MAC Taste Temptation Swatches, Photos & Review

MAC Taste Temptation

Taste Temptation is the latest MAC collection to come our way this season. This is a collection that had me a bit excited because of all the cool-toned shades!

It’s not a huge collection rather just a couple shades in each category. If you like blues and purples, you might like some of the items here.

MAC Mattene Lipstick Nocturnal Instincts and Seductive Intent
Mattene Lipstick in Seductive Intent, Nocturnal Instincts

MAC Lipglass Perky and Revenge Is Sweet
Lipglass in Perky, Revenge Is Sweet

MAC Taste Temptation Mattene Lipstick and Lipglass Swatches
Nocturnal Instincts, Seductive Intent, Perky, Revenge Is Sweet

Nocturnal Instincts is a greyish lavender, but it’s actually fairly wearable. Not so strange as it sounds.

Seductive Instincts is a bright pinkish purple. Very pretty shade, love this one.

Perky is a pale lilac with multi-colored shimmer, I thought it was going to be frosty at first but it’s not. I like it!

Revenge Is Sweet is a bright purple but on my lips it looks more like a just slightly shimmery pink. My lips are fairly pigmented pink so the purple doesn’t show as much.

MAC Nocturnal Instincts
Nocturnal Instincts

MAC Seductive Intent
Seductive Intent

MAC Perky

MAC Revenge Is Sweet
Revenge Is Sweet

MAC Nail Lacquer For Fun and Blue Gaze
Blue Gaze, For Fun

MAC Blue Gaze
Blue Gaze

Blue Gaze is a deep yet bright blurple creme. This is a seriously gorgeous shade and I am SHOCKED to say, the formula was really good! It was creamy, smooth and opaque with no streaks in just two coats. If only they could make all their creme lacquers this nice.

MAC For Fun
For Fun

For Fun is a medium purple creme. Nice enough shade, but it didn’t wow me like Blue Gaze did. The formula was a little on the sheer side so I used three coats. Definitely not as good a formula as Blue Gaze, but better than many of their other cremes.

MAC Powder Blush Unconventional and Passionately Tempted
Unconventional, Passionately Tempted

MAC Unconventional and Passionately Tempted Swatches
Unconventional, Passionately Tempted

Unconventional is a pale slightly shimmery lilac/pink shade. Decent pigmentation, but very cool-toned.

Passionately Tempted is a bright medium satiny magenta shade. Very pigmented and a little goes a long way!

MAC Taste Temptation Eye Shadow
Taste Temptation Eye Shadow X 4

MAC Taste Temptation Eye Shadow Swatches
Look At The Eyes, Stay Sultry, Carbon, Naval (over primer)

Look At The Eyes is a very pale lilac frost.

Stay Sultry is a dark purple/navy veluxe pearl.

Carbon is a black matte.

Naval is a dark navy blue matte.

Ok none of these eye shadows had good pigmentation at all. They all just seemed cheap and chalky, especially the mattes. I don’t know what the deal is with these palettes lately, but this one is a no-go for me.

Overall: There were some things here I think were quality and some not so much. The Mattene Lipsticks and Lipglasses are really nice. I love Blue Gaze Nail Lacquer as well. The Powder Blushes are nicely pigmented but I would say definitely skip the Eye Shadow quad!

Availability: Online December 6th in stores December 13th at MAC.

Pricing: Mattene Lipstick ($15), Lipglass ($15), Powder Blush ($20), Nail Lacquer ($16), Eye Shadow X 4 ($40).

What grabs your interest here?


Note: MAC is not cruelty free.

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  • November 30, 2012

    Gorgeous!!! Love this collection! After yor last lipgloss or lipstick post I really want is Perky! It looks like it has a mauve tint, not too much lilac!
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  • November 30, 2012

    Hi Kelly! Any suggestions for a cruelty free dupe for Blue Gaze?

    Thanks for all you do, hope you’re well <3

    • November 30, 2012

      Hmmmmm not that I can think of off the top of my head but I’ll check my stash.

      • December 1, 2012

        Thank you!

  • November 30, 2012

    i like this collection but the purply lipstick reminds me of others i have…how close is it to violetta? :) i loooove how you do your swatching btw!!

    • November 30, 2012

      Violetta is brighter and has some light blue-ish shimmer. Here is my swatch of that: . I think this is more wearable than Violetta.

      • December 1, 2012

        thanks! i was hoping it’d be an easy skip, but alas! lol

  • November 30, 2012

    the blush seems a great choice the magenta one

  • November 30, 2012


    Im officially mad :(

    I want this collection in Germany :(

  • November 30, 2012

    How does Blue Gaze compare to NARS New York Dolls?

    • December 1, 2012

      New York Dolls is definitely a purple, this is blue/purple.

  • November 30, 2012

    nice and can I say Perky looks fab on you! The nail shades look familiar- I am thinking Lippmann Collection I know What Boys Like only a tad more purple than blurple. (don’t know if DL is cruelty free) and the other, maybe Butter London Queen VIc or DL between the Sheets? what say you?

    • December 1, 2012

      Blue Gaze is deeper and more intense than DL I Know What Boys Like (yes she is CF). I don’t have the other two.

  • November 30, 2012

    This collection sounds so cool. I am not into eye shadows as much as the other things, so totally loving the rest. x

  • November 30, 2012

    Seductive Intent looks very pretty on your skin. I don’t think that I would go for any of these products though. None of them really call to me.
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  • November 30, 2012

    Blue Gaze looks really nice and creamy. Good to know that the formula’s excellent. Not sure if I’ll pick it up, but I do think it looks great on you, Kelly! :)
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  • December 1, 2012

    I’m definitely going to pick up Blue Gaze! It’s great to know it has a good formula unlike other Mac lacquers I’ve tried.

  • December 1, 2012

    Blue Gaze looks to be the winner here! I also like the shimmer in Perky.
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  • December 2, 2012

    I knew I was definitely getting both blushes, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to get at least one of the lipsticks now, too!

  • December 2, 2012

    I usually never get into the Mac collections, but this one looks great! I am most excited about the lip colors and blue glaze.

  • December 3, 2012

    The only thing I like the the blue nail polish. Man, I want that so bad! Haha
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  • December 4, 2012
    Kim Gorka

    How is seductive instinct compared to Rebel, outrageously fun and girl about town? :)

  • December 10, 2012

    Would you consider wet n’ wild’s Mauve Outta Here a dupe for Nocturnal Instincts?