06 May 2015

Top 5 My Lips But Better Lipstick Shades by MAC

I'm a huge fan of an understated lipstick and think that it is a great way to rock a more sophisticated look. Natural lip shades are ideal for a minimal makeup look or to pair with a fierce smokey eye. MAC Cosmetics make some of the best lipsticks I've ever used, and with such a diverse shade range as well as various finishes, I thought I'd share my top five "My Lips But Better" (MLBB) shades of lipstick from this brand with you. If you're interested in pretty lipstick pictures and swatches, this one will be for you (WARNING: picture heavy!)

I think it is important to remember that MLBB doesn't only mean shades that look like you aren't wearing any lipstick. I like to put any lipstick into this category that enhances the natural colour of your lips, and they can vary from light nudes to bolder burgundys, pinks and browns. Personally, these are my favourite types of lipsticks to wear to work and on an everyday basis which is why I thought I'd share my favourites with you!

(L-R): Mac Cosmetics Lipsticks in Twig, Fast Play, Brave, Faux & Modesty

1.  Twig (Satin)

MAC Twig Lipstick Swatch

Twig is described as a soft, muted brownish-pink. It's a little deeper than some of the other shades, but still looks natural enough to work as an everyday lip colour that you could wear to school or work. I feel like it has a little bit of a burgundy hue. Twig almost has some burgundy tones mixed throughout it, making it a gorgeous fall/autumn shade.

2. Fast Play (Amplified)

Fast Play appeared to be the darkest swatch on my arm out of the five lipsticks listed here but on my lips it comes off a medium neutral shade and is still wearable for an every day look. As you can see, it is very similar to twig but perhaps slightly more pigmented due to the amplified finish, and it leans more pink whereas twig is more brown. MAC describes this shade as a slow and dirty neutral pink, and it definitely describes it well. This is a bolder nude but I think it would suit most skin tones really well. 

(L-R): Mac Cosmetics Lipsticks in Twig, Fast Play, Brave, Faux & Modesty

MAC Nude Lipsticks

3. Brave (Satin)

Brave is described as a muted pink-beige with a very subtle white pearl overtone. Brave leans more pink than beige and is a little cooler than some of the other shades. It's a nice MLBB colour and would suit any skin tone. This is a lovely everyday, natural shade that requires little to no effort and which I think most people would really enjoy!

4. Faux (Satin)

Faux is described as a muted-mauve pink and has been one of my favourite nude lipsticks for a while now (See my Top 10 Beauty Products of 2014). It's a beautiful beige pink shade and has a satin finish.

Mac Nude Lipsticks Must Have Top 5
(L-R): Mac Cosmetics Lipsticks in Twig, Fast Play, Brave, Faux & Modesty

 5. Modesty (Cremesheen) 

MAC Lipstick Modesty Swatch

Modesty is a muted neutral pink and a lighter nude. It's noticeable enough on the lips but still extremely natural and soft. It's slightly less pigmented than the other shades due to it being a cremesheen finish, however it's a gorgeous everyday neutral shade worth having in your collection.

Mac Cosmetics Lipstick Swatches in Modesty, Faux, Brave, Fast Play and Twig
Top to Bottom: Mac Cosmetics Lipsticks in Modesty, Faux, Brave, Fast Play and Twig

Mac Cosmetics Lipstick Swatches in Modesty, Faux, Brave, Fast Play and Twig
(L-R): Mac Cosmetics Lipsticks in Twig, Fast Play, Brave, Faux & Modesty

Well, I hope you enjoyed seeing my top 5 MLBB shades from MAC!
What are your favourite MLBB lipsticks? Do you own or want any of these shades?


  1. Great post lovely!! I need to pick up a few of those shades! I finally got my GC order yesterday and I'm wearing 1995 today, and I've had so many compliments!! xx

  2. I like the look of all the shades! I can't pick a favourite!

    xox Kat @ Katness

  3. You have convinced me that I want Modesty in my collection :) x
    Becoming Becca

  4. Ooo theres a few here that I really want!
    My fave MLBB is Cosmo! You HAAAAAAVE to try it Sarah! I'm obsessed with it x

  5. Twig is tied as my all time favourite MAC lipstick and I also love Faux so I will be checking out your other suggests as it looks like we have similar taste :) xx

    Magpie Jasmine

  6. Thanks girl!!! What other ones do I need in my life? I'm glad you like my taste!!! Faux is amazing!!! x

  7. Ooooh! I'm so trying it Katina! I have actually heard a few people say it's a nice shade. I know how I'm spending my Myer voucher now :) Thanks girl! x

  8. Ugh modesty is amazing!!! So simple and easy to add to any look! I hope you enjoy it hun! Thanks for the comment x

  9. Thanks Kat!!! Let me know if you decide to pick any up! x

  10. Thanks beauty! 1995 is such a pretty shade! I have to wear a lip balm underneath mine because I find it a little drying but it's a pretty shade for sure! x

  11. Dianne Childs11/5/15 10:31 pm

    I'm loving Brave and Faux! Awesome post, I'm always on the look out for MLBB shades, and only have a few MAC lippies. Food for thought!

    Di from Max The Unicorn

  12. Twig is my current favourite, go-to everyday work lipstick. Based on your photos and swatches I now want to try Fast Play and Modesty.

    Thanks for linking up at Monday Makeup Madness :)

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  14. At Wednesdays I Wear Pink12/5/15 6:41 am

    They're all so pretty, that I can decid my favourite !


  15. Great selection darling! xx

  16. I can definitely see myself wearing the last two :) Loved your swatches!

  17. Jasmine Huston12/5/15 11:24 pm

    I have to say Modesty is my favourite out of all of them.. I think it would suit me the best. Love this collection though, such a great way to find your best MLBB shade hehe! xx

  18. Emma Waller (Emmajane01)14/5/15 10:54 am

    Great shades, I don't think you can beat MAC lipstick

  19. Oooh so many pretties!!! I LOVE Mac lipsticks! I own Brave and Twig out of this bunch, but I think I'd love the rest too! My list keeps growing... obsessed! Fab post xxx

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