A Quick Guide to MAC Lipstick Finishes


The famous MAC Cosmetics is the very first company that I was introduced to when it came to non-drugstore cosmetics companies. They have some of the better products on the market and their products have been worn by celebrities, makeup artists, and the everyday lady alike. When a new trend is trending, I have noticed that there is always a way it can be done with MAC products. MAC was started in Toronto, Canada in 1985 and everything after that was complete history. This company has multiple products and could essentially be the only brand in your collection because they have everything from skincare and lashes to foundations and concealers. They have collaborated with other brands such and Hello Kitty, Nasty Gal and The Simpson’s to pop sensations such as Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and Marilyn Monroe. Another admirable part of MAC Cosmetics is their Viva Glam lipstick line, introduced in 1994, in which they donate all of the proceeds from Viva Glam lipsticks to the MAC AIDS Funds is donated “to support men, women, and children living with HIV and AIDS.” There have been many celebrities with their own limited edition Viva Glam lipsticks such as Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, and sometime this year Miley Cyrus.

Today, we’re going to talking about the MAC lipsticks exclusively. To be more specific, we’re talking about their many lipstick finishes, as well as what they are described as on the MAC website. They have nine different permanent finishes on their website. They are Amplified, Amplified Crème, Creemsheen, Frost, Glaze, Lustre, Matte, Retro Matte, and Satin. I’ve done research on each of these finishes to help you really figure out which finish will suite you the best without all of the confusion. I’ve also included some of the more widely known (popular) lipsticks from each of the finishes. I hope you can find this useful.

Amplified- The Amplified lipsticks give a more opaque coverage that is similar to the Matte formula, but not nearly as drying. They are very pigmented and long wearing so you can apply this less often than others. I have heard that using a lip liner with this formula would be best to avoid feathering. Their most famous Amplified finish lipsticks are: Neon Orange (Bright, clean orange), Full Fuchsia (Bright warm pink).

Amplified Crème- Amplified Crème’s are a very creamy, long wearing and pigmented finish from MAC. This formula also has a glossy finish with a tendency to feather, so lip liner is a must. However, they aren’t as drying to the lips as a Matte or a Retro Matte. Their most famous Amplified Crème finish lipsticks are: Girl About Town (Bright blue fuchsia), Up The Amp (Lavender violet), Morange (Loudmouth orange), and Saint Germaine (Clean pastel pink).

Creemsheen- Creemsheen is another one of the more popular finishes from MAC. They are very glossy and creamy. Let’s be clear, this isn’t the same as a sheer finish, it’s very opaque. Because these are very hydrating, they aren’t very longwearing. They are very comfortable to wear and full coverage. The Creemsheen finish has a lot of nude and neutral shades. Their most famous Creemsheen finish lipsticks are: Shy Girl (Creamy, neutral, coral beige), and Sweet and Sour (Soft peach cream).

Frost- This lipstick finish has medium coverage, gloss, and wearing time. These make them stand out and have a frost like appearance. Some people say that this finish has a shimmery effect to it and they don’t like that so be careful. You can get about 2 hours of wear out of this finish. The lipstick Angel, made famous by Kim Kardashian is a frost finish. Their most famous Frost finish lipsticks are: Angel (Soft pink), and Costa Chic (Frosty light coral).

Glaze- This is one of the more sheer formulas from MAC Cosmetics. They are one of the more natural of the finishes, but has a little bit of a sheen, or gloss, to it. Their most famous Glaze finish lipsticks are: Hue (Soft pale pink), and Pervette (Soft bright pink with violet opalescent shimmer).

Lustre- Lustre finish lipsticks give a sheer coverage with a bit of a sheen. To me, these are similar to the glaze finishes and come in more colors than the glaze finish and are a little more opaque. With them being glossier, they aren’t necessarily long wearing. You would have to reapply this more frequently than the other finishes. Their most famous Lustre finish lipsticks are: Plink! (Warm seashell pink), Fresh Brew (Creamed coffee), Freckletone (Neutral peach), Capricious (Fanciful rose plum), and Touch (Peachy cinnamon).

Matte- If you don’t already know what a matte lipstick is, it is a lipstick without any sheens or shimmers. MAC’s matte lipsticks are considered to be the most drying of their formulas; however it is more long-wearing than the others. They last for about 6 hours, which is pretty great for a lipstick. This is the perfect lipstick for when you’re going to school, work or anything where you’re going to be out for a long period of time and don’t want to have to reapply it every hour. Their most famous Matte finish lipsticks are: Russian Red (Intense bluish-red), Heroine (Bright purple), Diva (Intense reddish burgundy), Candy Yum Yum (Neon pink), Smoked Purple (Deep eggplant purple), Velvet Teddy (Deep-tone beige), Honey Love (Light beige toned with rose). I have a post about matte lipstick and how to wear them properly, so if you’re interested, here you go!!!

Retro Matte- The retro matte lipsticks are similar to the regular matte ones; however this formula is more drying on the lips. This formula was inspired by the popularity of Ruby Woo’s texture. The Retro Matte collection was released in September of 2013. These lipsticks are lone-lasting and transfer proof. Their most famous Retro Matte finish lipsticks are: Ruby Woo (Very matte vivid blue-red), Flat Out Fabulous (Bright plum matte).

Satin- the Satin finish lipsticks are quite similar to the regular matte lipsticks but it has a little more sheen. This formula is also less drying on the lips. These last almost as long as the matte lipsticks as well. Their most famous Satin finish lipsticks are: Flesh Pot (Pale muted pinky-beige), Sushi Kiss (Midtonal coral cream), Cyber (Intense blackish-purple), Rebel (Midtonal cream plum), Snob (Light neutral pink), and Myth (Light neutral nude).

I hope you enjoyed this post! I wanted this to very informative, so I spent a really long time working on this. All the links are down below!

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1) Matte Lipstick: 101: http://www.defineherallure.com/2015/01/06/matte-lipstick-101/

2) MAC Cosmetics Lipsticks: http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/shaded/168/310/Products/Lips/Lipstick/Lipstick/index.tmpl


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