MAC Kinda Sexy Lipstick Review & Swatches

I am always on the hunt for gorgeous natural pink lipsticks (even though I have found two which are absolutely perfect for me – Estee Lauder’s Crystal Baby & Sleek’s Barely There).  Even so, after browsing MAC lipstick swatches online I decided that Kinda Sexy looked absolutely gorgeous and I couldn’t wait to try it.



Kinda sexy has a matte finish which I actually find quite hard to pull off.  All of my favourite MAC lipsticks are either Cremesheens or Amplified Cremes which are much easier to wear as they are a little more moisturizing.  As this is a matte shade, it really does stick to any dry patches of skin on your lips and enhances them, so make sure you scrub and moisturize your lips before hand.

The colour itself is gorgeous, a natural warm pink, but I find it is a little too dark for a natural lipstick on my pale skin.  I imagine this would look at incredible on tanned or Asian skin tones, but for me, I feel like I look like a Pamela Anderson wannabe (with her brown lip liner and lipstick) but not in a good way (see below)! 

pam anderson lipstick
(Pam Anderson pics from here and here)

Okay, that example may be a bit too extreme, but still, I would adore this shade on me, if it was a little lighter!  I do still love this lipstick and whenever I see people wearing it I always think it looks gorgeous, but I wish it suited me a little more (I will keep trying though, I am determined to make this suit me!).

Do you like MAC’s matte lipsticks?  What is your favourite matte lippie?




  1. July 16, 2012 / 4:06 pm

    This is a gorgeous colour!! This would suit me well, I will go and try it out soon! Ixx

  2. July 16, 2012 / 4:06 pm

    The lipstick looks so pretty :)! xx

  3. July 16, 2012 / 4:21 pm

    That looks lovely! I have pale skin too so I don't think this'll look good on me! Good matte lipsticks are the Revlon ones, my favourite is stormy pink and you can get them really cheaply on eBay and amazon 🙂 x

  4. July 16, 2012 / 4:22 pm

    yeah gotta admit the mattes arent very easy to wear. I always have to wear a chapstick no matter what. I really like the amplified. My favorite right now is Girl about town. – Im pretty sure thats what its called…

  5. July 16, 2012 / 5:00 pm

    I love this shade! I have been looking for something like this for a while as I have quite tanned skin at the moment and light pinks wash me out!

  6. July 16, 2012 / 5:04 pm

    I love matte lipsticks as they have great staying power! my fav is ruby woo by mac!

  7. July 16, 2012 / 5:12 pm

    Im sure it looks lovely on you really haha!! defo not like pammy!! come check out my blog too if you want xox

  8. July 16, 2012 / 5:16 pm

    Have you tried Soap & Glory's Lipstick in The Missing Pink? Looks like a dupe to me, a little lighter, but super moisturising! Not quite matte though.

  9. July 16, 2012 / 7:24 pm

    Lovely shade! <3 x


  10. July 16, 2012 / 7:36 pm

    I think this colour looks really pretty! Will have to try it 🙂

  11. July 16, 2012 / 7:51 pm

    This is very similar to Revlon's Pink in the Afternoon!

  12. July 16, 2012 / 8:03 pm

    I think it looks lovely on you!

  13. July 16, 2012 / 9:33 pm

    that shade is stunning on you!

  14. July 16, 2012 / 10:19 pm

    I always want lighter shades but when I get them they make me look dead. I should aim for colours like this!

  15. July 16, 2012 / 10:42 pm

    My friend just bought this and it looks fantastic on her, she's quite pale with light brown hair. I want to try it but I think it will look bad on me with my pale skin and red hair!
    I'm sure it looks great on you though 🙂

  16. July 17, 2012 / 3:54 am

    lol! wow, that second pam pic is ROUGH. i want to try that shade, wonder how it would look

  17. July 17, 2012 / 4:41 am

    I really love this lipstick.. It's a great everyday shade.. I'm a fan of matte lippies as I find they stay on my lips much longer.. You must try the Inglot lip crayons.. They're so matte and they have really nice shades!

  18. July 17, 2012 / 6:51 am

    i like this colour its interesting!

  19. July 17, 2012 / 7:15 am

    want!! thanks for the review x

  20. July 17, 2012 / 8:13 am

    Maybe a lighter lipgloss in top? Or just dab it on? The colour looks really gorgeous though!

  21. July 17, 2012 / 9:20 am


    Looks lovely btw, might have to purchase it soon.

  22. July 17, 2012 / 12:32 pm

    Lovely colour!

  23. July 17, 2012 / 2:29 pm

    Personally I love mattes, I'm obsessing over Heroine at the moment which is matte 🙂 I think this shade would be a little too dark for me, the hunt for the perfect nude continues! xx

  24. July 17, 2012 / 3:47 pm

    it truly looks lovely – i really want to try it, hopefully it won't be too light on my skintone 🙂
    Dressing Table Delights

  25. July 21, 2012 / 10:20 am

    I think this colour looks gorgeous on you x

  26. July 31, 2012 / 8:04 pm

    The colour is perfect !

  27. September 19, 2012 / 11:58 am

    Just stumbled upon your blog while looking up swatches of this lipstick! After reading this I think it may be too dark for me too, thanks for the review!:)

    Julianne in June

  28. December 14, 2012 / 11:52 am

    Is this not like sleek's barely there? I thought it looked similar on swatches online and was going to get it for that reason

  29. November 5, 2013 / 6:45 pm

    That Lipstick looks amazing! Is there any picture of you wearing it? Like.. where we can see your whole face? 🙂 x

  30. March 5, 2014 / 4:58 pm

    Matte lipsticks are the bomb, my favourite from mac is Mehr!

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