Friday, February 1st, 2013

MAC Betty Bright Lipstick
MAC Betty Bright Lipstick

MAC Betty Bright Lipstick ($16.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light vibrant peach” with a satin finish. Peach, not so much, but pinky-coral? Yes, I see that. It’s a warm, pink-coral with a creamy, natural finish. MAC Cut a Caper is more subdued. MAC Watch Me Simmer is much darker and brighter. Lancome Chris & Tell is more orange. NYX Stella is pinker. MAC Ever Hip is more muted. Bobbi Brown Pink is darker and slightly pinker.  I think MAC Costa Chic may be a little darker and shimmery.

It delivered full, opaque color coverage, and it was creamy with enough slip to apply to the lips without pulling or dragging, but it didn’t move too much once on. Because it is a lighter cream, pressing lips together can create some demarcation to be careful not to over-apply.  It wore for four and a half hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating (on par with my experience of satin-finished lipsticks by MAC).

The Glossover


Betty Bright

If you like your corals with a hint of pink, and you have found too many dark/bright corals, you may like this lighter version. There's still some brightness, but it's not as bold as some other corals by MAC.











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MAC Betty Bright Lipstick
MAC Betty Bright Lipstick

MAC Betty Bright Lipstick
MAC Betty Bright Lipstick

MAC Betty Bright Lipstick
MAC Betty Bright Lipstick

MAC Betty Bright Lipstick
MAC Betty Bright Lipstick

MAC Betty Bright Lipstick
MAC Betty Bright Lipstick

MAC Betty Bright Lipstick
MAC Betty Bright Lipstick

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

MAC, $16.50.

Is it limited edition?


Any dupes?

MAC Cut a Caper is more subdued. MAC Watch Me Simmer is much darker and brighter. Lancome Chris & Tell is more orange. NYX Stella is pinker. MAC Ever Hip is more muted. Bobbi Brown Pink is darker and slightly pinker.  I think MAC Costa Chic may be a little darker and shimmery.

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: MAC Caramel Sundae Eyeshadow Palette, Burberry Trench Eyeshadow (highlighter), MAC Black Swan Pearlglide Eyeliner (left), MAC Lord It Up Pearlglide Eyeliner (right), MAC Optimum Black Mascara. On cheeks: MAC Flatter Me Pearlmatte (left), MAC Cream Soda Blush (right). On lips: MAC Stay Sweet Lipglass.

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176 thoughts on “MAC Betty Bright Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches (Archie’s Girls)

  1. Mary Gutierrez

    Omg this is gorgeous! So happy I picked this up!

  2. Desiree

    This looks beautiful! I’ll most likely get this one. Perfect for springtime too. Btw, you look beautiful on every color!

  3. YH

    Hi Christine, you wrote on the “WHAT MAKEUP ARE YOU WEARING?” that youre wearing “On lips: MAC Stay Sweet Lipglass” Are you wearing stay sweet or Betty Bright in the last picture?

  4. Amanda

    Oh heck yeah I will be picking this up for sure!

  5. fabiola

    I looooooove it, is just right for me. It looks amazing on you Christine. Thank you.

  6. NeenaJ

    Christine, I’m sure you’re pushing 4 days with no sleep at this point and you look freaking amazing! Glad I passed on this one – love the look in the tube but I could never pull off the finished color.

  7. LK

    Does it look similar to Flamingo? I missed that lippy last year :(

  8. Ellen

    Do you use a lipliner when you do lipstick reviews?

  9. Emma

    How does this compare to Viva Glam Nicki #1? They look similar to me…

  10. OMG this lipstick is beautiful and it looks so pretty on you! I can’t wait to get mine!!

  11. Andie

    Oh my gosh. I love this color so much!

  12. Danielle

    I’m definitely picking this up! Christine, it looks great on you!

  13. Yellowlantern

    Glad to see this is similar to Cut a Caper. Have that so I don’t need to hunt down this. :)

  14. Kathy

    It so beautiful on you! i swear you can pull off ANY color!
    I would pick this up if it wasnt for my lips turning every coral into orange :( for example blossom culture was bright orange on me, grr.

  15. I feel better it was close to MAC Ever Hip and I didn’t get this (well it sold out way to fast online).

    Now let see if mac will re-promote Ever Hip!

