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These Are the 12 Best MAC Lipsticks of All Time

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Name a makeup brand more iconic than MAC—go ahead, we’ll wait. It’s arguably one of the most omnipresent, heritage brands in the beauty industry, and, if you’re anything like us, is probably one that’s associated with some of your earliest makeup memories. It also always has been (and we’re willing to bet always will be) a staple among professional makeup artists. There’s no shortage of cult classic MAC products to pick from, but their plethora of lipsticks really takes the cake.

“You can’t beat the color range that MAC offers, with over 150 shades of traditional lipsticks plus almost 40 shades of liquid lipstick.  There is literally something for everyone,” says celebrity makeup artist Bryan Cantor, who also raves about the high quality of all the formulas. Per the point of the options being super extensive, we went ahead and made things easy for you by narrowing it down to a dozen of the best MAC lipsticks out there.

Below, find the best MAC lipsticks, according to the Byrdie editors.

 IN THIS ARTICLE

  • Our Picks
  • Final Verdict
  • What to Look For
  • Why Trust Byrdie?

Best for All Skin Tones: MAC Lipstick in Twig

MAC Lipstick in Twig

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What We Like

  • Works on all skin tones
  • Long-lasting
  • Great color payoff

What We Don’t Like

  • Can be drying

“This muted, brownish-pink, is ideal for those who don’t want a super bold lip and it works on all skin tones,” says Cantor. (He adds that it’s one of his universal bridal go-tos.) It should come as no surprise that it’s also one of the brand’s best-sellers.

Cruelty-Free: No | Byrdie Clean: Yes

Best Red: MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo

MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo

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What We Like

  • Works on all skin tones
  • Great color payoff
  • Balanced red

What We Don’t Like

  • Can be drying

Your hunt for the perfect, classic red lippie ends here. Cantor says it’s truly a perfectly-balanced red, with undertones that are neither too cool nor too warm, again, flattering on all complexions. Fun fact: It consistently ranks as the brand’s number one best-selling lipstick in the U.S., says Cantor.

Cruelty-Free: No | Byrdie Clean: Yes

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Best Beige: MAC Lipstick in Velvet Teddy

MAC Lipstick in Velvet Teddy

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What We Like

  • Works on all skin tones
  • Matte finish
  • Long-lasting

What We Don’t Like

  • Can drag when applying

The matte texture coupled with the super pigmented, nude beige hue screams the ‘90s to us—in the best way possible. It’s also one of those rare beige tones that looks equally as beautiful on fair complexions as it does deeper ones.

Cruelty-Free: No | Byrdie Clean: No

Best Red-Orange: MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick in Style Shocked!

MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick in Style Shocked!

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What We Like

  • Lightweight
  • Moisturizing
  • Buildable formula

What We Don’t Like

  • Not as long-lasting as other options

Byrdie Editor Holly Rhue loves this MAC lipstick formula, which boasts a weightless and moisturizing, yet still matte, texture.  Cantor calls out that it’s also one of the brand’s more buildable options, easily layered depending on how pigmented you want the result to be. There are 23 shades to choose from in this variant alone, but we’re partial to this vibrant red-orange, a perfect summer shade that makes a serious statement.

Cruelty-Free: No | Byrdie Clean: Yes

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Best Brown: MAC Lipstick in Viva Glam III

MAC Lipstick in Viva Glam III

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What We Like

  • Proceeds donate to a good cause
  • Doesn’t appear muddy
  • Matte finish

What We Don’t Like

  • May not work on all skin tones

One of our all-time favorite fall hues, this is the third iteration of the brand’s Viva Glam line, first launched in 1994 to help men, women, and children affected by HIV/AIDS. In fact, 100% of the proceeds still go to the cause. The tone hits just the right balance of brown and plum, without ever appearing muddy.

Cruelty-Free: No | Byrdie Clean: No

Best Berry: MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Créme in Your Coffee

MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Créme in Your Coffee

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What We Like

  • Moisturizing
  • Comfortable wear
  • Glossy finish

What We Don’t Like

  • Not as long-lasting as other options

Lip balm devotees will appreciate the uber hydrating texture of MAC’s Cremesheen lippies, made with shea butter and olive oil, says Cantor. The cushiony feel makes them extra comfortable and they have a glossy finish. That sheen looks especially pretty on this gorgeous berry shade, a mid-tone pink with the perfect amount of brown undertones.

