My MAC Lipstick Collection 2013 Comparison & Swatches & Brief Formula Review

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Here's a post I've been dreading to do! A compilation of all my MAC lipsticks! Not that I have that many (only 16) but doing lip swatches of 16 colors in one go is kinda tough on the lips. I'm just glad I got it all done! :)

MAC lipsticks

MAC lipsticks

The purpose of this post is to help you decide on the color since going to a MAC counter to buy a lipstick can be intimidating (especially if it's your first time). Not only do they have a ridiculously large spectrum of colors, they also have so many finishes to choose from, so besides the swatches, I'm going to throw in a brief review of each formula as well to help you make your decision easier. :)

MAC lipsticks

MAC lipsticks

MAC lipsticks

MAC lipsticks

MAC lipsticks

MAC lipsticks

Matte and Retro Matte

Full coverage and highly pigmented. Some shades are more drying than others and may accentuate flaws on the lips. I always apply a thin layer of lip balm prior to application to help the lipstick glide on easier. The longevity is excellent (5-6+ hours), in fact, I find them to be the longest-wearing among the finishes. They have flat, opaque color that applies with a very subtle sheen but quickly dries down to a matte finish. I find Retro Matte (the new matte formula) to be very close to a matte but with zero shine and more drying.

Satin

Medium to full coverage with good pigmentation. They are slightly creamy and glide on lips easier than a matte. They are not as dry and I don't find them to tug or pull during application. They leave a slight sheen that dries down to a semi-matte finish and they usually last well on me (3-4+ hours). I can get away without applying a lip balm since they don't seem to emphasize imperfections on lips.

Amplified and Amplified Creme

My favorite formula! Full coverage and great color payoff. They are mostly bright and fun colors (but there are amplified nudes, too) and are smooth, creamy and easy to apply. The formula is slightly thick and the color is opaque but without the drying characteristic of a matte. They go on with a subtle sheen and set to a semi-matte finish. The longevity is better than a satin but not quite as good as a matte (4-5+ hours). Amplified Creme is a hybrid of an amplified and a cremesheen – full coverage with creamy and glossy finish.

Cremesheen

I believe this is the most popular formula of MAC lipsticks and I can see why! They apply smoothly without any tugging and provide a good amount of shine but I do find them to have quite a bit of slip and settle into lip lines just a little bit. The coverage is medium that can be built up to full. The longevity is similar to a satin (3-4+ hours) but not quite as drying. My first MAC lipstick is actually a cremesheen (Shy Girl).

These are the 6 finishes that I have hands-on experience with but MAC also makes Glaze (sheer and glossy), Frost (frosty/shimmery), and Lustre (sheer to medium coverage and glossy) formulas too that I have yet to try. And on top of the “core” finishes, they also have some newer formulas that include Pro-longwear (full coverage yet lightweight), Sheen Supreme (full coverage with glossy finish), and Mattene (creamy with a satin finish).

Pheww! That's quite a lot of information to take in! Hope I didn't make you even more confused. :) Now, let's move on to some swatches!

Nudes

I have:

  • Blanketyamplified creme; soft pink beige
  • Sisssatin; golden beige
  • Ravishingcremesheen; peachy coral
  • Creme d'Nudecremesheen; extremely pale peach beige
  • Shy Girlcremesheen; coral beige
MAC lipsticks - nudes

MAC lipsticks – nudes

MAC lipsticks - nudes

MAC lipsticks – nudes

MAC lipsticks - nudes

MAC lipsticks – nudes

MAC lipsticks; L-R: Blankety, Siss, Ravishing, Creme d'Nude, and Shy Girl

MAC lipsticks; L-R: Blankety, Siss, Ravishing, Creme d'Nude, and Shy Girl

MAC lipsticks; L-R: Blankety, Siss, Ravishing, Creme d'Nude, and Shy Girl

MAC lipsticks; L-R: Blankety, Siss, Ravishing, Creme d'Nude, and Shy Girl

Wearing MAC lipsticks; Top-Bottom: Blankety, Siss, Ravishing, and Creme d'Nude; Right: Shy Girl

Wearing MAC lipsticks; Top-Bottom: Blankety, Siss, Ravishing, and Creme d'Nude; Right: Shy Girl

Pinks

I have:

  • Please Me matte; medium rosy pink
  • Saint Germain amplified; pastel pink
  • Pink Nouveau satin; bright medium pink
  • Candy Yum Yummatte; bright neon pink
  • Girl About Townamplified; fuchsia
MAC lipsticks - pinks

