MAC Sweet Sakura, Dozen Carnations, Pretty Boy Cremesheen Pearl Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches

MAC Dozen Carnations Lipstick
MAC Dozen Carnations Lipstick

MAC Sweet Sakura Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “true red with soft gold pearl.” It’s a brightened, medium red with neutral-to-warm undertones and fine gold pearl. It leans warm to me, but it may appear more neutral on those with cooler or more neutral undertones. It had semi-opaque color payoff that applied smoothly on the lips, though it takes a few seconds for the formula to really glide on as it starts off too firm. This shade lasted for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Guerlain Gala (P, $51.00) is less shimmery, glossier. Too Faced Red Stiletto (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Must Be Red (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Night to Remember (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Cherry Glaze (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, warmer, glossier. Estee Lauder Envious (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Cherry Glaze (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, warmer, glossier. Revlon 5th Ave. Red (LE, $7.99) is cooler. MAC True Love’s Kiss (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer. MAC Head in the Clouds (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Guerlain Red Strass (327) (P, $37.00) is brighter. Guerlain Red Hot (328) (P, $37.00) is less shimmery, more muted, cooler. MAC Oblivion (LE, $16.00) is brighter. MAC Audacious (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, brighter. MAC Dozen Carnations (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Dozen Carnations Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as an “intense warm tomato red.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark red with warm, orange undertones and fine gold pearl. It was semi-opaque with a firmer, almost tacky, consistency that really was better held to the lips for a few seconds to warm it up or else it dragged. It lasted for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Guerlain Red Strass (327) (P, $37.00) is more shimmery, cooler. MAC Excite (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC 5 Alarm (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Sweet Sakura (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler. Chanel Arthur (440) (P, $36.00) is lighter. MAC Cockney (P, $16.00) is darker. Guerlain Gilda (P, $51.00) is less shimmery, brighter. Chanel Coromandel (P, $34.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Pretty Boy Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as an “intense pink coral.” It’s a muted, medium-dark coral-pink with warm undertones and pink and silver pearl. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that covered evenly and lasted for four hours on me, but it was a hair drying. The consistency was firmer and needs time to soften from the heat of the lips before it really glides on easily. Dior Sunset (660) (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery, brighter. Chanel Marie (430) (P, $36.00) is cooler. Chanel Legende (428) (P, $36.00) is more shimmery, cooler. Estee Lauder Blossom Bright (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. Estee Lauder Heavenly (P, $30.00) is warmer. Givenchy Rose Dentelle (203) (P, $36.00) is brighter. Too Faced Shimmering Spice Spice Baby (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Guerlain Rouge Kiss (325) (P, $37.00) is less shimmery, darker. Chanel Pygmalion (LE, $35.00) is less shimmery. Revlon Cruise Collection (P, $9.99) is darker. Guerlain Pamplelune (P, $35.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: MAC Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) has a variety of finishes, which results in color coverage, finish, comfort, wear, and texture to vary from finish to finish. Lustres tend to be sheer to semi-sheer with a thin, slippery consistency and wear one to three hours; they are lightly to moderately drying on me, despite their slip. Cremesheens typically have semi-opaque to opaque coverage, wear an average of four hours, are sometimes drying and sometimes not drying, and have a light shine to their finish. Amplifieds have a light sheen, opaque coverage, slightly thicker consistency but is less “heavy” in look compared to satins; they are typically not drying but not hydrating and can wear four to six hours. Satins have less sheen compared to Amplifieds but have similar coverage and wear. Mattes, particularly newer iterations of the finish, have a velvety, silicone-like consistency that makes them easier to apply without drag, and they typically have opaque coverage and wear four to six hours, but they can be drying. Retro Mattes are ultra-matte with a very flat, nearly no-sheen finish, and they are often stiffer in the tube but thinner in consistency compared to satins or mattes; they are often drying but wear four to eight hours. All MAC Lipsticks are vanilla-scented with no discernible taste.

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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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Pretty Boy looks like a nice bright color for those who are a little shy of bright colors! It’s not as in-your-face as other corals, but not so sheer that it doesn’t show up, either.

I got Pretty Boy and loved the shade and the finish, but it just didn’t have the wear time to justify it to myself so it went back 🙁 But now looking at it on you, I think maybe I should have given it a longer trial

The just don’t last more than a few minutes on me, and I’d really rather not go through tons of extra work trying to make a difficult formula longer lasting. It’d be okay if they were balmier or more hydrating, but their neutral to drying so it’s really not worth it. I got one of the Huggable lip colours last time they came out, and that formula is basically what I wish the Cremesheens were, sheer, glossy, lightly hydrating and with a pleasantly surprising wear time!

As if I don’t already have enough reds; I love Sweet Sakura!!! It looks so juicy and super summer-y, strange that these are being released now instead of say, back in April or May? Pretty Boy also has my interest. From your description, these seem to have a balm-like texture, in that they need to warm-up a bit? Which sounds good to me if so!

There are a lot of similarities between these three shades. I’m not feeling any of them, unfortunately. Though Pretty Boy is the prettiest, I think. lol.

I like Sweet Sakura and Pretty Boy out of these. But I have the two Lauder dupes for Pretty Boy. So, I’ll be passing on that one.

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