When is a good time to wear purple? ANYTIME! 🙂

Purple is one of my favorite colors to wear on my eyes, nails, lips and clothing so I say there is no “purple” season.

Having said that though I do think some purple lipstick shades fit certain times of years a little better perhaps. Lighter more pinky purples are great for spring & summer whereas really dark vampy ones are great for fall & winter. But really, I wear what I want when I feel like it either way.

Today I am covering my very favorite purple lipsticks from MAC from across the years. One of these is at least 12-15 years old by now (I think it’s my oldest MAC cosmetic)! Sorry but a lot of these have been discontinued at this point, but maybe they’ll bring ’em back one day.

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MAC Blooming Lovely

Blooming Lovely (Discontinued, LE, Amplified Creme) is a pale lavender mauve color that came out with the Give Me Liberty of London collection awhile back. While it is super pale, it works with my skintone pretty well I think since I am so fair.

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MAC Gladiola

Gladiola (Discontinued, LE, Amplified Creme) is a bright fuchsia blue-based pink/purple that came out with the Dame Edna collection. This was one of two items I had to get from that collection because for me, it is so perfect. It is pink and purple at the same time so I included it in this post.

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MAC Go For It

Go For It (Discontinued, LE, Cremesheen)  is a medium purple with purple shimmer. This is the one that makes me look a little goth, but I love it anyways! It’s on the more sheer side, but builds up decently.

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MAC Play Time

Play Time (LE but still on their site, Cremesheen)  is a somewhat more recent release that came out with the Quite Cute collection. This is a sheer pinky/lavender shade and really very wearable for a multitude of skin tones. Nice and shiny as well.

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So Be (Discontinued, Matte) is the granddaddy of all my lipsticks. This is the one I got way back 12-15 years ago or so when the lipsticks were in the straighter black tubes. But I haven’t gotten rid of it despite it being broken. It’s a really nice deep purple/eggplant color with reddish undertones. I still love it!

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MAC Spitfire

Spitfire (Discontinued, LE, Satin) came out with the Wonder Woman collection. It’s a medium creamy magenta purple color. This is unlike the other purples I own and it’s also very wearable.

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MAC Style Curve

Style Curve (Discontinued, LE, Cremesheen) came out with the Stylishly Yours collection. It’s a medium bright violet purple color. Totally gorgeous, I need to start wearing this one a lot!

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MAC Up The Amp

Up The Amp (Available Amplified Creme) is a really creamy deep opaque purple. LOVE this color because it’s not overly dark on me, feels really creamy and nice and works with a lot of skintones. It’s a bold look but not too much.

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MAC Violetta

Violetta (Available on Pro site, Amplified Creme) is quite simply, my favorite purple lipstick ever. It’s a medium pinkish violet with a blue/pink flash. It’s bright, bold and so much fun. Totally worth it to get to a MAC Pro store or order on the phone (if you don’t have a membership) for this one!

What are your feelings about purple lipstick?


Written by Kelly
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