MAC Mulling Spices, Fireworks, Habanero Liptensity Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches

MAC Miptensity Lipstick
MAC Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Mulling Spices Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep, medium-dark red with strong, cool, pink undertones and a cream finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation, but it covered incredibly evenly and smoothly, so I could barely tell (my lip freckle was the only indication it wasn’t opaque). The consistency was soft, lightly balm-like as it melted against the lips, though it is noticeably firm initially. The formula sat well on my lips, didn’t emphsaize lip lines, and made them appear fuller while lasting for a good six and a half hours. It left behind a stain and was neither drying nor hydrating over time. Guerlain Samsara (DC, $37.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Elegant (P, $15.00) is brighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Leonardo (P, $36.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Miami Vice (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Hourglass Icon (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Bite Beauty #009 (LE, $36.00) is lighter, less glossy (95% similar). Dior Splendor (950) (LE, $38.00) is warmer, less glossy (95% similar). Guerlain Vega (DC, $37.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Life's Blood (DC, $21.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Tannin (P, $26.00) is warmer (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Imperial Red (P, $37.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Oh Miley (200) (P, $30.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Burberry Ruby (434) (P, $35.00) is warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Bite Beauty Virgo (LE, $26.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Just a Bite (LE, $19.50) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Fenty Beauty Ma'damn (P, $18.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C404 (P, $22.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Make Up For Ever Raspberry Red (401) (P, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Memoire (224) (P, $37.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Screen Siren (P, $34.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Fireworks Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark orange with warm,r ed undertones and a lightly glossy, creamy finish. It had good color payoff, though it was not fully opaque, that covered somewhat evenly. The major issue I had with this shade was that the color gathered in lip lines noticeably, and it was more prone to visiblyl streaking to my eye. It was comfortable to wear and lasted for six hours on me. Urban Decay F-Bomb (DC, $22.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (95% similar). MAC Yoni Crush (LE, $19.50) is warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Goddess (202) (PiP, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Spiderweb (LE, $18.00) is warmer (95% similar). Givenchy Rouge Stiletto (P, $37.00) is darker (95% similar). Hourglass Secretly (P, $34.00) is warmer (95% similar). Dior Ultra Dior (999) (P, $37.00) is less shimmery, more muted (95% similar). Bite Beauty Holly (DC, $24.00) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Primary #3 (Vol. 1) (PiP, ) is less glossy (95% similar). Edward Bess Eternal Passion (P, $32.00) is brighter, glossier (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Regal (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, less glossy (95% similar). MAC Cardinal (LE, $19.50) is brighter (95% similar). NARS Bloodflower (DC, $28.00) is less glossy (95% similar). MAC Self Esteem (LE, $19.50) is more muted (95% similar). Bite Beauty New York (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Original Sin (P, $54.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Night Porter (P, $54.00) is more muted (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Dylan (P, $36.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Sonja (LE, $36.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Taylor (LE, $36.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Habanero Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a slightly brighter, medium-dark red with neutral-to-warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It had nearly opaque color coverage, but the texture remained a little draggy when applying, so it did not look as even and as opaque in a few places. The texture is a bit thicker, but it did not feel heavy and was fairly comfortable to wear. I was able to wear this one for six and a half hours, but it started to feel drying after four hours. Estee Lauder Uninhibited (P, $32.00) is lighter (95% similar). Guerlain #214 (P, $33.00) is cooler (95% similar). Maybelline Neon Red (DC, $7.99) is brighter (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Flame (P, $37.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). NYX Pure Red (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Guerlain #28 (P, $33.00) is brighter (95% similar). Dior Trafalgar (844) (P, $34.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Bite Beauty FlambΓ© (DC, $24.00) is lighter (95% similar). Bite Beauty Cayenne (P, $26.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Buxom Rogue (DC, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Notorious (408) (LE, $38.00) is cooler (95% similar). Guerlain Gilda (DC, $58.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Maybelline Orange Edge (DC, $7.99) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever C403 (P, $22.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Bite Beauty Mimosa (DC, $24.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). NARS Canoga (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Gala (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Pat McGrath Obsessed (LE, $40.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Bang (P, $18.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Guerlain #42 (P, $33.00) is lighter, 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 Mulling Spices Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Mulling Spices Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Mulling Spices Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Mulling Spices Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Mulling Spices Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Mulling Spices Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Mulling Spices Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Mulling Spices Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Mulling Spices Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Mulling Spices Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Mulling Spices Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Mulling Spices Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Fireworks Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Fireworks Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Fireworks Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Fireworks Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Fireworks Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Fireworks Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Fireworks Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Fireworks Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Fireworks Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Fireworks Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Fireworks Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Fireworks Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Habanero Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Habanero Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Habanero Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Habanero Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Habanero Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Habanero Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Habanero Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Habanero Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Habanero Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Habanero Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Habanero Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Habanero 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

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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Mulling Spices is the one and only of these 3 that is calling to me at all. But I won’t likely need it once I get my paws on *another* slightly pinky-red that I’m literally getting anxiety attacks waiting for! ?

There have been so many lip products released this year that I can’t keep them straight. They are all starting to look the same to me, LOL. Heaven knows I don’t need any additional lipsticks. Thank you for the great reviews Christine.

I can’t believe they made Mulling Spices with strong pink tones. It just does not make sense to me. I was so hoping it would be a perfect shade for me.

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