A Guide to MAC Lipstick Finishes

by Sahar on November 12, 2011 · 26 comments

A Guide to MAC Lipstick Finishes

Hi Everyone,

A Guide to MAC Lipstick Finishes

This is such a wonderful topic to talk about right? I always wondered what the different finishes are for MAC lipsticks. I know some lipsticks have matte or shimmer finishes, but are they really called “shimmer finish?” I will answer this question for you in the article. Just like eyeshadows, the lipsticks have a finish too. MAC Lipsticks have 9 different finishes. In the list below, I am going to tell you the difference of all MAC Lipstick finishes.

Matte:

mac-Spitfire-lipstick-matte

I’m pretty sure you know the matte finish in lipsticks. It basically means no-shine and a really good color pay-off, but they also tend to dry out the lips the most.

Satin:

mac-brave-lipstick

This means a matte lipstick with a tiny bit of sheen, perfect for those with dry lips who still want a good color pay-off lipstick and moisturized lips.

Frost:

mac-Heroine-lipstick

A lipstick with good color pay-off and frosted shimmers is called a lipstick with a frosh finish, but mostly, the lipsticks with shimmer are quite sheer.

Cremesheen:

The name says it, a creamy lipstick with a soft shine and full coverage. This lipstick is good for those who like to apply a lip gloss over their lipstick because these lipsticks already have a glossy shine.

Amplified and Amplified Crème:

MAC+Fast+Play+Amplified+Creme+Lipstick

Both of them are in the same category. They are soft and creamy and the pigmentation range is medium to high with a glossy finish, but these two lipsticks tend to fade quickly.

Dazzle:

MAC-Dazzle-lipsticks-and-MAC-Fluidline

This lipstick is very glittery, perfect for the ones that like obvious lips. Once its worn off, you will see micro-glitter particles left on your lips.

Glaze:

Glaze lipsticks are very sheer and have a glossy finish. They tend to last a short time, but perfect for those you want a touch (or tint) of color on their lips.

Lustre:

The lustre finish is very glossy and wet-looking and do NOT last long. Similar to Glaze but Glaze is not as wet-looking as Lustre.

Here are some links for swatches:

Unfortunately, I don’t own a MAC Lipstick. It’s quite expensive for me, but I know for sure that in the future, I will be buying at least one of their lipsticks, probably satin lipstick and cremesheen lipstick, but luckily, Rati has a whole bunch of MAC Lipsticks and has wonderful swatches on this website. Without her, I wouldn’t know what to do!!

I hope this helped out all of you and it surely helped me prepare myself in buying MAC Lipsticks.

Take care everyone,

XOXO

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

DeeKay November 12, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Good one Sahar. Very useful for a novice like me.

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nids November 12, 2011 at 10:08 pm

very nicely written sahar. :yes: .. me too find these terms confusing except for matte or glossy :toothygrin:

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Sahar November 13, 2011 at 12:39 am

thank you hun.

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For the love of life November 12, 2011 at 10:17 pm

:thanks: :specs: Just what I needed! Thanks a ton! :shying:

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Rati November 12, 2011 at 10:23 pm

excellent post, sahar :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo:

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Sahar November 13, 2011 at 12:38 am

thank you hun :)

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Pragnyadeepta November 12, 2011 at 10:31 pm

:clap: :clap: :clap: Excellent post,Sahar! Very useful for me since I always get a little muddled when it comes to the finishes. :silly:
I think I’ll be able to choose my first MAC lipstick properly now. :dumb:

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Sahar November 13, 2011 at 12:39 am

haha thanks hun . your such a sweetheart :D

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Poo November 12, 2011 at 10:44 pm

thanks for clearing all the confusion about lipstick finishes.. :teddy: :teddy: ..

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Sahar November 13, 2011 at 12:43 am

you are welcome poo :D

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Neha S. November 12, 2011 at 10:53 pm

very well thought of , and amazing post sahar..

i did understand a bit wht each type meant.. but now im completely clear..good compilation :victory2: :victory2: :victory2:

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Sahar November 13, 2011 at 12:43 am

thanks sweetie :) i didnt think of this myself though :P

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Vid November 12, 2011 at 11:45 pm

thats a very well informative post for evry1 sahar :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo:

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Sahar November 13, 2011 at 12:42 am

thank you vid :)

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neha November 13, 2011 at 12:50 am

had no idea at all sahar
i wud go for satin i think :)) :thanks:

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Sahar November 13, 2011 at 7:19 am

yea satin lipsticks sound good aswell. i dnt know i want them all to be completly honest haha but cant afford it

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Gayathri Balaji November 13, 2011 at 8:34 am

Thank you thank you!!
A very very useful post, especially for beginners like me. O:) :toothygrin:

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Sahar November 20, 2011 at 4:22 am

you are soo soo welcom

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shanaiia November 13, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Great article Sahar…just like Neha even I kinda understood what each meant but now its clear :)

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Vinita November 14, 2011 at 10:44 am

great article…very informative..well done :waytogo:

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devilgal November 14, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Superb post Sahar… Love ur reviews.. :waytogo: :waytogo:

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Sahar November 20, 2011 at 4:24 am

thank you hun :D

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TA January 13, 2012 at 5:17 pm

:teddy: Nice post Sahar!!!

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