MAC Up The Amp Lipstick

As i’m sure you can imagine, its getting quite difficult to pick lipsticks for my Back to MAC empties. I was struggling so much when I called into Selfridges the other week to pick one and all I wanted was Heavenly Hybrid from the Fantasy of Flowers collection, but as it was new I couldn’t have it in the swap. Grr. So, my logical thinking was to head for the purple lipsticks and pick something that I didn’t have. Hello Up The Amp, welcome to your new home!

MAC Up the Amp

Up The Amp is described as a lavender violet with an amplified finish. It looks very mauve in the tube and in all honesty, doesn’t look like a colour that I would usually go for. In the tube, I really don’t think the colour matches to the impact that it gives when it is worn. I love an amplified finish as I like people to see my lipstick from a mile off, yet I got the impression that it wasn’t going to be vivid or bright when worn. I was wrong. It’s bright and vivid and vibrant enough to wear a sheer slash of colour or build it up to a bright pout. It isn’t a purple like Heroine or Violetta but a totally different colour. On me, I see the cool tones which don’t always look right against my skin however Up The Amp works. Its not for the faint hearted as it isn’t a pale purple at all, and the red-violet tones make the colour really pop.

MAC Up the Amp

I’m a tad obsessed with purple lipsticks at the moment, if you haven’t noticed so Up The Amp is a perfect addition to my addiction. I got around 4 hours of wear from Up The Amp before wearing off, which is average for an Amplified, and the pigmentation of the colour left a lovely berry stain on my lips once it had worn off. Up The Amp is part of the permanent line and is priced at £15 from the MAC UK website.

  • I wish I could wear colors like that but strong blue toned shades just don’t look right on me :o) Xx

    Makeup by Candlelight

    • Ah that’s a shame! There’s so many fab mac colours out there though!!xx

  • I think it’s such a great colour for spring!
    Now, it won’t suit me… but I wish I’d wear it with some nice sunnies and a dress 🙂

    Xx Andra

    • I have a whole collection of spring lipsticks to go through 🙂 xx

  • Wow this looks gorgeous on you, what a beautiful unique colour! xxx

  • I love this shade! Looks gorgeous on you 🙂 x

  • MJ

    I think this is exactly the colour of the year Radiant Orchid! 🙂

    • It is!! Oooh I’m so on trend 😉 xx

  • This is one of my favourite lipsticks ever! <3

  • This colour looks gorgeous on you, I’m a big fan of dark purples too! 🙂

    Ellie xx |

    • Thanks Ellie, I adore purple lipsticks at the moment 🙂 xx

  • Gorgeous colour! It looks lovely on you!x


    Cool color <3

  • kpsays

    Thanks for reviewing this color! I’ve been on the fence about this one as I thought it looked a bit too mauve in the tube. Our coloring is similar so hopefully it will work on me! Looks fab on you. I got the Heavenly Hybrid for my bday, but have yet to try it. Will review soon. Thanks lovely!