MAC lipsticks – pinks

MAC lipsticks - pinks

MAC lipsticks – pinks

MAC lipsticks - pinks

MAC lipsticks – pinks

MAC lipsticks; L-R: Please Me, Saint Germain, Pink Nouveau, Candy Yum Yum, and Girl About Town

MAC lipsticks; L-R: Please Me, Saint Germain, Pink Nouveau, Candy Yum Yum, and Girl About Town

MAC lipsticks; L-R: Please Me, Saint Germain, Pink Nouveau, Candy Yum Yum, and Girl About Town

MAC lipsticks; L-R: Please Me, Saint Germain, Pink Nouveau, Candy Yum Yum, and Girl About Town

Wearing MAC lipsticks; Top-Bottom: Please Me, Saint Germain, Candy Yum Yum, and Girl About Town; Right: Pink Nouveau

Wearing MAC lipsticks; Top-Bottom: Please Me, Saint Germain, Candy Yum Yum, and Girl About Town; Right: Pink Nouveau

Purples, Reds, and Corals

I have:

  • Play Time (limited edition)cremesheen; light pink purple
  • Heroine matte; bright purple (see swatches here)
  • Russian Red matte; deep, intense red
  • Morangeamplified creme; bright orange
  • Viva Glam Nickisatin; coral pink
  • Riri Wooretro matte; deep red (read review here)
MAC lipsticks - purples, reds, and corals

MAC lipsticks – purples, reds, and corals

MAC lipsticks - purples, reds, and corals

MAC lipsticks – purples, reds, and corals

MAC lipsticks - purples, reds, and corals

MAC lipsticks – purples, reds, and corals

MAC lipsticks; L-R: Play Time, Heroine, Russian Red, Morange, Viva Glam Nicki, and Riri Woo

MAC lipsticks; L-R: Play Time, Heroine, Russian Red, Morange, Viva Glam Nicki, and Riri Woo

MAC lipsticks; L-R: Play Time, Heroine, Russian Red, Morange, Viva Glam Nicki, and Riri Woo

MAC lipsticks; L-R: Play Time, Heroine, Russian Red, Morange, Viva Glam Nicki, and Riri Woo

Wearing MAC lipsticks; Top-Bottom: Play Time, Viva Glam Nicki, Morange, and Russian Red; Right: Riri Woo

Wearing MAC lipsticks; Top-Bottom: Play Time, Viva Glam Nicki, Morange, and Russian Red; Right: Riri Woo

I hope my review and swatches are helpful and that you enjoyed the photos (I know I had fun making those splatters!). Let me know if you have any questions or comments! :)

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15 Comments So Far & Counting!


 
  • Rachelle says:

    Wow your photography is amazing!!!! Did you melt those lipsticks?! Hahaha.. Your effort really deserves an amazing A+++++++++++++! Can’t imagine the time and effort you put into a review..

    Ririwoo looks great on you! I haven’t had the chance to try out any MAC lipsticks because the counter girls aren’t really friendly at all :( On top of that I usually barely wear any lipsticks, just my trusty Dior Lip Glow!

    • Jaa says:

      Thank you, Rachelle! Yeah, it was a lot of fun making those splatters. I may have spent way too much time making an art project here than actually writing a review, lol.

      I love Riri Woo! I think I’m going to wear it tonight to a NYE party. ;) You can start small with a light pink color or peachy coral if you really wanna venture into the world of lipstick! It’s fun experimenting and trying new things, trust me! :)

  • Wow! Now *this* was a beautiful collection post! Gorgeous! I loved everything you did here. Amplified and Amplified Cremes are my faves, too! You have the most fun lipstick collection I’ve seen! I really want Play time and Blankety now! There is nothing not to love about this post. Awesome job!

    • Jaa says:

      Thank you, Kristen!! Play Time is beeeeautiful!! If MAC ever releases it again, you definitely must get one! Blankety is one of my favorite nudes and I think it will look even better on you with your fair skin. :D

  • cami says:

    this is a really helpful post, thanks
    was planning to start on mac lipsticks and needed comparison on the finishes (without going to the store lazy me)

  • Mads E says:

    So creative!! I really appreciate the effort you put into your blog.=) Really enjoyed the visual feast with the splatters =)

  • Dee says:

    WOW ..the most Ive lip-swactched at one time is 10 lipsticks . This is pushing the boundaries Jaa lol. Lovely post..dont know how I missed it ( and very helpful as well!)

  • GlossBerry says:

    A perfect post. Honestly

  • Laarni says:

    okay i just DIED. XxxXxx

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