MAC Taupe Matte Lipstick Review and Swatches

There was a time when I didn’t own any nude-y neutral lipstick and it kept me from wearing colorful eyeshadows. I’m not yet skilled enough to make a strong colored lip and eye makeup work.

I thought that a brown neutral matte is the way to go. I spent several weeks choosing between Taupe and Velvet Teddy. I ended up buying the latter first. I was afraid that Taupe was too dark brown.

MAC Taupe Lipstick No Lipstick P1040517

I was at my lightest when I first wore velvet teddy and it looked ok, but when I got tanner, it made me look sickly so I passed it on. For reference, I have medium yellow-olive skin (I match with MAC NC37; but NARS Stromboli is closest to my skin tone in the summer/ C30 when I’m palest).

MAC says Taupe is a muted reddish-taupe brown. That’s a pretty accurate description looking at the color from the bullet. But my skin color somehow brings out a warm rusty orange tone in the lipstick that I didn’t expect. It doesn’t look totally off but I’d prefer if it looks on me as it does on the tube. From googling, I found out that some of my fellow greenish very-yellow ladies experienced the same thing.

MAC Taupe Hand Swatch P1040525

MAC Taupe

Lipsticks tend to look different on my face (e.g., Mehr, which is supposed to be a dirty blue pink, looks slightly peachy on me and not blue at all).

MAC Taupe Lipstick on NC37 Medium Olive Skin

I hope I was able to catch the rusty orange, but as I said, the lipstick doesn’t look off — AND, if I can wear it with a brick red top, it’s neutral enough. I can see myself finishing the tube but I’m likely to look for another lipstick that will look truly muted reddish-brown.

MAC Lady Danger and MAC Taupe Arm Swatch

MAC Lady Danger and MAC Taupe Arm Swatch

My lips don’t get dry, so my opinion on this lipstick being ‘not drying’ is irrelevant.



  1. hi rae! i looks a little bit diff on you here (warmer) compared to victoria’s swatch (more nude) but both pretty pa din 🙂 naintriga na talaga ako with this shade haha. i hope we have it here in alabang to swatch.


  2. I see the “rusty” part of this lipstick but not the orange. I’ve also experienced lipsticks na ang ganda ng color sa tube pero kapag nasa lips mo nag-iba na. Like Creme in Your Coffee — I bought it based on Temptalia’s swatch. It looks more brown on me than any swatches I found online and doesn’t pull any pinks, which I like if I’m in a mood for it.


  3. This is an interesting take on MLBB. Ganito pala MLBB ng medium olive. I’d love to wear something like this but it’s gonna look too vampy on me, I bet. I’d love to find a muted enough brown (not nude) for me!


  4. I love how you do your face shots. Law of thirds no? But that stark white background, plus a face shot is really striking to me. Regarding the color, I think it looks pretty good on you, but I can understand that there are some nuances that might not be that visible on photos.


    • Hehehehe, just googled ‘law of thirds’. I do the “crop the photo until selfie arm disappears” technique. And I end up with my face on the right of a 4×6 frame 😀

      That stark background is our door 😀

      On the lipstick, yup, it doesn’t look bad. I’m just OC because I know I can only allow myself a few lipsticks.


  5. I can never get what kind of nude lipstick to wear. I have.medium dark skintone.and I look very eye.poping colors so I rarely wear.light lipsticks. I am trying out fun eyeshadows so.maybe I should try a.nude,.but.which shade. Colors colors…sigh I love being a girl.


    • Joey! Try this. I’ve seen reviews of this from people of medium-dark to dark coloring over at makeupalley. And they say this is the perfect nude, on me it’s more like an mlbb-type lipstick. 🙂


    • Awww, thanks. That’s the best my skin has been since I got adult acne in my 20s. But it may also be the camera. Only using a point and shoot and it doesn’t get the details well (or I just don’t know how).


  6. Have you tried MAC Chili? Baka it will suit you din! Or maybe you need to layer something over this color to counter the rusty orange? Kaso ang trabaho no haha

    I think I finally found my perfect nude – MAC Patisserie!


  7. My opinion on nude lipsticks still stands… Why wear them if it doesn’t show color? I’d rather wear lipgloss/lipbalm. :p


  8. I have yet to find my nude brown from MAC. (Currently collecting colorful lipsticks from them since it’s summer. Hahaha) Taupe looks ok on you!

    Maybe this can help,
    I check swatches on youtube because it gives out the colors more than on photos. Am I making any sense? Hahaha Also, check for more swatches from MAC. I have this on my bookmark bar. Hahaha


    • Thanks! Will check them out. I check out youtube vids of people who uses nars stromboli :p Lipstick colors really translate differently on greenish-yellow skin :p


      • I know! Though I’m not yellow on my face (but really really yellow below the neck. wth hahaha) and most lipsticks come off differently on each person talaga. Proven and tested.


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