Get To Know M∙A∙C’s Hero Lipstick Shades

Every shade you need to build your very own lipstick wardrobe

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Uncovering your go-to lipstick is akin to finding a leather jacket that fits like a glove, a perfectly cut blazer, or that little black dress that hugs your curves in all the right places. Just like the clothing that make you feel confident the second you step out the door, lipstick is an instant mood booster, and always acts as the finishing touch to any makeup look.

It should be relatively simple in theory, but the truth is, navigating the beauty counter can be just as overwhelming as flipping through racks of clothing in a boutique. The sheer volume of lipstick colour options can make it tricky to determine your favourite shades: the always-pretty pink, the won’t-wash-you-out nude or even the show-stopping red that begs to be slicked on.

This is where the ultimate edit of M∙A∙C lipsticks step in. These eight products have stood the test of time, earning cult beauty status thanks to their rich pigment pay-off, and long-lasting formulas. Better still, M∙A∙C lipsticks are now available at the newly reduced price of $30, so there’s no better time to try your favourites, or select some new ones.

Go on, get swatching.


Everyone needs a classic red, and there’s a reason that Retromatte Lipstick in Ruby Woo is a forever favourite. The blue-red undertones not only suit every skin tone, its vibrant colour boosts radiance and makes your teeth look whiter. Plus, the formula is effectively budge-proof.

If true red is where your heart lies, then Matte Lipstick in Russian Red is the perfect hue for pale and deeper skin tones alike, the cool undertones providing a sleek, sophisticated finish. However, when ever-trending 90s-esque shades are your current go-to, try Matte Lipstick in Chili. The orange, brown-toned red makes just as much of a statement as its classic counterparts, but as its name suggests, it brings a hint of spice.


Pink lipsticks don’t always have to be ultra-feminine but Cremesheen Lipstick in Modesty certainly is. With a balm-like formula, it provides just the right amount of pigment to enhance your natural lip colour. If you like your pink to pack a little more punch, Matte Lipstick in Mehr is creamy in texture but the long-wearing formula leaves lips coated in an eye-catching, blue-toned pink that you’ll never want to take off. We can't forget Satin Lipstick in Faux, though; the mauve-tinged pink gives dimension and a twist on traditional pink, plus the finish is buildable, so you can layer it on until you reach your desired outcome.


We've got a soft spot for nudes. With a strong surge in popularity, these underestimated tones still provide an eye-catching finish but don't compete with the rest of your makeup, allowing you to experiment with dramatic eyes, contouring and cheek colours. Matte Lipstick in Velvet Teddy is a creamy beige that wears beautifully on every skin tone, stealing stares with its subtle but sultry finish. If you prefer something a little less pigmented, Matte Lipstick in Honeylove strikes the perfect balance between a neutral and pink — think of it like your natural lip colour, only better.