine. From the release page for this collection on their web site (quotations are mine): “Vibrant hues like fuchsia Velvet Violet and La Vie En Rouge are a bold contrast to the rich burgundy of Fashion Revival and nude of Styled in Sepia.” I haven’t seen any mention of a Velvet Violet anywhere else, but it sounds VERY intriguing!

Ooh, Fashion Revival looks like such a stunning fall shade! I already decided to get Diva as my fall lipstick purchase, though. Trying not to buy so many, I’m such a sucker for vampy lips it’ll break my bank if I’m not careful! πŸ˜‰

I’m terrified that these will sell out before I get my hands on them! I must have Fashion Revival and I definitely want to check out Damn Glamorous. Something about it really intrigues me.

I know you have so much stuff to review do you think you can just do a sneak peek of the rest of the collection? Just so we can see the colors of the lip pencils & blushes. I’m hoping either absolutely it or fashion boost will work for heroine, violetta, & up the amp.
Thanks

I don’t have any lip pencils or brushes to share… Most of the lip pencils are repromotes, which I have reviewed before, but I wasn’t able to get the blushes until I was able to purchase, which was this morning online.

Christine,

The shades are now available in Malaysia :D, i got my hands on Fashion Revival and La Vie En Rouge. I want to get next Damn Glamorous and the peach shade. I am so in loveeeeeee with Fashion Revival. I dun have such a colour in my collection. i think i might go and get myself another 1 just as a back up πŸ˜›

Thank u for the reviews.

I ended up purchasing Fashion Revival and Damn Glamourous. Those two have been on my list since I saw the press release a few weeks ago. And your swatches confirmed it for me! Heroine I have already and the other colors aren’t ones I would gravitate towards but they are all very pretty!

Damn Glamorous is *damn gorgeous! <3 but I already have Glam, Riri Woo and Ronnie Red; is it worth adding this, Christine?

And oh my, Fashion Revival is stunning as well!! My Heaux (2!) may just need company.

Lastly, I love seeing the Make-up Look section again! I am forever curious which foundation you wear for your shoots, though lovely skin, as always! <3

Its weird that Heroine is even included in this set to me.. I love that you listed LUV by Kat Von D , because I was debating that and I already own Heroine.. I like Damn Glamourous and La Vie en Rouge but I feel like they would look similar to “Dangerous” on my dark skin .. I also Really have my eyes on Styled in Sepia , and Living Legend but I want to know is Living Legend similar to NARS Train Bleu / Lorac Dominitrix ?? Your swatches never disappoint , but the only thing is since I’m Darkskin I still have to take a chance on colors either way but I love checking the site !

Does anyone know how to match the lip liners and lipsticks in this collection? I bought four lipsticks and not sure what lip liners to buy to match..? There’s never charts or anything so I don’t want to waste me money buying the wrong stuff! I bought fashion revival, la vie en rouge, nouvelle vogue and living legend. I think living legend may be the only one with a matching liner?
Thanks in advance for replies ☺️
Rojda

Hi Rodja,

Fashion Revival would go best with Fashion Boost
La Vie En Rouge would go best with Trust in Red
Nouvelle Vogue would go best with Staunchly Stylish
Living Legend would go best with Bespoken For

You are correct that they aren’t really “matching” per se, though.

I went into mac and tried the lip liners that were at the matte lipstick collection stand and it didn’t match fashion revival at all! I got “beet” instead and it looks slightly redder but definitely matches it better! Thank you for your reply I appreciate it! I also got pander me lipstick in store thanks to my boyfriend

Yeah it definitely works better in my opinion as fashion revival is more red than pink! Also just a quick question for you, boldly bare liner is my perfect nude but I am having a hard time finding the perfect matte lipstick to match maybe kinda sexy would be the same/similar? X

Anyone else having issues with Fashion Revival? I’ve never experienced a matte bleeding off lips and this one settled in cracks, leaving a nearly black color caked in and super defining every flaw. I tried to touch up and fix with vino liner but it just made it worse. The lipstick faded and left the liner and lip crack stain behind… πŸ™

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