Review & Swatches: MAC Marilyn Monroe Lipsticks

MAC Marilyn Monroe Lipsticks

Availability: MAC Stores & Online
Release Date: October 4, 2012 (U.S. / Canada); October 2012 (International)

Company’s Description

The world, and your lips, can never get enough of Marilyn. Colour plus texture with shades in rapturous reds and a sensual warm nude. Special packaging features a black and white photograph of the legend.

This review is for the three (3) new Lipstick colors releasing with MAC’s Marilyn Monroe Collection. This post includes photographs and swatches of the following colors:

  • Deeply Adored (Matte): Deep scarlet
  • Charmed I’m Sure (Matte): Dark true red
  • Love Goddess (Satin): Mid-tone red pink

Pure Zen and Scarlet Ibis are also re-promoted with this collection. You can see reviews, photos, and swatches of Pure Zen here and Scarlet Ibis here.


Packaging: 9/10

These lipsticks come in standard MAC packaging and have an image of Marilyn Monroe on the side of the tube. The tubes are made of plastic and can easily be taken on-the-go.

Quality: 9.8/10

Deeply Adored is a scarlet red with a slightly deep brick tone to it. The color is absolutely opaque and, despite being a Matte formula lipstick, leaves a soft sheen to the lips.

Charmed I’m Sure is a bright, blue-based, classic red shade. It is equally opaque and pigmented, again leaving a soft sheen to the lips.

Love Goddess is a equal parts pink and red. It is opaque and has a glossy finish.

Both the two (2) Matte lipsticks and the Satin shade drag just a little over the lips. The formula could be creamier, but given that Deeply Adored and Charmed I’m Sure are both matte formulas, the ease with which they apply is pretty impressive.

All three (3) of these color last longer than your average lipstick. I get around three (3) hours of wear from them, even with light drinking. The pigment in these lipsticks is so strong that, even after taking them off, they leave behind a hint of color. So you’ll get the benefit of a light stain after your first few hours of wear.

Ease of Use: 9/10

The fact that these colors are so rich is mostly a blessing, but can also be a curse when it comes to application. All of these lipstick are unforgiving in application if you mess up even the teeniest bit. To get a flawless look, I strongly recommend applying the lipsticks with a brush (even though I always apply them from the tube for purposes of review and photos).

The formula does skip ever-so-slightly (even Love Goddess, which is a Satin formula). But otherwise, expect rich, opaque color without having to layer.

Price: 8.75/10

These are the same size (3 g) as regular MAC lipsticks, but the price has gone up from $15.00 to $16.50 because of the limited-edition packaging.

Final Grade

MAC Marilyn Monroe Lipsticks Box Packaging

MAC Marilyn Monroe Lipsticks Box Packaging

MAC Marilyn Monroe Lipstick Packaging

MAC Marilyn Monroe Lipsticks

MAC Marilyn Monroe Lipstick Swatches: Deeply Adored, Charmed I’m Sure, Love Goddess

MAC Marilyn Monroe Lipstick in Deeply Adored

MAC Marilyn Monroe Lipstick in Deeply Adored Swatch

MAC Marilyn Monroe Lipstick in Deeply Adored Applied

MAC Marilyn Monroe Lipstick in Charmed I’m Sure

MAC Marilyn Monroe Lipstick in Charmed I’m Sure Swatch

MAC Marilyn Monroe Lipstick in Charmed I’m Sure Applied

MAC Marilyn Monroe Lipstick in Love Goddess

MAC Marilyn Monroe Lipstick in Love Goddess Swatch

MAC Marilyn Monroe Lipstick in Love Goddess Applied


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13 Responses to Review & Swatches: MAC Marilyn Monroe Lipsticks

  1. Joanna says:

    Thanks for the swatches. I really love Deeply Adored!

  2. Melody says:

    I love your lip swatches! They’re so helpful.

  3. Linn says:

    Amazing reds! Is Charmed I’m Sure similar to Runaway Red?

  4. leelr says:

    What time will they launch it? I know the day but I’m getting impatient. Hehe

  5. Aida says:

    I love you for this! I’ve been frantically looking for swatches before the collection launched and your the only blogger that has them! You helped me decide on what I want to get from this collection because I can’t wait till it launches in stores. I’m getting some of it online. Thanks again, you’re awesome! :)

  6. Tara says:

    These look gorgeous! I will be there when they are released tomorrow at the Pro shop in town.
    Thanks for your great swatches!!

  7. Lana says:

    These look amazing! I’m anxiously awaiting their release on their website!

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