mac tropic tonic

A Little Obsessed With MAC Tropic Tonic Matte Lipstick

Published in: Daily Photo, MAC Makeup

mac tropic tonic

MAC Tropic Tonic Matte Lipstick ($16)

If there were a book titled, “Chicken Soup for the Makeup-Lover’s Soul,” I bet the cover would have a picture of something coral, because a lot of the time when I feel stuck in a rut or just generally blah, I turn to coral.

Like MAC Tropic Tonic Matte Lipstick, my latest coral crush. It’s one of the new $16 Matte lipsticks MAC recently added to their permanent line.


Like a slightly redder Vegas Volt with a flat matte finish instead of MAC’s Amplified finish, it looks particularly fetching (I think) with black winged liner.

Trรจs retro-fabulous.


You can find it now online and at MAC stores and counters.

mac tropic tonic

MAC Matte Lipstick in Tropic Tonic ($16)

mac tropic tonic vegas volt

MAC Matte Lipstick in Tropic Tonic (left) next to MAC Amplified Lipstick in Vegas Volt (right)

On the subject of MAC’s Matte Lipsticks, which are your favorite ones? Inquiring minds want to know.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Happy hump day, by the way. ๐Ÿ™‚


Like this post? Tell your friends!

So far, 48 people have commented on this article. How cool is that?

  1. Yeeeeees, this is suuuuch a pretty color! Looks fantastic on you.
    Kiss & Make-up recently posted … Review | Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush in Crush, Quickie & Indecent

  2. Agata says:

    It truly is a beautiful shade. Perfect for summer. I wonder how it would look on me!

  3. Komal says:

    Wow! That’s such a gorgeous shade ๐Ÿ™‚ Speaking of corals, my favourite from MAC has been MAC Crosswires ๐Ÿ˜€
    Komal recently posted … Evening Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorial: EOTD, FOTD

  4. Pamela says:

    Karen, I love this blog and MAC makeup, you’re totally an enabler of me buying more makeup!

    Also, same skin tone so I know if it looks great on you it’ll look great on me.

    I wanted to ask– what’s the matching lip liner that you’re using with this lipstick?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Pamela,

      Love you back! So glad you enjoy the site. ๐Ÿ™‚

      So, for this lip look, I skipped the liner and used a lip brush. But if you want to use a liner, something like MAC Lasting Sensation would probably work.

  5. That kind of shade looks SO great on you!!

  6. Meg says:

    This color looks so beautiful on you, Karen! It’s somehow bright yet soft at the same time? Is that even possible? So perfect for summer.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Meg,

      You described it perfectly. Bright yet soft! If you like this color, you should also check out NARS Lodhi. It has the same bright/soft vibe.

      Hope you’re having a nice day so far!

  7. Allison C says:

    Tropic Tonic is my kinda shade, and it’s clearly yours too!
    Allison C recently posted … Target Beauty Box Summer 2015 & Giveaway Winner

  8. Valerie C. says:

    Beautiful! I think I’ll get this one. And the liner looks amazing. Is it MAC?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Valerie!

      Yup, good eye, the liner is MAC. I’m wearing Blacktrack Fluidline. ๐Ÿ™‚ Let me know if you have any questions about it; it’s one of my staples and I loooove it.

      • Valerie C. says:

        Thanks, I love the precise line! Did you use #210 brush? I’m thinking of getting that one. I appreciate the help ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Tara says:

    That color is gorgeous. I don’t think the counter had that one out when I went to view the collection.

    I’m loving Whirl and Runway Hit. I have my eye on most of them.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Tara,

      I hope that it comes to your counter soon. It’s a beautiful shade for summer.

      Do you find Whirl or Runway Hit drying at all? Or are you one of those lucky ladies who can wear a matte lipstick without having to deal with flakes?

  10. Isabella says:

    Beautiful color! Love the way you paired it with a bolder liner (and a bit of shadow? Looks like a plummy brown..) Since I live in Europe I have to wait until August for the new matte lipies ๐Ÿ™

  11. LipjunkieNL says:

    I tried Vegas Volt and really liked the color, but I was looking for a matte version, so I didn’t buy it. Good to know Tropic Tonic is a dupe with a matte finish! My favourite matte lipstick from MAC is a limited edition and a oldie….it’s Lingering Kiss. I just like the vampy look that color gives you :).

  12. Lulle says:

    It looks really beautiful on you! I love how the matte finish gives the color a softer look.
    I think my favorite Matte lipstick is D for Danger, although I haven’t bought it yet, lol! I really really want it though.
    Lulle recently posted … Burberry Lip & Cheek Bloom in No 03 Hydrangea cream blush is a finicky flower

    • Karen says:

      Hey Lulle!

      Thanks, friend. I’m all about mattes these days, it seems (especially matte corals). So, I wore D for Danger a little while ago and it’s fabulous. You’ll love it!

      I hope that you’re having a nice week so far. How’s the weather down there?

