MAC Lipstick Haul + Swatchfest

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MAC Lipsticks Hauled

MAC never used to have sales, but it seems they have sales almost regularly nowadays. No complaints from me. They were offering 15% off, and Nordstrom was price-matching it. I purchased a total of 15 lipsticks between the MAC website and Nordstrom, each for $14.45. I don’t know what came over me!

There are so many iconic MAC shades…*swoon* I chose a variety of finishes and shades, just to spice things up a bit. Herein, you’ll find short descriptions/thoughts, close-up shots, and swatches of each shade. I also have a complementary video where I try on each shade live for the first time, found on my YouTube channel (here).

MAC Lipsticks Hauled, L-R: Angel, Blankety, Brave, Captive, Creme Cup, Diva, Fashion Revival, Girl About Town, Honeylove, Kinda Sexy, Midimauve, Ruby Woo, Syrup, Verve, Yash

Angel (Frost)

“soft pink”
Umm, hello gorgeous. A beautiful pillowy pink. I was worried it would be too frosty or too pale, but it’s just too perfect. I paired this with my favorite lip liner, Dior Airy Mauve, and it was amazing. I will get a lot of use out of this one!

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MAC Lipstick in Angel (Frost)
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MAC Lipstick in Angel (Frost) swatch

Blankety (Amplified)

“soft pink beige”
Shows up more beige than pink on me (and a little warm), but will be a nice nude. This is the type of shade I like to throw a pinky gloss over.

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MAC Lipstick in Blankety (Amplified)
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MAC Lipstick in Blankety (Amplified) swatch

Brave (Satin)

“pink-beige with white pearl”
Where have you been all my life, Brave? It’s a beautiful “my lips but better” shade.

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MAC Lipstick in Brave (Satin)
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MAC Lipstick in Brave (Satin) swatch

Captive (Satin)

“pinkish-plum”
Aptly described, this shade is just pinky plum goodness. Yes please!

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MAC Lipstick in Captive (Satin)
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MAC Lipstick in Captive (Satin) swatch

Creme Cup (Cremesheen)

“light blue pink”
I was hoping to like this one a bit more on me because it’s supposed to be a cool pink. I think it’s just a little too pale for my liking for the level of pigmentation it has. It will probably pair well with other shades though.

MAC Lipstick in Creme Cup (Cremesheen)
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MAC Lipstick in Creme Cup (Cremesheen) swatch

Diva (Matte)

“intense reddish-burgundy”
All sorts of vampy gorgeousness. I die.

MAC Lipstick in Diva (Matte)
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MAC Lipstick in Diva (Matte) swatch

Fashion Revival (Matte)

“deep raspberry”
This one is part of the MACnificent Me collection, and I’m not sure if it’s part of the permanent line. Still, it’s so stunning.

MAC Lipstick in Fashion Revival (Matte)
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MAC Lipstick in Fashion Revival (Matte) swatch

Girl About Town (Amplified)

“bright blue fuchsia”
Really lovely, bright, cool-toned pink. The amplified finish really takes it up a notch.

MAC Lipstick in Girl About Town (Amplified)
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MAC Lipstick in Girl About Town (Amplified) swatch

Honeylove (Matte)

“light beige toned with rose”
A little warm on me, like a matte version of Blankety with a tad less pink. Maybe I just need to get used to it, but probably it’s better suited for someone with a warmer skin tone than me.

MAC Lipstick in Honeylove (Matte)
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MAC Lipstick in Honeylove (Matte) swatch

Kinda Sexy (Matte)

“neutral pinky-rose”
I don’t know about this one. It’s a bit warmer than I thought it’d be, so it’s not incredibly flattering on me. It may have to be a mixing shade, or I’ll put a gloss over it.

MAC Lipstick in Kinda Sexy (Matte)
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MAC Lipstick in Kinda Sexy (Matte) swatch

Midimauve (Lustre)

“rosy mauve with pearl”
Oh how I love thee. It’s an easy, cool, barely-there shade for a bit of effortless oomph.

MAC Lipstick in Midimauve (Lustre)
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MAC Lipstick in Midimauve (Lustre) swatch

Ruby Woo (Retro Matte)

“very matte vivid blue-red”
Soooo matte. I love. With the blue tones, it may be my new go-to red.

MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo (Retro Matte)
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MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo (Retro Matte) swatch

Syrup (Lustre)

“cloudy pink”
I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one, but I really enjoy it. It’s like a super shiny Brave.

MAC Lipstick in Syrup (Lustre)
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MAC Lipstick in Syrup (Lustre) swatch

Verve (Satin)

“muted brownish-plum”
No doubt a Kylie color, but I really like it. Perfect for fall.

MAC Lipstick in Verve (Satin)
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MAC Lipstick in Verve (Satin) swatch

Yash (Matte)

“deep neutral”
First impressions: not good. As I kept wearing it, I liked it a lot more. It’s about as neutral as Honeylove, but darker and more brown.

MAC Lipstick in Yash (Matte)
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MAC Lipstick in Yash (Matte) swatch

Now for all of the shades swatched side by side:

MAC Lipsticks swatched, L-R: Angel, Blankety, Brave, Captive, Creme Cup, Diva, Fashion Revival,
Girl About Town, Honeylove, Kinda Sexy, Midimauve, Ruby Woo, Syrup,
Verve, Yash

I’ve made some big steps to build my MAC lipstick arsenal, but I still don’t think I have all of the must-have shades. What are your favorite MAC lipsticks?

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