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MAC’s Hottest Lipstick Colors of 2019

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Any beauty guru has heard of - and probably worn - MAC Cosmetics products before. There is a huge range of MAC lipstick colors, so no matter what shade your skin is or what type of vibes you're going for, you can find the perfect shade for you. MAC lipstick colors can be matte, glossy, smooth, velvety - you name it, and MAC has done it!


You've probably heard of some of their "classic" shades, like Ruby Woo or Velvet Teddy, but if you're looking to try some new shades and freshen up your makeup palette in the coming year, we've found some exciting new colors for you to try! Yes, you might have to step out of your comfort zone a bit for some of these, but after all the compliments you'll get on your new pout, we're sure you'll agree that it was worth it.

MAC’s Hottest Lipstick Colors Comparison Table

Product FAQ

1. What Is MAC Lipstick?

MAC Cosmetics is a popular makeup brand that creates tons of shades in all different finishes so that literally anyone can find a lipstick for them. In fact, you could find MAC lipstick colors for every mood or outfit if you wanted to! MAC Cosmetics also sells other makeup products, but their lipsticks are probably the most popular and notable. You may have heard about the crazes surrounding their free lipstick giveaways on Lipstick Day, where customers line up throughout malls everywhere to get their chance at a free, exclusive shade of MAC lipstick!

2. What Do MAC Lipsticks Do?

MAC lipstick colors can change up your look with a quick swipe across the lips. Feeling bold and want to make a statement? You can find a shade for that. Want to be more subtly beautiful that day? Yep, there's a shade for that too. Luckily, MAC lipsticks are also pretty affordable (definitely more than a drugstore lipstick, but you get what you pay for in quality), so the average person can buy as many shades as they desire. They also regularly come out with new MAC lipstick colors, and they often do fun collaborations with other artists, so there's always a lot to look out for.

3. How Do MAC Lipsticks Work?

There are probably a million YouTube videos for those curious about how to apply their lipsticks. You can use a brush if you desire, or just swipe the lipstick directly on your lips using MAC's cute little "bullet" container. Some people like to use lip liners with their lipsticks, and some people like to layer colors or use a gloss on top of their lipstick. The cool thing is that you can do whatever you want, mixing and matching depending on your mood and outfit that day.

4. Where Can You Buy MAC Lipsticks?

If you've been to a mall nearby, you've probably seen a busy MAC store with tons of fashionable makeup artists transforming the faces of their guests. Sometimes MAC products are sold in department stores such as Macy's, or they can be in a standalone store. If you can't make it out to a local MAC location, or you just want to buy your lipstick while bingeing on Netflix, you can also purchase any of the MAC lipstick colors directly from their website, maccosmetics.com.

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How We Reviewed

While it's super difficult to narrow our favorite MAC lipstick colors down into a relatively short list, we've researched reviews on some new colors that will be sure to stand out in the upcoming year. We go over the pros and cons of each shade, and talk about which skin colors might be best suited for the shade, as well as the finish of the lipstick color and the price. At the end, we give you a few top choices based on your individual needs - but truly, you can't go wrong with most MAC lipstick colors!

Overall Price Range of This Product (and Similar Products)

These products are all within the $18 - $21 range, though MAC has other lipsticks that are more and less expensive.

What We Reviewed

  • Powder Kiss Lipstick in Devoted to Chili
  • Lipglass/Brandon Maxwell in Baby B
  • Powder Kiss Lipstick in Burning Love
  • Lipstick/Brandon Maxwell in Pamela Sue
  • Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Back in Vogue
  • Frost Lipstick in Fabby
  • Matte Lipstick in Antique Velvet

MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick # Devoted To Chili
  • DEVOTED TO CHILI - Warm brick red
  • Matte, totally reinvented. Delivering a romantic blur of soft-focus colour, this weightless moisture-matte lipstick was...
  • 3 g / 0.1 US oz

Features

The Powder Kiss collection from MAC was designed with a backstage technique in mind. These shades are meant to recreate the blurred out, romantic effect of lipstick that has been blended out a bit. The result? Super soft, dreamy looking lipstick with a matte finish.

It goes on like a powder and keeps a matte powdery look without drying out the lips. The shade Devoted to Chili is a warm brick red, a super flattering color on tan to darker skin tones.

PROS

  • Blurs lines of lips, creating a soft look
  • Looks amazing on tan to dark skin tones
  • Matte finish
  • Doesn't dry lips out
  • Provides long-lasting hydration for lips
  • Lightweight formula feels like a lip balm

CONS

  • May be a bit bold on lighter skin tones
  • A little more expensive than some MAC lipsticks
  • Stronger scent than other MAC formulas, which some may dislike

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MAC Lipglass Lip Gloss Oh Baby for Women, 0.17 Ounce
  • Pigmented, very shiny and can impart subtle or dramatic color
  • Contains jojoba Oil to help soften and condition the lips

Features

A great example of MAC's amazing collaborations with other artists, Brandon Maxwell teamed up with MAC to release this Texas-inspired line of cosmetics. The packaging has an adorable homage to Brandon Maxwell's hometown and his tattoo, with an outline of Texas on the bottle of the lipgloss tube.

The products were all named after important women in his life too. Baby B, which is named after his sister, is a bright pink lipgloss that can be worn in a sheer layer for a glass-like effect with a tint of color, or built up to a super glossy and bright finish.

