My Top 5 MAC Lipsticks

top 5 mac lipsticks, best lipstick shades for asian/chinese skin tone
From left to right: Crosswires, Lustering, Girl About Town, Plumful, Speak Louder

My Top 5 MAC Lipsticks

My favourite lipsticks are all from MAC and here are my top 5 best MAC lipstick shades! It makes me sad to see a couple of them looking flat and stumpy and it bugs me that I’m photographing used make up but it’s a sign of how much I truly love them!

To prevent this blogpost from being too image-heavy, I’ve added a link to an outfit post where I’m wearing the lipstick shade. Hopefully, it is also handy to see the lip colour in an overall outfit look.

Crosswires (Cremesheen formula)

I went to the MAC Counter to try Vegas Volt, which I had read countless amount of reviews for. I had been in several times to swatch it and I was about to purchase until a last minute doubt came in to my head. I didn’t feel comfortable in it, it didn’t look right on me.

After a chat with the lady behind the MAC counter, I decided that Vegas Volt was too bright and so she recommended an alternative. This happened to be Crosswires, which is described as a coral pink but it actually comes out a little orange on me as shown here.
Lustering (Lustre formula)

This is looking rather stubby, isn’t it! This is for two reasons. Firstly, it’s because it’s the one I used the most. Secondly, it gets worn down more easily because the formula is very sheer and you need to apply this more heavy handed than the others.

It’s such a wearable shade of pink, especially for the day time when you don’t want your lips to be too vibrant. It adds a dash of colour but this one might not be for you if you like strong pigment. It’s really moisturising and it looks really natural on me.
Girl About Town (Amplified formula)

This is a vibrant hot pink with a blue undertone and I like to put this one on when I wear plain outfits like this, or nights out. It makes a fairly simply outfit look and feel more glam!

It’s a lot brighter than it’s showing up on photographs – but as you can tell, it’s the brightest one from the hand swatch (photo above). Amplified formulas are highly pigmented, packs a punch (of colour!) and are long lasting. This one is creamy and has a slight glossy finish. It’s a very pretty lipstick!
Plumful (Lustre formula)
This was a Christmas present from my sister and I did a full review of MAC Plumful lipstick here. It’s the darkest shade out of the five, and it is a nice shade for Autumn/Winter. It’s another one from the lustre finish, so it won’t be long until this one ends up in a flat and stumpy state!
Speak Louder (creamsheen)

This one is a more intense version of Lustering and I did a full review on this when I first bought it, so will keep this one short and sweet.

Speak Louder and Lustering are my all time favourite lipsticks, I love fuchsia pinks and it complements my skin tone and dark hair really well. I’d go as far as to say that Speak Louder is the perfect shade for asian skin tone! Cremesheen formulas provides a creamy medium coverage which is buildable, and it’s moisturising too. It’s got a sheen to it without it being glossy or sticky.

I’m going to treat myself to a new MAC lipstick soon, but which shade shall I go for next? What’s your favourite MAC lipstick?

Click here to read my other MAC lipstick reviews!



  1. 8th April 2014 / 8:24 pm

    I'm due a back-to-Mac trip, and you just sold me on Crosswires. Love it. It wasn't limited edition or anything was it? 🙂 x

  2. Anonymous
    8th April 2014 / 9:57 pm

    Oooh, I love all of these! I don't have ANY MAC lipsticks, but will have to pick up one of these shades!

    Smitten with Sunday

  3. 8th April 2014 / 10:55 pm

    Girl about town is gorgeous, I LOVE pinks at the moment so pretty xxx

  4. Anonymous
    8th April 2014 / 11:11 pm

    I love Speak Louder and it was due to your review that I discovered it and ended up buying it. 🙂 Now it's one of my favourite MAC lipsticks!

    My top 3 MAC lipsticks have to be Rebel, Speak Louder and (it's a tough one…) but either Lady Bug or Daddy's Little Girl (Archie's Girls Collection). 🙂

  5. 8th April 2014 / 11:32 pm

    Plumful is one of my favourites! I love wearing it, even when the weather is a little warmer. I also have my eyes on shades like Crosswire and Lustering. Hope to pick those up soon! xx
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  6. 9th April 2014 / 12:42 am

    I don't have any of these but I've always wanted Girl About Town xx

  7. 9th April 2014 / 8:55 am

    They all look so pretty and I can't wait to pick up my first shade for my birthday. I'll have to keep these ones in mind though.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale | bloglovin'

  8. 9th April 2014 / 9:26 am

    Mine is fanfare! I love the cremeshenes, and I really want to try crosswires, though I keep telling myself it won't be different enough to fanfare

  9. 9th April 2014 / 10:05 am

    Love the look of these Sarah! I find it quite hard to find Mac lipsticks that suit my skin tone and these all look perfect! I've wanted plumful ever since I saw your last post, its so pretty! x


  10. 9th April 2014 / 1:38 pm

    All of these shades are gorgeous. I only have two mac lipsticks, Plink and Hot Gossip but Hot Gossip i my favourite lip product ever
    Megan x | MeganRoisinn

  11. 9th April 2014 / 2:33 pm

    I'll keep this post in my favourites because I want to remember the names of the lipsticks! They are all so pretty and so me *__* specially Girl about Town!!

    Take care,
    Have a nice day!*

  12. 9th April 2014 / 7:58 pm

    Plumful looks like such a nice shade. I think I might have to check that out next time I'm at a Mac counter.


  13. 10th April 2014 / 12:28 pm

    Crosswires is such a gorgeous shade, I have been looking for a new coral lippie so will check this out!

    Maria xxx

  14. 11th April 2014 / 6:15 pm

    lady danger is a must have. I think it would look lovely on your colouring too! 🙂 xxx

  15. 14th April 2014 / 3:46 pm

    I really love Crosswires and Speak Louder. I think our skintone's quite similar so I must check those colours out! I'm actually working with a new makeup brand called NV at the moment. Make sure you check out their website – you might see something you like! 😉

    Mags xx
    (My latest post ** Great Gatsby Inspired **)

  16. 15th February 2015 / 5:45 pm

    I love all of these colours! Crosswires looks amazing might have to get my hands on this one xx

  17. 19th February 2015 / 6:29 pm

    I'm seriously in love with all of them! I need them in my life now

    Xo, Emily | embur.

  18. 21st February 2015 / 1:54 am

    Gorgeus colors! I absolutely love Girl about Town and have been in my favourites for years! Tanks for sharing


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