Monday, 4 August 2014

MAC Lipsticks: What the finishes are

Hey there, 

I was recently talking to a non blogging friend about lipsticks and she started asking about what were the ones that I liked the best. Obviously I said that one of my favourite brands is MAC, I have quite a few of them after all.

A couple of days later, I got a snapchat from her asking for help as she had gone into a local department store and was overwhelmed by the choice and all the different finishes and colours. So today I thought I'd talk about MAC Lipsticks, the finishes and what I think of them all.

my little collection..

So MAC has 8 different finishes and they are:
  • Cremesheen
  • Amplified Creme
  • Frost
  • Satin
  • Glaze
  • Lustre
  • Matte
  • Retro Matte
This sounds very difficult to work out but it is quite simple, once you get the hang of it. Let me explain what I think each finish means/how it feels on the lips.

Cremesheen: This finish kind of does what it says on the tin, it feels creamy to apply and after application the finished lip is a little bit sheeny and glossy looking. To me, a cremesheen lipstick always feels a little thick after application but thats not a bad thing, it's just something to keep in mind.

Amplified Creme: Ah this finish is my favourite I think. The lipstick is creamy and dreamy to apply and the pigmentation of these type of lipstick seriously packs a punch. This is a finish that some people might not like because the colour is so strong, there is no sheerness to be seen here.

Frost: From one of my favourite finishes to one of my least. Frost finishes are, in my opinion , the most annoying finishes to apply. This is because frost finishes tend to have a shimmer to them and that shimmer always seems to apply really bitty to my lips like the glitter/shimmy bits are trying to escape. This might just be the ones I own (I have two frost finish lipsticks) but like I said at the beginning this is what I think each finish is like.

Satin: I always like to think of this finish as a mix of Cremesheen and Amplified Creme. They glide on the lips easily and the pigmentation of the satin finish lipsticks is mildly strong. They can blended out quite easily to give a very subtle touch of colour.

Glaze: This is a finish I know not much about. I only have one lipstick in this finish and that is Hue so all of my knowledge of this finish is based on that lipstick. Glaze lipsticks are a lot of glossiness and not a lot of pigmentation. It's very much a small about of colour.

Lustre: This is another one I think is a mix of two finishes, its a mix of a Satin and a Glaze. It glides on the lips like a Satin and it has more colour/pigmentation to them than a Glaze  but a small amount of the sheen to them. I like Lustre finish lipsticks because you can get a gorgeous hint of colour without it being too obvious. They are perfect for when you have a strong eye look but still want a little colour on the lips.

Matte: This finish leaves your lips looking matte (obviously), there is no shine to be seen at all. They don't drag on your lips as you apply which is always something I worry about with matte lipsticks. They are very long lasting as well.

Retro Matte: Think a matte lipstick and then make it matter. I find these lipsticks a little drying so much prep is needed before applying and also after taking it off at the end. Everything I said about the matte finish above stands for Retro Mattes so I shall not repeat myself.

I hope all that may be a little help to anyone who is beginning to venture into the world of MAC lipsticks. If this has wet your appetite for some MAC loving you might want to check out my Lipstick Blog were I am currently doing a month of MAC lipsticks, where I am sharing a MAC lipstick a day for all of August.

Lots of Love,


  1. Fantastic post! I don't have any MAC lipsticks but have been thinking about getting a few (I am a beauty blogger after all!) Thanks for breaking it all down :)

  2. Great post!

    You're a MAC lipstick addict like me lol!

    x Sarah x

  3. A very handy post! I love s Satin and Matte finish from MAC but can't get on with Retro Mattes as I find them really drying xxx Thou Shalt Not Covet

  4. This is a really helpful post! It is certainly is confusing. Would love to see a post on the eyeshadow finishes too! xx

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  6. this is such a helpful post, thanks! I'm in awe of your collection too lol :) Jenny x

  7. Retro Matte sounds amazing I HAVE to try that.
    I never even consider the finishes before buying but I will remember to now after reading this

  8. Really helpful post! I actually didn't realise just how many finishes there were lol. Lovely collection and lipstick holder! x


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