MAC Sparks of Romance is a slightly cool-toned, medium-dark red with a sparkle finish. It is a limited edition lipstick that retails for $21.00 and contains 0.1 oz.
MAC Sparks of Romance Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a "true red [with a Matte Frost finish]." It's a medium-dark, brightened red with subtle, cool undertones and barely-there gold shimmer. It had almost full color coverage, and the finish is was semi-matte. The consistency didn't tug at lips, but there was a slight texture that I could feel due to the shimmer content. It wore well for six and a half hours and was slightly drying. MAC Damn Glamorous (LE, $16.00) is more muted, less red, matte. MAC Ruby (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Too Faced Melted Ruby (P, $21.00) is glossier. Estee Lauder Vengeful Red (P, $30.00) is similar. Bite Beauty Rioja (P, $28.00) is more muted. Tom Ford Beauty Vampire Kiss (LE, $50.00) is cooler-toned. Chanel La Precieuse (317) (LE, $34.00) is more matte. MAC Glam (DC, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Urban Decay 69 (P, $22.00) is brighter. Maybelline On Fire Red (P, $7.49) is glossier. MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $16.00) is more matte, darker. MAC MAC Red (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.
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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.