Cruelty-Free: No | Byrdie Clean: Yes

Best Nude: MAC Cosmetics Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo

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mac lipstick in ruby woo

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What We Like

  • Great for everyday wear
  • Matte finish
  • Long-lasting

What We Don’t Like

  • Can be drying

Another one of Cantor’s favorites, he describes this shade as a “neutral, peachy rose color.” Think of it as the perfect everyday color to reach for when you want to give your lips a little something-something, but not necessarily look like you’re wearing a ton of lipstick.

Cruelty-Free: No | Byrdie Clean: Yes

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Best Neon: MAC Cosmetics Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo

4.8

mac lipstick in ruby woo

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What We Like

  • Great color payoff
  • Matte finish

What We Don’t Like

  • Can be drying

Another one of the brand’s more iconic hues, this neon, bubblegum pink is as in-your-face ‘80s as it gets. Nostalgia factor aside, Cantor says it’s the perfect tone to help you nail the neon makeup trend that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.

Cruelty-Free: No | Byrdie Clean: No

Best Pop of Color: MAC Amplified Lipstick in Girl About Town

MAC Amplified Lipstick in Girl About Town

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What We Like

  • Great color payoff
  • Creamy
  • Makes teeth appear whiter

What We Don’t Like

  • Reviewers note color doesn’t match the pictures

“The Amplified lipsticks contain finely milled pigments, allowing for three times the pigment payoff of other formulas,” explains Cantor. “They’re full coverage with a creamy texture and semi-lustrous finish.” He’s partial to this vibrant fuchsia, whose blue undertones have the added benefit of making teeth appear whiter, he says.

Cruelty-Free: No | Byrdie Clean: Yes

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Best Burgandy: MAC Cosmetics Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo

4.8

mac lipstick in ruby woo

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What We Like

  • Matte finish
  • Works on all skin tones
  • Great color payoff

What We Don’t Like

  • Can be drying

“This is my go-to color for a vampy lip,” says Cantor. The deep red/burgundy tone, coupled with the matte finish, does indeed make for the perfect pairing when you want to go dark and dramatic, and, yet again, works well on all skin tones.

Cruelty-Free: No | Byrdie Clean: No

Best Pink: MAC Frost Lipstick in Angel

MAC Frost Lipstick in Angel

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What We Like

  • Buildable formula
  • Has pearl and metallic finishes

What We Don’t Like

  • Not as long-lasting as other options

If you prefer your lipstick to have a touch of sheen, consider the brand’s Frost lipsticks. “They have medium, buildable coverage and a semi-lustrous finish that ranges from pearlized to metallic,” says Cantor. When it comes to pink options, he loves this one, a soft, baby pink with a slightly pearlized finish.

Cruelty-Free: No | Byrdie Clean: Yes

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Best Liquid: MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lip Colour in LadyBeGood

MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lip Colour in LadyBeGood

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What We Like

  • Long-lasting
  • Doe-foot applicator
  • Matte finish

What We Don’t Like

  • Can be drying

For those who want to think outside the standard tube, Cantor suggests checking out the brand’s liquid lipsticks, which have the added benefit of having some of the longest staying power. He’s especially partial to this warm, mid-tone nude. Bonus points for the doe-foot applicator, which makes it easy to outline your lips with the tip, then fill in the color with the flat side.

Cruelty-Free: No | Byrdie Clean: No

Final Verdict

You really can’t go wrong with a MAC lipstick. But if you’re overwhelmed by the sheer array of options there are to choose from, here are a few top contenders. MAC Lipstick in Twig is a universal fail-safe, a wearable nude that flatters all skin tones. Prefer a classic red? Check out MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo and you’ll quickly see why everyone is obsessed.

What to Look For in a MAC Lipstick

The Formula

Cantor says this is the most important thing to consider when choosing a MAC lipstick (since they all come in such a wide array of shades). They differ when it comes to everything from the finish to the texture to the pigment level. For example, the Matte, Retro Matte, and Liquid options are great for long-lasting, high-impact color that doesn’t require a lot of touch-ups, while the Lustre or Powder Kiss formulas are great for those who want more sheer color for everyday wear.

