MAC Naturally Lipsticks Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC A Perfect Day Lipstick
MAC A Perfect Day Lipstick

MAC Naturally: Lipsticks

There are four limited edition shades of MAC Lipstick ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) in the Naturally collection: A Perfect Day (light neutral pink), Beach Sand (light tan), Pillow Talk (neutral pink), and Sweet Sunrise (light neutral peach-pink).

MAC Lipsticks are vanilla-scented but have no taste. On average, I get four hours of wear with them, but it often depends on the finish. Finishes like satins and amplifies tend to have better color coverage and wear for four to six hours, sometimes longer, depending on the hue. Two finishes present here–Cremesheens and Lustres–I find drying, with Lustres being more drying than Cremesheens. Lustres tend to wear off in two to three hours for me, unfortunately, likely due to the additional slip in the finish (which can create some unevenness with ultra pale shades like Sweet Sunrise.

MAC Naturally Lipsticks Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
87%
Total
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MAC A Perfect Day Lipstick
MAC A Perfect Day Lipstick

MAC A Perfect Day Lipstick
MAC A Perfect Day Lipstick

MAC A Perfect Day Lipstick
MAC A Perfect Day Lipstick

MAC A Perfect Day Lipstick
MAC A Perfect Day Lipstick

MAC Beach Sand Lipstick
MAC Beach Sand Lipstick

MAC Beach Sand Lipstick
MAC Beach Sand Lipstick

MAC Beach Sand Lipstick
MAC Beach Sand Lipstick

MAC Beach Sand Lipstick
MAC Beach Sand Lipstick

MAC Pillow Talk Lipstick
MAC Pillow Talk Lipstick

MAC Pillow Talk Lipstick
MAC Pillow Talk Lipstick

MAC Pillow Talk Lipstick
MAC Pillow Talk Lipstick

MAC Pillow Talk Lipstick
MAC Pillow Talk Lipstick

MAC Sweet Sunrise Lipstick
MAC Sweet Sunrise Lipstick

MAC Sweet Sunrise Lipstick
MAC Sweet Sunrise Lipstick

MAC Sweet Sunrise Lipstick
MAC Sweet Sunrise Lipstick

MAC Sweet Sunrise Lipstick
MAC Sweet Sunrise Lipstick

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About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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I love that MAC put out a collection that is actually on-trend (for once)! After seeing completely nude faces on the catwalk for Spring/Summer 2012, I am glad that brands are putting out collections to help us achieve the look!

I second that, but am a little disappointed that this collection seems totally aimed for lighter skintones. I am an NW45 and honestly, apart from using the MSFs as highlighters, I don’t know if I’ll be able to use ANYTHING from this collection. Its a shame, too, because, from the description(s), this collection seemed so great and I got so excited for it. Bleh :/

4th that! I’m not even sure if pillow talk is going to be a dark enough nude for me. Oh well screw MAC, I’ll take my funds elsewhere!

Hi Blacktundras,
I’m not sure what foundation shade I am in MAC but I’m an Indian woman with quite warm/olive undertones. When I tried out Pillow Talk in the stores, it actually is quite a dark nude, and I’ve never ever been able to find a nude that doesnt make me look dead so mabye check it out the next time you’re in MAC.

I spoke to Mac MUA online and she said to pair Pillow Talk and Hot Spell L/G for a pretty nude for NC45. This collection has been great so far IMO!

I must say, I love your blog! It’s so informative and the swatches are always amazing. Do you think Pillow Talk would match an NW35 – NW40? I’d love to know (:

Is that really what Pillow Talk looks like? Omg. After reading the description MAC put out on it being a “neutral pink”, I was like aaaaaa give.

Das not a neutral pink. *crosses off list*

A Perfect Day look perfect on you! I haven’t been wow’d by the recent MAC collections as of late…actually they’ve been quite dissapointing. And why on earth r they discontinuing many of their top sellers, like the fragrances, smdh.

I don’t know how you do it Christine, but I swear, there is not a single lipstick color that doesn’t look absolutely beautiful on you. You even make that ghastly Jersey Shore-esque baby pink look hot!

I agree- its almost distracting because I think all kinds of shades look OMG AMAZING!!! …then I remember I can really only pull off about 1/10th of what you can πŸ˜›

I’m so excited about this collection, it’s just what I’ve been waiting for! I noticed on Dillard’s that they have the products already available? The images aren’t available, but it will let you add them to your cart. I thought this collection wasn’t supposed to come out until January 5th?

Oh wow! I love Sweet Sunrise and A Perfect Day! I always worry that nudes will be too orange-y for my pale skin, but those both look like they might work! πŸ™‚ Hopefully A Perfect Day isn’t too much like MAC’s creme cup, because I just can’t seem to get that one to work on me πŸ™

That’s one opinion. I completely disagree, and I think many others think you look great in all of them (enough so that we buy lip colors that don’t work on us out of misplaced hope!).

It’s possible this is meant to be helpful, anyway.

Nudes can be hard to wear! There are only a handful that I really like on me, and even then, I feel like I need really heavy eye makeup to make them work!

THESE I like!! I hated the glosses, which all seemed to have a weird chalky sticky looking finish, but these are awesome! I am putting whichever one of these goes best with my very pale, cool skin tone + the bobby brown nude eye pallat on my must get ASAP list!

I kinda want A Perfect Day just because it’s an amplified finish. I have several nudes that are similar but they’re all cremesheen and for some reason that makes them harder to get even on my lips. But amplified l/s is like a dream!

