MAC Vibe Tribe Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches

MAC Tanarama Lipstick
MAC Tanarama Lipstick

MAC Tanarama Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a light-medium, pale gold with warm undertones and a frosted shimmer-sheen finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied fairly evenly, but I noticed it tended to emphasize lip lines and separate slightly near them. I could feel the texture of the shimmer particles when applying, but it wasn’t chunky or rough to apply or to wear. This shade was lightly drying but lasted for three hours. Maybelline White Gold (P, $7.49) is darker (90% similar). MAC Metalwork (LE, $20.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Dior Golden (065) (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC No Interruptions (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Carine (LE, $36.00) is less shimmery, darker, less pigmented (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Rory (LE, $36.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Spoiled Fabulous (P, $20.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Liquid Lurex (LE, $20.00) is less pigmented, cooler (90% similar). NARS Orgasm Ecstasy (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Live Long and Prosper (LE, $20.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC You've Got It (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC All I Want (LE, $20.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Fenty Beauty Banana Frost (LE, ) is warmer (80% similar). NARS Redemption (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Pure Vanity Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a light-medium peach with warm, orange undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff with a lightly emollient texture that applied fairly evenly. It lasted for two hours on me and was somewhat drying. This shade has been released previously. Chanel Satisfaction (89) (P, $37.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (95% similar). MAC Highlights (P, $20.00) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Sheer Walk of Shame (DC, $22.00) is lighter (95% similar). Givenchy Beige Plumetis (103) (P, $36.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Mascu-linity (LE, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Petulance (LE, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Little Darling (DC, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). YSL Corail Intuitive (15) (P, $38.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Chanel Rouge Ingenue (168) (P, $38.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Romantic Breakdown (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Catherine (410) (P, $37.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Volage (227) (LE, $38.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Birthday Suit (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Naked Bud (LE, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Nude Lust (920) (P, $7.49) is lighter (90% similar). MAC French Twist (LE, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Amaretto (DC, $24.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Dizzy Spell (104) (DC, $30.00) is brighter, glossier (90% similar). MAC Real Redhead (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Raquel (P, $34.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Arrowhead Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a light, pinky-beige with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but the texture was thicker and a little drier. It seemed to “crack” when I smiled, even though it wasn’t a flat, matte liquid lipstick or nearly that clingy/dry applied. The color lasted for three hours and was lightly drying. MAC Pret-a-Pretty (LE, $17.00) is less pigmented (95% similar). Maybelline Bare All (910) (P, $7.49) is more shimmery (90% similar). Maybelline Blushing Beige (915) (P, $7.49) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Vice (LE, $6.50) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Hot Chocolate Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark rosy plum with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good color payoff with a smooth, even application due to a lightly creamy texture. This shade wore well for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. This is a repromote from a past limited edition launch. Colour Pop Stingraye (LE, $6.50) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Kat Von D Lolita (P, $20.00) is warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Anastasia Dead Roses (P, $18.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Tampered (P, $18.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier (85% similar). Bite Beauty Shiraz (DC, $24.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Jaclyn Cosmetics Control Freak (DC, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Till Tomorrow (DC, $18.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Bite Beauty Rhubarb (DC, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Twig (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Maybelline Brown Blush (P, $7.99) is cooler (85% similar). Chanel Stunt (LE, $32.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Casablanca (P, $55.00) is brighter, cooler (80% similar). Makeup Geek Socialite (P, $12.00) is darker, cooler, glossier (80% similar). Colour Pop Baracuda (P, $7.00) is darker (80% similar). Bite Beauty Pepper (DC, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Bobbi Brown Bond (P, $37.00) is darker, glossier (80% similar). MAC Concord Grape (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). MAC Faithfully Yours (P, $18.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Painted Sunset Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a vibrant, medium-dark orange-red with warm undertones and very fine gold pearl. It had rich, opaque pigmentation with a lightweight, creamy, lightly emollient consistency that glided on without tugging. This shade wore well for five hours and left behind a slight stain. It was also somewhat moisturizing. MAC Sail La Vie (LE, $20.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunset Orange (P, $37.00) is brighter (95% similar). Maybelline Orange Edge (DC, $7.99) is glossier (95% similar). Maybelline Neon Red (DC, $7.99) is brighter, glossier (95% similar). Urban Decay Bang (DC, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Carnal (P, $32.00) is brighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #300 (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Gina (DC, $58.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Diego (LE, $36.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NARS Short Circuit (LE, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). Givenchy Carmin Escarpin (306) (P, $36.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Gala (LE, $36.00) is more muted (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Notorious (408) (LE, $38.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Estee Lauder Impassioned (P, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Firecracker (06) (LE, $55.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Editor’s Note: MAC’s newest collection–Vibe Tribe–has generated some controversy over the last couple weeks for cultural appropriation and/or cultural insensitivity. Both Refinery29 and The Huffington Post posted earlier this week with an official statement from the brand, which stated that: “The collection, including the visuals, product lineup, and naming, is inspired by art, outdoor music festivals, and the colors of the desert. The collection has absolutely no connection to nor was it inspired by the Native American cultures.”

