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A Quick Guide To the 7 M.A.C. Lipstick Finishes


Hello, lovelies!

I bought my first MAC lipstick last summer, and haven’t looked back. When I travel somewhere with a MAC store, I select a new lipstick to add into my collection. Today I share a quick guide to each of the 7 lipstick finish MAC Cosmetics offers.

1. Cremesheen 

A cremesheen lipstick is smooth and creamy. This lipstick finish is not as pigmented as others. However, it is not the same as a sheer finish. A cremesheen lipstick has a short wear-time, but this finish is hydrating. A creamier lipstick is richer in texture. 

2. Matte 

I favor matte finishes. A matte lipstick can be tricky to work with at first, because this type of lipstick begins stiffly. This finish is highly pigmented. 

3. Satin 

A satin finish is opaque. Satin finishes are hydrating, and give the lips a delicate sheen. A satin finish is versatile. A pale satin lipstick or a richer satin lipstick is easy to wear day or night, 

4. Amplified

Amplified lipsticks are a creme finish. An amplified finish offers an intense pigment without the drying effect of matte lipsticks. This formula is slightly creamier than a satin finish. 

5. Glaze

This formula is lightly pigmented. A glaze lipstick offers a hint of colour with a glossy finish. This finish is similar to a lipgloss. 

6. Frost

A frost finish is a mix of shimmer and gloss. It is not long-wearing, but it is creamy. The high shimmer in this lipstick gives it a “frosty” appearance. 

7. Lustre 

This lipstick finish is creamy but not long-wearing. Pigmentation in a lustre lipstick is limited. A lustre lipstick is sheer and glossy. 

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