Some of you will already know that this post has been in the works for a while, some of you this post title will sound a little weird and will have no idea what’s going on, so let me explain! MAC Brave was the first lipstick I bought from MAC, I remember going on the train to Selfridges in Manchester whilst at Uni, and picking out my first couple of MAC items with an overstretched student loan. This would have been around 2009/2010. It’s been a shade that’s been loved since and is probably my favourite lipstick, ever.
A lot of people will be surprised that I’ve managed to keep a lipstick (and use it for those who freak out at use by guides) for 8 years, but for the past few years I’ve really put off using it as I knew my MAC Brave, was unlikely to be the same as any new MAC Braves I would re-buy. MAC shades often start having a moment, where all of a sudden everyone starts talking about one particular shade, and I think Brave’s moment was the start of last year, every review and swatch I saw of it on other people looked like a rosey pink. Beautiful, but nothing like my MAC Brave I thought in my head.
I’m forced to admit that I needed to use up my last little nub of Brave, but I wasn’t ready to use it up without first comparing it against new Brave to see if I was intact going crazy or whether that they were actually different. I know what people will think, it’s an eight year old lipstick, the colour has changed over time, but no, it’s always been this colour and it’s always been this formula.
MAC Brave is the satin formula from MAC, the first change that I notice between the two of these is their finish. If I use the batch numbers to decode old MAC was produced in March 2010 (yep, this baby is almost 8 years old!) and my new one was produced in January 2017 (it wasn’t bought until August, so it shows how slow they can take to get to stores!). My original is more of a creamy texture, slightly drier, where as the new tube of it is slightly balmier with a subtle sheen. From memory OG Brave has always been this way, I never remember it being any different and certainly for the past few years since I’ve had my suspicions about this lipstick not being right it’s been the same.
New Brave on the Left, Old Brave on the Right
My Old MAC Brave (2010)
My New MAC Brave 2017
New (Left) vs Old (Right)
An entirely gorgeous shade, but “mine” is different entirely. Mine is a very neutral, My Lips But Better shade that just has a slight pink undertone that means it matches my natural lip tone almost perfectly.
My next step is to take my original tube back to MAC, I’ve wondered for a while whether my lipstick is infact not MAC Brave but something else, I have tried to do this before with the help of an assistant but it was a really busy Saturday and they didn’t really have time to help me, and nor did I have the motivation for fighting of a swarm of women trying to find a new lipstick, so I planned to go back but have never gotten around to it. I think I have about 1 use of this left, which I’m reserving on a revisit to MAC to reswatch. I’m down to my last little nub that needs to be scooped out with a lip brush, and I hope to find at least a closer dupe for this soon.
Have you ever re-bought something and discovered it’s not the same?