Anyone who is a little bit makeup obsessed will have owned one or two MAC lipsticks in their makeup wearing lifetimes. I’m no exception. But I did come to MAC lipsticks kind of late in the day and, until Christmas 2013, didn’t own any, hadn’t tried any and wasn’t really that bothered – I’d had a pretty serious addiction to MAC’s Clear LipGlass when I was at uni but had never dived into the extensive, somewhat daunting selection of lipsticks they had on offer.
Then I received one as a Christmas gift and my obsession began. Some of you may own a couple of these beauties and be content, but I’ll hold my hands up and admit that I’m starting to become a bit of a hoarder when it comes to these. It may be time to send me to lipstick rehab because I think I have a problem.
I love reading MAC lipstick collection posts, it helps me get an idea of which shades I’d like to try next (plus I’m just super nosey!) so I decided it was time I shared my collection with swatches below. Here goes…
Viva Glam Gaga 2 (Limited Edition) | Shade: Beige with Peach undertones | Finish: Amplified Creme
Gaga 2 is a beige with light brown and peachy undertones that I find a little tricky to work with. Depending on how tan or pale my skin is, at times it can look fantastic but other times it really washes me out. However, when it works it looks lovely and for a pale shade the wear time is surprisingly good.
This is what I’d call a proper girly pink. It’s got berry undertones and as it has some sheerness to it the colour can be built up if you want an intense look. Personally, I tend to just run a quick, light coat of this over the lips to give a slightly sheer, pinky glow to the lips. It’s not at all long wearing compared to my other MAC lipsticks but it gives a super pretty daytime lip.
My absolute favourite MAC lipstick and definitely my most worn (in fact I’m close to running out so definitely need to pick up a replacement). It’s such a beautiful lipstick that is so incredibly easy to wear on a day to day basis throughout the year. I find that it provides enough colour without it being too much maintenance and, as it’s sheer to an extent, can be built up so works really well as a day-to-night lipstick. As the name suggests there is a definite plum tone to this lipstick but it’s not at all vampy; it’s just so easy to wear and incredibly flattering. If a full-on bright lip or a deep plum is a little out of your comfort zone then Plumful would be perfect for you.
from L-R: Viva Glam Gaga 2, Blankety, Lustering, Plumful, Mehr
I reviewed this lipstick when I bought it here so I’ll be brief – this is a beautiful shade that I really think would suit most people. It’s one of those “my lips but better” shades. It sits within the spectrum of shades that Mehr and Plumful are in. It’s a little rosier than Mehr with redder undertones.
This lipstick was from the Flamingo Park collection released earlier this year and is a deep, strawberry pink with red undertones. It’s a really lovely option if you don’t want to wear a true red lip but still want something that leans more red than pink.