MAC Lipsticks - Velvet Teddy, Kinda Sexy and Diva Swatches & Review

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Hey lovelies,

Today I have some gorgeous MAC lippies to show you, but not in the packaging you might expect. As a die hard MAC junkie on a budget, I was excited to discover TheBodyNeeds, who repackage MAC lipsticks in sample sizes. This is a great way to obtain a wide range of MAC shades, particularly if you don't want to fork out for a full size tube you may not like or suit, or just want a lot for comparison purposes (like me!).

When I purchased these samples TheBodyNeeds was still packaging them in twist up tubes with about 1/4 teaspoon of lipstick and clear balm filling the remainder of the tube. They've since switched to 26mm pans in clamshells, which is great if you want to create your own lip palette and don't mind using a lip brush. Personally I prefer the twist up tubes for the more convenient application, so I'm not sure that I'll order further samples.

L-R: Diva, Kinda Sexy, Velvet Teddy


Velvet Teddy

Velvet Teddy is a brown leaning nude with a Matte finish. The formula is great, with fantastic colour pay off, easy application and longevity. I'm not sure how much this shade suits me (one reason to be glad I only bought a sample!) but I'm still playing around with it. This definitely reads as one of those Kylie Jenner nude lipsticks that are doing the rounds at the moment, so check this one out if you've been looking for one.


Kinda Sexy

MAC Kinda Sexy lipstick swatch

Kinda Sexy is a peach toned nude with a Matte finish. Jordana Matte Natural and Maybelline Bold Matte MAT7 Nude are both very close matches. Apparently I have an addiction to these hues in matte nude lipsticks! Kinda Sexy is creamy, opaque and long lasting.



MAC Diva lipstick swatches & review

Diva is a rich burgundy with a Matte finish. I still remember the first time I noticed it on counter... I was shopping for a rather fabulous aunt and swatching away happily at MAC when I spotted it. It was love at first swatch; I couldn't believe I'd never noticed it before! I bought myself and my aunt a tube each and wore it repeatedly until it mysteriously went missing at the end of 2012. I still don't know what the heck happened to it and held off on repurchasing in the hope that it would reappear. Sadly, it didn't, so I've sated my longing for Diva temporarily with the sample version from TheBodyNeeds. 
Rambling aside, the formula of Diva is great, boasting smooth and even, rich colour pay off. It feathers a little when worn without lipliner, so I usually pair it with NYX Cabaret lipliner.

And a super old FOTD with Diva!

MAC Diva lipstick swatches & review

Updated FOTD

What I liked:
  • All three shades have great colour pay off
  • Creamy matte texture
  • Non drying
  • Long wearing
What I didn't like:
  • Diva feathers a little if worn without lipliner
Where to buy:


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  1. Velvet Teddy is gorgeous x

    1. I bet it would look amazing on you!

  2. This is such a brilliant idea! I would love to try a lot of MAC lippies. I find their matte lipsticks too drying tho.

    1. That's a shame, Steph! I don't have that issue with their matte formula but I do find their frosts drying.

  3. This is such a cool idea! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I'm definitely going to order me some lipstick samples!