  13. Beti says:

    Oh wow Tropic Tonic looks absolutely gorgeous on you! I will pick up this shade for sure on my next trip to MAC.
    Beti recently posted … Budget Buy: Lโ€™oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation

  14. Pavithra says:

    This entire look is fetching, the blush ties in so well with Tropic Tonic! Would love to see a step by step breakdown ๐Ÿ™‚
    Pavithra recently posted … For That Natural Flush – Burberry Lip & Cheek Bloom In Poppy

  15. Kwmechelle says:

    About two weeks ago, I went to the MAC counter to pick up a backup of Spiked. That’s when I learned that the Matte Collection had been released. And Whirl + Royal (and Spiked) made their way home with me ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m also a fan of Ruby Woo, which I thought I could never pull off because of the retro matte formula. All 3 lippies will be in heavy rotation this summer ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Karen says:

      I can totally see you rocking Whirl!

      How have you been? I feel like I haven’t talked to you in foreva!

      • Kwmechelle says:

        I know! It does feel like foreva! I’m well, my friend. Just got back from another road trip to visit friends. I’ve purposed to do something of a little getaway every month for the rest of the year; even if it’s just checking myself into a local 5 star hotel to get some me time I’ve been keeping up with your blog though. I mean, priorities, yo’! And nothing says priorities like makeup. I’m still getting used to wearing Whirl & how it looks on me. I tried it with Chestnut but I don’t love that combo. I may have to cave & get the corresponding liner from MAC. I was definitely a kid in the candy store when I walked to the counter & saw that the MAC Matte collection was released. Surprisingly, I work da h*ll outta Royal. And big props for the Keith Sweat joke!

        • Karen says:

          Oh, how fun. How was the trip? Where did you go?

          So, Whirl is such a ’90s color. I think that after a few goes at it you’ll fall in love. (At least that’s what I keep telling myself when I wear deep ’90s-style browns.) I am SO GLAD that someone out there can wear Matte Royal and make it look legit. It’s definitely a bad @ss color, but not one that everyone can pull off. Did you do winged liner with it? PLEASE SAY YES!

          Um, I may or may not have just listened to K. Sweat’s “Twisted.”

          • Kwmechelle says:

            Winged liner all day, err’day, dude! TWISTED!!! Guess who’s about to jam to that right meow?!! And I’ll find a way to rock Whirl. It’s such a beautiful color and MUST BE WORN. Royal, on the other hand, gets me compliments & stares….it’s one bad-maima-jaima

          • Karen says:

            YAAAAAAS! I think winged liner is a must with @ss-kicker colors like Matte Royal. You’re doing me proud, girlfriend.

            So, guess who actually owns the CD single to Twisted with, like, all 12 remixes on it? LOL!

  16. Stephanie says:

    Looks great to me!

    Also, Karen, some wonderful sales assistant talked my mom into buying the Smashbox Pore Blurring primer and Urban Decay Naked Skin (so now I get to play with those two, too!). So excited to have a chance to check those out.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Stephanie,

      Aww, lucky you! I wish I could share makeup with my mom. My mom wears very little makeup, and the makeup that she wears is stuff that I buy her and bug her to wear, LOL! Let me know what you think of the primer and the foundation. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Meghan says:

    I wore Vegas Volt on my wedding day when my husband & I eloped in Las Vegas just over a month ago! I’ve ordered Tropic Tonic online& it’s en route, so excited! It looks gorgeous ๐Ÿ˜€

  18. Rachel R. says:

    Well, I can’t blame you for being obsessed. It’s a fantastic color, and now I want it. lol My favorite MAC matte is La Vie En Rouge, but it’s not permanent, unfortunately. (Maybe some day…)

    • Karen says:

      Oh, I love that color too! There’s something larger-than-life about it. If I ever find a dupe I will let you know. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Rachel R. says:

        Aw, thanks, sweetie. Luckily, I bought it on the last reissue, so I’ve got enough to last awhile. I get tons of compliments whenever I wear it.

  19. What a gorgeous color! It looks beautiful on you!

  20. Kecia S. says:

    I just received D for Danger, along with two Extra Dimension eyeshadows. #sogorgeous

  21. Kirsten says:

    I have been eyeing both Twig and Whirl lately. I did end up buying Persistence because of your post, but it looks a bit more like a fall color on me, so I need something more summery, I think.

  22. Fancie says:

    You and Sunny are really making me want this. It just looks so pretty! And you look beautiful as always. My favorite MAC matte is Herons. I just love purple and MAC nailed the formula
    Fancie recently posted … On Wednesdays We Wear Pink!

  23. Astrid says:

    I totally agree, it’s gorgeous!! I wonder how similar it is with Chanel La Petillante (from the spring 2015 collection)… if it’s not similar at all, it’s coming home with me! And can you believe I didn’t have blacktrack?? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    Astrid recently posted … Beauty Cliff Notes: Where to shop for beauty items in Germany

  24. Tarryn B says:

    And I’m totally a little obsessed with this makeup look!! You look fab!
    Tarryn B recently posted … May overview

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge