It’s no secret that Mac Cosmetics make the best lipsticks around. And priced at £15.50 you can get the same quality as a more expensive high-end product for less. Perhaps this is why the Mac Lipstick is a staple in every make up enthusiast’s collection? Or perhaps it is the sheer amount of colours and finishes on offer that has led to its legendary status?
The colours I own are predominantly pinks and nudes. I love to play up my eyes and consider liquid eyeliner my greatest ally. Therefore I tend to choose a more subtle lip colour – unless, of course, I’m rocking a red lippie. Everyone needs a red lipstick. However, with only five colours in my make up bag I’m considering a major branching-out effort very soon. Impassioned, I have my sights on you.
Russian Red: A cool-toned, bluish red that really makes your teeth look white and sparkly. This one has a matte finish that unfortunately accentuates any flakiness so you need to have your lips perfectly moisturised and exfoliated before use. Or cheat like me and put a really sticky gloss on top. The actual colour stays on like a dream, even through eating and drinking.
Please Me: A warm dusty-rose pink also in a matte formulation. It looks darker in the bullet than the actual colour, which is much more vivid. I adore this colour for summer, special events and with a plain eye look but super glowy skin. It transforms your look into one of natural loveliness. You know those beautiful Pre-Raphaelite painted models? Yeah, they wear Please Me.
Kinda Sexy: The website describes this as a more neutral-pink tone, but I think it has a touch of coral. Also in a matte finish, however due to its more muted colour it doesn’t show up flakes and patches as badly as other stronger colours. It is possibly my favourite colour out of this collection, and I wear it on a fairly regular basis due to its ability to match any eye look and still look absolutely regal. The longevity is also a pleasant surprise, for a pinky-nude this one is very reliable and long-lasting.
Half N’ Half: This colour screams 90’s at me, and although that may sound off-putting at first, worn with the right combination of make up it is surprisingly flattering. It’s a pink-brown colour on the ‘nude spectrum’ and part of the Amplified Creme formulation range, therefore it has a great colour pay-off and is intensely creamy and moisturising. However, despite this it still has fantastic staying power unlike other creamy lipsticks. I love it with a slightly smoky or silver eye and a full coverage foundation. The darker nude tone is better on olive or medium skin-tones, and would be particularly gorgeous on Indian skin.
Creme D’ Nude: Another daily shade for me. This pale peach-beige nude colour is one of the Cremesheen formulations and has a more sheer colour pay-off but a high sheen effect (kinda in the name). The longevity isn’t as good as the Amplified Creme or Matte finishes, but you can still get a good 4 hours before needing to re-apply. A gloss on top will help in this area. The pale colour goes amazingly with a very dark and intense smoky eye. But beware, you may look sickly if you wear this with no blusher or bronzer, or if you have either very dark or very pale skin.
(L-R) Russian Red, Please Me, Kinda Sexy, Half N’ Half, Creme D’ Nude
What’s your favourite Mac lipstick shade? Share your recommendations below!
Lots of Love,