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MAC x Guo Pei Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches

MAC Brave Red Lipstick
MAC Brave Red Lipstick

MAC Brave Red Lipstick ($30.00 for TBA oz.) is described as a “bright yellow red [with a Cremesheen finish].” It’s a medium, cherry red with subtle, warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had semi-opaque coverage that applied evenly. The consistency is lightly creamy, particularly once it softens against the warmth of the lips. It lasted for four and a half hours on me and left behind a light stain. It was neither drying nor hydrating on me. This shade is part of the permanent range, so if you prefer to pay less and don’t mind standard packaging, that might be the way to go. Edward Bess Eternal Passion (P, $32.00) is glossier (95% similar). Clinique Cherry Pop (P, $18.00) is cooler (95% similar). Chanel Ultrarose (257) (LE, $37.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Night to Remember (LE, $18.50) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel La Bouleversante (51) (P, $37.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Everyday Diva (P, $25.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Oblivion (LE, $18.50) is warmer (95% similar). Bite Beauty Tannin (DC, $24.00) is darker, glossier (95% similar). MAC Evening Posh (LE, $18.50) is cooler (95% similar). Besame Besame Red 1920 (P, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Guerlain Rouge Parade (820) (DC, $58.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Flamenco (DC, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Get Fired (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Red Bowtie (022) (P, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced 90210hhh (P, $22.00) is glossier (90% similar). Guerlain Gala (DC, $58.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). MAC Ruby (LE, $18.50) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Life's Blood (LE, $21.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Audacious (P, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Revlon Provocateur (135) (P, $8.99) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Ethereal Orchid Lipstick ($30.00 for TBA oz.) is described as a “mid-tone dirty coral [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a muted, medium coral-orange with warm undertones and a soft sheen. It had semi-sheer coverage, so there was translucency to the color that allowed the natural lip color to come through. The consistency was thin and a little clingy, and it only lasted two hours. It was a little drying on me, which is my typical experience with this type of finish. Marc Jacobs Beauty Understudy (114) (DC, $30.00) is lighter, more pigmented (95% similar). Buxom Two-Timer (DC, $21.00) is more pigmented (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Nectar (P, $28.00) is lighter, more pigmented (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Retro Coral (P, $37.00) is brighter, more pigmented (90% similar). L'Oreal Luminous Coral (P, $9.99) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Style Surge (P, $25.00) is lighter, more pigmented (90% similar). Urban Decay Liar (DC, $22.00) is more pigmented, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Desinvolte (97) (P, $37.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Dreaming Dahlia (LE, $18.50) is lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Centifolia (LE, $28.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). YSL Coral Aviator (81) (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Hourglass Explorer (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pipa (LE, $55.00) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Zenith Lipstick ($30.00 for TBA oz.) is described as a “light nude [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a light-medium, rosy brown with warm undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. Lustres are typically sheerer and thinner in consistency, but this had a thicker texture (but not thick) and semi-opaque coverage. It was more slippery and comfortable to wear as it didn’t cling, though wear time was only two and a half hours. NARS Little Darling (DC, $28.00) is less pigmented (95% similar). Colour Pop Aquarius (P, $5.50) is more pigmented, warmer (85% similar). Hourglass Believer (P, $32.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Scandola (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Nudist (PiP, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Guerlain Galiane (15) (DC, $58.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Cle de Peau Silk Scroll (P, $65.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Doe (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Structure (DC, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Vanished (P, $18.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Rum Punch (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). MAC Naked Bud (LE, $18.50) is less pigmented (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Miss Kensington (LE, $34.00) is darker, less glossy (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Katherine (LE, $36.00) is cooler (85% similar). bareMinerals Sexpot (PiP, $20.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Barbara (P, $34.00) is darker, more pigmented, cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Pecan (DC, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). Chanel Julia (404) (P, $37.00) is more shimmery, darker, less glossy (85% similar). Too Faced Topless (P, $22.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The MAC x Guo Pei collaboration launches online on September 24th at maccosmetics.com, and it will only be available at MAC 5th Avenue in NYC and MAC at South Coast Plaza (in southern California) for U.S. locations.

