REVIEW: MAC Ultimate Lipsticks – Soft Pout, Marque, Catharina, Dangerously Chic & The Scene


Hello everyone!

I’m back with another MAC lipstick review! Sigh, this company is making me broke with the regular lipstick releases! Does anyone share the same sentiment as me? 😦

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MAC Ultimate Collection 2014

But their lipsticks are always too gorgeous to resist. The Ultimate Collection, for instance, is one of my most anticipated collections for the fourth quarter of the year merely because of the stunning lipstick shades. I had been waiting eagerly to be inboxed about the launch since October, but somehow it got pushed back to December. And even so, there was no mention of the exact date of release so I had to keep checking the site. Argh, the agony!

The collection was eventually launched on 3 December 2014, a few days after Cyber Monday. But MAC extended the validity of its promo code for free overnight shipping so my order was delivered to my U.S. address way faster than usual.

The epitome of contemporary luxury, M∙A∙C Ultimate combines ten new, high fashion lip colours with the sumptuous formula of our Mystery Powder. Utterly chic shades of Ultimate Lipstick glide on in a vivid palette ranging from haute fuchsia to a bright, ravishing orange, while Sheer Mystery Powder smoothes onto skin in luminous hues that are barely there. Perfectly encased in a modern, geometric design, this standout packaging features a sleek chrome finish in two cult-collectible designs, making these the most sophisticated accessories of the season.

On top of the ten lipsticks, the MAC Ultimate Lipstick collection also includes three other Asia-exclusive shades not available on site namely Fashion Fruit, In Vogue and Lover’s Street (and I’ll most probably be getting once they’re out in Singapore). Contrary to the description, the ten lipsticks are not entirely new though, as some were launched in previous collections. Catharina, for example, was once limited edition having launched in 2010 as part of the Marcel Wanders collection. But great to know that it’s making a comeback because it’s a really nice colour! 🙂 Oh by the way, did I mention that these lipsticks will be around for good? Yes, they are all permanent!

Singaporeans! Find out how to order from macccosmetics.com here!

Ten would definitely hurt my wallet, so I got half the number this time!

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Packaged in satined, a little bigger than usual boxes!

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From left: The Scene, Catharina, Dangerously Chic, Marque and Soft Pout

The packaging is really sleek as described, but the design is actually borrowed from the Marcel Wanders collection. So zero marks for innovation this time. Also, it can be a little too bulky for travels because of its protruding cover. Despite the luxurious-looking packaging, each lipstick is only going for US$23.

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Close up: The Scene, Catharina & Dangerously Chic

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Dangerously Chic, Marque & Soft Pout

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Official swatches, as well as the names of other shades

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What they really are. Quite accurate though 🙂

Let’s begin with the lightest shade in this collection!

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Soft Pout is a sheer pink peach with white pearl and has a Luxe finish (US$23)

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Donning a Christmas-antler hat as I’m in the mood for Christmas!

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This colour washes me out and makes me look like I’m in some cold country – too light! It has poor consistency as it does not fill my entire lip area, thus appearing very patchy. Some of the product would attempt to get into the fine lines of my lips, making the unsightly lines even more apparent. Not really fond of this shade due to this reason. The bullet also felt very soft and extremely vulnerable to line marks after application (ew). However, it’s really creamy and easy to apply.

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Marque is a soft light neutral pink with Luxe finish (US$23)

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This is way better than Soft Pout in the sense that it gives me a more healthier-looking lips. It is also more opaque and applies more evenly on my lips. A great MLBB shade from this collection!

Here’s a comparison against other nude MAC shades that I already own.

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No dupe for Soft Pout here but I’m surprised that Creme D’Nude is a lot lighter! They felt equally paling.

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Same goes for Marque. No close match. PHEW! That means one less duplicate in my stash 😀

Moving on to the head-turning shades…

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Catharina is simple fuchsia with Luxe finish (US$23)

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I confess. I had no intention of getting this at first because I didn’t think it would look good on me. I only bought it because it seemed to be a popular shade. *hoarder*

But surprisingly, the sweet and alluring colour turns out to be quite natural on me. In fact, it’s one of my favourites from this purchase. Like Marque, this also applies very evenly on my lips and it somehow manages to conceal those ugly lines. My lips felt very hydrated when worn.

Comparing with similar MAC shades. Flat out Fabulous seems to be one tone darker

Comparing with similar MAC shades. Flat out Fabulous seems to the matter version of Catharina

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Dangerously Chic is a cool midtonal red with Luxe finish (US$23)

Dangerously Chic is a cool midtonal red with Luxe finish (US$23)

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Another luscious red colour with a nice glossy finish, it’s so moisturising that it leaves a nice cherry stain on the lips after it wears off. However it’s highly dupable shade. See comparison below.

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Is it me or does everything look pretty much the same to me? *rubs eyes* It’s getting late here.

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The Scene is a deep berry with Luxe finish (US$23)

The Scene is a deep berry with Luxe finish (US$23)

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My favourite shade from this buy (hey, no surprise there), this shares the same attributes as Dangerously Chic – great consistency and very moisturising. I read Temptalia’s review on this and was hoping that it won’t feather that badly. It does a little eventually within 30 minutes of wearing (partly because I was sweating buckets in my stuffy room) so to combat this problem, I dabbed my lips with a facial tissue to remove the excess product. It will lose its shine after that and appear mattey but it helps to stop it from bleeding out. It will also make it last a long time to the extent of not leaving any lipstick stain on your cup after drinking!

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Compare!

So in conclusion, the bright shades are more hydrating and consistent than the nude ones.

What do you think ladies?

That’s all for this review! I hope you guys enjoyed it 🙂 Do share with me your thoughts in the comments below.

Thanks for reading! And have a Merry Christmas, everyone! 🙂

The M.A.C Ultimate Collection is now available online and will be available in Singapore counters late this month (or next month considering the delay online).
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