As you can see, most of the colors I own are pretty bold. I have this theory that if you are going to wear lipstick, it might as well stand out. Hehe.
Here are the colors swatched on my arm, in direct sunlight, and I will review each shade below.
Girl About Town (amplified):
I love this color, despite it being a bright bold hot pink, it is quite flattering and wearable. It is possible to achieve a more subdued look by blending the color with your fingers or with a brush. It stains the lip, so at the end of the day, you will still have a relatively strong flush of color.
|MAC Girl About Town Lipstick|
I got this one when the orange-y red matte lips were super popular on the runway. That trend may have passed, but I still really love this color. It has a very modern, clean, and fashionable feel to it. But because it is matte, it is a little drying, but the incredible pigmentation makes up for it.
|MAC So Chaud Lipstick|
Now I honestly can't tell you why I bought this color, I an guessing that bright lips must have been "in" when I got it. I have used it a few times, but mostly during the first few months that I owned it, because I am finding this harder and harder to pull of. Maybe in the summer...
Anyhow, this is an orange lipstick- bold, pigmented, and creamy with a bit of sheen. I think you got to be pretty daring to pull this one off. The formula does settle into the lines of the lips a bit, which I find is quite common with MAC amplified and creme sheen lipsticks.
|MAC Morange Lipstick|
This is a soft peach coral with a slight shimmer. It swatches beautifully, but I have an issue with this settling into the lines of the lips. Also, because it is a cremesheen, it isn't as pigmented as the colors mentioned above. However, the color is very wearable.
|MAC Crosswires Lipstick|
Speak Louder (creme sheen):
Speak Louder and Crosswires are very very similar in terms of texture. From what I can tell, all of the lip swatches of Speak Louder on the internet make the color a lot brighter than it seems. This is actually a subdued rosy pink with a hint of shimmer. Again, I don't reach for this very often because it gathers in the lines of my lips.
|MAC Speak Louder Lipstick|
This color is the newest one in my collection, I got it 2 days ago because I really wanted to try a deep wine colored red (burgandy). The makeup artist at MAC recommended Diva and I loved it on me. It's definitely a statement color but I think I will get quite a few uses out of this color (I might have once said that about Morange). This is matte, so my lips definitely needs to be in tip-top condition to sport this.
|MAC Diva Lipstick (The color looks a bit darker in person)|
P.S. All the colors I reviewed are in the permanent collection.