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Fall favourites with the Lipstick Bandits | MAC Desire lipstick review

Happy Monday morning, my dears! We’re about to start this week off with a Lipstick Bandits feature – each blogger will be posting her favourite perfect-for-autumn lip colour, and this is mine.

Up until late last week, I wasn’t sure what I was going to write my post on. I’ve always had an idea in mind of what my “perfect fall lipcolour” would be, but I’d never taken the time to find it.

That is, until now.

The product: MAC Lipstick in Desire (Lustre finish)

The shade: Desire the exact shade I’ve been looking for in an autumn lip colour – just the right mix of brown, berry, and plum. MAC describes it as a warmed burgundy wine, which I’d say describes it pretty well. Like most sheer shades, it looks deceivingly dark in the tube, but it goes on with a surprising richness of colour.

The red tones of Desire are balanced out quite well with brown and plum notes, keeping it from looking too bright or too orange on my lips. (And trust me, my lips are difficult to work with! A good 3/4 of the shades I try on look too orange against my complexion.) The result is an effortless, muted burgundy – far from “barely there” but still coming across quite  naturally.

MAC lipstick swatch – Desire (heavily, then lightly)

MAC lipstick in Desire

The Lustre finish: I was pretty sure I’d walk out of MAC with either a Sheen Supreme (my second choice would have been Good to be Bad) or a Lustre, and needless to say, I was right about that! I’m not a fan the way really “obvious” lipstick looks on my lips, so I wanted to go with a darker, glossier shade that I’d be able to wear really sheerly.

Unfortunately, the slip of the Lustre formula means it settles into lines and catches on dry bits if layered on thickly, so keep that in mind if you (like I,) have dry lips. Additionally, despite the slip, I don’t find MAC lipsticks to be very hydrating – and this formula is no exception. They’re not stripping, per se, but I do need to keep a good lip balm on hand if I plan to be wearing a MAC lip product.

Bare lips (not even lip balm!)

MAC Desire lip swatch (applied sparingly) – this is how I’d wear Desire

MAC Desire swatch (applied more heavily)

The verdict?

It’s not “the perfect lipstick,” but I adore the effect created by Desire. It’s exactly what I was looking for – a shimmer-free, slightly glossy, muted wine, with just the right amounts of brown, burgundy, and plum to balance each other out. The wear time is definitely the cherry on top: despite the sheerness and the slippery formula, Desire leaves behind a gorgeous just-bitten stain that lasts just as long as a more traditional (read, heavier) lipstick formula.

All in all, I’m quite a happy camper about this one. And I’m tempted to go back and look for the Desire Tinted Lipglass! The swatches on the MAC site look quite similar (though the descriptions differ), so I’d be curious to see just how close of a match they really are.

Edited to add: See a full-face swatch of Desire here, & see it in a look here.

MAC Lipstick in Desire (Lustre)

MAC Lipstick in Desire (Lustre)

Wondering what the other Lipstick Bandits are loving? Check out these posts for all our autumn picks:

MAC Desire stain – this would make a good impromptu!gel blush in a pinch, too.

MAC Desire swatches, heavily then lightly

MAC Lustre Lipstick ingredients – Desire

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    November 14, 2011 at 6:01 AM
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  • Reply @etokuramnasmekh

    Wow, that looked really scary in the tube but it's a really, really perfect wine color! This isn't scary at all! It's beautiful!
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    November 14, 2011 at 6:59 AM
  • Reply bloominbeauty

    Again, how did I NOT know about this shade. *adds to wishlist* darn you Rae! You made this lipstick absolutely drool-worthy! A true Lipstick Bandit, indeed.

    November 14, 2011 at 7:18 AM
  • Reply Socialite Dreams

    i like the heavy swatch
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    November 14, 2011 at 7:22 AM
  • Reply Jamilla

    This looks stunning! The Lipstick Bandits have voted for Berry shades I see!

