MAC So Select Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC x So Select Lipstick
MAC x So Select Lipstick

MAC x So Select Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “dirty rose [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium pink with subtle, neutral-to-warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. NARS Bettina (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tarte TBT (P, $20.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). KVD Beauty Lolita II (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Bahama Brown (P, $37.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Girl Code (P, $22.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Burberry Fawn (05) (P, $34.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). NARS Indecent Proposal (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Bite Beauty Hazelnut (DC, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Margs (LE, $21.00) is warmer, glossier (85% similar). ColourPop Cami (P, $6.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Burberry Peony Rose (302) (P, $35.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Beach Bum (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). KVD Beauty Lolita (P, $20.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). ColourPop Mosh Pit (LE, $7.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Givenchy Rose d'Exception (206) (LE, $36.00) is lighter, cooler, glossier (80% similar). Make Up For Ever M101 (DC, $22.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC launched a rewards program for shopping direct, and one of the perks is exclusive members-only products, such as this one. It had opaque coverage with a light-medium weight and a more velvety, silicone-like texture that glided across the lips easily. The color lasted for four hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating.

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MAC x So Select Lipstick
MAC x So Select Lipstick

MAC x So Select Lipstick
MAC x So Select Lipstick

MAC x So Select Lipstick
MAC x So Select Lipstick

MAC x So Select Lipstick
MAC x So Select Lipstick

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Makeup Look
On face:
  • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Aqua Foundation
  • Guerlain Les Voilettes Loose Setting Powder
On eyes:
  • L'Oreal Little Beige Dress Eyeshadow
  • L'Oreal Cafe au Lait Eyeshadow
  • L'Oreal Pain au Chocolat Eyeshadow
  • L'Oreal Mademoiselle Pink Eyeshadow
  • Zoeva Taupe Eyeliner
On lips
  • MAC So Select Lipstick
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Wow, Christine, this just looks so beautiful on you! I really wanted this one, but MAC’s Select program isn’t available internationally. I tried to have it shipped to my US post office box, but somehow MAC wouldn’t proceed with the sale. Now that I see it on Temptalia I’m relieved to see that this colour would not suit me at all (MAC Twig and similar colours make me look washed-out).

Oh no 🙁 That is such a bummer that it isn’t available internationally! I am glad it worked out (color-wise) that it isn’t tempting after all, but what a bummer!

You can use our side-by-side comparison tool, located on every single review page in the sidebar (desktops) or after the post (mobile) or by going to swatches > side-by-side on the fly. I am terribly slow at replying to comments, so you can get your answer immediately that way without having to rely on my poor response time!

http://www.temptalia.com/side-by-side?sbs_1_search=MAC+Finally+Free&sbs_1=228382&sbs_2_search=MAC+So+Select&sbs_2=228381

Stephanie, on my fair/light skintone, So Select pulls darker and with more brown undertones than Finally Free. So Select is more of a semi-matte, Finally Free has more shine to it. I also find that So Select is more opaque than Finally Free.

Ok, THIS one is more like it! Compared to Finally Free, this looks so much richer, and different enough for me to justify buying it! For once, something that I don’t have a slew of dupes for, that I can think of anyway. And it just looks RICH! And for a matte, NOT dry or cracked!

Nancy, I swatched Finally Free right next to So Select for my blog post on Finally Free. Normally, I don’t do comparisons because I just hobby blog (and pro bloggers, like Christine, are really the experts there) but since I had thought they’d be close to each other when I bought FF, I wanted to do a side-by-side bc I thought others would have the same thought.

I just swapped between USA and Canada sites and sure enough.. I see the Join Select program on the USA site, but not the Canadian. Jeez, sucks to be a Canadian supporting a Canadian company 😛

I’m not sure that it’s my kind of colour but it certainly looks beautiful on you!

