Sep 25 2015

MAC Matte Lipsticks: Whirl, Stone & Men Love Mystery


A girl can never have too many lipsticks, right, right? If any of you recall one of my first MAC cosmetics posts way back when, I’d shared my MAC lipstick collection. In that post, I talked about how there were only 12 because I was determined not to go beyond what could fill my acrylic organizer. This number didn’t include the lipsticks from other brands that I own, of course. We’re talking strictly MAC. Needless to say, I was unsuccessful and it’s grown well beyond 12, helped along by my recent purchase of three MAC Matte Lipsticks: Whirl, Stone and Men Love Mystery.

MAC Matte Lipsticks

All three of these lipsticks were released in the MAC The Matte Lip collection (which, thankfully, is permanent). Among the 22 shades included, there were some that were already available in the regular line, but most were new. And some are lipstick versions of famous lip pencils (i.e. Whirl, Stone).

The collection is a combination of MAC’s regular matte formula and retro matte formula. As anyone familiar with MAC finishes would know, both mattes and retro mattes have a flat finish, but the retros are really, really flat (almost like a lip pencil) and tend to feel drier on the lips. None of the shades that I chose are retro mattes. I just can’t handle the formula. But the regular mattes aren’t so bad and, actually, I was quite surprised by how comfortable and creamy they were.

Whirl and Stone are extremely opaque and apply evenly and smoothly, no tugging or dragging whatsoever. Men Love Mystery was slightly less opaque, but still provided plenty of coverage and application was also smooth and even. All three shades lasted about 5 hours (without eating). They did not dry out the lips (but they definitely didn’t moisturize either).


Whirl – a dirty rose with a Matte finish

MAC Matte Lipsticks Whirl
MAC Matte Lipsticks Whirl Swatch
MAC Matte Lipsticks Whirl Lip Swatch

Stone – a muted grayish taupe-brown with a Matte finish

MAC Matte Lipstick Stone
MAC Matte Lipsticks Stone Swatch
MAC Matte Lipsticks Stone Lip Swatch

Men Love Mystery – a lavender violet with a Matte finish

MAC Matte Lipsticks Men Love Mystery
MAC Matte Lipstick Men Love Mystery Swatc
MAC Matte Lipsticks Men Love Mystery Lip Swatch

What do you guys think? Personally, I love them all! Whirl has that 90’s vibe which takes me back, Stone is surprisingly stunning and Men Love Mystery is like my perfect version of Heroine (not as bright and purple) and with some grey tones to it. As mentioned, the collection is permanent and can be found at MAC locations and online (U.S., U.K., Canada etc).


Did you, or are you planning to, grab of the new MAC Matte lipsticks?




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    • Lena on September 25, 2015 at 5:53 am
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    If I hadn’t recently bought the Whirl lip pencil I would probably be getting the lipstick! It looks really nice.

  1. Whirl looks gorgeous! xx


  2. These lipsticks are gorgeous and looks good on you. I wish these shades would look good on me but they don’t… brown tones don’t really suit me if it did, I would so love to get whirl! xx

  3. I do love a good matte lipstick! I have Ruby Woo which is a retro matte and you’re right – it is very matte! I would definitely like to give their normal matte range a go 🙂 x

    Brenda BusyBee

  4. I always wanted to try the Whirl pencil, now I want to try the lipstick!


  5. I haven’t bought anything from MAC for more than a year! I doubt Whirl and Stone would look god on me but Men Love Mystery is stunning!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  6. Absolutely not my colors, but I love MAC lipsticks in general.

  7. I think you’ve just narrowed down what my next MAC Lipstick purchase would be & that is WHIRL <3 How gorgeous is that colour! they all look stunning on you!

    Serene | I Am Serene L

  8. Whirl looks like my kinda shade but the other two look great on you and are definitely more unique and adventurous shades 🙂 x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

  9. Yep, Whirl looks great!

    • Silke Laura on September 26, 2015 at 4:27 pm
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    I remember running to the store after Stone just came out in the UK, and they were already sold out! Still haven’t bought the shade, really need to place an order soon! Men Love Mystery is such a daring shade and looks great on you! I don’t think it is a shade I’d be brave enough to wear, though!

  10. One can never have enough MAC lipsticks! Hehehe! I love Whirl! My other current favourite for everyday wear is Twig.

  11. Whoa they all look great, but Men Love Mystery is amazing on you! Definitely need all 3 of these!

  12. I love the look of the Whirl lipstick, such a pretty nude rose shade. I’m going to have to add it to my ever increasing wish list!! Adele xx

  13. So pretty. I love the range of colors you shared with us; I feel like there’s something for everybody or in my case I love them all. :]

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  14. I think Stone is my favourite! A perfect greyish-brown taupe colour! It’s gorgeous but I think Whirl is beautiful too <3

    xx Bash | Hey Bash | bloglovin’

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