I'm starting a semi- no buy / project pan and so I decided to go through my collection to acknowledge what I already have to stop myself from buying a million more of the same shade. Red lipsticks and golden bronze eyeshadows always get me. MAC Lipsticks are often talked about and so I decided my first collection post would be about the ones I own. I used to have a few more, but I sold them because they were either too similar to what I already have or the color wasn't what I was expected.
See Sheer (Permanent, Lustre finish) was my first MAC lipstick and it's probably one of my favorite lipsticks ever. The arm swatch shows that it leans more on the coral side, but it's more of a watermelon pinky red. On my lips, it is the most wearable red and I recommend it to everyone. It is sheer and shiny because of the lustre finish, but I find that I can build it up to be opaque.
Viva Glam I (Permanent, Matte Finish) is a dark brick red and is my go to red because of the longevity. The color is also very flattery on me and almost on everyone I've seen wearing this. It's creamy and unlike some other MAC Mattes, I didn't find it to be too drying. Since this lipstick is part of the Viva Glam program, all the proceeds go to a good cause and so wearing this makes me feel better about my purchase.
Crosswires (Permanent, Cremesheen) is kind of like the pinkier and more opaque version of See Sheer on me. Cremesheens are supposed to be more moisturizing than mattes and less moisturizing than lustres and I found that to be true for this lipstick. I don't wear this color that often, even though it's so pretty, because it applies a bit weird on my lips. My lips need to be the perfect moisturized without any moisture texture for this color to go on well, but that ends up making my lips feel slightly dry from the get-go.
Plumful (Permanent, Lustre) is a muted plum that also has a nice shine to it. It's definitely more opaque than See Sheer too. I mostly bought this lipstick because of Estée's raves from Essiebutton, but I don't actually wear it that often. A lot of my other color products (eyeshadow, blush, etc.) don't seem to fit in Plumful's color scheme and so I become limited in what to wear when I have this lipstick on. It's still a nice color, but just doesn't fit in my current makeup collection.
Viva Glam Rihanna 2 (Limited Edition / Discontinued, Frost) is a super frosty taupe brown. I'm not sure what I was thinking when I got this because it doesn't fit into my collection even more than Plumful. I think I was excited about working at a makeup place that would be okay with me wearing this kind of color and so I bought it on an impulse. I still think it's unique and will try to incorporate it into my looks, but meh. It's more of a novelty to me now because of the packaging and limited edition aspect to it.
From my experience of MAC lipsticks, I really love the lustre and matte finishes. Lustres are wearable and not sticky like glosses and their mattes just last so long and look so nice. They both have their downsides mostly due to individual inconsistencies, but those finishes are a great starter for anyone wanting to buy MAC lipsticks.
*Viva Glam I and Crosswires were gifts from my boyfriend for an anniversary and Plumful was a gift from my friend for a past Christmas.
After my no buy ends, what MAC lipstick would you recommend to me?