MAC Cardinal is a neutral-toned, medium red with a natural finish. It is a limited edition lipstick that retails for $20.00 and contains 0.1 oz.
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MAC Cardinal Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a "yellow burgundy red [with a Satin finish]." It's a meidum-dark red with neutral-to-warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It had mostly opaque coverage that applied evenly. On me, this shade wore well for five and a half hours but was lightly drying over time. In my MAC spreadsheet, I have this shade listed as a previously released shade, but I can't recall where from (I couldn't find a previous review for it). MAC Maria Moretti (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. MAC Audacious (P, $23.00) is similar. MAC Stunner (LE, $16.00) is more matte. Bite Beauty Fraise (P, $24.00) is more matte, brighter. MAC Evening Posh (LE, $16.00) is slightly more muted. NARS Deadly Catch (LE, $26.00) is similar. Guerlain Rouge Parade (820) (LE, $51.00) is brighter. MAC Dangerously Chic (P, $23.00) is darker. MAC Oblivion (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace (LE, $22.00) is darker. MAC True Love’s Kiss (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Estee Lauder Vengeful Red (P, $30.00) is similar. Bite Beauty Rioja (P, $28.00) is similar. Bite Beauty Pomegranate (P, $24.00) is similar. Givenchy Grenat Initie (307) (P, $36.00) is glossier. Maybelline On Fire Red (P, $7.49) is lighter, glossier. MAC Eden Rouge (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Red Racer (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC MAC Red (P, $16.00) is more matte, cooler-toned. Guerlain Greta (P, $51.00) is cooler-toned. Guerlain Gala (P, $51.00) is lighter. Buxom Provocateur (P, $21.00) is similar. Get comparison swatches / compare 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.