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M.A.C Week: Rebel, See Sheer, and Lustering Lipsticks

M.A.C lipsticks are some of the most vibrant, complex ones out there. You can find anything from sweet pinks, severe browns, sexy reds, daring purples, or even stark black if you're into that. ;) Each new collection has at least a new shade or two of lipstick so there's always something to covet if you're a collector, or a simple lover of color. 

The downside is that not all lipsticks have a great formula. Some may look streaky or fade easily. That's why you should always check reviews and swatch the lippies in person if you can, as this will save you a lot of grief in the long run. I've reviewed a few already so please do check them out! That said, here's a new batch of permanent M.A.C lipsticks for you to check out.

I'll begin with the MAC Lipstick in Rebel (P1,000). Rebel has a satin finish, which is full-bodied, pigmented, and a wee bit glossy. It's a color that I've always been hearing about from beauty bloggers here and abroad, so I got one to see if it's worth the hype. Dahhlings, it is. It's such an amazing color!

I've always thought of Rebel as a gothic red shade based on the swatches I've seen online, but on me it's a deep fuchsia with a strong purple base. This is daring alright, no question about it! I usually prefer to wear this in full during evening engagements, but during the day a stain of Rebel can live through a greasy lunch. Yes, it's quite long-wearing.

MAC Rebel is a bold, fuchsia purple. It's the kind of lipstick that looks different according to who wears it! It can look hot pink, deep red, or even berry on certain skintones. In my swatch above, it's a little bit darker in person.

I apply two layers of Rebel to get this level of opacity - unexpected considering how dark it is - but once it has set the color pretty much just stays there. Texture is not overly dry, although I would still recommend a lick of balm to prime the lips.

Overall, MAC Rebel is a great lipstick, and definitely worth getting if you're into unforgettable shades.

Next up is the MAC Lipstick in See Sheer. It's a muted coral-peach with a brown base. I love it because it flatters my skintone well, and it's non-threatening enough to wear to meetings! :P It's perfect as an everyday lipstick if you're mid-toned or morena like me. 

See Sheer is the lipstick to wear to complete a neutral look. It works well with warm neutral eyeshadows in particular, as well as peach, coral, or orange blushes. It's a lipstick for the more conservative woman, but even so it looks modern and fresh.

It has mid to full coverage depending on how many layers you use. Lasting power is average, at three hours. It's a bit more moisturizing than Satin lipsticks, so I often skip balm underneath it.

MAC Lipstick in See Sheer swatch. Sorry about the crappy photo, I'll try to update this when I can! It doesn't do justice to how pretty the lipstick is. I swear it doesn't emphasize lines this much.

Last, here's the MAC Lipstick in Lustering. Okay, this is my least favorite of the bunch. It's described as a warm watermelon pink - quite accurate - but it is too streaky to my liking. Even with several layers, it doesn't evenly shade my lips. I don't have particularly pigmented lips so I don't understand why I can't make Lustering work for me. Oh well. On the up side, it's very pretty from afar. :P

Lustering is a safe pink to wear to just about anywhere, I think. Match it with barbie pink and peachy pink blushes to bring out the best of the color.

Lustering's staying power is average, and if you have normal lips, this should be moisturizing enough.

So there you go! Hope you found this swatchfest useful. ^_^ Which lipstick did you like best? Which ones do you have? Would love to hear your thoughts!

Reader Comments (19)

I love Rebel the best! I am into bold non-reds recently, and this one really tickles the fancy.

June 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPat

Atleast now I know I'm not the only one experiencing streaking with Mac Lustering , I love the color on the tube though. This is my least used Mac lipstick.

June 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRie

Been using MAC Rebel for a year now and I just love it! :)

June 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarbie

Mac rebel turned out nice on you. I wonder how it'd be on me since the color varies form person to person.

June 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDane

I love Rebel! Its so true to its name. :) I have been looking at this online for like 3 lifetimes now and still hasn't decided if I am brave enough to embrace this. Recently purchased some MAC stuff and my current fave is Kinda Sexy. Super pretty for everyday. Works for morena-tan ladies and its matte which I LOVE.

June 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterManilaJen

woah the Rebel, lakas maka-Angel Aquino lips.hehehe, bagay sayo Liz.:) I'm trying too.:)

June 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterohms

Rebel is really gorge! I only have 3 mac lippies. I love to use Mac Morange on Events and Mac House Wine for everyday ^_^

June 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHollie

I like See Sheer and Lustering on you! Maybe it's because I don't usually go for bold lips.

June 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShev

I didn't expect the rebel would look so different on the lips, judging from the tube. Thought it would be really dark but I see an interesting beautiful color when applied. I'm not into gothic looks but this is the kind of plum I could go for. The see sheer and lustering is adorable too but I think I have shades that look close to these. :)

June 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRanne

I LOVE Rebel, it was my first MAC lipstick while all of my friends bought a variation of a red.

June 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCel

I want to try the MAC Lipstick in See Sheer . I think it is perfect for me. Thanks for the review Ms Liz :-)

June 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFhely

YESSSS LIPSTICK CRAVINGS SATISFIED! Love them all, as expected. Bagay mo naman ang Lustering! But See Sheer and Rebel are like trademark Project Vanity shades; they're versatile enough to be incorporated into different looks!

June 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaulina

I really really really want to try Mac Rebel but I'm scared that it might look weird on me.

June 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAbby S.

Finally!! Akala ko sakin lang nagiging Fuchsia yung Rebel! Hindi pala ako namamalikmata!

June 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRomila Marie

Rebel looks really gorgeous! Bold and just stuning. I'm thinking of getting my second MAC lippie on that shade. Thanks for this post!

June 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRegina

all of them looks great on you! but since bold lipstick colors seems to be the trend lately, Rebel is the best! can you please recommend which Mac lipstick to get if it's you're first time buying one?

June 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkimii

MAC Rebel looks like my Etude House Dear My Blooming Lips-talk PK015 (Pink talk) which, sadly, will not be available here in the Philippines (Asked them in their official page). :(

July 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlexis

I want to get a mac lipstick. How much would that cost herein ph.? Thank u

October 7, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpixie

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December 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJean

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