Mar 13 2015

My MAC Lipstick Collection and Swatches


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…


MAC Lipstick Collection and Swatches


MAC Lipstick Collection and Swatches
MAC Lipstick Collection and Swatches 1


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


MAC Lipstick Collection and Swatches 2


Angel (Frost)


MAC Lipstick Collection and Swatches Angel

Angel (Frost)

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)


MAC Lipstick Collection and Swatches Viva Glam Rihanna 2

Viva Glam Rihanna 2 (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!


Fanfare (Cremesheen)


MAC Lipstick Collection and Swatches Fanfare

Fanfare (Cremesheen)

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)


MAC Lipstick Collection and Swatches Hot Gossip

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)


MAC Lipstick Collection and Swatches A Novel Romance

A Novel Romance (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)


MAC Lipstick Collection and Swatches Mystical

Mystical (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

MAC Lipstick Collection and Swatches Names

Shitaki (LE) (Glaze)


MAC Lipstick Collection and Swatches Shitaki

Shitaki (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)


MAC Lipstick Collection and Swatches See Sheer. Lip Swatch.

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.


Cyber (Satin)


MAC Lipstick Collection and Swatches Cyber

Cyber (Satin)

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)


MAC Lipstick Collection and Swatches Vegas Volt

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.


Diva (Matte)


MAC Lipstick Collection and Swatches Diva.

Diva (Matte)

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)


MAC Lipstick Collection and Swatches Impressive

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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    • kirstydowling88 on March 13, 2015 at 7:39 am
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    You have some lurrrvely shades! Particularly loving Fanfare and Mystical. I’m similar to you in that I find the really cool, creamy pastel shades just don’t work for me at all.. Great post Kimmy xxx

    Kirsty –

    1. Thanks, Kirsty! Glad to know that I’m not alone on that one. I always purchase those kinds of shades and they never work. :/

  1. Lovely collection. I own one MAC lipstick; Viva Glam 1 which was a gift. I’ve not yet used it!! Probably should give it a try before the light changes here in the UK.
    Ting | The Ting Thing

    1. Thank you, Ting. I’d stopped buying MAC for a while and up until about a year and half ago, there was only one lipstick in my collection as well. But that sure has changed. 🙂 xo

  2. You have such a great variety of shades! Fanfare is next on my list! xx

    1. Fanfare is a good one that flatters a wide range of skin tones, I think. 🙂

  3. Gorgeous collection! Love the look of Hot Gossip!
    xprincessjas | ♥

    1. Thanks, Jasmine! If you don’t have Hot Gossip, get you some! Hehe.

  4. Absolutely love your MAC Collection, Diva is stunning I need to get myself one <3

    Serene xoxo

    1. Diva is a staple, I think. And all reds look perfect on you, this one won’t be an exception! xo

  5. I really enjoyed this post Kimmie! My favorite shades and ones that I added to my wish list were Hot Gossip and Mystical. I already had Fanfare and See Shear on there lol. <3 xo

    1. Thank you, Katie. I appreciate that so much. Mystical is actually Limited Edition but I hear that Urban Decay’s Fiend is a dupe. 🙂

    • Jaa on March 15, 2015 at 5:00 pm
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    This post reminds me of when I did my MAC Lipstick collection back in 2013! I swore then I’d never do big collection swatches again ever! LOL, it’s so BRUTAL to the lips!

    I’m about to go do my Back-2-MAC tomorrow and have been wondering what lipstick I should pick up. Your post couldn’t come at a better time! I’ll definitely check out Fanfare! 🙂

    1. Right? I admire those (like Temptalia) who seem to be able to do it so regularly! I’m glad my post was helpful! That means so much. I just Backed-2-MAC for Craving. xo

  6. I only have Diva and Fanfare by Mystical looks stunning – love it! xx

    Magpie Jasmine

    1. Yeah, Mystical is definitely an awesome shade – its kind of like MLBB with some extra oomph. Too bad it was limited edition. They’re probably some dupes though.

  7. wow so many beauties! I like the look more of the deeper shades. Lovely collection 🙂

    1. Thanks, Laura. I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed some of the darker shades, especially Cyber. 🙂

    • Silke Laura on March 18, 2015 at 7:43 pm
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    Oohh I remember recommending Vegas Volt! Hah. Good old times :’) It’s absolutely a shade I’ll be grabbing a bit more often in the next few weeks. It looks absolutely stunning on you, btw! I really like to look of Hot Gossip and Angel. Too bad Angel doesn’t work too well on you because it looks really pretty. I’m currently looking into the shade Honey Love which looks like a lighter Velvet Teddy! xx

    1. It was one of our first longer than one tweet conversations I think, lol. I couldn’t be happier to have it in my collection. I really wish Angel worked better as well because it is, as you say, a lovely shade. I wish I’d read this comment before I Backed to MAC as I definitely would have looked into Honey Love. I ended up deciding on “Craving” (An Amplified). 🙂

    • Ingrid on March 19, 2015 at 2:43 pm
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    I only own 4 MAC lipsticks and really want more. I adding Fanfare and Hot Gossip to my list!

    1. Those are two of my favorites, Ingrid! Great choices! 🙂 Both of those colors would look awesome on you, especially Hot Gossip. 🙂 xo

  8. I love the lustre finishes and Sea Sheer looks super pretty! I haven’t tried the Sheen Supremes yet, but I’d definitely like to.

    1. I highly recommend the Sheen Supreme formula. It might be my new favorite!

  9. I could definitely use Diva in my life! Gorgeous shades!

    1. Thank you, Ash. I think Diva is a good one for almost everyone. 🙂 xo

  10. I like the DIVA!

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