MAC is Beauty Lipsticks – Part 1: Photos, Swatches and Reviews

Oh hi again! This feels pretty good getting back to blogging almost every day! I’m gonna give ya a little break from other brands and get back to my roots with a couple of MAC posts!, though! These posts will cover all but two of the lipsticks recently released with the MAC is Beauty collection, and will be split into two parts, just because my brain would hurt doing these all in one ginormous long post! Silly and Reel Sexy won’t be included because I already have those and have reviewed them in the past, so you can find those reviews and photos by clicking on the lipstick’s names right there.

All of the colors and finishes in this collection are ideal for Spring/Summer and are a bright, shiny break from the deep, matte lips from Fall/Winter (although I still wear those all the time). Since a lot of these are Lustres, they can be worn sheer, or built up/layered over liners for a bolder look. I really like this type of lipsticks and these sort of shades, especially this time of year, because so many people are focusing on skin right now… When you have versatile, feminine shades of lipsticks like the ones from MAC is Beauty, you can add a pretty pop of color to the lips without taking away any attention from your gorgeous, glowing skin! That’s what it’s all about this season, enhancing your natural beauty with glowing finishes and subtle, but bright pops of color!

Left to Right:   Call the Hairdresser, Catty, Diva-ish,  French Twist, Highlights

Left to Right: Call the Hairdresser, Catty, Diva-ish, French Twist, Highlights
FYI you can click on any images to enlarge them!

MAC Lipsticks are high quality and typically highly pigmented, though the amount of color payoff, coverage, wear time, shine, and shimmer differs between each finish. All of these are Lustre finishes, aside from Diva-ish, which is an Amplified, so I’ll go into more detail about each finish and such in the individual reviews. While I’m loving most of these, Highlights really fell short of my expectations, even for a sheer type of Lustre… Hate to burst your bubble if you were looking forward to that one, but I speak the truth! That said, I’m actually super impressed with the lipsticks in this collection… I feel like MAC has been listening to their customers and has possibly changed up the formula for some of their newer Lustre lipsticks, although I haven’t confirmed that yet. I mean yeah, Lustre is meant to have a soft sheen, which they do, and be semi-sheer, which they still are, but the color payoff and coverage has improved dramatically for the most part! Thanks, MAC!

With any lipstick, I suggest starting off by applying Prep + Prime Lip… It’s a silicone based primer that contains Vitamin E, so it adds a bit of moisture, locks in that moisture, and smooths out the lip so everything glides on easily and wears longer! I also recommend using a liner before you put on your lipstick; This will help define and shape the lip, as well as keep everything in place and help prevent bleeding/feathering outside the lip line. Keep reading to learn what liners work best with each lipstick!

These lipsticks are all limited edition, and these are still available online at www.maccosmetics.com. They sell for $16 and contain the usual 3 g / 0.1 US oz of product. Like all MAC lipsticks, these have a subtle, lovely vanilla scent, but no flavor.

MAC is Beauty Lipsticks Part 1 - 2

MAC is Beauty Lipsticks Part 1 Labels

Photo taken outdoor in natural sunlight. Lipsticks swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoor in natural sunlight.
Lipsticks swatched on NC15 skin.

Call the Hairdresser

Call the Hairdresser

Call the Hairdresser

Call the Hairdresser

Call the Hairdresser

Call the Hairdresser
Photo taken indoors with natural, indirect sunlight.

Call the Hairdresser:  This lipstick is described as a “rosy mauve” and has a Lustre finish… It’s a light-medium, subtle coral with warm rosy undertones. Since it’s a Lustre, it has a beautiful, natural type of sheen and smooth texture that applies easily. Color payoff is great, especially for a Lustre… These are typically semi-sheer, so I never really expect a lipstick with this finish to be quite so bright as Call the Hairdresser is! Coverage is also fantastic, and it took little product to get a decent amount of color all over the lip. As I said, these aren’t meant to be totally opaque, so this shade is really impressive! Wear time is around 3-4 hours without a liner, and more like 4-5 with one, which is also typical with a Lustre.

Liners:   Rosy Rim Lip Pencil (new), is really similar in color if you don’t want much difference between your liner and lipstick. Lasting Sensation will also work with this lipstick and bring out more of the coral tones. Boldly Bare is perfect if you want a no-liner type of look, since it’s a warm type of medium nude.

Dupes:   Lipblossom (Lustre) is similar, though a little brighter and shows more pinky-coral tones. See Sheer (Lustre) is also close, but has more orange-coral tones.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Catty

Catty

Catty

Catty

Catty

Catty

Catty:   Catty is a “light creamy pink” with a Lustre finish… It’s a light, creamy pink with warm, very pale peachy undertones and a soft sheen. It feels silky and glides on with ease… The only thing I noticed is that it can emphasize chapped areas, like most light colored lipsticks will… However, that’s easily remedied by using Prep + Prime Lip first! Color payoff is lighter and not as intense as it looks in the tube, but that’s typical with this finish. Coverage, like Call the Hairdresser, is phenomenal for a Lustre and actually about 75% opaque… I have naturally pigmented lips and this still covered well. Wear time was around 4 hours without a liner and more like 5 1/2 with one before I noticed any fading.

