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). Tarte Miami Vice (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Hourglass Icon (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Elegant (P, $15.00) is brighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Leonardo (P, $36.00) is darker (95% similar). Dior Splendor (950) (LE, $38.00) is warmer, less glossy (95% similar). Bite Beauty #009 (LE, $36.00) is lighter, 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). Charlotte Tilbury Screen Siren (P, $34.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Colour Pop Bichette (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C404 (P, $22.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Estee Lauder Power Trip (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Hourglass My Icon Is (P, $34.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Cherry (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Naomi (LE, $36.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Sour Cherry (DC, $26.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Colour Pop On Display (P, $7.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder LA Noir (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Coloured Raine Cherry Blossom (P, $17.00) is brighter, 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. Anastasia Primary #3 (Vol. 1) (PiP, ) is less glossy (95% similar). Edward Bess Eternal Passion (P, $32.00) is brighter, glossier (95% similar). MAC Cardinal (LE, $20.00) is brighter (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Regal (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, less glossy (95% similar). NARS Bloodflower (DC, $28.00) is less glossy (95% similar). MAC Self Esteem (LE, $20.00) is more muted (95% similar). Bite Beauty New York (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay F-Bomb (DC, $22.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Spiderweb (LE, $18.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Yoni Crush (LE, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Goddess (202) (PiP, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). Givenchy Rouge Stiletto (P, $37.00) is darker (95% similar). Bite Beauty Holly (DC, $24.00) is lighter (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). Tom Ford Beauty Night Porter (P, $55.00) is more muted (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Dylan (P, $36.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Original Sin (P, $55.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Fucking Fabulous (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). NARS Inappropriate Red (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, cooler, less glossy (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). Bite Beauty FlambΓ© (DC, $24.00) is lighter (95% similar). Shiseido Volcanic (218) (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Dior Trafalgar (844) (P, $34.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Notorious (408) (LE, $38.00) is cooler (95% similar). Bite Beauty Cayenne (DC, $26.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Buxom Rogue (DC, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Flame (P, $37.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Guerlain #214 (P, $33.00) is cooler (95% similar). NYX Pure Red (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Guerlain Gilda (DC, $58.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Maybelline Orange Edge (DC, $7.99) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Guerlain #28 (P, $33.00) is brighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever C403 (P, $22.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Maybelline Neon Red (DC, $7.99) is brighter (95% similar). Bite Beauty Mimosa (DC, $24.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Guerlain #42 (P, $33.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Revlon Ravish Me Red (P, $8.49) is less shimmery, more muted, cooler (90% similar). YSL Red is My Savior (110) (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Devil Inside (Lip Color) (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (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

Liptensity Lipstick
MAC
$21.00/0.12 oz.

87%

Average

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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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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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