MAC Unsung Heroes: Costa Chic Lipstick

Published in: Lips, MAC Makeup, Unsung Heroes

Okay, sure, it might look a little South Beach swingin’ seniors in its tube, but please, PLEASE, if you have any coral lipstick love in your heart, promise me you’ll try MAC Costa Chic ($14.50) at least once.


This frosty light coral unsung heroine has a distinctly old school flava I like. It reminds me of a hipper, updated version of the Revlon Orange Flip lipstick my granny wore back in the ’80s (and still wears to this day).

Since it is quite bright, I usually pair it with neutral eyes, and I think it looks particularly fetching with black winged eyeliner. When I’m in the mood to wear a retro cat eye but don’t feel like wearing it with a strong red or pink lip, I’ll often reach for Costa Chic.

And sometimes I like to layer it beneath coral lipglosses (like MAC Evolution Revolution) to visibly upgrade the fun. 🙂


Being frosty, it has its moods, and it can get a little fussy and tough to work with from time to time. With it I have to be careful not to over-apply, which takes it straight into frosty Barbie lips territory. What I’ll often do is apply a single layer straight from the tube, and then pat it around my lips with a finger. I think it sort of soothes the color and mellows out the frost. 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. I just got back from the salon, and I swear my roots are sighing with relief. I was going to chop it all off, but my stylist saved me from myself. Instead, I just went a couple of inches shorter, and also got some bangs, whee! 🙂


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  1. Larie says:

    Love the new hair, it’s very cute!
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  2. Heidi says:

    Super cute hair! The bangs have such a youthful vibe to them.

    And I really need to pick this lipstick up at some point.

    • Karen says:

      Thank, Heidi. I’m loving the bangs mostly because they hide the bald spot in my eyebrow. 🙂

      Costa Chic is fun, fun, FUN! It’s super pretty layered beneath coral, peach or pink glosses.

      How was your day? I’m so glad the weekend’s here, yay!

      • Heidi says:

        I was really tired today (long week), but I managed to get some errands done: bank, mail box, Rite Aid. Tomorrow I have to go to Trader Joe’s and that’s the last of the practical things I have to do this weekend.

      • Shubana says:

        I used to rock bangs just so I could skip tweezing !

  3. Liz says:

    Love this shade!! I will fear no frost before *my* time 😉 xoLiz

  4. Emily says:

    I love the new hair! It makes your eyes look so intense! (in a good way) 🙂

  5. Wendy M. says:

    Frankly I’m a bit scared of frosts but I’ll happily try out anything that can be described as ‘coral’. 😉
    Loving the new haircut, those bangs look so flattering! 🙂

  6. LOVE the new cut! you look stunning =).

    i tried costa chic once and while it was gorgeous, i didn’t feel like it did anything for my skin tone. so i got vegas volt instead and i find it suis me better. which reminds me, i should bring it with me on my weekend trip to seattle!
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  7. Chris25 says:

    I think I finally figured out why I can’t get the brighter lip colors to work for me the way they work for you, despite us both being NC42: you have thinner lips than I do, so you can pull off brighter or frostier colors better. My pouty mouth looks too Ronald McDonald with coral or watermelon pink lipsticks.

  8. Crystal says:

    Hi Karen your new hair looks fab! I love bangs but for me it’s always side bangs.

    Do you have a recommendation for a good cream coral lipstick from MAC? I’m looking for one to layer under EvRev but I’m a shade or two lighter than you (nc30).

  9. Vixen says:

    Well hello awesome hair!
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  10. Christina says:

    Lol. I just got out of a review session on my campus and wanted to do a quick check of the websites I frequent 😛

    Karen, you’ve totally shown me the way with coral lipsticks! I LOVE them! I’m definitely going to check out Costa Chic the next time I hit up MAC 🙂

    And your new haircut and style is great! 😀 I got a haircut a few weeks ago and I’m still trying to decide whether I like it or not (I’m never sure how my thick, wavy hair will translate the type of haircuts I’d like). Next time, I’m thinking of getting a shorter cut. Kind of like how Emma Watson’s hair is like on Seventeen’s cover right now!

