MAC Heroine Lipstick Review and Swatches: A Relatively Wearable Purple

I recently edited my lipsticks and finally decided on which colors/ products to keep — and yeah, Heroine made the cut.

If you showed me a swatch of Heroine a year ago, I’m sure I would not use wearable as a word to describe it.

Funny how “wearable” changes over time.

MAC Heroine Lipstick Bullet

MAC Heroine Lipstick Bullet


The color on the tube is a really crazy scary color.  I almost just ignored it when I saw it. It seemed like an impractical buy — something I can only wear to costume parties (and I don’t go to costume parties).

MAC Heroine Lip Swatch Not Blotted

MAC Heroine Lip Swatch Not Blotted

But being the stubborn woman that I am, I swatched it on my lips.  I didn’t want what-ifs lingering at the back of my head.

If it looked anything like a Halloween lipstick, I swore I’d put it down, even if I liked the color.

MAC Heroine Lip Swatch Blotted

MAC Heroine Lip Swatch Blotted

Surprise, surprise… it didn’t look Halloween-y at all…  To me, it looked more like a bright-ish summery color.

If MAC Flat Out Fabulous had a purple sister, it would be MAC Heroine.  They look like they belong to the same color family or spectrum or base or what that’s called.

L-R: Sophie Radiant Fuchsia, MAC Flat Out Fabulous, MAC Heroine

L-R: Sophie Radiant Fuchsia, MAC Flat Out Fabulous, MAC Heroine

I wish I could show you a swatch of Heroine and Shameless side by side but I already gave the latter to Becs.  If my memory serves me right, Shameless is deeper and bluer while Heroine is brighter and has a bit more pink in it. Anyway, here is Shameless on me:

Revlon Matte Balm Shameless Lip Swatch

Revlon Matte Balm Shameless Lip Swatch

I believe Heroine is a wearable color all year round — at least in the Philippines I think it is. It also applies evenly and has good wear time.

MAC Heroine Lipstick Swatch on Paper

MAC Heroine Lipstick Swatch on Paper

If you want a purple lipstick that doesn’t look scary and is practical enough to buy, Heroine would be it

P.S. I also use it as a cream blush.

Other stuff on my face: Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer SX08 (mixed with Rosehip Oil, M&S Blush in Damson, ZA Cheeks Groovy in June Bride, Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Bark

0 thoughts on “MAC Heroine Lipstick Review and Swatches: A Relatively Wearable Purple”

    1. The photo was initially very dark, I tried to fix it with the app that came with my point and shoot. So far this is the closest I have gotten to my skintone

    2. Haha, that’s pure diy. Try putting a white board below your face, perpendicular to the ceiling (or a mirror) to reflect artificial light. 😀 that’s what I did with this

  1. I love how your eye color + lips look together. It’s a very “Don’t mess with me!” combination. Like you’re a character from Nikita or Dark Angel or something! 😀

    1. Hahha, had to google what/who Nikita is. And I have to take that as a compliment. Women in that show seem to be bad asses.

      But hopefully I get to lay off the contacts soon. I want to get my eyes lasik-ed

  2. It looks so pretty on you! Just remember to smile or at least almost smile like in your first photo to make it prettier. 😉

  3. It looks nice on you Rae! I’ve been seeing you trying a lot of purples recently ah, or natataon lang? 🙂 As for me, imma stay on my MLBBs muna. Still quite scared trying loud lipsticks. 😀

  4. Hayyyy now I know why you’ve been recommending Heroine so much. I <3 it. And it looks good on you! On the plus side, if this is your real skin tone, you’ve been looking sooooo dark in your other selfies. I think you have a better light setup here? With the white walls helping to bounce light off and all? But good job 🙂

    1. It was sort of an awesome discovery. I placed a mirror at my chest area to reflect the artificial light from the ceiling. Now you can see how yellow I am

  5. i think i saw this at temptalia and completely ignored it cause its purple but its wearable nga on you rae 🙂 nice to wear on events, although i would probably skip this since atm im still exploring the many shades of red 😀

  6. I like Heroine better than Shameless on you Rae, definitely brightened up your face and I don’t mean the different lighting. hehe

  7. I’ve been seeing this lately on Instagram “Heroine is back” posts and I was curious and thinking if I should buy it but for sure, bf will laugh at me as he is not used to see me wearing purple lipstick. I’m buying Kooky from MUA Luxe, it’s purple. Have you seen that?

    Btw, Heroince brightened your complexion and I think it’s more wearable compared to Shameless.

  8. I think Herione has a similar shade. Have you tried Lime Crime’s Airborne Unicorn? Although I think it’s on the brighter side. BTW, I may give Shameless a try. It looked really good on you!

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