Review & Swatches: MAC Reel Sexy Lipsticks

MAC Reel Sexy Lipsticks

Availability: MAC Stores & Online
Price: April 5, 2012

Company’s Description

Colour plus texture for the lips. Stands out on the runway. Simmers on the street! What made M·A·C famous.

This review is for the 3 new, limited-edition Lipstick colors releasing with MAC’s upcoming Reel Sexy Collection. This post includes photographs and swatches of the following colors:

  • Pink Popcorn (lustre): lavender
  • Reel Sexy (amplified): light bright coral
  • Heroine (matte): bright violet plum

Watch Me Simmer is also included in this collection and recently debuted in MAC’s Shop MAC / Cook MAC Collection. You can read the review for Watch Me Simmer here.

Packaging: 9/10

These lipsticks come in standard MAC packaging. The tubes are made of plastic and can easily be taken on-the-go.

Quality: 9.5/10

Pink Popcorn is a semi-transparent mix of lavender and pink with tiny silver glitters. The pink predominates over the purple, so MAC’s description of this being a “lavender” isn’t quite accurate. Budding Love is a slightly pinker version of Pink Popcorn. Play Time is a more purple version. If you have Budding Love, which was just released with the Chen Man Collection, you can pass on Pink Popcorn. There is no grittiness and the formula glides onto the skin smoothly.

Reel Sexy is a slightly milky coral-orange with a somewhat glossy finish and no glitters. The formula is creamy and the color is opaque. Flamingo is paler and has a stronger peach tone. Ever Hip is quite close in color, but is slightly more coral, has a glossy finish, and doesn’t have the dense pigmentation Reel Sexy has.

Heroine is a medium purple that leaves a slight sheen on the surface of the lips despite being a matte formula lipstick. It is stiffer than the other 2 colors, but is creamy for being a matte shade. The color payoff is wonderful and the finish is opaque. Spitfire and Riveting Rose are in the same color family, but aren’t similar enough to Heroine to be dupes. Spitfire is distinctly more berry-toned and Riveting Rose is a deeper plum color. Plus, they have different finishes.

These are 3 high-quality lipsticks. Pink Popcorn isn’t as purple as MAC makes it out to be, which on one hand makes it more wearable but on the other makes it less unique. Reel Sexy and Heroine give bold, vibrant color to the lips without drying them out.

Ease of Use: 9/10

These colors glide on the skin fairly easily, with Heroine giving the most resistance due to its less creamy matte formula. Reel Sexy and Heroine need to be applied more precisely than Pink Popcorn because they are brighter and opaque.

Price: 9/10

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

Final Grade

MAC Reel Sexy Lipsticks

MAC Reel Sexy Lipstick Swatches

MAC Reel Sexy Lipstick in Pink Popcorn

MAC Reel Sexy Lipstick in Pink Popcorn Applied

MAC Reel Sexy Lipstick Dupes: Pink Popcorn, Budding Love, Play Time

MAC Reel Sexy Lipstick in Reel Sexy

MAC Reel Sexy Lipstick in Reel Sexy Applied

MAC Reel Sexy Lipstick Dupes: Reel Sexy, Flamingo, Ever Hip

MAC Reel Sexy Lipstick in Heroine

MAC Reel Sexy Lipstick in Heroine Applied

MAC Reel Sexy Lipstick Dupes: Heroine, Spitfire, Riveting Rose

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8 Responses to Review & Swatches: MAC Reel Sexy Lipsticks

  1. Fame says:

    Is Reel Sexy anything like Hibiscus from the Surf Baby! Collection?

  2. Allie says:

    Oh goodness gracious, HEROINE. ;_;

    Reel Sexy is kind of nice, Pink Popcorn is nothing new, amd I can’t wait to get my hands on WMS… so far so good for this collection! xD

    Might I say that I’m really loving “dupe arm” swatches, as I’ve termed them? Lol, but seriously, they’re really helpful. Thanks for this. (:

  3. Sthobbie says:

    Wow thanks for the dupe swatches!! So great, I have been on the lookout for an ever hip dupe so this is great!

  4. Melody says:

    Heroine is lovely! Purples generally turn a purplish-fuschia on me so I expect I will be able to pull it off during the day enough to warrant getting it. And even if it’s still over the top…whatevs I do what I want lol. The other two I just have no interest in. Too similar to what I already have. Thanks for the swatches! I love your pics.

  5. Lisa B. says:

    Whoa…Heroine is too much for me, but it looks nice on you!
    I think I like Pink Popcorn still, I like the slight lavender tint (and I usually don’t go for lavender on lips despite the fact that I love purple…)…then again I don’t go for purple anywhere on my face because I can’t figure out how not to look bruised. :-p

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