Thursday, April 30th, 2009

5 Must-Have MAC Berry Lipsticks

About the Temptalia Must-Haves Series

A series of posts showcasing must-have products from MAC Cosmetics’ permanent line of products. Selections are based on quality, universality, uniqueness amongst the line, and the like. Limited edition shades are deliberately excluded to make buying easier. Readers’ comments act as a supplement to these lists of their favorites and must-haves. You can find the entire series here.

Craving lipstick is a soft, muted pinked up raspberry with a creamy, opaque texture.

Captive lipstick is a muted, dirty plummy berry shade with a pink tone to it. Semi-sheer, so it’s not quite as bold as some of the other berry lipsticks.

New York Apple lipstick is a raspberryish red shade. It could easily be categorized as a red or a berry red, but I find it leans a bit berry for me.

See two more must-haves!

Odyssey lipstick is a frosty, dark raspberry with a plum tone to it. It’s a bit intimidating in the tube, but it’s really quite wearable when applied to lips!

Dark Side lipstick is an ultra creamy, pigmented reddish plummy burgundy color. It’s extremely bold and dramatic.

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58 thoughts on “5 Must-Have MAC Berry Lipsticks

  1. lexi

    i have two more :)

    for green eyed gals – deep attraction…OMG

    and…where’s Berry Boost?!? :)

  2. I love Craving! My absolute fave for berry lips

  3. Natalie

    LOL.. I have 65 MAC lipsticks, and I don’t own any of the berry colored!

  4. Kathleen

    In speaking of lipsticks,
    I have just learned that over 60% of all lipsticks on the market contains lead in them. The worst is one formula from Dior (I forgot which, but it is all over the internet). The FDA did not test ALL of the brands, but they did do several of the popular brands such as Maybelline, Covergirl, Dior, MAC, and etc. MAC lipsticks with less than 0.02 parts per million (ppm) lead, according to the list, only included the matte formula, and Viva Glam 1. The problem is they did not test all the MAC lipsticks. Now what….especially given the fact that we swallow about 5 lb of lipsticks throughout our lives and over 50 tubes of lipglosses. I feel so unhealthy right now, but many of us are makeup junkies. Please help.

    • K

      Well…it is mainly a myth but you can research it some more. It is mainly the red lipsticks that contain lead.

      • Good article, here’s another one:

        As Snopes points out, candy is 0.1ppm, but candy is 100% ingested whereas a lipstick is not meant to be eaten. Yes, you’ll ingest some by nature, but you aren’t cramming it down your throat or anything.

        • Kathleen

          That does make a lot of sense. Now I feel much better. Honestly, I felt a numb sickness in my stomach when I first learned about the myth. Now I a much more informed. Thanks everyone.

          • ak

            It would be weird to know that they decided to keep lead in lipsticks, yet they got rid of the lead in pencils many, many years ago and replaced it with graphite, possibly because they didn’t want kids to touch it too much, or ingest it.

    • Natalie

      I don’t agree. I’ve never gone through a lipstick or a lipgloss in my life, even I use them every single day. The lip stuff comes off, because my lips touch glass/cups and food, where I probably swallow a bit of lipstick, but not much. I don’t see the fact that we actually swallow 5lb of lipsticks and over 50 tubes of lipglosses!

      • Kathleen

        It is a statistics based on an AVERAGE woman. It is not only talked about in the news, but while I was been trained by Sephora corporate office, they told us this as well.

        • Natalie

          Well, according to the ‘fact’ that we swallow 5lb of lipsticks and 50 glosses; One MAC lipstick for example is only 0.1 ounce NET, so 5lb of lipsticks equal to 640 lipsticks? What AVERAGE woman go through that amount of lipsticks? Okay, so maybe if you swallow that many lipsticks, you might get sick afterall! LOL

          • Kathleen

            My ultimate point is that lipsticks contain LEAD. Human bodies are not able to break down this substance. It is a public health problem. FDA does not have regulation over this problem nor is there any corporate response.

            You don’t THINK you swallow that much lipstick doesn’t mean you KNOW exactly how much lipstick you really swallow. This are researches down by the FDA recently. It is an important issue, and I can’t believe you are attacking me for being health conscious and have my concerns over this.

          • Faye


            I don’t think anyone meant to attack you. And I can understand your being concerned about hearing the lead stories. However, I think what Natalie meant is that before freaking out and making assumptions that our lipsticks will kill us, we should think about the statistics and facts we hear very carefully. 5 lbs of lipstick does sound like an awful lot.

            I encourage you to do research if you feel concerned. On the other hand, your posts seemed a bit alarmist and I do think you have to be careful before doing that to others. Women have been wearing red/berry lipsticks (those are the colors with lead in them) for many years, and I don’t think anyone’s died of lipstick lead poisoning yet.

      • I wouldn’t worry about it, Natalie! Snopes has a great article on this —

    • Nathalie

      (I’m not the same person who get an argument with you although my firstname is almost identical. I’m Nathalie with and “H”.)

