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The Best MAC Lip Colors

Where would the makeup industry be if MAC cosmetics hadn’t come along??

It’s a scary thought because without the MAC brand the whole makeup industry and especially the lip color department just wouldn’t be the same.

If you have ever splurged on a MAC lip product than you know how wonderful they all are and how there are an insane amount of styles, textures, and colors to choose from.

MAC makeup products are the cream of the crop, there are mass varieties of heavily pigmented colors, along with different & innovative finishes to all of their makeup products.

I know you want the list, hang in there, it’s important to know the back story of MAC brand and why it was created.

MAC was launched back in 1984 in Toronto, Canada by 2 ‘Frank’s’ both these gentleman were in the beauty industry, Frank Toskan who was a makeup artist and photographer and Frank Angelo who was a beauty salon owner.

The idea behind MAC makeup was that the 2 Frank’s wanted to have colors that would show up and look exciting when photographed so they fixated on a makeup line that was specifically formulated to be a studio makeup line that would fulfill their professional needs as artists in the beauty industry.


Within the MAC cosmetics line, there have been certain colors and finishes in their lip shades that have become icons and absolute Must-have’s, and some of them have even been here from the very beginning of MAC makeup.

This list is a compilation of those iconic lip colors that never go out of style, you can wear all year long, and they make you feel and look amazing in.


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Different colored MAC lipsticks, 13 of the best MAC lip colors for 2020

Best 13 MAC Lip Colors

1. Mac Retro Matte: Dangerous

2. MAC retro Matte Liquid: Dance With Me

3. MAC: Velvet Teddy

4. MAC AMplified: Dark Side

5. MAC MAtte: Russian Red

6. Mac Matte: Heroine

7. MAC Matte: Living Legend

8. MAc Matte: Pink Pigeon

9. MAC Amplified: Rebel

10. Mac Liquid matte: recollection

11. MAC Liquid Matte: Rich & Restless

12. MAC Matte: Flat out fabulous

13. MAC Matte: DAMN Glamorous

Bonus! The Best MAC Lip GLosses

MAC Retro Matte in Dangerous

MAC Lip color in Dangerous

This shade is a bright dark Orangey- Red color, this Retro lipstick is long-lasting and the finish is Matte.

Dangerous is a mild warm-toned color that can be worn by lots of skin tones but really looks striking on light-toned and darker-toned skin because it just stands out, this color radiates with boldness.

MAC Dangerous is a Red lip color that is not for the faint of heart, it is a bright and crisp red lip color that is loud and just the shit all around.

This is a favorite of mine and I love wearing it year-round because it is that type of color that looks good in all seasons and is so universal for anyone daring enough to wear it.

MAC Lip Liner to use with Dangerous:

Brick: Intense Gold-Red color

Cherry: Bright Blue-Red color (this will calm the orange down)


MAC Retro Matte in Dance With Me

MAC Lip color in DanCE WITH ME

The MAC Retro Matte line is a long-lasting and highly pigmented lip color that will leave a velvety finish on your lips.

The color is a Deep Cranberry Red color that is rich and looks striking on the lips, especially (I feel ) if you pair this bold lip color with a very simple face makeup.

For the color to reach it’s full (deeply pigmented) potential you will need and want 2 coats of this lip color.

It doesn’t feel heavy on the lips but make sure that you blot the 1st application of this color off before you apply your 2nd coating of this lip color so you pull off the excess lipstick.

MAC Lip liners to use with Dance With Me:

Beet: Vivid reddish-pink color (brings out pinky/red cranberry tones)

Cherry: A bright blue-red color (will keep it more of a clean true red)


MAC in Velvet Teddy

Probably 1 of the very few Nude lip colors that I myself can personally wear without looking washed out.

MAC Velvet Teddy is a deep tone beige color that has soft pink undertones and is perfect to wear all day long.

This lipstick is in a matte finish and it is a low maintenance lip color in that you don’t have to do any touch-ups because it is long-lasting.

