MAC Lipstick in Reel Sexy

MAC Reel Sexy

I think the hardest part of my 3 month no-buy (which, if you haven’t guessed ended as of the first of April) was the lack of MAC lipstick purchases. In fact, the last MAC lipstick I reviewed was way back at the end of September!! Bwaaa! Let’s jump right in shall we? Here’s the LE Amplified Finish lipstick released as part of the Reel Sexy collection…aptly named, Reel Sexy.

General Information:

Reel Sexy is the namesake color for MAC’s Spring Reel Sexy collection. It was definitely the dark horse of the collection, selling out quickly while everyone was busy scrambling for Watch Me Simmer. (Which I also snagged! Woo woo!) Like all MAC lipsticks, it cost $14.50 USD and contained 3 g/0.1 oz of product. It’s been sold out for a while now, but as MAC does frequent re-releases of their LE shades, I have no qualms posting this review!

Color Accuracy:

I’m not always sure where MAC gets its product images from. I mean…From the official product swatch I was originally expecting a peachy shade, along the lines of this whole orange lipstick craze. But the official description is “Light, Bright, Coral.”

Reel Sexy Official Image

But I’d have thought I was looking at a more opaque Sheer Mandarin if I hadn’t swatched this in-store prior to the release. Luckily, I did know what I was getting otherwise I might have passed! It doesn’t even match the bullet color!

Bullet Comparison (From Left to Right: Gotta Dash, Reel Sexy, Ravishing and Vegas Volt - all MAC shades)

Swatch and Comparison (From Left to Right: Gotta Dash, Reel Sexy, Ravishing and Vegas Volt - all MAC shades)

Reel Sexy is the 2nd shade to the left. It’s really more of a pale coral and has none of the peach tones implied by the promotional image. I included similar MAC shades for comparison purposes. gotta Dash is the closest in tone but has a lot more pink and a sheen finish. Ravishing is the next closest but looks brown by comparison. Vegas Volt is nowhere near it – but i’d seen some people wondering if the two were similar at all and I wanted to clear that up.


Reel Sexy is a very light shade, but it builds relatively well. One sweep of color is MOST DEFINITELY not enough for me. Part of it is the creamy amplified finish and the other part is just that the color lightly applied is a bit sheer.

Bare Lips

Reel Sexy Applied

The above is one blotted layer and then two nice thick second swipes of color. If anyone wants a single-swipe shot let me know and i’ll do so. And, protip: fellow beauty blogger Brown Girl Friendly suggests MAC’s Cork lip pencil to back up the color if you have pigmented lips but still want to rock this shade.


Unless you have naturally pale lips, this is not a sweep-n-go shade. It takes either a similarly toned liner, or blotting and patient application to get it to look smooth. More than once i’ve walked out of the house with this shade on – only to discover a glaring line where the color is not evenly distributed.


Now that I think about it…this really reminds me of the wear of the Sheen Supremes. It’s a beautiful color, but a pain to apply evenly and it fades after a few short hours (without liner) and doesn’t go much farther with it. I’d say I get a max 2-4 without eating and 2 max with eating and drinking.


Do I love the color? Heck yes. It’s a beauuuuuuutiful pale coral that makes me think of spring. But it’s NOT the best MAC has ever put out. It’s a bit unpigmented, takes work to apply and doesn’t have a great wear time.

Value: 3/5

Regular MAC lipstick quantity but lesser quality than usual.

Packaging: 4/5

Simple, classic, sturdy.

Color Accuracy: 4/10

The bullet looks like the product…and the description is semi accurate. But that’s about it. Don’t guide yourself by the promo images if you can help it. It’d be a mistake.

Pigmentation: 6/10

I think this would do well on unpigmented lips. But otherwise it requires some building and working to get it to show up.

Application: 5/10

A bit tedious to get on evenly. Takes multiple steps.

Wear: 5/10

I’ve seen worse…but i’ve seen better.

Overall: 54% (F)

Unless you absolutely NEED this color – i’d pass. It’s just more trouble than its worth. Do you ever splurge just for a color, even when you know the product itself isn’t great? I…clearly do.

<3 EA

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7 Responses to MAC Lipstick in Reel Sexy

  1. I know that it is sooo alike to many a shade I own but the little coral mermaid that sits on my shoulder wants it so. It looks really lovely with your skin tone too :)
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  2. Haha I think we all do this! You’ve just described every beauty junkie out there!
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  3. Stacey says:

    You know I love, LOVE my corals, but this just seems a little too pale for me. I’m eying Ravishing though! :P
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  4. Lilit says:

    It looks like such a pretty colour, the perfect colour that I normally go for but I probably have a million dupes of it. Plus it sounds like too much of a hassle with the constant application and pigmentation issues. Meh, I’ll pass.
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  5. Gorgeous shade! Looks kind of similar to Costa Chic but with a bit more warmth. It’s too bad about the application, though. I bought and returned two Sheen Supremes a few months ago because it was too hard to get an even colour with them. With a shade like Bare Again, it’s beautiful. But if you go any brighter and bolder, it just looks completely uneven. =/
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  6. Shivani says:

    You are sooo strict!! :/
    lol, At least the colour is pretty…right?
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  7. sara says:

    The shade itself is very gorgeous. I wouldn’t splurge if I know if it ain’t worth it. :D
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