Truth: MAC Cosmetics make some of the best lipsticks in the market. I’m ashamed (or proud?) to say I’ve collected over 20 so far, and I always have at least one on my makeup wish list at any given time. What makes them so amazing? Firstly, they have almost any shade a lipstick lover could possibly want; and they have it in a variety of finishes. Although I have a healthy assortment when it comes to the colour spectrum, my favourites – and the ones I reach for the most – are all neutral shades. Will I ever get over warm nudes? Probably not, so I thought I would share my top 5!
Lipsticks are lined up from 1 to 5, left to right.
1. Velvet Teddy
Of course I had to start my list of with arguably one of MAC’s most popular nude lipsticks of all time! Even though it’s been well over a year since the Kylie Jenner hype begun (along with the obsession with her lips), I think it’s safe to say Velvet Teddy is more often than not usually sold out at the counters. It’s described as a ‘deep-toned beige’ with a matte finish, with a rosy warm undertone. It’s one of those shades that looks so different on everybody; on me it definitely pulls rosy-beige. It’s one of the most comfortable matte lipsticks I own as it’s very creamy, comfortable and non-drying on the lips. If you’re looking for a new nude, you can’t go wrong with Velvet Teddy. It’s a crowd pleaser.
I go through phases where I’m 100% certain Velvet Teddy is my favourite nude, but as soon as I use Spirit again, I’m not so sure. Spirit is definitely Velvet Teddy’s sister, just a smidgen browner, and a satin finish as opposed to matte. It’s described as a pinky-beige brown, which is spot on. Oddly enough, even though this is a satin finish I do find it less creamy than Velvet Teddy, but comfortable to wear all the same. When I want a nude that pulls more brown than pink, this is my pick. It’s a great one for day and night – it just goes with any makeup look!
I don’t reach for this one anywhere near enough and every time I do, I kick myself because it’s so damn beautiful. MAC describes it as a reddish taupe brown, and it is a matte finish. I love Taupe for its uniqueness – I can’t say I’ve seen many lipsticks similar to this shade around. It’s one that many skin tones can work with, from fair through to dark, and it makes for the perfect Autumnal lipstick.
Even I will admit it’s not too different to Taupe on the lips, except I find it has a little less of a red undertone and it’s a little bit more orange (although it photographed super brown on my arm for some reason!). Persistence is described as a peachy cinnamon with a matte finish. It’s very pigmented and glides onto the lips with a lot of ease. I think it’s a really different neutral and one that can be worn all year around.
Described as a soft muted brown pink with a satin finish, Twig is the perfect MLBB shade. It’s a great everyday colour (very long lasting!) and one of my favourite transitional shades.
If you have a medium skin tone like me, these will be perfect for you. Now you tell me – what are your favourite MAC neutrals?