MAC Adoring Carmine 3 Rose Lips: A Pink Lipstick Double Play

Published in: MAC Makeup, Product Reviews

The 3 Rose Lips set ($35.50) from the MAC Adoring Carmine holiday collection makes my pink lipstick-obsessed heart flutter.


Yeah, you might think the red patent bag looks a bit cheesy — it’s more dominatrix than happy holidays — but if you can overlook that, then this lip set is totes worth your attention.

What You Get: Pink-a-licious Goodness

  • To Swoon For: A creamy mauve pink lipstick in the MAC Glaze finish — thin and light on the lips and delivers light to medium coverage. Expect a natural pink lip flush.
  • Romancin’: A creamy magenta lipstick in the MAC Lustre finish. With medium coverage and a slightly thicker feel on the lips than the Glaze finish, Romancin’ reminds me of a perfect pink rose petal.
  • Delicate Crush Lipglass: A shimmery cool mauve pink. Delicate Crush was my least favorite of the three products in the set. By itself it looks milky and kinda sickly on my pucker; I think pairing it with a pink liner like MAC Pink Treat Cremestick Liner would make it much more wearable.

From left to right: To Swoon For, Romancin’, Delicate Crush

MAC Adoring Carmine: 3 Rose Lips

Price: $35.50
Use: A set of two pink lipsticks and one pink lipgloss
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A

If only the Lipglass were a different shade of pink (I could always do with another tube of Nymphette), this set would score a home run. Instead, it’s a solid double play, and the two lipsticks make worthy additions to my pink lipstick team!

Sunny Saturday

Yesterday ’twas a beautiful fall day here in the SF Bay Area. It reached about 80 degrees, not a cloud in the sky, so I went for a run. The fact that winter’s around the corner made it a melancholy jog, but we takes what we can get.

I had the house to myself last night because El Hub volunteered to play a zombie in our community’s local haunted house. He had to do his own zombie makeup… but he said he learned a thing or two listening to me talk about makeup over the years. He went for a smokey zombie eye, LOL!


I stayed home to have a few hours to myself for makeup playtime and reality TV, ya know?

Hope you had a fantastic Saturday! Got any plans for today?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Day 4: still no Tabs… 🙁


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  1. jessica says:

    Oh no! I hope Tabs is safe and comes home to you soon! *hugs*

  2. Gina says:

    romancin is gorgeous!!! im trying it :)have you found Tabs yet?? and i didnt know he’s not really your cat, is he a stray you take care of?

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  3. Karen B says:

    A smokey zombie eye. Brilliant!
    I love the two lipsticks, not too fond of the lipglass colour.

    Karen B´s last blog post..Top 200 my ass

  4. Kit says:

    I don’t know if you pray, nor will I ask. I hope this doesn’t offend you by me posting it. 🙂 Personally, I’m not very religious, but I find this helps when I lose things (or kitties). If you’re desperate enough to try, might help?

    St. Anthony, St. Anthony
    Please come down
    Tabs is lost
    And can’t be found

    Dear St. Anthony, this I pray
    Please bring him back, without delay.

    Tabs is lost and can’t be found
    Please, St. Anthony, look around.

    Good luck! I hope you find him safe and sound.

  5. Miss QQ says:

    Hi Karen. Exactly! The lipsticks are so beautiful but I don’t like the lipglass at all. It reminds me of Starlet Kiss which I have but rarely use. I love To Swoon For. I got the Neutral lips instead because I can use all three products.

  6. Indian Girl says:

    To Swoon for and Romancin are so pretty ! I love that pinkish mauve color. I really hope Tabs comes back and that he is healthy. Have a good Sunday, Karen.

    Indian Girl´s last blog post..Red Blushes for Fair, Medium and Dark Skin Tones !

  7. Karen says:

    Hi Jessica,

    Thanks. I just checked outside for him and still no sign of my stripey friend. 🙁 I’m just going to hope he comes back soon!

    Have a good Sunday…

  8. Karen says:

    Hi Gina,

    I hope you like Romancin’! It’s like the perfect pink, even on its own! 🙂

    Yah, I’ve been seeing Tabs around my ‘hood for about a year. I would see him skulking in the parking lot from time to time, but a few months ago, I decided to buy him a box of Friskies and then next thing I knew he was coming by first thing in the morning and then at night for dinner. I just assumed he adopted us.

    I’ve been trying to prepare my heart for something like this… I just hope he is okay, and wherever he is he’s safe and having fun.

  9. Karen says:

    Hi Karen B.,

    LOL, he did a pretty good job. He layered different shades of black and gray, and then used his finger to smoke out the line (his exact words, no joke!).

    Yeah, the Lipglass has gotta go, eeek!

  10. Karen says:

    Hi Kit,

    I just might try this. 🙂 It won’t hurt… plus, you never know. Maybe the universe will answer my plea!

    I hope you have a good day!

  11. Karen says:

    Hi Miss QQ,

    Yeah, I tried to make the Lipglass work with the other shades and it just wasn’t happening. What do you think of the packaging this year? It’s probably my least favorite out of the last three MAC Holiday releases.

  12. Karen says:

    Hi Indian Girl,

    Me too! I like it because it’s not too light or chalky, which I’ve found sometimes happens with lighter mauve pinks.

    I hope you have a good day, too! Got anything exciting on your plate?

  13. Dao says:

    Oh no, Tabs please come back! I thought of him this morning and had to check your blog to see the update. Smokey eyed zombie is a new thing for me. Did he use the 219 to smoke out the line? I want a picture of your husband donning the smokey zombie FOTD 🙂

    Dao´s last blog post..Sephora Brand The Lash Stash: Perfect for Mascara Addicts

  14. Glosslizard says:

    The lipsticks are very pretty, but I’m with ya on the lipglass! It would’ve been a lot nicer with something sheerer and not so milky!