Color

In the quest for finding your perfect lipstick, shade matters. Mac has a wide array of colors, and pinpointing your undertones will typically steer you in the right direction for choosing the shade of your dreams. Luckily, Mac offers many universally flattering shades such as Ruby Woo (mentioned above). Celebrity MUA Jo Baker says, “every person on the planet must have it if you have the desire for attention in the most flattering form. This classic, true red has slightly blue undertones and brightens up every complexion, from pale redheads with freckles to the darkest of skin tones.”

Beeswax

It’s important to note that many lipsticks today are formulated with beeswax, and may not be vegan-friendly.1 Always check ingredient lists before purchasing a cosmetic product for any personal restrictions.

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4 Important Tips for Having a Vacation Abroad

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4 Important Tips for Having a Vacation Abroad

Are you planning to go abroad but still don’t know what to prepare? People dream of going abroad, especially to countries like America and Europe. If this is your first time going abroad, you should check the following tips!

Prepare All Important Documents

The first thing you need to do is prepare important documents. For example, passports, ID cards, visas, and international driving licenses if you are going to drive abroad. Make sure you know whether the country you are going to visit is visa-free or not. For Southeast Asian countries, the Maldives and Turkey are visa-free, so you only have to have a passport. But a visa is still needed if you want to go to South Korea, Europe, or America. Make sure to scan your document and save it in the cloud like Google Drive or iCloud. Oh, yes, remember to check your vaccination status. Because every country needs your health information.

Make Itineraries

Itinerary is important for those who want to travel abroad. The reason is holidays abroad cost a lot of money, so when you can, take advantage of it with a well-planned schedule. Research in detail the tourist destinations you want to visit. For example, what is unique in it, ticket prices, transportation to get there, to the distance from the inn you’re staying. Remember to include places to eat that you want to try. Make sure the place to eat is according to your preferences, such as halal or free of certain food allergies.

Book Tickets in Advance

When you know how long you will be on vacation with the itinerary that has been prepared, it’s time to book plane tickets and lodging. Find cheap tickets by:

  1. Using promos and discounts on travel agent applications.
  2. Comparing which price is lower and what kind of facilities you will get.
  3. Choosing accommodation that fits your budget but is still comfortable.

Oh yes, also remember to check how the pandemic situation is in the country you are going to visit. Do you have to quarantine or not? Because it will affect your itinerary and accommodation. Due to the pandemic conditions that have not fully recovered, check whether there is still Indonesia quarantine after returning from vacation.

Exchange Money and Check Your ATM Cards

Exchange your currency into the destination country’s currency, for example, yen, euros, dollars, won, and others. But remember, don’t carry too much cash because it’s also prone to theft, besides being wasteful. For the rest, you can do cashless transactions. Check your bank’s ATM card to see if it has Visa, MasterCard, or Cirrus logos. This row of stamps indicates that your bank is working with banks abroad. Or you can also use a credit card to make your transaction easier.

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Down 43%, Is This Tech Stock Worth Buying Right Now?

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Down 43%, Is This Tech Stock Worth Buying Right Now?

Skyworks Solutions (NASDAQ: SWKS) announced its fiscal 2022 fourth-quarter results (for the three months ended September 30) on November 3, and the supplier Apple’s stock price has risen 11% since then.

Skyworks beat expectations and showed solid growth at a time when smartphone sales were declining, but forecasts show the chipmaker is about to hit a bump. With that said, let’s take a closer look at the latest results from the chipmaker. Let’s take a closer look at whether the stock can sustain new momentum after losing 43% of its value in 2022.

Skyworks solutions deliver reliable results for non-mobile businesses
Skyworks’ fourth-quarter revenue increased 7% year-over-year to a record $1.4 billion. The company also reported non-GAAP (adjusted) earnings of $3.02 per share, up 15% year-over-year. Skyworks easily justified analyst estimates of $2.91 per share. For the year, the company’s revenue increased 7% to $5.5 billion and earnings rose similarly to $11.24 per share.

The strong growth of chipmakers in the fourth quarter was the result of successful diversification into new markets such as Internet of Things (IoT) and automotive, as well as relationships with major smartphone original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Yes, it helped make up for it. Weakness in the smartphone market. space. However, it was the non-mobile business that put a lot of effort into Skyworks last quarter.
As CFO Chris Sennesael noted in the report, the company generated $500 million in revenue from broad market segments (counting chip sales for non-mobile applications like IoT), up 30% from the previous year. Last earnings conference call. Broad market companies contributed 36% of Skyworks’ revenue last quarter, up from 29% in the same period last year.

