4/19/2017

A MAC Lipstick Update



The last time I did a post, solely devoted to MAC lipsticks has to have been a while ago. Possibly two, maybe even three years. The lineup has been through quite the revamp since then so it was really time to revisit the idea. You will notice a distinct colour theme here and also that it really is a lot more pared back than it was. I had a rather ruthless beauty clearout a couple of months ago. Anyway, if you are a lover of MAC you're in the right place. Scroll down...


Lady Danger**-Ah Lady D, my favourite of all the MAC reds. It's matte, it's vibrant and packs a mighty red-orange punch. Will you feel like a dangerous woman with this in your possession? Perhaps. It's definitely not a shade for incognito days but when I'm in the mood for something loud, Lady Danger delivers. 

Impassioned**-I've had this shade previously and grabbed it again thanks to Back 2 Mac, more on that below in the asterisk section. This is quite possibly one of my all-time favourite MAC lipsticks. It's just beautiful and the perfect coral pink. It's a cremesheen finish too so is super comfortable to wear on the lips. 

Eros*-A vibrant fuschia with a touch of sheen. I love the way the Liptensity lipsticks feel on the lips, barely there. The colour payoff is superb and I love the slight stain they leave on your lips when they begin to wear off. 

Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Retro Rouge*, limited edition-I seem to often be sent these deep, wine red shades from PR's. Do not get me wrong, I am grateful obviously but it's just not a colour that excites me no matter how many reincarnations it receives. This Charlotte Olympia number does get the special treatment though because it's encased in exquisite, futuristic, glamorous packaging. I always feel like I'm channeling Alexa Chung in this colour. A bonus any day of the week. 

Ruby Woo*, limited edition packaging (permanent shade)-Ruby Woo is one of MAC's most popular shades, in fact it was the shade featured in Sali Hughes' book, Pretty Iconic. It's your classic, statement, sultry, fifties red. Think Gwen Stefani, Marilyn Monroe and others. It's extremely matte, to the point it can feel a bit drying on the lips. I recommend always wearing a lip balm, liner and if you want extra comfort, a touch of gloss.


Whirl*, limited edition packaging, permanent shade-A dusty rose, matte made famous in its original form as a lipliner. Back when we still believed Kylie J used it on its own to make her lips appear larger. Shade throwing aside, it's a gorgeous shade and I feel like it's a colour that would complement a wide range of skintones. It also pairs nicely with a bit of gloss over the top to add some dimension too. 

MAC Trolls in Dance Off, Pants Off*, limited edition-A fuschia lipstick, similar to the permanent shade Show Orchid but with more of a blue-glitter reflect. It's not overly noticeable on the lips though. It just adds a bit of sparkle and sheen. Despite its boldness, this colour is surprisingly easy to swipe on and wear. I love it.

Doe-My favourite, brown-based nude. It's another lipstick from the extensive Liptensity range. Admittedly sometimes I feel like this lipstick doesn't always 'work' on me but that could just be irrational thinking. 

MAC Viva Glam Miley, limited edition*-Someone correct me if I am wrong but I'm pretty sure this shade is no longer available. It's similar to Lady Danger but less orange. I guess a similar shade would be Vegas Volt, which is permanent. 

Modesty**-Another Back to MAC acquisition. Annoyingly, Patisserie, my favourite MAC nude is not part of the selection for this but after some swatching, I think Modesty comes pretty close. In fact, I may even prefer it. If only for the fact it seems to hang around a little longer than Patisserie does. I may just have to repurchase Patisserie at some stage though because I find myself missing it. First world problem though, am I right?

-What is your go-to MAC lipstick?

*PR Sample

**Back 2 MAC (obtained by returning six empty MAC items)

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