MAC MONDAY | Taste Temptation - Nocturnal Instincts, Night Blooming and Seductive Intent Mattenes Swatches & Review

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MAC MONDAY | Taste Temptation - Nocturnal Instincts, Night Blooming and Seductive Intent Mattenes Swatches & Review

Today's MAC Monday features one of my favourite lipstick formulas from MAC; the Mattenes! This is a formula that I really wish they would make permanent instead of teasing us with every few years (they most recently appeared in MACnificent Me, 2015). These three come from the 2012 Taste Temptation collection, which was filled with rich shades of purple and had an emphasis on bold lips and smoky eyes.

MAC MONDAY | Taste Temptation - Nocturnal Instincts, Night Blooming and Seductive Intent Mattenes Swatches & Review

Formula Overview: 
The Mattene formula settles somewhere between MAC's matte and satin formulas and is generally richly pigmented with smooth application. Their slim tubes and matte rubberized packaging sets them apart from MAC's regular lipsticks. I love the look of the packaging but it is truly awful to try and keep clean - although these three are in fairly good nick, some of my other tubes haven't been so lucky! They have the usual MAC vanilla scent.

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Nocturnal Instincts

MAC MONDAY | Taste Temptation - Nocturnal Instincts Mattene Swatches & Review

MAC MONDAY | Taste Temptation - Nocturnal Instincts Mattene Swatches & Review

MAC MONDAY | Taste Temptation - Nocturnal Instincts Mattene Swatches & Review

Nocturnal Instincts is described as a 'mid-tone greyed lavender'. I tend to struggle with any greyed out colours but this still has enough warmth in it for me to really like it. There's very fine shimmer mixed in with the base colour but it's largely undetectable on the lips and the lip colour applies smoothly without catching on dry patches. I found Nocturnal Instincts a little sheerer than some other Mattenes which you can see more around the centre of my lips where it's not completely opaque. It wore for five and a half hours and wasn't drying. 

MAC MONDAY | Taste Temptation - Nocturnal Instincts Mattene Swatches & Review

Night Blooming

MAC MONDAY | Taste Temptation - Night Blooming Mattene Swatches & Review

MAC MONDAY | Taste Temptation - Night Blooming Mattene Swatches & Review

MAC MONDAY | Taste Temptation - Night Blooming Mattene Swatches & Review

Night Blooming is described as a 'mid-tone blue pink'. It's the standout shade of the three for me, a luminous orchid pink that begs to be worn as often as possible! On me, it lasted a bit over five hours and was mostly a stain after that. Please bring this back, MAC!

MAC MONDAY | Taste Temptation - Night Blooming Mattene Swatches & Review

Seductive Intent

MAC MONDAY | Taste Temptation - Seductive Intent Mattene Swatches & Review

MAC MONDAY | Taste Temptation - Seductive Intent Mattene Swatches & Review

MAC MONDAY | Taste Temptation - Seductive Intent Mattene Swatches & Review

Seductive Intent is described as a 'vivid purple'. Like Nocturnal Instincts, this has a small amount of shimmer mixed in and it seems to lend it that same slight sheerness. Although more purple than Night Blooming, it still feels a little too 'samey' for the one collection and I find myself wishing that they'd gone with a darker purple. Regardless of my criticism, Seductive Intent applies and wears well, lasting for five hours without being drying.

MAC MONDAY | Taste Temptation - Seductive Intent Mattene Swatches & Review

What I liked:
  • Smooth application
  • Wear time was between five and five and a half hours
  • Night Blooming had strong colour payoff
  • None of them dried out my lips or feathered
What I didn't like:
  • Nocturnal Instincts and Seductive Intent were very slightly sheer
Start your hunt here:
Have you ever tried MAC's Mattene lipsticks?

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