It’s also worth noting that Skyworks earned $2 billion in revenue from this segment for the entire fiscal year. That’s almost 43% more than the $1.4 billion in revenue last fiscal year. The good news is that the company’s business in a wide range of markets can maintain its momentum. This is because, as Skyworks showed in its earnings report, it is attracting new customers in high-growth niches like IoT.

“In IoT, we continue to win new customers and expand our content. We have partnered with Vodafone to launch the UK’s first WiFi 6E platform. We have launched a solution for Fi 6 hotspots.”

Skyworks also enables the deployment of O-RAN (Open Radio Access Network) and delivers record quarterly results in the high-growth automotive business niche. For example, the O-RAN market is expected to grow at an annual rate of 42% until 2030. Meanwhile, according to Mordor Intelligence, the demand for connected cars will grow by 19% per year until 2027.

These catalysts explain why Skyworks expects its broad commercial segment of the market “to be a major driver in FY23 and beyond.”

The mobile business was not in its best last quarter
Skyworks’ mobile business generated approximately $907 million in revenue last quarter (this is total revenue minus $500 million from the broader market business). By comparison, 71% of Skyworks’ $1.31 billion in revenue last year came from its mobile business, worth nearly $931 million.

Thus, the company’s mobile business, which generates most of its revenue, declined year-over-year in the most recent quarter. This is not surprising given that smartphone sales have been declining for the past five quarters. Skyworks considers Apple its biggest client, with the smartphone giant generating 58% of its revenue last year.

Last quarter, Apple shipped 48.5 million smartphones, 6.4% more than last year. However, the overall smartphone market was down 9% year-over-year. And now things could get even worse for Skyworks.

All of this explains why Skyworks management is targeting a sharp drop in sales and profits. The chipmaker expects revenue of $1.3 billion to $1.35 billion and adjusted earnings of $2.59 per share in the first quarter of fiscal 2023. These numbers show double-digit declines in both revenue and earnings compared to the last year.

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Tech Shares May Weigh On Taiwan Stock Market

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Tech Shares May Weigh On Taiwan Stock Market

(RTTNews) – The Taiwanese stock market fell nearly 230 points (1.7%) on Tuesday after falling for two days. The Taiwan Stock Exchange is currently just above the 14,700 plateau, but selling pressure is likely to resume on Wednesday.

The global outlook for Asian markets is mixed, with little change ahead of major economic events that could affect the interest rate outlook. European and US markets were mixed and flat, followed by Asian equities.

The Tokyo Stock Exchange closed sharply higher on Tuesday after gains in financial, technology and cement stocks.

The index closed at 14,709.64, up 152.77 points (1.05%) after trading between 14,449.05 and 14,716.58.
Among assets, Cathay Financial was up 3.45%, Mega Financial was up 1.78%, CTBC Financial was up 2.93%, Fubon Financial was up 2.94%, First Financial was up 1.35%, E Sun Financial rose 1.66%, Taiwanese semiconductor company rose 1.35% and United Microelectronics rose 1.35%. Corporation and Catcher Technology rose 0.56%, Largan Precision shed 0.22%, MediaTek rose 1.42%, Delta Electronics rose 1.71%, Novatek Microelectronics rose 0.51%, China Steel rose 0.51%. 2.87%, Formosa Plastics shed 0.22%, Nan Ya Plastics rose 0.92%, Asia cement rose 1.48%, Taiwanese cement rose 1.67%, and Hon Hai Precision remained unchanged.

Wall Street’s lead indicates a slight negative bias as the leading average rose, then fell in the middle of the session, but then rose to end the mix almost unchanged.

The Dow rose 3.07 points (0.01%) to close at 33,852.53, while the NASDAQ fell 65.72 points (0.59%) to close at 10,983.78, and The S&P 500 fell 6.31 points (0.16%) to 3957.63.

Volatile trading on Wall Street comes amid continued uncertainty about the situation in China following widespread outcry over the country’s Covid restrictions.

Traders may also have been reluctant to make any significant moves ahead of comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell today that could provide further clues about the rate outlook. Unemployment data continues to be released on Friday.

In terms of economic news, the Conference Board released a report showing a moderate decline in US consumer confidence in November.

Crude oil futures ended higher on Tuesday, extending gains from the previous session on hopes that OPEC could cut production to support prices later this week. West Texas intermediate oil futures rose $0.96, or 1.2%, to $78.20 a barrel in January.

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