MAC Nudes & Metallics Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches (Part 1)

MAC Dominate Lipstick
MAC Dominate Lipstick

MAC Nudes & Metallics Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) features four shades of Metallics: Dominate (deep metallic purple), Pre-Raphaelite (deep metallic dirty berry), Show-All (heavily metallic deep red), and Subverted (metallic brown).

Dominate is a reddish purple with a frosted, metallic finish. It has mostly opaque color, though it doesn’t look as even as would be desired for such a deep color. It lasted five and a half hours, but it was slightly drying. MAC Yung Rapunxel is purpler, not metallic. Urban Decay Apocalypse is sheerer and not metallic. NARS Train Bleu is darker, matte. MAC Smoked Purple is purpler, less red-toned, and mostly matte.

Pre-Raphaelite is a berry-ish red with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It turned surprisingly warm on me, even though it didn’t see particularly warm-toned in the tube or swatched initially. It had mostly opaque coverage, but it did not apply perfectly even. It wore for six hours and was somewhat drying towards the end. MAC Good to Be Bad has no metallic finish. Rimmel Metallic Seduction is lighter. MAC Dark Side is less brown and has no metallic shimmer. MAC Endless Drama is darker, less warm-toned, and doesn’t have the metallic shimmer.

Show-All is a warm, deepened red with red, metallic shimmer and frost. It is distinctly warmer compared to Pre-Raphaelite, but there are some casual similarities. It had opaque color payoff, and this shade applied more smoothly than the previous two. It lasted five and a half hours, and it was also lightly drying. MAC Legendary has no shimmer and is browner. MAC Extended Play doesn’t have a metallic finish. MAC Extended Play isn’t metallic and is more plum.

Subverted is a medium-dark brown with strong, red undertones and a copper metallic shimmer. It has mostly opaque color coverage, and it applied somewhat evenly. It lasted five and a half hours when I wore it, but it was a bit drying. It is browner and a bit warmer than Show-All. MAC Legendary is close in color, but it doesn’t have a metallic finish, so it appears more subdued. CoverGirl Smoky is much browner. NYX Brown Sugar is less red-toned but has a slightly metallic finish, at least.

I think the metallic finish is interesting, but with it, I found myself paying for it as all four were slightly drying. Not so drying that my lips were peeling or bleeding, but the last hour or so of wear was somewhat uncomfortable as I was itching to apply some gloss or balm. The consistency is a somewhat creamy, so during application, they didn’t tug or pull, but they didn’t leave a thick layer of product behind, which helped them adhere better to the lips–and all of these lasted five hours or longer.

Note, all of the metallic shades were sweating heavily upon arrival, but in my experience, this occurs during the hotter months when things are shipped (and these went ground and sat an extra day in New Mexico, before hitting California and being delivered in 80 degree weather) but doesn’t seem to impair the texture or color. The droplets can leave “stains” as they dry on the edges (think water spots on glassware).

P.S. β€” The Nudes & Metallics Collection may be frustrating to find. When it launched in PRO stores on the 18th, every store I called was sold out of over half the collection already. The online launch date has been pushed to mid-June (no specific date was given). It is supposed to be for PRO only, which may mean that it is restricted to PROs only even online, but you should be able to call MAC PRO at 1-800-387-6707 and order (for anyone, PRO and non-PRO alike) per a LiveChat I did this morning.

MAC Nudes & Metallics Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches (Part 1)

