I've been planning to gather up my Mac lipsticks in one single post for months... But today I was a good girl and conquered my procrastinating issues, so here they are!
It's a small collection as I'm quite new to Mac- but it's definitely, positively bound to grow and flourish! I looove me some Mac lipsticks, haha
One of Mac's best-seller lipsticks, and yet Creme d' Nude is a tricky shade to pull off: for it to be worn on its own the "right way", it requires the darkest and most dramatic smokey eye- but if you top it off with a pinky/peach lipgloss, it's far more versatile with eyeshadow combinations. If you own a vivid lipgloss shade and want to show it off at its best, Creme d' Nude works brilliantly on blanking out your lips beforehand! Cremesheens feel moisturising and give an almost glossy shine to the lips, while offering opaque colour.
Another Mac best-seller, Hue is a much more wearable pinky nude lipstick that matches any eyeshadow shade, be it warm- or cool-toned. It's my absolute favourite, most worn Mac lipstick! I call it my "safety" lippie, as it's the first thing I grab when I'm in a hurry or not sure which shade to wear. It's a glaze finish, which means that the natural lip colour shows through the lipstick, however it can be built up to a more opaque coverage; that's why I always throw it in my travel makeup bag- as depending on the layers I wear, I can enjoy two lipstick shades with one product. Highly recommended to Mac begginers!
A Kim Kardashian favourite, Angel is a very pretty blue-toned pink shade that is flattering on all skin tones. Notably, I consider it a "first-date appropriate" lipstick, as it doesn't stray that far from the lips' natural pigmentation, but gives a girly blue-based shade of pink that instantly brightens up the face. It's odd that Angel falls under the Frost finish category, as there's no visible shimmer either on the bullet or when applied on the lips.
Pink Nouveau is a bright pink with violet undertones; it got hyped up when Lady Gaga spoke about it as her favourite Mac lipstick during her teens, and her inspiration behind her signature Viva Glam lipstick. Nicki Minaj followed Gaga's footsteps with her Pink Friday lipstick, thus making Pink Nouveau ever so popular. It's a perfect choice for the nude lipstick lover wanting to experiment with brighter lipsticks; Pink Nouveau is a daring bright lipstick but it's a pink, so it feels much more comfortable to wear than purple or fuchsia lipsticks. It's a satin, which stands for semi-matte finish with a small amount of shine to it.
Not for the faint-hearted! Unique shades like Impassioned are so hard to describe; I would say it's a vivid, almost neon coral-watermelon pink... Confused? What I mean is that there's definitely some warmth to it, making it stand out from fuchsias like Show Orchid, but not enough so to classify it as a warm-toned lipstick. It enhances a tan like no other colour and needs lots of contouring and highlighting, as it's sooo bright that it takes away all dimension on the face. Amplified Creme lipsticks give opaque colour with a fair amount of shine.
In 2 words: true coral. Not orange-milky-peachy, nor pinky-coral.
Vegas Volt is the real thing! Period. It requires lots of bronzer if your face is not that tanned, and seems like it needs some definition with lipliner. By the way, a Mac makeup artist suggested to me a dark brown lip pencil to go with it... Is this normal? Vegas Volt is my least worn lipstick because as much as I love its colour, I've found that cool-toned lipsticks look better on my Mediterranean olive skin (shoker!). Again, it's an Amplified- which provides opaque coverage with a shiny finish.
And here's a few swatches shown together:
So, do you own any of the lipsticks pictured above?
Which is your all-time favourite Mac lipstick?
Oh! and if you happen to know a nice "my-lips-but-better" Mac lipstick in the Lustre family, I'd love it if you let me know about it!