What is the perfect MAC Lip Finish for you?

What is the perfect MAC Lip Finish for you?

A MAC Lipstick is a staple in any beauty lovers makeup bag.

With so many shades and formulations, choosing the next addition to your MAC Lipstick collection can be overwhelming.

We’ve curated a comprehensive guide to the MAC Lipstick formulations- how they feel, look and last- to help you find your perfect MAC finish. For each Lipstick Finish, we’ve also selected our favourite shades from classic reds and stunning brights to muted neutrals.

A Guide to MAC Lipsticks

MAC Lipsticks come in a wide range of finishes, ideal for creating a variety of looks to suit many different skin tones and complexions.


MAC Glaze

Combining eight different emollient ingredients, Glaze Lipsticks condition and moisturise the lips and leave a beautiful frosted sheen.

With minimal colour pay off and such a comfortable formula, Glaze Lipsticks are perfect to apply on-the-go and even transform the appearance of dry, chapped lips.

Shades we love: Hue (Soft Pale Pink), Hot Tahiti (Soft Reddish-Coral), Patisserie (Creamy Neutral Pink)

MAC Mineralize Rich

The luxuriously lightweight Minerlize Rich Lipstick nourishes the lips with MAC’s new Mineral Moist Complex. A combination of oil complexes gives the formula its soft, luxurious feel whilst intensely hydrating the lips.

With a larger, steeper cut bullet than other MAC Lipsticks, the Mineralize Rich Lipsticks allow for a super smooth and even application. One stroke provides medium, buildable coverage with a medium shine finish.

Shades we love: Elegant Accent (Coral Pink), Lush Life (Deep Berry)


MAC Frost

Frost Lipsticks combine MAC’s special lipstick base with a frosted texture to create a frosted finish with high colour payoff.

Containing Vitamin E and Vitamin C derivatives and various emollients, Frost Lipsticks are wonderfully comfortable to wear and leave a plump, frosted look your lips with beautiful, pigmented colour.

Shades we love: Plum Dandy (Plum frosted with Bronze), Fabby (Mauve with Gold Pearl)

MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolor

Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolor Lipsticks coat the lips in a powder soft, rich matte finish that wears evenly and smoothly for up to eight hours. Featuring Colour-Flex Technology, the weightless formula delivers opaque, intense colour in a flexible texture that is lightweight and easy to wear.

The long-wearing, non-smudging colour stays true all day without feeling cakey or heavy on the lips. Your lips will stay perfect all day long without the need for touch ups.

Shades we love: Carnivorous (Blackened Red), Back in Vogue (Peachy Nude)

MAC Lustre

Lustre Lipsticks provide lightweight, sheer to medium colour payoff with a beautiful semi-gloss finish.

Formulated with derivatives of Vitamin C and E, Lustre Lipsticks help to soften and soothe the lips and glide on evenly in one coat.

Shades we love: Syrup (Cloudy Pink), Flamingo (Milky, Bright Coral),

MAC Cremesheen

Cremesheen Lipsticks coat the lips in medium to full, buildable colour with a gorgeous high-shine finish. A lightweight liquid is used to blend colour pigments into the base, creating a strong colour payoff without the dense, heavy texture of many opaque lipsticks.

Enriched with Wheat Germ and Olive Extracts as part of a Lip Moisturising Complex, Cremesheen Lipsticks help to lock in moisture on the lips for a beautiful even finish.

Shades we love: Shy Girl (Neutral Coral Beige), On Hold (Mid-tone Raspberry)

MAC Matte

MAC’s classic Matte Lipstick formula starts with a special lipstick base which provides maximum colour payoff combined with a no-shine texture. In addition to emollients for smooth application, Matte Lipsticks also contain Silica, a mattifying agent, to create a velvety matte finish.

MAC Matte Lipsticks are rich in pigment, delivering high-intensity colour in a flexible, long-lasting matte formula.

Shades we love: Ruby Woo (Vivid Blue-Red), Velvet Teddy (Deep-tone Beige), Flat Out Fabulous (Bright Plum)

MAC Liptensity

MAC’s Liptensity range utilises High-Frequency Chromatic pigments for 4D chromatic colour that hold double the amount of colour than traditional pigments, resulting in full-impact, high-saturated lip colour.

Enriched with Shea Butter and Chamomile Flower Extract, the long-wearing Liptensity Lipsticks provide immediate and long-term moisturisation.  The formula glides on smoothly and effortlessly, providing true, vivid colour that wears beautifully for 8 hours.

Shades we love: Cordovan (Deep Rose Red), Doe (Neutral Brown Beige), Blue Beat (Deep Dark Blue)

MAC Satin

Pigment rich with a beautiful satin finish, Satin Lipsticks combine a highly pigmented lipstick base with a minimal shine texture to create a soft, satin finish when applied to the lips.

Whilst coating the lips in intense col0ur, Satin Lipsticks also work to moisturise and hydrate for a beautifully even finish.

Shades we love: Brave (Pink Beige), Film Noir (Intense Brown)

MAC Amplified

Amplified Lipsticks deliver maximum colour, maximum moisture and maximum coverage with a beautiful cream finish. MAC’s innovative creamy formula combines Soybean Extract, Murumuru Butter and Ceramides to deeply nourish the lips and help them appear softer and smoother.

The Amplified Lipstick formula feels virtually weightless and exceptionally creamy on the lips. Jet-milled pigments provide high-impact colour that applies evenly for a truly dramatic effect.

Shades we love: Vegas Volt (True Coral), Fast Play (Neutral Pink)




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