Beauty: My favourite MAC lipsticks

(Clockwise from top) Barbecue – Royal Ball – Rebel – Up The Amp – Ablaze – Stone – Brave

 When I first started this blog six years ago, I didn’t own any high end makeup. I was in my second year at university and I relied on Natural Collection from Boots and the bargains that I could get from Avon. After seeing so many other bloggers talking about them, my dream was to one day own my own MAC lipstick – they looked amazing! One day in 2012 I decided to take the plunge and spend £13.50 (yes, they were cheaper then!) on MAC’s Chatterbox and since then I’ve amassed quite a large collection of MAC lipsticks. I was going to just do a top five, but I found it really hard to narrow it down so I’ve ended up with seven favourites.

Barbecue (Matte finish)
Barbecue is actually standing in for Lady Danger which I lost a couple of years ago. A bright orange based red with a matte finish that lasts all day. I love how this lipstick looks with just a simple eye look, a bit of eyeliner and fluttery lashes. This is part of the Toledo collection which came out back in 2015. This is one that I tend to wear more in the summer but I really should start to wear it more often as it’s such a gorgeous colour.

Royal Ball (Lustre finish)
This was a part of the Cinderella collection which was released in 2015. I gave in to the hype and pre-ordered this colour from Selfridges without properly thinking about it. Royal Ball is a very pale warm pink with a slightly frosty finish. I can’t wear this alone as it completely washes me out but if I pair it with a nude lipliner such as Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk, it looks great.

Rebel (Satin finish)
This is one of the most hyped MAC lipsticks of all time. Although it looks like a really dark purple in the bullet, once applied to the lips Rebel gives off a more of a pink berry colour. It’s the sort of shade that will suit all skin tones; I’m super pale and I think it looks great on me but it also looks amazing on darker skin tones. I’ve found that Rebel fades really well and leaves a nice stain behind so you don’t have to worry about topping up constantly throughout the day.

Up The Amp (Amplified finish)
This was only my fourth MAC lipstick and was bought on a bit of a whim before a shift at work a few years ago. Up The Amp is described as a ‘lavender creme’ and is a light, warm purple colour. It’s completely wearable for everyday and looks fantastic on all skin tones. This is the shade that got me hooked on purple lipstick!

Ablaze (Matte finish)
In the summer, I love nothing more than a bright lipstick but it has to be one that will stick around and won’t melt off in high temperatures, which is why Ablaze is one of my favourites. MAC’s matte formulas are known to be long lasting and Ablaze which is a bright coral red is no exception, I can put it on in the morning and only have to worry about topping it up if I have something to eat. This was a part of the Fashion Sets collection in 2013.

Stone (Matte finish)
Stone is one of MAC’s newest matte lipsticks and was originally just a shade of lipliner. It’s a muted grey/taupe/brown which isn’t the kind of shade that I would usually go for, but I just love the colour on me, I think it’s the perfect ’90s brown’ shade and I’ve been wearing it a lot this winter.

Brave (Satin finish)
Brave is described as a ‘pink beige’ and for me, it’s the perfect ‘my lips but better’ colour. Being a satin finish, it’s really creamy and is one of those lipsticks that you can apply without a mirror when you’re in a hurry. It tends to last a good couple of hours on my lips as long as I’m not eating or drinking.

If you fancy a bit of a laugh, I actually filmed a MAC lipstick collection two years ago and most of these lipsticks feature in it.

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29 Comments

  1. February 22, 2017 / 7:20 pm

    I love mac everything, not a huge lipstick wearer but after seeing these I think I need to try

  2. Dannii
    February 22, 2017 / 7:36 pm

    I love the purple one. I love purple eye shadow, so that would go perfect when I feel like being bright and colourful.

  3. February 22, 2017 / 9:10 pm

    I love Barbecue and take this on me whenever I go on holiday. I have far too many MAC lipsticks! Jo x

  4. February 22, 2017 / 9:34 pm

    I like that i started out with cheaper drugstore makeup – i do admit that my makeup is slowly being taken over by urban decay, bobbi brown, tarte and benefit, but i do feel it teaches you the value of money younger. I’m yet to try a mac lipstick though! I am very nervous when trying lipsticks as i feel i look like a kid has done it – in fact they may do a better job lol i really should as so many friends rave about them x

  5. February 22, 2017 / 10:50 pm

    I love Up The Amp too, it is such an amazing color x

  6. February 22, 2017 / 11:59 pm

    I must admit I don’t own any Mac lipsticks but I’m loving the look of some of these shades.

