Almost every girl who loves her makeup will own at least one MAC lipstick, they’re almost essential to any makeup collection! There’s a shade for everyone at MAC, with 181 lipsticks listed on their website, not including those from the Viva Glam, Mineralize, or Ultimate collection (and there’s more). So far, I own 8 of them, and I love them all. On my phone I keep a list of makeup that I want, and I have 10 more MAC lipsticks on there that I have yet to buy. A lot of people say that their obsession with makeup started at MAC, such as Tati, who very truthfully says ‘it all starts at MAC’, and for me it was no different.
As a short backstory, the first item of MAC makeup I ever owned was their Liquidlast Liner, which was given to me as a Christmas gift when I was 14. At the time, I was going through a massive ‘scene’ phase, and I always thought that eyeliner was the most important piece of makeup I needed (I used to draw huge thick wings – I’m not implying that this is the wrong way to do eyeliner, but it just did not suit me at all!) so when I was given this completely waterproof eyeliner I was obsessed with it. However, at this age I wasn’t completely recognizing brands, but I remember after buying this eyeliner over and over again, at 16 the mother of my boyfriend at the time booked for me to have my prom makeup done at the MAC counter at White Rose in Leeds, where I took away my first set of MAC eyelashes, and foundation.
Then, a few months after I turned 18, my love for makeup changed intensely. I was working at a cinema on a zero hour contract and I wasn’t earning much money at all, but I started to work more hours in the summer after college was finished, and I made enough money in one week to buy a few things from MAC! So I went out and bought my first lipstick, a blush, and a bronzer, and from there, my love of makeup just exploded into something much bigger than I ever thought it would be.
Angel – This was the first lipstick I bought. It’s a beautiful soft pink shade with a frost finish. It’s one of those lipsticks that you can wear with almost any look. I remember feeling so suave after someone told me it was one of Kim Kardashian’s favourite lipsticks, I used to wear it constantly! It’s still one of my favourites to this day, I especially love to pair it with my eyeshadow when I use my Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette, they’re a perfect match!
Instigator – I find that this is a very bold and brave lip colour. It’s a very deep, dark purple, described as ‘deep blackened plum’ on MAC’s website. It has a completely matte finish, and I find that it’s quite different from some of the other matte lipsticks I own from MAC – usually I find that MAC lipsticks feel so lovely and creamy, but for me this particular shade seems to have dried out a little bit. I don’t remember it being this way when I bought it, so it could be possible that I’ve left it out in the sun at some point. After doing a long swatch I noticed it became slightly more soft and creamy like the others, but at first it was quite patchy to apply on my hand. I feel like you have to be extremely careful when applying this lipstick, and I think it’s best to go in with a lipliner first (I recommend MAC’s Nightmoth for this particular colour) as it can get quite messy. However, I think the colour is beautiful, and I think it looks so flattering on extremely light and dark complexions.
Absolute Power – Unfortunately this lipstick has been discontinued as it was only a temporary shade part of the MAC Strength Collection. This lipstick was given to me by my cousin as she didn’t really use it. Don’t be fooled by this lipstick’s ultra dark exterior! It looks entirely different when you swatch it and put it on the lips. It’s a rich red/pink colour with a matte finish, and it does stain when you swatch it or put it on your lips. I noticed when I was wiping it off my hand that it turned from red to a type of hot pink before washing off completely. This is another colour that can get quite messy if not applied carefully – I would recommend using MAC’s lip pencil Beet for this shade, as it has similar red/pink tones.
Velvet Teddy – As you can probably tell by the picture, this is a well loved lipstick (it was so difficult to make it look the slightest bit pretty). It is a beautiful brown-pink matte nude that is a cult favourite. This lipstick blew up in 2014 after Kylie Jenner posted a picture of herself in full makeup on Instagram, and the makeup world was crazy for it. It was selling out everywhere, and it’s no surprise as it is such a gorgeous lip colour that suits almost any skin tone. Kylie pairs this lipstick with lip liner Soar, however you can use it with other liners like Spice or Whirl. There are so many lip liner options to pair with nudes like Velvet Teddy, but it can easily be applied without as well! As it is a softer colour compared to Instigator and Absolute Power, you don’t have to worry about being so precise with application.
