Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

7 Must-Have MAC Brown 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.

Twig lipstick is a creamy, semi-sheer pink with brownie-pink. It’s almost like a really deep, flesh-toned color.

Stay In Touch lipstick is a creamy, soft-sheen yellow-based brown that goes on fairly opaque, but it is wearable even for those wary of brown.

Spirit lipstick is a semi-sheer beige-based brown with just a touch of pink in it.

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Touch lipstick is a sheer, almost-glossy brown with peachy undertones.

Dare You lipstick is a creamy, opaque browned down red–almost a brick shade.

Verve lipstick is a semi-sheer, plummy brown shade that goes on naturally and doesn’t look over the top.

Retro lipstick is a fun shade of pinky-red brown with a semi-sheer, light sheen finish.

What are your favorite brown lipsticks?

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55 thoughts on “7 Must-Have MAC Brown Lipsticks

  1. DJ

    On me, Dare You is almost a wine red, with zero brown in it at all…I love it, but I wouldn’t call it brown.

    I am still searching for a brown that looks good on me.

  2. Avatar of Carrie Carrie

    Yeah, Dare You is almost identical to Dubonnet on me, just a bit creamier texture. I swapped away my Dubonnet ‘cuz I liked Dare You better!

    The only perm l/s I have that I’d classify as brown is Shag, but it’s more copper than straight brown. But I like a lot of brown-tinted LE ones: Retrofluid, Dangerously Hot, Russe, Real Treasure, Buoy oh Buoy. These are not that brown, though, just “brown tinted” on me.

  3. francesca

    I like Sheer Plum which, despite its name, isn’t plum at all. And Honeyflower, the only lipstick I saw the bottom of.

  4. Sandy

    The only brown lipstick i have is Spirit. I guess the little bit of pink in it makes it wearable for me

  5. rowan

    taupe lipstick, an all time fave

  6. Love Retro. I’ve been wearing it for years. It used to be my go-to lipstick and what I wore for my wedding in 2000!

  7. Avatar of Ayat Chocobon

    Astral l/s from Naughty Nauticals is a beautiful brown and it’s the only brown l/s I have and I wear it with Get Rich Quick Dazzleglass!

  8. natasha

    i like Coconutty l/s as a greek goddess brown : )

  9. cloudburst

    I don’t find Touch very brown at all. Photo is a great, true brown if you can pull it off.

  10. Chiara

    Naked Paris, ofcourse ^^

  11. shangrila

    my favorite is film noir. it’s been my go-to brown for years! lol

  12. charmaine

    twig is my 1st MAC brown lipstick. Can’t get enough of it

  13. nico

    Somehow O lipstick looks brown on me .

  14. Leah

    O lipstick looks brown on me too! I hate it on me but love the berry gold it turns on other people!

  15. Avatar of Nazia Naz

    I just picked up Fresh Brew today! Very pretty soft brown.

  16. Deezh

    I have loved X-S for a while now, it’s sort of reddish-brown, but it’s gorgeous.

  17. Theresa

    Malt l/s with Mad Cap l/g is an all time fave for me!

  18. Touch and Stay in Touch are the ones that I’m after! Creme Cerise is also a good brown lipstick!

  19. pia

    Twig is my 1st brown lipstick. I also like Mocha and I’d love to make freshbrew work for me.

  20. Azura

    My fav MAC brown lipstick Jubilee, Cherish, Shy Shine,Underplay, Malt,and Fresh Brew!

  21. sugarcrumb

    I really like Paramount layered with Frenzy – on me (NC43), its a shmmery brown yet neither orangish nor copper. I like Touch too but it doesnt last much. Retro and O both turn rather reddish-berryish on me =(

  22. ooh..i have touch and i must say it’s a pretty color. flatters my tan skin tone. :)

  23. ak

    Touch, Paramount, Photo, X-S, Fetish, Coconutty, and Shag are great brown lipsticks. Fresh Brew is good but very cool; I find Touch more reliable.

  24. ak

    Sheer Plum, Twig, Taupe, and Verve are good too, the latter are good matte nude browns with a touch of red, but in a good way.

  25. ak

    Honeyflower would be nice if only it had a lot less glitter in it.

  26. i really like shitaki. it seemed light at first, but the brown glaze stayed and stayed.

  27. Christine

    Great picks Christine! It figures that someone with my name would share my taste in lipstick. :-) I love and own Twig and Verve. I just purchased Touch and love that one also–those peachy browns often turn too “yellow” on me but this one is just right, a great daily color for the office. I’d also add Polished Up, if that one counts (although it veers more towards the plum side). I’ll try the other suggestions some times, thanks for the picks!

  28. is this still available or was it a limited edition?

  29. Divyas

    Is stay in touch a limited addition? I cant find it in the online store