Back in 2012, I purchased my very first MAC lipstick (Loverlorn) and little did I know fast forward a few years I would become obsessed with the iconic vanilla scented hues. But it's okay, I'm not alone; MAC lipstick counters are notoriously busy, swamped with frenzied females seeking out shades they don't already own, amongst the hundreds on offer. But there's just something about the black bullets that get us girls going (no pun intended!). So today, I wanted to share my MAC nude lipstick collection, classic fail-safe shades that set off a smokey eye and work well with every eyeshadow and outfit. And it's important to remember it's not about matching your skin tone, nude isn't one colour and nude lipsticks are fickle, what works for me, may not work for you. But all in all nude lipsticks make for a perfectly polished pout...
Velvet Teddy is described as "deep-tone beige" with a matte finish and is without a doubt a true nineties nude. Applied directly onto my lips it's more of a muted medium-dark beige, with a pink undertone. At first, I found the shade dauntingly dark, especially when paired with MAC Soar Lip Liner, but the two shades are wearing on me. I also like to wear Velvet Teddy with a swipe of Brave by MAC. Whilst creamy in texture in comparison to the likes of MAC Ruby Woo (retro matte), Velvet Teddy can be a tad drying when reapplied.
MAC Brave lipstick is described as a "pink-beige with a white pearl" with a satin finish. But applied directly onto my lips it’s more of a soft rosy neutral pink, with a slight cool undertone. MAC Brave is lighter than Soar lip liner and pinker than Velvet Teddy. And due to its satin semi-matte finish, it's opaque, comfortable, and easy to apply and has good wear time of around 3 hours and leaves a light stain on the lips.
MAC Modesty is described as a "muted neutral pink" and is the perfect blend between pink and brown and isn't too cool or warm toned. Modesty is opaque in just one swipe and has a cremesheen finish (creamy balmy texture, with a buildable coverage - which if by far my favourite MAC Lipstick finish), that doesn't cling to dry patches and is easy to wear. I've read and heard very little about Modesty, which is surprising as I reach for it over the likes of Velvet Teddy and Brave.
My most worn nude lipstick from MAC, Peach Blossom is the ultimate naked lipstick. Described as a "frosted cool nude", Peach Blossom is more of a light peachy pink. The cremesheen lipstick from MAC is super flattering enhances my lips leaving them looking luscious and full. Peach Blossom has a semi-sheer lightweight finish (which unfortunately requires frequent top-ups), but is a great alternative if you're not a fan of lip-gloss. It's a throw on shade, comfortable wear and is forever found in my handbag.
In the words of Vivianna from VDM, MAC Patisserie is a people pleasing lipstick. And those words alone enabled my purchase and yes, I was very pleased when I painted my pout with the "sheer creamy neutral pink". MAC Patisserie has a lustre finish (lightweight and sheer) and is more pink than brown and a soft gold shimmer runs through the bullet, but doesn't migrate onto the lips unless layered. Without a doubt a shade I wish I had tried sooner!
MAC Shy Girl is described as a "creamy neutral coral beige" with a cremesheen finish. Shy Girl is a throwback shade in my MAC nude collection, being the first nude lipstick I purchased from MAC. The peachy nude is unlike anything else I own and I personally find the coral undertone becomes more apparent the more I apply, so usually apply just one swipe otherwise things tend to get a little too coral. Admittedly, not a shade I reach for all that often in recent, but a beauty blogger classic.
Described as a "light blue pink" MAC Crème Cup is my least worn nude from MAC. This isn't for any particular reason, but the light pink has a creamy, opaque formula, which is great if you're after something more pigmented and pale, but I tend gravitate towards sheerer shades on a day-to-day basis. Crème Cup is described as a "blue pink" but it isn't as bright, or blue as MAC Snob. This shade may be one to pair with a lip liner... I’ll report back.