MAC Underworld Lipstick ($14.50 for 0.17 oz.) deepened red-based brown with a glossy, satin finish. It is similar in look and feel to Media, but it is darker and browner–not quite as wine/burgundy. It works well as a stain (just blot after applying and add a touch of gloss), if you don’t want to wear it at full power. Since it’s such a dark shade, I like it paired with a very simple nude eye and eggplant eyeliner.
MAC Media Lipstick ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) is a deep, dark red wine. This is a shade that also works particularly well as a lip stain–just layer a little on, blot, and then dab a touch of clear gloss on top and voila. For a satin finish, Media is very… lustre-like. It has that slicker feel of a lustre finish lipstick, but it also has the look of one. I do find that Media settles into my lip lines more than I’d like, though.
MAC Odyssey Lipstick ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) is an opaque, berry-wine with a frost finish. Odyssey is definitely a staple MAC shade for me–it’s perfect for the fall and winter, but it’s not too dark. It’s a great choice for someone who doesn’t quite want to go ultra dark but still wants something with more depth than a milky pink, too. It works well on both cool and warm skin tones, and it’s not overly frosty either. During the holidays, you can add a little gold or red lipgloss to make it more festive.
MAC Film Noir Lipstick ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) is a deep, reddened brown–very dark, very vampy. It doesn’t go black on me, but it is incredibly dark. On me, the red tones help keep it from being too much of a contrast against my warmer skin tone and potentially washing me out. This is a shade that longs to be the star of a look–just pair it with a little eyeliner, mascara, and a contoured cheek.
MAC Rebel Lipstick ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) is a deep, fuchsia berry with a glossy finish and very subtle, nearly imperceptible shimmer. It’s almost opaque (you can just barely see my freckle peeking through), but it applies easily, smoothly, and is a great shade to brighten up your skin tone. It’s bold without being too dark or vampy–but still not a red, not a fuchsia.