MAC Unsung Heroes: Creme in Your Coffee Lipstick

Published in: Lips, MAC Makeup, Unsung Heroes

mac creme in your coffee

So maybe you’re tempted to try darker MAC lippies like Dubonnet and Paramount but haven’t worked up the courage? No worries. I totally get it. If you’re not accustomed to seeing yourself in dramatic lip colors, a bout with “transitional shades” could help. Somewhere between the bolder colors you eventually want to wear and the colors you’re already comfortable in, transitional shades can help you push your limits while easing you into something bold.


Say your game plan is to work your way up to fall’s darker browns, reds and plums. Crème in Your Coffee ($14.50) lipstick, today’s Unsung Hero, could be a great place to start.

MAC describes the color, which is part of the company’s Cremesheen lipstick line, as a mid-tone pinkish brown, and I think it’s that touch of pink that elevates it from a run-of-the-mill nude lipstick to something else (something more). The brown within it gives it a degree of intensity, but one that doesn’t cross the line into melodramatic, and the combined shade sits comfortably at the halfway point between barely-there and look-at-me lips.

mac creme in your coffee

mac creme in your coffee swatch

Another thing I like about the shade (other than its great name!), is how different it can look depending on the wearer’s skin tone. On me I think it’s a straight-up pinkish brown, but I’ve seen it look more plum, brown, beige and even burgundy on other girls. On ladies with super duper pigmented lips, I bet it would be a fantastic “your lips but better” shade.

Speaking of caffeinated beverages…I’m addicted to chai lattes again.


OOH! And you know what would totally take chai to the next level? Pumpkin.


I know that Starbucks makes a pumpkin latte with espresso, but I don’t know if they do it with chai. If you happen to know of a place that makes pumpkin chai lattes (or if you have a recipe) let me know. I’ll probably be obsessed with them until I track one down…

Tabbies and pumpkins for the win!

Hope you’re having a good day so far. The finish line’s in sight. 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


The MAC Unsung Heroes series features some of my favorite products from MAC’s permanent collection


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  1. Claire says:

    That looks almost exactly like my fave bobbi brown creamy lipcolor (that feels so amazing) called rose petal.

  2. i google-shopped “pumpkin chai latte” but the closest i found was a pumpkin chai tea from twinnings. douwe egberts makes a pumpkin spice cappuchino mix that comes in commercial sized bags. and maxwell house international coffees (the ones that come in the rectangular tins) makes a pumpkin something (i forget if its cafe or latte or cap).


    • Karen says:

      Thanks! Hmm… I’ll see if I can hunt down that pumpkin chai tea. Maybe with warm milk and some nutmeg and cinnamon it could be epic. 🙂

      And aww, re: the oil!

  3. Lauren says:

    I had some dreams they were Creme In My Coffee, Creme in My Coffee. Sorry, I had to do a Carly Simon reference for this post! Anyways, this looks like my type of color, I think I may check it out at the Mac counter tomorrow! Thanks Karen!

  4. aradhana says:

    i love this lipstick! i was actually going to wear it yesterday, but then i got side-tracked….now that i saw your post, i must wear it tomorrow!

  5. Appu says:

    I LOVE Creme in your Coffee! Its definitely MLBB for pigmented lips & needs little to no effort 😀
    Appu recently posted … 100% Pure Organic Argan Oil

  6. Marie says:

    I want to know what did you use for your eye makeup, Karen… Looks nice.

  7. Nina says:

    this lipstick is a total fave for me as well — its my perfect MLBB since my lips are pretty pigmented!

    • Karen says:

      I remember you mentioning it a few posts back. Do you usually wear it alone or wear it with other things?

      • Nina says:

        i usually wear it on its own. but when i have time, ill smudge some naked or boldly bare liner in my lip, apply the lipstick and do a clear gloss on top.

        it doesnt need anything much though. this might be the tube i buy a 2nd one of, since i use and abuse this lipstick often!!!

  8. Steph says:

    Starbucks DOES make pumpkin chai! just gotta ask them for it! 🙂 it’s limited edition (with the rest of their pumpkin stuff)!
    Love that lipstick! May have to try it!

  9. Tiffany says:

    Oh how I love your Unsung Heroes… I need to try this lipstick, I have been searching for a MLBB shade.

  10. Evelyn says:

    Oh it looks lovely! I dare say it would be too dark me. I’m a bit fairer than you lovely ladies who suit this shade, so I stick to Hourglass Extreme Sheen lipgloss in Truth. It looks like the most boring colour in the world in the bottle and comes out looking fab, like MLBB!

    P.S. Thanks for all your amazing work Karen 🙂 I love this blog!

  11. Chris25 says:

    I was just thinking the other day “Will Karen do Creme in Your Coffee for MAC USH?” And here it is!

  12. Andrea says:

    Starbucks definitely makes a chai pumpkin latte. I work as a barista there, and while it not on the regular menu, it is a common order. I love making up new combinations with the fall flavors…YUM 😀

  13. Jen says:

    You can ask Starbucks to put some pumpkin in your Chai. They’ll do it.

  14. Amber says:

    Ooh Karen I need to try this!
    Amber recently posted … Bad blogger

  15. Britany B. says:

    lol WOW. I was swatching this color on Sunday and was debating on whether to buy it or not. Guess I’ll go back next weekend. Thanks KareBear!

  16. A says:

    Ooooh I haven’t worn this in ages and you’ve just inspired me to pull it out of the drawer! I love these posts and how they help me use makeup I already have instead of buying new (although sometimes they make me do that, too…)!

  17. Karina says:

    This is my first MAC lipstick and I think I’ll wear it to work tomorrow, it needs some lovin’.

  18. Kim says:

    That’s a nice color but I’m too distracted by the adorable kittens and the thought of pumpkin chai to think about lipstick. HAHA! I’m still a ‘ho for Dunkin Donuts Vanilla Chai (I know a lot of people think it’s too sweet, but to me, it’s like Christmas in a Cup). If they added pumpkin, I’d probably pass out from excitement. 🙂

  19. Ruchita says:

    Love this color! I don’t usually wear darker colors on my lips, but this is a great transitional shade.

  20. Katy says:

    Homegirl El Hubs did a good job with that bangin rock on your hand! Love the lipstick but my favorite for fall is Twig. It’s so elegant!

  21. Claud says:

    Thank you for this one. I was just looking for something like it. Looks like I’m due for a visit to my MAC counter… 🙂

  22. Chantal says:

    I love this lippie it was my first MAC lippie and I loved it from day one. I love how i looks dark when applied from the tube and as a lipstain it is fab, a nice subtle colour to the lips.

    It is true what they say, you never forget you first love 😀

  23. For the love of life says:

    That’s a great shade. Suiting you so well. 🙂

  24. sarah says:

    one of my faves and now all my girlfriends have it… its like our communal “go to” shade of lipstick 🙂

  25. Elle says:

    Ha, this is my go-to shade for interviews…so far so good! 🙂

  26. Barbara says:

    The Twining’s Pumpkin Chai is pretty good! I need to check out Creme in Your Coffee.

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