MAC Tropical Taboo Mineralize Rich Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches

MAC Midnight Mambo Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Tropical Taboo Mineralize Rich Lipsticks

MAC Tropical Taboo Collection’s Mineralize Rich Lipsticks ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.) come in five shades: Divine Choice, Glamour Era, Lady at Play, Luxe Natural, and Midnight Mambo. The latter is the only limited edition (and new) shade, which is the only shade I’ll have reviewed in this post, because the other four are permanent and were just reviewed this past March. πŸ™‚

Midnight Mambo is described as an “intense violet.” It’s a fuchsia-shimmered magenta with cool undertones. It as semi-opaque coverage that was buildable from semi-sheer to semi-opaque–most of my lip freckle is hidden but there is some translucency across the whole lip. Given that it’s a Mineralize Rich lipstick, which is supposed to have “medium shine” and “buildable coverage,” it felt a lot like the others in the range, but it did seem slightly sheerer (even if you only compare to the other four featured in this collection). It lasted six and a half hours and left a slight stain behind, and it was lightly moisturizing while I wore it. Revlon Lollipop is more muted. Maybelline Hot Plum is less shimmery. MAC Show Orchid is more iridescent but is very similar. See comparison swatches.

The Mineralize Rich Lipstick range was released in March, so please refer to these links for reviews of: Divine Choice, Glamour Era, Lady at Play, Luxe Natural. Β For reference, I have included the photos for all of those shades within this post but for reviews, ratings, dupes, and so on, please read their respective posts πŸ™‚

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MAC Midnight Mambo Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Midnight Mambo Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Midnight Mambo Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Midnight Mambo Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Midnight Mambo Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Midnight Mambo Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Midnight Mambo Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Midnight Mambo Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Midnight Mambo Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Midnight Mambo Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Midnight Mambo Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Midnight Mambo Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Glamour Era Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Glamour Era Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Glamour Era Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Glamour Era Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Glamour Era Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Glamour Era Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Glamour Era Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Glamour Era Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Glamour Era Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Glamour Era Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Glamour Era Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Glamour Era Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Lady at Play Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Lady at Play Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Lady at Play Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Lady at Play Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Lady at Play Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Lady at Play Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Lady at Play Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Lady at Play Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Lady at Play Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Lady at Play Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Lady at Play Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Lady at Play Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Divine Choice Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Divine Choice Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Divine Choice Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Divine Choice Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Divine Choice Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Divine Choice Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Divine Choice Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Divine Choice Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Divine Choice Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Divine Choice Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Divine Choice Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Divine Choice Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Luxe Natural Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Luxe Natural Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Luxe Natural Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Luxe Natural Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Luxe Natural Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Luxe Natural Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Luxe Natural Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Luxe Natural Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Luxe Natural Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Luxe Natural Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Luxe Natural Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Luxe Natural Mineralize Rich Lipstick

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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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Wow – I totally ignored the lippies when I was in MAC last week. I’m going to have to Mambo back over. I think that shade will actually work well on me.

Just received mine in the mail today. So disappointed, it was melted. Gonna have to go to the counter to get another one.

Very nice. Thanks for the fast swatches! Narrowed down the colors for me, now I’ll wait for your performance reviews!

I really thought Mambo would be more purple. It’s still a beautiful color regardless. My friend who missed Heroine is going to be disappointed when she receives this one. Yikes. Thanks for the swatches.

Hi Christine, I love the swatches. Thank you!

Are you no longer doing the little blurb stating what else you are wearing? I ask because I love you pair things and buy off of that.

What are you wearing on Lady at Play and Glamor Era?

Thanks, Monica

Hi Monica,

Those are photos from March that are only here for reference (because those shades are being repromoted in this collection) – for full information on those photos, please go to the original posts (linked above). Thanks! πŸ™‚

I was just thinking Midnight Mambo looked just like Show Orchid, purple shimmer and all, before you updated this review. I also, totally uncreepily, screenshotted the swatches so I could compare them side by side (swatch gallery doesn’t work so well on my mobile phone). I also own Pink Pigeon, Night Blooming, and a couple other similar shades, but you have successfully introduced me to Maybelline Hot Plum. I don’t understand why they are calling MM a vivid violet, but it’s beautiful regardless!!

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damn… i’m so not a huge lipstick person but these are just beautifulllllllllllllllllll. you look amazing in midnight mambo, divine choice, and lady at play! so pretty!!

Christine, once again, thank you so much for all your hard work. Makes my shopping so much easier because it gives me a good idea of what I might want.

I have never tried a Mineralize lipstick before. Do they compare in any way to the Sheen Supreme lipsticks? I like Midnight Mambo a lot, but I hate the Sheen Supreme line… don’t care for the texture at all. Thanks so much!

LOVING Midnight Mambo. How does it compare to Feel My Pulse from the Temperature Rising collection ??? They appear to be extremely similar to me…

Oh wow! Midnight mambo, divine choice and glamour era are on my wish list. I was really hoping to only buy a few items from this collection since I bought nearly everything from the all about orange collection but the skinfinishes and lipsticks are so tempting!

Lady at Play, I guess? It’s hard to say since four are permanent, and then it just matters what color you’d wear often or what you feel would look best on you! πŸ™‚

I like Midnight Mambo, but not enough to be tempted to resume buying MAC.
In fact, just today I wore Illamasqua “Atomic,” and it seems somewhat similar, though maybe less purple.
It’s gorgeous!

omg i love the nude shades. i used to not like them because i didn’t think they flattered me and I’m not into nudes that have a lot of brown in it, or look like concealer. you know what i mean. I’m just looking for the perfect shade of nude with a little pink in it. but i like the subtle of orange. if you could recommend any other perfect nudes for my ivory, skin with a bit of yellow and cool undertones that would be cool.

My guess is no because they’re much higher in value, but I’d call or check with your local store/counter. I haven’t done B2M myself in years, but I remember it being a wildly varying policy from place to place.

I have a ysl rouge volupte shine in #19 fuschia in rage that seems to b spot on, it’s pricier but at least it’s not LE. Try n find it to compare!

Oh, I was raving on Midnight mambo, but also purchased YSL Fuschia in Rage last month, and I’m wearing it all the time these days… Did you find out if it was a dupe or somewhat similar? That would save me some money for holiday… ^-^
How do they compare?

Hey Christine,

thank you for swatching the TT LE. I wonder if I “need” Midnight Mambo if I own Feel my pulse from the Temperature Rising LE?

Thank you πŸ™‚

I just got Midnight Mambo and I was a bit unsure of the bright color when I opened it. But it has a sheer quality to it that I appreciate and feels really nice to wear. My lips feel good while it’s on. I love me my Guerlain and Chanel lipsticks but this one is definately a keeper as well.

Ms. Christine all those colors look awesome. Midnight Mambo looks super cute. I’m looking for a replacement for MAC lip lacquer Veneer. Is this a good replacement?

I haven’t seen Veneer in ages, so I don’t have a great idea of what it looks like, but from memory, it seems like this would be similar.

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