B+
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

MAC Dominate Lipstick
MAC Dominate Lipstick

MAC Dominate Lipstick
MAC Dominate Lipstick

MAC Dominate Lipstick
MAC Dominate Lipstick

MAC Dominate Lipstick
MAC Dominate Lipstick

MAC Dominate Lipstick
MAC Dominate Lipstick

MAC Dominate Lipstick
MAC Dominate Lipstick

MAC Pre-Raphaelite Lipstick
MAC Pre-Raphaelite Lipstick

MAC Pre-Raphaelite Lipstick
MAC Pre-Raphaelite Lipstick

MAC Pre-Raphaelite Lipstick
MAC Pre-Raphaelite Lipstick

MAC Pre-Raphaelite Lipstick
MAC Pre-Raphaelite Lipstick

MAC Pre-Raphaelite Lipstick
MAC Pre-Raphaelite Lipstick

MAC Pre-Raphaelite Lipstick
MAC Pre-Raphaelite Lipstick

MAC Show-All Lipstick
MAC Show-All Lipstick

MAC Show-All Lipstick
MAC Show-All Lipstick

MAC Show-All Lipstick
MAC Show-All Lipstick

MAC Show-All Lipstick
MAC Show-All Lipstick

MAC Show-All Lipstick
MAC Show-All Lipstick

MAC Show-All Lipstick
MAC Show-All Lipstick

MAC Subverted Lipstick
MAC Subverted Lipstick

MAC Subverted Lipstick
MAC Subverted Lipstick

MAC Subverted Lipstick
MAC Subverted Lipstick

MAC Subverted Lipstick
MAC Subverted Lipstick

MAC Subverted Lipstick
MAC Subverted Lipstick

MAC Subverted Lipstick
MAC Subverted Lipstick

We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

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.

Compare Any Two Swatches

Curious how two shades compare to each other? Type in the shades below to get instant side-by-side swatches!

69 Comments

Comments that do not adhere to our comment policy may be removed. Discussion and debate are highly encouraged but we expect community members to participate respectfully. Please keep discussion on-topic, and if you have general feedback, a product review request, an off-topic question, or need technical support, please contact us!

Please help us streamline the comments' section and be more efficient: double-check the post above for more basic information like pricing, availability, and so on to make sure your question wasn't answered already. Comments alerting us to typos or small errors in the post are appreciated (!) but will typically be removed after errors are fixed (unless a response is needed).

We appreciate enthusiasm for new releases but ask readers to please hold questions regarding if/when a review will be posted as we can't commit to or guarantee product reviews. We don't want to set expectations and then disappoint readers as even products that are swatched don't always end up being reviewed due to time constraints and changes in priorities! Thank you for understanding!

Comments on this post are closed.

Well it is a nude/metallic collection, it’s probably meant to be a more staple collection as opposed to be a single season kind of thing.

Perhaps MAC ran out of color ideas; I mean, how many shades of bright pink or orange can one brand do? Besides, not everyone cares for the aforementioned brights, so why shouldn’t MAC go outside of the box once in a while, and try to attract a new market, or try to win back those who may be branching out to other brands?

I’ve been looking for a ringer for MAC Queen’s sin – not sure Show it all fits the bill but its close! thanks Christine as always!

These will be a definite skip for me, although I love all the colors. The metallic finish isn’t so appealing to me that I can’t make do with what I have in this range (which is numerous, LOL).

Maybe it’s because I’m naturally drawn to this range of shades, but I find these colors extremely flattering on you, Christine.

Bit dissapointed… Total let down – why would you come out with vampy lip colours in spring/summer? + they’re totally unwearable because they’re so metallic and vampy lips don’t suit me… πŸ™

What with the color/ finish police? A million brands, a million collections- most of them adhering the the “if its spring it must be pink/ summer coral/ fall rust/ winter jewel tone” Aren’t we grown ups? Some of these comments make me feel like I’m in the online version of Pleasantville.

I’m one of the few people that actually enjoy a frosted/metallic lipstick, but usually in much much paler shades than these for summer. Personally, I don’t care for dark metallics on me whatsoever.. no, not even for fall. I think they are giving me disco era flashbacks or something.

Hi Angelica,

I addressed this in the post, but here it is again for you: “Note, all of the metallic shades were sweating heavily upon arrival, but in my experience, this occurs during the hotter months when things are shipped (and these went ground and sat an extra day in New Mexico, before hitting California and being delivered in 80 degree weather) but doesn’t seem to impair the texture or color. The droplets can leave β€œstains” as they dry on the edges (think water spots on glassware).”

Hope this helps!

Pre-Raphaelite looks incredible, like what I’d expected MAC Ever embellish to look on my lips (until it came out practically sheer). I may have a look at it. Thanks so much for the hard work, as always!

I love vampy lip shades, but if they’re both frosty and dry, then I imagine that they will be hard for my lips to take. Plus I find that frost finishes tend to make my lips look smaller.

What’s up with these narrow views of what is seasonally appropriate?

