This post has been requested a couple times by my readers but I haven't written it until today for a few reasons. First, I think it is hard to suggest 10 universal colors -- so I geared this post for fair/light skin. Most of these lipsticks would look great on a variety of skin tones though! Secondly, I am very particular when it comes to my Top 10's and I was never fully satisfied by my picks until today!
If I have done an individual review or lip swatch on a particular lipstick there will be a link below. I plan on reviewing all of them with lip swatches in the future, so keep an eye out for those! Oh, and I was pretty bad at photographing lip swatches back in the day, so no judgments... you live and learn ;)
|(l-r) Hue, Shy Girl, Crème Cup, Fanfare, Viva Glam V|
SHY GIRL (Cremesheen) -- a mostly opaque peachy nude that has become a new favorite of my mine! I typically can't pull off lipsticks with much orange to them, but Shy Girl is the exception! Like Hue, this lipstick looks great on a variety of different skin tones.
CREME CUP (Cremesheen) -- a semi opaque light slightly cool toned pink. Crème Cup looks great with a smokey, neutral, or natural look! Definitely a must have!
FANFARE (Cremesheen) -- a semi opaque warm midtone pink. This was suggested to me by one of my readers, and I have loved it since the day we met! Fanfare looks beautiful on very fair to very tan yellow toned skin. My current #1 favorite!
VIVA GLAM V (Lustre) -- a sheer dusty, pearly, pink with a slight brown undertone. This is the perfect MLBB lipstick that is a "throw it on and go" kind of color. It goes with anything and is appropriate for any situation. Cult status for a reason!
|(l-r) Lovelorn, Chatterbox, Craving, Impassioned, Ruby Woo|
LOVELORN (Lustre) -- a semi sheer cool mid-tone pink. Lovelorn was one of my first MAC lipsticks so it will always have a place in my heart. I feel like this one is a very basic color that would suit ladies with cool complexions best.
CHATTERBOX (Amplified) -- a fully opaque quintessential pink -- bright but not neon. If I want to be a little daring but I'm not in the mood to go for something way out there I always pick Chatterbox. It's perfect!
CRAVING (Amplified) -- a fully opaque plummy pink. Craving is gorgeous for Fall!
IMPASSIONED (Amplified) -- a fully opaque, neon watermelon pink. This looks great with winged eye liner and is definitely a statement lippy. Impassioned is one of those colors that would look beautiful on ANY skin color!
RUBY WOO (Retro Matte) -- a bright neutral red. Even though Ruby Woo is incredibly dry to apply, it is the most universally flattering, true red that I have found.
Well ladies... that's it for my Top 10 MAC lipsticks! I hope you found this helpful :)
Would any of my picks make your list?