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MAC Lavender Jade Lipstick
MAC Lavender Jade Lipstick

MAC Lavender Jade Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “dirty mauve with gold pearl [with a Matte finish].” It’s a cool-toned, light-medium lavender purple with a satin finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage that went on smoothly and evenly. The texture was a little thick overall, and I noticed some of the color pulled into lip lines after four hours of wear, though total wear time was around five hours. It was lightly drying after three hours. Maybelline Lilac Flush (725) (P, $7.49) is pinker, glossier, sheerer. Colour Pop Brills (P, $5.00) is pinker, more matte. NYX Violet (P, $6.00) is darker. Kat Von D Coven (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. Melt Cosmetics Darling (P, $19.00) is lighter. MAC Dodgy Girl (LE, $16.00) is lighter, pinker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Rollergirl (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Fresh Amour (LE, $16.00) is lighter, grayer. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Digitalis (P, $18.00) is lighter, pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Forbidden Sunrise Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “creamy orange [with a Matte finish].” It’s a brightened, medium orange with strong, yellow and red undertones with a very subtle gold micro-shimmer and a more satiny finish. The texture had that same, slightly thickened consistency but still applied well with even, opaque color coverage. On me, it wore well for six hours and felt a bit drying at the four-hour mark. The lightness coupled with the stronger yellow undertones make it less common compared to the more typical orange-red. Guerlain Peach Satin (540) (LE, $37.00) is lighter, more muted. MAC Ravishingly Rich (P, $23.00) is darker. NARS Iberico (LE, $25.00) is darker, more matte. NARS Geraldine (P, $32.00) is darker, glossier. NARS Timanfaya (P, $25.00) is darker. Paul and Joe Beaute Once Upon a Time (081) (LE, $17.00) is lighter. MAC Tangerine Dream (P, $16.00) is lighter, yellower. Milani Sweet Nectar (P, $5.49) is darker. MAC Sounds Like Noise (LE, $16.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Romantic Breakdown Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “sheer nude [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a muted, light peach with a hint of beige, warmer undertones, and a subtle shimmer. It had semi-sheer color coverage with a noticeable sheen and slight shimmer, which is what you might expect from a Lustre finish (they are designed as a sheerer option). The texture is thinner with some slip, and it applied fairly evenly though it pulled into lip lines as I wore it. This shade lasted for two and a half hours on me and was drying. Urban Decay Sheer Walk of Shame (P, $20.00) is less glossy. Tom Ford Beauty Orlando (LE, $32.00) is slightly warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Holden (LE, $32.00) is pinker. Burberry Gold No. 217 (LE, $33.00) is sheerer. Chanel Volage (227) (LE, $34.00) is less glossy. Chanel Charmeuse (142) (LE, $34.00) is similar. MAC Fleur d’Coral (LE, $16.00) is slightly pinker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Dizzy Spell (104) (P, $30.00) is warmer. Buxom Nudist (P, $21.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

P.S. — This collection has gone really quickly online, unfortunately, so your best bet may be to find a local store that carries it, but I would recommend calling prior, as the distribution is “select locations,” but I don’t have any specific location information to pass on. Bloomingdale’s has Burmese Kiss and Romantic Breakdown still in stock (it also showed Forbidden Sunrise, but when I tested it in check out, it said out of stock), which is the same situation at Macy’s.

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MAC Lavender Jade Lipstick
MAC Lavender Jade Lipstick

