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M.A.C Lipstick Collection

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All a girl needs is a coat of mascara and a swipe of a good lipstick….

All a girl needs is a coat of mascara and a swipe of a good lipstick.

 Its a tricky thing to pick the right shade especially if you only swatch it on your hand or judge the colour of the tube online. Both can be deceiving and when you’re paying extra for a high end brand you don’t want to end up going home with a product you’re unhappy with. Which is why I wanted to create this video so that I can help others with a similar skin tone find a shade that they like and will flatter them.

Luckily, M.A.C stores will happily allow you to try out a lipstick colour at your request. But if you’re like me and try to make judgement by scouring beauty blogs for swatches of the right colour on the internet at home – this video will hopefully help you out.

Now I need to state this – this is not a post to brag or boast about my collection. This is not a sponsored video. I have accumulated this little M.A.C collection over a few years with the majority being the result of product payments from events. 

 I find that warmer toned lipsticks or lipsticks with a combination of warm and cool tones flatter my skin type better over lipsticks exclusively with cooler tones. My skin tone ranges from NC30 to NC40 (in foundations at MAC) depending on my sun exposure and my natural lip colour is a mauve, medium pink.

TIP: To get the best colour payout of your lipstick, using a concealer or lip liner as a base for your lipstick will ensure that the colour pops.

Also just a quick note: my lighting in the video is natural daylight so you can expect the colour payoff to vary slightly under fluorescent lighting.

In my opinion every girl should have three essential lipstick colours:

  1. a fault-less, go-to red
  2. a ‘my natural lip colour but better’ nude 
  3. statement colour (like wine or orange).

In my MAC collection my three essential lippies are:

  1. Red: Ruby Woo – Matte Formula
  2. Nude: Twig – Satin Formula
  3. Statement: Tie between Diva and Lady Danger – Matte Formulas
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My first ever lipstick that I bought in my collection is the CB-96 lipstick which I picked up in England when I was thirteen years old. And yes, I know makeup has a use-by date and the fact that I’m still holding onto it after 8 years is kinda gross – but I’m sentimental about it. Its the only Frost formula I own and I still enjoy it to this day.

I really like M.A.C. Lipsticks. Their pigment and colour pay off is really good. Another great thing is they don’t have a bad taste or smell – like some lipsticks do. The wear varies and depends on the type of formula i.e. Matte, Amplified, Lustre etc. My favourite wear for comfort would have to be Amplified and/or Satin formulas as they’re creamy, easy to apply and they feel moisturising. For durability and long wear my pick would be the Matte finish – however, it really exaggerates already chapped lips so make sure to be well hydrated and to slather on a lip balm for a few mins before application.

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The majority, if not all, of these lipsticks are part of the permanent range of MAC so they should be available in a store near you!

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