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These are the fifteen classic MAC lipsticks every girl must own

When it comes to lipsticks, it’s always the classics one reaches out to more often than not. Attractive packaging, Instagram hype, and a popular brand ambassador cannot outrun a good formula even if they tried. That’s why MAC Cosmetics reigns high when it comes to creating classic, timeless shades that are all about long-lasting benefits and outstanding pigments.

Twig is a natural nude in dusky brick tones while Flat Out Fabulous is a plum pink shade; Ruby Woo is a classic red that comes with a warm-tone. Which got us to look at our favourite MAC lipsticks of all time – classics that are on the radar of every beauty aficionado.

Here are the classic MAC lipstick shades every girl must own.

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This amazingly cool-toned fuchsia shade is highly pigmented. It moves towards a good coral side and stays on for eight hours and is transfer-resistant. M.A.C describes it as Amped-up Fuchsia.

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This one’s a classic and is somewhere between a red and a pink. It is a long-wearing formula that gives off an intense colour payoff, and comes with a pigmented matte finish that doesn’t require any touch ups. It could get a little dry but it works beautifully once you layer your lips with a balm.

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A little history: Mickey Contractor, popular Indian MAC makeup artiste, created Mehr for his wife. The blue undertones are visible as M.A.C calls it matte dirty blue pink. It’s the truest nude matte lipstick and suits all Indian skin tones.

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This warm brown with a matte finish is an everyday shade that works wonders for those looking for under-the-radar lipstick shades. The muted red is a great addition to your lipstick closet because it’s creamy and comfortable yet pigmented.

This one comes recommended by our favourite blogger and author, Vasudha Rai. The smooth formula is a wearable laidback brown that comes with intense amounts of pigment. The luxurious gel base easily gives a satin finish.

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This one was voted the most popular M.A.C shade by Kaushal Beauty, an influential beauty blogger, and its formula is just so comfortable on the lips with only one swipe. It doesn’t dry out the lips like any other super matte lipstick but gives out a great pigment. The brand offers dusky pink hue suits darker skin tones beautifully.

Say hello to the award-winning, luscious red Ruby Woo shade from MAC. With a complete matte finish, this lip shade will stick to you for 8 hours straight. It accentuates every complexion from wheatish to dusky. Get your hands on MAC Retro Matte Lipstick and radiate your lips with instant flair.

Dye your lips in soulful pink with MAC’s Flat Out Fantabulous shade. The best thing about the retro collection is that it gives a matte texture without chapping your lips and looks kinda sexy. You can get busy in a day-long meeting or a family gathering and not worry about your lipstick smudging or losing its radiance with this matte lipstick.

The Diva shade from the MAC Mini Matte collection goes pretty well with a smokey makeup look. You can also pair the matte lipstick with light makeup if you want to accentuate your lips for an evening look. After all, your lips deserve a touch of glam every now and then.

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A long-standing bestseller and setting up a fiery competition against Ruby Woo, Russian Red is a shade you will instantly fall in love with. It suits any complexion and skin tone and gives your lips a stunning glow even after putting it on for hours. For best results, apply a little balm before wearing this shade.

When it comes to innovation in lip colours, MAC is always the trailblazer. Revamping the matte texture with a balm-like feel, MAC introduces the Powder Kiss collection. The MAC cosmetics matte lipstick is formulated with moisture-coated powder pigments that leave your lips soft all day long and brighten your look. No more dry lips!

If you’re looking for a long-wearing lipstick with a sultry shade, let Candy Yum Yum by MAC come to your rescue. Redefine your lips and be a head-turner wearing this blazing shade. Its soft creamy texture keeps your lips hydrated for hours without the need for a touch-up.

Wondering what look would go best on your lips for a night out? Well, maybe you can add a glossy touch with the Mocha shade. It doesn’t chap your lips and keeps it plump and radiant for hours on end. A little gloss once in a while doesn’t hurt! 

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Red never goes out of style, no matter your skin tones! Here’s a cult shade of red that would work great for a dinner date or a night out with friends. Bathe your lips in a velvet sheen while you dazzle in MAC’s Lady Danger.

There’s no chance your lips can go dry with MAC Love Me Liquid Lipcolour. Infused with the goodness of shea butter and argan oil, this liquid lipstick will make your lips go from ‘Oh, no!’ to ‘Oh, wow!’. Add a tinge of fiery red to your lips and shine through the day!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the most popular shade of MAC lipstick?

The most-loved shade of MAC lipstick is none other than Ruby Woo. It’s famous across the globe and has even won awards for its classic red shade.

What is the longest-lasting MAC lipstick?

The Retro Matte Lipstick collection by MAC lasts the longest up to 8 hours.

Which MAC lipstick has blue undertones?

The Ruby Woo shade by MAC comes with blue undertones and goes well with any skin complexion.

Does Mac still give free lipstick?

Yes, very much so! ​​The ‘Back-to-MAC’ program allows customers to pick a lipstick (at times, other items too) for free, provided they return 6 primary packaging containers via mail or to a MAC store.  

What is the best-selling lipstick of all time?

Owing to its enormous popularity, Ruby Woo is considered to be the best selling lipstick of all time.

How do you get free MAC lipstick?

You can get MAC lipsticks free by returning 6 primary packaging containers through mail or to a MAC store. This is called the Back to MAC program.

What is the best MAC lipstick for pale skin?

For those with a fair complexion, the best MAC lipsticks to go for include Ruby Woo, Relentlessly Red, Dance With Me (Retro Matte collection), and French Silk (satin collection).

Does MAC lipstick expire?

Yeah, like any other makeup product, MAC lipsticks too have expiry dates. Most lipsticks or lip glosses expire within 1 year with regular use. 

Can I return used lipsticks to MAC?

If you buy a MAC product and don’t like it, you can return the unused portion for exchange or a refund. There is no restriction in terms of the products/collections you can file a return request for.

How do you refill MAC lipstick?

The process of refilling lipsticks is the same for most brands. If you wish to recycle or reuse your old lipstick holders, all you need to do is clean them, mush a new lipstick and insert the mushed portion into the old lipstick holder. Once you finish inserting the solution, use a hair dryer to dry it and come to shape. Tada, you have a new lipstick in an old case!

These are the fifteen classic MAC lipsticks every girl must own

Latha Sunadh

Deputy Editor

When she's not trying on a new serum, researching on yet another classic fragrance and sharing lip balms with her 5-year old daughter, Latha Sunadh keeps it reined in with a nice song and a good book. Special skills include obsessing over handmade, home-made and handcrafted luxuries.


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