(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.