Favorites: MAC Coral and Orange Lipstick Ideas for Spring & Summer

Hello and welcome to my favorite coral and orange lipsticks for spring and summer!

As mentioned before in my bright pink post, most of the lipsticks I own are MAC, so these posts will contain a whole ‘lotta’ MAC. I will note below if these are limited edition but for this post, there is only one that’s LE.

I used to have a serious aversion to anything even slightly hued orange, not sure why but I never liked it until recent years. Now I am really into a lot of these colors for lips and nails and I’m glad I gave them a chance. :)

Spring and summer is the perfect time to bust out a coral or orange lip, they just go so well with warm weather, so without further ado, let’s do this!


MAC Cut A Caper Image
Cut A Caper

Cut A Caper (Lustre and LE) is a kind of sheer peachy coral color, and one of my favorites. It looks more pink/peach on my lips than it does on my hand.

MAC Full Speed Image
Full Speed

Full Speed (Sheen Supreme) is a very pretty pink/coral color and my favorite one from the Sheen Supreme collection. The only problem I have with this is it’s SO drying so after about an hour or two my lips feel super chapped. Wah! But it is so pretty I still wear it over a thin layer of MAC Lip Conditioner.

MAC Shy Girl Image
Shy Girl

Shy Girl (Cremesheen) is an older color, in fact one I have had for years and really love. It’s a coral/beige color on the neutral side. This one looks great with a warmer or cooler look since it’s so neutral.

MAC Ravishing Image

Ravishing (Cremesheen) is a peach/coral color kind of medium toned on me. Lately I am really into this one as well, I love it for spring.

MAC Toxic Tale Image
Toxic Tale

Toxic Tale (Satin and Limited Edition) is a bright pink/coral color. Again this one looks a little more coral on my hand than on my lips. Bright and cheery, love it!

MAC Good To Go Image
Good To Go

Good To Go (Pro Longwear Lipcreme) is a bright orange. I think this might be the color that turned me onto clean bright orange lipstick. First off the Pro Longwear formula is completely amazing. It’s so smooth, opaque and really moisturizing compared to 99% of all other MAC lipsticks. Gorgeous color!

MAC Neon Orange Image
Neon Orange

Neon Orange (Amplified Creme) is a super bright, neon orange. Not for the faint of heart, this one looks much brighter in person than this photo depicts. Love how much color saturation you get from this one, so pretty!

Vegas Volt

Vegas Volt (Amplified Creme) is one I literally JUST got yesterday afternoon after turning in a bunch of empties. I am putting this on the list of my favorites because it’s immediately one of those colors that I LOVE and have no idea how I didn’t have before! It’s a very pretty coral color with a hint of pink. Smitten!

So what do we think abut coral and orange lipsticks? What are some of your favorite ones?



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  • May 9, 2011

    Whenever I see Vegas Volt on other people, it looks like such a lovely color. But when I wear it, it just looks like straight orange! It makes me so sad!

    • May 9, 2011

      Hi Gina,

      Awww really? It does look more orange on my hand than on my lips.

  • May 9, 2011

    I am on love with Vegas Volt on you! I think I will get it with my next B2M. :) I need to check if I have Toxic Tale though. I think I do but I am not sure anymore. MAC addict for almost three years but no spreadsheet. Oops.
    Ravishing is catching my eye too though. :)
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    • May 9, 2011

      Hi Jeanette,

      I seriously need to put everything I own on my iPhone because every time I go to the MAC store I am not sure if I’m buying something I already have, haha! I have some lipsticks from 12 years ago from them!

  • May 9, 2011

    Good to Go looks gorgeous i need it!

    • May 9, 2011

      Hi Karrie,

      It is really pretty isn’t it? :)

  • May 9, 2011

    Is Neon Orange like the orange equivalent of Candy Yum Yum? Don’t think I’d ever be able to pull that off, but you do!

    • May 9, 2011

      Hi Mary,

      Yes, good analogy. It’s uber bright!

  • May 9, 2011

    Cut A Caper and Ravishing are catching my eye! I still haven’t tried MAC’s lipsticks, but I really want to ! They look so nice and shiny.
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    • May 9, 2011

      Hi Shimmer,

      Oh yes, you NEED to! They can be drying if you are prone to dry lips like I am, but I can use a lip balm underneath and that usually works.

  • May 9, 2011

    Shy Girl looks really different on you from what it looks like on me!
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    • May 9, 2011

      Hi Vijaya,

      Oh really? I have had that happen also, I guess it depends on how pigmented someone’s lips are. Mine are fairly pink on their own.

  • May 9, 2011

    Vegas Volt is my first (and probably only!) coral lipstick. I bought it on a whim and I am in looooove with it! I don’t think I have ever worn lipstick on a consistent, daily basis, but I’ve worn this day and night since I bought it over a week ago. Might have to try hunting down Toxic Tale too, just for giggles…

    • May 9, 2011

      Hi JJ,

      Glad you like it, it’s so nice!

