MAC Posh Paradise Mattenes Swatches, Photos, Review (Sneak Peek)

MAC Mattenes
MAC Mattenes

MAC Posh Paradise Mattenes (Sneak Peek)

Debuting on September 15th (for North America), Posh Paradise also features ten new and limited edition hues of Mattene Lipsticks ($14.50 for 0.08 oz. each). I have four of them to share with you today. They are: Delectable (orange-beige), Deliciously Forbidden (mid-tone berry), Eden Rouge (bright blue-red), and Legendary (mid-tone brick red).

  • Delectable is a darkened peach with a healthy dose of orange, but it’s surprisingly not too warm or orange. It has a semi-matte finish with a light sheen. The lighter coloring does make it so it emphasizes any imperfections of the natural lip. It is similar to Cle de Peau Calliope, MAC Imagine This (which is touch darker), and MAC Peachstock (which is a tough lighter).
  • Deliciously Forbidden is a pinky-red berry with a semi-matte finish. It has opaque color coverage. It’s similar to Milani Sexy Rose, MAC Rebel (which is darker, redder, more vibrant),
  • Eden Rouge is a vibrant blue-based red with nearly opaque color coverage (you can still see my lip freckle peeking through) and a semi-matte finish. It is similar to so many reds. It’s a nice red, but keep an eye out on the reds you already own, because it is a more dupeable shade.
  • Legendary is a brownish red with subtle gold micro-shimmer and a satiny shine. I found this one to have a more pronounced sheen compared to the other three shades I tried. This was also the most opaque. It is similar to Shiseido Mystery, MAC Underworld (which is several shades darker and browner), Bobbi Brown Blackberry, MAC Dark Deed (which is redder), and MAC Kittenish (which is lighter, less brown).

This is only part of a larger selection of new shade varieties of the Mattene formula, but these felt creamier, with better slip and comfort, than previous iterations of Mattenes (I think the last time we saw them was with Style Black).  I wore Delectable on half of my lips (half of the upper/half of the lower) with Eden Rouge on the other side, because I like to test shades from both the lighter and darker ends of the spectrum to get a handle on the length of wear.  Delectable wore off within three hours, while Eden Rouge wore about five.  I think the increased slip and creaminess of the formula has reduced the wear time by a bit–at least in these shades.

I didn’t see anything in the marketing/press release on these about them being long-wearing but did glean that they are supposed to be soft enough to glide-on with semi-matte finishes, intense color, and moisturizing. They’re far more moisturizing than the average matte lipstick.  After wearing the two I tested for wear, I did want balm, but I didn’t feel like my lips were cracking or dry. These are packaged in slim tubes with matte black on the outside and a shiny rim around the middle.  They only contain 0.08 oz., which is less than their regular lipsticks, which are 0.10 oz.

MAC Posh Paradise Mattenes Swatches, Photos, Review (Sneak Peek)

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8.5
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9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
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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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Deliciously Forbidden is really pretty! I do want to try out at least one of the mattenes, and so far that looks like the color to try for me :)I definitely don’t have anything like it, and even though I plan to get Rebel in the future, Rebel looks much darker and more saturated, which would definitely make it different enough for me!

How in the hell can you successfully pull off EVERY single lipstick you try on? It’s insane… I think I’ve seen ONE lipstick that didn’t suit you in the years I’ve been reading this blog and that’s it!

/envious

You may have mention this in your previous post, but I havent seen it. How do you apply the lipstick? With a lipbrush or directly from the container? This time I see a perfect pout on all four pics. Maybe you use Jack Black all the time which helps???

I’m loving Deliciously Forbidden; since I have nothing like it, I’ll probably pick this one up. Never tried one of the mattenes before 🙂

Nice, but nothing new. I feel with every new MAC collection, they act as if they’re releasing something groundbreaking, when really we’ve seen it all before.

Apparently you need additional sets of lips and cheeks for Christmas! Pretty novel idea to paint half your lips each color to double your testing. Makes it a little harder to leave the house on testing days, though, I bet!

Wow these look awesome…I’m usually a matte skeptic but these lippies could change my mind. Can’t wait to see the rest! I really thought the collection was going to be delayed because of internet rumors, glad it’s not.

These look (and sound) wonderful, Christine! I love that MAC took a(n already pretty popular) formula, and improved it – always refreshing to see a brand that’s willing to say “okay, we’ve done something good… now let’s make it better!”

I wasn’t interested in the Mattenes because matte lipsticks always dry out my lips, but if I find a shade I really like, I may try one of these. I love the way the tubes look and I’m always looking for a matte lipstick that actually feels nice on my lips.

Do these look like plastic? it makes your lips look like plastic barbie lips at the whole face photos (not at the closeups).

Is it like this in reality?

Ooh, I absolutely love Delectable!! After much trial and error, I think I’ve come to the conclusion that peaches and corals look best on me. I really want to get Delectable!

MAC is repeating these shades with a dot off each color to make a new product. Delectable off hand reminded me of Seasonally Supreme Fashion City. Eden Rouge kinda looked like MAC Me Over Runaway Red but I realize that it’s slightly different and being I can’t resist red lipsticks, I’ll get that one & still get Runaway Red on my next visit to the store.
Deliciously Forbidden just looks exactly like a NYX lipstick but I can’t remember which one, but I’ll add this one to the list too. Can’t wait to see swatches of the others, thnks!!

these colors look so pretty and pigmented. like you said, they do seam really basic for limited edition but I definitely will be picking at least one of these up. I’m usually a little bit afraid of extremely bright shades but I am definitely edging towards Deliciously Forbidden while Eden Rouge looks like the perfect red! i love how these are kept at the normal prices and not pushed up a few dollars because they are just limited edition

hey christine, i was just wondering why all the latest mac collections arnt in your hands yet. i love you lip swatches and i really cant wait for mac fall colour reviews and everything!!

Hi I love all your reviews and opinions about Mac but I was wondering just because it’s says it’s a limited edition does that mean that they won’t for sure become part of their permanent line?

It means they are only available for a limited time and for as long as they’re in-stock – once they sell out, it’s gone. It will not be part of the permanent range.

Sweat, LOL. I’m wearing MAC Matchmaster as a foundation but it has a semi-matte foundation – so any “dewy” feel you’re seeing is certainly not it!

Hi babe! Besides the foundation what else are you wearing because your skin looks freakin gorgeous! Blush? Bronzer? Highlight? The face shot of you swatching “Delectable” is especially stunning You practically look ethereal.

I don’t have a MAC store close by, only online. Does anyone know if Eden Rouge will work ok on NW20 skin? I have dark brown hair, brown eyes. I absolutely love the colour, but i don’t want to end up looking like a small child who has gotten into her mother’s lipstick stash! Sometimes bright colours can look a little like that on me!

Benefit full finish lipstick in wanna? is the perfect dupe for Deliciously Forbidden! I have both and I love them, though I prefer the mattene formula.

I love Deliciously Forbidden it is so gorgeous!!!
P.S. Is it just me or do all the MAC pictures on the website look completely different to what they actually are

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