MAC Von Teese Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Von Teese Lipstick
MAC Von Teese Lipstick

MAC Von Teese Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “vivid tomato red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a bright, medium red with warm, orange undertones and a matte finish. MAC Starlett Scarlet (LE, $18.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Nikita (Left) (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Best Revenge (P, $55.00) is lighter (95% similar). Maybelline Siren in Scarlet (P, $7.99) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Dynasty Red (LE, $20.00) is more muted, less glossy (95% similar). Urban Decay 714 (LE, $18.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC My Inner Femme (LE, $20.00) is lighter, less glossy (95% similar). Bite Beauty Candied Maple (LE, $24.00) is brighter (95% similar). Dior 999 Matte (999) (P, $35.00) is more muted, cooler (95% similar). MAC Leading Lady Red (LE, $18.00) is lighter (95% similar). Hourglass Raven (P, $28.00) is brighter, less glossy (95% similar). NARS Intrigue (P, $26.00) is warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Too Faced Rebel Heart (P, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Lullaby (LE, $6.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Urban Decay 714 (P, $18.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Melt Cosmetics Miss Argentina (LE, $19.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Kat Von D Underage Red (P, $19.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Kat Von D Santa Sangre (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Hourglass I Still (P, $34.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Rosehip (DC, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

This is a new, limited edition lipstick created in collaboration with Dita Von Teese. It will release on December 9th at all MAC locations and exclusively online at (North America) and December 2015 at international locations. It comes in a glossy black tube with Von Teese written in shiny red, and the same embososed on the lipstick itself. The texture was lightly creamy, smooth, and velvety (like a lot of the newer MAC matte lipsticks have been) that glided on well with rich, opaque coverage that wore for over six hours. The formula was a smidgen drying on me. It had a vanilla scent but no discernible taste.

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MAC Von Teese Lipstick
MAC Von Teese Lipstick

MAC Von Teese Lipstick
MAC Von Teese Lipstick

MAC Von Teese Lipstick
MAC Von Teese Lipstick

MAC Von Teese Lipstick
MAC Von Teese Lipstick

MAC Von Teese Lipstick
MAC Von Teese Lipstick

MAC Von Teese Lipstick
MAC Von Teese Lipstick

MAC Von Teese Lipstick
MAC Von Teese Lipstick

$20.00/0.1 oz.



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Omfrickngosh! I dislike when companies do that. Why in the Dita image it looked hella glossy and way darker than the product swatch. Ugh. Anyways, I’ll get it because I love Dita plus I dont believe I have a tomato red in my stash believe it or not.

The promo photo looks to be from the photo shoot for her Erotique perfume, so it’s very likely that it’s not even the MAC lipstick that’s she’s wearing there.

About the darker thing, she is very fair, so it obviously look lighter on Christine and even lighter on darker skintones. IDK about the finish, though, lol. Maybe they added clear gloss on it. False advertising there.

Yeah I was disappointed when the MAC x Lorde lipstick was nothing like the ad image. I’m really glad I saw Christine’s swatch/review because it stopped me from buying a lipstick I’d have to return!

The eyes Christine are overpowering this lipstick! looking smoking hot lady! 😀
I’m going to try to get this lipstick. So, glad they decided to release it all over!

My red lipstick tastes lean toward darker Oxblood red and blue toned red, but this shade is gorgeous. Looks like a winner and apropos for the holiday season.

This looks so different than the promotional images that MAC had released. Kinda bummed that it doesn’t look like the color she was wearing in the promo, but this is a beautiful matte tomato color and I will probably pick it up anyway.

If I have True Love’s Kiss should I still grab this one? I like TLK but I found the Amplified formula was a little weak on it.

My all-time fave is Lady Danger but I would but something similar. I have the old, uber-dry matte formula.

That is a gorgeous shade, though it looks more satin than matte to me. It looks absolutely nothing like the promo image, as others have pointed out. Still, I’m loving the tomato red color, and I’m glad it’s mroe uncommon. If I can snag one of these, I will.

Gahhh I want it but I HATE MAC exclusives! They’re so stressful and time consuming. I just don’t have the patience to refresh and deal with site crashes anymore. Damn you MAC for not releasing this everywhere!!

Initially I thought it was just another red lipstick, especially since everyone seems to have one these days. However I am more curious since hearing its a possible dupe for kvd gold blooded. I refuse to buy that expensive set for just one shade.This is so much more doable.

Oh no – deal breaker for me – boo to matte and orangey-red! I was so excited for this release too. The lipstick looked like a satin in the promos. It also looked deeper and cooler. Oh well… Next? 🙂

This lip color looks absolutely GORGEOUS! In fact, your entire look here is utterly fabulous, and everything in it just jibes perfectly together! Can hardly wait to hear more about the eyeshadow look you did here…?

(Obviously, I need THIS lipstick! ?)

It definitely seemed warm-toned to me! I remember being like, “huh?” when swatching, because I thought they’d put out a blue-based red.

This is too bright for me, will overpower my face. I prefer my reds to be browner and darker, but glad this got a good score for those who like the color and/or fans of Dita

It’s calling to me, I’m so disappointed that I love it. I was hoping to save the $18 but this is right up my alley, I’m sure I’ll get it.

Oh nooo I love Dita but I already have Opera and I didn’t like how warm it was on me. C’mon MAC, just let Dita do a cool toned red like what she’s wearing in the promo photos :/

I like blue based reds more. I have Nars Anabella, which is very nice & looks great swatched, but not as flattering on me. So I’m passing & sticking to my fave of all time; Ruby woo, which is fab with a gloss. Thanks for your pics, it helped me realised I didn’t need it.

I have a theory. This Von Teese is the tease (pun intended) for a future Viva Glam Dita?! That would make sense! While I dwouks think Dita wears this type of tomato red as well, both the ad and her style, especially her fetish and burlesque looks would in general be much more of a dark red… Even without the ad I’d expect a darker red for Dita. Coult it be?

Very stunning, striking color but not for me. I’m very interested in her book though and am striking out on my own to find my own Glam more and more so while I was crossing my fingers it would not be so warm, or less matte than I wanted, it’s just not to my taste for my own wear and so not destined to join the company of my exclusive little secret stash of my most flattering red shades.

I ordered it today! So excited to get it in the mail (whenever it does, as Portland apparently has gotten so many packages they literally do not have enough UPS/FedEx/USPS trucks to load them in so they’re going a little slow, which is fine with me as long as those poor workers are being paid overtime!)

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