Let’s Swatch All My MAC Lipsticks!

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This post is not in any way to show off because to be honest, I feel quite guilty that I’ve amassed this much. This is more of a guide for those looking to buy either their first, third or 35th MAC tube. Hope these MAC lipstick swatches help!
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MAC Lipstick Swatches

Shades of pink, red, nude, coral and plum
So yes, this is sort of a Master Swatch List for all the remaining MAC lipsticks (I’ve given some to my sisters and sold a few as well) in my stash. I’ve done individual entries for most shades (which I will be linking below) as well as compilation entries for the Pinks, Reds, Corals, Nudes.  But I realized I haven’t done an entry of all of them swatched together.
I’ve also been prompted to do this because I’ve observed that most of my search engine hits are my MAC lipstick reviews so to anyone and everyone who’s landed here because of it, here’s a side-by-side comparison of all the shades I’ve accumulated in the course of two years. Although do note, I’ve let go of some tubes already so I’ve had shades I may have reviewed before that are no longer in this list.
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My initial collection comprised mostly of pinks but I’ve purged a few that I felt weren’t suited to my skintone so now I’ve a somewhat ‘balanced‘ stash consisting of six pinks, three reds, three nudes, two corals and one plum. In the photos above, I have two tubes of one shade! If you can tell what it is, I’d be amazed.
PINKS
Angel – frost soft pink Brave – satin pink-beige Please Me – matte muted rosy-pink
Mehr – matte dirty blue-pink Chatterbox – amplified bright red-pink Viva Glam Nicki – satin medium pink
REDS
Ronnie Red – matte bright pinky-red Viva Glam I – matte brownish blue-red Lady Danger – amplified orange-red
NUDES
Velvet Teddy – matte deep-toned beige Shy Girl – cremesheen neutral coral-beige Freckletone – lustre neutral peach
CORALS
Betty Bright – matte bright pinky-red Cut A Caper – amplified orange-red
PLUM
Craving – amplified plummy dark pink
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Final Thoughts
I’ve been wanting to get Russian Red, Relentlessy Red and Diva for the longest time — but have held back because my lips just can’t get on with the matte formulation. But I do want to venture on to more reds and less pinks in the future, lipstick-wise (and not just MAC).
I’m also set on significantly whittling down my collection further at our upcoming Offline Blog Sale (where I am hoping to see and meet most of you guys!). Anyway, my top five favorites from the stash have got to be Viva Glam I, Mehr, Brave, Betty Bright and Velvet Teddy. I’ve been loving Lady Danger, as well, but I’ve to wear it often to see if I really like it.
Now let’s play… can you name that shade?
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What are your favorite MAC lipsticks? I would love to hear!

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59 Comments

  1. Sue Ellen Figueroa
    September 10, 2014 / 7:15 pm

    I love Impassioned,almost finishing the tube! I am loving the velvet teddy swatch!

    • September 10, 2014 / 9:33 pm

      I had Impassioned but sold it ‘cos it clashed with my skintone : Didn’t like it too much on me, sadly. But it’s a beautiful shade! 🙂

  2. Raven Ang
    September 10, 2014 / 7:38 pm

    Hands down, Russian Red. ♥ But I just finished a tube of Chatterbox. And lately, my go to lip has been Crosswires. Just a gorgeous pinky coral that’s not too bright. Hmmm.. two Mehrs?

    • September 10, 2014 / 9:35 pm

      Oh yes, Crosswires is a nice shade nga. I picked between that and Fanfare – went with Fanfare then regretted. Sold it after a few weeks. Pulled out the yellow in my skin too much. And nope, not two Mehrs! 😉

      • September 11, 2014 / 1:51 pm

        Crosswires is my everyday/go-to lipstick nowadays!

  3. September 10, 2014 / 7:39 pm

    I can relate with “most of my search engine hits are my MAC lipstick reviews”. LOL. Love your collection Shari! Your blog posts always inspire me. 🙂

    • September 10, 2014 / 9:36 pm

      It’s one of the most-searched for lipstick brands, I would imagine! Hehe. Thanks Krisella! I appreciate it! :*

  4. September 10, 2014 / 8:52 pm

    I think this is a good collection. Get a handful of your faves (pinks, obviously) and pick up a few other reliable colors. I’m so lost with my collection. It’s mostly “invisible” lipsticks or too-bold lipsticks. I need a few in the “middle”!!!

