MAC Liptensity Collection Lip Swatches and First Impressions

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The new MAC Liptensity Collection

I wonder what it’s like to see things like Maureen Seaberg does, who used her genetic tetrachromatic ability to see 100 million color variations in her collaboration with MAC on the new MAC Liptensity Lipstick collection (coming Sept. 20 to the MAC website).

I bet it would be a lot cooler than what I usually see…which is barely anything half the time, LOL! Could somebody pass my glasses, please?

mac postmodern

MAC Liptensity Lipstick in Postmodern

I just powered through these swatches, so a few of them are a little dicey. My apologies, but homegirl was flyin’! Some of the darker shades definitely could have used more babying, particularly Stallion, the black shade, and dark Blue Beat.

Hey, ma, I did my best in the two minutes I alloted myself to do each of them, but they’re the kind of colors that could easily take 15 minutes to apply flawlessly.

mac lobster

MAC Liptensity in Lobster

mac habanero

MAC Liptensity in Habanero

mac fireworks

MAC Liptensity in Fireworks

When regular trichromatic folks like me and you process colors, we see them in three channels (red, green, blue), but tetrachromats like Maureen process color information in four channels, so they’re able to distinguish a zillion times as many colors and perceive nuances that we three-channel kids can’t.

mac mulling spices

MAC Liptensity in Mulling Spices

mac lifes blood

MAC Liptensity in Life’s Blood

mac eros

MAC Liptensity in Eros

mac claretcast

MAC Liptensity in Claretcast

mac marsala

MAC Liptensity in Marsala

The new Liptensity line encompasses 24 shades with a new formula, and they’ll be available online starting September 20 and in stores September 21 through November 17.

mac ambrosial

MAC Liptensity in Ambrosial

mac hellebore

MAC Liptensity in Hellebore

mac galaxy grey

MAC Liptensity in Galaxy Grey

mac blue beat

MAC Liptensity in Blue Beat

mac stallion

MAC Liptensity in Stallion

There are subtle shifts among the similar colors, and if you just do a quick drive by, some of them look very similar, but if you look closely, you can see that they’re actually different shades.

Most of them are super intense, and one layer is enough for full opacity.

As for the formula, which is on the thicker side, it still feels almost weightless on my lips.

I like. πŸ™‚

It also has some “stick” to it, so when I rub my lips back and forth, the colors don’t transfer outside my natural lip line.

I also like. πŸ™‚

mac double fudge

MAC Liptensity in Double Fudge

mac burnt violet

MAC Liptensity in Burnt Violet

mac dionysus

MAC Liptensity in Dionysus

mac cordovan

MAC Liptensity in Cordovan

mac toast and butter

MAC Liptensity in Toast and Butter

Of course, in case you were wondering, these also have MAC’s signature vanilla flavor and scent.

mac smoked almond

MAC Liptensity in Smoked Almond

mac doe

MAC Liptensity in Doe

mac driftwood

MAC Liptensity in Driftwood

mac medium rare

MAC Liptensity in Medium Rare

mac gumball

MAC Liptensity in Gumball

I haven’t spent a ton of time with them yet, but I like these so far. I’ve been getting about four hours of wear time from them, too.

What do you think? Does anything catch your trichromatic eye?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Chris25 says:

    Marsala and Ambrosial appeal to me.
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  2. sarahc says:

    Hi Karen! Are these drying for you? Thank you.

  3. Rachel R. says:

    I’m really liking Galaxy Grey and Hellebore. It’s a pity these are LE, as the colors all look really nice.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Rachel,

      Galaxy Grey isn’t a shade that I’d normally be drawn to, but in this case I really like it. Hellebore was a little hard to work with. If you end up grabbing it, just know that you’ll need a lip liner. I’d line and then fill in lips first with it, then pop Hellebore on top. You could use it alone but it’s not the quickest lip in the world to do. I seriously could’ve spent 30 minutes with it.

      Happy Friday to you! Are you guys doing anything fun this weekend?

  4. Jaclyn levy says:

    You are a GEM for trying on every. single. one. of these for us! Thank you for your commitment. It’s so nice to see how they read on real lips! πŸ˜€ :-*

    • Karen says:

      You’re welcome! It was interesting to discover all the fine nuances between the colors. πŸ™‚ Makes me wonder how it must be to see all those shades that tetrachromes can see.

      Happy Friday to you and have a wonderful weekend!

  5. Debra says:

    Could you please post a pic of the ingredients. Thank you

  6. Becky says:

    What a shame these are limited edition-I really like them! The nudes are beautiful. Are they a satin finish? I’ll definitely be picking up a few of these!!
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    • Karen says:

      Hi Becky,

      Yes, the finish is close to a satin. I’d say they have just a touch more shine.

      Which colors are you interested in? Out of the nudes, I’m really liking Driftwood!

  7. Kim says:

    Wow – those are a lot of colors to put on and take off. It must have taken you forever (I’m tired and my lips are sore, just thinking about it). Thank you! πŸ™‚

    Also, I now feel compelled to look up tetrachromatic. Your blog is so educational!

    • 2nd that, on being educational!

    • Karen says:

      LOL, I have link up top somewhere to Wikipedia with some info. Check it out, it’s really cool! I wish there were glasses that us regular three channel trichromatic folks could wear so we could see all the colors the tetra chromes see. Wouldn’t that be cool? Although I’d probably we waaaaay overstimulated.

      • jonirae says:

        that would be really cool! that should definitely be a thing. I feel like it should be possible; we already do things like make deaf people hear again, and I’ve seen glasses for that weird kind of colorblindness (that is way more lack of color than it is just two colors blurring together… I forget what it’s called now!) that let them be able to see true colors vividly… so this should definitely be a thing. probably not a really pressing scientific advancement, comparatively speaking, but hey, we’ve got microchip collars that translate our kittys’ purrs into human words, so why not this?? πŸ˜€

  8. Jessica says:

    Gotta say I really like Galaxy Gray!

    (hey that was a rhyme! :p)
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  9. jonirae says:

    Burnt Violet, Driftwood, and that gray one all suit you really well! Surprised by how chill the gray one especially is, it doesn’t look like a risky color at all, at least on you! πŸ™‚ I do think several colors look ver similar, but I can definitely catch some of the variations, especially because as I scrolled thru I would be like “oh, that’s pretty on Karen…” and then I’d be like “oh wait — this next one is actually somehow way better!” so that was an eye opening little class for me on just how much things like undertone can really make a difference! πŸ™‚

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