I know that it may seem like I am on a lipstick kick lately and that’s because I am! I don’t know what’s gotten into me, but I feel like I should change my blog name to Lipstick Addicts Anonymous! ๐Ÿ™‚

This post has been requested a couple times by my readers but I haven’t written it until today for a few reasons. First, I think it is hard to suggest 10 universal colors — so I geared this post for fair/light skin. Most of these lipsticks would look great on a variety of skin tones though! Secondly, I am very particular when it comes to my Top 10’s and I was never fully satisfied by my picks until today!

If I have done an individual review or lip swatch on a particular lipstick there will be a link below. I plan on reviewing all of them with lip swatches in the future, so keep an eye out for those! Oh, and I was pretty bad at photographing lip swatches back in the day, so no judgments… you live and learn ๐Ÿ˜‰

(l-r) Hue, Shy Girl, Crรจme Cup, Fanfare, Viva Glam V


HUE (Glaze) — a sheer pinky nude that looks beautiful with a smokey eye. I think Hue works on just about anyone!

SHY GIRL (Cremesheen) —  a mostly opaque peachy nude that has become a new favorite of my mine! I typically can’t pull off lipsticks with much orange to them, but Shy Girl is the exception! Like Hue, this lipstick looks great on a variety of different skin tones.

CREME CUP (Cremesheen) — a semi opaque light slightly cool toned pink. Crรจme Cup looks great with a  smokey, neutral, or natural look! Definitely a must have!

FANFARE (Cremesheen) — a semi opaque warm midtone pink. This was suggested to me by one of my readers, and I have loved it since the day we met! Fanfare looks beautiful on very fair to very tan yellow toned skin. My current #1 favorite!

VIVA GLAM V (Lustre) — a sheer dusty, pearly, pink with a slight brown undertone. This is the perfect MLBB lipstick that is a “throw it on and go” kind of color. It goes with anything and is appropriate for any situation. Cult status for a reason!


(l-r) Lovelorn, Chatterbox, Craving, Impassioned, Ruby Woo

LOVELORN (Lustre) — a semi sheer cool mid-tone pink. Lovelorn was one of my first MAC lipsticks so it will always have a place in my heart. I feel like this one is a very basic color that would suit ladies with cool complexions best.

CHATTERBOX (Amplified) — a fully opaque quintessential pink — bright but not neon. If I want to be a little daring but I’m not in the mood to go for something way out there I always pick Chatterbox. It’s perfect!

CRAVING (Amplified) — a fully opaque plummy pink. Craving is gorgeous for Fall!

IMPASSIONED (Amplified) — a fully opaque, neon watermelon pink. This looks great with winged eye liner and is definitely a statement lippy. Impassioned is one of those colors that would look beautiful on ANY skin color!

RUBY WOO (Retro Matte) — a bright neutral red. Even though Ruby Woo is incredibly dry to apply, it is the most universally flattering, true red that I have found.

Well ladies… that’s it for my Top 10 MAC lipsticks! I hope you found this helpful ๐Ÿ™‚

Would any of my picks make your list?

Much love,



  1. Vanessa N

    I've actually yet to pick up any mac product (shame on me!), but man, 'Fanfare' is beautiful, and I would pick it up in a heartbeat if I did wear lipsticks.

    Some of these shades are gorgeous–thanks for the picks and swatches! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Vanessa | Citron and Guavaberry ส˜‿ส˜ | Makeup & Silly things

  2. carly

    oh these all look so gorgeous! I actually only have 2 mac lipsticks and impassioned is one of them! It's such a gorgeous pinky color, but craving does look like a must have for fall! so pretty!

    sundays grace

  3. Hola Flo Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

    Ruby woo and craving are my favorites! My sister just got Ruby woo and it is OMG beautiful. I'd love to wear it on my wedding day…

    ps: if i ever get married


    flo x

  4. sky_castles

    Wow that'sa lot of Mac lipsticks! I like how you put the more neutral colors at top and then the bolder ones at the bottom =)

  5. Daly M

    Viva Glam V is one of my all time favs [:

  6. Gemma Turner

    I am so pleased that I have a few of these ๐Ÿ˜€ I had no idea, Shy Girl was so orangey! I think I'll have to give it a swatch or two next time I'm in the MAC store xx

    Gemma | ♥ Miss Makeup Magpie ♥

  7. Sarah morethanadored

    Fantastic post! I'm lusting over Craving now I've seen a swatch ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    Impassioned, Ruby Woo and Creme Cup are 3 of my all time favourites too ๐Ÿ™‚


  8. asianhomie101

    These lip products are beautiful! Thanks for the recommendations Sarah ๐Ÿ˜€ The only one of these that I have is Impassioned, I will definitely pick up others if I ever get the chance!
    <3 Pauline, ­­Addicted to Makeup

  9. paulakempmakeup

    They are all gorgeous and I want them! Well I have Creme Cup, so now 1 down, 9 to go ๐Ÿ˜‰


    Screw this, I want to wear them all, despite my medium skin! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. Brigitte Honeybee

    i want all of these and im as dark as they get ^_^
    but they are all so pretty ๐Ÿ™‚

    from Brigitte at // BreezeyBee Blog | BlogLovin'

    dont forget to enter my RiRi Woo Giveaway Here

  12. FjordBeauty

    OMG! so many lipsticks! I love the colours from the second set of swatches. I think they will suite my medium skin better. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Olivia xxx
    Beauty from the Fjord
    Current giveaway: Beautecobox (beauty box)

  13. Rachael Linton

    Don't know what it is with Shy Girl, so many people love it but I can't seem to get it to suit me.
    Been lusting after Impassioned for so long, it's gorgeous. x

    Rachael |

  14. Isobel Oldfield

    I think I need Ruby Woo…. (need is used here in the loosest sense of the word..)
    Love them all though!

  15. ncboodah

    Fanfare looks so gorgeous!! You should do a top 10 drugstore lipsticks as well if you haven't already ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Vicky

    Lovelorn, Hue and Fanfare are definitely on my wish list after reading this! Lovely and informative post ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  17. Onyx

    I'm an NC15 (I actually have pink undertones, but NW15 isn't pale enough), and I looked dead the one time I tried on Hue (the girl at MAC agreed, hehe). So it probably shouldn't be bought untried! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Fanfare looks beautiful though, I may have to try it the next time I'm at a MAC counter. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Love your website, by the way!


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