MAC By Special Order is a very cool-toned, medium-dark red with a pearl finish. It is a limited edition lipstick that retails for $20.00 and contains 0.1 oz.
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MAC By Special Order Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a "deep reddened fuchsia [with an Amplified finish]." It's a bold, bright medium-dark pink-red with cooler undertones and fine pink pearl. It had mostly opaque coverage with a moderately creamy texture with some slip that applied evenly but didn't slide around easily. On me, this shade lasted for over six hours, left behind a fuchsia-hued stain, and was slightly hydrating. Smashbox Red Rage (P, $21.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Urban Decay Psycho (P, $18.00) is darker (95% similar). Bite Beauty Kir Royale (DC, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Bite Beauty #012 (LE, $36.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Alain (P, $36.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Emma (LE, $36.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Dragon Girl (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Guerlain Glamorous Cherry (822) (DC, $58.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Luciano (P, $36.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Revlon Flirtatious (125) (DC, $8.99) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Chanel Rouge Byzantin (LE, $38.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Luxembourg (PiP, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). YSL Red Cassandre (84) (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (80% similar). MAC Scan-delicious (LE, $18.00) is cooler, glossier (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.
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Formulated to shade, define and showcase the lips, M·A·C Lipstick is available in every nuance of your favorite color and high-fashion texture. It's the iconic product that made M·A·C famous. AMPLIFIED CREME (A): Ultra-creamy. Quietly shiny. Color-packed! Hi-res: hi-impact. CREMESHEEN (C): Creme-based lipstick that imparts bright full color, with a soft and supple shine. FROST (F): Excellent color payoff with medium to high frosted shimmer-and-shine finish. LUSTRE (L): Demi-sheer with wet-look lustre finish. Very slick. Makes lips look soft, smooth, ultra-moist. MATTE (M): Pigment rich with intense color pay-off. No-shine, all matte finish. SATIN (S): Color-rich. Soft satin, semi-matte finish. Conditions while adding intense color.