MAC Up The Amp Lipstick Review

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 thoughts on “MAC Up The Amp Lipstick Review

  1. 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:

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

  3. 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. :))

  4. 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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