Beauty & Other Things

My 2 New Mac Lipsticks!

I couldn’t post my Clinque Airbrush Concealer review without a post about my two new Mac lipsticks following it!  (Which I bought at the same time, before flying to Scotland, if that didn’t make sense…)

There’s nothing like a quick make up browse in the duty free section before a holiday.  In fact there’s nothing like having a quick browse at the lipsticks at Mac either.

So straight to the point; I bought Vegas Volt, a colour that had been on my wishlist for a while, and Hot Gossip, which was a bit of a impulse buy that didn’t leave me disappointed.

Mac Vegas Volt

Mac Vegas Volt Lipsick swatch

Like I said, Mac’s Vegas Volt had been on my wishlist for a long time.  Having a fair skin tone, I’ve always found coral reds suit me best.  So scrolling through Pinterest one day, as I quite often do, this orange hued red caught my eye and I pinned it immediately.

As much as I have a few Mac lipsticks now, I’m not a Mac addict like the many out there.  This means I still need to google exactly which finish this Mac lipstick has.  So after some very quick research, I’ve found Vegas Volt is an Amplified Creme Lipstick.  I agree that it leaves a creamy and long-lasting finish, yet without drying out my lips.

I couldn’t actually wait until I wrote this blog post before I wore it and I’ve worn it quite a few times over Christmas and my birthday.  That’s a good sign if there ever was one; a lipstick (not a book) you can’t put down.

Mac Hot Gossip

Mac Hot Gossip Lipsick swatch

Mac Hot Gossip is slightly different.  What I was really on the hunt for when I wandered over to the Mac counter was my next everyday lipstick; something natural and preferably pink.

I’ve heard all about Mac’s Velvet Teddy, but when I came to trying it on I was left a little underwhelmed.  Perhaps it’s my skin tone, but I didn’t feel like it added anything to my look?  Please do tell me if I’m missing something…

I had a Mac assistant helping me by this point and after a few more ‘have you got anything a bit pinker’ prompts from me we finally arrived at Hot Gossip.  On the road to baby pink, but more subtle and grown up.  Being a Cremesheen finish too, it’s not quite as lush in colour as Vegas Volt as it adds an almost glossy finish.  This lipstick also adds an extra kick of hydration; perfect for everyday wear.

(I managed to be patient with Mac Hot Gossip, so now that it’s opened, swatched and blogged about I can finally start wearing it to work!)

Mac Lipstick Vegas Volt Hot Gossip Swatches


If I haven’t done my two new Mac lipsticks justice in my other photos then I hope these swatches against my pale arm does!

The strength of the colour in both of the different finishes are quite noticeable here.  For my Mac Vegas Volt this was only one swipe, as for the Hot Gossip it took a few.

I’m really pleased with my two new Mac lipsticks! As is the case for every Mac lipstick, I love how the colours are so unique and the choice so varied; it’s no wonder everyone loves them.  Both have the delicious Vanilla scent too and will be getting a lot of wear from me!

What do you think?  What’s your favourite Mac lipstick?  Am I wrong about Velvet Teddy – let me know in the comments section below!


  • Sol
    July 9, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    Love seeing these on fair skin! What a wonderful little review. I’m curious about getting Vegas myself, after working through figuring out pinks for pale folks, and stumbled upon your blog – which got me wondering: What colour are you wearing in your “profile picture”? It’s gorgeous too!

    best, Sol

    • Emma
      July 19, 2020 at 6:02 pm

      Thanks so much! Wow, that was taken a little while ago, it was either Vegas or a Rimmel London Kate Moss lipstick in shade 12… I think? Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment. It’s been a kick in the butt for me to get posting again on here!


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