Lustre (L) Usually slightly sheer in colour (not what you see in the tube), glossy, lustre finish. Dark, pigmented natural lip colours can shine through if the lipstick shade is light, however Lustres are slightly more opaque than Glaze lipsticks.
Glaze (G) A shiny finish, with a hint of colour (natural lip colour can shine through as the lipstick colour is not pigmented/intense).
Matte (M) Intense colour, matte finish (get what you see in tube), no sheen or shimmer. Can be drying because of this.
Frost (F) Reasonably good colour pay-off and a frost, shimmer finish. Can have shimmer, sparkles or be duo-chrome (two tone sheen in the light).
Satin (S) Almost matte but with slight sheen, good colour pay-off, smooth colour. Slightly more conditioning than Matte.
Amplified Creme (A) High impact, intense colour with subtle sheen. Very creamy and smooth.
Cremesheen (C) Moisturizing, creamy finish, decent pigment but slightly less than in an Amplified Creme. (FYI my favourite finish)
Pro Longwear Lipcreme (PLL) lasts up to 12 hours without colour fading or transfer. Lightweight texture, creamy finish.
Please note MAC release a colour collection every winter just before Christmas and these lipsticks are usually not categorized into the standard finishes but by collection name (they will be marked in brackets).
Lipsticks are shown in same order in line-up as in swatches. First description is of the colour in the tube, 2nd is of it swatched (S).Fashion Mews G light pink lavender. S-has almost white/silvery sheen to it, sheer but buildable. Palest icy lavender.
Blooming Lovely A dirty mauve lilac. S-very pigmented dusky, dirty cool toned deep lilac. Has an almost tan undertone to it.
Aristo-Cat F medium purple grape. Gold shimmer/frost. S-gold shimmer gives duo-tone effect, exactly as it looks in the tube-a deepish grape/gold sheen.
Lavender Whip C cool, muted grey-ish lavender. S-bright lilac, quite sheer but very buildable.
To Pamper L soft greyish, light taupe. S-lovely soft mink with sheen, sheer but buildable.
Fresh Brew L tauped brown. S-beige brown, again sheer buy buildable.
Viva Glam Gaga 2 A soft, light caramel beige. S-lovely peachy tan nude, quite intense colour.
Siss S mid toned yellow camel. S-very yellow camel, pigmented.
Call My Bluff C very light silver micro-shimmer, light caramel brown. S-mid caramel brown.
Empowered S deep mocha brown. S-even deeper brown.
Our Pick S grey toned deep mocha. S-intense deep mocha brown.
Peachstock S mid tone beige camel. S-mid camel.
Freckletone L perhaps a little more brown than Peachstock although the same type of camel. S-more sheer but buildable, orangey beige.
Martha (Marcel Wanders) pearly peached beige with gold shimmer. S-gold sheen effect on a beige brown.
In Vogue (Stylistics) mid, warm brown with gold micro-shimmer. S-same type of finish as Martha, light terracotta brown, quite sheer.
Creme Cerise L warm brown. S-very warm camel brown.
Mocha S peached brown. S-very deep pigmented colour, does have hint of peach to the brown.
Charismatic L orangey, reddish brown. S-very sheer, hint of warm rusty red.