MAC Hot Gossip Lipstick Review

MAC is a store I always pop into if I’m the area that has one. I love the quality of their products, but what I love even more are their large shade selections. It is impossible to not find a lipstick or an eyeshadow that is right up your alley. But at the same time, it can be quite overwhelming if you visit the store for the first time and are not looking for specific shades. Been there, done that. I actually walked out of the store empty handed at least twice for that reason.

But when I had a chance to visit the store in Santa Monica, I promised myself not to make that mistake again. Luckily, I was at the store alone and not in a hurry, so I could swatch my life away. And the lovely ladies who worked there were such gems! I was really impressed with their customer service. They offered to disinfect every single lipstick that I was interested in so that I could try them directly on my lips, which turned out to be a very useful thing.

I was determined to find my go-to neutral fall shade and of course I first started picking up the very known and popular nude shades such as Creme Cup, Angel and Shy Girl, which all looked great when I swatched them on my hand, but they looked horrendous on my lips. They didn’t suit my skin tone at all. This is why I’m really happy that I was able to try them on my lips before purchasing them, because I saved myself a lot of money and disappointment.

MAC Hot Gossip lipstick review swatchAfter trying on all the popular shades and being a bit depressed because none of them worked on me, I started picking up a bit darker colours and soon found the winner – Hot Gossip. Hot Gossip is a very lovely pinky mauve shade that is a few shades darker than my natural lip colour and is appropriate for day and night looks.

The shade is not completely opaque and has slight pink and white/silver shimmers that add a lovely sheen to your lips. I would describe the formula as creamy, but not buttery. It doesn’t feel particularly hydrating, but it doesn’t dry out your lips either. Also, the staying power is pretty average – about two hours – but since this is a neutral and not highly pigmented shade, I’m personally not bothered by it. It wears off gradually and doesn’t leave a tint or those annoying outer lines on your lips, so you don’t need to be worried about constantly checking yourself in the mirror to make sure there are no makeup disasters going on.

It is a great on-the-go shade. I personally am in love with it and have been wearing it A LOT for the past month. I forgot to take a proper photo of me wearing it, but you’ll be able to see it in action when I put on ‘My Go-to Fall Everyday Makeup Look’ video. Which lipsticks have you been enjoying lately? Do you have any go-to fall lipsticks from MAC as well?


  1. Cat girl:)
    September 26, 2013 / 10:21 pm

    color is truly gorgeous! i would love to go to mac store one day but i would be confused too ;D

    • Sandra
      September 27, 2013 / 1:03 pm

      Haha, yeah, it can be quite overwhelming. 😀

  2. Sarah morethanadored
    September 27, 2013 / 12:16 am

    This is such a gorgeous shade! I've been eyeing it up for such a long time but have never picked it up. I'm going into summer here and I'm eyeing off Mac Morange for the change in season. Sarah | More Than Adored

    • Sandra
      September 27, 2013 / 1:04 pm

      Morange is on my wishlist as well! It's such a unique and stunning shade. Definitely not for the faint hearted! 😀

  3. KElizabeth
    September 27, 2013 / 12:20 am

    A gorgeous color! LovelyKallie @ But First, Coffee

    • Sandra
      September 27, 2013 / 1:04 pm

      Thank you Kallie!

  4. Kate Flint
    September 27, 2013 / 1:10 am

    My very first MAC lipstick I bought was Hot Gossip, and it's one of my most used MAC lipsticks. I completely agree with everything you said! Lovely post!Kate

    • Sandra
      September 27, 2013 / 1:07 pm

      Thank you! It's my first MAC lipstick as well. Well, technically my first official MAC lipstick is Blossom from their Sheen Supreme line, but I got it ages ago and have only worn it twice because the shade doesn't suit me that much. It only works on me when I'm pale, haha.

  5. Anonymous
    September 27, 2013 / 7:59 am

    Ouuh this shade looks very good! I have to go have a look at my local MAC store! Been ages since I haven't had a look around there…

    • Sandra
      September 27, 2013 / 1:09 pm

      You really do! I wish we had MAC in my country… But I would probably be broke all the time if we had one, haha.

  6. Tanya
    September 27, 2013 / 10:25 am

    This is a great post :) visit me <3

    • Sandra
      September 27, 2013 / 1:09 pm


  7. Gita
    September 27, 2013 / 12:35 pm

    Super review + super odtenek. Sandra obvlada :)!xx

    • Sandra
      September 27, 2013 / 1:09 pm

      Hvala! <3 🙂

  8. IwantFASHION
    September 27, 2013 / 1:27 pm

    I have this one, it's gorgeous but doesn't suit me as much as I hoped 🙁 High Street FashionGet the latest on high street trends, collections, EXCLUSIVE discount codes and more!

  9. Mishelles Sleepy Time
    September 27, 2013 / 1:49 pm

    I have craving and it's quite a fall shade 🙂 I really like it!

  10. Jessica
    September 27, 2013 / 2:39 pm

    OMG. This looks so similar to a shade I got in one of their collections last year and I use it all the time! I'm also afraid to use it because it's getting to the nub and I can't repurchase it but WOW! I'll have to check this out when the other runs out. This is really gorgeous. I love neutral MLBB colors :D- JessThe Mod Mermaid

  11. Adeola Naomi Aderemi
    September 27, 2013 / 3:09 pm

    I like the review!!

  12. Bethan Turner
    September 27, 2013 / 9:07 pm

    Beautiful shade! I might have to try this, I've been wearing Crosswires a lot over the summer but I want more of an autumn shade to try

  13. Dilan Dilir
    September 27, 2013 / 9:49 pm

    it looks lovely!

  14. Pink_Diamond
    September 28, 2013 / 9:07 am

    lep odtenek šminke 🙂

  15. Taya
    September 28, 2013 / 3:42 pm

    Odtenek je res prekrasen. Škoda, da ni Maca pri nas, ampak verjetno smo premajhen trg pa cene bi bile tudi verjetno tudi ubijalske, vsaj v primerjavi s cenami v Ameriki.

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