One single product may seem like an odd choice to base an essay-length post on, but haven’t we all got a bit of a love affair going on with MAC and their Lipsticks? It’s almost like purchasing your first one is a right of passage into the MUJI-filled world of makeupdom.  The candy shop-like stands, the fact they’re all undressed just screaming to be swatched and the limited edition packaging that often dresses them (anyone remember the Liberty of London one? That was my favourite) – the list of why I lust after them could go on and on which is why they make the perfect topic for my next ‘me, myself and my laptop’ post…

I think the best way to address the issue is to take you on a guided tour based on distinct colour eras that I passed through; so I’ll start where it all began - with the pinks. My first ever MAC purchase in the lip category was Creme Cup all the way back in 2010. I loved it so much that I used it down to a tiny nub which I eventually ended up scooping into a little pot and using in a lip balm like fashion. A cool, creamy pale pink – I paired it with an overly faux tanned face and thought I looked fabulous. Worn with double sets of false lashes on nights out it really was quite the combination (can you sense the sarcasm?). But my love for pink didn’t stop there, oh no. Next came Lovelorn; a colour still in the bubblegum family, but with a bit more oomph to it – one of my more successful forays into pink. Unlike Snob. Who remembers the beauty blogger obsession with this shade back in ’10? A lilac-y, white-based pink this  looked utterly horrendous on me, but I refused to see it at the time and wore my glaringly unnatural looking pout with pride.

The pink moment was eventually phased out by my extreme attraction to extremely nude lipsticks. Now I ain’t talking the one shade lighter than your natural colour, natural nude; I’m talking concealer lips baby. Colours nowhere close to my lip shade that looked more like a blemish-buster in the tube than they did a lipstick. Oh gawd. Unfortunately many nightclub snapped pictures exist of this phase and it’s the one that I’m most often reminded about due to the fact that I still own most of them just for the laughs (and nostalgia). It all began with Creme d’Nude – the big mama of the beige lips family. A creme sheen formula, this wasn’t the worst. That accolade goes to Myth. A thick, thick formula that I used to paint on and wear with a super smokey eye for maximum ‘in yer face-ness’. Playing Koi – a limited edition shade – was very similar. Think Myth but with a tad more pink. I distinctly remember applying this in a car mirror before going to the cinema with my Boyfriend, turning to him post-application and him peering back with a look of horror in his eyes.

Luckily, my redeeming phase came next – the neutrals. Colours that complimented, enhanced and didn’t make me look like I was about the hit the ski slopes. After a few years of lipstick experimentation I’d finally found my formula:  a dash of pink + a tint of brown + with an undertone peach = the much sought after ‘My Lips But Better’. Shy Girl came first. A shade that mixes all of the aforementioned and goes with any darn makeup look you could possibly do. Then came Patisserie; the colour I always tend to gravitate towards whenever I film a video. If you’ve ever watched a YouTube video of mine and pondered what colour I’m wearing on my lips, 95% of the time – it’s this. I just makes me feel ‘done’- you know? More recently I discovered Peach Blossom; which may just have overtaken Patisserie as my favourite lipstick of all the MAC ranks. A neutral pinky nude, I’ve finally found the colour that bridges together all my previous eras.

But really, no one does a red like MAC. They’re what it’s all about. My red discovery phase is only something that has occurred in the past year or two, but there are a few favourites that rule the roost in my lipstick stash. Ruby Wooeveryone got to have this bad boy. It’s so matte, it’s like slicking a powder onto the lips but it’s just one of those colours that rocks. Sometimes I throw this on during at-home days when I’m clothes in pyjamas just cause. You’ve got to love their orange-based reds too; a realisation that they work best with my skin tone is a step in the right direction away from the poorly fitting nudey nudes. Finally. Morange, Neon Orange and the Pro Longwear Lipcreme in Good to Go are impossible to distinguish when swatched, but you know a girl’s got to have choices, non?

My MAC Lipstick journey is kinda complete for now – swatching sessions at the candy counter always end up with me picking up colours I already own. Though thanks to the fast-paced launches I always have a newly released collection to delve into whenever I need a fix as a good ol’ MAC Lipstick will always have a place in my heart.

