MAC Unsung Heroes: Modesty Cremesheen Lipstick

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I know that for some folks, especially ones who aren’t as fanatical about interested in makeup as you and I, it’s surprising to find wearable lip colors in MAC’s permanent line.


At lunch with my BFF Cindy a couple months ago, when I pulled out nude pink Modesty Cremesheen Lipstick ($14.50) to touch up after the meal, Cindy was shocked when I told her the lippie was from MAC.

Cindy, a makeup minimalist (to the extreme!), had an impression of MAC that many people share. She doesn’t wear makeup very often (the last time I saw her wearing eyeliner was at my wedding six years ago), but she has cruised by MAC counters many times before, and seeing the glammed-up artists there, always just assumed MAC only carried crazy colors.

No matter how many times I’ve tried to set her straight, gah! I swear, if I had a nickle for every time I’ve told that girl that MAC isn’t only about brights… But she doesn’t listen, probably because we’ve known each other for more than 20 years (she’s like the sister I never had), so she tunes me out when I go into makeup mode…or talk about Tabs. πŸ™‚

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She did show an interest in MAC Modesty, though, which is great! — because I think it’s one of those eminently agreeable lip colors that every gal should try.

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It’s a neutral nude pink, neither too cool nor warm, so it gets along with just about everyone.

Semi-formal Modesty, with its creamy finish, stands out to me among a sea of less serious pink lipsticks at MAC. It reminds me of a less shiny, less purple version of Syrup, another heroic mauve at MAC.

And no matter what other makeup I might be wearing with it at any given time, Modesty fits.


In these pics, I’m wearing it with a basic everyday look; I think it’s a great color for all the responsible stuff — work, errands and the like.

I also like the way it works with dramatic eye makeup, too, and wear it all the time with black, gray, brown or taupe smokey eyes, as well as brighter greens and blues. It’s a way to incorporate a little lip color into your look, one step above the “concealer lips” route of a flesh-colored nude lipstick.

If you like keeping your makeup bag light and streamlined and want to carry a single color able to go with everything, check out MAC Modesty, an all-purpose nude pink with a penchant for cooperation.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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  1. ShannoninBC says:

    Yup, it’s definitely a fave of mine as well…along with VG V, which is a sparkled version of Modesty, IMO. Great reminder of a great everyday lippie πŸ˜€

  2. Neeraj says:

    this looks like a very nice lipstick but it doesnt stand out with MAC (no wonder an unsung hero) till you shout it out. Thanks for doing that as I have found some amazing ‘Unsung heroes’ after this post!
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  3. Jasmine says:

    I love your top…well the part I can see(:

  4. Angel says:

    I could never find a nude pink lipstick that doesn’t make me look dead! I have to try this out when I go to MAC next time!

    On another note, I bought Deelight after your recommendation… and I love it! Thanks! πŸ™‚

  5. laura says:

    Modesty is one of my favorites and you don’t hear about it much, glad it is getting some love here!

  6. Jenna says:

    My favorite neutral Mac lipstick is Hot Gossip. A nice, conservative pink.

  7. Cindy says:

    Hi, Karen. This is a great look for you! Your hair and top look fab, too. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Emily says:

    I love this color. Nudes are so hard for me to commit to but this one is great. I think I am drawn to it because isn’t too beige/brown/yellow. Cremesheen is my favorite finish.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Emily,

      I love the Cremesheens too. They feel great on the lips, last a long time and they’ve got that nice amount of shine!

      What other MAC lippies do you love, btw?

  9. Karen B says:

    I love Modesty. The second lipstick I bought at Mac (my first begin Lady Bug, something completely different). However now I’m so pale and my hair’s so coppery I’ve changed my go-to neutral lipstick to See Sheer, something with just a little touch more colour.

  10. Fieran says:

    Ohh I think I need Modesty especially because you said:

    “And no matter what other makeup I might be wearing with it at any given time, Modesty fits.”

    I love having lipsticks that go with anything so I can chuck them into my handbag and blindly use any to refresh my lipstick post-lunch at work.

    Thank you Karen, am definitely going to swatch this soon πŸ™‚

  11. Oh wow, I have to check this out! I haven’t found a nude that doesn’t make me look dead. My best luck so far is layering Dior Incognito over Chanel Rouge Coco Mademoiselle, but I’d like ONE lipstick to do all that thank you very much πŸ™‚

    Thanks for sharing Karen! You always dig out great stuff that is ignored because of MAC’s a million limited edition collections!
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    • Karen says:

      Hi Sunny,

      I know what you mean. Nude lipsticks aren’t the easiest to get right. You’d think that “nude” wouldn’t be hard, but it can be difficult!

      Oh — an idea. If you have a very hard time finding a shade that fits, you could always line and fill in your lips with flattering nude lip pencil and layer a clear balm or gloss on top. A few to try: MAC Subculture, MAC Pink Treat and MAC Dervish.

  12. bisbee says:

    I’m not even going to try this one – I have too many light pink lipsticks that make me look dead – I have very pigmented lips, and colors that lighten them that much are not flattering!

    I say I have pigmented lips…but I also look kind of “dead” without any lipstick! What’s a girl to do?

    And I just wanted to say that I had Syrup years ago and loved it…I went back and purchased another and a backup recently because it’s a fabulous basic for me!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Bisbee,

      Syrup rocks. I have lost track of how many tubes I’ve gone through. Do you ever pair it w/Dervish? That combo is very pretty.

  13. Nude is such a flexible shade that you can wear with anything. Gorgeous.

  14. Nina says:

    Thats such a pretty lip color. I *think* I own it and now I need to find it! πŸ™‚

  15. TJ says:

    That is a really nice color on you.

  16. Melody says:

    Ooo Very pretty. I’m always accidentally over-doing my eyes so I need another mlbb shade.

  17. Melissa says:

    Modesty is my go-to neutral lip color. I’ve worn it for years and love that it can be worn by itself or with so many of the MAC lipglasses like VG V and VI. Thanks for featuring it, Karen!

    I also wear Syrup with Dervish. Great pair!

  18. Jackie says:

    I love Hug Me as my everyday lipstick for work.

  19. Kacey says:

    Hi, Karen!

    Although I’ve never tried Modesty, one of those “wear it with anything” pink nudes I have and consistently reach for is Blankety (amplified creme sheen finish). Have you tried and, if so, are they similar?

  20. corallista says:

    You carry nudes really well. I find it difficult to pull off nudes, I prefer ones with a bit more color but this does look great on you!
    corallista recently posted … Maybelline Dream Matte Powder Light : Review, Swatch and Photos

  21. Jenn says:

    Karen you always look so bright, cheery and awake! What undereye concealer do you use? Not that you’re not naturally beautiful or anything LOL πŸ™‚

  22. Angela G. says:

    I wish I had read this post before I went to the MAC counter for my B2M’s. (I usually wait for the weekend to catch up on your posts.) This lipstick looks so pretty and it’s a creamsheen?? It will definitely be on my list for my next purchase. I love amplified & creamsheen finishes cause my natural lip takes a lustre finish to a different color and sometimes that’s not what I want. This weekend I picked up Pink Nouveau & Blankety (already my second tube). I think Modesty will work well with NC20 skin, I’ll just have to wait and see! =)

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