MAC Sheen Supreme – Review and Swatches

MAC’s Sheen Supreme line debuted earlier this year and getting ahold of the colors I wanted has been AN ORDEAL. I literally went to both my local MAC store and Nordies’ MAC Counter for a month-and-a-half before I caved and ordered Gotta Dash and Full Speed from Then, just as I had finished writing up my review for those two…they launched the Seasonally Supreme collection and there were some colors I -had- to have. Turns out my favorite counter doesn’t carry them – so I had to brave the MAC Store (I rather dislike the attitude of the SAs in mine) ONLY to have the girl give me incorrect colors. Bah. Long story short – everything got sorted out and this is going to be one PICTURE HEAVY review.

Generic Information:

It seems that all the major makeup brands have released some version of the Sheen Supreme formula. Of it MAC says:

Combining the colour impact of a Lipstick with the shine sheen of a Lipglass, Sheen Supreme creates the perfect hybrid – with no compromise.

It’s like playing which came first. There’s this, Kate Spade’s Supercalifragilipsticks (yeah that’s their name), Clinique’s Almost Lipstick and Colour Surge Butter Shines, Givenchy’s Rouge Interdit, Dior’s Addict, Chanel’s Coco Rouge Shine, Laura Mercier’s Gel Lip Color, Urban Decay’s Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Colors…I could go on and on. All of these lines promise the color packed punch of lipsticks with the shiny finish of lip glosses.

Luckily – most of these new additions seem to be permanent. Glossy pigmentation lovers rejoice!

Like all of their lipsticks, MAC’s Sheen Supremes cost $14.50USD.  On a side note, that’s the same price point as competitor Clinique’s similar line Colour Surge Butter Shines.

The Sheen Supreme line contains 23 shades. The original 14 and the newly released Seasonally Supremes, of which there are 9.

Originals:Bare Again
Behave Yourself
Can’t Get Enough
Can’t Resist
Full Speed
Good to Be Bad
Gotta Dash!
Insanely It
Look at Her!
New Temptation
Quite the Thing!
Supremely Confident
Ultra Darling
Seasonally Supreme:Asian Flower
Blossom Culture
Fashion City
Happy Hibiscus
Korean Candy
Royal Azalea
Sheer Mandarin
Supreme Style
Tea Ceremony


As you can see – the Sheen Supremes come in MAC’s longer packaging. It’s almost the same as the discontinued Slimshines. The plastic feels sturdy and nice but the glossy finish is a fingerprint magnet! Also, i’ve had some major issues with opening the caps. You have to pull them, as twisting them will cause the lipstick to come up. Then when you finally get the cap off….well…

Tea Ceremony Fail

So yes. Open carefully.

Color Accuracy:

Cool Swatches (Blossom Culture, Fashion City, Full Speed, Gotta Dash, Korean Candy, Sheer Mandarin, Tea Ceremony)

Warm Swatches (Blossom Culture, Fashion City, Full Speed, Gotta Dash, Korean Candy, Sheer Mandarin, Tea Ceremony)

Official Sheen Supreme Images (Blossom Culture, Fashion City, Full Speed, Gotta Dash, Korean Candy, Sheer Mandarin, Tea Ceremony)

As you can see, one of these things is not like the others. All of the shades are surprisingly accurate (i’m a cynic.) But what’s with Gotta Dash? For something advertised as “Pale clean coral” it’s relatively pink (Vegas Volt anyone?).


I think that, given the formula – these have very good pigmentation. I’ve yet to see a product that manages to keep shine, a creamy finish AND opaque bold color.Still – I wish my lip color hadn’t altered Gotta Dash so much. If it wasn’t corally enough on my wrist it lost all coral on my lips. Instead it became a paleish neutral pink. Beautiful and frequently worn – but not what was promised.

Bare Lips

Blossom Culture

Fashion City

Full Speed

Gotta Dash

Korean Candy

Sheer Mandarin

Tea Ceremony


Korean Candy is the glossiest of the bunch by far – lipgloss status for sure. The rest do have a very nice sheen to them about which I can’t complain.


The Sheen Supremes are an exercise in patience for me. I like one-sweep colors and (if you want these to last) these aren’t. I apply, blot, fill in with a brush and then sweep it on once more for good measure.


The more pigmented shades fade fastest and less evenly. Full Speed and Korean Candy top out at 3 hours. They leave a pretty solid ring of color around my lips, but the rest fades unevenly. The lighter colors like Gotta Dash and Tea Ceremony fade more evenly  and within 2-4 hours. Both of these are without eating and with minimal drinking. They fade much more quickly (within the hour) if you’re doing those.

For a lipstick I’d say this was a no-go. But for a gloss it’s a miracle-length. So i’ll go fifty fifty and say that for now this is the wear time I expect for such formulas.

The thing that really really surprised me was how NOT-moisturizing these were on my lips. Given the glossy finish, you’d think these would moisturize your lips right? Instead they actually dried them out a bit, not unlike the Amplified Cremes do for me.

