MAC Media Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Media Lipstick

The Sultry Season: MAC Media Lipstick

MAC Media Lipstick ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) is a deep, dark red wine.  This is a shade that also works particularly well as a lip stain–just layer a little on, blot, and then dab a touch of clear gloss on top and voila.   For a satin finish, Media is very… lustre-like.  It has that slicker feel of a lustre finish lipstick, but it also has the look of one.  I do find that Media settles into my lip lines more than I’d like, though.

Is this the right wine for you? Would you wear it?

The Sultry Season is a series of posts featuring deep, rich shades of brown, berry, plum, and wine lipsticks and lipglosses — just right for autumn — that runs through October 2010.

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MAC Media Lipstick

MAC Media Lipstick

MAC Media Lipstick
MAC Media Lipstick

MAC Media Lipstick

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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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It’s a gorgeous colour, but I fear it would be too dark for my very pale skin 🙁 Might be alright for me for Halloween, but not otherwise.

WOW! i love this! I can never find lipsticks I like in MAC unless I know which ones i’m looking for! i think i feel overwhelmed by the amount of them!I tried out rebel at the weekend after your review and i really liked it so i might get it when i back-to-mac soon!

I think this could work on a pale skin tone. It will probably accentuate the paleness of your skin and so stand out more than it would on Christine but if you like that look you could prob work it!

Oooh, what a color! Would love to see it used as a lipstain in a look…but I know you have way too many products to use in looks and it’s probably not feasible 😉 It’s funny how all of these dark colors look darker in the full-face shot than in the lip-only shots. Probably the contrast of your pearly whites.

It would be awesome if I could, but yeah, I definitely get more products than possible to wear in a look… at least if we’re talking one look a day, LOL!

I can assure you that any skin tone can rock Rebel! I’ve seen it on numerous shades and used it on plenty clients. It’s a gorgeous pink! Has a hint of purple in it too. I consider it as one of MACs premiere lipsticks since it works for everyone.

Christine or anyone 🙂
Would you consider this a vampy shade?
I want it really bad, but I am NC20, green eyes, dark brown hair and feel I might look “Gothic” with it…

I love your idea of the stain… It’s so pretty…Maybe I could bronze my face up more for it… Any suggestions?

Oh, yes, I definitely would consider it a vampy shade 🙂 But I think you could rock it!

Maybe something like Soft & Gentle?

This is one of my FAVORITE lipsticks. Media and NIght Violet are two of my staples. I have very pale skin (NC 15 or lighter) so don’t be afraid of them!

For some reason I REALLY want to see how you do your lip swatches right now. What brush do you use? Do you do anything to your lips before you apply? Tell me! tell me! Please! Hah! 🙂

No lip brush! Nothing special – always straight from the tube. I usually do 10-15 in each sitting, so I just don’t have the patience to clean a lip brush that many times, lol. I apply from the tube, and I try to use the edge of the lipstick to go around the edge of my lips, smoosh, and if there are any obvious mishaps, I try to clean up with my finger or if it’s REALLY bad, a MAC wipe.

I’d say after doing SOO SOSO many lip swatches over the years, I’ve just kind of learned how to maneuver the lipstick around my lip shape to get it crisp enough to work in macro photos.

Oh, and as for prep… no, not really. I usually do 10-15 lip swatches every other day or so, which kind of keeps my lips exfoliated, LOL.
When I have more time or for an actual look, I will use a lip liner or lip brush. If I’m not lazy!

I recall you saying you just used the lipstick straight from the tube in earlier posts. But the edges on the top lip here look SO crisp that I thought, “No! Surely not! It can’t be!” Great job! I’m like a monkey with lipstick in an actual tube (meaning I have a hard time with it, not that I like trow my feces around the room or anything). On myself I can apply lipstick with my pinky finger and it looks good… Otherwise I always use a brush.

10-15 every other day would keep your lips VERY exfoliated! LOL! 🙂

LOVE IT!!! I can’t even begin to tell you how much I appreciate the “Sultry” posts. I love deep shades but they can be very tricky. Well, more like looking at my swatches of them. This is fantastic.

Question: I have Dark Side but Media (and Rebel) are on my mind for the couple of weeks now. Are they too close to own both, considering that I wear darker shades no more than 10% of the time. (Btw, my favourite is Chanel Rouge Coco Rivoli, and sheered out Night Violet) TIA

I already own Rebel, and I just bought Media.
I’m NW15, but I have dark brown, almost black, hair, full lips, and large green eyes, and I’m pretty close to fearless when it comes to deep lip colors.

Here in Brazil, people tend to use lighter shades, and they even find it weird when someone (younger women) uses very dark lipstick.
I have Media, and I just love it!
I combine it with Copperplate, from MAC, and Smolder, also from MAC + Diorshow Iconic, for great lashes!
It´s absolutely beautiful!!!

hello Cristine! Could you suggest a champagne eyeshadow to wear with media lipstick? i would prefer it to be a mac product.Also my skin and eyes work better with warm colors. Thanx a lot!!

i ll be trying retrospeck and shroom in person!! thanx again!! i would love to know what you would be combining sultry lips with (maybe in another post)!!plus congatulations for your site!

hi christine! i’m so addicted to MAC lipsticks!!! For the sultry colors, I already have Hang Up, Dark Side and Rebel…and yet I still like to buy Media and Diva lipsticks…are they different from the shades I own already? Should I skip or its still great to have them on my MAC collection? 😉

I just bought this from MAC. I went to the counter thinking I was going to buy Soulfully Rich, but that color was WAY too dark–almost black on me. Media is great for someone with darker lips who wants to get that vampy look. Its not too overpowering for darker skin tones. Love it!

hi Kristine! I want to buy this shade but it might be unavailable here in the Phils.  Have you encountered a good dupe for this shade?  maybe in NYX or another MAC shade?

Hi Christine! Your site is the best! What’s the main difference between Media and Dark Side….just finish? I’m NW15, brown eyes…debating which to get. Would love your recommendation:)

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