MAC Lipstick Swatches Part 1: 11 Pink Shades

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MAC Pink Lipstick Swatches: 11 Shades

You must have noticed I’ve been kinda obsessed with lipstick swatches lately. Its just I’m trying to cover ALL the lipstick shades from ALL the brands – Indian and International. And this obsession has given me bruised arms lately..some of the lipstick swatches won’t go for days! This time its MAC’s turn. MAC has got a 1000 lipsticks and I WILL swatch them all here..promise!  Today I’m going to show you some of the best permanent pink lipsticks Mac has. I managed to swatch 11 of them in a go without arousing suspicion! I’m trying to be the next KarlaSugar and Temptalia!


mac lipstick swatches pink shades natural light
mac lipstick swatches pink shades

Mac Lipstick shade descriptions and finish (from right to left):

1. Please Me: is described as “mid-tone warm pink”.  Finish: Matte. It will suit girls with fair skin tones and reminds me of Colorbar Thrilling Pink.

2. Impassioned: is described as “bright warm pink”. Finish: Amplified Creme meaning a creamy finish and medium to full pigmentation. Its a bright neon pink shade which is a favourite among the beauty bloggers.

3. Fanfare: is described as “mid-tone yellow pink”. Finish: Cremesheen meaning its moisturizing, creamy and has medium-to-full pigmentation. Again a beautiful light pink for fair skin tones.

4. On Hold: is described as “mid tone yellow raspberry”. Finish: Cremesheen. Its a very MLBB kind of shade for Indian skin tones.

5. Captive: is described as “pinkish plum”. Finish: Satin meaning its long-wearing, semi-matte and has medium-to-full pigmentation. It suits dusky to olive skin tones a lot and is quite similar to Craving.

6. Speed Dial: is described as “light blue pink”. Finish: Cremesheen. Its a bright bubblegum pink which will suit girls with american skin since the blue in it is very obvious.

swatches mac please me impassioned fanfare captive craving on hold speed dial
swatches: Please Me, Impassioned, Fanfare, On Hold, Captive, Speed Dial, Craving

7. Craving: is described as a “burst of plum”. Finish: Amplified Creme. Its a plummy pink lipstick shade which will suit dusky to olive skin tones a lot.

8. Mehr: is described as “dirty blue pink”. Finish: Matte. Its meant for Indian skin tones and recommended by MAC Artist Mickey Contractor. I’ve seen girls with fair to dusky skin tones carrying it with equal ease. Its a pretty everyday blue pink. Follow the link for the lip swatches.

9. Pink Nouveau: is described as “mid-tone cool pink”. Finish: Satin. Its a bright blue pink and reminds me a lot of Candy Yum Yum although Pink Nouveau is less wearable than CYY and slightly more blue.

10. Crosswires: is described as “clean pinky orange”. Finish: Cremesheen. Its a pretty coral pink shade with a subtle shine. It suits all Indian skin tones and is one of the prettiest coral shades Mac has.

11: Cosmo: is described as “Pink Coco”. Finish: Amplified Creme. Its an everyday dirty pink which works as a MLBB lipstick for medium to dusky Indian skin tones. Its a dupe of Mehr and quite similar to Twig.

swatches mac mehr pink nouveau crosswires cosmo
swatches: Mehr, Pink Nouveau, Crosswires, Cosmo

Some of the Mac lipsticks shown have already been reviewed with swatches under different lights and flash accompanied with lip swatches. You can click on the shade names for their detailed reviews.

mac lipsticks pink part 1 swatches
mac lipsticks pink part 1 swatches

Firsts are always special and while picking up her first Mac lipstick, every girl goes through this phase: madly searches google for mac lipstick swatches. Then gets tired of the shades that don’t work for Indians and refines her searches to “mac lipsticks for indian skin”, “mac lipsticks for dusky skin”, “best mac lipsticks in india”, “must have mac lipsticks” and so on! And then picks up individual shades and goes to every Indian beauty blog for the detailed reviews and lip swatches. Then after changing her choice atleast a dozen times, finally braves her Mac store visit and comes homes with an entirely different shade!

