MAC Up The Amp Lipstick Review

by Sabrina on April 2, 2012 · 39 comments

MAC Up The Amp Lipstick Review

Hello Everyone!

In my last article, I had mentioned how these days I am so into some different shades of lipsticks, after loving bright pinks for so long.  Well, I still do, but the new shades I’m loving now are lilacs, lavenders, mauves, violets, plums and purples. I find these kind of shades to be really unique and a pleasant change for me!

MAC Up The Amp Lipstick Review

So, today, I am reviewing one of my new favourites in this category – MAC “Up The Amp.” MAC describes this shade as “Lavender Violet” and it is in an amplified crème finish.

Amplifed up the amp

The lipstick is priced at Rs. 990 and comes in the usual black and silver case packaging and has the trademark vanilla fragrance that is common among all MAC lipsticks. The vanilla fragrance is pleasant, has no taste on application, and disappears within a few minutes after application. Till date, I have never found any MAC lipstick of mine to attract fungus or have an odd taste or smell, even after 2 years or so.

Up the Amp

I would describe this lipstick colour as lavender-violet/light mauve-purple. It has a rich, creamy finish and contains absolutely no frost/shimmer at all, yet gives a glossy shine to the lips.

Up The Amp

It has very rich pigmentation, which I like to have in my lipsticks. The colour looks quite unique and is unlike any other colour in my collection.  I also could not think of any dupes for this in any other brand. Do you have any suggestions about this?

See the swatches:

Swatch 1

Swatch 2

Swatch without flash:

Swatch 3

Lip swatch taken in sunlight :


Taken indoors with flash:




What I Like about MAC Up The Amp Lipstick:

  • Unique shade, would suit light to medium complexions.
  • One swipe gives rich, creamy colour.
  • In my opinion, there is no need to apply a lip liner as the lipstick tip gives a nice outline within the lips.
  • Gives a glossy sheen to the lips.
  • Lasts over 4 to 5 hours, survives meals and drinks too.
  • Doesn’t accentuate fine lip lines nor does it settle into them.

What I Do Not Like about MAC Up The Amp Lipstick:

  • No cons here, except that this kind of shade depends on your personal choice.

IMBB Rating:

5 on 5

Final Word on MAC Up The Amp Lipstick:

If you are on the lookout for an unique lavender-purplish kind of lipstick shade, you should definitely check this out, and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

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{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

shruthi V April 2, 2012 at 11:29 am

Sabrina :woot: :woot: i love this shade! awesome choice :yes:


Sabrina April 2, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Thank you, Shruthi, glad you liked it. :))


Surabhi April 2, 2012 at 11:31 am

Lovely shade Sabrina..


Sabrina April 2, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Thanks, Surabhi. :))


Dipti C April 2, 2012 at 11:31 am

Sabrina… gorgeous color hun.. :-* :-* why no FOTD this time :smug: :smug: :smug:


Sabrina April 2, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Hi Dipti, thank you dear, ok I’ll do a FOTD soon with some more lippy reviews coming up. 😀


Bee April 2, 2012 at 11:36 am

I was supposed to buy this on my bday but skipped. It looks so fab on u :puchhi:


Sabrina April 2, 2012 at 10:01 pm

Hi Bee, this lippie will suit you nicely, and thank you dearie. :-*


Sukanya April 2, 2012 at 11:45 am

Sabrina…this is really an amazing shade..and you do total justice to such bright shades..loved it,thnx for sharing :-*


Sabrina April 2, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Very welcome, Sukanya, and thank you for your sweet words, I do appreciate it.


Monika Agarwal April 2, 2012 at 11:45 am

lovely shade……looks gorgeous on you. I am so into mauves myself these days


Sabrina April 2, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Thank you, Monika, yeah, I’m really loving mauves a lot nowadays. :))


Niesha April 2, 2012 at 12:06 pm

wow what a lovely color… sabrina.. :inlove:


Sabrina April 2, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Thanks a lot, Niesha. :))


Tina April 2, 2012 at 12:42 pm

No one can Rock Bright Pinks as beautifully as u do sabrina…it looks too gud on u…


Sabrina April 2, 2012 at 10:12 pm

So sweet of you to say that, thankeeeee so much, Tina. :))


gurpreet April 2, 2012 at 12:56 pm

lovedd this shade Sabrina. thanks for the review.. i guess this will be my first shade from MAC


Sabrina April 2, 2012 at 10:15 pm

I’m so happy that you liked this, Gurpreet. :))


Harika April 2, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Lovely colour and good review xx


Sabrina April 2, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Thanks, Harika. :))


bhumika April 2, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Thats a pretty shade..:)


Sabrina April 2, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Thanks a lot, Bhumika. :))


jyo April 2, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Amazing shade Sabrina n u totally rock it. :)) I have passion Rose from Faces (A tone dark may be) & Darling mauve from Avon SP range (A tone light for sure 😉 ) and both are close to this. :pompom:


Sabrina April 2, 2012 at 10:18 pm

Thankeee Jyo. I agree that the Avon lippie is a bit close to this. :))


Rati April 2, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Excellent shade sabrina. i will check it out. :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:


Sabrina April 2, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Thanks very much, Rati, you will rock this shade. :yahoo: :yahoo:


Raji April 2, 2012 at 2:23 pm

gorgeous shade sabrina.. :)) and i really wonder wat bright shade u cannot carry.. :methinks: looks really pretty on u… :pompom: :pompom:


Sabrina April 2, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Awwww thanks so much, Raji, that means a lot to me. :))


TA April 2, 2012 at 2:47 pm

It is so pretty sabrina….absolutely loved it!! :love: :love: :love:


Sabrina April 2, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Thank you, Tara, and congratulations once again ! :yahoo:


Ravali April 2, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Such a stunning shade! :woot: :woot: :woot: Gorgeousss!!


Sabrina April 2, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Thanks a lot, Ravali. :))


shanaiia April 2, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Sabrina u rock such bright shades 🙂


Sabrina April 2, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Hi Shanaiia, thank you so much. :))


Sahar April 2, 2012 at 8:21 pm

WOOW thats exactly what i am looking for anyone know a dupe?


Sabrina April 2, 2012 at 10:27 pm

Hi Beautiful. I get a feeling that you may find a dupe for this in Revlon. Let me do some checking out and let you know. :))


Naomi April 3, 2012 at 5:05 am

Lovely! So would try this shade!


Sabrina April 3, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Thanks a lot, Naomi. :))


Roxann April 3, 2012 at 12:26 pm

I have this and i am NC45. It looks gorgeous! I saw this on Nicki Minaj and was like i have to get it. I wasnt sure if it suited me but a applied with a lip brush it looks amazing! 🙂


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