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MAC Brave Red Lipstick
MAC Brave Red Lipstick

MAC Brave Red Lipstick
MAC Brave Red Lipstick

MAC Brave Red Lipstick
MAC Brave Red Lipstick

MAC Brave Red Lipstick
MAC Brave Red Lipstick

MAC Brave Red Lipstick
MAC Brave Red Lipstick

MAC Brave Red Lipstick
MAC Brave Red Lipstick

MAC Ethereal Orchid Lipstick
MAC Ethereal Orchid Lipstick

MAC Ethereal Orchid Lipstick
MAC Ethereal Orchid Lipstick

MAC Ethereal Orchid Lipstick
MAC Ethereal Orchid Lipstick

MAC Ethereal Orchid Lipstick
MAC Ethereal Orchid Lipstick

MAC Ethereal Orchid Lipstick
MAC Ethereal Orchid Lipstick

MAC Ethereal Orchid Lipstick
MAC Ethereal Orchid Lipstick

MAC Zenith Lipstick
MAC Zenith Lipstick

MAC Zenith Lipstick
MAC Zenith Lipstick

MAC Zenith Lipstick
MAC Zenith Lipstick

MAC Zenith Lipstick
MAC Zenith Lipstick

MAC Zenith Lipstick
MAC Zenith Lipstick

MAC Zenith Lipstick
MAC Zenith Lipstick

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About the 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 information, please check the FAQ.)

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I like Brave Red. Whether or not I want to pay the extra for the packaging? Hmmm. So pretty. I may. I wish they could have got a little more creative here though -or a more opaque lipstick. I may not.

Thanks Christine for getting these reviews up so quickly!! You’re a superstar. Brave Red is really beautiful, but I wish they had done a new red that wasn’t part of the permanent collection, but so beautiful in that floral packaging. And I wish Ethereal Orchid was just a little more pigmented. Hmm, I will have to think about this, or check for dupes in my stash

I had originally planned on getting Ethereal Orchid, but I think I’ll pass after seeing your review! A sheer $30 lipstick should not be drying at all IMO.

I’ve been working on picking up a red for this fall and Besame Red 1920 has been sitting in my wishlist forever, but I also wanted to see what this one looks like swatched. I prefer the finish and colour of the Besame which I already have in the little matchstick sampler package (aside: surprised as how many wears I can eek out of one little stick).

So far this collection is bust for me. There is nothing really calling my name, but I do think the packaging is very very pretty.

Brave Red is really versatile. It’s pretty close to neutral and has a slight translucence, so it’s good for layering. You can turn it into a brick by putting it over a brown liner or make it a berry by putting it over a fuchsia liner. And it’s not drying.

If I was buying a lipstick from the collection (which sadly I am not due to the prices) I would buy Zenith as it looks beautiful on and is the kind of color I could wear with most eye looks.

I am super disappointed in MAC’s lipstick color choices for this rather pricey collection. Such dupable shades! And none rate an A- even! Not even going to bother with these!

Although, I now do wonder whether the Zenith dupe of better quality, Nars Barbara would work with my C4.5 skintone?

The last time I bought a special collection from Mac was Pretty Pretty. The lipsticks were double in price then too. But I loved the colors and it was .15 oz. I am so disappointed with MAC to raise prices thinking it is like Tom Ford. And it is not like Tom Ford is all that either.

I still can’t decide which one to get! I only plan getting 1 lipstick because it’s so expensive, and just for the pretty packaging for my collection :)) Christine if you had the choice to get just one of these, which would you choose??

Brave Red is a lovely shade of red. I would buy it from the permanent range, as I don’t particularily like the textil with a seem on these, I think the seem would annoy me. I’m peculiar like that.
I like Ethereal Orchid, but not enough to pay this much to get it. Had it been an A+, though…

I would love to get my hands on Ethereal Orchid but I’m going to be in Europe on the 24th and these will probably sell out almost immediately on MAC’s website. I really wish they would launch in more than just two stores! 🙁

I dig the blue quad, Lotus Blossom blush and the beauty powder, but I don’t have the cash to splash on any of it. Wish the 129 weren’t such a shedder so I could justify the money on the brush.

Hi Christine!

I received Zenith in the mail today and once I saw the color in person I was surprised; Zenith looks e x a c t l y like “Masque” from Alexander McQueen Collection. I looked for it in my stash they’re literally the same. Except for the finishes – Zenith’s a lustre and Masque has a satin finish.
Are they any different once applied? Please let me know. 🙂

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