  • Evelyn Morales

    I love my Mac lipsticks too. They have such a huge array that there is a colour for everyone. The one on my list to get next is Fanfare. A lovely pink for Spring/Summer!!

  • Sharlotte

    I just can’t wait to get a MAC lipstick but the price gets higher and higher all the time! Grrr.

    Sharlotte | UK Beauty Blog

  • Chloe and her notes

    I still love myth, but now I apply a tiny bit and buff out to neutralise my very red lips… I used to resemble a corpse!! :)

    Hope you’re safe and sound in Ghana.

    Chloe x

  • Renata

    My love for MAC lipsticks started with a beautiful pinky-brownish one from the new collection. Morning rose is my perfect “my lips but better” and i can’t stop using it! Xxx

  • Carina Stewart

    I’m so in love with makeup, but I feel kind of ashamed to admit I’ve never tried a Mac lipstick.. I don’t know why!
    Carina |


    I never got on well with Morange- it’s so neon orange! Should I be blotting more or mixing it with something?? Any tips? As I almost returned it I was so disappointed

  • Talisa Lauren Tossell
  • pocketful of make up.

    Oh your writing is so good! I could read this on and on!

  • ninegrandstudent

    I’ve never tried a MAC lipstick (shocking I know!) but I have a list of ones I want to buy – I think their plum/berry-pink ones are gorgeous!

    • fibee

      Plumful would be my recommendation for a first MAC lipstick :)

  • Abi Thrasher

    Want to try Ruby Woo! x

  • Aimee Flanigan

    Jealous! I love MAC lipsticks but for the price i’m terrified of buying one that won’t suit me! I guess i’ll stick to rimmel for now!

    Aimee – AroundTwenty xx

  • GirlLovesGloss

    Oh Anna, I’m gonna date myself here and say my first foray into MAC lipsticks were back in ’95, the era of concealer like nudes with brown lipliner. Spice lip pencil with Cherish lipstick anyone? *Shudders*

  • Laura

    I’m a big fan of MAC lipsticks too, it literally is like being in a sweetie shop when I go into a MAC store! I absolutely love Ruby Woo, i’m looking to try a more orange toned red next though.

    L x

  • Cassie

    i love MAC Red,i wear it every day :) I think it looks great on dark hair gals :)

  • Louise Smith

    I’ve been through all of these stages! I love my matte red lipsticks, but I agree with the pinky nudes being the best! I really want a new lipstick now..

  • AgentSmyth

    Amazing choices!! Loved reading this :) Please lets never mention the Mac Myth phase ever again though x

    Claire | AgentSmyth

  • jasandmaf

    Could you do a swatch photograph to compare the lipsticks. I know you are away at the minute but if you have time when your home. Thank you x

  • Marlenne

    MAC is just my all time favorite lipstick brand. Although I went through a dark bold phase instead of a nude and pink one, love Hang Up, Dubonnet and Paramount. They definitely will be in my purse this fall!

  • Josie

    Wow what a fabulous collection!! You can’t beat Mac for their colour range and staying power!!

    Josie xoxo | Fashion Mumblr

  • molly

    i always see the mac lipsticks but have never got one, they have such an amazing range of colours xxx

  • Bella

    Love this article!! My favourites (actually, the only ones I own right now) are Plumful, Hug Me, and Rebel. In the 90′s I (thought I) rocked Film Noir, a blackish-purple dracula type colour. And I bought Lustre Lipstick in Touch 3 times; when I went to repurchase the 4th time the MUA refused to sell it to me, saying I needed to branch out!!! I want to buy Ruby Woo, but it looks so incredibly dry and uncomfortable.

  • Georgina

    I’m still waiting for my Mac right of passage. I already know my first one will be Ruby Woo though. I love a red lip, and this is such a classic. I also want Candy Yum Yum and Russian Red though. Gimme!

  • slyslittleworld

    Great post! I never gotten the hang of MAC lipsticks. I owned Creme Cup a long time ago because everybody was raving about it, but I never really felt comfortable with it.

