MAC Lipstick comes in a variety of finishes, and the pigmentation and wear tend to be dependent on the finish. The sheer finishes, like Lustres, tend to wear for only a couple of hours and have sheer coverage (as designed) and are non-drying.
Some of the original Matte shades have a stiffer, drier formula, while newer ones have a more velvety, silicone-feel to them, and the latter are creamier, more comfortable to wear, and easier to apply, but most Matte shades are quite pigmented and long-wearing, though some are drying.
The Amplified and Satin finishes tend to have good pigmentation, lightly creamy to moderately creamy consistencies with a bit of shine, and moderate to long wear with deeper, richer shades wearing longer. The Frost and Metallic finishes have the most variance between shades with coverage ranging from semi-sheer to opaque with average wear and non-drying to slightly drying formulas. All MAC lipsticks are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste.
The average rating based on all reviewed shade(s) in this formula is shown below.
Formulated to shade, define and showcase the lips, M·A·C Lipstick is available in every nuance of your favorite color and high-fashion texture. It's the iconic product that made M·A·C famous.AMPLIFIED CREME (A): Ultra-creamy. Quietly shiny. Color-packed! Hi-res: hi-impact. CREMESHEEN (C): Creme-based lipstick that imparts bright full color, with a soft and supple shine. FROST (F): Excellent color payoff with medium to high frosted shimmer-and-shine finish. LUSTRE (L): Demi-sheer with wet-look lustre finish. Very slick. Makes lips look soft, smooth, ultra-moist. MATTE (M): Pigment rich with intense color pay-off. No-shine, all matte finish. SATIN (S): Color-rich. Soft satin, semi-matte finish. Conditions while adding intense color.
Based on 182 Reviews, 1684 Quick Reviews
The Good: Easy To Apply (866), Creamy (739), Long-wearing (661), Smooth (648), Blendable (283), Great Value (281), Moisturizing (235), Travel-friendly (198)
The In-Between: Highly Pigmented (888), Scented (470), Buildable (380), Non-sticky (360), Sheer (112), Thick (78), Thin (48), Sticky (17), Flavored (9)
The Bad: Dry (157), Drying (154), Tugs/pulls (63), Uneven (58), Hard To Apply (49), Hard To Blend (24), Too Little Product (5)
182 Written Reviews
By Ana Maria 8 months ago.
At first glance MAC Cyber is such an intimidating lip color, but I somewhat like it a lot (but I'm into bold lipstick). I actually receive it for free with a MAC online order (I would have never purchased it on my own), tried it and fell in love with it. Described on temptalia as a warm purple, MAC Cyber on me looks more dark grey-purple, more cool toned. It might be my complexion (light-medium with yellow warm undertones) or the fact that my lips are naturally more pigmented, with a mauvish tint. The texture is slightly thinner than I expected and the only negative aspect of this lipstick for me is that it applies patchy at first, so I need to layer it very carefully to get an uniform lip color. Even if I find MAC Satin formula comfortable on the lips, MAC Cyber felt even more comfortable during the wear. For long-lasting bold lips I prefer MAC Matte formula, since it's more long-lasting; MAC Cyber starts to fade after 4-5 hours and I definitely need retouch after a snack or meal.
By Amy 8 months ago.
I have NW20 skin, neutral leaning cool and slightly olive (dark brown hair, blue eyes), with pink pigmented lips. This is my perfect MLBB. It smooths out my natural lip colour, adding shine (and beige if anything, this doesn't look pink on me at all) and just making me look effortlessly put together. It's soft and easy to apply (but not so soft that I over apply), doesn't exacerbate my dry lips and feels good while worn. Better longevity than I'd expect for a lipstick that is either moisturising or at least non drying (not sure), although it's not long lasting in any meaningful sense.
By Tara 8 months ago.
I want to echo exactly what the other reviewer said. This shade enhances my lip’s natural color very nicely. It looks excellent underneath many glosses. It lasts about four hours, and doesn’t always wear off evenly meaning it sometimes leaves a ring. This was my first lipstick, and I still think it was a great purchase. I believe it’s my perfect MLBB shade.
By Jade 9 months ago.
I hunted high and low for a lipstick like this! I find it has a real muted quality to it which makes it sooo wearable. I'm NC20/C1 in MAC and it appears much darker on me than Christine.I don't have issues with the Cremesheen formula so I find this hydrating, but that really seems to be your-milage-may-vary.
By Zel 10 months ago.
Tropic Tonic is a matte finish, but surprisingly, it doesn't feel drying for me! I find that is creamy and glides on smoothly when applying. The bullet also deposits a lot of pigment and does not require me to keep swiping and swiping just to get an even application. It doesn't leave a stain though and does not wear gracefully for me.
By Zel 10 months ago.
Ruby Woo is my favorite red shade. The color is absolutely flattering on my medium skin tone, and I definitely understand why it is such a cult favorite among beauty lovers. However, this is not my favorite formula due to how drying it can feel and how it tugs when I apply it. Still, the wear is absolutely stunning. It is very matte, lasts long, wears gracefully, and leaves a pink-ish red stain.
By Zel 10 months ago.
One of my favorite lipsticks ever - Morange is a bright orange that's sure to bring attention to your lips. I love how creamy it is and one swipe gives you high coverage. It is neither drying nor moisturizing, and has a slight vanilla scent. It is not transfer proof, but it leaves a stain and wears gracefully in my opinion.
