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MAC Stallion, Blue Beat, Galaxy Grey Liptensity Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches

MAC Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Stallion Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep, inky black with neutral undertones and a glossy, cream finish. It was very pigmented with a lightly glossy, smooth consistency. I did have some issues with the color adhering to the center of my lip, so there’s a bit of translucency there. The texture was lightweight and comfortable to wear without the color sliding around over time. On me, the color wore well for seven hours and was non-drying. Make Up For Ever C604 (P, $22.00) is less glossy (95% similar). NYX Chambord (P, $6.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Tarte Naughty (P, $20.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Colour Pop Aeronaut (P, $7.00) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Blacquer (000) (LE, $30.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Dior Ultra Night (111) (P, $37.00) is lighter, less pigmented, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (P, $18.00) is lighter, less glossy (95% similar). Sephora Woof (44) (P, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC In the Spirit (LE, $18.50) is cooler (95% similar). NYX Go Rogue (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Blue Beat Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep navy blue with strong, cool undertones paired with a lightly glossy finish that had some visible pearl. It was almost so cool-toned that it looked almost purplish. The consistency of this shade had a bit more slip than other shades, which led to slightly uneven application. For this type of shade, it still went on rather well, but there was still room for improvement. It had good pigmentation, though not quite opaque, in one stroke and was fairly comfortable to wear over time. It wore well for seven and a half hours and left a strong, purplish stain behind (more pink than blue). It was neither drying nor hydrating while worn. Sephora Ice Breaker (46) (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Heroine (P, $18.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Maybelline Midnight Blue (P, $7.49) is darker (90% similar). Smashbox Deep (P, $21.00) is more muted, warmer (85% similar). Maybelline Sapphire Siren (P, $7.49) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty #054 (P, $18.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Sephora City Beat (45) (P, $8.00) is more muted, warmer (85% similar). Fenty Beauty Clapback (P, $18.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (80% similar). Kat Von D Bruno (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter, less glossy (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Galaxy Grey Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium grayish lavender with a cream finish. It was richly pigmented with a lightweight, lightly gel-like texture that applied evenly and smoothly on the lips. The consistency melted on the lips after 45 seconds and seemed to make my lips appear smoother and more voluminous. This shade wore well for six and a half hours on me and was slightly hydrating. Make Up For Ever C502 (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Zero (P, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Zero (LE, $21.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). MAC Evening Buzz (LE, $18.50) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (85% similar). Bite Beauty Taro (LE, $26.00) is darker (80% similar). Dior Cloudy Matte (380) (LE, $35.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Colour Pop Marshmallow (P, $6.50) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Plum Princess (LE, $18.50) is warmer (80% similar). MAC Fresh Amour (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Overview

MAC 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 Stallion Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Stallion Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Stallion Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Stallion Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Stallion Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Stallion Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Stallion Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Stallion Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Stallion Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Stallion Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Stallion Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Stallion Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Blue Beat Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Blue Beat Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Blue Beat Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Blue Beat Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Blue Beat Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Blue Beat Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Blue Beat Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Blue Beat Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Blue Beat Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Blue Beat Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Blue Beat Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Blue Beat Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Galaxy Grey Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Galaxy Grey Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Galaxy Grey Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Galaxy Grey Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Galaxy Grey Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Galaxy Grey Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Galaxy Grey Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Galaxy Grey Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Galaxy Grey Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Galaxy Grey Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Galaxy Grey Liptensity Lipstick
MAC Galaxy Grey Liptensity Lipstick

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
  • Tom Ford Ravish Cheek Color
  • Laura Geller Ballerina Illuminator
On eyes:
  • Giorgio Armani #9 Eye Tint
  • Giorgio Armani #10 Eye Tint
  • Urban Decay Chem Trail Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow
  • Sephora Good Mood Contour Eye Pencil

Product Availability

MAC Liptensity Lipstick $21.00/0.12 OZ.
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About the 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 information, please check the FAQ.)

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Woow they did good for a black lipstick! Pretty impressed. I have always wondered if I can pull that one off..I have thinner lips, not awfully thin but not full either and darker lipsticks don’t compliment that well…I am crazy for a red lip though, I wish I had fuller lips sometimes just for that. Might try that black for Halloween though..I am amazed how pigmented it is.

Nice to see a bold, glossy black from MAC. Blue Beat is pretty but I have Maybelline Saphire Siren. And if I add a gray lip liner to BITE Taro, I can get closer to Galaxy Grey. I guess “weird” lip colors have become so common that I have dupes now!

Galaxy Grey looks stunning! I looked at the swatches before reading the review on it and immediately noticed that it helped make your lips look smooth and voluminous like you said! This seems like a really promising formula.

Too bad I’m too shy (and pale!) to wear those kinds of shades lol.

galaxy grey im coming for you baby!! u pull it off so effortlessly christine! i held off on CP fluff (forget the grey gloss name) but this has enough purple to make it wearable for me! Would love an eyeshadow in this shade! Do any come to your mind?

Galaxy Grey looks like the best of this trio. Probably a bit too cool-toned for my skintone, I’m thinking. CP Marshmallow looks thoroughly horrid on me! Yet, Bite Taro is not bad at all, i guess because it’s not as grayish.

Hey Christine,

FYI – the “product formula/category” at the bottom of the post is listed as “MAC Hellebore Liptensity Lipstick”, and I think it should just be “MAC Liptensity Lipstick” – Hellebore is one of the shades πŸ™‚

Everything is listed under the “Makeup Look” which is located twice on this page! πŸ™‚

MAKE-UP LOOK

ON FACE:

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation
Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
Tom Ford Ravish Cheek Color
Laura Geller Ballerina Illuminator

ON EYES:

Giorgio Armani #9 Eye Tint
Giorgio Armani #10 Eye Tint
Urban Decay Chem Trail Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow
Sephora Good Mood Contour Eye Pencil

No colours for me but they Look really good. Maybe I will try the Black one in Store just to See how it Looks on me. I wear only Black clothes but I have Never tried a Black Lipstick.

I have 4 of the 5 dupes for Galaxy Grey, but I still reeeeeeaaallllyyyy want it! Hahaha. LOVE this Grey-purple shade that has become popular this year!!! Christine, if you had to choose just ONE black lipstick from this or the ones on the dupes for it, which would you pick?

Thank you for responding I’ve been hoping you would answer this question!! UD or MUFE it is then! Oh, but what about the new Marc Jacobs blacquer lipstick? I’ve been waiting for your review on that one bc I will totally get that one if it’s good. The lip swatch looks great but I’m not sure if it will have too much slip or not until I read your review! I especially don’t want to order it blindly bc it’s hard to return stuff online rather than in-store and it’s an online-only product. πŸ˜‰

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