Consumers praise MAC Lipstick for offering the most appealing shades. The Matte line is available in 15 colors that are deeply pigmented without a lot of shine. Experts say that the lipstick, originally formatted to stand up to the intense light and heat of photo shoots, really stays put, though it can be a bit drying. Users agree but claim that a bit of lip balm applied before the lipstick makes it more comfortable to wear. If you prefer a creamier lipstick, Maybelline New York Color Sensational Lipcolor (*Est. $6) tops reviewers' lists. As a side note, the Back-to-MAC program encourages recycling by offering consumers a free tube of lipstick for every six empty tubes returned to MAC.
Paula Begoun provides the most thorough review of MAC Matte Lipstick in her detailed analysis at Beautypedia.com. The hundreds of user reviews at MakeupAlley.com and TotalBeauty.com offer consumers' day-to-day experiences with the lipstick. Allure magazine compares the lipstick to hundreds of others tested for their 2007 annual beauty awards.
Paula Begoun describes MAC Matte Lipstick as "deeply pigmented, full-coverage colors." She says that they are not true mattes, but come pretty close.
Review: MAC Lipstick - Mattes, Paula Begoun
Nearly 175 reviewers at MakeupAlley.com give an above-average rating to MAC Lipstick because of its "gorgeous" colors that last long. Many complain that the matte formula is drying to the lips, but several say that applying lip balm first makes the lipstick more comfortable to wear.
Review: MAC -- All Lipsticks, Contributors to MakeupAlley.com
Nearly 200 members of TotalBeauty.com give MAC lipstick a high rating, saying that it has a good texture with long-lasting color. Many also comment on MAC's reasonable prices.
Review: MAC Lipstick, Contributors to TotalBeauty.com
Editors at Allure call MAC Matte Lipstick the best "long-wearing lipstick," saying that it has long-lasting color and "shockingly" deep pigment. They especially like the "Ruby Woo" and "Russian Red" shades.
Review: Allure's Best of Beauty 2007, Editors of Allure, Oct. 2007