The Spring Season: MAC Hue Lipstick

MAC Hue Lipstick
MAC Hue Lipstick

The Spring Season: MAC Hue Lipstick

MAC Hue Lipstick ($14.00) is a soft, played down pinky-nude with a creamy finish and subtle sheen. It’s semi-opaque; it gives my lips a decent amount of coverage, but it will definitely look a little pinker on more pigmented lips. Hue is really one of those classic MAC shades; you either love it or hate it, but it’s just one of those shades you gotta swatch at least once in your lifetime. I never thought Hue would work on me, but surprisingly, it can. I love it with really dramatic, smoked out looks layered with a sheer gloss like Nymphette.

Is this the perfect pinky nude for you? Would you wear it?

The Spring Season is a series of posts featuring my favorite soft beige, coral, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for the first blossom of spring — that runs through March 2010.

See photos and swatches…

MAC Hue Lipstick

MAC Hue Lipstick

MAC Hue Lipstick

MAC Hue Lipstick

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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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the colour is looking gorgeous in tube i think pinks made me look pale
but still wanna try this one
hey christine are u going to include bombshell and angel in this one
really looking forward for whole series
loved the scarlet season as well and keep browsing those pages
u know i love redsssss and waiting for some sale at nordstrom for chanel dragon and phoenix …. hahahaah greedy gal

i adore hue, it’s the first MAC lipstick i bought. my lips are really dry (no matter what i do!) so i tend to lean towards glazes and lustres and hue works wonders for me. but it doesn’t show up on my lips like it does on you Christine. Maybe it’s because i have more pigmented lips?

Hue is my HG nude lipstick. Everything else makes me look kind of dead, so I like the pinkish undertones in it (I’m NW15-20). I wear C-thru lipglass over it or Ample Pink Plumpglass and it is perfect for me!

It’s so weird how different in looks in the tube versus swatched and on lips. I don’t like the nudes that are sort of “concealer lips” colored (e.g. Myth, Fleshpot) but a pinker one like this, I could see working. Nymphette is a great pairing, and I bet Enchantress would be too…

Not sure if this would be a perfect for me – I’ve honestly never even tried a nude! I’d be willing to try it especially now that I’ve been getting into more dramatic eyes. The Buxom glosses I’ve used forever don’t seem to be cutting it as well anymore!

PS. I love your site . . . thank you!

Hue is a staple for me. Since it’s not full coverage, it doesn’t give you concealer lips the first swipe. It definitely works to tone down my pigmented lips a touch. Plus, affordable!!

I love this lipstick. I have it and tend to wear it with warmer looks like golds and browns. Sometimes I layer it with a soft brown lustreglass (the name escapes me) and it makes it warm and creamy. I LOVE this color!

I hardly ever do nudes, but this one is my favorite! For the most part, I just don’t think nudes look very good on me. too much brown, or orange, looks awful, but my skins already pale and pink, and my lips pigmented, so its easy to just look…too pink….

I’m really sick of a nude lip, but I’m feeling this shade for some reason. Maybe because it’s a bit pink rather than the typical peach or beige. I’m not a big MAC fan so I’ve never swatched it, but it looks 80s (in a good way!).

definitely one of my favourites. I think this may have been the 2nd MAC lipstick I ever bought (first was Skew). As someone else mentioned, I tend to go for the glazes and lustres because my lips are ALWAYS dry even when I slather on the vaseline at bedtime. I should really stop chewing on them.. LOL

I have wanted this lipstick forever! I just can’t bring myself to shell out for it because it’s so rare that I wear lipstick even though this would be an excellent everyday shade for me.

I love Hue! It is my favorite MAC nude lip. My lips are very pigmented, so I love Hue to tone them down paired with bright or smoked out eyes. πŸ™‚ I also like that it’s a Glaze. It is light enough of a finish that you can easily layer gloss or other product on top of it, but it’s quite natural on it’s own too w/o looking cakey– how Myth sometimes can if your lips are a bit dry.

Great for the office, nights out, anytime pretty much!

this is my HG lipstick–period. i wear it during the day for work and it looks very conservative, and then i can wear it at night with darker eyes. it doesnt really come off as a nude on me–more pinkish, really. i have other nudes i would be more inclined to wear if i was looking for nude. but this is just my absolute favorite lipstick for ANY occasion. just enough color so i look put together, but not too much that i cant wear it when i am in a conservative environment.

That’s so weird! In your pics and swatches (especially the tube pic) it looks pink! Mine looks 100% nude to me. It matches my skintone, so this is my go to nude lip.

I own both this as Fleshpot, but I always end up using Hue, because it’s smoother, creamier, and sheerer, so it’s not as corpse-looking as Fleshpot.

I so want to try this. Am loving the spring season!! Also loved the scarlet one!!
I saw a really pretty pale pink nudey lipstick at MAC last week, it kinda had lovely shimmers in it? any ideas? maybe pretty please?

Also loving angel lipstick πŸ˜€

I love how this looks! I don’t have a mac store anywhere near my town. The closest is 5 hours away. Are there an drugstore dupes you can recommend for this color?

I have medium pigmented lips, and i want a nude-y lip with slight pink undertones.

How’s the coverage of this lipstick? Do you really have to build it up for the color to really show?

I bought this one without trying first ( I was in a hurry) and am totally sorry I did. I am naturally fair skinned with blue undertones though I do have a tan and this color looks HORRIBLE. It makes me look like a corpse. Definitely not rebuying.

I don’t know why this looks so opaque on your lips, because when I tried it on at the Mac counter, it looked SO PATCHY on me. I’m fair and my lips aren’t that pigmented, but it just ended up looking like a patchy gloss on me. It sucks, because the color is so pretty and would be a PERFECT nude for me. Creme d’ Nude washes me out and this is just pink enough for me. πŸ™

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