  • May 9, 2011

    UGH Vegas Volt is on my list of Things I Want To Buy When I Have A Job Again. It’s so gorgeous and bright!! But I have a feeling it’s gonna look straight orange on me like almost all coral polishes do (thanks yellow undertones), so I’ma have the nice MAC lady try it on me first. This post RULES because I’m definitely on the hunt for an awesome pink-coral lipstick for summer.

    • May 9, 2011

      Hi Hannah,

      I have yellow undertones also, but pink lips so orange can look more pink on me somehow.

  • May 9, 2011

    I’m with ya, Kelly. I’ve had an aversion to anything with orange in it for a long time. I wouldn’t put it anywhere near my face. Now all of a sudden I can’t get enough and I have to force myself to wear something different for a change. Thanks so much for the lip swatches (and for most of them being permanent)!

    • May 9, 2011

      Oh and your poor lips! I can just imagine how sore they were after these swatching sessions!

    • May 9, 2011

      Hi Jessi,

      Funny how we go through these color changes over time. I don’t think there is anything I won’t wear now except brassy gold or yellows.

  • May 9, 2011

    There’s a lot of food for thought here…I like, like, all of them! It’s a coincidence that you posted this because I took the neon lipstick plunge today (pink, though) and am digging it as something different. This makes me want to try my orange one!

    • May 9, 2011

      Hi Lesly,

      Go for it! This is the perfect time of year for it :)

  • May 9, 2011

    Thank you for this post! Vegas Volt and Good to Go are my favorites from this list, I think – I’ll have to try them :)
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    • May 9, 2011

      Hi Larie,

      You are welcome :)

  • May 9, 2011

    thanks for writing this post! i love coral lipsticks cos they flatter my skintone, and now i’m lemming for sooo many of your faves! and i concur with the other commenters, vegas volt is GORGEOUS.

    they all look great on you (:

    • May 9, 2011

      Hi cheryl,

      Seems that’s the fan favorite, so glad I found it yesterday, haha!

  • May 9, 2011

    I LOVE corals… Too bad they don’t look as awesome on me as they do on you. :( But thanks for the suggestions, I will definitely look into them. :)

    • May 9, 2011

      Hi dovile,

      Oh I think there is a coral out there for everyone, you just have to find the right one for you. Same with most every color really. :)

  • May 9, 2011

    waaaaah I gotta check these out! I love all except ravishing, shy girl and cut a paper. I’m all for the brights 😀

    • May 9, 2011

      Hi Natalie,

      You can’t get any brighter than Neon Orange 😉

  • May 9, 2011

    All those colors look great on you – I’d say that Cut A Caper and Shy Girl both look like they were made for you! I’m totally about the orange lipsticks too, but I’m trying to find like the ultimate, str8-up, no pink, no red, orange out of the crayon box orange currently. I have Revlon’s Orange Flip, which seems to resemble alot of popular oranges out there, like Morange and such and I love it, – also just picked up Revlon’s Siren, which is more orange that Orange Flip, – waiting on this UK brand Stargazer #102 bright orange, and thinking about Illamasqua’s Flare, although I think that one might have quite a bit of red in it too? Yeah so I guess I’d like to find a more yellow-orange, than a red-orange or coral-pinky-orange =D

  • May 9, 2011

    My favorite of the bunch is Full Speed! It looks great on you, as do all the rest.

  • May 9, 2011

    I do love Shy Girl, Ultra Darling, Toxic Tale and Hot Tahiti as far as MAC goes. For Orange, nothing beats Shrieking Orange by Morgana Cryptoria.
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  • May 10, 2011

    I believe Cut A Caper was LE too? But wow, I *need* that orange long wear lipstick. You showed me orange can look GOOD on us pale girls. :)

    • May 10, 2011

      Hi Alyson,

      Ah ha, you are right! I swear I just saw it on their site when I wrote this article, but I guess not!

  • May 10, 2011

    I believe I have one orange lipstick. I don’t even know the brand. I only wear it during the Fall a few times. I may have some coral but that’s another shade I don’t wear much at all. I love all the saturated lipstickls. Ravishing is my favorite on you. I have to get some of these. I love all of the ones from Ravishing on.

  • May 11, 2011

    Great swatches! I love seeing all the different shades, despite me being pretty unadventurous with the shades I wear 😛
    I love your eyebrows, by the way. Do you wax/thread or pluck them?

    • May 11, 2011

      Hi Mairyn,

      Thanks! I do get them waxed every 3 weeks or so but it’s been a couple months since I had them done.

  • May 16, 2011

    I LOVE nr 5!

    I THANK YOU VERY MUCH I WAS LOOKING for those through whole INTERNET and I finally found great photos and colours by MAC on lips