I have not seen a single MAC collection that I even considered but I want everything! It’s great I saved money after all those collection duds (except for mac me over)

I think Perfect Day looks almost an identical dupe for NARS Tashkent (Pure Matte Lipstick) through my monitor! And it is one of my favorite nude in my stash.

I think all of these are completely my go-to shade. Who could resist good nudes? I have a bad feeling that I will end up getting all of these!

Ty for sharing! Great swatches as always. You look irresistibly adorable in all of these!

I’m NW15 and I haven’t really tried any nude lipsticks because my skin is so light. The lightest lipstick I have is Politely Pink and I love it. Do you think A Perfect Day or Pillow Talk would work on me?

I’m a sucker for nudes, soft pinks and browns with no shimmer, and except from Honey Love i never got any lipstick from MAC. But I love so many of these! *.* looks like my Revlon mattes & UD’s Requiem and Sellout are finally gonna have some new friends πŸ˜€ For some people this collection might be boring shadewise, but for me is absolutely perfect!

I am loving the lipsticks!!! But I find Sweet Sunrise to be too white, I think. I’m an NC2, and I love wearing nude tones (Peachstock and Myth being my faves), but I bought Playing Koi and it was horrendously white!!. I cannot wear it, so I might be skipping on Sweet Sunrise, probably…

So far, this collection seems to be QUITE PROMISING!! I’m super excited to try it out ^^<3

Hi Christine!
Thanks for the reviews and photos. Question: which one (s) would you suggest for a NC 35/40 girl? (I can’t only buy them online, so there no way for me to try them on first πŸ™ )

ooh, I love Pillow talk! Does anyone think it’d work on NC15 skin? I’ve also got pretty pigmented lips, and usually pale nudes look awful on me… but this seems a bit darker πŸ™‚

oh my gosh! those lipsticks are so incredible *-* i really like nude & natural lipsticks. i love beachsand β™₯ but i’m a littlebit disappointed of pillow talk, too. I thought that would be a ‘neutral pink’ ?!
By the way, your blog is one of my faves. I’m from germany, and sometimes its kinda hard for me to unterstand your texts, but everytime i look for good mac lipstick-swatches, i visit your blog!
Best wishes from germany, palina β™₯

these shades r really pretty. Could you pls tell me where can i purchase them online? Mailing from india n i’d like to order a lipstick……. Thnkx so much <3 ur beaty blog! πŸ™‚

I’m honestly bitter that every shade I see you swatch looks great on you.
A Perfect Day looks like a nudeish I can actually wear..definitely checking it out!

Christine you seem to get more beautiful with every post. how is that even possible, when I thought you were gorgious to begin with?! have you been using new skin products?
btw cograts on your engagement! the “perfect day” l/s looks so stunning on you. Happy New Year!
β™₯sarah

I love nudes! i still have Flare from the last collection. I need to get more though. Im currently into stocking up on pinks right now…have no idea why lol

A Perfect Day looks like just my kind of shade, but I think I can safely skip the others. Also, “Neutral Pink” seems like such an odd way to describe Pillow Talk!

Hi Christine!!

Beautiful review and swatches as always~
I was wondering if A Perfect Day or Sweet Sunrise were a close dupe for MAC Playing Koi?
I missed out on it with the quite cute collection as I did not like the finish of it, but even though these lipsticks from this collection have different finishes are they similar in color to playing koi?

thanks again!!! πŸ™‚

Christine, these colors look AMAZING on you!! Unfortunately, I cannot imagine that they would work on me =( I’m in the Deep Dark range of MAC products, and these look too light. Oh well. I loooove nudes.

Wow, such pretty lipsticks! A Perfect Day is so very pretty on you Christine. I swear if it wasn’t for your swatches I probably wouldn’t buy half the stuff I do from Mac. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the swatches and A Perfect Day shall be mineee! πŸ™‚

hi christine do you think sweet sunrise or a perfect day would look good on a NC15 skintone or would it make me look dead already being so pale? lol thanks

I got 2 Sweet sunrises & 20 A perfect day lipsticks. I’m so lucky to have 8 Mac counters/ stores altogether in my city. I went and bought a majority of them all out. It is THE PERFECT EVERYDAY NUDE, like the name itself A Perfect Day!!

When it comes to lipsticks i go for MAC brands and today i bought pillow talk and naked space. I love the nude colors, But…it has this weird taste. Not that I lick the lipstick or gloss…usually Mac has that vanilla smell and taste…this one doesn’t πŸ™ what a bummer

i asked this question almost a month ago, but it never got approved/answered although newer comments have :/ so i shall try again, do you think A Perfect Day would look alright on a nw20? and how would you compare it to myth?

Your eyes are gorgeous girl!!! Love your reviews/swatches their awesome!!! How do you think “A Perfect Day” lipstick would look on tan skin would it make me look washed out?

nudes are fab on you Christine! when I imagine a black smoky eye you wear so well (jealous!) I am getting dizzy with makeup admiration! πŸ˜‰ Aside “Good day” I think I will save my money for the Bobbi Brown rose gold lipsticks.. I kind of expected a bit more from these, too, to be honest!

Hi christine, Wanted your advice on the MAC Sweet Sunrise lipstick, Is this very nude? I always have red lips, without any product, and sometimes i like to dye down the tone of my lips, but putting a lightish colour on the lips, but would this be too light? I like the look of MAC Beach Sand. Would you normally wear this shade? Hope you don’t mind me asking, Many Thanks

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