Simply Lippy Challenge Day 266 | MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Shade, Crosswires

You all know by now how much I love MAC lipsticks. To me, it’s what MAC do best and while there are some shades that wouldn’t be to my taste, nearly every lipstick I’ve tried from MAC, I have liked or loved.

Today’s shade, Crosswires, is a kind of muted coral shade. It’s not bright like most corals, but has more of a caramel undertone to it which really grew on me the longer I wore it. I love the subtlety of the shade; it’s bright enough for a Summer or holiday lip, but it’s also not too dramatic if you want a more neutral or relaxed look.

Cremesheen finishes aren’t my favourite MAC finish, but I still like them nonetheless because of the soft, sheer glow they give the lips. The pigment is on point as always, and the colour pay off is also great, even though it has a slightly sheer finish.

The formula is creamy, and has that delicious vanilla scent you get with so many MAC lippies; I just can’t ever resist it because it’s sweet but not overpowering at all.

Lasting power isn’t as great as their creme or matte finishes, but is still pretty good and this one held up very well, particularly in the Tenerife heat which was a pleasant surprise. I thought the heat may have a melting affect on the lippy but it didn’t at all so that’s definitely a bonus if you’re still to head off on holiday.

I ended up really liking this shade and think it’s a great all-rounder choice for both day and night wear. It isn’t too dramatic, but has just enough colour to lift any makeup look.

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 244 | MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Shade Hang-Up

There are very few lipsticks that compare to MAC lipsticks for me, and of all the many MAC shades I’ve tried over the years, I love nearly every single one. It’s rare that I don’t like one, and today’s shade is another example of that.

Hang-Up is a rich plum toned shade, very similar to two of my all time MAC favourites, Rebel and Dark Side. In fact, I would say this sits right in the middle of those two shades; it’s not quite as purple as Rebel, but not quite as dark as Dark Side.

I only recently discovered this shade and as so often happens to me when I discover a lipstick I love, I wonder how it’s managed to elude me until now!

It has everything I love in a lipstick; intense pigment, great colour pay off, a rich tone, good lasting power and a lovely finish. Cremesheen finishes aren’t my favourite of the MAC finishes, but they are smooth with a very slight sheen gloss, and give your lips a lovely pop of colour no matter what the shade.

I’m not sure that it could replace the love I have for my two favourite berry shades as they have a special place in my heart, but I do love it and will definitely be reaching for it a lot once my challenge is over.


I don’t know about you but I love rich tones like this for Autumn and I’m very excited that we’re heading into the cooler months. I’m usually a Summer girl through and through, but this year for some reason, I feel very ready for Autumn to arrive so you’ll be seeing a lot more shades like this over the coming months!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 107 | MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Shade Brave Red

For today’s lipstick shade, I decided on an old red from MAC that is so lovely to wear, mostly because I was wearing my bobble wooly hat which has red in it so of course, I had to be colour coordinated!

This red, Brave Red, is from MAC’s cremesheen range which as the name suggests, are creamy lipsticks that have gorgeous pigment and are also home to some of my all-time favourite lipstick shades ever in life.

One of my favourite things about wearing cremesheen finish lipsticks is the fact that they are so hydrating and are so nice and soft on the lips.

This red is a funny one because it’s only very slightly cool toned. Many of you may know that warm reds are my preference, but this one is lovely because it is a soft blue tone, and it’s richness makes it feel a little warmer to wear.

Some days you just want to wear a red lip and today was one of those days. It’s such a classic look, you really can’t go wrong, and once you’ve found your perfect red, your makeup look will never be the same again!

What’s your perfect red? Let me know by commenting below – I want to know if I’ve tried it, and if not, then I’ll get adding it to my list.

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 72 | MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Shade Creme In Your Coffee

Today’s lipstick of choice is one that I picked up over the weekend as a Back-to-MAC lippy.

If you don’t already know about it, Back-to-MAC is a recycle programme whereby if you bring six of your used products back to the store, MAC will give you a free lipstick. So as you can imagine, for someone like me who is obsessed with MAC products, this is amazing!

The shade I chose is a gorgeous dark caramel shade with a Cremesheen finish, which is one of my favourite MAC finishes. It has great lasting power and gives a lovely smooth finish. It is creamy, hydrating and packed full of pigment as all MAC lipsticks are.

It goes without saying that I love MAC lipsticks, I always have, and the rich tone of this shade is just another reason why. They never let me down no matter what shade or formula I try, and while I do prefer some over others, this one is lovely.

Hope you all had a lovely Monday!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 40 | MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Shade Nice To Meet You

Today I decided to wear a salmon pink jumper I bought last month, and therefore needed a very specific lipstick shade to go with it as not everything works well with this colour. Technically, I could have worn a coral shade but that would have made my outfit and makeup look very matchey-matchey, so instead, I chose a lovely red-pink shade from MAC.

Before I go any further, I feel I need to tell you that this shade was from MAC’s Flamingo Park limited edition collection released this time last year, and therefore isn’t available any more. Soorrrrryy! And the reason I’m saying this now is because I’ve a feeling you’re going to like this one.

Nice To Meet You, is a Cremesheen lipstick and is a gorgeous deep pink with a red undertone. It has a very soft glossy shimmer to the finish, and although isn’t opaque, gives very good coverage to the lips too.

This is the kind of shade that is perfect for this time of year; when Spring is beginning to arrive and you want to start getting slightly brighter with your lippy but don’t want to go too bold either. The tone is lovely and rich, and one that I could wear over and over again, but sadly as we all know, I can’t (well for the rest of the year anyway)! 

As you can see from the photos, this lipstick has been very well worn and loved. It actually belongs to my mum who very kindly gave it to me on loan for the day and I have to say, I’m a little bit jealous I don’t own it myself! It’s been her favourite go-to shade all year and I can really see why after wearing it for the day.

That’s the worst thing about limited edition collections, isn’t it? Just when you fall in love with something it’s no longer available. Sigh

Did any of you try this shade when it was released? And what are your thoughts on limited edition ranges? I’d love to know so as always, please comment below!

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Sorcha 💋