Meet some of my favorite MAC nude shades this week from the MAC Strip Down collection.
I’m a bonafide twig expert! — self proclaimed, of course. I have twigs in every pocket of every jacket. Literally.
And there are two reasons for this:
- Because I like to wear MAC Twig lipstick
- And because Connor has to pick up all of the twigs she finds whenever we leave the house and adds them to her collection of “treasures that we keep by the front door.”
So, yeah, with the power vested in me by the State of California, I declare myself a twig expert. 😊
MAC Twig is such an old-school favorite. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it is not the color of most tiny branches. Really, I don’t know why it’s even called “Twig,” unless somebody somewhere had a dream about a pinkish brown tree…?
Yeah, it’s in the realm of brown, but I think it’s more pink than brown, so if you like the idea of a nude lip color that splits the difference between a Barbie pink and a true brown, a la MAC Paramount, take a look at Twig.
Like other MAC nude lip greats, it’s subtlety different from other nude lip colors in ways that a casual bystanders would have absolutely NO CLUE about. Like my husband — he would never be able to tell the difference between Velvet Teddy and Twig, but you and I? We would.
I think Twig is closest to MAC Mehr, but it’s less pink and more brown. It’s also similar to MAC Whirl, but Whirl is browner than Twig. So, it’s definitely in the pinkish brown family. I’d say that it’s about halfway between Mehr and Whirl.
Definitely NOT the same as Velvet Teddy, though, because it doesn’t have as much beige.
The Satin Lipstick formula is spectacular, too. There’s a light essence of shine, but it reads on my NC42 skin as a matte. I think Twig has all of things most people crave from a lipstick with a flat finish. It’s creamy and buttery…
(Ugh, how many times am I gonna say “creamy and buttery” in a blog post?)
But it is, though. It also hugs your lips like fitted sheets on a tightly made bed, so it smooths any lip creases and wrinkles.
If you’re a hard-core matte person, you’ll probably be OK with this on your lips, but if your lips are even the slightest bit dry, Twig, for whatever reason, could make it worse if you aren’t careful. When I wear it and wash my face at the end of the day, I have to apply lip balm before I go to bed, and then I’m fine the following morning.
If I don’t do that, my lips will feel a little dry (but they won’t peel or anything like that).
Twig is from the permanent line and also part of MAC’s Strip Down collection. Try it! It’s gorgeous, and you know what? It goes well with all of the MAC classics. Satin Taupe, WoodwinkedTexture, Soft Brown — you name it. Any of the old-school MAC greats that will endure until the next millennia (seriously, Connor’s grandchildren’s grandchildren will probably be wearing those colors). Give them a go with Twig.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,