    • September 10, 2014 / 9:37 pm

      Invisible lipsticks meaning — too MLBB? Or balmy types that aren’t pigmented? Girl, the x times I’ve seen you the past month, your lipsticks aren’t ‘invisible’ at all! But if those are the shades in your collection na ‘BAM’, I would have to say.. get more dark lipsticks! Kering keri mo!

      • September 10, 2014 / 10:19 pm

        Double whammy ‘to girl: MLBB balmy types! I’m still not #FreeInMySkin (chos) with bold lippies. I can only comfortably wear them around people who *understand* huhubelles

  5. September 10, 2014 / 8:56 pm

    Hi Shari, I am still waiting for all my plugin authors to upgrade their plugins before I upgrade my WP to 4.0 at xoxolaarni but I already started upgrading my other blogs and I got no issues yet. Buti naman at takot din ako sa mga technical issues eh.

    Anyway, I love Viva Glam I and you already know that. Next would be Russian Red and Viva Glam IV. I want to try Lady Danger next time but I got a lot of reds na LOL. And thank you for the swatches!

    • September 10, 2014 / 9:40 pm

      I should have done that, Laarni. That’s the smart thing to do! I had to deactivate all my plugins to solve my issue. Didn’t reactivate all of them actually. ‘Twas stressful!

      I can see you love reds, girlfriend! I’m just starting my red lipstick stage and I’m soo excited. Just got a Bobbi Brown red that’s sorta like Viva Glam I but not quite. Shall share it asap!

  6. September 10, 2014 / 9:53 pm

    What an amazing collection! Great swatch-a-thon… I must add Lady Danger and Shy Girl to my stash 🙂

    • September 10, 2014 / 9:54 pm

      My faves are Ladybug, Rebel, Impassioned, Lickable, Vegas Volt, Korean Candy, and Viva Glam V 🙂

  7. September 10, 2014 / 9:58 pm

    I only have Freckletone from your collection and thats a bit too light for me so I pair it with a liner or another matte color. Looks pretty good after! 🙂 I had been waiting for this post from you ever since Insta! 🙂 All lined up the lipsticks look so pretty!

    TheConscienceFund

    • September 12, 2014 / 3:20 pm

      Freckletone is quite light on me too but I love it for when I’m going heavy on the eye makeup 🙂 I love it layered with other lipsticks too! 🙂 I miss our chats, DIV!!! I’ve been MIA on your blog. Shall go back to regular programming this wk!

      • September 12, 2014 / 5:58 pm

        Aaw me too! Don’t worry you have an exciting weekend coming up! Good luck with the meetup and sale! :* 🙂

  8. September 10, 2014 / 10:49 pm

    I just need Freckleton and our nudes will be the same 🙂 Too bad Cut A Caper was LE, I was instantly drawn to it! Loved this, and so useful for future purchases 😉 xx

    Gyudy’s Notes Of Beauty

    • September 12, 2014 / 3:21 pm

      HI gyudy! If you have Velvet Teddy and Shy Girl, you’re set on your nudes! I don’t think you need Freckletone anymore. I only got it because of the snake engraving as I’m born under the year of the snake 🙂 Cut a Caper is one of my most-used everyday shades!

    • September 12, 2014 / 3:21 pm

      Glad I could be of help, Krystal! 🙂

  9. September 11, 2014 / 2:58 am

    So far my faves are Plumful, Heaux (RiRi collection), and Viva Glam Rihanna. 🙂 Nakakatempt magcollect ng lipsticks, but I just can’t finish them all up in my lifetime.

    From your swatches, I like Mehr and Viva Glam I! 🙂

    • September 12, 2014 / 3:22 pm

      My two faves!!! I let go of Plumful sadly and regret it. Baka bilhin ko ulit, haha. 🙂 Juvy!! Go to our blog sale this weekend – would love to meet you! Kahit chika chika lang tayo hehe

  10. September 11, 2014 / 7:43 am

    Really hate that Mehr looks rosy/peach on me. It looks true to description on your swatch here. My current MAC faves are Sin, Flat Out Fabulous, and Heroine. If I weren’t lazy putting on stuff on my eyes and cheeks, I would probably have more of the pinks and mlbb-types.

    The other shades I might get (but not in a hurry to) are: Viva Glam 3 and Pink Plaid.