On Sheer Mandarin:

I actually wanted Sheer Mandarin at first, tested it and left it at the store. Bucket (my nickname for my BF) LOVED the look of Sheer Mandarin. I have no idea why, he likes naked lips or nude shades at most. He couldn’t explain his thinking and so I dismissed him, as all good girlfriends do.  It was only at his continued urging that I purchased it online and honestly? I would never wear it unless it was a day i’d only be around him. I can’t imagine how this shade could be flattering on anyone on its own. It’s a very pale, yellow-orange. In my quest to find a use for this in my every day life I stole an idea from Lilit of Makeup and Macaroons.  LAYERING 8D

It also occurred to me that OCC Lip Tars and Sleek’s Pout Paints have similar shades to Sheer Mandarin ( Cha Cha and Peachy Keen respectively.) If these products included similar colors than it has to serve a useful purpose in mixing right? BEHOLD MY CREATIONS

Gotta Dash and Sheer Mandarin

Gotta Dash and Sheer Mandarin together resulted in exactly the color that I THOUGHT Gotta Dash would be on its own. Love!

Korean Candy and Sheer Mandarin

Korean Candy with Sheer Mandarin gave me a rather pretty looking orangey-coral. On a spectrum, I’d go Sheer Mandarin — Gotta Dash — (SM + GD) — (KC + SM) — Korean Candy. They all end up similar but very distinct colors.

But then I was tempted to try mixing Sheer Mandarin with a NON-Sheen Supreme, NON-orange.

NYX Spellbound and Sheer Mandarin

You can see what NYX’s Spellbound lipstick looked like on my lips at the review here. WHAT a transformation, am I right? It’s not an especially unique color – I’m sure I have dupes for it somewhere. But you never know when you’ll need a particular shade.


Gotta Dash is the shade I was most excited about but the color inacccuracy dropped it down to average status. ATM i’m loving Korean Candy, Tea Ceremony and Fashion City. I have yet to find a way to apply these so that they aren’t streaky and I’m being quite lenient on the wear time by considering them hybrid gloss-lipsticks instead of lipsticks.

Packaging: 4/5

Color Accuracy: 9/10

Pigmentation: 8/10

Finish:  10/10

Application: 6/10

Wear: 8/10

Overall: 81.81% (B-)

I love this line, I really do. But it has quite a few kinks to work out in the application department. I haven’t been able to get a smooth non-streaky application on any but the most pigmented of the bunch.

Have you tried the Sheen Supremes yet? Which is your favorite shade. Who likes Sheer Mandarin on its own?

In unrelated news. My laptop has decided to start being wonky just as school gets back in. What this means is that I may be a bit behind on returning comments, replying to comments and my blog-reading in general. I promise i’ll be back soon. My posts may suffer this upcoming week but I’ll be back to ship-shape by the 11th…I hope.

<3 EA

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11 Responses to MAC Sheen Supreme – Review and Swatches

  1. Larie says:

    Oooh, that’s quite the haul! I love Korean Candy :D But the formula really isn’t my favorite, so I’m undecided.
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  2. Lilit says:

    I love the pairing of the Nyx and Sheer Mandarin, it looks great! I’ve seen these lippies around but to be quite honest I’ll prob leave them. I’m into heavily pigmented colours that one swipe and I’m ready… the fact you have to go through so many steps to wear them… no thanks.

    Oh and glad the package arrived safely. And babe, it’s your prize, you don’t have to review it at all so do whatever you want with it. But your thoughts on it would be lovely anyway :-)

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  3. I love how you mixed them! I do that as well with them. I really like these, they are a great purse lipstick.
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  4. Vijaya says:

    These shades make your lips look extra-full!
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  5. Stacey says:

    I am really liking your Gotta Dash + Sheer Mandarin combo! Korean Candy is also gorgeous!
    But considering I already have quite a few Chanel Coco Rouge Shines & Dior Addicts (which are not dry at all on me) I think I’m going to give these a pass. Thanks for the honest & in-depth review!
    Stacey recently posted..NOTD: Dior Vernis 886 New World Purple

  6. what a nice and big review!! I love especially blossom culture and korean candy! ..I never owned something mac (I use bobbi brown) until now but yesterday I decided to give it a try and bought some different things….. wow!!!! I was like crazy the whole evening looking at my face and asking my boyfriend “do you see this”??? “do you see this”!!! “it’s like a miracle”!!! the lady from the mac store had applied a foundation (NW 20) and a blusher (I don’t know which one) and it looked so good! believe it or not, until now, Ive never worn foundation!! (I know it sounds crazy and unbelievable >.<) I always used to correct the blemishes with a concealer and that's all (well for the "foundation")… ok so this mac experience of yesterday totally changed my life lol.. and you know what? It's mainly because of your blog! hehe.. I'll write about it on my blog! I'm so happy Ava!!! :)
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  7. Sara.H says:

    I like Tea ceremony and full speed on you :) thank you for the wonderful review you’ve done. Love going through your posts. NYX Spellbound and Sheer Mandarin combo looks gorgeous. <3
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  8. Ricquetta says:

    Sheer Mandarin, I find, looks really nice on super pigmented lips (like mine) when I pat a bit on. It appears more of a nude peach than a pale peach! To bad it didn’t work out for you! I think it was my favourite but what an awesome (and uduh moment) to mix the shades!

  9. Y says:

    Oh my goodness! You cruel cruel woman! I’m obsessed with lip products lately, and most of all: creamy lipsticks! Why are you doing this to meeeee??
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  10. Awesome lipstick haul! All these shades are pretty exciting, I wanna try them out!! thanks a lot for the swatches, sweets xoxo

  11. i just got Bare Again the other day, i’m really loving it! really liking fashion city & gotta dash! <3
    dani@callitbeauty recently posted..Monthly Favourites – August 2011

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