  • Karina de-Bourne

    This was such a great post! I’m also still hovering on my right of passage…I’ve got the brushes, the pigments and the eyeshadows but it’s what lipstick will remain as being my very first one! It’s a difficult decision but this has definitely given me a great insight!

  • Amy

    My first Mac lipstick was ‘Ruby Woo’ in 2008 when I was coveting Gwen Stefani in a big way. It’s still my favourite red lipstick!

  • Brodie Curnow

    …Annnnd out comes the phone as I type in even more products to add to my overflowing list of ‘Things To Buy in States Next Month’ shopping list. Sigh. You are my enabler and I love it.

  • Emma Lock

    Ok I now want to buy the whole MAC Collection! I love your writing style!

  • Lauren S

    my first was Blossom Culture and i wore it all the time to school. my faves now are russian red and orange – great application and pigment !

    Lauren x

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  • Zazie Bibi

    Great post! I absolute love MAC lipsticks, i’m looking for a nice sheer one as i never have time to wear my first one which was candy yum yum… such a gorgeous colour, but what was i really thinking?! x

    A Little Treat | Beauty & Fashion Blog

  • Kyllie

    Me ha encantado leer la historia, y yo también adoro el Creme Cup :)

    Kyllie | Make Up Fragrances

  • Kirsty

    oh god! mac Snob… i have horrendous orange faced, red haired impossibly in your face pink lipped photographic memories of this that I will never live down!!

    Mac reds are amazing, lady bug is a gorge slightly darker one that looks fab on brunettes! Its a Lustre so has a lovely balm like finish.

    kirsty x

  • AmeliaRoseL

    Lovely collection! I must try Patisserie.

    Amelia Rose | Beauty Blogger

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  • Gemma Taylor-Jones

    awh i loved this post! makes me realise how much i actually love mac lipsticks!

  • Wendy Sheil

    I am an absolute MAC lipstick junkie, I have 13 in my collection and have 7 more on its way to me. I feel your pain when you have 1 and it just does not work for you. Love your blog hun xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • Hope

    I am yet to own a MAC lipstick,or even try one *shock horror* but I definitlty feel a purchase coming on, possibly Ruby Woo….? H x

  • indigodeer

    I just wish I could find a neutral that loves my lips back!

  • Oresiri teru

    SO many lipsticks, so much envy

  • Savannah Giersthove

    AH What a collection!! I’m a tiny little bit jealous hahaha :)

  • Amber Hunter

    It was too funny to read through your different “stages”. Haven’t we all had a case of “concealer lips” at one point or another? I’ve got about 6 MAC lipsticks now but they’re all different shades haha, I’m super indecisive so I have a feeling I’ll end up with way more than I need!


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  • Bana

    I love the sound of the neutrals, they seem right up my street. I have been contemplating purchasing patisserie for a while and now I would love to try peach blossom too. They seem gorgeous!

    Lots of love

    Bana, xoxo

  • Danielle

    Anna, this is a great post. My MAC lipstick obsession is a *bit* out of control, so I love hearing other’s picks.

  • Joysteib

    Mac lipsticks are my real weakness! Thanks for sharing with us!

  • susuontheblock

    anna, i absolutely love this post!!! (makes me wanna use my two mac lipsticks again).

  • Jayne Larsen-Edgar

    Been there, done that with ‘Snob’. I looked like Nicki Minaj, and lets face, that is never a good look….

  • Andrea

    Lady Danger is the ultimate Orange toned red, I can’t believe you didn’t mention that one! I have been wearing that regularly for around 7 years.

  • Vanessa Buttino

    This was a marvelous post – well done! I think most of us – your readers – can relate to every word you said ;) And speaking of Patisserie, I really liked it at first and succeeded in using 3/4 of the bullet but then I fell out of love with it. The chunks of gold glitter really started to annoy me and my lips always felt somewhat crunchy whenever I wore it. I ended up tossing it in the garbage about a month ago when I did a huge makeup stash clear-out.