By Ana Maria 11 months ago.
MAC Studded Kiss is a beautiful dark red, with more hints of wine/purple than oxblood/burgundy. It's a close dupe for my all time favorite MAC Diva, but slightly more purple (at least on my complexion - brunette, brown eyes, light-medium warm yellow undertones). The finish is almost matte (it has the slightest shine) and great pigmentation. It has some buildability, two swipes yield full opacity; I like that with one swipe I can get a slightly more subtle bold color (similar to what Christine mentions, there is a smidgen of the natural lip color coming through). I personally love the MAC Matte lipstick formula, and this one is no exceptions: long lasting, stains the lips, comfortable and non drying (maybe a little at the end of the day). I have to re-apply after meals, but most times not after drinking or snacks. Studded Kiss tends a little to feather, so I would recommend a lip liner if this is usually an issue.
By Ana Maria 12 months ago.
MAC Spirit is muted pinky-beige brown in the bullet, but on me it looks on me as a mauvy-beige brown (not so muted). I have mauvy lips and most lipstick shades (even if they are pigmented) look different on me. I have light-medium complexion, warm yellow undertones (NC 20-25), dark brown hair and MAC Spirit doesn't look muted on me (but it's neither a bold in your face brown). It's a nice shade to wear as a `neutral` with bolder eye make-up, it's a good darker nude for me. On my it looks more dark, brown and mauve (less pink) than on Christine; the shade definitely has a lot of `warmness` in it. Still, as a nude-brown I think Velvet Teddy works better for me; Velvet Teddy also looks more brown on me, I never see the `pinkish` tones.Spirit comes in the MAC Satin finish, which I find to have a very comfortable wear, almost hydrating. The formula is a little creamy (it has some stickiness, especially if built up). The color doesn't really stain the lips, so any drinking, snacking and light eating will cause wear off. But I don't mind that much re-applying during the day.
By Brooke 1 year ago.
As someone with medium skin (NC30-35) and neutral, muted, olive (meaning green) undertones, it took me a while to find a perfect nude. Most "nudes" marketed as nudes do not work for me. They're too pink, too peachy, etc. But, MAC Taupe ended up being the best color for me thus far to wear as a nude on a day to day basis. The brown undertones and mutedness of this product really make it perfect for someone with skin depth, mutedness and undertones close to mine.The ONLY reason I give 4 1/2 stars instead of 5 is because this lipstick is slightly thick. I would prefer it to be more smooth, but it's very pigmented, so the saying "beggars can't be choosers" kind of applies to me here.
By Nicole 1 year ago.
This lipstick is precisely the colour of my freckles, as advertised. It's semi sheer but buildable to not quite opaque, lasts for a few hours (until lunch) and feels nice on the lips. When more later in the day it can pill a little, so be sure to remove fully before reapplying.
By LINDA 1 year ago.
Fresh Moroccan is the best color that I ever found. The lipstick is non-drying and easy application. I apply the Mac lip primer and let it sink in a few seconds, then, apply Mac Auburn lip liner, blot and apply three applications of the lipstick. Blot between each application. Lipstick lasts very well and does not bleed all over my face. MAC please do not discontinue this perfect color of a warm frosted red brown. I used to wear PRESCRIPTIVES lipsticks and they had color options for RED/ORANGE skin types. When they closed shop, the chance to find a perfect red for a red orange color type was diminished significantly. I searched high and low for years for a good replacement for my Prescriptives, hoarding my tubes, until I had no choice but to do a search. With the help of a great make up professional from Nordstrom Indianapolis, I found Fresh Moroccan. PLEASE DO NOT DISCONTINUE THIS COLOR. Few colors are meant for those red/orange gals. I am 68, so don't let me lose another great color. Grazie... [If I could rate this 10 stars, I would have.]
By Ana Maria 2 years ago.
MAC Chili is a gorgeous color, with the perfect mix of brown, orange and red. My complexion is light-medium with yellow undertones (NC20-25), and my lips are naturally more mauve; MAC Chili is more red on me, with a hint of orange and brown. Christine picture shows the color more orange than it looks on me. I find this color very wearable, works with glam looks but also for everyday wear. It's not a true red, it's a very interesting unique red. With the orange tones (nothing blue in this red), my teeth might look more yellow than usual. Even if it's a Matte formula, it still has some Satin vibes. It's definitely not a flat dull matte. I personally find MAC Matte formula very comfortable to wear all day long, it has both creaminess and staying power. I have to retouch it after meals, but otherwise looks great all day, without staining the lips.
By Ana Maria 2 years ago.
MAC Fastplay is a neutral plum-pink lip color. I'm light-medium with yellow undertones (NC20), with slightly mauvish lips (I find that my natural lip color impacts the color of some lip products). Compared to Christine swatches, on my lips MAC Fastplay looks a little darker, more plum/mauve and less pink. It's a wonderful shade, a color that pops while being natural, complimenting lots of looks. While I do love the color, I'm not a fan of MAC Amplified formula. It's a creamy formula that migrates during the day and doesn't leave a stain behind (I have to re-apply it often), I much more prefer Satin and Matte formulas. The formula has it's advantages; since it's creamy, it's very hydrating and comfortable on the lips; it has a nice shine; it's quite opaque and buildable (I can dab a little on the lips for a slight natural flush of color, or build a full pigmented lip).