Although this lip color is in a matte finish it feels smooth and creamy on your lips.     

MAC Lip Liners to use with Velvet Teddy:

Spice: Pink Cinnamon color

Soar: Medium Pinky-Brown color

Whirl: Dirty Rose color


MAC Amplified in Dark Side

Lips wearing MAC li color in Dark Side

MAC Dark Side is a rich and romantic lip color that is a medium cool-toned burgundy shade that looks luxurious on and feels just as good on your lips too.

The Dark Side lip color is a deep red color with purple undertones and is what I would call a “Classic Burgundy” color with a mild shine for the finish.   

MAC Lip Liners to wear with Dark Side:

Beet: Vivid reddish-pink color (brings out pinky/red cranberry tones)

Burgundy: Brownish burgundy color


MAC Matte in Russian Red


This particular red lip color is a deep & rich blue-toned red color that is a MAC staple and a true classic within their whole beauty line.

MAC Russian Red is a color that can be worn by a slew of different skin tones so even if you have warmer undertones don’t shy away.

Let me tell you if you can wear and pull MAC Russian Red off, then you Need to do it because you will be missing out on sooo many compliments.   

MAC Lip Liners you can wear with Russian Red:

Cherry: A bright Blue-Red color

Brick: An intense golden red color

If you love Red Lip Colors as much as I do and would like to know some Tips & Tricks to wear the Infamous red lip color then check out this article I wrote on, How To Wear Red Lip Colors.


MAC Matte in Heroine

lips wearing MAC matte lip color in Heroine

MAC Heroine is such a great color and it’s been around now for a while with Mac and it’s because it’s just such a unique color.

This color is a bright purple with a pink/blue background and you absolutely will get compliments every time you wear this lip shade.

MAC Heroine is very versatile to lots of different skin tones so don’t be intimidated or thrown off by the loud color in the tube.

This beautiful color is always a statement lip that is bright, fun, and powerful.

Even though Heroine has a blue background which leans this lipstick towards the cool side, Heroine can still be worn by warmer skin tones as well and that’s because of the pink so all skin tones make sure you check Heroine out because if she works for your skin than I promise you Heroine will be a favorite of yours.

MAC Lip liners to wear with Heroine:

MAC Nightingale: A medium creamy Plum color

MAC Heroine: Bright Purple color

MAC Heroine Lipglass


MAC Matte in Living Legend

Lips wearing MAC matte lipstick in Living Legend

MAC matte lipstick in Living Legend is a darker deep plum color.  This lipstick has a semi-matte finish and stays on the lips for a good 7-8 hours.

Living Legend is a dark lip color that is absolutely bold and resembles a burgundy color.

The color is a deep berry with purple-red undertones and is versatile for both warmer and cooler skin tones.

I love this color by itself as a flat matte finish but when you add a shimmery gloss on top of Living Legend it creates a beautiful Vampy lip color.

MAC Lip Liners to wear with Living Legend:

MAC Plum: A potent reddened plum color

MAC burgundy: A brownish burgundy color


MAC Matte in Pink Pigeon

Lips wearing MAC Matte Lip color in Pink Pigeon

MAC Pink Pigeon is fun and bright pink lip color that in some lots will appear to be on the neon side of the pink spectrum.

This pink is best suited for the cool-toned girls because this color has blue undertones and the finish is a matte but to me, it feels more like a cream finish but after hours of wear, it will settle into your lips as a heavy matte finish would.

This lip color has the ability to be bold, soft, rich, and creamy all wrapped up in 1 lipstick, the lights will change the appearance of Pink Pigeon she can become very bright and very soft with the change of lights and scenery.

MAC Lip liners to wear with  Pink Pigeon:

Talking Points:  Light Blue Fuchsia color

Edge to Edge: Midtone dirty blue pink color

Candy Yum-Yum: Neon Pink color


MAC Amplified in Rebel

lips wearing MAC amplified lipstick in Rebel

MAC Rebel lipstick is a purple-pink color with no shimmer that is a satin finish.  Rebel despite her name is a sweet and soft berry lip color that works pretty much on everyone and every skin tone.