  16. t_zwiggy

    Gah! I’m so tired of MAC always putting out this type of color. Ever hip, cut-a-caper, flamingo… It seems like every pale-medium-brigh lipstick they release have this warm peach-coral-pink color that look AWFUL on me. Some cool toned pinks that aren’t PALE-white or lavender would be nice too. But it seems like they are extremely popular, so I guess I can understand why they do it.

  17. What about MAC Haute Altitude (Apres Chick)? Are they similar? Thank you :)

  18. Emilia

    Wow this is amazing color! definatly more subdued then Viva Nikki! My kind of color! When I ordered it wasn’t sold out yet, but for some reason I overlooked it, and bough Ronnie Red instead even though, I already have absolute power! Stupid Me! Oh Well there’s always the counter! At least I live an hour away from a counter with minamum traffic!

  19. Lola

    How Does this compare to reel sexy? :)

  20. Pamela

    This is a lot pinker than I expected it to be. I think I’ll pass…

  21. Beautiful colour, just not for me. I’m not a huge fan of pastels, they don’t suit my skin tone very well.

  22. Svea

    Awesome color! Looks great on your just like most lipsticks you review 😀 I have just one question, do you moisturize your lips regularly and apply lip balm or any other conditioning products? Coz I always have dry lips and no matter how much lip balm I use, it never works..and it looks ugly to have lipstick with chapped lips :(

  23. Kathy

    How does it compare to Scarlet Ibis (Marilyn Monroe)?

  24. mirian

    you are seriously awesome at getting these reviews out!

  25. Suzi

    I am in love with this color…But I leave in Germany and I think we won´t get this collection…Do you have any information about this? It is a beautiful lipstick color…

  26. Tessa

    I am starting to like this lipstick! I think this would look great on my very light skin tone.

  27. Eman

    Do u have any idea if nordstrom will launch this collection or like Strength collection didn’t make it to nordstrom

    • Yes, it will be at all MAC locations. Strength was store-only, so it was only online at That was a last minute decision (about a week before on-counter date).

  28. Kat

    Lovely shade! It looks like a strong version of flamingo. Can’t wait to receive mine. 😀

  29. ms. mad

    How would you compare out to Vegas volt. I know ones amplified and the other is satin. And there’s also another limited lipstick, not show of the name, it’s something like matte of force, or ? Of force. Thanks. U places am order and it was already sold out. No I’m kicking my self for not ordering it

    • Vegas Volt is very orange – it’s nothing like Betty Bright on me! There are other places like Nordstrom, Macy’s, etc. that will be selling this online, too.

  30. Asya

    Its already sold out online :(

  31. 18thCenturyFox

    I have Cut a Caper, Ever Hip and Watch Me Simmer and I’m still glad I ordered this one. I’m a sucker for pretty LE packaging lipstick.

  32. Kat

    It’s a nice colour :) would you think it’s similar to too faced la creme lipstick in juicy melons?

  33. radiofireworks

    Ooh, this looks like a much more wearable, coral version of Viva Glam Nicki. I want it, but I hate MAC’s stupid limited edition politics. Dilemma.

  34. Claire

    How does this compare to viva glam nicki?

  35. Wow! That is one bright lipstick! It is very pretty though and it goes amazingly well with the Pearlmatte blush! You look beautiful!

  36. Anna

    Christine do you know when the Archie’s girls collection will be available on nordstrom? I bought everything I wanted online on mac before but I think I might want to purchase 2 more lipsticks. :)

  37. This is my #1 must buy from the collection

  38. Olga

    Thanks so much for getting these up so quickly and answering the tons of questions about comparisons/dupes! You rock. <3 One more, if you have time: how would you say this compares to the Full Speed Sheen Supreme? I need to figure it if it'll be a waste of time to stalk Nordstrom/Macy's for this one. 😉

  39. I really love this color! I think I want this one as well as Ronnie Red! This collection has more that I really want in it than I anticipated. I’m pleasantly surprised!

  40. K.A

    Playing koi + watch me simmer = Betty bright :)

  41. Kat

    That would look awful on me, unfortunately!

  42. abigailOD

    I love how you mentioned the part about pressing the lips together – thank you! It’s the little things that you point out that make me appreciate you more!

