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Top Bright MAC Lipstick Swatches

I wanted to share with you my picks for top bright MAC lipsticks. These are swatches of some of my MAC lipstick collection. I thought you might enjoy seeing these shades side by side as well as on lips.


Shade Descriptions:
Candy Yum-Yum (LE) – neon pink (matte)
Zen Rose – bright mid-tone fuchsia (sheen supreme lipstick)
Quick Sizzle (LE) – blue-toned fuchsia (matte)
Force of Love (LE) – vivid honeysuckle pink (matte)
Party Parrot (LE) – bright red-pink (matte)
Viva Glam Nicki – bright yellow pink (satin)
Fusion Pink (Pro) – bright coral (amplified cream)
Toxic Tale (LE) – bright coral (satin)
Vegas Volt – full power coral (amplified cream)
Show Orchid (Pro) – vivid hot pink (amplified cream)
Rare Exotic (LE) – bright midtone blue pink (mattene)

My Thoughts on the Shades:
Candy Yum-Yum
It’s the brightest neon pink lipstick that I’ve ever seen. It’s a nod to the 80s, except it’s updated since it’s not frosty. I absolutely love it.

Here I’ve got a bit of an Inglot lipgloss on top of Candy Yum-Yum.

Quick Sizzle
Holy brights, batman! This neon fuchsia is almost retina burning, but I love it. I think it looks awesome on me. Gotta love the updated matte finish.

Force of Love
This is a really vivid shade, too. It’s a pink that has a yellow tone and almost a hint of coral-red around the edges. It’s also matte. I love it. It’s definitely not boring.

Party Parrot
This is like a vivid coral-strawberry-red type shade. It actually reminds me of Revlon Strawberry Suede matte.

Here Party Parrot was applied very lightly and then blotted down to give a lip stain appearance. You can do this with any lipstick.

Viva Glam Nicki
A really pretty yellow-toned pink, I think this must be flattering on a variety of skintones. And since it’s part of the Viva Glam line, all proceeds go to AIDS research. It’s got a satin finish, so very close to matte, with just a slight sheen.

Fusion Pink
This is another nearly neon shade! It’s a bright coral with a slight pink-violet iridescence. It’s in the amplified cream formula, so a bit of a sheen, no shimmer or glitter to it. I feel it leans red.

Toxic Tale
This is a very pretty bright coral. It’s got a slight sheen to it, since it’s a satin finish. I think it leans orange.

Zen Rose
I’ll be honest, I bought this partially for the name. I do also have a thing for all things fuchsia. It is additionally a gorgeous fuchsia lipstick with a glossy finish. No shimmer, just sexy sheen. I haven’t done a look with it yet.

I did some additional swatching with the brights, as I wanted to add in a few other shades for comparison.

Vegas Volt
Vegas Volt is a very, very orange coral. It’s part of the main amplified cream line. It’s very creamy and pigmented.


Wearing Vegas Volt with Too Faced Sparkler Gloss in Violet Spark on top.

Show Orchid
Show Orchid is a Pro color. It’s a screaming fuchsia with violet-pink iridescence in the amplified cream.


Show Orchid on top of Nyx lipliner in Pinky.

Rare Exotic
This is a vivid fuchsia matte. It’s a very rich shade.


Rare Exotic on top of More to Love lip pencil.

I’m bewitched by neons. Maybe it’s because of when I grew up. Maybe it’s because of my fondness for blinky lights. I absolutely love black and neon shades together.

Anyway, these are my picks for top bright MAC lipsticks. What are your favorite bright MAC lipsticks?

Most products purchased by me. Toxic Tale and Force of Love were gifts from friends. All opinions are my own.

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    • Tara

      Gorgeous stuff, lady! Thanks for the swatches. I know what I’ll be looking to pick up next (probably Zen Rose)!

      • Phyrra

        Yay! I hope you love it Tara. It’s really pretty.

    • Laura R

      Just bought Viva Glam Nicki a few weeks ago- and it’s my first MAC lipstick. I LOVE it and I am so glad I went for it! I was afraid it would be too cool (like Pink Friday looked) but it’s warm enough that it goes with a lot of looks and flatters my colouring. I could see myself getting Show Orchid sometime…it’s one I hear a lot about.

