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

March 10, 2012

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

MAC Chen Man Budding Love and Force Of Love Lipsticks


Described as a “vivid honeysuckle pink”, MAC Force of Love Lipstick 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 applied evenly with excellent pigmentation and did not feel drying at all. Love love love!

MAC Budding Love Lipstick 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 left behind a wet-looking sheen. My only complaint? It did not go on evenly and required 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

Left to right: Budding Love and Force Of Love Lipsticks


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

Left to right: MAC Lavender Whip, Budding Love, Pink Friday, Viva Glam Gaga, Melrose Wood and Saint Germain Lipsticks


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

Left to right: MAC Watch Me Simmer, Red Full Stop, Force of Love, Impassioned, Viva Glam Nicki and Utterly Frivolous Lipsticks


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



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

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13 Comments

  • Reply Constanze March 11, 2012 at 1:10 am

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

    • Reply Phyllis March 11, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      YES! <3 Force of Love 馃檪

  • Reply Lily March 11, 2012 at 2:01 am

    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?

  • Reply Yvette March 11, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    I’m SO getting Force of Love! Looks so good on you! I’m glad that despite being matte, it’s non drying.

  • Reply Trina J March 12, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    That Force of Love is a force to be reckoned with lol. Love it!! Winged-liner would go so good with this look 馃檪

    • Reply Phyllis March 13, 2012 at 5:19 pm

      YES that’s how I’ve been wearing it 馃檪

  • Reply minicolor March 13, 2012 at 3:49 am

    really pretty! are you coming to HK at all?

    • Reply Phyllis March 13, 2012 at 9:51 pm

      Thanks =) I will definitely make a trip out there next year. Meet up?

      • Reply minicolor March 14, 2012 at 7:15 am

        Definitely. I’ll also be home in June, too- you have to come over again! =D

  • Reply kia April 12, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    hey phyllis! great swatches! you always have us covered!

    • Reply Phyllis April 13, 2012 at 9:11 am

      No problem Kia 馃檪

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