MAC Privacy Please & Cordon Bleu Matte Lip Mousses Reviews & Swatches

MAC Privacy Please Matte Lip Mousse ($20.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a brighter, medium-dark fuchsia pink with neutral-to-warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It looked cooler-toned against a true, warm-toned pink, but it was less bluish compared to a true fuchsia.

It had semi-sheer to medium coverage in one layer, which was buildable to full coverage with two to three layers. The texture felt lightweight and spread easily across my lips, but it wasn’t the most flattering finish to my lip lines/lip texture. The color applied fairly evenly but sat in some of my deeper lip lines; the brightness of the hue camouflaged that in person. It stayed on well for six hours and was neither drying nor hydrating over time.

Guerlain #61 (P, $33.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (95% similar).Hourglass I Always (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (95% similar).Charlotte Tilbury Electric Poppy (P, $37.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).Colour Pop Cherry Bomb (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).Colour Pop All Tea (P, $7.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).NYX Angel (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar).NYX Street Cred (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, brighter, more pigmented (85% similar).Maybelline Fiery Fuchsia (DC, $7.49) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar).Stellar Beauty Astral Punch 02 (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, more pigmented, glossier (85% similar).Colour Pop Jasmine (LE, $7.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar).

Formula Overview

$20.00/0.24 oz. – $83.33 Per Ounce

The product is supposed to have “immediate and long-term hydration” paired with a “long-wearing,” “sheer-to-medium buildable coverage” formula that has a “soft matte finish” that wears for “eight hours.” All of the shades had the typical vanilla scent (but no discernible taste). The pigmentation was more medium coverage with some getting closer to semi-opaque coverage using one pull of product (applying across my lips using what was on the applicator after removing from the tube). To get sheerer coverage, you’d have to wipe away the excess or spread out with fingertips.

The texture was like a watery mousse; it didn’t seem as whipped or as airy as a typical mousse, but it was very lightweight, thin, and had a soft-set–still some transfer initially but wore down to a transfer-resistant finish after a gentle blot or some drinking (where some product transferred onto the glass). The product didn’t feel “wet” or creamy after it was applied. The finish was more satiny to me and wore down to semi-matte within an hour and then further mattified after one to two hours of wear. Some shades applied evenly and sat well on my lips, while others were streaky, patchy, or separated along and emphasized my lip lines.

The formula did not seem to be hydrating either immediately or long-term, as I felt like my lips were always drier and a bit worse for the wear after wearing the products for 16-18 hours per day. I did not use lip balm for 48 hours, and my lips started to crack, so I had to resume my normal use of lip balm (at night, while I sleep). They were long-wearing and flexible/comfortable to wear for the most part, and most of the shades lasted five to six hours with some lasting closer to the eight hours claimed. I didn’t experience any feathering/bleeding during wear.

 

Ingredients

Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Diisostearyl Malate, Kaolin, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Polyethylene, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Nylon-12, Silica, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Aluminum Hydroxide, Dextrin Palmitate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Vanillin, Phenoxyethanol, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Red 22 Lake (Ci 45380), Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Red 33 Lake (Ci 17200), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985)]

MAC Cordon Bleu Matte Lip Mousse ($20.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a brighter, medium-dark pink-coral with subtle, warm undertones and a natural sheen. This one took a bit longer to “set” and wear down to a true, “soft matte” finish as marketed (or you could blot!).

The texture was lightweight, thin and a little watery, though it was still smooth and spreadable, like you’d expect a mousse to be like. It had semi-sheer to medium coverage in a single layer, which was buildable to mostly opaque coverage in two layers. The color went on fairly evenly but it sank into my lip lines and was visible to my eye in person. The formula felt comfortable to wear but after six hours of wear, my lips definitely didn’t feel hydrated (or better for wearing this).

Tom Ford Beauty The Perfect Kiss (P, $54.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (95% similar).MAC Relentlessly Red (P, $19.50) is less shimmery, brighter, warmer (90% similar).Bobbi Brown Watermelon (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar).NARS Famous Red (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar).Colour Pop Naked Ladies (LE, $7.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar).Tom Ford Beauty Mia (LE, $36.00) is less shimmery, lighter, glossier (85% similar).Pat McGrath Candy Flip (P, $40.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar).Urban Decay Alpha (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar).Tarte Bikini (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter, more pigmented (85% similar).NYX Angel (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar).

Formula Overview

$20.00/0.24 oz. – $83.33 Per Ounce

The product is supposed to have “immediate and long-term hydration” paired with a “long-wearing,” “sheer-to-medium buildable coverage” formula that has a “soft matte finish” that wears for “eight hours.” All of the shades had the typical vanilla scent (but no discernible taste). The pigmentation was more medium coverage with some getting closer to semi-opaque coverage using one pull of product (applying across my lips using what was on the applicator after removing from the tube). To get sheerer coverage, you’d have to wipe away the excess or spread out with fingertips.

The texture was like a watery mousse; it didn’t seem as whipped or as airy as a typical mousse, but it was very lightweight, thin, and had a soft-set–still some transfer initially but wore down to a transfer-resistant finish after a gentle blot or some drinking (where some product transferred onto the glass). The product didn’t feel “wet” or creamy after it was applied. The finish was more satiny to me and wore down to semi-matte within an hour and then further mattified after one to two hours of wear. Some shades applied evenly and sat well on my lips, while others were streaky, patchy, or separated along and emphasized my lip lines.

The formula did not seem to be hydrating either immediately or long-term, as I felt like my lips were always drier and a bit worse for the wear after wearing the products for 16-18 hours per day. I did not use lip balm for 48 hours, and my lips started to crack, so I had to resume my normal use of lip balm (at night, while I sleep). They were long-wearing and flexible/comfortable to wear for the most part, and most of the shades lasted five to six hours with some lasting closer to the eight hours claimed. I didn’t experience any feathering/bleeding during wear.

 

Ingredients

Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Diisostearyl Malate, Kaolin, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Polyethylene, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Nylon-12, Silica, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Aluminum Hydroxide, Dextrin Palmitate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Vanillin, Phenoxyethanol, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Red 22 Lake (Ci 45380), Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Red 33 Lake (Ci 17200), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985)]

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