MAC Smoked Almond, Toast and Butter, Cordovan Liptensity Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches

MAC Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Smoked Almond Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark pinky-brown with warm undertones and a creamy, lightly glossy finish. It was nicely pigmented with full-color coverage that went on smoothly and evenly. The texture felt a little firm in the tube, but it started to melt as I applied it to my lips. The consistency was a little thicker but did not feel heavy, and it did not well up in lip lines as it seemed to self-level after five minutes of wear. This shade wore well for six and a half hours and was lightly hydrating. Colour Pop Lay Over (P, $7.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Smoked Almond (P, $20.00) is lighter, less pigmented (90% similar). NARS Sheena (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Mauve for Me (P, $7.49) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Becca Mocha (P, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Siesta (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Mrs Kisses (LE, $34.00) is lighter, warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Desert (522) (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, lighter, glossier (90% similar). Estee Lauder Peerless (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte 5 O'Clock (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Lawbreaker (LE, $18.00) is cooler (90% similar). Dior Ultra Tender (325) (P, $37.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Revlon Sparkling Honey (006) (P, $9.99) is lighter, less pigmented, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Grunge (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Equus (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Rouge Angelique (174) (P, $38.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Magic Spell (LE, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C107 (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Sandstone (102) (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Mocha (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Toast and Butter Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark caramel brown with warm, reddish-orange undertones and a cream finish. It had opaque color payoff paired with a lightly creamy texture that just barely tugged on the lips initially but started to melt and feel more gel-like from the warmth of the lips. On me, I was able to get six and a half hours of good wear out of the shade, though that’s not the full eight promised. Anastasia #4 (Vol. 1) (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Jaclyn Cosmetics Hot Toddy (DC, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Gustavo (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Hot Cocoa (P, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Cinnamon (LE, $7.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia #8 (Vol. 1) (PiP, ) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Choker (P, $20.00) is more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay 1993 (P, $18.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay 1993 (DC, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Boardwalk (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Sospiri (105) (P, $38.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Automatic (Right) (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Photo (P, $20.00) is darker (85% similar). Bite Beauty Hard Cider (P, $24.00) is cooler (85% similar). NYX Maison (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Pat McGrath Leatherette (LE, $40.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Tansy (P, $7.00) is brighter, warmer, less glossy (85% similar). Jaclyn Cosmetics Tipsy (DC, $18.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Colour Pop Wish (LE, $7.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Natasha Denona Naya (4B) (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Cordovan Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a dark, reddish plum with subtle, cool undertones and a glossy finish. The consistency was more gel-like and had more slip on the lips, though it was thin and lightly tacky so I didn’t feel like it slid around while worn. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, but the color distributed evenly and smoothly. This shade lasted for seven hours and left behind a strong stain. Bite Beauty Jam (DC, $26.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Soul (LE, $20.00) is darker, less glossy (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Cool Beets (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Red Berry (P, $37.00) is warmer (95% similar). Bite Beauty Bordeaux (DC, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). Inglot #293 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Dark Side (P, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Dark Wine (P, $0.99) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Labradorable (LE, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Crimson (P, $37.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Shiseido Vortex (216) (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter, more muted (90% similar). MAC Hang Up (P, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Near Dark (P, $55.00) is darker (90% similar). Bite Beauty Sugared Maple (LE, $24.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Marsala (DC, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Liev (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC La Femme (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Poison (P, $6.00) is lighter (85% similar). Buxom Menace (DC, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop LBD (LE, $7.00) is less shimmery, warmer, less glossy (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Overview

MAC Smoked Almond 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.

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MAC Smoked Almond Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Smoked Almond Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Smoked Almond Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Smoked Almond Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Smoked Almond Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Smoked Almond Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Smoked Almond Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Smoked Almond Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Smoked Almond Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Smoked Almond Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Smoked Almond Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Smoked Almond Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Toast and Butter Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Toast and Butter Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Toast and Butter Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Toast and Butter Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Toast and Butter Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Toast and Butter Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Toast and Butter Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Toast and Butter Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Toast and Butter Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Toast and Butter Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Toast and Butter Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Toast and Butter Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Cordovan Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Cordovan Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Cordovan Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Cordovan Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Cordovan Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Cordovan Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Cordovan Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Cordovan Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Cordovan Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Cordovan Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Cordovan Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Cordovan Liptensity Lipstick

Liptensity Lipstick
MAC
$21.00/0.12 oz.

87%

Average

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Cordovan is nice but I have a dupe! I also thought that Smoked Almond looked a lot like Script before I read the review. I blame you for my dupe knowledge, lol.

I really like all 3 lipsticks and it’s nice to see they rated well. I didn’t think I’d like Toast and Butter, but I do! Just wish they weren’t LE since this line seems to have a nice formula.

Loving Smoked Almond the absolute most! Cordovan is a beauty, too. I have a feeling that I likely have dupes, however, even though I didn’t see any of mine listed. But I will keep Smoked Almond in mind.

I just received Cordovan today and have only just tried in on in a little mirror at work. It does initially feel slippery and wearing it the feel reminds me of the Huggables formula. I really like it so far. The colour looks the same on me as it does in your pictures. I may have to order a couple more with the free express shipping they have at the moment.

Looks like Smoked Almond might just be my perfect nude… I’m pretty fair (joys of being a redhead) and have been looking for something that would suit me as an everyday nude with a twist (can’t pull off those pale, beige nudes). I wonder, though, if the colour is warm enough; I usually tend to go for warm colours (corals, warm reds). On another note, do you think those would suit someone who tends to have dry lips?

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