My MAC Lipstick Collection

I’ve seen a few MAC lipstick collection posts around lately and find them interesting as no two collections are ever the same. I love learning about colours I hadn’t previously thought about trying, so I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon and share mine. As you can tell, there’s a theme going on with the colours I go for, favouring brights over nudes – reds, oranges, corals, pinks – the more vibrant, the better. Not that I have anything against nudes, but I have tried so many and cannot for the life of me find one that doesn’t totally wash me out (even cult favourite, Velvet Teddy). So from left to right, here are the 8 colours currently in my collection…

Vegas Volt

This is the newest colour in my collection, a really pretty orange-coral with an Amplified creamy finish (Amplified is my favourite MAC formula). I love this colour because it can be built up from a light to opaque finish, depending on how much you apply. I actually prefer this colour applied with a lighter hand and a little sheerer.

Dozen Carnations

I bought this one recently as well and thought it would be a good option for a day time red as it’s a Cremesheen with a semi-sheer colour pay-off. It’s such a pretty warm toned, pinky-red colour, but I think I’d love it so much more if there was slightly less pearl shimmer to it. That’s not a deal breaker though and I do still wear it a fair bit.


This one is slightly similar to Vegas Volt, but definitely more pink based rather than coral and far less opaque as it’s a Cremesheen. Not too in-your-face bright, it’s a colour I wear to work pretty often.

Russian Red

This is the first MAC lipstick I ever bought and it’s one of my holy grail reds (NARS Rita being my #1). It’s a very opaque, Matte blue-toned red and the shade is just so flattering. I combine this with the MAC lipliner, Cherry and they look stunning together. Fun fact – this colour first launched in the 80s and still remains one of their best sellers. Total classic.

Lady Danger

This is hands down the brightest colour I own. It’s a Matte vividly bright, warm toned, almost neon coral-red, but it definitely appears more orange on me than red. I must admit I don’t wear it a ton anymore as I do find it drying (Russian Red is a more creamier matte), but it’s a beautiful colour and a good option for a super bright statement lip.


First off, this colour looks nothing like it does in the tube – it’s more of a deeper berry colour than purple, with cool, pink undertones and a soft Satin finish. It’s a nice alternative to a red, but I find myself not using it all that often as it can be painful to apply, any tiny mistakes and you gotta start from scratch #aintgottimeforthat

Korean Candy

This is the second MAC lipstick I ever bought and it really sparked a love for warmer toned orangey shades. It’s a red toned orange with a lipgloss like Sheen Supreme finish. I still love it and the tube is actually nearly finished!

Grande Dame

This is the colour I probably wear the least and also the most neutral colour I have. I picked this up because it’s apparently the colour to use for people who just can’t pull off nudes. I don’t know whether the lack of wear is because of my aversion to nudes or because it’s slightly too rosy pink for my liking. The formula itself is great, being from the Mineralise Rich collection it’s super sheer, lightweight and very moisturising. I should probably give it another chance.

Shades I still want to try: Diva, Mehr, Plumful, Twig