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). Laura Mercier Rose Rouge (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter (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). Guerlain Vega (DC, $37.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Life's Blood (DC, $21.00) is brighter, warmer (90% 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). Bobbi Brown Imperial Red (P, $37.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Vitalite (138) (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Burberry Ruby (434) (P, $35.00) is warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Bite Beauty Virgo (LE, $26.00) is darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Rouge Profond (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC MAC Red (P, $19.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever Raspberry Red (401) (P, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). Fenty Beauty Ma'damn (P, $18.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Chanel Memoire (224) (P, $37.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Supervixen (LE, $26.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (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. MAC Yoni Crush (LE, $19.00) 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). Urban Decay F-Bomb (DC, $22.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Spiderweb (LE, $18.00) is warmer (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). Anastasia Primary #3 (Vol. 1) (PiP, ) is less glossy (95% similar). Bite Beauty Holly (DC, $24.00) is lighter (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). Clinique Red Hot (P, $19.50) is less shimmery, darker, glossier (95% similar). NARS Bloodflower (DC, $28.00) is less glossy (95% similar). MAC Cardinal (LE, $19.00) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Self Esteem (LE, $19.00) is more muted (95% similar). Bite Beauty New York (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Lancome Bad Blood Ruby (01) (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Original Sin (P, $57.00) is lighter (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). 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). 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 (DC, $22.00) is less glossy (95% similar). YSL Rhythm Red (73) (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Maybelline Neon Red (DC, $7.99) is brighter (95% similar). Bite Beauty FlambΓ© (DC, $24.00) is lighter (95% similar). Shiseido Volcanic (218) (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). YSL Rouge Neon (50) (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Trafalgar (844) (P, $34.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Drive In (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Notorious (408) (LE, $38.00) is cooler (95% similar). Bite Beauty Cayenne (DC, $26.00) is less glossy (95% similar). YSL Prete a Tout (103) (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Buxom Rogue (DC, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Bite Beauty Mimosa (DC, $24.00) is darker, more muted (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.

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

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

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Deborah S. Avatar

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.

Kristi Avatar

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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