MAC Lavender Jade Lipstick
MAC Lavender Jade Lipstick

MAC Lavender Jade Lipstick
MAC Lavender Jade Lipstick

MAC Lavender Jade Lipstick
MAC Lavender Jade Lipstick

MAC Lavender Jade Lipstick
MAC Lavender Jade Lipstick

MAC Lavender Jade Lipstick
MAC Lavender Jade Lipstick

MAC Forbidden Sunrise Lipstick
MAC Forbidden Sunrise Lipstick

MAC Forbidden Sunrise Lipstick
MAC Forbidden Sunrise Lipstick

MAC Forbidden Sunrise Lipstick
MAC Forbidden Sunrise Lipstick

MAC Forbidden Sunrise Lipstick
MAC Forbidden Sunrise Lipstick

MAC Forbidden Sunrise Lipstick
MAC Forbidden Sunrise Lipstick

MAC Forbidden Sunrise Lipstick
MAC Forbidden Sunrise Lipstick

MAC Romantic Breakdown Lipstick
MAC Romantic Breakdown Lipstick

MAC Romantic Breakdown Lipstick
MAC Romantic Breakdown Lipstick

MAC Romantic Breakdown Lipstick
MAC Romantic Breakdown Lipstick

MAC Romantic Breakdown Lipstick
MAC Romantic Breakdown Lipstick

MAC Romantic Breakdown Lipstick
MAC Romantic Breakdown Lipstick

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Makeup Look
On face:
  • Guerlain Parure Gold Foundation
  • Urban Decay Naked Loose Setting Powder
  • MAC Linda Blush
  • MAC Summer Opal Beauty Powder
On eyes:
  • MAC Sunstoned (inner lid)
  • MAC Druzy (inner lid)
  • Mumu (middle of lid)
  • Choco Cake (outer lid)
  • Black Plum (crease) Eyeshadows; Burberry Trench Eyeshadow (brow bone)
  • L'Oreal True Teal Eyeliner
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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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I own Airborne Unicorn, it’s more neon and vibrant than Lavender Jade. This shade looks more similar to d’lilac, which I find is much less wearable than Airborne Unicorn.

Thanks girl! I own Airborne Unicorn too so that’s why I’m so on the fence. I’ll probably end up buying this one anyways, lol!

Well, that settles it. I must get Brills from ColourPop. Lavender Jade is so pretty, and popular: Why make it LE? MAC could have made a fortune.

Sunrise is so bright. I like! Romantic Breakdown looks broke down. Yuck.

Brills is awesome! It stays on forever for me and doesn’t dry my lips! It is so Springy too..and much more affordable!:)

Forbidden Sunrise is absolutely gorgeous on you. Thank you Christine you always deliver. When it comes to new collections, I always wait for you. Thanks a million.

Lavender Jade is so complementary on your skin and makes your eyes look like honey! Beautiful shade. What an interesting group of colors.

None of these colors work for my skintone, but I like that Lavender Jade is a more unique color. I might be able to pull it off as a shadow, but not as a lipstick.

Ugh they sold out so fast. I found out today that the stores in Ottawa wont be carrying this collection. I wanted the Lavender Jade ): Guess I’ll try the maybelline one instead.

I’m so sick of MAC and their limited edition collections that sell out instantly. There are plenty of other brands I can spend my money on and not lose sleep over.

I’ve asked a friend who’s going stateside to check it out for me this weekend though it will probably be too late by then. I won’t be too devastated but it is a pretty color.

Lavender Jade is a great lavender purple for a night out or going to a club. It definitely gives a party look. As much I wanted to love Romantic Breakdown, being a nude lip kinda girl, I see it does not have enough opacity.

I’m not a big fan of MAC lipstick formulas to begin with, unless the color is amazing, but the only one of these I’d even try to wear is the nude, which I really don’t need. As pretty as the lavender one is, I find the KvD Coven to be more appropriate for my needs/coloring.

Ugh, I love every single lipstick color in this collection, so I guess I’m going to have to grab all of them once I get to the counter. I might leave forbidden sunrise out because I have one too many orange lipsticks in my collection and I don’t use them that often, but maybe once I swatch it I’ll change my mind (probably will 😉 ). I’m really annoyed that it all sold out online before I realized that this collection was even coming out this month (MAC notified me after everything sold out, thanks MAC).. which means that tomorrow I’m going to have to get up extra early just to get to the MAC counter before my classes just to have a small chance of laying my hands on any of the items that I want.. *big sigh*

Forbidden Sunrise and Lavender Jade are gorgeous and they went so beautifully with your eye make up on. I think that orange lips paired with teal or blue eyeliner on the eyes is a really fun contrast. Theres only one store thats carrying the collection in my area, so if I’m able to snatch these two lippies for my birthday this month, I will be ecstatic.

