MAC Secret Admirer Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Secret Admirer Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
MAC Secret Admirer Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Secret Admirer Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour ($22.00 for 0.08 fl. oz.) is described as a “coral pink.” It’s a brightened, medium coral-pink with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. MAC Hi Jinks! (LE, $20.00) is warmer. theBalm Pie (P) is redder. MAC Posey (P, $21.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes. Here are dupes for this shade as a lip color.

First… whoa, whoa, whoa, size reduction! These were put into medium-sized MAC compacts (like Cream Colour Bases), and they contain 0.08 fl. oz., whereas the original packaging for Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colours (here are two from April 2014) contained 0.43 fl. oz. That’s a reduction of 81%! (And the price went up a dollar, just to make it even more painful.) Second, it’s a dual-purpose product that can be used on lips or cheeks, but I haven’t had much luck using the formula on lips, as it is a very thin, clingy formula that strips the lips of moisture and generally makes my lips look worse than they really are. As a blush, the formula performs better: seven hours of wear with a blendable consistency that sets to a more luminous, natural finish–a little sheen but not shine. Secret Admirer was true to formula, as it was drying over the three hours it lasted on my lips (and looked poor on), and then it lasted seven hours as a blush.

MAC Secret Admirer Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
MAC Secret Admirer Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Secret Admirer Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
MAC Secret Admirer Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Secret Admirer Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
MAC Secret Admirer Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Secret Admirer Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
MAC Secret Admirer Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Secret Admirer Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
MAC Secret Admirer Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Secret Admirer Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
MAC Secret Admirer Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Secret Admirer Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
MAC Secret Admirer Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Secret Admirer Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
MAC Secret Admirer Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Secret Admirer Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
MAC Secret Admirer Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour

Makeup Look
On face:
  • Guerlain Parure Gold Foundation
  • Urban Decay Naked Loose Powder
On eyes:
  • MAC Give Me Fire
  • Strike While Haute
  • Red Alert Eyeshadows


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Ginny Avatar

Love the color. But I’m not one for cream blushes, and definitely not one for wearing these kinds of convertible colors on the lips. I, too, find them to be extremely drying and over time they look patchy.

Letícia Avatar

I do like the color on the lips. Do you think that if I put a clear lip gloss on top of it, It would help with the formula. If not, a lipstick dupe of it would be helpful. 🙂

Dee D Avatar

Pretty colour as a blush!. I haven’t found a lip/cheek product that I absolutely LOVE as yet ( the Too faced cream blush/lipsticks and NARS Multiple in Cadaques came close but thats about it)! Benefit’s Rush Hour blush and lipstick were actually super creamy either way but made me look undead when worn as a lipstick 🙁

Alla Avatar

I’ve actually really been enjoying this as a lip product. It’s not something that can be worn on its own, in my opinion, but dabbing it under/mixing it in with lipsticks can look nice, or wearing it over a lip pencil. Now as a cheek product I’ve had some problems with it; it took me ages to figure out the right amount to put on and how to blend it in without looking silly (I don’t think I quite realized how pigmented it was at first).

Lauren Avatar

For what it’s worth, I think it actually looks pretty on your lips. And (IMO, at least), I think it looks better on you than most of the matte lippies that you test for us!

heather Avatar

What the heck is MAC doing?! First they released that outrageously priced Prabal Gurung collection and now this?! And people continue to buy it which means they will keep raising prices and making products smaller. Plus this annoys my OCD because I own a few casual colors in the pots and now the packaging is different! I know, I know…first world problems, right? 😉

Lizzi Avatar

Oh wait! I read your review a bit better… Shame on MAC for reducing this to a fifth of what they used to be! I feel like I’m detaching myself from MAC more and more.

Carrie Avatar

SO sick of MAC and these size reduction/price increases. Absolutely absurd and they get away with it because of those who will buy it up simply because it’s MAC!

Color is pretty, but quality and pricing shenanigans make this a no.

Rachel R. Avatar

I had ordered this with the Toxic Tale lipstick. It looks so beautiful. I didn’t realize the size reduction was that drastic. It’s sooooo pretty though.

Alana Avatar

Well I cant say that this is the first time I’ve seen companies making their products smaller AND more expensive on top of that! I’ve heard that NARS has done the same thing. The color and formula itself is pretty, but the fact that they changed the amount of product could turn people away I guess. Mac is just one of those companies where we are always going to buy from them, no matter how much they tick us off sometimes.

