Neat and New to Me: MAC Cosmo Lipstick

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mac cosmo lipstick

Neat and New to Me

Unlike my Unsung Heroes series, which features permanent collection products I’ve known and loved a long time, the Neat and New to Me series showcases permanent collection products that slipped under my radar for a while, but then I discovered them! — and now I think they’re neat and new to me.

Just when you thought you didn’t need ONE MOAR PINK LIPSTICK!


Who are we kidding…? There’s always room for one more pink lipstick, and this one by MAC is a real contender. I just wish I’d found it sooner because…isn’t it gorgeous!? 🙂 It’s called Cosmo, and it’s one of MAC’s Amplified Lipsticks — the ones with the creamy, long-lasting formula of which I’m a big fan.

It’s classified as a brownish pink, but I think it’s more pink than brown on my NC42 skin. I’ve heard through the makeup grapevine, which is code for, “I went to the MAC counter and talked to a few artists about it,” that Cosmo 1) registers as a pink on lighter skin tones as well and 2) looks amaze-balls on olive-toned skin.

So if your skin has yellow undertones, pour yourself a Cosmo, honey! (It should be noted that this one will not cause hangovers.)

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Another thing I love about this color — other than the color, I mean — is how it fades. I put it on the other day around 3, then went about my business. Chatted with the neighbors, took some pictures for the blog, pet Tabs (FOR A WHILE), went to go get a regularly scheduled blood test and stopped by HomeGoods to look at autumnal dinner plates.

When I checked my makeup later at around 7:30, I could still see a hint of Cosmo on my lips. It had lost its creamy shine, of course, but it hadn’t lost its color. It turned into a pretty, pink stain.

mac cosmo lipstick

mac cosmo lipstick

Cosmo is my new favorite everyday pink lipstick. Try it sometime! I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



P.S. tgif 🙂

P.P.S. I’m coming down with a cold. 🙁

Boo. I was hoping it was just allergies when my nose started getting stuffy yesterday afternoon, but I don’t think so now. It’s a cold.

I’m gonna head back to bed for a while and see how I feel later, but I may have to miss the symphony tonight… Hopefully Tabs puts on his nurse’s cap and takes care of me. I’ve heard he makes a mean chicken soup.


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  1. Danielle says:

    Ohhh Karen….I think you just found the Back-to-MAC lipstick I’ve been searching for! I have so many empties to bring back and was holding off for the perfect lipstick, and it looks like this could be it! (Of course I don’t need another lipstick…just picked up the Sephora Give Me Lip holiday set – 15 gorgeous lippies!)

    I also love the Amplified formula – definitely my favourite of the MAC formulas! The shade also shares a name with my fiancé, so it looks like it’s all meant to be! Who knows….maybe this is wedding day lipstick material?!

    Have a great weekend!

  2. Tatiana says:

    I used to own Cosmo way back when. Thanks for reminding me about this color. I went through my collection and have tons, tons, tons of reds, but very few pinks, mauves and roses. It would be nice to add this one back into my collection and rotation.
    If you’re coming down with something, get some rest. Drink lots of fluids and yes, some chicken soup, too. I hope you’re feeling better ASAP!

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Oh my Cosmo! I am ordering now. It is stunning! Love it. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Lulle says:

    What a beautiful color! I’m not much of a pink girl, but I do love pinks with a hint of brown or beige. This one looks really pretty!
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  5. Amanda says:

    I was turned on to Cosmo just before my wedding 12 years (and a week!) ago. I didn’t wear it on the big day, but it’s been one of my MAC staples ever since. I’m NW20.

    Karen, could you pretty please post some tips on how to line the bottom inner rim of your eyes? I make such a mess. Maybe I’m not using the right liner? I love how it looks, though. Please? Could you do it for baked goods or kitten pics?

  6. Elsa says:

    I am currently midway through my third (yes,3rd!) Cosmo and I am still amazed at how versatile it is! I wear ir with purple eyeshadows,greens, goes with almost anything! its lasting power is great too! I am glad you discovered it, although I would expect a girl like you to have tried everything and anything makeup-wise!!!!

    PS: despite the fact that I am not a regular in leaving comments in your posts, I am a very regular reader of your blog and when I am indecisive whether a product will look good on me, I always turn to you, because we have very similar skintone and undertones…! Keep up the good work!

    Love,from Elsa

  7. Brunette says:

    I’m very fair but this seems like a perfect pink shade! Definitely adding it to my wish list!
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  8. ChynnaBlue says:

    Cosmo was the fist MAC lipstick I ever bought back in the 90s.
    I got Cosmo lipstick, a Quarry eyeshadow, and two more shadows that may have been Wedge and Malt or Brulee.