    November 14, 2011 at 7:36 AM
  • Reply Lindsay

    I'm very surprised. I thought this lipstick would apply a lot more opaque & darker. I tend to stick with red lips during the fall/winter and stay away from berry/wine colors (not exactly sure why). Maybe I'll check this color out since it can be applied sheer or stain-like.
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    November 14, 2011 at 7:46 AM
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  • Reply dani@callitbeauty

    Stunning! The actual lipstick looks quite brown, actually, but looks completely different when swatched. I wonder how many awesome lipsticks I've passed on because they looked too brown in the tube O_o.
    My recent post Lipstick Bandit: My Favourite Fall Lipstick

    November 14, 2011 at 9:06 AM
  • Reply Larie

    Ooooh. This one has been on the wishlist for a while, and I think you just bumped it up a few notches! Lovely, lovely, lovely, Rae! And thanks for organizing the links :D
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    November 14, 2011 at 9:12 AM
  • Reply moonchild

    Loove that shade!
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    November 14, 2011 at 9:24 AM
  • Reply Arianne

    Yeah, I've never heard of this shade either! It's absolutely stunning and it's in one of my favourite formulas evarr. :)

    But, but… where is the full face photo? :P
    My recent post Lipstick Bandits Strike Again: Fall Lipsticks We Crave.

    November 14, 2011 at 10:35 AM
  • Reply BeautyReflects

    Same here!! How do you find MAC shades I've never heard of? It's beautiful!! LOVE it!
    My recent post Lipstick Bandits Back Again! My Must Have Fall Lipstick(s)

    November 14, 2011 at 10:56 AM
  • Reply Kaelin

    Desire looks like it'd be Rebel's more docile and muted cousin. I feel the same way about all Mac forumlations, they don't zap all the moisture out of my lip, but they're not particularly putting any back in either. Le sigh, oh the ever on going quest for the perfect lipstick.
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    November 14, 2011 at 11:03 AM
  • Reply Makeup Kismet

    First word that came out of my mouth when I saw a shot of the lipstick was, "WOAH". It looks much more frightening in the tube than on the lips! This proves not all lipsticks are scary but rather, very very friendly. I need to jump on this lipstick train you're all riding!

    November 14, 2011 at 12:22 PM
  • Reply Rocaille

    Rae, darn you, this is fabulous *writes an arm-long MAC wishlist including Desire*
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    November 14, 2011 at 12:37 PM
  • Reply Makeup Morsels

    *swoon* I love how this color is perfect for fall, but so nice and subtle.
    And…I just added another one to my wishlist. This round of posts was not good for my wallet!
    My recent post Lipstick Bandit Madness: Fall Edition

    November 14, 2011 at 2:42 PM
  • Reply kelly

    mmm so beautiful. i love the sheer wash of it! what a perfect fall color. i am loving all these lipstick bandit fall favorites.
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    November 14, 2011 at 2:55 PM
  • Reply Jen W

    OMG Rae!! We must be telepathic because I *almost* used Desire as my Lipstick Bandits Fall lippy!

    Looks amazing on your lips
    My recent post A Lipstick Bandit’s guide to Fall 2011- MAC Sheen Supreme Good To Be Bad

    November 14, 2011 at 3:55 PM
  • Reply messywands

    Another MAC lipstick I now want but know i shouldn't go for T_T
    My recent post Lipstick Bandits Fall Favorites: Gloss d'Armani Plum #604

    November 14, 2011 at 5:01 PM
  • Reply Liz (Reductionista)

    And now I desire Desire, on top of ALLLLLL the other listicks you bandits are bandying around! Good thing I'm looking at these in bed and not during working hours with a big mall near by!

    Tomorrow I'm going to pull out my NARS Fast Ride and copy your staining effect. :)
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    November 14, 2011 at 9:03 PM
  • Reply spa in costa rica

    WOW Its all awesome and I can't wait to buy them.

    November 14, 2011 at 10:33 PM
  • Reply kuri

    what a gorgeous color! Fortunately i already have a lovely wine lipstick (Shiseido Perfecting Lipstick in P12) that is too pigmented as so will last me the rest of my life :P
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    November 15, 2011 at 6:43 AM
  • Reply Paris B

    That is a lovely colour! I love how we all mostly went for similar sorts of berry-plum hues :) makes me wish I could wear Mac lipsticks but they dry my lips out something awful :(
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    November 15, 2011 at 8:25 AM
  • Reply Valerie

    This is exactly the shade I've been looking for! I'm into quite sheer-looking lips, and I've been trying dark glosses (from the drugstore) to get kind of a sheer, stained, berry, dark effect. The lustre finish from MAC is my favourite, so I am going to pick this up tomorrow — if it ever stops snowing!
    I should say, also, thanks for emailing me in response to my comment last week.

    November 17, 2011 at 1:54 PM
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    I love the heavy swatch, otherwise it just doesn't stand out enough for me. I ordered something similar from Benefit…just waiting on delivery in Australia. :)

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