  • Emily Allen

    I loved reading this post so much Anna I love it when you write long chatty posts, I’m yet to get a mac lipstick but I definitely want to start with a shade like pattiserie I always check to see what you have on your lips when you have it on in videos x


  • Isabelle Ottes

    Haha, love the title and post!

    Isz. xx from the

  • Sybil Mae

    Ruby Woo has to be my all time favourite lipstick, ever! It is such a gorgeous shade :)

  • Alyona

    So many lipsticks! Hope, I will by for spring my first MAC lipstick:)

  • Tazmin

    I’m torn between Ruby Woo and Russian Red! Dilemma! This is a far more pleasing read than Todorov’s theory of structural analysis. I enjoyed it very much xxx

  • Emma

    My MAC lipstick timeline is Creme de la Femme (years ago), Angel, Hue and now I love Patisserie and Creme Cup! I really must delve into their reds, I’ve wanted Russian Red for far too long now.

  • Emma

    Actually, Hot Gossip came before Creme de la Femme! Wow, that was a while ago

  • Chelsea Leigh

    My first MAC lipstick was Russian Red! Such a bold color!

  • Shani

    My MAC lipstick collection is larger than anyone’s should be, especially considering how often I wear all of them! I went through a MAC obsessive phase, where I even swapped for older, LE lipsticks.

    Shani x
    She Dreams in Perfect French

  • clairabelle0306

    Mac lipsticks are pretty much the only ones I wear, in particular, Hue, Show Orchid, Rebel and Lady Danger :)
    xxx Claire

  • JoJo Di Benedetto

    My first MAC lipstick was hue. At the time I thought it looked so good on me. What I realized now is that it looks concealer with a slight pinky undertone on my lips. I still have it because I bought it in New York City so looking at it always makes me reminiscent of my trip. Now I have an obsession with Syrup. 90% of the time that’s what’s on my lips because it looks perfect with anything.

  • lucy abigail

    love this post! A MAC lipstick is definitly on my ‘to buy’ list!

  • Jennifer Monforton

    Great roundup! How can you not love MAC lipsticks? So many great shades and finishes to choose from. My first-ever MAC lipstick was Viva Glam V, purchased (phew!) 10 years ago! xo

  • Gemma

    Cool post! I feel like I go on a little journey with brands. Especially Lush and Rimmel.

  • Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD.

    Love the look of your collection, your stories sound so funny! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

    P.S. I don’t want this to be spammy but I am also hosting a £50 Giveaway at the moment if you wanted to enter here

  • Ella

    If Patisserie wasn’t already topping my wishlist, it certainly is now!

  • Sheeva Fallahi

    MAC lipsticks are my all time favourites! Loved this post!

  • Shari

    I used to love MAC lipsticks.. until I couldn’t stand the drying formulas anymore. On to more hydrating lip products I go! I do get the allure of these, though. But sadly, my dry lips can’t handle them anymore. So I had to say bye bye!

  • Megan Lillie

    If I’m honest I’ve only got four MAC lipsticks and I reeeeaaaallly want more. They always impress me.

    Megan xxx
    Thumbelina Lillie | UK Beauty Blog

  • Amy Gatenby

    I love mac lipsticks, they’re always a reliable choice and the colours are fantastic!
    Amy xx

  • Iso Bean

    Jealous of your collection!

  • Ella

    So true- no one does a red like MAC!

    Ella | 

  • Jasmine

    You have so many great shades! Loved this post xx

  • steph

    Alot of peolple doing Mac lipstick posts recently

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  • Fiona Bradley

    I tried Peach Blossom today and loved it! Never would have considered only for your advice! :)



  • larasophia

    that orange red, third from left is too gorgeous!

  • Kassandra Fairhall

    I know this sounds crazy but I don’t own one single MAC lipstick, I know they’re extremely popular but I’ve been loving Lancome Rouge in Love lipsticks, the formula is amazing! And they have some great colors, but I must try a MAC or two

  • Embellished

    I own just one MAC lipstick but I know what you’re talking about. That store is definitely like a candy shop.