Mehr – This lipstick is very similar to Pink Plaid, but it is slightly darker. It is yet another matte (I have too many mattes) that appears pink but leans more red upon application. Personally, I find that it’s not a stand out kind of red like Ruby Woo, but it is instead more subtle. It may be a case of skin colour that it appears differently for me. I am very pale; only just an NW10 in MAC foundations (and Studio Fix Fluid is the only foundation of theirs that goes that light) so it may be a case where this lipstick looks darker on me because my skin is so light. If you also own this lipstick, please let me know what it looks like on your skin tone! I would love to know if it’s just me, or if the lipstick is actually just a deceptive colour on the outside. I still love this colour regardless, but I do find that if I want a nice matte pink I reach more for Pink Plaid.
Pink Plaid – Recently, this is the lipstick that I have been using most often. Pink Plaid is a true matte pink that feels so lovely to wear. It’s not as high maintenance as some other lipsticks are; I find that this is because this lipstick is the perfect shade of pink for me, so I don’t have to worry about reapplication. You can barely tell when the lipstick is wearing off. I think this shade, for me especially, gives the feeling of ‘your lips but better’ because it’s such a perfect pink nude. I think this lipstick is amazing for light skin tones, and is a great colour to use for ‘no makeup’ makeup looks. Like Angel, I love to pair this lipstick with my Naked 3 eyeshadows. The rose gold hues of this palette match the beautiful true pink tones of Pink Plaid perfectly; it makes for such an easy everyday makeup look.
Ruby Woo – This is the best red lipstick I have ever owned. I think with red lipsticks, it’s important to find the right shade for you, as the undertones of your skin can really affect the appearance of the lipstick. Ruby Woo is described on the MAC website as a ‘very matte vivid blue-red’, which means that this lipstick is perfect for people with cool undertones to their skin – the blue undertones of the lipstick complements the cool tones in your skin. If you have warm undertones to your skin, I would recommend MAC’s Viva Glam 1 lipstick which has brown undertones, or Lady Danger which has coral undertones. Ruby Woo is a retro matte lipstick, meaning it’s absolutely matte – there is no hint of shine or shimmer. I find that it feels a lot drier compared to my other lipsticks, and although beautifully pigmented, it is very high maintenance. You must be prepared to retouch as it tends to wear off during the day, so I wouldn’t wear this lipstick in situations where you are unable to keep reapplying. I would also use a lip liner to ensure that the lipstick goes neatly on the lips. Ruby Woo has a lip liner matched specifically to it, which is also called Ruby Woo, but I tend to use He Said, She Said. This is not for any reason other than the fact I didn’t realise that Ruby Woo had a matching lip pencil at the time, but He Said, She Said is a very close match for this colour anyway!
Pervette – This lipstick was my most recent purchase. Upon realising that I own way too many matte lipsticks, I decided to go out and find a lipstick that was different to the ones I already own – and this lipstick is very different compared to any of the other lipsticks I have. I think it’s a beautiful colour which personally, I find quite hard to describe. The MAC website describes it perfectly as a ‘soft bright pink with a violet opalescent shimmer’. It has a glaze finish, so it’s meant to create a beautiful sheen on the lips rather than strong pigment. Don’t expect this lipstick to change the colour of your lips! Glaze lipsticks are very sheer and have a subtle shimmer. This is a very lightweight lipstick that I find feels like it’s barely there when I wear it, but it still adds that little something. It’s perfect for those lazy days where you don’t really want to deal with the usual lip colours that require retouching or precise application, and it’s also a great lipstick to wear when your lips are feeling a little bit dry. I would definitely recommend it to those looking for a gorgeous but low maintenance lipstick.
In the UK, MAC lipsticks are £15.50, fitting right in the middle of the makeup spectrum, they’re not as cheap as lipsticks you’ll find from Rimmel, but they’re not as expensive as lipsticks you’d find at a YSL or Tom Ford counter. MAC lipsticks are beautifully soft and creamy, and definitely worth the splurge if you’ve never spent very much on a lipstick before. They have the most beautiful lasting vanilla scent, which I find makes me love them even more. If you’ve never bought from MAC before, I would definitely start with buying one of their lipsticks, it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll be addicted to them after that first purchase!
So there you have it! Those are all of my MAC lipsticks for now. This is such a long post for a first blog post, but I really hope you liked it. I hope to see you again in the next post!