Whether you're a makeup newbie or already a certified pro, we're pretty sure you have at least one product from MAC Cosmetics in your kit. After all, the Toronto-founded beauty brand has always championed inclusivity with their slogan "All Ages, All Races, All Genders." Since its inception, MAC has been catering to the needs of beauty enthusiasts of all kinds with professional quality products at a mid-range price point.
Must-Have MAC Cosmetics Products
MAC lipsticks have a huge cult following on their own, their popularity eventually turning them into the standard of comparison when it comes to shades and that comfortable matte lip finish. However, that's not to discredit the color range of their blushes, eyeshadows, and base products made for perhaps every skin tone there is. In fact, the brand recently outdid themselves with a major expansion, increasing their complexion shades from 40 to 60 in an effort to accommodate an even larger variety of skin tones. With that, it's no surprise that the brand has always had a space in every Filipino beauty junkie's makeup bag. Ahead, we list MAC's certified customer favorite products of 2018! You, too, should stock up on these classics:
1. MAC Prep+Prime Fix+
The Fix+ is without a doubt one of MAC's most well-coveted products by both pros and beauty lovers. With its ultra-fine mist and ingredients list packed with vitamins and plant extracts, it soothes and hydrates the skin to prep for makeup. It's also popularly used as fixing spray to prolong the wear of makeup and reduce the powdery appearance.
MAC Prep+Prime Fix+, P1250, Lazada
2. MAC Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo
Red lipstick is a Filipina must-have, so it's no surprise that MAC's iconic red lipstick shade has landed a top spot on this list. The vibrant blue-red tone of Ruby Woo is one that suits all skin tones, being the favorite of celebrities like Maine Mendoza and Maxene Magalona. Its ultra-matte (or as MAC calls it, retro matte) finish allows it to last all day on the lips without bleeding so you can wear that intense pigment all day.
MAC Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo, P1100, SM Megamall
3. MAC Prep + Prime Lip
We're warning you right now that there are tons of lipsticks on this brand's best seller list, so it only makes sense that a lip balm would make an appearance as well. This colorless, fragrance-, and oil-free balm is the perfect base for MAC's intensely pigmented lip products. It claims to provide long-term hydration and prevent colors from feathering—basically like a face primer but for your lipstick.
MAC Prep+Prime Lip, P1100, Lazada
4. MAC Matte Lipstick in Mehr
For fans of a neutral lip color, the matte lipstick in Mehr is a shade that MAC can't keep in stock. This muted, bluish pink is what we imagine Ruby Woo would look as its nude iteration—only creamier and with less intense pigment. It's perfect for those who love a naturally rosy lip!
MAC Matte Lipstick in Mehr, P1100, SM Megamall
5. MAC Matte Lipstick in Chili
Chili is basically Ruby Woo's warmer—and dare we say "more chill"—sister. It's definitely not as vibrant as the latter because it has a more muted hue with hints of orange and brown, making the color more wearable especially on warm skin tones. The formula is creamier, too, so it could look more forgiving on dry lips that need a punch of color.
MAC Matte Lipstick in Chili, P1100, SM Megamall
6. MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation in NC30
The Studio Fix powder foundation ticks just about every box for a foolproof base in our tropical climate. The matte and velvet-like finish it leaves is a given, but this product is most famous for delivering medium to full coverage with a lasting power of up to 12 hours. Most Filipinas reach for the warm, midtone color called NC30, and it's also the best selling shade in the range.
MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation in NC30, P1900, SM Megamall
7. MAC Matte Lipstick in Russian Red
Russian Red, an eye-catching blue-toned red, is the closest to a '50s pin-up model lip color that MAC has. In fact, it's so intense that it's often compared to Ruby Woo, except the two have noticeably different formulas that immediately set them apart from each other—Russian Red comes in the brand's signature creamy and easy-to-apply matte formula, whereas Ruby Woo is a retro matte lipstick that has less slip.
MAC Matte Lipstick in Russian Red, P1100, SM Megamall
8. MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation in NC35
Clearly, MAC's avid customers love their lipsticks and face powders. So much so that another color of the Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation made it to the top 10, which is a step darker than the one previously mentioned above. However, despite being only the second most popular powder, NC35 is actually our country's best selling shade for the entire Studio Fix product range.
MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation in NC35, P1900, SM Megamall
9. MAC Matte Lipstick in Velvet Teddy
When '90s makeup became a trend in 2012, many began to refer to Velvet Teddy as the Kylie Jenner lipstick. It wasn't because she swore by it, but because it was then the best light beige available on the market if you want to channel her look. This shade still remains to be one of the most famous nude lipsticks.
In fact, Velvet Teddy is also the closest dupe to Maine Mendoza's sold out #MACMaker lipstick in @mainedcm, which would've been the number one best-selling product of 2018 if it wasn't limited edition.
MAC Matte Lipstick in Velvet Teddy, P1100, SM Megamall
10. MAC Satin Lipstick in Twig
Last but not the least, we have the lone non-matte lipstick in the entire list: Twig. This muted, pinkish brown color comes in a moisturizing satin finish that can let you get away with skipping lip balm. Next to its fellow best seller Mehr, Twig appears more muted and warmer, with stronger hints of brown over blue.
MAC Matte Lipstick in Twig, P1100, SM Megamall