A Bangin’ Good Time With the Bright Lipsticks in MAC Bangin’ Brilliant

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The new MAC Bangin’ Brilliant Lipstick in Dreampot ($17)

I can’t remember — is wearing blue lipstick and blue eyeliner at the same time a do or a don’t?

Ah, the age-old question… LOL!


I don’t think there are any hard and fast, absolutely unbreakable makeup rules, so I’m gonna say “yes.” Blue eyeliner with blue lipstick is a total do.

I contemplated this conundrum the other day when I was wearing some teal winged liner (just for the heck of it) and decided to also try on a few of the lipsticks in the new MAC Bangin’ Brilliant collection.

You know that cray-cray lip colors are having a moment when you can visit a small mall and bump into a girl wearing a baby pink polo shirt and green lipstick (true story!), and the MAC Bangin’ Brilliants fit right in with that out-of-the box color movement happening right now.

The 29 new lipstick shades ($17 each) were recently added to the MAC permanent line, along with the Bangin’ Brilliant shadows and blushes.

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With these colors, “basic” is about a million light years away. Of course there are bright pinks, oranges and reds, but there also blues, purples, a neon green, a midnight black, a stark white… Seriously, there’s some crazy sh*t up in the mix.

I don’t feel completely comfortable in some of them, to be honest, but if you have that runway stomp-walk kind of swag, they could look super cool.

I dunno… One of these days, I might get the urge to wear a light purple to Costco to buy kitty litter and a jumbo pack of hot dogs.

You never know. Life is short. Might as well.

Matte fuchsia pink Breathing Fire and matte bright red Mangrove are my favorites of the shades I’ve tried so far.

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Breathing Fire

mac bangin brilliant mangrove


They’re pigmented, smooth, bright and fun, and they look meowza with winged liner. (And not just teal winged liner, LOL!! An O.G. black cat eye works, too).

Dreampot, the matte baby blue in the top pic, looks cool as hell in pics…but I feel like it makes me look like I’m trying too hard to secure my status as “The Cool Mom” when I wear it in real life.

It’s also high maintenance, and I have to apply at least three layers to build the color to where it won’t break up on my lips. And if I don’t get the edges juuuuust right, it looks sloppy.

If you’re thinking about going for the edgier colors, I’d recommend the lighter purples. They’re totes on point.

Satiny purplish blue Dew, matte mauve Lavender Jade and matte light purple 4Eva lay down opaque, consistent color with a few swipes.

mac bangin brilliant dew


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Lavender Jade

They have a “How you like me now?” vibe but still reside in the realm of relatively wearable. I’d wear one to an event with an artsy crowd, like a party at a gallery, or to Comicon, where I’d stalk the actors from Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead, haha!

mac bangin brilliant lipsticks swatches

mac bangin brilliant lipsticks swatches


mac bangin brilliant lipsticks swatches

mac bangin brilliant lipsticks swatches

You can find the MAC Bangin’ Brilliant Lipsticks in the permanent line now at select MAC locations and online. They’re $17 each.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Ami says:

    Some of these colors are great for holloween, once upon a time it was impossible to get an opaque blue or purple (let alone black) outside of a pros shop, it’s much easier now. BUT ALSO, these are great for someone who never quite finds the right shades, a brush full of the blue with a full red lip can be a much subtler purple/mauve. Etc. You see outrageous colors, that are gorgeous and people should ABSOLUTELY feel free to wear, I see lipstick color corrector. B/C I am a total nerd.

  2. Majick says:

    Ami, I was thinking the same. LoL

  3. I don’t know why I just don’t get Mangrove already. I’m always eyeing it, look up swatches and generally stalking it.

    You look a total babe in these pics. And love the black bqckground to the lipsticks lineup. I feel like I’ve Insta-white burnout.

  4. Eesha says:

    These are some outrageous yet amazing colors! Those blues and purples are definitely not up my alley, but, for someone who is courageous these are fab. And you look so happy and looking you so delighted on Saturday morning while sipping tea was such a good and positive feeling! Have nice weekend!
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  5. Leah Rose says:

    These are cool colours but I don’t know if I’d ever wear them.. Nice for a collector though!

  6. Chris25 says:

    I love the look of Lavender Jade.
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  7. Laura says:

    Gorgeous shades! You look amazing posing there fiercely 🙂 For me, I like the purple-lavender-grey shade the best, but I can’t read the font and what its name.

  8. Raph says:

    Hi Karen, you look great wearing the Mangrove lipstick.
    Happy Saturday!!! xxx

  9. Nicole says:

    These are such fun & cool colours! I don’t know if I could rock them though, haha.
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  10. Kim says:

    You are the cool mom, even without lipstick. 🙂 There are some wild color choices in this collection. I think it’s awesome that there a pink polo gals who are walking around the mall in fun colors!

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