Lipsticks are my weakness. They’re the first thing I look at on any beauty counter and I often end up with multiple shades swatched on my hand, my very own Picasso. I love the way lipsticks can completely change a casual outfit into something more special. After years of trying different brands, MAC always comes out on top. They last hours, they’re highly pigmented and there is so much choice. Over the years I’ve tried my fair share of MAC lipsticks, some were a disaster (Myth washed me out completely) and some were a revelation (Ruby Woo, need I say more?). So I thought I’d round up my 5 best MAC lipsticks that I think anyone could wear and LOVE. Here’s my pick…
MAC Please Me
Please Me is my all-time favourite lipstick. It’s pink – but in a grown up way. It’s matte – but doesn’t drag across the lips. And it’s so flattering. I tend to smudge just a little onto my lips for a more natural hint of colour, or apply it properly if I’m going for a more polished look. It’s not your typical pretty pink, it’s far cooler with mauve undertones and I can imagine Kylie Jenner would love this particular shade. One of the things I like most about Please Me is that it lasts and lasts – through multiple cups of coffee, breakfast and lunch. Far from being garish, I find this warm-toned pink really brightens up my skin tone, perfect for the everyday. One of the best MAC lipsticks out there!
Patisserie is the most understated lipstick you’ll own. It is great for the everyday, with a slight golden shimmer and natural pinky-brown undertone. It’s elegant, chic and ideal for a barely-there look that works to enhances your natural lip colour. This lipstick is in MAC’s Lustre formula – a semi-gloss, demi sheer finish – perfect if you’re looking for something nourishing and pretty but don’t expect the long wear you’d get from a matte formula. I love that this shade makes your lips look plump and healthy (here’s a tutorial to prove it). If you haven’t come across your perfect nude lipstick yet, try this one.
An orange-based red, this lipstick is my favourite summer shade. A crème texture, MAC’s Morange is comfortable to wear – not matte, but not shiny either – the perfect balance. It’s also forgiving on dry lips, as it won’t sap your lips of moisture or show up any rough patches. I always keep my eye makeup super simple when wearing this lipstick and focus on creating flawless, glowy skin instead. Although orange lipstick was a real trend at one point, I feel that Morange surpasses that and has made its way into my classic collection. It won’t date (picture slicked back hair, golden skin and a perfect Morange lip) and isn’t gimmicky like some other really bright orange shades I’ve seen on the high street. I always get so many compliments when wearing Morange, it’ll be the game changer of your lipstick collection. Don’t be afraid to wear this lipstick – you’ll love it, I promise.
MAC Ruby Woo
This is an absolute classic. A bright, true red, this was one of the first MAC lipsticks I owned and I still buy it today. Beware, if you have cracked lips Ruby Woo will do you no favours. It’s extremely matte, which means you’ll need to exfoliate your lips first to remove any rough skin and create a smooth base. I recommend wearing a lip liner beneath Ruby Woo too (I use MAC’s Ruby Woo Lip Pencil) to ensure you’re getting a really sharp, precise outline. But when it’s on, this is a real show stopper. It suits everyone I’ve ever seen wearing it and is a complete classic. Day or night, Ruby Woo doesn’t disappoint.
MAC Hang Up
There’s no doubt, dark lipstick is a statement, which is why it makes it into my best MAC lipsticks round up. Hang Up is a deep wine shade in MAC’s infamous Cremesheen texture. It’s dark, delicious and highly pigmented all in a creamy, comfortable texture. I tend to wear this for an evening out, with winged eyeliner and flawless skin. The trick with Hang Up is to wear this with a lip liner, as it completely evens out the colour, creating a dark, full lip look. Without it, Hang Up can look patchy – not exactly what you want when you’re wearing a statement lip. Because this is a Cremesheen (a hydrating serum formula), I find it can slip about a bit, so I build up the colour layer by layer, blotting with tissue paper in between each application. This way the wine-hued lipstick coats the lips evenly needing next to no touch-ups through the night. Hang Up is the perfect berry-rich contrast to pale skin, and the perfect sophisticated lip look.
One of the hardest things about wearing any one of these shades is making sure I don’t kiss Leni. More than once I’ve accidentally left a kiss mark on her fluffy white fur. And due to the super staying times of most of these lipsticks, they’re a real pain to try and get out of her coat! I hope you enjoyed our best MAC lipsticks round up.
What shades would make it into your top MAC lipstick list?
Until next time,