Why it’s taken me 2 and a half years to talk about MAC’s Brave Lipstick I’ll never know. It was the first MAC lipstick I purchased, and gave birth to an obsession with collecting the little bullet shaped lippies. Back when I purchased Brave in my second year of uni (2009/2010) and MAC lipsticks were a whole £5 cheaper, Brave was never a shade that any one talked about and I purchased it without any research just in the MAC store on a whim. This is why it’s a beauty #TBT, it’s still available and still fantastic.
To this day it’s definitely my most worn out of all the ones I own – and definitely in my top two favourites. I’m now down to my last little nub of lipstick and I imagine by the end of the year it’ll all be gone and used up. Whilst when I first bought it I would wear this for weeks and weeks without giving it a break in between, now as my collection and love for makeup has quadrupled (at least!) it’s a shade that doesn’t get picked out as often, but is still one of my favourites.
Brave is a shade that can look completely different on different skin tones. For me it’s basically my perfect ‘your lips but better’ shade, a perfect nude that’s not too light – or too dark, with just the slightest hint of pink that keeps it looking like a perfect natural shade.
Brave is in the Satin formula finish – which MAC describes as creamy formula which when applied has a cushioned finish with a medium but buildable coverage. Adding more than one layer of this is a total waste for me, it’s opaque in one and has a lovely finish that doesn’t look flat without being shiny. A perfect in between that lasts for me longer than a cremesheen.
I haven’t decided yet – but this is a contender to be my lipstick of choice for my wedding day. It’s a shade I adore and will always be a part of my collection no matter what. I can’t be without it.