Outdoor festivals are rife with instances of cultural appropriation in the form and manner many dress and accessorize (one of the more egregious examples is the wearing of headdresses–something some festivals have actually banned to avoid future instances of cultural appropriation). I don’t think it’s a surprise that between the pattern on the packaging, some of the shade names, promotional imagery, and a collection name with “tribe” in it that it is making some consumers at least question the inspiration/connection. I wish MAC would consider partnering with a Native designer or artist to create a collection that could truly pay homage to that person’s culture, roots, and inspiration of their craft. They have done this in the past where we have seen the collaborator’s inspiration in the forms of shade names and packaging, so it is a disappointment that they didn’t go that route here. I hope the brand will consider doing more research into their themes going forward.

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MAC Tanarama Lipstick
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  • Guerlain Les Voilettes Loose Setting Powder
  • MAC Firebrush Bronzing Powder
On eyes:
  • MAC Call of the Canyon Eyeshadow Quad
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Some of the lighter lip colors look horrible, like dried up concealer that flaked 🙁 But Hot Chocolate is gorgeous, will have to buy, it reminds me of my beloved BITE Shiraz, which has been sadly DC’d. And I wasn’t interested in Call of the Canyon until I saw your amazing eye look here

I actually really like these (well, except for Arrowhead), but I can’t buy these because of the blatant cultural appropriation. I hope MAC can do better in the future, especially since they are so awesome on other issues. Thanks for addressing the problem in your description, Christine.

LOVE when you compare to Colourpop — I always like to buy from them if I can. I love that their lippie stix have so little product, so it’s easy for me to try new colors without really committing. Wish there was a lippie stix similar to Hot Chocolate.

Christine, I really like that Temptalia is strong enough to honestly express its feelings about issues about this business. I understand many blogs are afraid to do so because it is their livelihood and not just a hobby but you have shown us that blogs can maintain a large following juxtaposed with integrity. (No product is fabulous or no company/brand is perfect 100% of the time)

I’m very fortunate to have an amazing community of readers who are extremely supportive and allow me to have space to address certain things as necessary without really fearing for mass loss in readership. Thank you for yours, Kristina!

I agree with this 100%!!! Love your blog and what you stand for Christine. You’re fantastic. I love Hot Chocolate and Painted Sunset and this packaging but idk if I should buy it bc of how MAC is handling this issue. Bums me out. I can dupe painted sunset easily but hot chocolate is so unique. Le sigh. I’m gonna wait and see what happens with Mac and the public response when this launches.

Hot Chocolate looks so good on you! Now I really want to buy it 😀 Love all your swatches. Thanks Christine!

Ugh. I am on a super strict budge and Hot Chocolate, Call of the Canyon, Wild Horses, and the makeup bag and maybe the Gleamtones Powder (not that I need any of the above).

But MAN, the Hot Chocolate is going to be mine, no matter what. Sadly I am fairly certain that the eyeshadow palettes will sell out so there is no looking for them at the CCO. Sigh. I hate being on a budget.

Unfortunately, I feel like the lighter lipsticks are not suitable for my yellow-undertoned brown skintone or for darker skintones at all (except for the red one maybe). Therefore, I’m a bit disappointed. I was soooo looking forward to this collection!

However, I will definitely pick up Hot Chocolate. What an amazing color! Thank you for those beautiful swatches, Christine!

Ps: and thank you for your comments on cultural appropriation. I liked the way you adressed the issue. Greetz from Holland! X

There might not be a legal requirement, but as some customers look for companies that don’t test on animals or manufacture in the U.S., some and others may look for other things in the companies they purchase from.

I think it’s just fine if people want to discuss something that may be important to them, and if others disagree or don’t think that any lines were crossed, that’s also fine, but I really don’t think it’s fair to criticize people as whiners – that trivializes their feelings and what is important to them, which goes against the spirit of this community.

I’m sorry you took my comment wrong. I would never call the people here whiners.
Your comment included Huffpost etc and
I was referring to them. Feel free to remove me if you think this was directed towards your
readers.

I agree, Deborah. My husband is First Nations and he saw nothing wrong with the collection. MAC has done stuff that is far more insensitive and offensive on a much wider scale on a regular basis. The thing is, if we don’t like something, we just move on and don’t patronize it. I too, am tired of the whining. (as you have referred to it from the sources you outlined). As a student of history, I have seen when a culture becomes so inward focused, they are ripe to be taken over by another culture that does not care about offending anyone and will wipe them out at the drop of a hat.

I think we all can agree that there is a spectrum of what we may consider appropriate or inappropriate, for the people that work in companies to do to reap a profit. For example, if instead of this campaign, MAC featured a stereotypical racist charicature of a black slave with watermelons on it, a motif not uncommonly used for hundreds of years leading up to maybe the 1950s — I think we can agree that most people would say, “whoa, why are you promoting this offensive, stereotypical imagery to sell lipstick?” And by buying it, a consumer may feel like they were directly supporting a brand who chose to profit from racist and derogatory stereotyping.

