MAC Chen Man Force of Love and Budding Love Lipsticks Reviews, Swatches and Photos

From MAC Chen Man Love and Water Collection, I picked up the two new lipsticks, Force of Love and Budding Love. Read on for my long due review and swatches!

MAC Chen Man Lipstick reviews

Described as a “vivid honeysuckle pink”, Force of Love is a gorgeous matte vibrant pink with coral undertones and no doubt one of my favorites this spring. It is a tinge pinker than MAC Watch Me Simmer and MAC Red Full Stop yet not as pink as MAC Viva Glam Nicki. It also applies evenly with excellent pigmentation and does not feel drying at all. Love love love!

Budding Love is a very cool-toned pink with a touch of lavender in the Lustre formula. It is a little sheerer than Force of Love and just like most Lustre lipsticks, it leaves behind a wet-looking sheen. My only complaint? It does not go on evenly and requires a bit of layering to cover my lips completely. Nonetheless, the color is pretty and similar to MAC Viva Glam Gaga, another Lustre that I like.

MAC Force of Love and Budding Love Lipsticks

MAC Budding Love and Force of Love Lipstick swatches

Budding Love and Force Of Love


Wearing MAC Chen Man Budding Love lipstick

Wearing MAC Budding Love Lipstick


Wearing MAC Chen Man Force of Love lipstick

Wearing MAC Force of Love Lipstick



And a few comparisons with other MAC lipsticks:

MAC Lavender Whip, Budding Love, Pink Friday, Viva Glam Gaga, Melrose Wood and Saint Germain pink lipstick swatches comparison

Lavender Whip, Budding Love, Pink Friday, Viva Glam Gaga, Melrose Wood and Saint Germain


MAC Watch Me Simmer, Red Full Stop, Force of Love, Impassioned, Viva Glam Nicki and Utterly Frivolous coral lipstick swatches comparison

Watch Me Simmer, Red Full Stop, Force of Love, Impassioned, Viva Glam Nicki and Utterly Frivolous



What do you guys think? Did you pick up anything from the Chen Man collection?

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Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.

13 COMMENTS

  1. I think both are beautiful! <3
    My favourite is Force of Love, a pretty springlike colour. :)
    I don't know when this collection is available here, maybe I will buy something.. ;)

  2. I absolutely love your photos, could you do a post on the kind of camera you use, do you shoot outdoors in natural sunlight or indoors under a florescent light?

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