Wear what you feel like wearing, makeup has no “appropriate season”.

I rarely pick up MAC anymore, but these are some beautiful lipsticks. I think they’d look especially lovely and persons of color…

I agree. While I find the colours pretty, I can’t wear all that orange, neon pink or barbie pink (I wish I could but I can’t). Here especially these two reddish tones would suit a lot of people, including myself. I also like that they are frost, because these last a lot longer on me than amplified or lustre finishes.

Unfortunately I think these won’t go online in Germany at all, and at least for April, they were not released in a pro store. I guess I won’t even be able to buy these. :/

For me at least, I can’t wear certain colors with a tan or in the dead of winter when I am fishbelly pale. Do I apply these rules universally? Nope, but for me there are certainly winter and summer shades.

I think that although these are dark shades they most definitely can be worn during Spring/Summer! I think that everyone sticks to the usual color schemes too often. If you mix it up with lighter colors and tones then I think these are totally wearable.

I got three of these yesterday and am wearing Subverted today and I LOVE it. Reminds me when I first grew to love MAC in the 90’s and Chintz, Frou and Plastique were my jams. I’m wearing Subverted today and think it may accompany me to the gym and staff meeting Just Because. So much nostalgia going on here.

I just called a MAC Pro Store was able to purchase all 8. They were all “sold out” earlier, but some holds fell through, so they happened to have them all at the moment I called. I got the last of many of them, but might be worth calling some stores in case this happens elsewhere.

I’d buy most of them if I could find them…they don’t look that 90s to me. Dominate is kind of scary but I really like Pre-Raphaelite and Show-All

I agree with both Xamyx and 18TH/Fox. Makeup colors are never “in” or “out”, it’s all in how you wear them. Besides, it’s not like “goth” was just a passing trend; there are still “goths”! You don’t have to consider yourself “goth” to wear these, anyway. I think they’d be great patted on lips like a stain; you’d look like you just finished a sweet bunch of blackberries, freshly picked from the vine…. πŸ˜‰

Not my taste at all, I would never wear these, but IΒ΄m generally adverse to very dark colors anyway.I tend to wear mid toned shades all the time.

Please take care when expressing your opinions. There is no reason to judge, criticize, or belittle those who love what you dislike or dislike what you love. Please be respectful of differing tastes, opinions, and views.

All these colors were HUGE in the early nineties when I was in middle school in Japan. I remember having a Revlon lipstick in a color exactly like Dominate!

I love them! Yeah im from the nineties and goth and theres nothing wrong with vampy colours! I think MAC are awesome for bringing out these colours and that they are totally the versatility that the market needs! there are lots of nude, pink and red purple shades out there already, and the fact that they came out with these in this style are just adding to the collection. I have olive skin and am NC30 so i know that all these will suit me so im fully excited about this collection πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

I recall that as well! I know I had a Revlon shade in high school (mid 90;s) that looked very similar! I think it had something to do with berries in the name or the collection’s name…

grr. My last comment was in reply to Misslovely20 re:revlon colour simiilar to dominate. Not sure why my browser isn’t allowing me to reply to comments.

Anywho, I really like the colours of these! Maybe it’s the same as a few have mention, the nostalgic feel of the 90’s in the hues – reminding me of a lot of Revlon’s collections during that decade, the scores of magazines I bought with dark lipped models in Guess and Express ads and the tubes and tubes of Toast of New York I went through!

It’s also nice to see MAC put out more than the sickly sweet and bright pinks and oranges that some people just can’t or don’t want to wear. (I very much dislike the way they look on my skin, golden yellow with a bit of olive) I find dark lipsticks more versatile as well.

I love these colors. There is something very finished-looking to me about these dark, metallic lips. Especially on a strong-featured woman like Christine! This is the perfect way to wear them – bare eyes and beautifully groomed brows balanced with a shapely, proportionate lip. Minimalist and gorgeous. Yes, very 1990s, but I loved that look!

We try to approve comments within 24 hours (and reply to them within 72 hours) but can sometimes get behind and appreciate your patience! πŸ™‚ If you have general feedback, product review requests, off-topic questions, or need technical support, please contact us directly. Thank you for your patience!