MAC Rebel is very versatile in that you can wear her super casual with a pair of ripped jeans or super fancy for a party or even to the white collard office jobs, this is a color that can be pulled off for everyone and every event.

It’s because of how balanced the tones and shades are in MAC Rebel, making her sit in the middle of the spectrums of color hues, finishes, depths, and richness of the color tones which creates a dynamic lip color that is so universal.      

MAC Lip Liners to wear with Rebel:

MAC Plum: A potent reddened plum color

MAC Vino: Intense violet purple color


MAC Liquid Matte in Recollection

Lips wearing MAC Liquid matte lip color in Recollection
lips wearing MAC Matte lip color in Recollection and Lipglass

This color is so vibrant that you will for sure stand apart from everyone around you.  MAC Recollection is a very bright and intense Violet lip color.

This violet lip color sits at medium level for darkness and has cool and fuchsia undertones.  MAC liquid matte lip colors have a soft matte, suede, finish to them and it’s best to use 2-3 coats for this shade.

This liquid lip color is long-lasting and will stick around on your lips for a good 4-6 hours.

MAC Lip liners to wear with Recollection:

MAC Magenta: A Vivid pinkish-purple

MAC Heroine: Bright Purple color


MAC Liquid Matte in Rich & Restless

MAC Rich & Restless is a medium toned orange, with pinkish undertones and a matte finish.

Rich & Restless goes on really smooth and you can easily do 1 coat with this lip color and feel like you have full coverage.

This orange-pinkish color has a creamy tone to it, like a smoothie does.

It’s a light-medium, orange-coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. It ha. On me, the color wore for six hours, though it tended to fade more from the center. It was moderately drying.

MAC Lip Liners you can wear with Rich & restless:

Brick: An intense golden red color

Boldly Bare: Dirty Red Brown color


MAC Matte in Flat Out Fabulous

MAC matte in Flat Out Fabulous is a lip color that will invite lovely strangers to pay you a compliment.

It’s because it’s a weird color, lol.  Flat Out Fabulous is a medium-dark toned lipstick that has a semi-matte finish which makes this color stand out even more.

This lip color is a bright neon magenta color that has cool undertones but can be worn by pretty much everyone.  It will look bright and neon in the day and at night it switches to the more purpley magenta side.

This lip color goes on smoothly and lasts a good 5 hours.

Seriously, you will not regret this lip color!!

MAC Lip liners to wear with Flat Out Fabulous:

MAC Magenta: A Vivid pinkish-purple

Talking Points:  Light Blue Fuchsia color

Candy Yum-Yum: Neon Pink color


MAC Matte in Damn Glamorous

Lips wearing MAC matte lip color in Damn Glamorous

Holy SHIT, I LOVE this Red Lip color.

MAC Damn Glamorous is exactly that, “Glamorous”.  This lip color is a bright medium toned Red lip color that has a neon pink undertone with a matte finish.

I say neon pink because this red lip color is bright for being a darker toned lipstick.

This lip color goes on smoothly with no drag or pulling, evenly, and you can get away with wearing only 1 coat but I recommend 2 coats.

MAC Damn Glamorous is a long-lasting lip color and will stick on your lips a good 6-7 hours.

This color can be worn by warm and cool tones because of the pink undertones.

MAC Lip Liner to use with Damn Glamorous

Cherry: Bright Blue-Red color

Ruby Woo: A Vivid Blue Red

Brick: An intense golden red color


MAC Best Lip Glosses & LipGlass Colors

MAC Lip Gloss in Oh Baby

MAC Oh Baby Lip gloss is a warm-toned, medium brown honey lip gloss with sparkling glitters.

This is such a pretty golden bronze lip gloss to wear whether it’s over a lipstick or on its own, it’s just beautiful.

