MAC Unsung Heroes: High Tea Lipstick

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MAC High Tea

What’s an unsung makeup hero? For me, it’s an oftentimes underrated makeup morsel, a permanent collection product that scoots under the radar screen of many makeup lovers but regularly rocks my world. The long-running Unsung Heroes series features some of my favorites.

There ain’t no party like a high tea party ’cause a high tea party don’t stop!

This occurs to me not only because I’m currently craving tea and those tiny sandwiches from The Rotunda again (OH, MAH GOSH! So good…), but also because of the recently launched frosty beige MAC Mariah Carey Lipstick.


Even though I can totally picture Mimi rocking a frosty beige lipstick, it’s the kind of color that isn’t always easy to wear, which got me wondering about other MAC lipsticks with a kinda-sorta similar vibe.

After combing my mental MAC files, I remembered High Tea. It’s a $17 pearly beige pink in the MAC Lustre Lipstick line, and it has just enough frostiness to hit those high notes without being so frosty that it becomes difficult to wear.

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Wearing MAC High Tea on my lips

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MAC High Tea

There was a time when I was regularly wearing tubes of High Tea down to the nub (you know I love me some nude lips). It’s one of those “it goes with everything” nude lipsticks, and I think it looks great by itself for a quickie nude lip.

Maybe because of the subtle frosty, shiny finish, it also makes my lips look a little fuller (I think). Yup, being a MAC Lustre, High Tea has a glossy, holiday-hoppin’ finish, but it isn’t sticky like a gloss, which means that I can wear it without worrying about my hair whipping around when it’s windy and getting stuck to my pout.

mac high tea swatch


I find that I do have to reapply the lightweight, moderately moisturizing formula after snacks, drinks and meals, but that’s not a big deal for me. I don’t mind. I kinda think it’s fun (and MAC’s signature vanilla flavor and scent get me every time).

Also, when you’re in the mood to layer, try it with MAC Lip Pencil in Subculture or the MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencils in Oh Honey or Cultured. I love how they look with High Tea. Or, try it with something like a nude pinkish gloss on top, like MAC Plushglass in Big Baby. 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,




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  1. Kim says:

    Oh, it’s lovely! Just the right amount of sheen and it feels summery to me. Which I could use right about now to kick chilly and dreary to the curb. 🙂

  2. Lily says:

    Definitely will be purchasing High Tea! Love the color and shine. Thanks Karen.

  3. Jessica says:


    yes please.

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  4. Chelsea says:

    Oooh, pretty without getting into late 90’s frost levels!

  5. That looks a lot more wearable to me.
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  6. Ruchita says:

    So pretty! I could see myself using this quite frequently. Happy Friday!

  7. Erin says:

    I like lippies like that as it makes your own nude with dimension!
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  8. Jenny says:

    I just recently discovered how wonderful MAC lipsticks are! What is my life? This looks like a gorgeous shade for the holidays. 🙂
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  9. Allison C says:

    High Tea looks so pretty on you! Very ladylike and lovely! I hope you get more of those cute little tea sandwiches soon
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  10. I agree, the level of frost is alright, it’s still wearable. And you wear it well 🙂
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  11. Laura says:

    Ooh, I will be checking this out today! I’ve been living in MAC Pillowtalk this week and lemming for more easy nudes.

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