      • Phyrra

        I love Nicki, too. It’s definitely got a warmer feel to it. I couldn’t wear Pink Friday. I definitely feel Nicki is very versatile.

    • http://ph.makeupandbeauty.com Ida

      Super helpful photos! Now I know I’m getting Viva Glam Nicki, and Candy Yum Yum, if it’s included in the By Request Collection. My favorite on you would be Quick Sizzle- it looks awesome!

    • http://cassykinsvstheworld.blogspot.com/ Cassy

      Thank you for this! I actually feel like I can stop lemming for Quick Sizzle as I didn’t realize how close Rare Exotic (which I have) was. Not dupes, but I don’t need every variation of a similar shade.

      I think my very favorite bright I have is one you have, too – Toxic Tale. Vegas Volt is another favorite. Guess I just really like my orangey corals, lol.

      • Phyrra

        I didn’t realize how close they were, either, until I swatched them :)
        The collector in me says the subtle differences are nice. However, I think for most people you only need one or the other.

    • http://judixo.blogspot.com Judi

      Awesome, thanks for these swatches! Party Parrot and Force of love look similar-ish, so I won’t feel bad over missing party parrot, especially since i really have to work force of love to look ok on me.

      • Phyrra

        Yeah they do look similar! I think Party Parrot just leans more red, while Force of Love leans more pink.

    • http://fiercenerditude.blogspot.com Vijaya

      I’m guessing the reason you love neons is because they look really good one you. =] Rare Exotic looks especially nice. =]

    • Tracy

      I loved all the swatches and seeing you in your pink hair again!!!!

      • Phyrra

        Thanks Tracy :) I’m glad you liked them all!

    • http://cinseven13.blogspot.com cinseven13

      Quick Sizzle is my favorite on you!

      • Phyrra

        It really is gorgeous Cin!

    • http://prettymaking.com Mandy

      Where is Girl About Town?! I was totally expecting to see it on this list! It looks super great over Magenta lip pencil and under Funtabulous Dazzleglass

      • Phyrra

        I need to play with Funtabulous again., Who DOESN’T love that for the name, let alone the sparkles?

    • http://www.lillianfunnyface.blogspot.com Lillian

      I’m so so annoyed I didn’t manage to get Candy Yum Yum, I really hope it gets repromoted!

      • Phyrra

        I will soon have Morgana Cryptoria’s dupe and be able to swatch them side by side.

    • Ollie

      You look so pretty with toxic tale. My favs are toxic tale and vegas volt, I’m definitely going to snatch those up. I hate MACs LE collections, they do too many, always turns me off from buying. I have been wanting to get revlon strawberry suede and pink about it, but missed out on them, I heard sleek’s papaya punch was a dupe. But Party Parrot in the swatch looks more pink like ?
      Is this really a dupe? are there any notable differences?
      I have a thing for coral before I knew what the color was, i think i might’ve heard someone tell me i would look good in it and boom just stuck to me to find coral. Same thing with taupe, I can never tell what the color actually is but I’m drawn to it

      • Phyrra

        Thank you Ollie! I have the revlon shades, I’ll try to swatch them for you. I don’t have Sleek to swatch :/

    • http://superficialsydney.blogspot.com.au/ Stacie

      Yay i was looking forward to this post! Ahhh Candy Yum Yum – it will forever be the one that got away…. Hoping it comes back with MAC’s latest favourites collection!

      • Phyrra

        I am guessing it will come back. It was so popular!

    • http://www.fabdiva20.com Jacquelyn

      I have all of those lipsticks except for Vegas Volt and Rare Exotic. They all look gorgeous on you!

      • Phyrra

        Thank you <3

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    • http://www.etab246.blogspot.com Etab

      wow ,I think we share neons love,Ihave most of the lipsticks you swatched and I enjoy wearing them ,just waiting for niki and force love ..Thanks for the post :)

      • Phyrra

        You’re welcome!