MAC Lipglasses are heavy glosses that are thicker than most glosses, they are fairly long-lasting for lip glosses and they tend to fill in the lips nicely to make a smoother lip pout.  


MAC Lip Liners to wear entirely over the lips or as outlines:

Boldly Bare: Dirty Red-brown color

Soar: Medium Pinky-Brown color

MAC Lipglass in C-Thru

MAC C-Thru Lipglass is a warm-toned light peachy color with orange undertones and a shimmery gold/pearl finish.

If you love Nudes or neutral lip colors than MAC C-Thru is for you because she sits on the lips as a shimmery sheer peachy beige/ nude color that has a creamy finish,

Again you can wear this lipgloss color on its own or on the top of lipsticks to add more dimension and of course sparkles.


MAC Lip Liners to wear entirely over the lips or as outlines:

Subculture: A nude flat pink color

Spice: Pink Cinnamon color

Auburn:  Intense orange-reddish brown color

MAC Lipglass in Myth

MAC Myth Lipglass is a very warm-toned, medium peach color with a creamy finished look.

Myth can be a beautiful nude color to wear on your lips solo and it’s because of how creamy a rich her finished look is.

Even though MAC Myth is a very warm-toned color, this gloss comes off as a neutral nude color that can be worn by most skin tones.


MAC Lip Liners to wear entirely over the lips or as outlines:

Stripdown:  A creamy brown beige color

Oak:  A soft beige brown color

Dervish: A pinky-mauve color

MAC Lipglass in Oyster Girl

MAC Oyster Girl is a freshwater pink, that is light, bright, and goes with literally everything.

Oyster Girl is a pale color that has a light pink and lilac tones to her and is topped off with lots of gold and silver shimmers.

Like a Pearl.

MAC Oyster Girl can be worn over so many different lip colors to or she can sit on the lips solo, either way, this is an essential lipgloss to have in your arsenal of lip products.


MAC Lip Liners to wear entirely over the lips or as outlines:

Subculture: A nude flat pink color

Boldly Bare: Dirty Red-brown color

Magenta:  A vivid pinkish- purple color

MAC Dazzleglass in Funtabulous

MAC Dazzleglass glosses are so incredible and all of the colors are special in their own way and add so much to the lips when applied onto lipsticks.

MAC Funtabulous color is a cool-toned fuchsia-purple color with pink and blue shimmers of glitter.

This color can be worn literally over any lip color you can imagine or it can be worn by itself, it complements the skin and makes the teeth look super white,

MAC Funtabulous is the grownup version of a glitter lip gloss, it’s not as in your face with glitter, it’s more of a soft mild shimmer of pinks and blues.


MAC Lip Liners to wear entirely over the lips or as outlines:

Candy Yum-Yum: Neon Pink color

Talking Points:  Light Blue Fuchsia color

That’s It, 13 Of The Best MAC Lip Colors list has come to an end.

I could go on and on with lipsticks and the MAC cosmetics brand, I love them both so much.

I hope you enjoyed this list and possibly inspired you to go and check out these gorgeous and legendary MAC lip products for yourself, honestly, you really can’t go wrong with any of the colors that MAC has but there is something just a little bit more special about these particular lip colors.

If you loved some of the colors or all of them on this list but aren’t sure which colors would best suit your skin colorings than check out this article I wrote on, How to Choose a Lip Color.

Having the right lip color that just makes you feel good is the best feeling ever, it’s like having a suit of armor on you that shields you from Bull shit.

When you have that 1 particular lip color on your lips that you just know you look good in, it changes you- that lipstick gives you a new side of what Pride and Strength can be for you.

Never any foul or harm in knowing when you look good, so be brave, be bold and jump into some new lip colors that you have never worn before to see what it brings out of you.

A girl can always count on her Lipstick to make her feel good! (That should be on a Bumper Sticker)

Much Love,


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Different colored MAC lipsticks, 13 of the best MAC lip colors for 2020

Different colored MAC lipsticks, 13 of the best MAC lip colors for 2020

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