I remember back when I very first started blogging three years ago when I had never heard of MAC, sacrilege I know. I had never gazed at the vast array of lipsticks and eye shadows on offer and I had certainly not experienced the hustle and bustle of the MAC counter at Selfridges. Fast forward three years later and I have now managed to accumulate a few MAC lipsticks into my collection. If there is one thing I think about when it comes to MAC then it is the lipsticks, whether it is the various finishes or the sheer array of shades on offer I believe that there is a MAC lipstick out there for you. Once upon a time I heard that they used to cost around £10 however these days they will set you back £15.50, perhaps even £17 if you opt for a limited edition shade from a collection.
Being a typical beauty blogger through and through I thought it was about time I shared with you the shades that I have. It’ll already be quite clear to you that I very much urge on the side of caution with my lipstick choices as most of these are all nudes and easy to wear pinks if I’m honest, although I actually can’t quite believe that I found myself looking at Acai today from the new Julia Petit collection, maybe there’s an adventurous lipstick wearer in there somewhere after all! So jumping straight into it I’ll give you a quick low down on the MAC lipsticks that I currently own, starting off with my only MAC red.
1: Salon Rouge – I feel slightly awkward starting off this with a limited edition shade as I know it’s not available any more. Just one of the shades that was available from the MACH Heirloom Mix Collection this was the one that caught my eye the most. This is currently my only MAC red and it is one that I simply adore, it’s a matte finish and has a cool undertone to it which I think suits my complexion much better in comparison to a warmer red. Like most matte lipsticks in my experience they are always slightly drying yet I do find this to be pretty comfortable to wear. It’s a beautiful berry toned red and is one that I have a dedicated review to if you’d like to know more about it; find that here.
2: All Fired Up – This was my first matte lipstick from MAC and was one that actually won in a giveaway held by Julia. This is a bright fuchsia matte which surprisingly isn’t as cool toned as you would think with it being fuchsia as, in my opinion it does have quite a warm tone to it. Again like the previous matte finish it is again drying so lip balm is a must, in fact I’d also say that I find this more drying in comparison to Salon Rouge. All Fired Up will be an awesome shade for the summer time, my top tip for this lipstick would be to keep your lips moisturised and exfoliated in order to show off this gorgeous shade in all its glory. Once again I have a dedicated review to this lipstick here.
3: Plumful – Last year I wore MAC Plumful pretty much none stop alongside Patisserie. It’s such a beautiful lipstick that is so incredibly easy to wear on a day to day basis. Being a lustre finish I find that it provides enough colour without it being too much maintenance, it’s sheer to an extent but can be built up, as well as this it also feels extremely comfortable on the lips as it isn’t drying in the slightest. However on that note I have found that other lustre finishes I have tried have been a little drying at times yet for some reason unknown to me I have never had this problem with Plumful. As the name would suggest there is a plum tone to this although it’s still very much based around the pink spectrum, it’s very different to the other pinks I own as it is darker without it being too vampy; again this is another beautiful shade for the summer and indeed autumn.
4: Hot Gossip – This is my most recent MAC lipstick seeing as I only purchased it around two weeks ago. Hot Gossip is a cremesheen finish which like lustre I find to be extremely comfortable to wear on the lips overall. I’ve read that people can find this finish drying although I’ve never really had any major issues personally, although I guess there is a first for everything. Hot Gossip is a relatively soft pink with a cool undertone, in fact in comparison to Plumful I feel like this is its baby sister almost as to me they almost look as though they are just a a few shades different in intensity.
5: Patisserie – Without a shadow of a doubt this is my most worn MAC lipstick to date and will most likely be the shade I repurchase first. Patisserie is a muted pink with a hint of brown, it is for me the perfect nude. It’s the lipstick that I always reach for when I’m wearing heavy eye make up or when I have no idea what to wear, I know I can simply pop it on and reapply it just as easily throughout the day. If I had to sum it up I’d call it a fuss free nude, it’s beautiful! If I’m honest I’d be quite lost without it.
6: Creme Cup – If there was one MAC lipstick that I had heard the most about then it would be Creme Cup. It’s funny that this was a shade that I wanted really badly but these days isn’t one that I reach for very often; I’ll have to address that as it really is a very pretty pink, especially for this time of year. It’s definitely one of the palest pinks that I own although it does not lack pigmentation. Like Hot Gossip this is a cremesheen finish making it extremely easy and comfortable to wear, again this formula alongside lustre I would argue are my favourites because they make wearing lipstick easy. Being a cremesheen finish longevity isn’t its strongest point however I’m more than happy to reapply something more frequently if it means the product being more comfortable to wear in the first place.
7: Plink – MAC Plink was my very first lipstick from MAC therefore it holds a rather special place in my make up collection. This was a prize I won in a giveaway by Emma all those years ago, it still seems like yesterday when I received her email telling me I’d won my very first MAC lipstick, oh the excitement! Plink is quite a sheer lustre on me, especially in comparison to Plumful which I think is actually quite pigmented considering it is a lustre finish; they’re quite notorious for being sheer. I do find that if I’m not careful with this shade then it can end up looking a little frosty on me whilst building it up which isn’t a look I like to achieve. I’m still yet to find a way to make this work for me so it has for a while sat being a little unloved, it’s time to dig this back out to see what I can pair it up with.
So there we have it, my MAC lipstick collection. Overall I’d say that my favourite finish is lustre although it’s a close call between that and cremesheen as I really do like an easy lipstick that feels comfortable whilst wearing it.
Do you have any personal favourites from MAC?