Among its many makeup offerings, MAC's lipsticks are often standouts and Liptensity Lipstick is another one they can be proud of.
What makes Liptensity different from the host of other lipsticks MAC has on the market? The brand says this lipstick has high amounts of pigment, making for maximum color intensity. While that's mostly marketing lingo (plenty of lipsticks have a high color impact), this does offer richly pigmented color in a single stroke.
Liptensity Lipstick has an emollient formula that applies easily with no dragging, and a little goes a long way. It sets to a satin finish, and wears impressively throughout the day before fading to an attractive, even stain. It does have subtle flavor, but it's in the form of vanillin, which is not an irritant.
As with most MAC products, a staggering array of shades is offered, everything from subtle beiges to a true midnight black shade.
The single drawback to this lipstick is that because of its emollient formula, it can bleed a bit if you have any lines around your mouth. This can be mitigated with a lip liner, but it's something worth noting. Otherwise, it's another impressive lipstick from MAC.
- Emollient formula is heavily pigmented.
- Fades to an attractive, even stain.
- Good range of shades offered.
- Flavored with non-irritating vanillin.
- Emollient formula bleeds slightly.
M.A.C. Cosmetics At-A-Glance
What more can one say for this long-standing makeup line whose products have spoken eloquently for themselves for years? In many ways, M.A.C. Cosmetics is a pivotal line not only for makeup artists but also for any in-the-know cosmetics consumer. Although M.A.C. has several singularly outstanding products, they generally excel by virtue of the range of choices offered. The color selection for everything from lipsticks to foundations is exceptional. Most of the makeup brushes are beautiful, full, and soft, as well as properly sized to fit the contours of the face and eyes.
When it comes to skincare you may be tempted to dismiss the small assortment M.A.C. offers and skip right to their makeup with its well-earned positive reputation. But doing so would mean missing a handful of beautifully formulated products that are worth trying. By no means is M.A.C.'s skin-care line one-stop shopping (at least not if you have blemishes, skin discolorations, or require more than a couple options per category), but you'll find more than just the color products impressive here, and the prices aren't unreasonable either!
M.A.C.'s salespeople are often trained makeup artists, too. This is especially true in the freestanding M.A.C. boutiques, where the staff tends to be true makeup artists.
Note: M.A.C. sets itself apart from other beauty brands by staying ahead of the curve by launching a seemingly-constant rotation of impressive limited edition products, usually with fashion-forward themes. Though it's impossible to review every limited edition product, many of M.A.C.'s are as impressive as those in their permanent collection.
Strengths: Some impressive moisturizers; praiseworthy foundations in a mostly gorgeous range of shades; good concealers; several great powder-based products including blush, bronzer, and eyeshadow in various finishes; dizzying array of lipstick shades in mostly sumptuous formulas; several very good mascaras (regular and waterproof); top-notch makeup brushes; many of the Prep + Prime products work as claimed.
Weaknesses:A few products with high levels of potential skin irritants.
For more information about M.A.C. Cosmetics call (800) 588-0070 or visit www.maccosmetics.com.
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