MAC Opera Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Opera Lipstick
MAC Opera Lipstick

MAC Opera Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “dark red.” It’s a medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and a mostly matte finish. MAC Stunner (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Kinky (LE, $16.00) is similar. Bite Beauty Fraise (P, $24.00) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Ruby Rush (07) (P, $50.00) is similar. NARS Deadly Catch (LE, $26.00) is similar. Kat Von D Hexagram (P, $21.00) is a smidgen darker. MAC Ruby (LE, $16.00) is glossier. Too Faced Melted Ruby (P, $21.00) is glossier. Chanel La Precieuse (317) (LE, $34.00) is cooler-toned. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $16.00) is darker, more matte. Maybelline Very Cherry (P, $7.49) is darker. MAC Ruby Woo (P, $16.00) is darker, more matte. MAC MAC Red (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s a richly pigmented shade that glides on easily without tugging, but it doesn’t have a lot of slip, so it stays in place once applied. The color wears like iron and lasts a full six hours and could have kept going. Though not hydrating, it wasn’t drying either, which made it comfortable to wear throughout the day. As it is a mostly matte red, it is more dupable than not, so you may want to check your stash to see what you have that’s similar. It’s a gorgeous red, to be sure, though! MAC’s lipstick formula is vanilla-scented with no discernia=ble taste.

There are four other limited edition (and one permanent shade, Sin, being repromoted) in the collection, which I hope to be able to purchase when they release. The collection releases January 29th online and February 5th at counters and stores.

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MAC Opera Lipstick
MAC Opera Lipstick

MAC Opera Lipstick
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MAC Opera Lipstick
MAC Opera Lipstick

MAC Opera Lipstick
MAC Opera Lipstick

MAC Opera Lipstick
MAC Opera Lipstick

MAC Opera Lipstick
MAC Opera Lipstick

MAC Opera Lipstick
MAC Opera Lipstick

MAC Opera Lipstick
MAC Opera Lipstick

Lipstick
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$20.00/0.1 oz.

88%

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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I know it’s nothing new or special, but I am really digging this lipstick. It’s a great red. I’m also really into the packaging for this collection.

This looks similar to Chanel La Flamboyante but I’ll have to swatch them side by side to really compare. I love MAC’s matte formula better, though, and even though some are drying I still wear them. I just make sure to use MAC Prep+Prime Lip first, which is my dry lips’ bff. 😀

Wow, what a gorgeous color and formula!! I hope Sin reviews well, too. After some past duds, so glad to see MAC coming out with a good collection

Oh, now I know why Sin sounds so familiar! Ooh, Sin is my kind of color, and I prefer my lipsticks a little drier, because I always have to put SPF 15 lip balm on top anyway. Will put on my wishlist….

I certainly love it, but my collection is saturated with true-red lipsticks so I’ll have to pass. Maybe one of the other reds will catch my eye (but I secretly hope not!)

Gorgeous and an A! I have no shortage of red lippies though including Nars Deadly Catch. I will wait to see what the rest of the collection brings!

When one can find more than 2 dupes *within* any given brand, I think it’s time for said brand to slow down on the releases… On my screen, both Kinky & Stunner look nearly *identical* to Opera!

Although not *completely* identical, it’s akin to watching Full House reruns-is it Mary-Kate or Ashley Olsen…? I can never tell the difference!

I keep telling myself I will never ever get through all the red lipsticks I own, but I might cave (again) for this one; the shade is so stunning and vibrant, and that packaging and the name!! The design team really pulled on my heartstrings with this one.

I literally laughed out loud when I saw that most of the closest dupes were other MAC lipsticks. They really do like this shade of red.

That said, I’m nearly powerless to resist good limited edition MAC lipstick packaging, so I’ll probably pick one up… just maybe a color I don’t already have…

When they said “dark red” I was hoping it would be somewhere between Studded Kiss and Sin. I’m glad you got this one in your press pack and reviewed it before the release, it’s too bright for me so I’ll be passing.

It’s beautiful, but I have MAC Kinky, so I’ll save my money. Part of me wants it just for the packaging, but I’m on low buy for awhile.

Gotta love the blue based reds! That shade looks stunning on you. The earrings are lovely too. Any suggestions for more blue based reds as anything not blue goes orange on me. Oh well.

It is a nice red!

*struggles to keep eyes open*

I kid. But seriously, MORE red lipsticks? I mean, I know this is a collaboration collection, and I have no idea how the balance of decision making happens between MAC and their collection designers, but I feel like at some point something has to give, right? 😛

I love your swatches ! 🙂 I’m looking for a dark red , I already have ruby woo, and it seems that opera is a dupe for that one! RUBY WOO – OPERA – RUSSIAN RED is that order correct? I can not find a comparison between them, hopefully u can help me ! thx 🙂

I just picked this one up. Once I got it home, I realized it looks similar to MAC Glam, which I haven’t opened from last year’s release. Do you think it’s worth keeping both?! Thanks in advance!

Do you think you’d use it all? If you expect you might go through it, then sure, but if you rarely wear red, you don’t need both!

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