The MAC Powder Kiss Lipsticks Just Aren’t All That

Can we just take a minute to acknowledge the new MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick collection please? If someone told me at the beginning of the year that I would be INSANELY in love with powdery, matte lipsticks – I would have thought they had lost their mind. I mean I didn’t see this trend coming AT ALL . . . and I’m not mad about it. Even though I have a lot of matte lipsticks in my collection – as I feel that their pigmentation level is better – I am the first one to admit that matte lipstick can be quite drying on the lips.

To hear that MAC has debuted a range of lipstick that has a powdery-matte formulation – think powdered donuts – that melts into a creamy, pigmented finish, I knew I had to get my hands on these lipsticks.

As I’m already drowning in too many nude brown, taupe and red lipsticks, I thought it would be a good idea to talk about some of the less “obvious” shades in this range which are:-

  • MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick in Burning Love (305)
  • MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick in Fall In Love (307)
  • MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick in Madarin O (308)
  • MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick in Scattered Petals (313)

MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick in Burning Love

I don’t usually opt for cool berry, matte lipsticks as I tend to prefer more warmer tones so the MAC Burning Love Powder Kiss Lipstick – £17.50 via MAC – just ticks so many of my “cold season lipstick” boxes. As this lipstick absorbs the light, you get a zero-shine, velvet like effect that allows this lipstick to resemble a soft deep, burgundy wine when worn on darker skintones.

In terms of application, this MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick is definitely more opaque when compared to the other MAC Powder Kiss lipsticks that I have tried. You get a decent dose of pigment with one swipe on the bullet.  At the heart of everything, this is still a matte lipstick with a sheer coverage so it does have a lightweight texture, I felt that this lipstick was very easy to wear – although it did transfer a little bit.

The MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick in Burning Love lasted 6 hours when worn on my lips.


MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick in Fall In Love

You guys already know I love a dark, blue-toned pink almost as much as I love a deep red so this lipstick ticked a lot of my boxes right off the bat.

I particularly liked how  £17.50 via MAC Cosmetics – glided across my lips depositing a thin, slip of colour across my lips HOWEVER I don’t feel this lipstick is particularly good pigmentation level. While the MAC Powder Kiss formulation did not accentuate the (negative) textures on my lips, this lipstick still did not apply evenly on my lips and sank into my lip liners.

Considering how easy this lipstick is to apply and how comfortable it is to wear, I would like to petition MAC Cosmetics to reformulate this range as it has SO much potential

The MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick in Fall In Love lasted 6 hours when worn on my lips.


MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick in Mandarin O

A little birdie let it slip that the MAC Mandarin O Powder Kiss lipstick is one of the most popular shades, at least in Australia, and I can see why. This medium, pink-coral lipstick is definitely a ‘summer time’ or warm climate lipstick, unfortunately that’s where the love ends for me with this lipstick.

On paper, I thought this would be a beautiful warm coral for dark skin – which it is – but the texture of this lipstick is poor. Rather than give my lips a velvet, diffused kiss of colour, the MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick in Mandarin O – £17.50 via MAC Cosmetics –  looked extremely patchy and uneven on my lips. I felt that it did not blend or layer very well BUT it did not emphasis the dry patches on my lips OR emphasise my lip lines.

Personally I do quite like this shade – as it is gorgeous – but I would wear only wear it again if MAC offered it in a different lipstick formulation.

MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick in Mandarin O lasted 4 hour when worn on my lips.

MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick in Scattered Petals

If the MAC Scattered Petals Powder Kiss Lipstick had a different formulation, I suspect that this slightly warm sweet pink lipstick would have worked for me. I think that this lipstick proved to be a poor choice for me as quite frankly it highlighted every negative aspect of the MAC Powder Kiss Formulation.

On my lips, the MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick in Scattered Petals – £17.50 via MAC Cosmetics – looks gritty. It accentuated the deep lines and dry patches on the inner portions of my mouth and it left a patchy, uneven coverage on my top lip. I did like how lightweight and creamy this lipstick was but personally I am just not a fan of this lipstick.

The MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick in Scattered Petals lasted 4 hours when worn on my lips.



Each of the MAC Powder Kiss Lipsticks cost £17.50 and are available to purchase from MAC Cosmetics. This lipstick collection comes in 16 shades.

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