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Friday 19 May 2017

My MAC lipstick collection with swatches

MAC, lipstick, Frost, Creme Cup, Sunny Seoul, Peach Blossom, Plumful, Syrup, Alessandra, Brave, Rebel, Angel, Costa Chic, Fast Play, Ruby Woo, Mehr, Velvet Teddy, Please Me,  Swatches
L-R: Peach Blossom, Creme Cup, Sunny Seoul, Brave, Rebel, Angel, Costa Chic, Ruby Woo, Fast Play, Plumful, Syrup, Alessandra, Mehr, Please Me, Velvet Teddy.

I don't have the biggest MAC lipstick collection compared to a lot of bloggers but it is the brand that I have the most lipsticks from in my collection so I thought I would share it with you today. MAC lipsticks have crept up in price over the years and are currently priced at £16.50/€20/US$17 and an eye-watering $36 in Australia so whilst they are more affordable than YSL or Charlotte Tilbury, they still aren't exactly budget-friendly. I tend to buy them in Duty Free where there's a €3 saving. MAC lipsticks come in a range of finishes - matte, retro matte, satin, lustre, glaze, cremesheen, amplified, frost and liptensity - so there really is something for all tastes. I have tried all except the liptensity but that needs to change!

The packaging of MAC lipsticks isn't really anything to write home about but it's easily recognisable as being MAC so I guess there is no reason for them to change it. The first thing that is noticeable once you take the lid off, is the sweet, vanilla scent, which I personally really like! Ok, enough about the packaging and scent - let's get on with my collection. I apologise in advance for the not so great swatch photo - I have huge admiration for those pinterest-worthy swatches I see on some blogs but it isn't something I can achieve yet!

L-R:: Peach Blossom, Creme Cup, Sunny Seoul, Brave, Rebel, Angel, Costa Chic, Ruby Woo, Fast Play, Plumful, Syrup, Alessandra, Mehr, Please Me, Velvet Teddy.

I have three Cremesheen lipsticks in the shades Peach Blossom (a cool soft peachy-pink), Creme Cup (mid pink) and Sunny Seoul (a warm pink). I love the Cremesheen formula - it's creamy, as the name suggests and really comfortable on the lips. The downside of the creamy formula is that it isn't the longest lasting lipstick - usually requiring a top up around the 3 hour mark but I can live with that. Creme Cup is the only MAC lipstick that I've ever repurchased and at one point, was all I wore for months on end!

I have two Satin lipsticks - Brave (mauvey pink) and Rebel (a deep berry-toned pink). This formula is almost as comfortable as the Cremesheen formula but it is longer-lasting without being drying - the perfect balance and they are also very pigmented.

Next up are two frost lipsticks - Angel (warm pink) and Costa Chic (warm coral). Don't let the frost label put you off - these are not like the frosts of the '80s  (Rimmel Heather Shimmer ring a bell?) - they are pigmented and shimmery and last around 4 hours on the lips before they need re-applying. I find that my lips need to be in good condition to wear these because the shimmer shows up any flaky patches,

I only own one retro matte lipstick, which is Ruby Woo (the perfect blue-toned red). This formula is extremely drying but it is worth it because it lasts for around 6/7 hours through eating and drinking before it needs re-applying. It is a very pigmented shade and really the perfect red for all skin tones - the bonus of it being blue-toned is that makes your teeth look whiter.

I have one amplified lipstick, in the shade Fast Play (a warm mauvey-brown-pink). This formula is really pigmented and creamy and lasts longer on the lips than the cremesheen formula. I definitely need to try more amplified lipsticks.

Next are three lustre lipsticks - Plumful (mid-plum), Syrup (mid-petal pink) and Alessandra (pinky-nude). The lustre lipsticks are perfect for everyday wear - they aren't overly pigmented but are not sheer either. They don't last terribly long on the lips but they can easily be topped up on the go.

Finally, I have three matte lipsticks - Mehr (deep mauve-pink), Please Me (mid-rose pink) and Velvet Teddy (brown-beige nude). I find MAC matte lipsticks to be pretty comfortable on the lips (more than the retro matte) and they are really pigmented so one swipe is generally enough. I find that these last around 5 hours on me, which is pretty good and I also like that they aren't too flat but they definitely don't give the lips a plump look in the way Charlotte Tilbury matte lipsticks do.

I ordered the Fleur De Force lipstick the day it was released and was gutted two days later when MAC emailed to say it was out of stock - at that stage it was out of stock everywhere else too! I know I don't really need another nude lipstick, but I really wanted it!

What are your favourite MAC lipsticks and do you have any recommendations on what I should add to my collection? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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