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Are MAC lipsticks really worth the hype?

Updated on August 3, 2014

But to answer your question?

Are the MAC lipsticks really worth the money?

Yes. Absolutely. They're made brilliantly, and you won't find a better wearing lipstick formula anywhere.

MAC Lipsticks

The original MAC lipstick lists for $16.50. That's a little expensive for one tube of lipstick!

But... there's a reason there are so many buyers. Not only are the lipsticks long-lasting, extremely pigmented, and well, a huge variety of beautiful shades---They also smell and taste like vanilla. For me, that makes the $15.00 worth it.

I have seven MAC lipsticks, which I love and wear daily. These include:

  • Hot Tahiti (Glaze)

Hot Tahiti is a beautiful burnt red/pink color, but it goes on to your lips quite sheer. You can build up the color, of course! It's a very pretty natural lip color, which I personally love.

  • All Fired Up (Matte)

This lipstick is a very bright pink matte shade, making it not shiny, so it isn't overwhelming. It's formula is non-drying, like other matte lipsticks on the market. This goes for the rest of MAC's matte lipsticks as well. It's very "out there" as a lip color, but I like standing out, so wear at your own risk.

  • Russian Red (Matte)

Ah, yes. Russian Red, one of MAC's most famous shades. It's a very dark red, almost burnt red color. I definitely understand why it's so famous and hyped about: It's so darn beautiful! Like I said about All Fired Up, the formula is non-drying, and it lasts all day.

  • Rebel (Satin)

This is another famous MAC shade. It's a beautiful dark plum color, but you can build the color intensity on your lips. You can have it light, which is like a lollipop pink color (kind of reminds me of Revlon's Lip Butter in Lollipop without the balminess) or you can go full on dark purple, like something Lorde would wear. A good thing about summer ending: This is a very lovely lip shade for fall!

  • Hang-Up (Cremesheen)

Hang-Up is somewhat similar to Rebel, just a less intense formula. Instead of mainly being purple, it also has some dark red tones in it. It's a beautiful dark burgundy, very moisturizing on your lips, and all-in-all, one of my favorites from MAC!

  • Sounds Like Noise (Matte)

This was a part of Hayley Williams (Paramore)'s collection from last April-November or so. Like Hayley's hair, it is a bright neon orange, and though it might not be everyone's cup of tea, I love it. I'm very saddened that it's no longer being sold.

And, last but not least:

  • Cockney (Lustre)

It's a lovely blue-toned red but with a little bit of a golden shimmer, also with a buttery formula. It melts on to your lips like a dream. It's very sheer, but still very pigmented as well. After buying this one, I definitely want to pick up some more Lustre's!


MAC Russian Red
MAC Russian Red
MAC Sounds Like Noise Limited Edition Hayley Williams line
MAC Sounds Like Noise Limited Edition Hayley Williams line
MAC All Fired Up
MAC All Fired Up
MAC Hot Tahiti
MAC Hot Tahiti
MAC Cockney
MAC Cockney
MAC Rebel
MAC Rebel
MAC Hang-Up
MAC Hang-Up

Be careful with the Wet 'n Wild lipstick, it's very pigmented!

Though, if you want the right amount of pigmentation that's the same as Sounds Like Noise, give Oh! Orange! a few swipes on your lips.

Duplicates (Cheaper lipsticks that are just like MAC)

  • Russian Red - Kate Moss Rimmel London 8 Hour Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick in 111 Kiss of Life, usually around $4.99.
  • Rebel - Wet 'n Wild MegaLast Lip Color in Sugar Plum Fairy 908C, usually around $1.99-$2.99.
  • Sounds Like Noise - (not a matte finish but the closest thing I've found to it.) Maybelline Baby Lips Electro in Oh! Orange, usually around $3.99-$4.99.

Those are the only duplicates I've found so far.


  1. Long wearing
  2. Highly pigmented
  3. Smells like vanilla (this could be a pro or a con, depending on if you like this quality)


  1. Very expensive
  2. Some are limited edition

So there you have it! I hope you enjoyed reading this, and it was helpful for you.


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