Like a lot of girls, I am make-up obsessed. I don’t claim to be a make-up artist on any level but I do love playing about and trying new products. I dread to think how much money I’ve spent on cosmetics over the years. One of my favourite cosmetics brands is MAC, I rarely come across a MAC product I don’t like and I love the affordability of the brand. I live in a city with a free-standing MAC store which is great for me but not so great for my bank balance! The MAC product I first fell head over heels for was their lipsticks and now I very seldom buy or use any other brand. When MAC first came to Aberdeen there was huge hype and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. My first MAC lipstick was Candy Yum Yum. It was a present from my auntie and from the first wear, I’ve never looked back. I currently own about 40 MAC lipsticks plus lip pencils, Vamplify glosses and a Retro-Matte Liquid Lipstick.
I tried to narrow down to my favourite five lipsticks but this proved difficult so here’s my top 10:
Kinda Sexy [Matte] – ‘Neutral Pinky-Rose’
I discovered this shade when everyone was jumping on the Velvet Teddy bandwagon. I went in-store to purchase Velvet Teddy but when waiting to be served I swatched a few shades and decided I actually preferred this one! I do now own Velvet Teddy but Kinda Sexy is my go-to for a light, natural nude.
Whirl [Matte] – ‘Dirty Rose’
This is my all-time favourite nude! You can probably tell from my list that I rate a bold lip so this is perfect. It’s a slightly darker and bolder nude but it’s not OTT.
Impassioned [Amplified Creme] – ‘Amped Up Fuchsia’
I always forget how much I LOVE Impassioned! My bestie wore it in holiday pics and I was obsessed, she looked incredible! It’s such a gorgeous pink. Said bestie bought it for me as a gift because she knew I was lusting after it. I do wish it lasted longer on the lip like the matte finishes but it’s such an amazing colour.
Candy Yum Yum [Matte] – ‘Neon Pink’
As mentioned above, this was my first MAC lipstick. I’ve been asked before why I picked such a daring shade for my first one and honestly? I have no idea. I was just drawn to it. This is a very bright pink but that has never put me off. My current one is nearing an end and I will defs be buying a replacement.
So Chaud [Matte] – ‘Intense Reddish-Orange’
I don’t have much to say about So Chaud. It’s just one of those shades I love and can’t put into words why. I wear it so often and although it’s orangey, it’s super wearable.
Relentlessly Red [Retro Matte] – ‘Bright Pinkish Coral’
This was my number-one-go-to lipstick for summer 2016. It’s such an incredible colour. It’s pinky, it’s corally, it’s got a little hint of red and best of all… it’s BRIGHT. I wore it all summer regardless of what I was wearing or what my plans were.
Red Rock [Matte] – ‘Classic Clean Red’
I’ve gone out on a bit of a whim here. I’ve only had this shade since mid-January and I’ve only worn it once but once was enough. My friend was snapchatting her MAC haul and snapchatted me telling me I HAD to buy Red Rock because it was ‘a Shona colour’, her words, not mine. Boy, was she right!
D for Danger [Matte]
For some reason the colour of D for Danger is not available on the UK site. The US describes it as a ‘Brick Red’ but I feel it’s deeper than this. Nonetheless it’s a firm favourite. Who doesn’t love a classic red lip? In my opinion, D for Danger is completely overlooked in favour of Ruby Woo or Russian Red, both great shades but D for Danger deserves some of that spotlight too.
Flat Out Fabulous [Retro Matte] – ‘Bright Plum’
If I’m not wearing a nude, pink or red… I’m probably wearing Flat Out Fabulous. Although this is a purple it’s surprisingly versatile! If you fancy a more daring shade but are still a little shy, this would be a great place to start.
Instigator [Matte] – ‘Deep Blackened Plum’
The darkest shade on my list! Sometimes a deep, vampy lip is just needed, isn’t it?
I’ve not said much about the staying-power of these lipsticks. Anyone who has tried a MAC matte lip will know they’re super long-lasting! I do wish other finishes lasted as long but you can improve their longevity by applying a lip liner. Prep & Prime Lip is my holy grail product for using before applying a lipstick, especially if it’s a matte finish. It does exactly what you’d think, prepares and primes your lips so they’re lipstick ready!
All the colour descriptions are taken from www.maccosmetics.co.uk – I don’t always think the colour descriptions match the shade when swatched which is something to be aware of. I always swatch in-store or look up swatches online before making a purchase.
Please let me know your favourite shades from MAC. I’m always looking to add to my collection, what would your recommendations be?