Kimmy Avatar

I’m not familiar will all of MAC’s sizes in terms of the cheek products but this is ridiculous. I also heard they are changing their powder blush sizes, is this true? I’m actually all for making the makeup smaller – especially as these days so many of us have quite a bit of makeup that would be challenging to get through – but reflect that in the prices as well. I wouldn’t mind if a MAC blush was half the size but also close to half the price, ya know? 🙂

Gillian Avatar

Wow! This looks so pretty on you. Shame it didn’t perform well on the lips. My dry lips would completely shrivel up at the sight of this I think! I might have a look at the dupes. Which ones do you think would work for very dry lips?

Lotus Avatar

Oh my.. They must think you’re a wino. There, there.. I won’t tell your secret addiction. 😉 I’m actually happy! Everything will match my lips! 😀 Lol! It’s a great change that I estimate will cancel candy yum yums, and bring more deep red eyeshadows! WOOO! It’s also very carnal.. Images of raw red meat don’t evoke earthiness to me. Textures in this color? I’m thrilled! Still, I feel it so random.. Are they trying to anger the world? Too much exposure to red has proven to instill anger and hostility in people.. Hmm.. With all the global issues.. How will this aid positively? Radiant orchid just made me loathe the color I once loved.. Their system is messed up. I had all the storyboards etc., and felt definitely something earthy like brown or a shade of green, blue, blue green, as wines were already part of the palette shown to enhance it, so I now wonder what they are actually trying to “sell” to us?

Christine Avatar

It’ll be interesting to see how it translates across brands and types of makeup 🙂 It’s kind of like when it hits August and every pitch is about Christmas and gift guides that it takes a little lull between the initial barrage of “HEY, did you know! Christmas is right around the corner!” and when it gets closer and it’s more exciting again.

Jo Avatar

I was going to say I thought these came in little twist top jar/tubs before. I thought it was way too much product but I’d have said reduce the product and the price, not reduce the product and up the price! I actually melted about half of mine into an empty Guerlain pressed powder compact and then gave my mum the rest of the tub. I found the original to work on the lips patted on as a stain almost with a bit of balm- only worth it if you really loved the colour really (which I did!)

Now I’m wondering how old mine is… Still seems fine!

Mónica! Avatar

I solemnly vow not to purchase any of these from now on, only because of the size decrease. Just like I have done with Bobbi Brown´s pot rouges, even though I love them.

Alecto Avatar

I know a lot of people would say (about the HUGE price increase) that it’s MAC so people are still going to buy it. The thing is, in the age of the internet, there are so many Indie companies, dupe lists, and customer-loyal brands that it doesn’t make sense to reward them for their hijinks, and we have the tools to choose another direction. Back in the day when we got our makeup by walking into a store, and our choices were whatever was within driving distance, and we didn’t know how other people felt about brands and products, we were stuck. Not anymore. MAC pissed me off a long time ago with the limited editions that they wouldn’t put purchase caps on. All they care about is selling out of something, not whether their unreasonably loyal, non-stalker customer base gets to enjoy the product. I’m so over MAC.

Christine Avatar

It’s definitely true that there is a lot more knowledge out there, and on top of that, a lot more accessibility to other brands. The only bummer is anyone who sees it in-store or even online and buys without checking the size may not realize it’s so drastically reduced 🙁

Debra Avatar

I love your “Whoa whoa whoa!”

This product is one I could never quite get interested in – and now it’s lost any appeal for me.

Maybe MAC is considering phasing out this entire concept. It doesn’t deliver on the lips and there are so many other comparable products out there that are better for less dinero.

MAC does not think the customer is stupid or blind — but it’s gotten used to one-too-many-stampedes! If the stampede went the other way — like away, things like the whoa-whoa-whoa moment might not happen. But with females and makeup, well, heart takes over mind!

Laarni Avatar

It’s a refreshing color though! Maybe MAC’s target buyers are noobs or ppl who don’t care about the price and quantity they’re getting? LOL Quick technical question, Christine!!! Every after time I log in here, it always brings me back to the index. Is there a way that you can tweak on your end to make me stay in the blog entry after I log in? I hope you got my question haha. TY! <3

Vesna Avatar

Talk about size reduction! Also, I’d like to add that you in the US are ‘the lucky ones’ since we in Europe pay even more for the same products!
I know that many people don’t even look at the size of the product but I like to know how much I actually get for certain amount of $$$. Recently I was looking at some eyeliners from Avon and I was shocked to discover that their eyeliners contain only 0.28 grams of product. Most eyeliners I have contain 1 g or 1.2 grams of product so I was like, are you serious?! 😀

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