MAC Tropic Tonic Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Tropic Tonic Lipstick
MAC Tropic Tonic Lipstick

MAC Tropic Tonic Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “full power coral [with a matte finish].” It’s a bright, medium coral with subtle pink tones and a satin finish. NARS Juliette (P, $34.00) is lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Pinch Me (P, $21.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Colour Pop Come Up (P, $7.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Rich & Restless (P, $21.00) is warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Colour Pop Jacquard (P, $7.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Sike (LE, $6.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). NARS Lodhi (P, $25.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Hot Emily (P, $37.00) is darker (85% similar). Too Faced The New Black (P, $22.00) is more muted, warmer, less glossy (85% similar). Too Faced Melted Coral (P, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Smarty Pants (P, $12.00) is darker, cooler, less glossy (85% similar). Colour Pop Chella (LE, $6.00) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Feelin' Myself (P, $21.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Makeup Geek Jitterbug (LE, $12.00) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (85% similar). Bite Beauty Blood Orange (P, $24.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Julia (LE, $20.00) is lighter, more muted, cooler (80% similar). NARS Melody N (LE, $27.00) is more muted, less glossy (80% similar). NARS Rouge Insolent (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Anastasia Hollywood (P, $18.00) is lighter, more muted, less glossy (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

This is such a welcome addition to MAC’s permanent range; a vibrant coral that isn’t too orange too pink. I don’t think it is truly matte, which is the only downside I experienced with the formula. It will wear down to a more matte-like finish after a couple of hours, but it has a more satin-like appearance and consistency. It had rich, opaque color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly, while the consistency was lightly creamy and velvety and never tugged on the lips. This shade lasted for five hours and was neither drying nor hydrating.

We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

See more photos & swatches!

MAC Tropic Tonic Lipstick
MAC Tropic Tonic Lipstick

MAC Tropic Tonic Lipstick
MAC Tropic Tonic Lipstick

MAC Tropic Tonic Lipstick
MAC Tropic Tonic Lipstick

MAC Tropic Tonic Lipstick
MAC Tropic Tonic Lipstick

MAC Tropic Tonic Lipstick
MAC Tropic Tonic Lipstick

MAC Tropic Tonic Lipstick
MAC Tropic Tonic Lipstick

Where to Buy

Current Sales & Deals

  • MAC CosmeticsJoin MAC Lover for 15% off your first purchase & exclusive members-only benefits here, ends 12/31.
  • NordstromCurrent gifts with purchases viewable here, ends 12/31.
  • SaksSign up (here) for Saks emails and get 10% off your first order, ends 12/31. Free shipping with code FREESHIP, ends 12/31.
  • Ulta2X (members), 3X (💍), 4X (💎) points on all purchases (activate here), ends 11/23.
When you purchase through our links above, you help support Temptalia. Thank You!
We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

Makeup Look

On face:
  • Guerlain Parure Gold Foundation
  • Urban Decay Naked Loose Setting Powder
On eyes:
  • Viseart Paris Nude palette

About the Reviewer

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.

Compare Any Two Swatches

Curious how two shades compare to each other? Type in the shades below to get instant side-by-side swatches!

We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

37 Comments

Comments that do not adhere to our comment policy may be removed. Discussion and debate are highly encouraged but we expect community members to participate respectfully. Please keep discussion on-topic, and if you have general feedback, a product review request, an off-topic question, or need technical support, please contact us!

Please help us streamline the comments' section and be more efficient: double-check the post above for more basic information like pricing, availability, and so on to make sure your question wasn't answered already. Comments alerting us to typos or small errors in the post are appreciated (!) but will typically be removed after errors are fixed (unless a response is needed).

We appreciate enthusiasm for new releases but ask readers to please hold questions regarding if/when a review will be posted as we can't commit to or guarantee product reviews. We don't want to set expectations and then disappoint readers as even products that are swatched don't always end up being reviewed due to time constraints and changes in priorities! Thank you for understanding!

Comments on this post are closed.
We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

Wait, whoa whoa whoa; when did the permanent range go up to $17?! Didn’t they just raise them to $16 in the last year? The color looks beautiful on you, btw!

Oh it’s so pretty! And it looks great on you! Now I have to go swatch it and decide if it’ll work for me, thankfully it’s permanent.

Thank goodness, MAC finally did it! This one reminds me of my tube of their LE Make Me Gorgeous that I love, except less glossy, and more importantly NOT a LE!
This shade looks great on you! And I believe it will flatter quite a few skintones out here as well.

I got this over the summer. I wore it to death. I’m glad to see you give it good marks . OMG..Paris Nudes in the eye look is beautiful here!

Thanks for the review! It’s so pretty! I love colors like this. I tried to compare it to Vegas Volt from MAC but the image didn’t come up. How would you say it compares to Vegas Volt? I’m so bad at recognizing differences unless I see them right next to each other or on lol. Thanks so much 🙂

Hey I was wondering between the matte tropic tonic and the Vegas volt amplified. Which one would you say is a more orange tone? And which one did you prefer more and why? I’m Asian light skin tone and I can’t decide between the two…

I wonder if I can wear this colour and not get scared every time I pass a mirror? I guess it’s swatch time soon.
Very pretty colour, I must say.

We try to approve comments within 24 hours (and reply to them within 72 hours) but can sometimes get behind and appreciate your patience! 🙂 If you have general feedback, product review requests, off-topic questions, or need technical support, please contact us directly. Thank you for your patience!