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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). 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). Bobbi Brown Bahama Brown (DC, $37.00) 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). Make Up For Ever M101 (DC, $22.00) is lighter (80% similar). Givenchy Rose d'Exception (206) (LE, $36.00) is lighter, cooler, glossier (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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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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chelsea Avatar

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).

Christine Avatar

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!

Michele @Binxcat4ever Avatar

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.

Gillian Avatar

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! ?

Kirsten Avatar

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!

Quynh Avatar

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!

Claire L Avatar

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 ?.

Christine Avatar

Everything is listed in the sidebar and underneath the post:



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

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

MAC So Select Lipstick

Tracey E. Avatar

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!

Trish Avatar

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.

Fran Avatar

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?

Diane Avatar

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.

Cory Avatar

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!
– Cory

Sundari Avatar

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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