Ready for my MAC lipstick collection and swatches? Finally, I’ve been able to get to photographing my modest MAC lipstick collection after having posted my blush and eye shadow collections several months ago. Of course, in true Kimmy “former perfectionist learning to let things go” style, I now want to update those posts with better pictures. But I’m trying to resist the urge to go overboard with this project “update posts” business. We’ll see. Back to the Lipsticks…
I have 12 MAC lipsticks in my collection, which include a range of finishes with cremesheen being predominant. It is rather “small” compared to some, but I’m happy with it. It also helps that the organizer in me wants to house my MAC lipsticks together. This acrylic organizer can only hold 12 lipsticks. I do have a larger organizer but that houses all my other lipsticks and there is no space on my vanity for another piece of plastic or glass of any sort. It’s a self-imposed method of restriction people, lol. On a happier note, I’m just about to finish one of these lippies (Angel) so that means I can make room for another, woohoo!
MAC Lipstick Collection and Swatches – Row 1
Described as a “soft pink”. This was my first purchase after getting back into MAC lipsticks after a few years hiatus. At the time, I was deciding between this and Cream Cup. I should have gone for Cream Cup, as I find Angel so hard to wear. Angel tends to separate on my lips and make them appear dry. It doesn’t happen with other frost formulas I’ve worn, so I think it has something to do with this particular shade. In general, I’ve found that creamy pale, almost pastel like colors do not work well with the texture of my lips.
Viva Glam Rihanna 2 (LE) (Frost)
Described as a “warm mauvey silver”. Now this is frost that I can work with. It’s a really “out there” sort of shade but I love it. Unfortunately, it’s not available anymore but if you have it in your collection I say pull it out and don’t be afraid to rock it!
Described as a “mid-tone yellow pink”. Fanfare does lean a little warm and yellow, but on me it’s neutral enough to pair well with almost everything. It is also a more fluid cremesheen formulas (yes, I’ve noticed that not all cremesheens wear the same), that glides along the lips like a Lustre or Glaze would but with the typical cremesheen pigment. Highly, highly recommend.
Hot Gossip (Cremesheen)
Described as “mid-tone pinky plum”. Hot Gossip is everything I wanted Angel to be – something that I can slap on with little effort that looks great. As far as pinks go, it leans a little cool but is still neutral enough. There is also a sheen, almost frost-like finish that sets this apart from other cremesheens I have owned. This is one that most would enjoying having in their collection.
A Novel Romance (LE) (Cremesheen)
Described as a “light cool dusty pink”. You would think I would have learned my lesson about this type of shade on my lips, but apparently I didn’t. You probably could tell from the photo above displaying all of the lipsticks but I’ve worn this once. Generally speaking (my annoying lip texture aside), cool pinks like this tend to make you’re teeth look yellow.
Mystical (LE) (Cremesheen)
Described as a “mid-tone creamy rose”. Rose tones with hints of brown or plum are my “MLBB” shades. Mystical is a step up from MLBB in that it adds a little more rosy red to the lips, qualifying as that perfect shade when I want to look polished but professional. Chanel’s Rouge Coco in Marie is similar.
MAC Lipstick Collection and Swatches – Row 2
Shitaki (LE) (Glaze)
Described as a “muted taupe brown with golden shimmer”. The effect of Shitaki on the lips is like an extremely toned down version of Viva Glam Rihanna 2. Again, I’m sorry this is no longer available but I’ve heard that they re-promote it often. As a glaze, which is the sheerest of MAC’s formulas, I actually wear this one to work often.
See Sheer (Lustre)
Described as a “grapefruit pink”. To me, this is a neutral peachy pink color. It is extremely comfortable on the lips, offering slightly more pigment than a Glaze. Screams spring.
Described as a “intense blackish purple”. I was drawn to this shade when it was re-promoted in the MAC + Rick Baker for Halloween 2013 collection. It continues to surprise me how much I enjoy this super vampy color for a “normal” evening out. Although a satin (which is suppose to similar to the mattes but more sheen and less drying), Cyber can tend to skip on the lips and I usually wear a balm underneath.
Vegas Volt (Amplified)
Described as a “full power coral”. My lovely friend Silke (Laura London Blog), recommended this to me last year. This was shortly after I’d gotten back into MAC lipsticks as was looking for something a little bold. This definitely fits the bill and I will be sporting it again come Summer. The amplified formulas are amazing, by the way – highly pigmented but still creamy and comfortable.
Described as a “intense reddish burgundy”. I purchased this last year in preparation for “Fall/Autumn”. It is, as the description suggests, an intensely pigmented red that looks good on everyone I’ve seen wear it.
Impressive (Sheen Supreme)
Described as a “neutral gilded plum”. Oh my, is this formula fantastic! Sheen supremes are designed to have the “color impact of a lipstick with the shine sheen of a lipglass”. I’ve heard that the darker shades can be splotchy but Impressive is the only one I own, and it is smooth, shiny and hydrating. It’s one of those formulas where you catch yourself running the lipstick back and forth across your lips because it feels so good!
Before concluding this photo-heavy post, I wanted to highlight a few things. First, mad respect to anyone who features lip swatches on a regular basis. It takes some work to swatch this many lipsticks in a sitting and can be brutal on the lips. Second, when you’re doing multiple lip swatches, it can become time consuming, so please forgive me for not using a lip liner each time. Finally, thank you all for checking out this post and I hope that it has been helpful to some of you!
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