Average Rating 4.6/5
Review by CarlaN
Okay, I'll admit it: As a cool-toned woman( pinkish-ivory skin, green eyes, dark brown hair), I had serious doubts that "Impassioned" would work for me.
In the tube, it looked waay too warm and too coral for me, though I loved the almost-neon brightness.
BUT once applied, it looks bright reddish-pink and not too warm for me at all. This is the color I'd hoped that "Chatterbox" would be, but wasn't.
I love "Impassioned," but it is worth noting that I have a "thing" for bright lipstick, and not everyone does. As one reviewer observed, this color is not for the timid. Clear gloss on top tones this down some, but it's still bright. Cool-toned ladies, especially, would be wise to try this before buying, if at all possible.
NOTE: If you're looking for a very bright blue-based pink, I highly recommend M.A.C.'s "Girl About Town," which holds the position of my #1 M.A.C. lipstick. "Impassioned" is a very close second, by virtue of its very slight warmth.
AN ASIDE:I tried putting a light coat of "Pink Poodle" Lipglass over "Impassioned" to "cool off" the coral tones some, and it actually looked good! I didn't know what to expect, but the result was a nice glossy bright not-warm and not-cool pink. I think "Impassioned" will work for most, as long as you like bright colors. I do, and I expect to re-purchase this color.
P.S. Any lingering doubts I had about this color vanished today. A very fashionable lady at church collared me and said that she just*had* to know what lipstick I was wearing(it was "Impassioned"), because it was the prettiest shade she'd ever seen. She was a little taken aback by the name, but vowed that she's going to get some. Her coloring is darker than mine, but I think it will look good on her; she's not shy about bright colors.
UPDATE JUNE 2006: This is my second summer season with "Impassioned," and my feelings about it have evolved from, "Yeah, I think I can make this work..." to "I can't live without it!"
It looks SUPER with bright blue-green, a color I love to wear in spring/summer. I love just a drop of "Snowgirl" Lipglass on top; too much gloss undermines both the color and the wear.
If you're in the mood for a playful warm weather lipstick, I highly, highly recommend trying this one!
UPDATE: The longer I have this, the more I LOVE it! I wear it all the bloomin' time! I can't believe I ever doubted it!
I love it with bright pinks, with greens, with blues, with blue-greens, with white. It really is a summer staple for me. May MAC NEVER discontinue it!