MAC Unsung Heroes: Impassioned Lipstick (and Watermelon)

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It’s official: I am in food lust with watermelon. That one from the other day? Completely gone. And it was ginormous, too! — like bigger than Tabs, and I ate it all by myself in, like, two days. On the one hand (and I’m thrilled about this) I’m not having any, um, fiber issues, but on the other hand, I’m a little afraid I might be overdoing it.


So sweet, so juicy!

Gotta swing by Trader Joe’s to get another one ASAP.

I’m obsessed… I’ve got watermelon on the brain. It’s even creeping into my makeup. Just the other day, I was looking at Impassioned ($14.50), one of my favorite MAC Lipsticks, when it hit me…

No, not the watermelon (silly). πŸ™‚ It occurred to me that Impassioned is a perfect watermelon pink.

MAC describes it as a full-throttle fuchsia, but on me it’s more of an intense, warmish hot pink. I’ve been wearing it a lot lately because, ya know, the whole watermelon thing, and also because I love the way it lights up my face. I think it looks fantabulous with summery gold, teal and bronze eye looks.

Impassioned and the other MAC Amplified lipsticks are famous for long-lasting, rich color (all day wear). That’s a lot longer than it takes to devour a plate of watermelon slices.


mac impassioned lipstick swatch

mac impassioned lipstick

mac impassioned lipstick


I actually love Impassioned so much that I gave it a nickname. I call it my, “Hello, friend!” lipstick, because whenever I wear it around fellow makeup junkies or to a beauty store like Sephora, at least one person always stops to ask me what I’m wearing on my lips.

It’s automatic: wear Impassioned, strike up a friendly conversation. πŸ™‚

Very cool.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


The MAC Unsung Heroes series features some of my favorite products from MAC’s permanent collection


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  1. I LOVE your top!! Where is it from?

    Impassioned looks great on you, I always swatch but never buy. Maybe I will have to give in to the temptation during my next haul…

  2. Tish says:

    One of my favorite MAC lipsticks of all time. It brightens up my face the way Vegas Volt does.

  3. vonnie says:

    i’ve been wanting that badly for a while, looks like a perfect summer lip color! so pretty
    vonnie recently posted … Heal The World: How Can YOU Make This a Better Place?

  4. Britany B. says:

    I’m going to buy this. Right after I re-buy my Girl About Town lipstick. It melted in my car. I believe I cried. Do you have any tips on how to better care for your lipsticks? Leaving make up in my car is kind of…inevitable. Maybe I should invest in a cooler? I’m desperate. I was obsessed with that lipstick. I think I’m going to go cry in a corner now……..

  5. Tracy says:

    One of my favourite MAC lippies ever! Looks great on you!
    And yummmm to watermelon. I like to put a few pieces in a pitcher of water in the fridge. Yummmm!
    Tracy recently posted … Deborah Lippmann Ruby Red Slippers Is The Perfect Nail Polish For Wearing to Canada Day Fireworks and Celebrations

  6. Jessi says:

    Now i need Impassioned AND a Tabs sized watermelon. I can’t eat that much without getting… fiber issues though. πŸ™‚
    Jessi recently posted … My June 2011 Favorites

  7. Megan says:

    That’s a really pretty color! No surprise people always comment on it. My little collection of MAC lipsticks is growing–just ordered Up the Amp and Rebel. I may have to add this to my wishlist now!

  8. Naj says:

    Oh Karen! You and your watermelon! πŸ˜€

  9. Denise says:

    This is going straight to my to-buy list! Pretty color, and you totally rock it! Amazing necklace too πŸ™‚
    Denise recently posted … Unicorns Dream’s Swag Box Giveaway!

  10. eunice says:


    where did you buy that necklace?It`s amazing with the M.a.c. and your tanned skin…

  11. Maria Aguyé says:

    I love that combination you are wearing of lipstick, necklace and top! Really beautiful!

  12. Chris25 says:

    Love this color! I bet it would look great topped with EvoRevo.
    I want to get NARS Funny Face lipstick. Have you tried it?

  13. Advah says:

    Beautiful! I might have to try that colour for the summer!

    And now I want some watermelon.

  14. Tiffany says:

    I must get this. Ordering it next week. I love your top as well!!

  15. Glosslizard says:

    Super pretty! I think I might need that (along with Crosswires)!

