Hello, my name is Leigh Campbell, and I have a confession to make.
Having been a beauty writer for 15 years now, I’ve probably tried more makeup products than currently sit in your local MECCA.
But for some reason, I only think to wear lipstick for really special occasions. Like when I have to go to a fancy work event, or get invited to a charity ball, or to my own wedding.
Which is silly, because so often I arrive to the office in the morning and see my chic co-workers wearing amazing lip colours and it reminds me that I really need to get into wearing lippie more often.
A – Because it makes everything look really together, but B – also because it’s a much faster look than my go-to smokey winged liner.
So, I asked the stylish women I work with to spill when it comes to their favourite M.A.C Cosmetics lippies.
(Side note: I actually did wear a MAC lipstick on my wedding day. I took myself to one of the counters and explained I wanted a soft nudey-pinky-rosey-dusky colour – women and their descriptions, huh? – and ended up going for Faux, a lovely creamy satin in a muted mauve-pink. I loved it.)
Why MAC? Because the brand boasts seven different textures in over 200 shades. It’s the O.G. – and with a range like that it’s safe to say everyone has a fave. Here they are:
Eloise wears Diva Matte Lipstick, $36.
"This lippie does what the name implies, turning my makeup from day to night in a few seconds. It's perfect to throw in your handbag for after work drinks.
"It's a dark shade but it isn't scary to wear, and MAC's nailed it with a formula that doesn't dry my lips out, but also doesn't have my hair sticking to it in a hefty breeze. It's honestly the LBD of lippies."
Amy loves Chili Matte Lipstick, $36.
"Chili and I have had a lot of fun together. During the past week we've been to work (meh) and out for dinner, we even shared a croissant.
"The brownish orange-red shade suits my warm colouring perfectly. but possibly the thing I like the most is the formula - matte but not dry. For me, MAC matte lippies strike the perfect balance between being creamy, but not shiny.
"Word of warning - this colour will make you look and feel terrific."
Jessica wears Russian Red Matte Lipstick, $36.
"I never used to go for something as bright and bold as MAC's Russian Red, but I fell in love when I discovered it because it's a blue-based red, so it suits fair skin really well.
"In the past other reds have made me looked washed out or made my teeth look yellow. This one just makes me feel confident and also lasts perfectly for hours which is always a bonus."