PROS

  • Limited edition collection
  • Beautiful packaging
  • Can be buildable to thicker finish
  • Can be worn alone or over lipsticks or lip liners
  • Keeps lips hydrated with jojoba oil
  • Highly pigmented gloss
  • Long-lasting
  • Flatters all skin colors

CONS

  • Since it's limited edition, only available for a limited time

MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick # Burning Love
  • BURNING LOVE - Deepened red wine
  • Matte, totally reinvented. Delivering a romantic blur of soft-focus colour, this weightless moisture-matte lipstick was...
  • 3 g / 0.1 US oz

Features

Like the Devoted to Chili shade, this is another Powder Kiss lipstick to give your lips that blurred, gentle look. Reminiscent of vineyards in autumn, Burning Love is a deepened red wine shade. This fruit-inspired hue would go great with a neutral outfit to really give a pop of color on the face.

It is suitable for all skin types, though it is obviously a bolder look on lighter skin tones. This berry tone with such a soft finish gives K-Pop beauty queen vibes to any look!

PROS

  • Blurs lines on lips for a soft look
  • Berry stain looks flattering on all skin types
  • Matte finish
  • Doesn't dry lips out
  • Provides long-lasting hydration on lips
  • Lightweight formula goes on like a powder, feels like a balm

CONS

  • Bold look for those who want something more subtle
  • A few dollars more than some other MAC lipstick collections
  • Has a stronger scent than other MAC formulas, which some may dislike

MAC Matte Lipstick Wildpony
  • Special limited edition lipstick from Brandon Maxwell collection.
  • Wildpony: bright intense tomato red (Matte)

Features

Another special product from Brandon Maxwell's collaboration with MAC, this time in the form of a lipstick. Pamela Sue is one of the MAC lipstick colors that might remind you of Texas flowers, or maybe sunsets out in the desert.

This dusty rose, named after Brandon Maxwell's mother, packs a punch and definitely isn't for that shy away from attention! If you feel like stepping out into the new year with a bold new lip, though, this may be the perfect new rose shade for you to try.

PROS

  • Limited edition
  • Beautiful packaging
  • Pigmented rose that is versatile on different skin colors
  • Matte finish
  • Long-lasting

CONS

  • Since it is a limited edition, it cannot be purchased after it is sold out
  • Only for those who want something bold

Mac Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour BACK IN VOGUE
  • Mac Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour ~~ BACK IN VOGUE

Features

This Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour is a peachy nude shade that is lovely on medium-skinned people. This liquid-suede formula would look great paired with a fresh bronze tan and some gold shimmer on your eyes!

The liquid formula goes on smoothly and dries to a suede-looking finish for long-lasting, eight-hour wear. The matte finish on this one is more reminiscent of a movie star from a few decades ago, as opposed to the Korean-beauty inspired Powder Kiss lipsticks.

PROS

  • Long lasting
  • Goes on smoothly
  • Very pigmented
  • Cute retro vibes
  • Looks amazing on medium skin tones

CONS

  • Some find liquid lipsticks to be drying on their lips
  • Not quite as flattering on super light or dark skin tones
  • Expensive compared to some of their other products

MAC Lipstick Fabby
  • FABBY: Mauve with gold pearl [Frost]

Features

If you grew up in the early 2000s, this frost lipstick might give you the best kind of throwbacks. Not for those who want something subtle, this lipstick is full of metallic shine to really give your lips that lustrous shine Britney Spears would've died for.

Fabby stands out from other MAC lipstick colors because of a nice mauve shade with hints of golden sheen added in the sparkles. This shade would look particularly stunning on those with medium skin tones, who are trying to play up their tan skin.

PROS

  • Buildable coverage
  • Highly pigmented
  • Looks good on all skin tones, but especially medium tones
  • Beautiful pearlescent shine

CONS

  • Shine not suitable for everyone
  • Doesn't last quite as long as other formulas

Mac Matte Lipstick, Antique Velvet
  • Mac Lipstick
  • Matte Finish
  • Antique Velvet

Features

This extremely bold and pigmented matte lipstick is a gorgeous look for anyone trying to step out of their usual lip colors.

For lighter skin tones, this deep intense red will give dried blood, vampy 90s vibes, and it's a stunning and flattering enhancement on dark skin tones. This dark lipstick is sure to make an impact whenever you walk into a room!

PROS

  • Extremely pigmented
  • Matte finish
  • Long lasting
  • Works on all skin tones, but especially flattering on dark skin tones

CONS

  • Very bold, not for everyone

The Verdict - Best MAC Lipstick Colors

As you can see, everyone can find MAC lipstick colors that fit their taste and color palette! Out of all of the above MAC lipstick colors, it's really tough to narrow it down, but we've determined the best overall color that fits all skin tones is the Brandon Maxwell lipstick in Pamela Sue. This dusty rose is a great, versatile shade for all skin tones, and is muted enough to wear every day, or with many different colors and outfits. This makes it one of the best MAC lipstick colors of all time - so you better snag one while you can, since it's limited edition!
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For a bolder choice, though, we would definitely recommend the MAC Matte Lipstick in Antique Velvet. We know not everyone wants to channel their inner 90s babe, but for those who are brave enough, this shade is stunning. In fact, it would probably look amazing with a gloss or frosted lipstick layered on top in a thin sheen. One of the best qualities about MAC lipstick colors is the ability to mix, match, and layer, so it's encouraged that you get creative! This list should help to jumpstart your new looks in the upcoming year, even if it means stepping out of your comfort zone and go-to lipstick or gloss. If you're unsure, MAC makeup artists are more than happy to help you try different colors so, what are you waiting for? Go and pick a few new, fabulous MAC lipstick colors!

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