There’s no denying that MAC has one of the best ranges of lip shades out there. But they’re about to go one better with the launch of the new MAC Liptensity Lipsticks. These are a whole new formulation using what they call ‘High-Frequency Tetrachromatic Pigments technology’. Now, not to be all cynical but there’s something about a technology that is ‘imperceptible to the average naked eye’ – which is what this technology is described as, a level of pigment and colour with 100 million hues that the average eye can’t even pick up – that makes me raise and eyebrow…BUT regardless, the intensity and formula of these is pretty special. If you like a bold lip then read on.
There are a total of 24 shades in this new MAC Liptensity lipstick range with everything from dark blue to soft pink. Regardless of your taste from the dramatic (Galaxy Grey or Blue Beat might be for you in their grey or blue shades…) or the safe (hello Medium Rare or Doe as the blush pink or neutral brown tones), there’s something in here or all.
I have four of the more wearable shades to show you here. Including one that I was immediately heart-eyes over when I spotted it looking fab on the MAC PR. Talk about good PR – I knew I needed that shade as soon as I spotted it! So let’s take a peek at the four shades that cover a great spectrum from dark to neutral…. like a capsule wardrobe of lipsticks with a dark, a red, a pink and a nude shade.
From left to right we have: Burnt Violet (dark plum), Gumball (creamy blush pink), Habanero (vibrant orange-red) and Smoked Almond (bright rose brown).
Each shade with a bit of a close up:
Burnt Violet – A deep plum shade. Even when I tried this when the rest of my face was almost make-up free I love how it gave an impression of being totally made-up. Like a plum lip gives and instant fresh polish – even with fresh, foundation-free skin and just mascara… potentially a look I’ll be going with for Autumn.
Gumball – A creamy blush pink. Normally the sort of shade I’d gravitate towards but feeling like this doesn’t suit me as much as I used to. I think I prefer a warmer pink with my skintone now. BUT this is a creamy finish with even, strong pigment. Would look better paired with a lipliner than alone as it is in this photo But that pretty much applies to all because they’re so strong on pigment.
Habanero – A vibrant orange-red and the one that I loved from the moment I saw it. I love a red shade and I especially love an orange-red. There’s something about it that I always think looks so modern. Love everything about this, from the pigment to the finish and the application. Expect to see me pairing this with my usual messy hair and otherwise minimal make-up all year around. An orange red always looks good. My favourite of the four I tried.
Smoked Almond – A bright rose brown according to the MAC description. I think this is quite a brown nude, with just the right amount of pink to keep it flattering rather than draining. Sort of a 90’s nude shade so ‘oh so very on trend’. Definitely more flattering on than I ever anticipated it would be if I was honest from looking at the shade. I like it as a more flattering/warmer nude option.
One thing I haven’t noted so far is the packaging – I like how the packaging colour matches (accurately) the shade of each lipstick. This is good as makes choosing a shade easy and picking it from the stash a breeze. The shape of the lipstick isn’t like the usual bullet as it has a slanted flat top – more like that of a lip balm than the point of their usual lipstick shape. Only downside being how the point can help getting a more precise line around the lips. In each of the photos above I just used the lipstick and no liner. Generally (especially with the bolder shades) I’d want to use a lip liner too to get a more precise edge and prevent bleeding.
Overall, these are some impressive new lipsticks that are bound to impress. Bold, but not sacrificing on comfort – massive thumbs up from me.
The new MAC Liptensity Lipstick * range launches on 29th September (£17.50) and some of the shades are limited edition. None of the ones here are LE though.
*PR samples or gift