Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

6 Must-Have MAC Purple Lipsticks

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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.

Creme de la Femme lipstick is a pinky purple shade with gold warmth in it. It has a slight shimmer, since it is a frost finish, but not overly so.

Capricious lipstick is a plummy shade with just a touch of rose to make it interesting.

Up the Amp lipstick is a creamy, opaque purple with a bit of reddish-violet tones to it. This is a shade not for the faint of heart. It isn’t a light or lilac-y purple by any means!

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Rebel lipstick is a dark, vampy purple shade with a smooth, creamy finish. Works really well with Vino lip liner!

Hang Up lipstick is a dark, creamy burgundy-purple that’s extremely pigmented and dramatic when worn.

Plumful lipstick is a sheer, lightly rose-tinged plummy shade. It’s runs a little warmer than cool for a plum shade, too.

What are your favorite purple lipsticks?

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82 thoughts on “6 Must-Have MAC Purple Lipsticks

  1. I have Up the Amp and Creme de la Femme, and I like both!! But I have been neglecting Creme de la Femme, I should start using it again. And today I just used Up the Amp with Funtabulous on top. :)

    How nice if Lavender Whip is a perm colour and it totally belongs to this list. :)

  2. HijabiApprentice

    I have to try HangUp!!

  3. nico

    Violetta is the best!

  4. fan

    I just lost my hang-up! I liked it so… it looked so good, both alone and also with some red.

  5. pia

    I thought Wild About You belong here. It’s my pick-me-up purple.

  6. Coffee

    Where on Earth is Violetta? That is one HAWT lippie!

    And I agree that if Lavendar Whip was perm is should totally be on this list…heck, it should OWN this list!

  7. Brightness

    As soon as I saw this I was thinking REBEL better be on her list!!!! It was the first lipstick I ever bought and still today at the counter I always reach for it, making sure it isn’t a new shade of lipstick that got past me!!!

    I’m real funny about lip color because I have full lips but I always make it a point to stay open to at least trying on different lip colors.

  8. francesca

    I love Hang Up lined with Velvetella cremestick liner!

  9. Natalie

    My favorite purple lipstick is a mixture of Up the Amp and Girl About Twn/Show Orchid. People always ask me what lipstick it is.

  10. Sandy

    Up the Amp is not only my favourite purple, it’s also my favourite lipstick ever! I wear it at least once a week. It makes me happy and it compliments my complexion very well

  11. Margot

    I’d love to be able to wear purple l/s but unfortunately it doesn’t go well with my skin tone … though I liked the monogram one, can’t remember the name, it’s more on the pinky side on my lips and not too dark …

  12. sweet_plum

    I’m kind of afraid to ask, but will you be doing a must haves for red lipstick? I feel like that might cause a bit of commoition, but I’d love to hear your picks. =)

  13. J

    I know it’s not on the list and why it’s not here, but I just wanted to share that Violettea + Funtabulous = Love.

  14. Aire

    I love up the amp. On my pigmented lips it’s somewhat neutral and not bold on me. I never would have tried this color if it was not for the MA suggesting that I try it out. I also am eyeing the purple dazzleglass that will be coming out late spring (vie vunde?).

  15. Avatar of Bobbie Bobbiedoll03

    Hang up is gorgeous…I actually just swapped it because I only wore it a few times…but creme de la femme is one of my favorites. I wear it all the time…I am actually about to try it with funtabulous, I know that will be amazing!

  16. Leah

    I LOVE purple lippies! I just realized that I have every one of these colors but Rebel always steals my heart.

  17. makeupaddict77

    Alot of people are talking about violetta for a limited time it is availiable from the mac website under SS09 ‘Tendertone’ if anyone is interested. I think Violetta is the best purple out there.

  18. Kathleen

    Wooo, I actually really like Cyber. That’s the best dark purple lipstick in my opinion. :D

  19. I LOVE Hang Up! One of my first MAC lippies. :D

  20. Avatar of Valerie Valerie C.

    I like the lighter shades. Birds of a Feather is an amplified shade I wear a lot. It’s more mauve though. I don’t even remember what collection it was from.

  21. Avatar of Mshel mlou

    Odyssey was my 90s purple, but I prefer softer/lighter shades now. Sweet Thing l/s. (It doesn’t say LE when I look it up, so I think it is regular line. Lav Whip would be my fav if they would make that regular line.) I wish Rebel would look good on me!

  22. Avatar of aradhana aradhana

    i recently had to throw away a really old discontinued mac lipstick i had…stiletto…i wish they would bring it back.

  23. I would love to own Hang Up and Plumful since I’m after those two! I need to stock up on some purple lipsticks lol

  24. Yaya

    I heart Creme de la Femme (I was talking about it on the must-have pinks-WHOOPS!). Lavender Whip is great too, it looks like candy with some gloss on top.

  25. Faye

    It’s funny, because Capricious is not at all purple on me — it comes across as a true berry. Maybe it’s because of our difference in skin tones? I have very fair skin, cool tones, and lightly pigmented lips.

    • Avatar of Mshel mlou

      yes, Capricious is similar on me. One of my favorite deep berry shades. ppp/cool also!

    • It might be, Faye! Capricious is definitely a borderline color — it could be a berry, it could run a little more purple. It’s not a OMG WHOA PURPLE! color at all.

  26. Vness_12

    I’m so stuck on purple these days! I just picked up Prevete (I think that’s how it’s spelled LoL) and I wear it with Plum Royale liner to create a sort of gradient on my lips. I love it.

  27. Jollie

    Up the Amp with Korres light purple (#32) lipgloss.

  28. Nica

    I know Fashion Mews was limited but it is one of my all time fave lipsticks. I have a back up of it because i love it so much. I think it’s great because it isn’t too bright and because I am very fair (NW15) it goes really well with my skin tone.

  29. Jocelyn

    I love Capricious! I think of it as a purplish berry.

  30. Nora

    Definitely Pervette… Like Fashion Mews from HK but with a more glittery texture and a pink duochrome. I love it! First MAC lipstick, so I love it dearly. <3

  31. Tania

    Christine,
    I now have Creme de la femme thanks to Back to MAC. It’s gonna be my go to lipstick for the summer for sure! I love to wear it with a little Soft Note Tendertone on top. My fav purple was Fastlane which was a mauve-purple color with silver type shimmer. It’s an LE and was released with Rushmetal I believe. Loved that one but again it’s gone! :(

  32. Karla

    Limited edition purples always seem so much better… Like Violetta my favorite or Fashion mews. I only have like 4 lipsticks sadly… I seem to overload myself with eyeshadow. I need more lippies. lol.

  33. Sweeda88

    I’m placing a MAC order soon, and I’m going to get Up the Amp! I’m sure I can pull it off.. I’ve worn dark purple before, and Up the Amp isn’t dark by any means!

  34. Tiffany Dhein

    i LOVE, ‘GO FOR IT’ from the In The Groove Collection.