Liners:   Rosy Rim Lip Pencil is really pretty with Catty and will warm it up a bit, bringing out more peachy tones as well as adding some dimension around the lips, but it still blends together easily. You can also use In Synch if you want something more similar as far as color goes, though on some lips, it can appear light. Another good option is Subculture… Since it’s a light type of nude, it gives you definition without looking like you have much, if any liner on.

Dupes:   I had a very hard time finding anything extremely close to Catty, due to the fact that it’s got such a soft wash of color, though it’s still pigmented (if that even makes any sense)… Flamingo (Lustre) is a bit darker and more coral. Angel (Frost) is darker and less peachy. Plink (Lustre) is peachier and lighter.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Diva-ish

Diva-ish

Diva-ish

Diva-ish

Diva-ish

Diva-ish

Diva-ish:   This gorgeous lipstick is an “intense fuchsia” and has an Amplified finish… It’s a bright, medium or medium dark (kinda depends on how pigmented your own lips are and how much you apply), fuchsia with warmer pink tones. Texture feels super smooth and applies evenly. Color payoff looks nearly the exact same on the lips as it does in the tube. Diva-ish is about 95% opaque, even with little product applied. I got around 4-5 hours of wear without a liner and a little over 6 with one before any feathering or fading became noticeable.

Liners:   Chic Trick Lip Pencil (new), is a nearly perfect match for Diva-ish and will accentuate the warmer tones in this lipstick perfectly. You can also try Talking Points (also new), if you want to bring out the cooler fuchsia tones. For a longer wearing option, you can go with Dynamo Pro Longwear Lip Pencil.

Dupes:   Fusion Pink (Amplified) is warmer, but very close. Impassioned (Amplified) is lighter, warmer, and more of a bright pink. Show Orchid (Amplified) is lighter and has a considerable amount more cool, purple tones, while Girl About Town (Amplified) is also cooler and more purple, and a bit deeper than Show Orchid.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

French Twist

French Twist

French Twist

French Twist

French Twist

French Twist

French Twist:   French Twist is a “light pinky nude” with a Lustre finish… It’s a light nude with more peachy than pink undertones (to me, anyway), and a natural type of sheen. It actually has a teeeeeeny bit of very, very fine shimmery particles that add really pretty dimension to the lips. It felt smooth, but being such a light shade, it can potentially show dry areas. I didn’t have any problems with it settling into the lines of my lips, which is great for a nude! It’s surprisingly really close to the same color on the lips as it is in the tube, and covers evenly and looks pretty darn opaque for a Lustre! I didn’t notice any fading until I had this on for around 4 hours, and got closer to 5 or 5 1/2 hours of wear time with a liner.

Liners:   My favorite liners with this are Subculture and Boldly Bare Lip Pencils because they give you definition without too much color. If you want to alter the lipstick and add more color and dimension, you can also try Fruit Cocktail Lip Pencil, which will give this more of an orange-peachy tone.

Dupes:   Shy Girl (Cremesheen) is VERY close, but a tiny bit peachier. Pure Zen (Cremesheen) is a little lighter and has a more pinky tone, but is also quite close. Shanghai Spice (Cremesheen) is darker and more coral. Shy Shine (Lustre) is brighter and more of a peachy-pink.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Highlights

Highlights

Highlights

Highlights

Highlights

Highlights

Highlights:   The description on MAC’s website calls this color a “very pale creamy peach” and it has a Lustre finish… This color is unique and sort of hard to describe! It’s just about the lightest lipstick I’ve ever owned, and is a peachy nude with a golden sheen. It’s a soft wash of color that warms up your natural lip color, or can be layered over another lipstick or liner to change up the color of it and add a hint of gold and shine. You can TRY to really layer this up to get better color payoff if you have lightly pigmented lips, but that may not work for all people. It felt smooth, but somewhat thin, even for a Lustre. In the tube, it has a much more tangerine tone, so color payoff is off from what you would expect it to be, but it also changes depending on the pigmentation of your own lips. Coverage is pretty sheer and really only about halfway opaque. Since it’s so sheer, it’s hard to notice fading with Highlights, but I would say I got around 3 hours of wear time with no liner, and 4 to 4 1/2 with one.

Liners:   Since this is sort of a hint of color, you can use pretty much any liner you want! Personally, I like to mostly fill in my lips with something like Boldly Bare Lip Pencil for a natural looking lip with a golden sheen. You can also apply Stripdown all over for a cooler toned nude lip with a more coppery looking sheen. If you aren’t looking to layer, try Subculture, Stripdown, or Boldly Bare, or whatever other liner you find is closest to your natural lip color, and blend it out around the edges before applying Highlights.

Dupes:   Tropical Mist (Lustre), from some limited collection ages ago, is really close, but actually less pigmented (if that’s even possible), and more peachy than golden. Other than that, I’m lost for a good dupe!

Overall Rating:   3.2 / 5

Application:   3

Coverage:  2

Color Payoff:   2

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

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