MAC Cosmetics is one of the more iconic and classic brands out there. Even those who aren’t familiar with makeup tend to at least know of the brand.

Standing for Makeup Art Cosmetics, this Canadian-founded company been in the makeup game since 1984. It is a go-to brand for professional makeup products.

While they have many makeup products available, MAC lipsticks are a classic and are pretty much a must-have in any vanity.

But where to start with MAC lipsticks? There are a hundred shades in traditional lipsticks alone, so let us help you cut through the clutter so you can find the MAC lipstick for yourself.

Plus, we’ll go the extra mile and suggest shades that work best on our warm-toned Asian complexions.

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MAC Lipstick by finishes

Just like any lipsticks, the formula you go for depends on what kind of lipstick you want.

Do you want a buildable shade so you can have a more natural look with the option to get a thicker, full coverage? Or do you want to go for a straight up bold lip to make a statement?

We’ve compiled a list of MAC lipsticks depending on the kind of finish you are looking for.

Glossy

  • Lustreglass Lipstick
  • Patent Paint Lip Lacquer
  • Shot of Colour Lip Oil
  • Semi-glossy finish

Matte

  • Powder Kiss Liquid Lipcolour
  • Power Kiss Lipstick
  • Viva Glam Lipstick
  • Matte Lipstick
  • Retro Matte Lipstick
  • Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

Satin/Velvety

  • Love Me Liquid Lipcolour
  • Love Me Lipstick
  • Satin Lipstick

Lustrous

  • Amplified Lipstick
  • Frost Lipstick

MAC Lipstick recommendations

If you’re still not sure which MAC lipsticks to go for, we’ve got you covered. Here are our top MAC lipsticks of all time as well as our go-to shades for Asian skintones.

1. Retro Matte Lipstick in shade Ruby Woo

1. Retro Matte Lipstick in shade Ruby Woo

We have to recommend Ruby Woo, which is their most iconic, award-winning, and best-selling red lipstick shade.

The blue-toned cherry red works for cool-toned skin, and has a long list of celebrity devotees including Rihanna and Tracee Ellis Ross.

Retro Matte Lipstick retails for RM86.

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2. Love Me Lipstick in shade Under the Covers

2. Love Me Lipstick in shade Under the Covers

The medium-dark pink Under the Covers shade has moderate, warm undertones that will look great on Asian skin tones.

It is an easy everyday wear that will basically go with everything.

Love Me Lipstick retails for RM92.

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3. Satin Lipstick in shade Mocha

3. Satin Lipstick in shade Mocha

Mocha is a great nude brown and everyday shade for everyone but especially flatters those with tan and brown skin.

This helps tanned ladies enjoy a luscious My-Lips-But-Better (MLBB) look too!

Satin Lipstick retails for RM86.

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4. Mini Lipstick in shade Diva

4. Mini Lipstick in shade Diva

Go for a darker, dramatic look with the shade Diva which is deep burgundy red with subtle, warm undertones and comes in a matte finish.

What’s great is that this is a Mini Lipstick so it’s a bit more budget-friendly.

Mini Lipstick retails for RM50.

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5. Matte Lipstick in shade Velvet Teddy

5. Matte Lipstick in shade Velvet Teddy

This shade is a moderately warm-toned, and a rosy light brown with a matte finish that will suit most skin tones.

Celebrities, such as Kylie Jenner, have worn the shade and it is quickly considered a holy-grail nude by many.

Matte Lipstick retails for RM86.

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6. Love Me Lipstick in shade E for Effortless

6. Love Me Lipstick in shade E for Effortless

Ever wanted a beautiful red that will flatter your lips? This is a medium dark red which will suit warm-toned Asian beauties.

There’s also a slight pearl shimmer to the finish which will give your lips a subtle shine.

Love Me Lipstick retails for RM86.

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7. Powder Kiss Lipstick in shade Mull It Over

7. Powder Kiss Lipstick in shade Mull It Over

If you prefer something on the nude pink side, Mull It Over is a good shade to choose.

The colour is a warm-toned, medium rosy coral with a semi-matte finish, light enough for a casual, everyday look.

Powder Kiss Lipstick retails for RM92.

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8. Lustreglass Lipstick in shade Succumb to Plum

8. Lustreglass Lipstick in shade Succumb to Plum

Those who love bold, dark and plum-coloured lips don’t need to miss out with this dark purple shade that will look devastating on tanned skin.

Instead of building it up for a bold lip, you can also wear it sheer for a less intimidating look.

Lustreglass Lipstick retails for RM86.

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9. Mini Lipstick in shade Lady Danger

9. Mini Lipstick in shade Lady Danger

Fans of orange lipsticks are sure to love the shade Lady Danger.

This warm-toned medium orange-red could be great for a night out and a day at the office and will flatter most Asian skintones.

Mini Lipstick retails for RM50.

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10. Retro Matte Lipstick in shade All Fired Up

10. Retro Matte Lipstick in shade All Fired Up

Rock a dazzling Barbie-girl look with this medium-dark fuchsia with a matte finish.

No doubt this warm-toned pink will look even brighter on those with tan or brown skin.

Retro Matte Lipstick retails for RM86.

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11. Mini Lipstick in shade Whirl

11. Mini Lipstick in shade Whirl

Are you tired of nude colours yet? We hope not, because we aren’t!

This light medium matte brown mini lipstick variant would make a great for MLBB look.

Mini Lipstick retails for RM50.

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12. Viva Glam Lipstick in shade Viva Glam I

12. Viva Glam Lipstick in shade Viva Glam I

We’ve got a final warm-toned dark red for you and it comes with a matte finish. Build it up to make to turn heads as soon as you walk into the room.

Another thing we like about this lipstick is that 100% of every purchase is donated to charity organisations that support the health and rights of people of all ages, races, and genders. And that’s always a win!

Viva Glam Lipstick retails for RM84.

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