mac lipstick swatches pink shades india
mac lipstick swatches pink for Indian Skin Tones

I even have a theory when it comes to Indian girls and their first Mac lipstick choice:

1. The shy girl: goes for Cosmo or Mehr

2. The Bold girl: goes for Ruby Woo or Russian Red

3. The girly girl: goes for Impassioned

4. The mature girl: goes for Girl About Town

Just for fun..lemme know if you belong to a certain category!

mac lipstick pink swatches blog india
mac lipstick pink swatches

If I’ve to pick my favourites, then I would love somebody to gift me Impassioned, Mehr or Crosswires. Yup I know Crosswires is not exactly pink and I should have swatches it with coral lipsticks but I’ve been obsessed about it from quite some time and when I saw it at the Mac store I forgot all about my project and immediately swatches it on my hand. Given my love for coral and peach shades over pinks and reds, I might pick it up next.

mac pink lipstick swatches for indian skin tones
mac pink lipstick swatches

Btw Sailor is insisting on gifting me a lipstick for my birthday. Decisions decisions! The red lipsticks swatches will follow soon with orange, nude, plum and miscellaneous not far behind. Which is your favourite pink lipstick from MAC?

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  1. seeing this post now i wanna pick up on hold, impassioned, mehr and please me :( :( awesome post anshita :) :)

  2. Great swatches both Impassioned and On Hold look amazing – thanks for showing this! Xx

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  3. Hmm, I bought and used Mehr when it came out as part of the Mickey Contractor collection and finished it in 2 months. Wore it every day every night and it was my staple.
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  4. All the shades look awesome, and someday, I will have all of them! :P
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  5. Always love swatch posts! I’m eyeing Craving! ^_^
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  6. Ansh!! What did you do!!! This is awesome! The way you are going on a secret mission,I hope the MUAs over there don’t suspect you being a spy or something. :P
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    • nivi its so difficult to take swatches n den write down all d frnds help me n its like we enter d store with a mission to swatch as many as we can!

  7. I’d go for Ruby Woo or Russian Red or GAT.. Not sure whether I fall into the “bold” or “mature” categories, it’s just that if I’m spending a thousand bucks on a freakin’ lipstick, I would rather buy a loud, bright, and well, visible shade. :P

  8. I have Mehr only.. :(
    I checked Impassioned however I find it brighter than I thought
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  9. I love the swatches..Such a clear picture… I so wanna get On hold now.. seems to have nice subtle shade.. :)

  10. thanks for this wonderful post and swatches dear. Now I know exactly which MAC lippie I want.
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  11. this is such a wonderful post Ansh… Really exhaustive and very very helpful… bookmarking it for sure…
    Incidentally, my first MAC lipstick was a nice Red called Charmed I’m sure from the Marilyn Monroe Collection… And I treasure… But ur post would make me buy a lot more for sure…
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  12. My fav pink lipstick sweetie is not there, this is awesome for those who can’t go to store to purchase mac!
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  13. Very helpful post! I’m a huge MAC fan but too lazy to try all the pink lipsticks in the store. I saw pop corn lipstick once but didn’t see on your swatches.

  14. This is LUST!!! I want them….Nice swatches dear :)
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  15. OMG ! I am drooling all over :)
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  16. Mac impassioned looks great for fair skin tone.. My personal fav..
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  17. I really love how you describe the ordeal the usual girl experiences when they want to buy their Mac lipstick. This is exactly what happened to me today. I searched Google for days, looking for swatches and reviews and then finally deciding to settle with Cosmo but went home with Craving instead. It’s really funny. :) Love your blog btw. It’s very helpful. ;)

  18. These are all gorgeous colors. I would love Mehr and Please Me. How did you swatch them all? Did you ask the SA or you just did it secretly? Hehe