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The Summer Season: MAC Crosswires Lipstick

MAC Crosswires Lipstick

The Summer Season: MAC Crosswires Lipstick

MAC Crosswires Lipstick ($14.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a lovely shade of coral-pink–it’s not super bright like Vegas Volt, but it’s not so muted that it ends up looking washed out.  It’s easily one of my favorite corals amongst MAC’s permanent line, too.  The cremesheen formula gives Crosswires a soft glistening sheen while still giving a good deal of color coverage on lips.  It’s about as opaque as a lipstick can get on my lips!   It even has this almost-there golden sheen.  It’s very, very subtle, but it’s most noticeable in the sunlight.

Is this the right coral lipstick for you? Would you wear it?

The Summer Season is a series of posts featuring bright, vibrant shades of coral, orange, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for a summer of fun — that runs through July 2010.

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MAC Crosswires Lipstick

MAC Crosswires Lipstick

MAC Crosswires Lipstick
MAC Crosswires Lipstick

MAC Crosswires 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 information, please check the FAQ.)

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I don’t remember ever seeing this in MAC (i’ve actually just got back from yet another lunch break spebt there!) is it definitely permanent (I’m in the UK of that makes a difference?)

Christine, that colour really suits you, it looks lovely! wonder if i could pull it off with my nw15 pale skin?!hmmm dont think so!!lol xxx

I may have to try this again. It looked more red in the store, but maybe it was the lighting. I don’t know. The SA wasn’t very helpful 🙁

Dang it all Christine, you are turning me into a MAC freak!
(adds this to the list of things to buy)

MAC lipsticks are $40 here. FORTY bucks.


Don’t keep doing this to me, LOL!

Don’t feel bad – ALL makeup is ridiculously here in NZ – Dior quints are $120, the new Lancome glosses are $58, BB Shimmerbricks are $96… it’s insane.

And we don’t even have a Sephora.

I love the color. It is very pretty. I like a more natural and light color, so it looks like the perfect color to add to my collection. I’ll have to check it out.

Ahh, I have this one too and I’m a sucker for it. Though, because it’s really bright on me, I don’t wear it out to school regularly. I prefer wearing this in summer cause it looks less bright, because…everything else around you looks much brighter then…? I don’t know if that makes sense. Really don’t like this color in the winter.. makes me look extremely pale (NC20).

I have this and I got it on a whim – however, I found the formula too drying and didn’t glide on nicely. Maybe I need to try it quickly after applying balm but it just came out *too* vibrant for a colour-safe girl like me!

That one looks pink on me :/
So I traded it off for Vegas Volt ;D
maybe it was because my lips have more color than yours?
anyway, there isn’t one shade that makes you loog ugly, you’re always lovely on all of them 😉

Maybe! Mine aren’t totally un-pigmented, but they’re more corpse-like, so there’s not a ton of redness to them.

I remembered seeing this at my local CCO so when I saw this color on your website today I rushed up to CCO and picked it up. It was really bright on me a little out of my comfort zone but I paired it with creme de nude and now it looks just your pic and a coral I was looking for.

I’m so glad you did a post on this because it is my favourite, most used up lipstick I own! I wore it everyday to uni last year. It’s such a lovely watermelon colour 😉

this colour is soo pretty! Ive been trying to find a nice coraly pink colour to wear for summer, and i tihnk i just did!!
My prom is today, and i have an appointmetn at MAC to get it done later on today , so i think im gonna ask the ma to do this for my lips. 🙂

First off love your lips =)
Second i love this color!
However i think my Sashimi Mimi will prevent me from getting this one… Too close to justify another purchase!

Hey Christine!
I’m just wondering if this lipstick is similar to NARS Niagara? If not, do you know a dupe for Niagara?
Crosswires is really pretty though!!
Natasha (:

What a funny coincidence, I just bought this color this weekend, needless to say I’m loving it! With my summer tan I’m about an NC 25 and this color is like a more amplified shade of my natural lip color. It really is perfect for the summer! Polished yet carefree.

I bought this but I’m not sure why my lipstick doesn’t look like that color at all! not even in the tube :(. And on my lips it looks like bright red coral. It looks beautiful on you though!

how do you compare this to nars niagara? i think it’s discontnued here in the philippines or just that they don’t ship here anymore.

Hi Cristine <3
I had this lipstick for a Back To MAC and I really don't know which lipliner pencil I can pair with it
Do you have an idea ?
It can be any brand, disposable in France if possible
Thank you very much !

Hi Christine, im an nc30, brown hair and eyes, and i was wondering what blush to wear with this? would the balm frat boy look weird? im just starting to get into makeup and i want to get it right!
btw, the color looks real pretty on you 🙂

im an nc40-42 and i am in love with this lipstick, just got it on friday and haven’t stopped wearing it since 🙂
Here is a pic if any of you around my shade would like to see how it looks, i look a little pale due to the strong light but i think i looks lovely http://twitpic.com/6u5k49

Hi, I just bought this lip colour. I love the shade but hate the texture as it budges way too easily and slides of my lips. Blotting won’t help it to stain my lips. Is there any lipstick with this shade but in a matte texture, with Russian Red’s staining power?

Hey Christine,
your blog has me totally addicted to all things MAC!
I was wondering whether the colour would be a good match on nw20 skin?
I have blonde hair and green eyes if that helps, what do you think? 🙂

I’ve just brought this lippie, luv it!! I’m asian (hindu) and just wanted tot know if u cld recommend a lippie to go with it? The MA showed me but it was toooo orange!!


Hi Christine! I think that this is a gorgeous color, but how close is it to MAC’s See Sheer? I’m thinking about getting this lipstick, but I don’t want to get it if it’s too close to See Sheer.

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