I think it may sometimes be harder to see who is sitting in the point of view as a member of an underrepresented and repressed culture, so some would say it is better to err on the side of letting those people that are in-group members determine for themselves if they feel offended. For native americans who are not often depicted in media, and when they are, it is usually in a very stereotypical “tribal” primitive fashion, I think it makes total sense to be frustrated that mainstream media continues to profit off hundreds of years of repression, which included as a part of that system cultural imagery like advertisements directed towards people in the majority/mainstream (like white America). Part of that imagery has historically been defining the mainstream as NOT being this minority group, and exoticising it and depicting people in those groups as somehow “less than.” I can imagine feeling very disappointed if I were native american, and I feel personally disappointed myself.

You do not find this offensive, but I think there are some things that you may find inappropriate for businesses to do to market their products. For example, if a company used images of tortured animals to somehow market a gag candy to kids, or something, perhaps you may find that culturally incorrect and would choose to not buy that product. I think these things are important to talk and think about, and more discussion is better than less. If you see what you feel are “too many” articles on a topic, you always have a choice to look away. That’s the great thing about a country like the US where we highly value free expression and access to the press.

Hot Chocolate and Painted Desert are the only two I like. Arrowhead looks horrible. MAC So Select is close enough to Hot Chocolate, especially against my pale lips, that I think I’ll just stick with that.

Sorry, I don’t have those. Everything I had was posted in the sneak peek – if you didn’t see it there, it means I do not have it.

The lighter shades don’t look so good… Hot Chocolate looks amazing but I already have it from a past release and I totally recommend it!

I am in love with hot chocolate! A shade that’s not in my collection… perfect for the cold whether where I live lol!

I would have to go back and read through the collection again, but I remember Rodarte being more problematic with less disagreement as to whether it was an issue/non-issue.

I understand the sadness and the deep sympathy around the history of Native Americans. I am not American and I feel the same.
What I don’t understand is taking out on people who are having fun at a festival or a company like Mac.
What happened in the past is something we should all take a lesson from not hit everyone in the head with because we feel guilty. Mac or anyone at a festival shares our feelings.
In order to feel righteous and pay for what was done once, we don’t need to sacrifice our fellows.
Respect is not something we push onto people, it is what WE feel.

I would encourage you to read more deeply into what cultural appropriation is (and isn’t), because it has a lot more to do with than the ability to empathize with what happened in the past.

I really, really like Hot Chocolate and Painted Desert. I don-t thingk I have anything really like Hot Chocolate, so I might have to get it. Looks like a lovely everyday king of colour for me. I do have a lot of lipsticks sort of like Painted Desert, but none of the dupes. Must consult with my wallet 🙂
I sort of like Tanarama, but not enough to buy it, especially with the lipline issues. I love the frozen look of it. Sometimes in the summer, when it’s unusually hot, I like to use really cool colours and do a wintery makeup, just to go against all the commersials and the idea of summer vs winter colours. I do the same in the winter, use warm, even hot colours.

My fav is arrowhead. I like these type of nudes like myth and fleshpot with stripdown lipliner. Can you tell me the difference between arrowhead and fleshpot? These two looks like so similar in pictures. Thank you 🙂

Arrowhead is one of those shades that is very specific – kind of like Fleshpot, but a pinker variation on it, which was always a shade hard to wear for me!

Im sure someone will say something, but i thought i would throw in 2 cents about the suggestion that it may be appropriation .

MAC has had SO MANY Asian-inspired names and themed shoots to advertise on their website for years and I never heard as much fuss over it. Yes, to be fair they have teamed up with Asian and Asian-American artists, but I cringed a little at some of the names of the Cremesheen Pearl lipsticks last year. Especially when they sort of yellow washed it all into ‘Asian” when the majority of the color names were Japanese-inspired. shortly following that, they had a short run of a collection of products theming around Kpop which was weird.. since they didnt let the Japanese ones stand on their own. Not offensive at all, but got an eyeroll from me.

This doesnt add any validation but Im Asian-Native American Mix–and by Native American I mean I have a CDIB card and a tribal registration card, just to say where I am coming from .
I am NOT a spokesperson for all Native Americans, and in that same statement, I dont think really, anyone here should be the social justice cop. this is just my opinion.
The design in this collection seems to celebrate Southwestern design, which of course is there due to the Native American tribes in states like Arizona, New Mexico, etc.. but I see more of that vibe than solely ‘appropriating Native culture’.
i think to draw that conclusion right away is almost as ignorant as appropriating.

to each and one’s own.
I think the design is beautiful.
I wouldnt rope this into the same category as headdresses at Coachella.

if you dont like it, dont buy it.

Is this new hot chocolate different from the previously released one? I have the old one and love the colour so thinking of getting this one as a backup, but when I googled swatches I saw your photo from the old hot chocolate and it looks a bit darker (I think?) and glossier, maybe even a bit more opaque then the new one?

I bought Hot Chocolate from this collection and I love it! It’s one of those awesome shades that suits all skin tones! It is a nice creamy satin lipstick! 5/5! 😀

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