MAC Lipstick in Impassioned – Review and Swatch

MAC Lipstick in Impassioned

I don’t think I ever would have purchased this lipstick if it weren’t for Lilit of Makeup and Macaroons. She’s given Impassioned so much love that it’s contagious! Until recently, I didn’t particularly care for pink lipsticks. But lately, my collection of them has been growing. This was the first of the latest of my bright pink purchases.

General Information:

I feel really cool being able to be cavalier about MAC lipstick details. It says something that I’ve memorized the $14.50 USD, 3g / .1oz lipstick information. (What it says? Probably that i’e purchased too many lipsticks.) Impassioned is an Amplified finish lipstick, available as part of the permanent line here in the U.S.

Color Accuracy:

MAC describes Impassioned as an Amped-Up Fuchsia. I’ve also seen bloggers describe it as a Watermelon…but i’m not sure I feel the same way. I think a watermelon would be a bit pinker whereas I like the Fuchsia description for Impassioned. You can visit the MAC website if you don’t want to take my word for it, but the official product image is really really spot-on to what you get in real life. It perfectly depicts the way the lipstick looks APPLIED (not necessarily in the bullet – where it can look a little redder.)

For swatches, please skip-on-down to the Dupe Alert section.


Being an Amplified finish lipstick, one expects a certain level of pigmentation from Impassioned. It delivers! (At least for me.)

Bare Lips


Impassioned is a one, two-max swipe application for me. It applies evenly, doesn’t tug and doesn’t streak too badly. Of course, being such a bold shade, you need a mirror to apply this and to re-apply it as well.


Impassioned has pretty good wear for me. It doesn’t fade super-evenly, (fades more quickly in the center, less quickly around the edges.) It stains my lips a reddish-pink tint. I get about 3-5 hours of wear from Impassioned. I have noticed that it applies very boldly and fades the tiniest bit within the first hour, then stays where it’s faded for the remaining 2-4 hours. It also has a bit of sheen to it that fades throughout the day.

Dupe Alert?:

First off, apologies for reusing swatch images. But they served two purposes! (This image was previously seen on my review of Watch Me Simmer)

Cool Comparison Swatches (From Left to Right: NYX Femme, MAC Full Speed, MAC Vegas Volt, MAC Watch Me Simmer, MAC Impassioned, NYX Spellbound)

Warm Comparison Swatches (From Left to Right: NYX Femme, MAC Full Speed, MAC Vegas Volt, MAC Watch Me Simmer, MAC Impassioned, NYX Spellbound)

The obvious. NYX Femme is redder and more coral, MAC Full Speed is more Pink than Fuchsia, MAC Vegas Volt is way more coral, Watch Me Simmer is less blue…and what’s this we see?

Comparison On Lips (MAC Impassioned on the Left and NYX Spellbound on the Right)

Color-wise, Spellbound and Impassioned are quite similar. The pigmentation is stronger and creamier on Impassioned. NYX also has a teensy bit of shimmer and is just a tint bluer. Overall – they’re close but not exact dupes.

Also, you may notice that Impassioned appears very similar to OCC’s Anime in pictures. I thought they were identical…until I tried them both on.

OCC Anime (Left) MAC Impassioned (Right)

Impassioned is much pinker than Anime! (Forgive the crap application – it was like…2am when I took this.)


This isn’t a lipstick for the faint of heart! It’s a bright, bold shade with decent wear.

Value: 4/5

Good price for Department store, may be a little on the high end for Drugstore price lovers.

Packaging: 4/5

Same as all MAC Lipstick packages. A simplistic, but functional design.

Color Accuracy: 10/10

It’s a very well represented lipstick.

Pigmentation: 10/10

Super pigmented!

Application: 9/10

I wouldn’t suggest applying it without a mirror. But once given that visual aid, it’s a dream to apply.

Wear: 7/10

Not superb wear (doesn’t fade evenly, changes noticeably early-on in wear) but not bad either!

Overall: 88% (B+)

If you’re not 100% sure about it, I’d definitely suggest getting NYX Spellbound ($3-6USD) and testing it out prior to shelling out $14.50 USD for Impassioned.

<3 EA

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11 Responses to MAC Lipstick in Impassioned – Review and Swatch

  1. Larie says:

    This is one of the few MAC lipsticks still on my wishlist. It’s such a bright, cheerful color!
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  2. I love my Impassioned!! I was lucky find it at a CCO for $10 though I’ll happily spend $14 when I run out. It’s perfect for a night out, really freshens up the face and the whole look :) ))
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    • Eden-Avalon says:

      There’s something about a bold color that’ll do that! Even if the rest of your makeup is simple.

  3. This has been on my list for a while now! But I think I’ll pick up Girl About Town first! I’ll definitely pick up the Lipglass when the Fashion Sets launch in India!
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    • Eden-Avalon says:

      Girl About Town doesn’t look right on me, I think Impassioned is as blue-based a pink as I can go. But I’ll be looking forward to seeing how it wears on you!

  4. Such a pretty color on you! As a person with loads of reds I am an EXPERTZ at spotting the differences, and you don’t have a dupe.:) Even if you did the formula/wear is different so it’s okay. Or maybe we’re just hoarders.;P
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    • Eden-Avalon says:

      Gonna have to go with the second option sweetie! It’s okay 8D There’s more than one of us so it has to be acceptable.

  5. sara says:

    You always pick the best shades! I love this color. It’s bright and perfect for summer. :)
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    • Eden-Avalon says:

      Everyone definitely seems to feel safer bringing out the bright shades during this season. I love seeing all the color!

  6. Stacey says:

    It was between this and Girl About Town, and I bought the latter. But now after seeing your swatches, I want Impassioned! Definitely adding this to my list!
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  7. Shivani says:

    I love this one too! Gorgeous colour and lovely formula!
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