If romantic breakdown was the color of the bullet itself that would be so pretty. Can you think of any lipsticks that are the color of that bullet (not how it actually swatches but rhe solid bullet)

Lavendar Jade and Forbidden Sunrise are gorgeous on you! Not so quite sure I could pull them off quite as well and I know they would be shades that surely wouldn’t get much wear by me. So, I am ok that I didn’t drive myself nuts trying to get them and now we are getting another snowstorm . So, going out to get them is not going to happen. So, my Brills will do and Nars Geraldine just went on my wish list. That will be fabulous in summer and that formula is one of my faves. Thanks for doing this review and the dupes so quickly!

Thanks, Nicole! 🙂

I think you can totally skip both since you have very similar shades/Geraldine is an even better version!

I don’t have Geraldine yet. I do have Brills. I meant Geraldine was going on my wish list now and I think the fact that it is actually “darker and glossier” will suit me more.Plus that is one of my favorite lipstick formulas.I actually have wanted it for a while along with all the other “Barney’s exclusive” Nars . But , I do have a lot of oranges/corals..I love that shade in the summer/spring particularly. I know Colourpop has something very close.Also, I didn’t look into the “more dupes” section . But, Urban decay “Bang” just popped into my mind for a dupe for that orange shade if you don’t have it. If Mac would have not made this so limited they would have made a ton of $.. If I knew “mac” I would be shaking them right now and saying ” what were you thinking???
But, now that they saved me form myself, i am glad they did because I can put that money to product that i will probably get more use out of and probably suits me better and that I have had time to check out thoroughly enough that I am comfortable plunking down my $ for it. I hate regretting a purchase.

Oh, yes! I think Geraldine is a better formula, and knowing that you like the formula already, I think you will be happier in the long-run. Plus, you don’t have to deal with the mad dash of tracking down a hard-to-find MAC collection! 😀

I want the Lavender Jade so bad but it’s going to make my teeth look so yellow 🙁 but love the limited packaging, I’m so on the fence and don’t know what to do!

I have been eyeing these lavender lip shades, but I feel very hesitant about whether they’ll look good on me. Anyone have some tips for making that shade work? I also WISH I could wear something as bright and outrageously attention-grabbing as Forbidden Sunrise because HOW FUN IS THAT!!

I love them all! Forbidden Sunrise is such an interesting colour, and I don’t know why I’m so enamored wiith that swatch of Romantic Breakdown, especially when I know that it won’t show up on me at all.

This collection didn’t sell out as fast on the Canadian site (bonus for us, for once!! 😀 )

I did buy the colourful lipsticks, I’m pleased with the ratings so far! Online only Lavendar Jade is sold out as far as the lipsticks go

Hi Christine!

Before the launch, I was eyeing all the mattes.
It released in Malaysia on 1March and I crossed the border early in the morning to check the collection out.
After trying each lipstick on my lips (I was fortunate to be the first, the lady hadn’t even displayed them yet), I found FS to look like crap on my lips, my lips naturally have a lot of lines, so it settled in instantaneously. Which is a pity, because the shade did complement my skin tone very much. I didn’t get it but whenever I see that shade on Instagram, I get the urge to get it when it releases in Singapore on 6Mar. Lavender Jade suited me well but the store only received 6pcs? And 4 of them was botched (like how your FS looks). I got the remaining two for my friends who asked for help getting. Now I’m questioning that decision hahaha.

I did walk away with Burmese Kiss and Summer Opal which are my favourites of the collection 😀

Something told me not to click on this lol. I only ordered the Beauty Powder since the lipsticks looked so dupable but they’re starting to tempt me now. Lavender Jade being slightly different is enough for me to want it and Forbidden Sunrise looks so amazing on you!

I’m so in love with the packaging of this collection! Unfortunately, I think these colors are just too dupable. I have an orange lipstick in my collection already and I haven’t worn it in months, can’t justify another :/

Not that I can get a hold of Lavender Jade anyway but…. Does anyone know if it’s comparable to Dose of Colors “Love Potion”? I have that and they look pretty similar… maybe the MAC one is a little lighter? Any thoughts would be appreciated. 🙂

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