    • September 12, 2014 / 3:26 pm

      I’m so out of it cos I dont know the first two you mentioned haha — are they new in the permanent range or part of a collection? Shall google swatches. In terms of shades, I highly commend MAC talaga pero sa formula, sobrang hit-miss sa lips ko 🙁 The only mattes I can tolerate are VG1 (thank God kasi favorite ko!), Mehr (almost creamy feeling) and Velvet Teddy (although medyo drying na to compared to the first two).

      Viva Glam 3 looks niiiice – foxy brown plum! Pink Plaid, I also contemplated on before (during my crazy stage) but went with Creme Cup/Angel yata (not matte though). I wanna see your 3 faves in action – can you bring ’em tom? Haha demanding sorry. :))

  11. September 11, 2014 / 8:03 am

    Favorites would have to be Diva, Viva Glam I and Mehr. I love Russian Red too but rarely get to wear it lately since I’m beginning to feel that it has become too bright of a red for me.

    • September 12, 2014 / 3:27 pm

      If I had Diva, pareho na tayo ng favorites!! Loveeett! And yah, I didnt get RR because when I tried it on, I felt nga masyado siyang bright. Gurrrrl, pareho talaga tayo ng taste sa lipchook! See ya tom!

  12. September 11, 2014 / 12:40 pm

    You have Ronnie Red! It’s the one shade that I wasn’t able to get my hands on. Anyway, my MAC faves are Cosmo, Heaux and Pleasurebomb. But I don’t use Heaux much because it’s a retro matte but it’s such a beautiful color.

    • September 12, 2014 / 3:30 pm

      YESSS! And the matte texture of RR is impeccable. You cant see it in the swatches but it’s so smooth and ‘creamy-feeling’ unlike most of MAC’s mattes. It’s the one bright pink-red I’m not afraid to wear!! Ahhh Heaux! I wanted to get that one ‘cos of the shade but my lips were shivering at the sight of “RETRO MATTE”. Di talaga kaya. 🙁 I love the name Pleasurebomb, just googled it and ganda rin ng shade!!! 🙂 I’m a bit surprised that your three MAC faves aren’t corals ah, Nikki!! 😉 Hehe

      • September 12, 2014 / 6:56 pm

        Oo nga no? Come to think of it, I don’t have a lot of corals from MAC, probably less than five. Nothing from the permanent range sticks out too. Buti pa ang Dior. LOL

    • September 12, 2014 / 3:30 pm

      I agree!!

  13. September 11, 2014 / 9:11 pm

    This is heaven to look at, especially the reds! I don’t have a MAC lipstick as of yet, but I’m eyeing Plumful, See Sheer, and Viva Glam 1!

    http://catpacking.blogspot.com

    • September 12, 2014 / 3:31 pm

      Either of those three would be perfect as your FIRST Mac lipsticks. See Sheer and Plumful are great everyday lipsticks and VG1 is just THE red to have 😉

      • February 16, 2016 / 4:27 am

        plumful, craving and amorous have been sending me SOS’s lol. im worried plumful is just a sheer , wipe off>? is it..? i love the color..i own hug me,,for some reason,, I went nudes before it was in style, truffle,s and red browns.. and mauve’s, but my lips are the color of…..brave..so mauve’s look better on me..frosts do not work on me..but plumful looks be perfect plum and someone said..iV berry color with gold? that sounds good.. I was only wearing lancome rouge in love, but not crazy of most colors, sadly, just my 275m, so on a new favs hunt and these 3 keep hollering..Amour and craving look creamy?

      • February 16, 2016 / 4:33 am

        i pulled out hug me..it is a lustre..wow..feels so creamy and good..for a nude..it rocks . ok lustre gets my vote on mac again. too.

  14. September 12, 2014 / 12:31 am

    I must own Brave! My gosh, so my shade! So pretty! ❤

    It must be a nightmare during the upgrade process! Glad you figured it all out. I don’t know if you’ve already done so but I would advise installing an automatic backup plugin! 😀

    • September 12, 2014 / 3:33 pm

      The one with very little of the tube left is BRAVE 🙂 I think it’s already my 2nd tube! I also have Faux, but I misplaced it. Those two are my no-brainer everyday MAC lipsticks. Drying, though 🙁 Huhu. But the shades are ❤❤❤ (yes, three fat hearts!! LOL)

      I have an auto backup plugin that’s scheduled for every week but for some reason it stopped working and I didn’t even know it did. ALMOST A NIGHTMARE/HEART ATTACK about to happen.

