My MAC Lipsticks & Swatches

L-R: Viva Glam V, Plumful, Twig, Dark Side,  Faux, See Sheer, Captive

The one brand that I can't fault when it comes to lipsticks is MAC. Their shade range and formulas are second to none, and I always have a mental wishlist of what colours I need next. At the moment I have 7, which I have accumulated over the course of over 2 years. Here's a rundown of each shade.

Viva Glam V is neutral brown-pink with a lustre finish. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with this one. Sometimes I think it looks nice on me. Other times the amount of shimmer highlights all dry patches on my lips and it just looks awful. It looks absolutely gorgeous on others, though.

Plumful is my most used MAC lipstick. I bought it way back in November 2012 and it's the perfect medium plum-pink. Another lustre formula, it's pretty opaque with a glossier finish and sits on the lips for around 3 hours. I use this all year round.

Twig is one of the newer lipsticks in my collection. A muted brown-pink with a satin finish, it's the perfect office friendly colour. The satin finish means it's fully opaque but slightly drying, so I like to wear this with a lipgloss over the top.

I never thought I'd like a lipstick like Dark Side. It looks seriously intimidating in the bullet, but I love how it looks on the lips (I'm wearing it in my sidebar picture). Dark Side is a deep burgundy red with an amplified creme finish. It's completely opaque and applies really well - one of my favourite Winter lipsticks.

Faux was my very first lipstick from MAC. I was looking for a neutral pink that would be perfect for during the day, and this is what I came home with. Admittedly it doesn't get as much use from me as it used to, as now I find it washes me out slightly and dries out my lips due to the satin finish. I'll have to start playing with it again to see if I can make it work.

See Sheer is a coral orange with a lustre finish. My boyfriend actually picked this out for me over a year ago, and I'm pleased he did as it's not a shade I'd normally look at. The opacity of the lipstick very much depends on the pigmentation of your lips. Mine are quite pigmented, so this shows up as a darker almost red shade.

Lastly is probably my new favourite out of my MAC lipsticks, Captive. Similar in tones to Plumful, Captive is a slightly deeper and more pigmented pink, most likely due to the satin finish. I can't explain my love for this lipstick enough, it lasts for hours and looks amazing with Guerlain's Gloss d'Enfer in La Petite Robe Noire over the top.

Are there any MAC lipsticks from my collection you don't have but would love to try?


  1. I've just recently got Plumful and the moment i got home and tried it on, i was like, okay i can see myself repurchase it for the rest of my life. Great post! //FANCYTHEE

  2. I don't know why, but I just never fell in love with Mac lipsticks. These are gorgeous colours though and I love that they're not all nude like on many other blogs!

    Kat B - Katience

  3. I've really wanted to try Faux for a good while now, keep forgetting about it but it really does look like a pretty every day shade.


  4. These are all really pretty shades! I have Viva Glam V but haven't tried it yet. I'm really curious to see how it'll look on me now.

  5. Ohhhhhh Plumful, it is one of my forever loves and favorites as well!! Honestly I can imagine buying it for the rest of my life. And See Sheer is at the top of my lipstick wish list… I hope I can nab it for myself soon :)


  6. I own all of these apart from Dark Side!! Great choices!
    Stacey Expat Make-Up Addict xx

  7. Twig is so gorgeous and I've always wanted Dark Side xx

  8. Nice range of colours! I love Creme Cup, nice and natural, like 'your lips but better' shade!

  9. I love Faux so much! It's a no-brainer when I'm not sure what to wear for the day :)

  10. I definitely need to add Dark Side to my collection in the winter ;)
    xxx Claire

  11. Plumful and Captive are really pretty!


  12. I quite like the look of Dark Side! I'm not sure I could pull it off though :)

    Danniella x

  13. All of those shades are absolutely gorgeous! Twig and Dark Side are my favourites out of all those x

    Yige || Yet Another Makeup Blog.

  14. Faux seems to be exactly my type of lipstick color. Must add that one to my wishlist! Thanks for this X

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  15. Plumful looks amazing! If you want a barbie pink color Impassioned is great! xx Rena Kiss and Make Up


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