Coral? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Coral! The MAC Temperature Rising Lipsticks Take Lips on an Alternate Route to Summer

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MAC Feel My Pulse Lipstick

MAC Feel My Pulse Lipstick

Oh, my gosh, it’s happening! The annual coral migration has begun.

Every year around this time huge flocks of corals migrate from their winter hideaways to makeup counters everywhere, gathering in large numbers wherever there are lip displays.


It’s one of my favorite things. 🙂

When the corals come back in spring and summer, it’s like, it reminds me that the world will keep turning… Frozen yogurt will keep tasting great, the Real Housewives of My Butt will keep screaming nonsense at each other on Bravo, and RyGos will keep looking hot under pretty much all circumstances.

But some makeup lovers don’t get that fired up about coral. I have a friend who refuses to wear it on her lips because she says it makes her feel like a “South Beach grandma” (her words).

Gotta be honest, I don’t get it (SERIOUSLY, HOW COULD YOU NOT LOVE CORAL?!), but I can appreciate wanting to be different and going against the flow, which brings me to the four new lipsticks in the MAC Temperature Rising collection.

MAC Temperature Rising Lipsticks from the left: Altered Beige, Caliente, Feel My Pulse and Sheer Seduction

From the left: Altered Beige, Caliente, Feel My Pulse and Sheer Seduction

See that? No coral whatsoever. Instead, MAC went a riskier route with beige, violet and bronze, and you know what?

I think it works.

MAC Feel My Pulse Lipstick

Feel My Pulse, a vivid magenta violet with a Cremesheen finish

MAC Caliente Lipstick

Caliente, a super dazzle violet with a Dazzle finish

MAC Sheer Seduction Lipstick

Sheer Seduction, a super dazzle bronze with a Dazzle finish

MAC Altered Beige Lipstick

Altered Beige, a creamy yellowish beige with a Lustre finish

MAC Temperature Rising Swatches from the left: Altered Beige (a creamy yellowish beige with a Lustre finish), Sheer Seduction (a super dazzle bronze with a Dazzle finish), Caliente (a super dazzle violet with a Dazzle finish) and Feel My Pulse (a vivid magenta violet with a Cremesheen finish)

Swatches from the left: Altered Beige (a creamy yellowish beige with a Lustre finish), Sheer Seduction (a super dazzle bronze with a Dazzle finish), Caliente (a super dazzle violet with a Dazzle finish) and Feel My Pulse (a vivid magenta violet with a Cremesheen finish)

MAC Caliente Lipstick


MAC Altered Beige Lipstick

Altered Beige

MAC Sheer Seduction Lipstick

Sheer Seduction

MAC Temperature Rising Lipstick packaging

I really can’t see any of these colors not looking good with a tan. It’s like their destiny. They’ve waited their entire lives for someone who applies bronzer just to answer the front door (um…not that I’d know anything about that), or for someone who spent the entire day at the beach, then went back to the resort for a disco nap and is now heading to an after-hours club/party.

To accentuate their summer style even more, MAC gave these their lightweight Cremesheen, Lustre and Dazzle lipstick formulas — nothing heavy or oppressive — and dressed ’em in limited edition packaging, while keeping their signature vanilla flavor and scent.

I’d like to give an extra shout-out to the two sparkly shades, violet Caliente and bronze Sheer Seduction, for being fun, fun, fun!

Loaded with glitter and pigment, they almost look metallic to me from a few feet away… Think Halloween costume sexy robot (or your friend’s sci-fi-themed bachelorette party).

Best for: Makeup lovers (and sci-fi fans) who like the unexpected, and gals who want some non-coral options to wear with summery bronze, brown and gold smokey eyes.

PRICE: $16.50 each
AVAILABILITY: Limited edition, coming May 16 to and May 23 to MAC counters and stores

Speaking of temperatures rising…

It was freakin’ hot here today. We almost broke 90 degrees in Novato!

Even the soles of my feet were sweating this afternoon (too much info?).

Tabs, of course, was mad as hell, because when it’s nice like this, he can’t be bothered with boring humans. All he wants to do is go outside.


He did NOT want to come back in after his walk.

L.A. face with an Oakland booty

Hope you stayed cool today. Tomorrow’s Friday, huzzah!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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  1. Heidi says:

    “L.A. face with an Oakland booty”…… can’t…. stop…. laughing!!!!!!

    While I object, on principle, to a summer collection that leaves out my beloved coral… Sheer Seduction and Caliente are GORGEOUS!

  2. Jean Clare says:

    Feel My Pulse is gorgeous! I’m totally digging these colors, as I’m one of those makeup aficionados who isn’t too keen on coral.

  3. Nima says:

    Love the reference to “Troop Beverly Hills”! Classic movie. So far I’m diggin’ the blushes in this collection

  4. Juliana Glumac says:

    I really love your close up photos of these lipsticks. It really shows the colours in the dazzle lipsticks. Caliente looks beautiful. All the lipsticks look fantastic on you.

  5. Lauren says:

    How do you think Sheer Seduction and Caliente would look on fairer gals?
    Lauren recently posted … FOTD 5-2-13 Featuring Lavender, Mint, and Teal

  6. Sarah says:

    I love Feel My Pulse! I want it for my wedding day!

    PrettyGloss – beauty, makeup & a lil life
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  7. Danielle says:

    Feel My Pulse is definitely catching my eye! I’m excited for this collection!
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  8. Love Feel My Pulse with your turquoise earrings – perfect colors together:)
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  9. Kim says:

    Happy Friday! 🙂

    Holy hot in Novato. We were all sweating in the high 70s here. Such a nice change, though, isn’t it? 🙂

    Even though Caliente is way too disco for me, I still like it best!

  10. Karo says:

    I have Feel My Pulse & Caliente and I loooooooove them!!!!
    Karo recently posted … MAC Temperature Rising Collection 2013 : Feel My Pulse, Caliente, Rhythm, Underdressed

  11. Susan says:

    “huge flocks of coral migrate…” LOVE this (and coral),still laughing! Although these are pretty, it’s not spring or summer for me without coral. Love those earrings!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Susan,

      Thank you! It’s the same way for me too. It’s just not summer without coral.

      Hope you had a nice Friday! What are your weekend plans?

  12. Marie says:

    Karen, you have the most delightful beauty blog! you crack me up with your great humor mixed with the best colors from MAC, btw “Feel My Pulse” looks fabulous on you!

  13. Dominique says:

    I need the 4, classy and not déjà-vu I think !

  14. Romantic Lily says:

    Karen! You look IMPOSSIBLY FETCHING with this collection!
    Even Altered Beige gave you the LUMINOUS OPACITY that most nudes decry and refuse to oblige naturally deepened lips!
    Cheers on the femininity of it all-

  15. Ludmilla says:

    Sheer Seduction looks so gorgeous! Although I’m not a fan of dazzle or frost finishes, I must try this one! =]

  16. Super Funky says:

    Wow, you look great in all these colors!

  17. Nebula says:

    The great coral migration!! Hahahahaha

    That Caliente is WORKING for you. Hot mama

    Also, you look super tan and amazing which is emphasized by those gorg turquoise earrings. Keep doing what your doing!!!

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