  16. Kelsey V. says:

    This is such a fun, punchy color and it looks great on you Karen! I feel like it is definitely a statement when you wear it and it would be perfect when you are going for the Naturally Bare look during the day and want to spice it up for night.
    Kelsey V. recently posted … June Favorites

  17. Niya says:

    Great color and I am also loving your outfit!

  18. Christina says:

    I am LOVING this color!!

  19. Mary says:

    The more I’ve been reading your blog lately, the more I find myself craving watermelon. What are you doing to me? Instead of makeup lemmings, I’m having watermelon lemmings! Hahaha!

  20. Kristen says:

    This is one of my faves too lol πŸ™‚

  21. Jackie says:

    I bought this because of you! Granted, I’m a crazy pale lady so it looks a bit different on me… but man… it’s so gorgeous! Thank you for inspiring me to buy it, Karen!

  22. Nina says:

    we bought 2 HUGE watermelons at Costco yesterday!

    i love impassioned — i usually do a very neutral look and then swipe on impassioned!

  23. Julesmond says:

    Loing your ‘Unsung Heroes’ posts! Funnily enough, I ordered Impassioned yesterday before your post came up. Now I am so glad I did πŸ™‚

  24. morrigan says:

    Lol@ fiber issues. Love that blatant honesty, Karen πŸ™‚

  25. Anna says:

    Yummeh. Unfortunately down here in Australia watermelons are very much not around πŸ™ When summer finally rolls around though I will have to revive the tradition of taking a whole watermelon to the beach, cutting it in half and eating it with a spoon. Try it, it’s like a giant dessert that comes in a bowl!

  26. Leah says:

    You look like a glistening Pocahontas with the necklace and hair! Beautiful look and I love impassioned.

    By the way, I recently purchased the Essence lip glosses you reviewed and I’m in love!

  27. Stephanie says:

    I love this lipstick! It looked especially good in your “Ways to Wear Evolution Revolution” post. I’m totally picking it up next time I go to the local “fancy” mall with a MAC store haha.

  28. yuri says:

    i have never seen this color, its so pretty and it kind of reminds me of Sheen supreme full speed

  29. Sylvie says:

    I remember shopping for a hot pink lipstick at MAC Pro and I tried on Impassioned but even though I’m around NC30, it seemed too cool on me. Maybe it had something to do with the eye makeup and blush I was wearing that day. But Full Fuchsia was a similar colour and it is really the perfect hot pink on my skin.

  30. Larie says:

    This has been on my wishlist for a while, but I still haven’t picked it up. By the time I do, it prolly won’t even be summer anymore πŸ˜›
    Larie recently posted … Wishlist Time!

  31. Sophie says:

    Oh I love love love Mac’s impassioned. I had been holding off on getting MAC cosmetics for sooo long but after seeing all these youtube beauty gurus wear Mac’s impassioned I had to get it. It was so funny because I went to the Mac counter and was like picking all these lipsticks that I loved….oddly they had 5 tubes of impassioned and I picked them all up! So I seriously need this lip color. I love the scent and formulation. It’s really a great color

  32. Natashia says:

    ohh love it! Its on my list now of lipsticks to get πŸ™‚ Beautiful πŸ™‚ Do you think it will suit an nc44/45 skintone?

  33. Melody says:

    Long time reader-first time commenter ,
    I work at a Benefit counter at Macys so i usually stop by MAC at least once a day lol so I love your unsung hero post because I then have a purpose for my creepin on their counter! I have discovered numerous new fav eyeshadows ( naked lunch, vex ) and now I have a new favorite lipstick ( impassioned) !!! Thank you ! love your work!

  34. Kariey says:

    I just bought this today along with the eyeshadow Lucky Green. With my blue eyes, both colors (though not together, I”m not quite sure how well green eyeshadow and neon pink lips would look together- I’m not that brave!) seem to bring them out, and I love it! I’ve got to say, this pink lipstick has the potential of becoming my new favorite!

  35. Maddy says:

    Impassioned looks sooo gorgeous, but I’m worried about how it will look on my pigmented lips… What do you think, Karen?

  36. Diana says:

    I love this lipstick! What liner did you use with it?
    The girl @ the mac counter told me to use “Cherry” and some have told me to use “Beet”. Any suggestions?

  37. Has says:

    Impassioned looks really good on you! I’ve just ordered it and wasn’t sure if it would suit me (I’m NW43) but now I think it will πŸ™‚ Just in time for African summer

  38. yelena says:

    GORGEOUS! I love it!

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