  9. Kelly says:

    That’s such a beautiful color. It looks so natural and you can never go wrong with MAC lipsticks honestly, they seem to suit everyone.

  10. Erin says:

    Very pretty on you but it would muddy my cool toned complexion!
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  11. Windie says:

    Whaaatt? I thought I discovered this lippy from your blog.
    Cosmo has been my go to lipstick since I’ve started reading your blog.

    Take care. Being ill, even at the slightest is no fun especially when pregnant.

  12. Janet Shepherd says:

    What a gorgeous pink! Love it! From memory I’m around a NC15-20, but I think it would suit my colouring too, it looks pretty universal. Going to have to remember this one!

  13. Kelly B. says:

    Wow, this looks FAB on you! This is definitely going on my to-buy list!
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  14. jessica says:

    sooo pretty!!!
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  15. Rachel R. says:

    I love pinky-browns. This is so pretty. I’ve never tried it.

  16. Valerie C. says:

    Cosmo has been my favorite for over a decade! I just love it and I’m super fair.

  17. Kwmechelle says:

    Boo to the sniffles, friend. And to miss the symphony 🙁 I hope Tabs gives you cuddle massages to make you feel better. Please get some rest & lay low. You’ll have plenty of time to get all dolled up later (when your makeup can stay on without being rubbed off on a tissue). And Cosmo looks beautiful. I’ve got yellow undertones but might not be able to pull this one off. At least you look beautiful while sick. Feel better!

  18. Kristy says:

    MAC Cosmo is my favorite everyday lipstick. I’m so glad to see that you like it too!

    Get well soon! <3

  19. MonicaP says:

    Mac Cosmo – wrote it down. Wish I checked your blog today as I was at the mall today 😛


    PS: hope you feel better 🙂
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  20. Oh, get better soon. Being sick while pregnant is absolutely no fun!
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  21. Agata says:

    I am sorry you’re not feeling good, Karen. Hope that staying in bed helped a little bit and you will start feeling better soon!
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  22. Natasha says:

    This kind of reminds me of MAC’s Syrup lipstick. Would love a swatch comparison!

  23. CrystalCandy says:

    Ohhhhhhh I need it, I just hope it will look as amazing on me than it does on you!
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  24. Ingrid says:

    Wow! That color looks great on you! Considering that I’m also and NC42, you have twisted my arm and I may just run by a Mac counter one of these days to swipe one for myself. 🙂 Great post. I love reading your blogs on my down time.

    • Ingrid says:

      Wow! That color looks great on you! Considering that I’m also a NC42, you have twisted my arm and I may just run by a Mac counter one of these days to swipe one for myself. 🙂 Great post. I love reading your blogs on my down time. What lip liner would you pair this with.

  25. Elisabetta says:

    Get well soon Karen!:) I absolutely like this MAC lipstick, this might be the first one I buy (I have no MAC lipsticks, strange huh?). Yesterday I bought a beautiful lipstick by Dior (Diorific in the shade 014 Dolce Vita) it’s a stunning red. It’s matte but it doesn’t dry out your lips and it lasts a really long time. I usually buy pink shades but when I tried it on I totally fell in love with it!!!. Thanks for your awesome blog and videos on youtube. I love your energy!

  26. Katie says:

    I ADORE Cosmo! And I’m an NC15! It’s pretty darn close to a universally flattering shade. Mine kind of melted in this summer heat though, but I’m trudging through! It’s a perfect autumnal pink.

  27. This is a super popular shade here in India! I still haven’t tried it though strangely. Looks all kinds of awesome on you Karen.
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  28. Katrina says:

    I love this lipstick! Not only is the colour gorgeous, I wore this when I was bridesmaid for my friend about 8 years ago, so it always reminds me of that day! I can see why it slipped from your radar, it doesn’t look much in the tube but it is lovely on! x

  29. Savannah says:

    You know what looks amazing? Cosmo with deelight crenesheen glass on top. The perfect my lips but better combo to liven up your skin and define your pout! It has been my jam since fall 2013 when I discovered it. I almost can’t believe you hadn’t found this baby yet. Hope you feel better soon <3 lots of love.

  30. Karen says:

    Cosmo is now on my shopping list. That color looks amazing on you! What blush are you wearing? It matches perfectly.

  31. Kelly says:

    This is my everyday lipstick 🙂 I bought Brick-O-La first but found it a bit too loud for my conservative work environment so I bought this nice pink-brown.

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