MAC Heroine Lipstick + Purple Comparisons + Possible Dupe? Swatches/Review


EDIT 12/12/13: Heroine will be PERMANENT! Read Temptalia for all the details!  December 16th, 2013 pre-launch at It will be available in-stores January 2nd, 2014, online January 16th, 2014 for international locations, March 6th, 2014 for international in-store locations

I finally got my hands on MAC Heroine AND a back-up! Whoo whoo! SO happy over it!
Thank you to my son and husband for the BEST Mother’s Day gifts! I love you guys! You made my day magical!



So, let’s see. I decided to do a purple comparison so I could help you guys out if you were yearning for Heroine.

I think I’ve found a dupe! Let’s talk.


MAC Heroine is beautiful and marvelous and I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s matte and wore like iron. Well, you know… I ate and the lipstick was still pretty much on. I love that! Also, the stain it leaves behind is a gorgeous dark raspberry pink/red.

Here’s what it looks like!



Now, you might remember my Purple Ombre created with Black Radiance African Violet and Plum Orchid. I immediately thought it looked like a glossy version of MAC Heroine, and I must say, I think I’m right. Let’s take a quick look.


And, of course, here’s MAC Heroine Lip Pencil!


Okay, so here’s what I think. And, then I’ll show you the 3 together! I think that MAC Heroine Lip Pencil is a lot more magenta than the lipstick, which has a lot of purple in it, as well as magenta. Black Radiance African Violet and Plum Orchid make a pretty good match for MAC Heroine, except for the fact that it is glossy. Also, it comes out to approximately $4 in total. Um, yeah, good deal! I really like the matte look of MAC Heroine lipstick, and that is why I had to have it. I believe Illamasqua ESP from the NEW Paranormal Collection is supposedly similar, as well, if you’re looking for a matte dupe/possible dupe.


And, here’s a few comparisons on my arm. I included Up the Amp on my arm but you will notice it is much lighter than Heroine and glossier.



What do you think? Are you into purple lipsticks?

Purchased by me.


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  2. Must have all the purple lipsticks!

  3. Yay! I’m so glad you finally got Heroine! It looks gorgeous on you!! Way to get hooked up on Mother’s Day 🙂

  4. love heroine. one of my all time favs.

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  6. Hi, I just want to say thank you, thank you, thank for this info. I just found out about this color through a friend. I was looking forward to getting the Mac herione this morning but was told it was sold out:(. I went on eBay and they were selling it for 40 to 60 dollars, another sad face:(. Then with me sitting in the parking lot I stumbled on yout blog through google. You made my day. I just picked up the two colors from Black Radiance, they indeed do work and I saved myself a lot of money. Thanks again:)

  7. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: YOU ROCK THE PURPLE LIPPY BETTER THAN ANYONE!

  8. Pretty! I love Heroine, but there are so many lovely purples out there, you’ve got a good selection here!

  9. Perfect purples!

  10. Heroine looks great but I must say I love some of the comparisons even more.

  11. I don’t think I could pull off purple lipstick, but this looks AMAZING on you!

  12. Are the supes mentioned from Mac as well? Thank you for telling us about the dupes, I have been searching high and low for Heroine!

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