MAC Medium Rare, Driftwood, Doe Liptensity Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches

MAC Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Medium Rare Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish. This was one of the least glossy/shiny shades in the range, and of course, it will wear down closest to a matte finish. The texture was slightly heavier, as it was thicker and more cream-like with this balminess. It had good pigmentation and didn’t drag noticeably on the lips, though it took a moment for it to warm up against my lips. This shade wore well for five hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. NYX Couture (P, $6.00) is less glossy (95% similar). MAC She Betta Werrrk (LE, $18.50) is cooler, less glossy (95% similar). Smashbox Just Hit Play (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Kiss (P, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Blushing Bud (705) (P, $7.49) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek BFF (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Tease (03) (P, $54.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Melted Peony (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Love Buddy (LE, $18.50) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Liv It Up (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Tomoko (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Paper Doll (P, $54.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Name Drop (P, $7.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ori (LE, $36.00) is less shimmery, darker, glossier (90% similar). NYX Hippie Chic (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Colour Pop Stone Fox (P, $7.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). YSL Corail Jalouse (32) (P, $34.00) is darker, warmer, glossier (85% similar). MAC The Pinkprint (LE, $18.50) is lighter (90% similar). Pretty Vulgar Baby Doll Against BS (P, $24.00) is cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Spiced Honey (P, $54.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Driftwood Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a soft, medium mauve with subtle, neutral-to-warm undertones and a glossy finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation paired with a thinner, more emollient consistency than most of the shades in the range. The texture did sit in lip lines more noticeably, and it didn’t wear as long–only four hours–and was one of the shortest wearing shades I tested. Bite Beauty Cava (P, $24.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Really Me (P, $18.50) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Trailblazer (P, $12.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Littlestitious (P, $6.50) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Colour Pop Dopey (P, $6.50) is warmer, less glossy (80% similar). NARS Dayle (P, $34.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Thistle (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Urban Decay Backtalk (P, $18.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Doe Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a dark, peachy-beige with subtle, warmer undertones and a satin finish. It had great pigmentation that covered the lips with opaque color in one stroke. The texture was smooth, lightly creamy, but I had some trouble with the color settling into lip lines. It lasted for five and a half hours but color did gather more and more in my lip lines on my bottom lip. bareMinerals Honeybun (PiP, $20.00) is darker, less pigmented (90% similar). Colour Pop Echo Park (P, $6.50) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Third Eye (P, $7.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Dandy Apple (LE, $18.50) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Zenith (LE, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Ophelia (P, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Cherish (P, $18.50) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty La Nudite (P, $55.00) is cooler (90% similar). Pat McGrath Donatella (P, $38.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Magic Wand (P, $6.50) is lighter (90% similar). Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Fenty Beauty Unbutton (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Dose of Colors Hey Girl (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Aquarius (P, $5.50) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora Brunch Date (01) (P, $8.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Fawn Over Me (P, $28.00) is lighter, glossier (85% similar). Colour Pop Ariel (LE, $7.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Vanished (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (85% similar). Colour Pop Appy (P, $7.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Naked 2 (DC, $22.00) is warmer (90% 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.

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MAC Medium Rare Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Medium Rare Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Medium Rare Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Medium Rare Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Medium Rare Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Medium Rare Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Medium Rare Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Medium Rare Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Medium Rare Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Medium Rare Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Medium Rare Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Medium Rare Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Driftwood Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Driftwood Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Driftwood Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Driftwood Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Driftwood Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Driftwood Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Driftwood Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Driftwood Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Driftwood Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Driftwood Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Driftwood Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Driftwood Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Doe Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Doe Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Doe Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Doe Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Doe Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Doe Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Doe Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Doe Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Doe Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Doe Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Doe Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Doe Liptensity Lipstick

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
  • Marc Jacobs Flesh & Fantasy Air Blush
  • Laura Geller Ballerina Baked Gelato Illuminator
On eyes:
  • Giorgio Armani #9 Eye Tint
  • Giorgio Armani #10 Eye Tint
  • Sephora Blonde Ambition Eyeliner

About the 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 information, please check the FAQ.)

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Driftwood is gorgeous but I have several dupes and the rating is a bummer. Love the shade tho. The name Medium Rare for a lipstick really creeps me out for some reason. Anyone else? ?

Oh dear. I doubt that any of these could work on me. Medium Rare has as a close dupe Blushing Bud, which I have and it just looks too light on me. Driftwood is not only too light, but combined with the grayish undertone, would be zombie qualifying on me!
Doe is no. Because I have Amor Prohibido coming, and it’s better suited to my coloring, I think!
But I can see how flattering these can look on Lt.-Med and fairer, though. Especially Medium Rare! Pretty on you!

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