  15. September 12, 2014 / 2:26 am

    Definitely bookmarking this post for future reference. I must say, I went into a lipstick low for a while, but this post is tempting me to get off and back on the horse. Lady Danger is a shade that I’ve been lusting after but can’t justify it as it looks so much like another red/orange lipstick I never get the chance to wear….. 🙁 xxx

    Daphne | subgenre of a dream | bloglovin

    • September 12, 2014 / 3:34 pm

      I know, same here, I love it but can’t proclaim if it’s a FAVORITE yet cos I’ve only worn it a few times (not a lot of days call for bright red-orange lipstick!) 🙂 But I’m glad I could be of help to you in the future 😉

  16. September 12, 2014 / 7:24 am

    site issues are SUCH stressors!!! the font on my right hand side bar hasn’t been right in months (its suppose to be the same font as my title) but only very few ppl see it that way. not sure what to do but its so annoying.

    and huzzah for all the swatches!

    • September 12, 2014 / 3:40 pm

      Ugh tell me about it. I think I’ve been on the verge of a heart attack before because in some browsers, my right-hand sidebar isn’t aligning with content area. BTW, for your issue, checked your blog and yeah, I notice the problem but only cos you mentioned it. If I didn’t know they should be the same, I wouldn’t really think it’s an error. BUT yes, I agree with the frustration on trying to fix it and nothing happens!! :

  17. cheekeegirl
    September 12, 2014 / 12:42 pm

    I own BRAVE and I’m loving it for all it’s glory!!

    • September 12, 2014 / 3:41 pm

      LOOOVE Brave. It’s the tube in my photos that’s almost empty!

  18. September 14, 2014 / 11:25 pm

    So glad you got your site issues under control and didn’t have to do the restore from January! (-___-)-boooo! That would have been awful! Thank you for swatching ALL of your MAC lippies! I love them. They are definitely my favorite lipsticks! A few faves are Modesty (mid-tone pink), Patisserie (pink with shimmer), Up the Amp (creamy violet), Syrup (mauve), VG IV (berry with gold shimmer), and Half N’ Half (pinky nude). If I was rich, I’d own them all and one of those awesome tiered displays they have in the MAC store to feature them! 😉

  19. expatmuaddict
    September 19, 2014 / 11:26 pm

    I do love MAC lipsticks-I think I own all the ones you do with the exception of Angel, Mehr and Cut a Caper!

    Stacey | Expat Make-Up Addict xx

  20. September 20, 2014 / 1:08 am

    I love master swatch posts. Mehr’s been on my mind lately, but so has Rouge Allure Velvet La Raffinee. I saw a blog post comparing the two, so I’m very very curious now. What are your thoughts on them? Which one has the better color and formula?

  21. September 23, 2014 / 2:52 am

    Woah I’m bookmarking this because it is seriously so useful! I’ve been wanting to try Velvet Teddy for the longest time! Maybe now I should invest in it 😉 And you should totes get Russian Red & Relentlessly Red, they are my absolute faves!

    xx
    http://www.curlsandmints.blogspot.sg

  22. jasmine turner
    September 26, 2014 / 12:23 am

    What an amazing collection you have! I’ve just added a few to my wishlist haha!

    xprincessjas | ♥

  23. Aisa Fay Costo
    April 11, 2015 / 9:20 am

    to protect your lips from matte
    use Mac lip primers. You can try it at any Mac stores 🙂

  24. Samantha Bailey
    May 4, 2015 / 9:37 pm

    This just looks like MAC heaven!

    Russian Red is the next lipstick that I am desperate to try.

    I have and love Ruby Woo, the retro matte formula is so drying but you cannot beat the beautiful velvet finish that it gives you.

    http://flawsandallbeauty.blogspot.co.uk

  25. Anna Carmina
    June 11, 2015 / 11:35 pm

    HEAVEN <3

  26. September 1, 2015 / 1:16 pm

    “This is more of a guide for those looking to buy either their first, third or 35th MAC tube.” Yup been thinking of buying my first and your blog is a blessing

  27. Beautiful Bedlam
    October 27, 2015 / 4:51 pm

    So gorgeous!! I absolutely love velvet teddy but I can’t find my anywhere, it’s absolutely heartbreaking 🙁 haha Loved this post it’s given me so many ideas for what to buy next!! <3 <3

    We've done a MAC lipstick collection post on our blog too, please check it out if you get the chance http://beautifulbedlamblog.com/?p=593 xoxo

  28. Missyrocks
    June 9, 2016 / 6:39 am

    Great swatches

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