I suppose I don’t say it enough but thank you for all that you do and all the hard work you put into this site. I don’t have anyone to talk makeup with so this site is a godsend, allowing me to get my daily dose of makeup chat! Plus it saves me money thanks to your awesome reviews. So yeah, thank you so much! ?

I have a real weakness for shades like this, so of course I ordered it as soon as MAC sent me the email. I hope it gets here soon! I’m very pleased it got a good rating from you. It looks gorgeous!

This is sooo my type of color! I thought it would be duped by Touch of Spice or NARS Anna, but neither of those are on the dupe list. SO, I can totally get this, right??

Thanks for reviewing this. I’ve been going back and forth on it. I also wanted to compare it to the Caitlyn color, so thanks for that review as well!

I don’t think they have MAC select in Australia, which is a shame because this, along with VIVA Glam II would be two of the few MAC lipsticks I’d be willing to get!

This looks a lot like the MAC Sea Sheer! I love this kind of plummy shade! MAC is really upping the game with this collection – I haven’t been following the releases as much but this shade is totally up my alley!

This looks like a very wearable lipstick but it seems like it’s pretty dupable. I need to see some more swatches before I decide but right now I think I’m gonna pass

This is nice. I have Tarte’s Beach Bum which shows up quite brown on me, this looks lighter and pinker. BTW, do you have the cheek detail for your whole look here? If not, no worries ?.

Everything is listed in the sidebar and underneath the post:

MAKE-UP LOOK

ON FACE:

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Aqua Foundation
Guerlain Les Voilettes Loose Setting Powder
ON EYES:

L’Oreal Little Beige Dress Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Cafe au Lait Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Pain au Chocolat Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Mademoiselle Pink Eyeshadow
Zoeva Taupe Eyeliner
ON LIPS

MAC So Select Lipstick

Just realized you asked about cheeks, which I did not write down. Stupid, stupid me! I am so sorry to have been incapable of remember something as simple as to write down what I’m wearing. I’m so sorry about that, Claire!

I don’t have this lipstick to compare it with but going by the pictures I’d definitely say that Cosmo is more brown. I hope that’s of some help. ?

This is a lovely shade but my mind is turning to shades that are brighter and shinier. I’m glad it received a good review, though!

I’ve been wearing this off & on for the past couple weeks and I really like the semi- matte finish. It’s a great color for my “neutral” work days too. I’m hoping the rewards program is really worth it and not just hype.

I’m really glad you reviewed this because (I can’t believe I’m gonna say this) I have a lot of lip products this color and I don’t need another one. I was holding off until reviews started popping up and I’m glad I did.

Not a color I can wear! Very pretty on you, though, Christine 🙂

I became ‘Devoted’ after buying so many things from the Future collection, but am not ‘Obsessed’ yet. MAC’s website says that I have access to exclusive members-only products, but I don’t see this one anywhere, so maybe there are more products for ‘Obsessed’ MAC Select members than for ‘Devoted’ ones. Not a problem, since this isn’t a good color for me, just curious about how the program works. I didn’t realize that it’s new, it just popped up after my last order. I like to try to buy MAC products locally, where I can see the product first and support the MUAs in the store. But now there are special benefits to ordering online?

I just got this in the mail today and I already know I’m gonna wear the heck out of it. It’s very similar to Twig, but it’s just different enough for me to warrant having both in my collection.

Thanks for all your hard work, Christine. I pretty much swear by your reviews.

I bought this the week it launched & I personally love the color (it could be a tad less matte for me tho ?), it’s my version of a neutral lip/MLBB!
Lol I have been waiting patiently for this review, so thank you, Christine!!! You are so very appreciated!
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– Cory

I like this color for a “go to” neutral. It is different than Twig. Twig has more red in it and So Select has more pink. Mehr is very pink compared to So Select. Cosmo is much lighter and warmer/coral. It is not drying for a matte. I like MAC’s mattes and amplified the most. Bottom line I’m glad to have another MAC matte that is neutral.

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