      I don’t know if this is the right place to start a debate about lipsticks and dangerous ingredients (best would be to lauch a thread in the forum) but I was sensitive to your post anyway because it is quite bothering. I must say I was also very concerned when I found out about this lead story, Kathleen. Also amazed that big houses like Chanel or Dior don’t feel concerned. I don’t wear lipstick everyday (I rarily use them in fact) and more go for shea butter and lipglosses so I doubt I will eat that much of lead but I have certainly anyway and it doesn’t change anything to the fact that cosmetics DO contain dangerous substances. But it is not lipstick only, you know. Some mascaras contain Thimerosal which is a preservative derived from mercury and don’t we know that mercury is causing brain damage? It is pretty incredible that it was once tolerated (by who? I don’t know) that cosmetics could contain such substances even in minor quantities.

      Beside going to alternative and natural products (my sister will be starting making all natural lipglosses soon and I will certainly wear them!), I don’t see what much can be done. I’ve almost skipped all the beauty care products, I only use Marseille soap under the shower instead of shower gels (which were giving me eczema all over my body), make my face scrub myself with kaolin powder and olive nut powder, I make my deodorant myself with Natural Alun powder and spring water, etc… All this considerably reduced all my eczema problems by the way. So to say that the beauty industry doesn’t hesitate to use quite questionable ingredients to replace natural ones because those last one are more expensive. Sad but true. It doesn’t mean everything is bad, it just mean it is best to check twice what we decide to use (if we feel concerned).

      Anyway, you can always type “Dangerous Ingredients You Should Avoid” on the search field of the website, it will give you some interesting tips about all this.

      • Kathleen

        Yea, I did realize that this is not the best place to discuss this issue. I thank everybody’s input on this. I apologize, it’s just that I am really concerned and frankly, scared. I will definitely do more research on this area on my own, and choose the products I think would be best for me. Thank you Natalie, Nathalie, and Faye for contributing to the conversation.

        P.S.: I think Natalie is right…5 lbs of lipstick does seem to be overly exaggerating… Thanks Natalie for questioning research.

      • z

        I would love the recipes for your natural products! I’ve been searching high and low for a natural deoderant that actually works. Thanks for your help!

        • Winni

          I make my own deodorant;
          here’s my recipe;
          5-6 Tbsp Coconut oil
          1/3 cup baking soda, 2/3 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch and a couple of drops of whatever essential oil you like, I use Lavender or Grapefruit……
          Melt the coconut oil (stick the jar in warm water or use microwave)
          Stir in cornstarch and baking soda and optional essential oil. I then pour it into 2 empty deodorant containers (I used empty dove deodorant containers). Keep in the fridge in the summer or if you live in a hot climate.
          I’ve been using it for 8 months and I LOVE it!

      • z

        Oh and I would also love to know where I can get your sisters natural products and lip glosses :)

    • This is such a case of fear mongering.

      Please check out this article:

      The amount of lead in lipstick is extremely minuscule, and even any ingestion throughout the period of your life is no more than lead ingested through other things — such as candy and food.

    • Natalie

      Thanks Faye and Christine! Kathleen, I wasn’t attacking you, but just trying to make sense of the figure. I think there is more chance of me getting killed by car accident than lipstick poisoning >_<, so I am just going to enjoy my lipsticks.. and candies, of course!

  5. claudia

    I’m loving this must-have series !

  6. Kay

    “Soft Pause” is great for a rasberry look (although I’m not sure if thats a LE or not…) Also, I’ve heard that “O” looks different on everyone, but on me it always looks berry but with a punch of gold- gorgeous!!

    • O sounds gorgeous on you, LOL!

    • Nathalie

      I adore “O”, it is very versatile. Indeed it could be a berry color after all because it also looks like a pinkish dark red on me (with gold flashes). This was my first Mac lipstick, I literally fell in love with it when I saw it on the store!

      • It’s funny how lipsticks can look totally different depending on your skintone and lip pigmentation levels!

        So glad you still love it!

  7. Leah

    Plumful is my favorite berry and I love New York Apple too.

  8. Sasha

    I really like the must-have series too! I’d love to see pics with them, Christine, but I wouldn’t want to ask too much of you! I will have to check some of these out on my next trip to MAC.

    • I don’t have them all, unfortunately :( I will see if I have time to spend an hour or two at MAC swatching at some point, and if I can tolerate all the funny looks 😉

  9. Rachel

    Sophisto…and Soft Pause. That’s all I can come up with. Maybe Chic is considered “berry”??

  10. Faye

    MAC Capricious is another nice berry. I’m very fair, and this is the perfect look for me when I want something that’s truly berry but not overpoweringly dark.

  11. Lix

    Craving is my all time favorite lipstick…. EVER. I wear it almost daily.

  12. Dawn

    LOVE LOVE LOVE Dark Side!
    I love these Must Have Posts too!

  13. Nathalie

    5 lbs of lipstick… yes, that’s quite a lot! Maybe do they put lipstick on bread for breakfast like peanut butter? 😀

  14. cmferrets

    arent we supposed to be talking about must have berry lipsticks and not eating 5lbs of lipsticks? i got odyssey! and chignon from BBR.

  15. nancybridget

    I would love to see swatches of the colors that you do for the “must-have” series.

    • I’m hoping for some time to spend 2-3 hours to do so at the store, but I don’t have any pockets of time like that for awhile (it’s midterms/finals).

      • nancybridget

        I know the feeling. :)

        I’m an MBA student and we run in 11 week intensive terms. Oh, and I work full time.

        We gals have to keep busy!

  16. Lisa

    I love So Scarlet! It looks berry colored on me.

  17. mlou

    Capricious is my fav MAC berry shade. Sophisto would be next, w/a bit of shimmer.