Review & Swatches: MAC Chen Man Love and Water Lipsticks

MAC Chen Man Love and Water Lipsticks

Availability: MAC Stores & Online
Price: $14.50

Company’s Description

A limited edition Lipstick that in shade, finish and spirit is the perfect soulmate for the M∙A∙C Chenman palette. The Chinese character for love, depicted on the outer sleeve, was created by Chen Man.

This review is for the 2 new lipstick colors releasing with MAC’s upcoming Chen Man Love and Water Collection. This post includes photographs and swatches of the following colors:

  • Force of Love (matte): Vivid honeysuckle pink
  • Budding Love (lustre): Pale lavender, Inc.

Packaging: 9/10

These lipsticks come in standard MAC packaging. The tubes are made of plastic and can easily be taken on-the-go. The outer sleeve-box packaging has a watercolor design on it.

Quality: 9.5/10

Force of Love is described by MAC as a vivid “honeysuckle” pink–a description that is of limited helpfulness, since honeysuckles come in many different colors. I would describe this as a mixture of magenta pink with a bit of soft orange; it’s not quite a salmon or coral color. It’s a paler version of MAC’s Party Parrot from the Iris Apfel collection and is the color I imagine you’d get if you mixed MAC’s Watch Me Simmer and MAC’s Quick Sizzle together.

Although this is a matte formula color, it glides onto the lips smoothly, has a fairly creamy texture, doesn’t dry out the lips, and has a finish that still reflects light. The color is completely opaque.

Budding Love is a soft, blue-based pink with a subtle hint of lilac when applied to the lips. It’s a less-pink-and-more-purple version of MAC’s Naughty Saute from the Shop MAC / Cook MAC collection and is similar to MAC’s Asian Flower from the Seasonally Supreme collection.

Having a lustre formula, the color is translucent, allowing the color of your lips underneath to show through. This color also glides on smoothly and gives the lips some moisture. It has a sheen, almost-glossy finish.

These are both great quality lipsticks. I find the matte formula sticks to the lips more, lasting about an hour longer than lustre formula lipsticks, which last about 3 hours before requiring re-application.

Ease of Use: 9.5/10

Because of the smooth and creamy formula for both colors, the lipsticks glide on without great effort. Of course, Force of Love requires more precise application since it is such a bright color, but given its matte formula and vibrancy, it is surprisingly easy to use.

Price: 9/10

These are the same size (3 g) as regular MAC lipsticks and cost $14.50 each.

Final Grade

MAC Chen Man Love and Water Lipsticks

MAC Chen Man Love and Water Lipstick in Force of Love

MAC Chen Man Love and Water Lipstick in Budding Love

MAC Chen Man Love and Water Lipstick Swatches: Force of Love & Budding Love

MAC Chen Man Love and Water Lipstick in Force of Love Applied

MAC Chen Man Love and Water Lipstick in Budding Love Applied, Inc.
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13 Responses to Review & Swatches: MAC Chen Man Love and Water Lipsticks

  1. Gracie says:

    Thanks for the lovely swatches – I like the Force of Love l/s. Do you have any idea if Nordstrom or Macy’s will sell this collection?

  2. Kim says:

    Thanks for the swatches! Love those lip colours!

  3. Sarah L. says:

    These lipsticks looks so cute!

    Just wondering, but is Force of Love anything like Party Parrot from the Iris Apfel collection? The swatch on your skin looks kinda similar!

    Thanks for your swatches- I hope the full review will be up soon 😀

  4. Lisa B. says:

    Force of Love is an interesting color…looks more red in the tube but leans coral on your arm and pink/rose on your lips. I really think I should try it on…

  5. Chels says:

    Dang, I would totally start buying these but MAC started animal testing again! Shoot!

    Beauty vs. Ethics! WHO WILL WIN?!?!?!?

  6. Ciara M says:

    Force of Love is a really pretty colour!

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