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 186 Reviews, 1686 Quick Reviews
The Good: Easy To Apply (867), Creamy (742), Long-wearing (661), Smooth (649), Blendable (283), Great Value (282), Moisturizing (235), Travel-friendly (199)
The In-Between: Highly Pigmented (888), Scented (471), Buildable (382), Non-sticky (360), Sheer (113), Thick (78), Thin (48), Sticky (18), Flavored (9)
The Bad: Dry (158), Drying (156), Tugs/pulls (63), Uneven (60), Hard To Apply (50), Hard To Blend (25), Too Little Product (5)
186 Written Reviews
By Judith 1 month ago.
My new favorite lipstick and color. Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Shine "Inspiring" had previously been my favorite (discontinued). Mac's Lustre Lipstick "Capricious" ticks all of the same boxes of qualities that I loved about Estee "Inspiring" (color, weight, shimmer).
By Ana Maria 2 months ago.
MAC Cockney is an amazing and unique red, but since I dislike the MAC Lustre formula I can't give it more than 3-stars. Bright reds usually don't look flattering on me, but MAC Cockney is definitely an exception. On me it doesn't look warm or yellow; it's actually translating to a pink-red, with neutral tones (but with some yellowness); it's such a unique color because the pink vibes are not `Barbie-pink`. The sheen is very beautiful, quite subtle. My issue is that personally I dislike the MAC Lustre formula. The coverage is very sheer, almost stain like (which is not bad); the moment you try to build up coverage it all gets gloopy and messy. The Lustre lipsticks move around as you speak and transfer to anything, worse even than a gloss. I can barely get 1-2 of wear if I don't eat and I only drink from a straw. To be worse, the formula is as drying at the Retro-Mattes; the MAC Matte and Satin lipsticks are way more comfortable (and lightly more hydrating) than Lustre. If I could find a dupe for Cockney in the Matte or Satin finish, it would become a staple in my collection.
By Emily 2 months ago.
Alright so I really, really, really, REALLY love this color, but the formula suuuucks. (Or it did back in 2015 when I first got it. Full disclosure I have no idea if they've changed anything by now.) It's pretty dry and drying on the lips and the texture goes south VERY quick. It also stains the crud out of your lips!! I'd go with one of the dupes personally if you're going for the color. Smells really nice though!
By Ana Maria 12 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 Jessica 1 year ago.
Love this shade. I'm a neutral/cool but I love warms (I have coloring that would lead one to think I'm warm, but I've found that I'm really much more neutral/leaning cool), and this looks great on me. If you liked Toast of NY in the 90s, this is a great, much more red. I went into the store trying to decide between this and Chili, and decided to get Chili partly due to the rep suggestion but also because it was more of a red than a brown/brick--but now I regret not getting this. Going back for it, even though they're pretty similar.It's very buildable; only con I see is that it is quite drying--more so even than other MAC mattes.
By Ana Maria 1 year 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 2 years 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 2 years 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.]