    And you must be some makeup superhero getting all these reviews done, so fast, so well!♥ Thank you!

  43. Lauren

    Hey Christine. This is beautiful. I was wondering how this compares to Crosswires. I love that shade but I always think it’s a bit too shimmery for me. Thank you :)

  44. Beckie

    Do you think this color is too similar to Viva Glam Nicki to have both?

  45. Cat

    I keep going back and forth on this lipstick. I want it, I don’t want it. Now I want it again. I’ll see how I’m feeling when it goes on Nordstrom or Macy’s, since it’s currently sold out at MAC online. I do like that it’s more pink than Cut a Caper (which I own).

  46. Sherie

    Hello Christine! How does this compare to MAC FLAMINGO lipstick from the scarlet ibis collection? It looks very similar to it.

  47. Sherie

    Hello Christine! How does this compare to MAC FLAMINGO lipstick from the iris apfel collection? It looks very similar to it. :)

  48. kathi

    It’s really pretty on you-I’m glad I was able to get this one :)

  49. Hi Christine, how does this compare to MAC Ravishing?

  50. sra

    How does this compare to MAC Razzle Dazzler? Thanks!

  51. Jackeline

    Hi Christine I’m NC30-35 look good this lipstick?

    I have Mac crosswires

    Pd. Thanks a lot for the swatches =)

    • I’m NC30, so if you don’t like it on me, LOL! It really depends on your tastes – some may find it too light, some may not.

      • Jackeline

        Thanks Christine

        I have pre purchased my Mac counter some things. But seeing your swatches I’m willing to let some things and buy others lol

        I’m waiting swatches for Daddy’s little girl, boyfriend stealer and girl next door =)

  52. Khadija

    not sure if this has been said but the lipsticks have been restocked and are available on MAC’s site

    • Marisa

      Does anyone know when MAC will restock Betty Bright? I have been looking for the past two weeks and it hasnt been refilled. It says its coming soon. :)

  53. 22

    Now that’s really cute..

  54. Bunny

    Hi Christine. Thank you for the consistent great reviews.
    You’ve helped me time and again .
    I’m sure this has been asked or mentioned and I’ve looked but didn’t see it. The graphics of the line. Are they printed on the products or is it a sticker? Just curious. :)

  55. I always turn of temptalia for reviews and swatch before buying MAC at-least :-)

  56. genesis

    Does it compare to flamingo?

  57. I like this color, it has almost a tropical feel. It would look absolutely awful on me though – way too light!

  58. Sabrina Nogueira

    BEAUTIFUL!!!!!! Just nice on your skin tone!!

  59. I love this color! Do you know of any drugstore lipsticks that may have a similar color?

  60. Yoli

    I love this color on you! It’s sold out again on the mac website. I’m def purchasing as soon as I can get my hands on it!

  61. Shamel

    Hi Christine! I’m an NC43/NC44 and I was wondering if Betty Bright lipstick will look good on me? I really love the color. Thank you!

  62. Is this lipstick similar to Mac Jazzed and/or Mac Flamingo?

  63. Meri

    wow, very very pretty I’m pleasantly surprised! I think the peach-coral colors are going to rule this summer

  64. Melissa

    Hey Christine!how does this compare to Tom Ford’s lipstick Spanish Pink? Thanks!

  65. I see that It’s more pink than peach so its a different from Vegas Volt that is more of a peach tone? Right?

  66. What foundation are you wearing? LOOKS BEAUTIFUL :)

  67. Hannah

    Do you know when will this be available internationally? Asia?

  68. Kay Tee

    Will this be available in MAC stores and locations?

  69. Jasmine

    How different is this from MAC Vegas Volt?

  70. Caroline

    Wow, this color really suits you! 😀 How does this compare to Force Of Love?

  71. Rizza

    How is this similar with MAC Please Me?

  72. Is this only online exclusive? I love this shade!

  73. Gabriella

    I ordered this one! I don’t have a coral lipstick (only glosses) so I’m really excited! I can pull off so many colors that others seem to have a hard time with, but I’ve always had a hard time with corals lol! I hope that with the pink in it, and the brightness, ill be able to pull it off well! Hoping it will look good with a tan in summer too

  74. Huda

    hey christine.. how do you think this compares to reel sexy?