  7. Sam Jeffery
    February 23, 2017 / 2:09 am

    I haven’t reached for my MAC lipsticks in so long, but this post has made me want to go back to them!

  8. Ali Rost
    February 23, 2017 / 5:26 am

    I haven’t had the pleasure of owning any Mac lipsticks .. but I’m thinking I should change all of that. I think I’d like to try Up the Amp!

  9. February 23, 2017 / 9:59 am

    I recently bought MY FIRST MAC lipstick and lost it on a night out. I am scarred for life and yet these make me want to go back and tray again to be a grown up! Lovely shades!

  10. February 23, 2017 / 10:27 am

    Looks like a good mixed collection. I have rebel and really like it but of course my most used is velvet teddy x

  11. February 23, 2017 / 10:56 am

    My sister bought her first MAC lipstick a few weeks back and I thought she was crazy. Maybe it’s because I’m not a big make up fan but it’s a crazy price to pay. Nice colours though.

  12. Lynne Harper
    February 23, 2017 / 12:24 pm

    Absolutely love Mac lippies the colour pay off is so good. I’m more of a nude shade lover just because I’m so so pale. Love your selection. Great investment 🙂 x

  13. danasia fantastic
    February 23, 2017 / 5:51 pm

    Barbecue is probably my favorite one on here- I love rich mattes!

  14. February 23, 2017 / 6:04 pm

    I also really like Brave, it is my ‘safe colour’ that I always end up going back too x

  15. February 23, 2017 / 6:33 pm

    You can’t beat MAC lipsticks! I love Brave too, so pretty.

  16. February 23, 2017 / 9:12 pm

    Fab post- I find MAC has so many shades I never know where to start when I get to the counter!

  17. February 23, 2017 / 9:56 pm

    I love a MAC lipstick. In fact, I love everything MAC but lipstick is a new addition to my MAC collection. I have a few: a bright pink, a peachy colour and a taupe one. Love them, and the lip primer is amazing too

  18. February 23, 2017 / 11:55 pm

    I have never bought a mac product before. Ever. But I do like those shades you have.

  19. February 23, 2017 / 11:55 pm

    I have never bought a mac product before. Ever. But I do like those shades you have.

  20. February 24, 2017 / 10:34 am

    Up The Amp sound so like a lovely wearable shade for a purple x my mummy needs to wear different shades more often x

  21. February 24, 2017 / 4:15 pm

    I love MAC lipsticks! I don’t have any of these though but love the look of Royal Ball, I’m all about nudes! 🙂

  22. nicol
    February 24, 2017 / 6:16 pm

    i love brave so much, i bought backups haha i need to dig out rebel again

  23. francesca
    February 24, 2017 / 11:12 pm

    I’ve got to admit I don’t own one beauty product from MAC at all!! I’ve heard such great things about their lipsticks though so I’m intrigued!

  24. February 25, 2017 / 1:44 am

    I have Rebel and Brave. I love them both. Brave is such a great every day colour. I only have a few lipsticks from Mac but these are two x

  25. February 27, 2017 / 12:28 pm

    *swoon* I love all Mac lipsticks! My favourite is Marque – it’s just a little bit pink but looks nude and healthy 🙂

  26. February 27, 2017 / 1:44 pm

    I don’t own any MAC lipsticks either but my ultra cool teen daughter does! I could add Stone to my Mothers Day wishlist and hope I get lucky!

  27. February 28, 2017 / 9:30 am

    I’ve accumulated a large collection of MAC lipsticks over the years, my favourites are Pink Pigeon, Impassioned and Hue xx

  28. Laura H
    February 28, 2017 / 10:23 pm

    I love Mac’s matte lipsticks and the texture that they leave! You’ve got a great selection, I’d never know which one to pick!

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