    Oh, I hope Tabs comes back soon! I’ve been there, and it’s horrible! 🙁 Please tell me if there’s anything I can do!

    P.S. Lily did grace us with her royal presence again!

  15. Karen says:

    Hi Dao,

    LOL, I dunno, I think he used his fingers. As much as I love him, I wouldn’t let him take my MAC brushes to the haunted house. Last night as I was falling asleep I actually thought that I should’ve taken a picture of his eye, ha ha ha! It looked pretty good.

    Yeah, I keep looking outside to see if he’s there. 🙁

  16. Tekoa says:

    TABS! *runs around frantically* TAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAABS!

    Is he tattooed and microchiped? At this point an animal shelter might have scooped him up thinking no human belongs to him. One of my cat books also suggested leaving a bowl of dry food outside to tempt the kitty back into the house area. Its possible he’s in the near area, stubbronly enjoying freedom.

  17. Tali says:

    Sorry to hear about Tabs!!!
    Hope he is home soon!

    Wonderful product in the uk so i dont know if ill ever see these 2008 hoilday sets 🙁 but i suppose it will be better for my budget if they dont come to london!

  18. Indian Girl says:

    Thanks Karen ! I got this new highlight, sculpt and blush palette and cant wait to sculpt my face away !

    Indian Girl´s last blog post..Red Blushes for Fair, Medium and Dark Skin Tones !

  19. To Swoon For looks like a very pretty color.

  20. Nell says:

    Oh no, I´m very worried about Tabs. I hope he is alright and comes home soon, even though he is technically not your cat, I´m certain he knows where his home is!!!

  21. Karen B says:

    You see? He even knows how to blend 😉 You trained him well, girl!

  22. Lehea says:

    I loooove the rose lip set! I could ditch the bag it came with though. Not a big fan of patent. Hope Tabs comes home soon.

  23. Beth says:

    I’m sorry to hear Tabs is still MIA. I’m sure he’ll come home soon!

    I’m loving the look of this kit too…damn you MAC, damn you!

    At the moment I’m not really saving so much as having to pay for a bunch of stuff. I’ve just joined the gym so that has taken a big old bite out of my makeup kitty each month, but I’m at the point where I need to feel healthier. I’ve also just signed up to take a couple of distance-learning courses which I’m paying for too. They’re both great things to be doing, but it means I can’t splurge on make up as much as I’d like for a few months.

    I hope you’re having a great sunday. I’ve been pretty lazy. Slept til about noon, went to the gym and then chilled out for the rest of the evening. I can’t believe the weekend has passed so fast though!


    Beth´s last blog post.."So What are you Trying to Say?"

  24. Ellery says:

    I seriously need this, the lipsticks are absolutely gorgeous! I agree with you on the lipgloss, it does look quite milky but it’ll look nice over lipstick. Do you know when it’ll be released in the UK?

    Tabs better hurry up and get home already, mmhm!

  25. Nicole says:

    Romancin’ is BEAUTIFUL! I might buy the set just for that.

    I, too, had a stripey boy cat adopt me a couple years ago. He came into my life and filled it with joy and light, and then he ran away 4 months later. Those boy tabbies love and leave. I hope your little man comes home soon!

  26. Fie says:


    Romancin’looks devine! I wonder when are they going to come out in the UK. Haha I have yet to purchase any MAC here and I’m excited to purchase at least something!

  27. Rachel says:

    hi! posting kinda late, so i’m happy tabs is safe and sound! 🙂

    i was wondering if there are any dupes for romancin’. i love it, but can take or leave the others.

  28. Karen says:

    Hi Tekoa,

    I didn’t know you could get cats tats to identify them. I plan on bringing him to the vet next week to get him snipped and microchipped. 🙂

    Hopefully we’ll move in a few months to a bigger spot so he can be an indoor kitty. I just hope he doesn’t disappear before then!

  29. Karen says:

    Hi Tali,

    Thanks for the complement on the product shots! LOL, if you don’t get this then at least you know MAC always has something you can look forward to!

  30. Karen says:

    Hi Indian Girl,

    Oh fun! Have you taken pictures with it on your face yet? Do you notice a difference?

    Speaking of palettes, I saw this Becca palette the other night and I’m lemming it big time:

    Becca Avalon Palette


  31. Karen says:

    Hi Jennifer,

    It’s a good one! Do you think you’ll check out this set?

  32. Karen says:

    Hi Nell,

    Yay, he came home! In face, he was waiting again for me at the door when I got home from work.

    Have a good week!

  33. Karen says:

    Hi Karen B.,

    LOL! I think it’s because I mindlessly drone on and on about the merits of blending! Who knew that they boy was actually listening?

  34. Karen says:

    Hi Lehea,

    Girl, me too. That bag is too dominatrix for me. Gimme some tweed and gold, please!

  35. Karen says:

    Hi Beth,

    That’s great that you’re taking some classes. I think it’s always a good thing to challenge yourself and learn something new. What courses will you be taking?

  36. Karen says:

    Hi Ellery,

    Hmmm, I dunno. Lemme ask my friend!

  37. Karen says:

    Hi Fie,

    It’s a very pretty color! You should reward yourself with MAC for getting good grades in your classes. Makeup bribery is always a strong motivator. 🙂

  38. Karen says:

    Hi Rachel,

    Hmm, I don’t know right off the top of my head, but I’m going to pop by the counter later this week, so I will check for you!

  39. Susanne says:

    This is on my wishlist, too!! I love that lip bag.

  40. sammie says:

    romanicin’ has me….um, romanced? I dunno, but its sure heck is a faab colour! =D

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