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.
After 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?