  • MeganB

    Well done Anna, this post made me laugh out loud :) thanks for the witty yet lovely humour you put into your posts, we appreciate it.

  • Manouk

    They look so pretty all together <3 I love MAC, more than any other makeup brand.

  • thebeavercat

    I definitely went through the super nude phase, lol.

  • Amy B

    I’m addicted to them, haha, I don’t think I’ll ever stop buying I just wish MAC would stop increasing their prices though! :( xxx

    Amy |

  • CharliDotDotDot

    I’ve never been one for MAC lipsticks… Candy Yum Yum however changed that!

    Charli… Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle, Animals

  • Amber Thompson

    I love mac lipsticks! Just used up my first ever mac product I bought too ah, review on my blog, new to this stuff so I’d really love for anyone to check it out if they’re feeling it!

  • roshkud

    I absolutely loved this post, Its lovely to hear how your tastes have changed and its nice that we as viewers have been able to see your change in makeup tastes over the years. I personally love red lipsticks and Ruby Woo is on my wishlist, my first Mac purchase was Lady Danger so I dove right in to the bold colours!

    Roshni’s Journey

  • Dana

    Love this post! I don’t know what it is but my collection just keeps growing! I swear the same thing happened to me with some of my lipstick choices but they will forever stay in my collection :)


  • Ellen Findley

    Anna, I absolutely love this post! When I first got into makeup, I was wary of MAC because everyone seemed to love it and I’m contrary. Over the past couple of years, I’ve picked up a few things from MAC. My first was Rebel because Tanya Burr used it, and I thought it looked amazing on her. Now, I’m currently Alabaster in Bobbi Brown to give you an idea of how fair I am, so it looks significantly more dramatic on me than it does on her. Thus, it intimidated me. I’ve gotten a lot more comfortable wearing lipstick in the past two years, though, so I’ve since bought Plumful, Syrup, and Heavenly Hybrid, all of which I love. Syrup is my version of a neutral. I’m really irritated that it contains a little bit of pearl, but the color is so good and the pearl so subtle that it doesn’t keep me from loving it. Plumful was my perfect slightly bolder color, but my tube went bad a few weeks ago, so I replaced it with the limited edition Heavenly Hybrid, which I also love. It’s a bit brighter than Plumful, so it’ll work even better for spring and summer. Plummy pinks and straight-up plums make up half my collection now. I’m considering buying Ruby Woo, but I love NARS Dragon Girl so much that I can’t fathom straying.

  • MyOwnLoves

    Love Mac, its the best!

  • M

    Oh, the concealer lip phase! Your tale of movie theater horror had me giggling. My ex-boyfriend was subjected to me wearing an ultra-pale color from a brand called Jane. I think the color was called Shrimp. It was exactly the color of cooked shrimp, too. Ack!

  • Maggie A

    Such pretty colors! :)

    Maggie A

  • cassandramyee

    Such a great collection, I actually don’t own any MAC (so expensive to buy in NZ for $40!) but Creme Cup is at the top of my wishlist!

  • Rebekah

    I loved the humour with this! I adore MAC lipsticks though.. There is seriously one for every occasion, but my favourite is Syrup. It is 100% MLBB and I’m dreading it running out.. I also did a post on my Favourite Mac Lipsticks over on my blog if you want to take a look.
    Bek xxx

  • debasree banerjee

    My first mac purchase was Rebel. <3 and I love the way you write, it is so refreshing to read your reviews, beauty blogging can get quite monotonous at times.

  • mel davies

    I looooved reading this! Unfortunately my first MAC purchase was the Viva Glam Nicki Minaj lipstick. Neon pink. Not good. My only saving grace was the good cause my money went to. Since then I’ve discovered beautiful brights (Ruby Woo and Impassioned), perfect plums (Rebel) and my all-time favourite lipstick (Coral Bliss). We love you MAC!

    lillies and lipbalm

  • NatalieSimone Makeup

    Oh MAC lipsticks…having a bit of a love affair with ‘Craving’ atm!

  • Ellie

    Great post! It’s like the life of MAC. At some point do you think you will go for the bolds? Bright pinks and darks?


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