  11. Ruchita says:

    Cute haircut – especially the bangs! It’s fun to go for a totally new look now and then. Hope you had a great Friday. 🙂

  12. Naj says:

    Your new hair looks so good! I want your hairdresser!

  13. Sonya says:

    You have a habit of posting MAC products I haven’t seen, much less considered! Again, this is a lovely shade!

    PS – Great haircut! I’m always jealous of your thick, shiny hair!

  14. Instant Karma says:

    Cute haircut, Karen! You can definitely rock the blunt cut bangs, which is impressive; a lot of people can’t, including yours truly. Unfortunately, I had them for quite some time as a small child, as I was reminded a few weeks ago while going through some old photo albums, LOL. I should’ve remained a side swept girl!

  15. Karo says:

    I love your new haircut!
    you look so great! 🙂
    And MAC costa-chic lipstick is so wonderful,I´ll buy them 😉
    Have a nice day!
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  16. Mary says:

    Costa Chic looks so amazing on you. Not sure if I can pull it off, tho. Love your new haircut!! What lipstick are you wearing in that pic?

  17. Inday says:

    I LOVE your new hair! Makes me miss my “china” bangs, hahaha. Costa Chic looks so beautiful on you but I’m not sure I can do frosty. I still have waaay too many pictures from the 80’s with scary frosty lips *shudders*

    May I ask what you’re wearing on your eyes in the “old hair” pics? Lovely!

  18. How do all lipsticks look great on you?You always find a way to make em work !!
    Love yr new hair..super cute
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  19. Liz says:

    Love your hair, Karen! The bangs are super cute, 🙂

  20. Alka says:

    Super cute haircut! Love the new bangs. Of course you always look adorable. I have had my eye on Costa Chic ever since you showed it with EvRev a month ago! Have a great weekend. 🙂

  21. Nina says:

    gorgeous haircut! love it!

  22. lp says:

    Love your bangs! it suits you a lot!!! 🙂
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  23. Sheena says:

    Such a pretty shade of lipstick! but besides that your hair looks fab, the streaks/highlights look great!

  24. Rita says:

    It’s funny that lipsticks like CC are considered granny lipsticks. My grandmother used to wear a bright red lipstick. When she got older she denied ever wearing any lipstick at all!
    Nice hair!

  25. Jasmin says:

    This lipstick looks lovely on you, its so flattering! Since I have a similar skintone as you,i’ll check it out next time im at mac.

  26. wow… the new hair! I’ve always had a hard time getting this lipstick to work well for me when I try it in the store, so I haven’t given in yet. I might try your finger patting technique next time.

  27. Christine says:

    Cute haircut, love the bangs ! And that shade looks so flattering on you 🙂

  28. Misato-san says:

    cute new hairstyle… I will get my bangs back soon too!

    aside from this… I totally LOVE Costa Chic. It was my first MAC lipstick… and I’m wearing it right now so I was gigglying when I read its name for the unsung heroes. XDDD
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  29. Ginger says:

    You look so pretty! What products did you use for your eyes?

  30. Amanda says:

    ummm okay, I am only 23 but I know that lipstick does NOT say “old lady” at all! It is warm and flatters your skin! You aren’t OLD Karen! Rock what works for ya, sheesh! 🙂 😀

  31. Jen in Va says:

    I have this and agree that applying with a strong hand will give you a neon, barbie, almost alien lip….the trick is to dab as a base and put a nice peach pink gloss on top. You definitely pull it of!!

  32. rashmi says:

    i am dying to buy a new coral and new pink … this is looking absolutely wonderful on you 😀 i am NC 40 will it look nice ??
    do share your thoughts .. although am convinced with your Unsung Hero Post 😀

  33. Ren says:

    Hi karen, at first i dislike costa chic cause mac lippies tends to seep into my lines and unflattering. But i wore costa chic over revlon matte mauve it over and it shows a very gorgeous costa chic true color minus all the tackiness! Swipe it over revlon matte pink pout and you’ll have a slightly pinker version of costa chic which i adore so much.

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