MAC Liptensity Lipstick Swatches and Review

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I went to the mall on Black Friday, intending to do some Christmas shopping for friends and family.

Crazy, right?

Just being there was a sensory overload, but things got even more intense at the MAC counter. I was mesmerized by the array of lip color on display.

That’s where MAC blew my holiday shopping budget in record time with an updated release of their beyond-brilliant MAC Liptensity Lipsticks ($21) in nine new and three bring-back shades!

I fell in love with MAC Liptensity’s creamy, color-packed formula the first time around, and didn’t think I could love it more.

We heart this gave me the chance to test four shades, and the formula is so vivid, so creamy, so long-lasting, I know I’ll be adding more colors to my makeup bag soon.

You might think I’m going a little overboard considering the endless formulas and colors that MAC already offers.

Here’s what makes this Liptensity release something special: not only nine new shades and three old faves of lipstick, but 18 permanent shades of brand new MAC Liptensity Lip Pencil ($21).

Ok, let’s get to the shades…

MAC Liptensity Lipstick Review

The lipsticks I tested (marked*) ran the gamut from daytime neutral to nighttime high drama.

MAC Bite O Georgia – Light creamy peach

MAC King Salmon* – Creamy salmon pink, extremely flattering for practically any skin tone.

MAC Clouds in My Coffee – Light dusty nude pink

MAC Well Bred Brown* – Light nude, I’m reaching for this one almost every day. One application in the morning and I’m still wearing it when I get home from work.

MAC Double Fudge* – Intense dark brown that reads vampy almost-black on my lips. My inner Goth is really pleased with how dramatic this one looks.

MAC Beetroot* – Creamy lilac purple, a new wave-y throwback that’s surprisingly wearable.

MAC Liptensity Lipstick Swatches

The lipsticks glide on creamily and are extremely long-lasting.

Of course, I’d expect this kind of staying power to come with a cost—dry lips–but all things considered, the formula is not very drying at all.

I just make sure to exfoliate and apply a good lip balm overnight for extra moisture.

The MAC Liptensity formula is the best possible version of long-wearing lipstick.

The bonanza of 18 permanent matching lip pencils (excuse me while I swoon) is almost too much for this Liptensity lover to take.

You read that correctly, 18 colors of MAC Liptensity Lip Pencil (available here). The liner has a slanted, chiseled tip that is extremely precise—so easy to use!

The colors are vivid and long lasting.

MAC Liptensity Lip Pencil Review

I sampled three shades (marked*) and have already set my sights on a whole bunch more…

MAC Liptensity Lip Pencil Shades

Habanero  – Vibrant Orange, just bright enough and so pretty.

All Dressed Up* – True Bright Red. You won’t find a more beautiful classic red liner.

Dionysus – Rich burgundy

Art District – Soft warm pink

Pressed Blooms – Soft cool pink

Fresh Clay* – Mid-tone Rosy Nude. I love MAC’s Spice and Nice & Spicy liners, and Fresh Clay is a similar neutral.

Enoki – Dusty lilac beige

MAC Liptensity Lip Pencil Swatches

The formula is so creamy, I’m tempted to wear the liner all over with a little clear gloss on top.

I was already a big fan of MAC’s various lip liners, but the Liptensity collection’s sharp, slanted tip is extra-nice.

Do you have a MAC’s Liptensity review to share?

Post your thoughts in the comments!

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turboterp

Melissa loves road trips, bargain shopping, drive-in movies, lip gloss and rock 'n' roll. She lives in Baltimore with her precious pup Bellarina.
skin tone: NC20
skin type: dry to normal
favorite beauty product: skincare
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2 thoughts on “MAC Liptensity Lipstick Swatches and Review”

  1. krista

    I can resist most of those, but my inner goth is loving Double Fudge! That looks like a must-have for those of us with dark hair and pale skin! Beetroot also looks like a fun color! I’ve been really digging purple lip colors lately. Next time I’m at a MAC counter, this girl knows what she’ll be swatching. Great post!

  2. spitfire77

    I have not tried these yet but they look fabulous! The coffee nude one is beautiful! I too loaded up over the holidays on lipsticks but these are at a good price point where I may just be adding a couple more to that pile. MAC has always been one of my faves for liners too. They are just the perfect mix of creamy with staying power.

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