MAC Sin Pro Matte Lipstick Review and Swatches

Most dark lipsticks I find are either plum, aubergine, or wine. For the longest time, I wanted a dark red — an on-the-verge-of-drying-out-blood red.

MAC Sin Pro Matte Lipstick 2014-10-30 04.42.14

MAC Sin is that type of red lipstick. A less gory description would be: blackened MAC Ruby Woo.

MAC describes this as a deep dark blue red.  I used to have a lipstick in this color — Fixed on Drama, but it’s a limited edition and is described by MAC as a rich wine matte.

Which one is the deep dark blue red and which is the rich wine matte?

MAC Sin MAC Fixed on Drama Dupe Swatch

In pictures, maybe Sin looks a taaad bluer, but on the lips (and in real life), they’re the same. At least now, I don’t feel as disappointed anymore when MAC decided not to make Fixed on Drama a permanent.

MAC Sin Pro Matte Lipstick 2

MAC Sin is supposed to be matte. And it is matte. But MAC has a retro matte formula which is a pigment-added-with-the-littlest-amount-of-wax type of matte. I’m happy with that, though, because the latter is my favorite MAC lipstick formula. But if you’re expecting a creamier matte typical of the non “retro” version, you’ll be disappointed. They should’ve classified Sin among the retros.

MAC Sin Pro Matte Lipstick 2014-10-30 04.42.27

As with the other lipsticks in the retro matte line, Sin drags along the lips, deposits a solid even color, and has above average longevity (i.e., no fading between meals and stays on unless you eat lard).

When applied with pressure, it’ll look almost black on medium olive yellow skin. I usually just apply it on the center of my lips to a few millimeters away from my lip line, then spread it out with a lip brush. It’ll look like this:

MAC Sin Pro Matte Lipstick 1

I use Sin (and dark reds) particularly when I’m feeling overwhelmed at work — and one of my workmates noticed, Hi G!

Sin gives me an illusion of control, haha (am I the only one left using haha instead of lol?). If I can put on Sin perfectly and keep it from feathering the whole day, I can do EVERYTHING.

Here’s Sin among most of my dark lipsticks:

MAC Sin Pro Matte Lipstick  Swatches 2

See? It’s my darkest red, it has no plumminess at all. ❤

MAC Sin Pro Matte Lipstick Swatches

MAC Sin Pro Matte Lipstick 2 2014-10-30 04.19.53

For now, my dark red lipstick need is temporarily satisfied. And until such time that Melt Cosmetics decides to restock 6six6, I’m happy to “settle”.



  1. Informative


  2. I was thinking of getting MAC Sin but I already have MAC Fixed On Drama. I’m so glad I read this post!


  3. Love! Been eying this one too. Hayy.. Your lipstick swatches are feeding my obsession ❤


    1. Haha, sorry ’bout that.


  4. Ang ganda ng Sin sayo! it doesn’t look the same on me huhu. Parang mas red siya on me. I think maybe my lips bring out the red more in lipsticks..


    1. Maybe you’re like Iana. She mentioned that her skin tone brings out the red in most lipsticks.


  5. Hmmm… So the dupe is Wet n Wild Megalast Matte lipstick in Cherry Bomb? Will look for that. I really like the color! 🙂


    1. It’s in the same color family, I think. Personally, the nuances of dark lipsticks don’t seem to make that big of a difference on my face. I’m not sure if it’s the same for you. But I think WetnWild Cherry Bomb would be a good substitute.


      1. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen would be in the same color family too, I think. But WnW is cheaper so I’ll go for that first if ever. ;p


        1. Yes, 148 lang ata at the Primp Pad if she has stocks.


  6. Beautiful colour Rae.
    I agree with you – certain ‘power’ colours can instil/ inspire confidence and control even when we’re not actually feeling it.
    A strong lip and power shoulders always work wonders 🙂


    1. Hahaha, power shoulders! You never fail to make me smile Payal 😀


  7. Because it’s retro matte – CAN’T TALAGA 😦 Love your hair like that, Rae! And grabe naman yung swatches mo – they all almost look the same! Quota na! Says the one who can’t accurately distinguish undertones :))


    1. Oo nga e! Super quota na. Hahaha, I’m currently in a pink phase, though. 😛


  8. OMG, this colour!
    It looks quite nice, specially for the fall. I’m not sure if this are available here but if so, I might check them during Christmas!
    Take care*


    1. It is! We don’t have fall here, but it seems appropriate when we’re nearing the holidays.


  9. LOVE!!! Ako I love the deep berry shades on me like the LE Heaux ni RiRi. Syempre, my other love is now Crushed Plum! Nice recos! 😀


    1. Kaya ko i-let go lahat ‘to, yes, I think pati LQ, if I only have to keep one, it’s going to be Crushed Plum.

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  10. THIS IS YOUR COLOR!!! And please always let your hair down!!! Ganda! I wanna try this kind of shade, too, and see if it will suit my skin tone! Thanks for the swatches! ❤


    1. It is! And everything else dark or plum, except brown, I think. 😛


  11. Fuck my life I want everything here hahahuhu. This is the second time I saw Lipstick Queen Entourage today!! Ugh, this suits you so well! ❤


  12. waaaa another one to love! I’m still lemming crushed plum then this came, ooohh I’m so going to be broke this Christmas…hahahaha


    1. Haha, get the one from Bobbi Brown first! 😀


  13. I can see the blue in Sin. Probably matters more on people with very cool undertones.

    Looks great on you! I’m just starting to learn that it’s these kinds of shades that suit me, as opposed to the bright reds like Ruby Woo and Lady Danger. Those just make me look like I’m tired and/or trying too hard. The Bobbi Brown you swatched here looks like something I might want to pick up! Thanks for the comparison swatches. 🙂


    1. I used to have Ruby Woo and I found it too bright. Bright reds aren’t my thing too.

      If you have to pick just one from the Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte line, it’s Crushed Plum. I have a feeling it’s going to be your favorite matte formula.


  14. I need this!!!! Gusto kong bilhin yung Rocky Horror na Sin. For the packaging haha


    1. Goooowww. At least not LE talaga. I’v developed an aversion to LE lipsticks 😀


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