Review: Yung Rapunxel Lipstick by MAC Cosmetics [pictures]

11 Sep 2012

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A couple of days ago I wrote that I’d purchased Azealia Banks’ Yung Rapunxel lipstick by MAC Cosmetics (swatches here). Now, I own a lot of lipsticks, but this particular lipstick was worth buying to me (and mentioning here). It’s very different from the lipsticks I’ve been wearing lately: I’ve been very much into pinks. For me getting a lipstick like Yung Rapunxel was a big deal as it’s a deep plum color, a dark color. When I saw MAC’s press pictures for this lipstick, I just had to get it! After wearing different pinks all summer, I was ready for a change. 😉

Because this lipstick is limited edition (if you know anything about MAC you know that their LE items sell out quickly!), I placed my order on the same day it came out. And after a couple of days of wear, I’ll now share my thoughts! On all pictures below I’ve applied the lipstick without a gloss or lip liner. All pictures with taken in the sun (with a minimum amount of makeup…).

Yung Rapunxel Lipstick Azealia Banks swatch swatches review MAC Cosmetics

Yung Rapunxel Lipstick Azealia Banks swatch swatches review MAC Cosmetics

Yung Rapunxel is a gorgeous color for fall and winter, especially if you have a darker complexion. Like I said, it’s a deep plum, but it does have a pink undertone which is mostly visible in the sun (as you can see in my pictures).

Yung Rapunxel Lipstick Azealia Banks swatch swatches review MAC Cosmetics

Very pretty! It’s very creamy and it’s a shade that can easily be altered by adding a gloss. It is, however, a quite difficult color to apply. Applying it sheer (to get a lighter wash of color) is almost impossible. The reason for this is because it applies uneven. If I apply it without a mirror, I get ‘patches’ of color, instead of one even layer. A nice, even application requires a little bit of effort AND a little bit of product. Also, since it’s semi-matte, it accentuates the lines in your lips a bit.

HYung Rapunxel Lipstick Azealia Banks swatch swatches review MAC Cosmetics

Yung Rapunxel Lipstick Azealia Banks swatch swatches review MAC Cosmetics

What I’ve found it that Yung Rapunxel requires moisturized and exfoliated lips and a mirror. If you have dry lips, this is not the lipstick to wear… What I’ve been doing is wearing this lipstick with a gloss on top. I have fine lines in my lips, that I rather not have emphasized. Applying a gloss on top, doesn’t just moisturize my lips and give them a nice shine, it also changes the color of the lipstick a bit. On the pictures I’ve seen of Azealia, Yung Rapunxel appears a little lighter. So yes, to avoid dry lips and to make the color more wearable (for me), I’ve been topping it with a pink lipgloss. This way the color is a little bit less deep AND my lips don’t look dry.

Is this lipstick worth getting? I think so! It does require a lot of precision and effort. It’s not a lipstick that you can quickly apply while driving, for example. Also, color wise it does not look good on everybody (I think it looks best on darker complexions, darker than mine even). Moreover, there are tons of similar shades out there, also at the drugstore. However, if you’re like me and you usually stick to pink and other ‘save’ colors, this is a great lipstick to experiment with!

Yung Rapunxel is available on MAC’s website until September 20. On the site it currently says that it’s out of stock, but I’m pretty sure it’ll be refilled soon. You can also find it in New York City stores. It retails for $15 (3 g / 0.1 US oz).


Kizzy, blogger behind Kizzy Online, originally created this blog to use as her personal life journal. When she moved from the Netherlands to the United States in 2010, she started focusing more on beauty, fashion and lifestyle. She also writes about her life as a wife and a mom of 2 in San Diego, California.


  1. TameekaTime Says: September 11, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Thank you for reviewing Yung Rapunxel. I didn’t know it was available in stores. I’m going to try it out either tonight or tomorrow to see how it looks. I occasionally have dry lips and lines so I’ll let you know how it goes. Thanks Kizzy <3

  2. No prob! It’s only available in stores in New York City, which isn’t a problem for you of course! 😀

  3. It looks so different on different people photos that I’ve stalked…um I mean found. LOL! I like how it swatches on you! I’m hoping that it doesn’t show up too opaque on me. If I wouldn’t have seen the title of your post, I would have bet $ that you were wearing Violetta. So, hopefully that’s what it is…Cyber + Violetta = Yung Rapunxel! I’ll keep you posted…I can’t wait to get mine!

  4. I know! I’ve seen pictures of other people too and it looked nothing like it does on me! But I think it VERY much depends on the lighting. I noticed that the color looks a little darker on pictures of me that were taken inside…. The sun/light brings out the pink undertone, I’m guessing.

    Honestly, if you have Cyber and Violetta, you definitely don’t need this one. There’s also a Wet n Wild lipstick that looks a lot like Yung Rapunxel. Don’t know the name/number by heart, but I’ll look it up.

    Thanks for visiting the site!! 🙂

  5. it won’t suit me, but it looks pretty good on you!

  6. Thanks! And why won’t it suit you? Don’t knock it until you try it! 😛

  7. i lack your lushious lips my dear 😉

  8. hehe! 😀

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