Day 7: Favorite Lipstick Brand
20-Day Lipstick Challenge

I thought choosing my favorite lipstick brand would be as tough as choosing my all-time favorite in Day 1 of the 20-day lipstick challenge, but it was an easy decision. However, I feel very conflicted with my choice: MAC.

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MAC Lipsticks!

I say this over and over — I really REALLY love matte lipsticks, and MAC’s matte lipsticks are all that I need if I’m not as interested in trying out shiny new stuff.

MAC has two matte lipstick lines that are actually matte. The brand has more than enough colors to choose from. The quality, finish, and texture are consistent across the line (at least for the permanent collection). I know they’re not cheap, but compared to matte lipsticks from luxury brands that leave me feeling ~meh~, MAC offers the best price for the quality.

MAC matte lipsticks also have a very long shelf-life. I have a tube manufactured in 2010 and to this day, it still looks, smells, and applies the same as when I first used it. I know I should already be tossing it out, but I go by my senses when it comes to lipstick viability.

So, why am I conflicted? Two reasons:

  1. I discovered a lot of new matte lipstick formulas from other brands that blew me away.
  2. MAC has become so ubiquitous that it doesn’t make me feel moved anymore (whuuuuut?!?!), or maybe I just zoned out from the number of limited edition releases in recent years. It’s like there’s a new limited edition collection every week! WTF. Is this mere jaded-ness?

That said, MAC is MAC. It holds a special place in my heart. It’s the brand that takes up the most space in my lipstick storage. If someone new to lipsticks were to ask me for a brand recommendation, it’s the brand I would suggest.

I usually prefer strong-colored lipsticks for everyday because I’m lazy and don’t want to put on anything else.  But lately I find myself getting into pale-ish nude lipsticks.  I blame this entirely on my vastly improved eye makeup skills (that is still not apparent in any of my recent photos).

MAC Julia Petit Boca Lipstick

I know exactly which nuances of nude I want, I just couldn’t find them — a muted light tangerine or terra cotta, a pinky beige, and a muted peach with a little bit of pink.

Then I saw Shari’s instagram (or was it twitter?) post on MAC  Julia Petit – Boca.  Soon after, I read her post on Julia Petit and her collaboration with MAC.

MAC Julia Petit Boca Lipstick Bullet

I rarely ever get suckered into buying MAC limited edition lipsticks.  The only two other limited edition lipsticks I bought were Studded Kiss and Fixed on Drama —  both very deep reds. However, there’s something about finding out that Julia-is-a-blogger that made me want to support her collection and make it a success, as if my one lipstick purchase makes a dent in the whole scheme of things.

MAC Julia Petit Boca Lipstick Swatch
MAC Boca right after application

Whoever said women tear each other down haven’t met beauty bloggers.

Anyway, let’s move on to the lipstick.

I was lucky that Julia’s collection had a nude pinky beige lipstick — “had” because it’s sold out everywhere and “lucky” because having exactly what I’m looking for makes it easier for me to support her.

The color reminds me of Velvet Teddy or Brave mixed with a little bit of Cosmo or Faux or Please Me.  It has a satin finish which I don’t normally prefer.  But I find that with lighter lipstick colors, I’m more tolerant of shine.

That said, I still blot the lipstick.

The first time I wore this, I was confused by how it got darker as the minutes go by. From a pinky beige, it becomes a darker peachier shade that looks more of a my-lips-but-better type of lipstick.  At first, I thought that it might be because the color oxidized on me.  But when I wiped the lipstick off, I was left with a hot pink stain similar to the color that magic lipsticks turn out.  I’m sure that’s what made it change color.

Not nude no more. MAC x Julia Petit Boca
Not nude no more. MAC x Julia Petit Boca [Other stuff on my face: ZA eyebrow pencil, Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation OC-3, Sonia Kashuk Creme Blush, Bobbi Brown Gel Liner, Maybelline Hypercurl Mascara]
If I didn’t already have more than a few MLBB lipsticks, I would’ve gone crazy in love with this, but I can’t with redundants right now, so, yes, I’m letting it go. BECAUSE I’M RUTHLESS.

MAC Julia Petit Boca 1
MAC Julia Petit Boca. I removed the lipstick too soon, but you can see the pink stain there, and gets darker over time.

I guess I’ll just stick with my original plan — NARS Vanessa (or, if you have other nude lipstick recommendations for medium olive yellow skin, let me know! Pleeeaase! Thank you.)

When you say “dupe”, does that mean the duper should be cheaper than the dupee?

Before getting Jenna, I already know that it could be very similar to Lady Danger. But I was hoping that the former would be a little less red and a tad more orange — like MAC So Chaud.

That seems to be the case with my arm swatches below:

Jenna and Lady Danger
Left Swatch = Jenna | Right Swatch = Lady Danger

BUT. On the lips, they look EXACTLY the same!!!

Left = Bobbi Brown Jenna | Right = MAC Lady Danger
Left = Bobbi Brown Jenna | Right = MAC Lady Danger


I opted to let go of Lady Danger because Jenna lasts longer. Other differences I noticed are: Jenna leaves a stronger stain, has more sheen to it, and is more pigmented.

If you’re just after the color, MAC would be a good choice since it’s cheaper (Lady Danger is $16, Rustans Price Php 1,000; Jenna is $26, Rustans Price Php 1,300).

Lady Danger Jenna 2

Other stuff on my face:

  • Foundation – Fashion 21 2-way Cake with Milk Moisturizers #3
  • Overall Highlighter – Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Diffused Light
  • Highlighter – Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powder in Candlelight
  • Concealer – Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer SX08
  • Blush – NARS Laguna over NARS Mata Hari (got washed out in the photo
  • Eyeliner – Bobbi Brown Gel Liner Black Ink
  • Mist – MAC Fix+

Click here: For more Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Color Swatches
Click here: For a review of MAC Lady Danger