Monday, August 27, 2012

MAC Saint Germain Lipstick Review, Photos and Swatches!

mac saint germain lipstick review

MAC Saint Germain Lipstick

MAC Saint Germain Lipstick ($15) is described on the MAC website as a clean, pastel pink. It's a very blue-based (cool toned) pink, so it can appear a bit lilac-purple. It's a very "barbie" pink, that can be difficult to pull off, and most times is a hit or miss on most skin tones. I think it's absolutely beautiful on light skin tones (see Katy Perry below) and I actually didn't discover my love for blue-pink lipsticks until I tried one minus my faux tan (around the MAC NC15 coloring).

Because it's very light (pastel), and it's a very opaque formula of lipstick, it can look a bit harsh as it can completely block out the color of your lips (much like any pastel - such as MAC Fleshpot or Myth), but when applied sheer, and combined with a pink lip gloss on top, it's so much more wearable.

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MAC Saint Germain Lipstick

MAC Saint Germain Swatch
MAC Saint Germain on my lips.

MAC Saint Germain Swatch
NYX Sand Pink Lip Liner, MAC Saint Germain Lipstick and MAC Like Venus Dazzleglass.

The above photo isn't exactly the most flattering photo of my lips - MAC Dazzleglasses are quite thick and tacky, and combined with the dryness of my lips, the colors didn't mix properly. But, hopefully you get the idea of how the color can be easily changed to adapt better to your skin tone.

I typically like applying a pink lip liner, a thin coat of Saint Germain and a pink lip gloss over top. Sometimes I'll mix a bright pink or warm pink lipstick with Saint Germain, as Saint Germain makes colors appear much more vibrant and pink. The combinations are pretty much endless, so do a little experimenting!

MAC Saint Germain

Here are some comparisons-
mac saint germain swatches

mac saint germain comparisons
From left to right: MAC Saint Germain Lipstick, MAC Viva Glam Gaga, MAC Royal Azalea Sheen Supreme, Wet n Wild Dollhouse Pink Mega Last Matte Lipstick and MAC Enchantee Kissable Lip Colour.

mac saint germain lipstick dupes

MAC Viva Glam Gaga is more wearable on it's own as it's much more sheer and slightly less blue. MAC Royal Azalea is slightly lighter and less vibrant, but is a good alternative if you want something equally opaque, with a shiny finish.

If you don't want to invest in Saint Germain, Wet n Wild Dollhouse Pink is a great alternative. It's a bit darker and brighter, but similar enough. NYX Narcissus Round Lipstick and Revlon Pink Pout Matte Lipstick are also similar.

It's one of those lipsticks that's fun to have, but can easily look bad (Jerseylicious or Ganguro) if you allow it to. If seen it look bad on some and amazing on some (from every skin tone; light to dark). To really make this work, make sure to exfoliate and/or moisturize your lips prior to application, as pastel shades can show dryness. Apply a light coat of the lipstick and blot if necessary. If you like the semi-matte finish, you can keep your lips as-is, but if you like a little shine, add your favorite pink gloss on top. Also, pastel blue-toned pinks can emphasize yellow teeth, if that concerns you. It's nothing a weeks worth of Crest White Strips can't fix! :)

The Round-Up

  • Ultra girly, fun shade
  • Bold, pigmented color
  • Applies evenly
  • Formula can be drying on it's own
  • Can be difficult to wear on certain skin tones, but is a great mixing color
  • Can emphasize yellow teeth
Price: $15, MAC.

Photo Credits: Amber Rose (Media Outrage), Lea Michele (Real Style Network), Katy Perry (Style Bistro) and Kim Kardashian (tumblr).


  1. I love this color... I have a color just like this....I think it's the nicki minaj color for Mac ... Great post missy!

    1. Yep, MAC Pink Friday is almost the same color! Haven't tried it myself, but would've loved to get a hold of it when it launched. TY! :)

  2. the color so gorgeous! I have this lipstick and it's one of my favorites. I apply it with a lip brush in order for the color to be a bit soft and less harsh then I use a pretty pink lipgloss over it as you said above.

    The color looks gorgeous on you<3

  3. great colour. would be a beautiful dupe to my viva glam gaga lipstick ^.^

    lovely greats :*

  4. I keep comparing the first picture of your lips, with that of Kim Kardashians and they pretty much look identical to me. Lucky girl <3 Saint Germain looks great on you! I can never get this colour to work for me...or the first Gaga *sigh*

  5. this looks gorgeous with your skin tone! x

  6. This looks stunning on you :) I'd love to try it but I'm a little scared of it! x

  7. Hi Natty, what lip liner did you use with Saint Germain? Thanks xx

  8. I have feared this lipstick for a while now..i feel like it will look awful on are working it though..xx

  9. Aha! I've been thinking what lipstick would be best to recreate the Kim Kardashian look in this post. This LS would be perfect :)

    I agree with you, it looks much more wearable with gloss.

  10. I prefer your version with the liner and lip glass, makes it much warmer and compatible with your akin tone. yes whitening teeth would be a good idea with pastel pinky shades.

  11. I have wanted this lipstick for a while now, the colour is gorgeous!
    How do you get your lips to look so soft?

    Natasha Carly x

  12. Amazing colour! - I have a YSL Volupte in a similar shade, but this is TDF!

    Love India

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  13. This color looks so gorgeous on your lips! And thanks for sharing the great quality swatches!

  14. I always love your reviews and your choices of make-up to purchase. You're one of the bloggers who inspired me to review some of the items I fancy, too :) Keep up with the reviews because we girls learn alot from you!



  15. I definitely can't pull off this shade, or shades like Viva Glam Gaga. But I love them on other people.

  16. I love the shade more when you layers it.

  17. Ugh..! I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who thinks my teeth look yellow when wearing these shades. I REALLY want to be able to wear this colors, but I just don't think they look nice on me :(

  18. So cute. I like this review. The lipstick color is very fine.

  19. What lip liner wud u put with this shade?

  20. Maybe i'm gonna try the Wet n Wild Dollhouse Pink Mega Last Matte Lipstick!!;-)

  21. Great review ;) thx so much

  22. Dollhouse pink looks so pretty on my nc30 skin tone

  23. i have the saint germain and i love it except it makes me lips look really wrinkly and it def makes my teeth look more yellow even though they arent i hope mac makes an awesome pinbk colour that makes the teeth appear more white or at least not as yellow.. i wish i could wear my s.g. more often but i cant pull it off as well i cant figure out how to keep my lips from looking really old while wearing it :(

  24. It is a gorgeous shade for professional use in the studio and in film. Use with a lip balm and layer with gloss to prevent drying. Great review!