  75. Elissa

    Hi, how does this compare to Makeup Forevers’ rouge artist intense #38? It looks very similar. Thanks so much!!!

  76. ra

    Christine, is this similar to VG Nicki Minaj 2012 lipstick? That one was too strong and bright for me. I hope this is a little muted compared to VG one.

  77. Shelly

    Is this similar as Mac ever hip??

  78. Kenia

    Could Kate moss’s lipstick in 109 from Rimmel London be a dupe?

  79. Nelia

    Christine can you share your email to send you a question?
    Thanks for all you do !! You’re amazing 😉

    • Hi Nelia,

      I don’t accept makeup related questions via email, but if you have a question regarding technical support and the like, you can use our contact form, which is linked at the bottom of every page! :)

      • Nelia

        Oh that’s fine :)
        I know you use Armani Maestro foundation and wanted to ask which color do you use because we have similar complexion.
        I went to one of their counter and they match me but gave me a really dark color 5.5

        Thanks for all you do 😉


    This looks a lot like MAC’s Coral Bliss (Cremesheen) to me. I know they are different finishes but would you consider it to be a dupe???

    • I don’t find them a dupe but they are similar. On the lips, Coral Bliss is much sheerer and Betty Bright is a lot more pink I find.

    • Raviix

      This and Coral Bliss are actually not close at all. Betty Bright is pink compared to Coral Bliss. If you are just interested in the color over everything look at Stila’s Color Balm Lipstick in Avery. It is completely the same colour and the Stila balms last a very long time (six to eight hours)

  81. Raviix

    How does this compare to NARS Bolero?

  82. Monica Lewiis

    Christine and/or others: what lip liner do you suggest for the lipstick?

  83. Tori

    Christine, what lipstick do you think looks better on somebody with nc25 skin? Betty Bright or Girl Next Door? Thanks 😀

  84. Adel

    is this shade different from bobbi brown’s miami coral?

  85. Kristina

    How does this compare to Mac Crosswires?

  86. kastehelmi

    In love this color on you Christine! It’s too light for me, but looks very similar to Salma Hayek Nuance in Coral, which wears sheerer and is probably darker, but I love it. I don’t really know, but I would guess I am NC40 or NC 42, and Nuance Coral looks quite natural for a bright coral on me.

  87. samantha

    How does this compare to viva glam nicki and NC40 skin? :)

  88. Rosy

    How does this compare to Sunny Seoul?

  89. Marisa

    Hi Christine! I was wondering how this color compares with MAC Ravishing? Is Ravishing more peach? Thank you!

  90. Hi Christine! How does this compare to MAC Chatterbox? :)

  91. Hanna

    Hey, Christine! So I’ve been looking at some light lipstick colors for myself, and I love the Betty Bright lipstick. (How it looks on you, at least.) However, I’ve checked out your review on the MAC Please Me lipstick, and I am debating on which one I should get. For someone with NC15-NC20 skin, which one would you recommend?

  92. Stephanie

    How does this shade compare to Nars Niagara, Lancome Rouge in Love in Corail in Love and Jolis Matins?

  93. Fiona

    wow, I NEEEED this lipstick, I can’t wait for this collection to come out in the UK! x

  94. Hey Christine. Do you know when betty bright will be back in stock at Mac?

  95. How does this compare to Reel Sexy and Watch Me Simmer ?

  96. JP

    hi! how would you compare this with the Cream Colour Base in Rich Coral or Virgin Isle? I can’t get my hands on Betty Bright it’s always sold out in the stores. I’ve been wanting to buy Virgin Isle coz I can also use it as a blush. Pls help. Thank u!

  97. Elena

    ohh WHAT A SHAME! the european stock is delayed and will be available online next monday, March 4, instead of tomorrow February 8 . And free shipping ends tomorrow. :(

  98. Silvia

    There is a similar color to this? I can not get :(
    Mac has something similar? Thanks!!

  99. Valerie

    I see that betty bright is sold out on the Mac website. Is there a way they could have it at the Mac counters? Or is there a close mac lipstick dupe for it?? Sorry for the long question..

  100. Levina

    Hi Christine! I read the dupe lost and I found out that Stella from Nyx is 85% close to this. If I own that already, should I purchase this one? Thanks :)