MAC Brave Lipstick

When I first saw swatches of the MAC Mickey Contractor collection I fell in love with Mehr lipstick. Unfortunately most of the swatches I saw were on much darker skintones, and when I finally found a picture of Mehr on someone with similar coloring, it didn’t look anything like I expected. I asked Alyson of Gloss Menagerie to recommend a similar color for me and she came up with MAC Brave. She was spot on!

Wearing MAC Cantaloupe blush and Brave lipstick

Brave is a satin finish lipstick, meaning it’s more moisturizing than a matte but doesn’t have any gloss to it. I think it would be a great “my lips but better” shade for women between NC/NW10 and NC/NW25. Brave looks very rosy on me here but the lipstick itself has a slightly mauve undertone.

MAC Lustering, MAC See Sheer, MAC Brave with flash

MAC Lustering, MAC See Sheer, MAC Brave without flash

As with most satin finish lipsticks, I get good wear time from this shade. For me that means about 3 hours. I didn’t find it to sap my lips of moisture, nor did it make them appear dry and crackly like some mattes can do. I’m really pleased with this shade because it seems to go with everything!

MAC Girl About Town, Blow Dry, Patisserie, Lustering, See Sheer, Brave

Here’s Brave with the next closest thing in my collection, which is MAC Patisserie. They look similar in the tube but since Patisserie is a lustre finish it gives very little color and they look completely different when swatched. Also, please note that the inside of my arm is MUCH lighter than my face, as you can tell.

Price: $14.50
Availability: MAC

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4 Responses to MAC Brave Lipstick

  1. Jen W January 18, 2011 at 5.52 pm #

    Brave looks great on you!

    Thanks for the other swatches, I think I may be in love with MAC Lustering, and Patisserie :)

  2. Morgan January 18, 2011 at 7.48 pm #

    This is one of my favorites!

    • Nina February 9, 2014 at 4.24 am #

      First take a deep breath. The suejbct of addiction is so vast and so deep. Those of us who live as Brave Girls may not be addicted to drugs or alcohol but control and strength are dear to us. To try to wrap your brain around why someone would give up their strength and control to a drug is difficult. At the lowest of low, a chemical was introduced into the body to combat pain either physical or emotional and it worked. That pain went away. Now what? We don’t want it to return panic! No! It cannot return We can’t go back there.And so begins a winding, twisting path that leads away from everything you hold dear, from everything of which you are proud, from every investment anyone has ever made in your life. On the outside to those of us looking in it looks like you’re throwing everything away. What? You’d never do that. You are trying so hard to hold on to all that is dear to keep those feelings of peace close to ward off instability and pain. And in the end that is quite the opposite of what has happened. We know who you are who you were. Now you are doing things that are very different from the you that we know. You wouldn’t force yourself on your best friend’s family’s holiday gathering, open all the gifts they scrambled to provide on short notice, crumble them up in an apparent lack of gratitude, pass out not to waken until late the following day and then insult your best friend’s family by offering her terminally ill youngest sibling money for her pain meds. YOU wouldn’t do that! But you did. The image of my beautiful, caring, sweet and loving sister hurting her best friend’s family this way causes me deep, deep pain. They love you like I love you. They are deeply hurt and afraid for you.I want to say how could you? how dare you? Why? but you cannot answer. You are no longer in control. You don’t know what you did and even if you do, the drugs you’re taking will wash away any shame or remorse for your actions and bring you back to that peaceful bubble where you can feel good about yourself, not because of who you are or what you do, but because the chemicals in your brain have been altered to allow you to live in an altered state of consciousness. You can be convinced that everyone just doesn’t understand you and has the wrong idea about you we’re just judgemental.There is truth to be found about this problem in science. What an interesting concept. Science has clearly defined the affects these drugs will have on your brain and your body. You are trading your liver for the prevention of pain. You are trading your heart and liver for the prevention of depression. You are trading your sanity and physical control for the ability to sleep at night. What else? You are trading away your rights in society by combining all these with alcohol and getting behind the wheel of a car. You are throwing away a brilliant career as a gifted teacher and with it all the dreams Mom and Dad shared with you when they put you, the only one of their five children, through college.They helped to start you on this journey of artificial peace. When your boyfriend broke up with you in college and you fell into a deep depression one that threatened the timeline of your education they sought professional help. Professionals wrote prescriptions and miraculously you were back and going to school. Why did Mom and Dad do something different with you? With the other four of us, they would have let us hit the bottom, learn from the experience and climb back from our personal pain, strengthened and equipped to deal with such things. You were given a pill. Was there too much money involved in your education too much pride?Now, with both our parents gone you are left to hit rock bottom with no guidance, no parental support, none of what the rest of us had growing up. And now you are an adult 35 single alone. The rest of us have families and obligations and responsibilities we cannot take you in and let you take your time to feel your way back up from the bottom. We cannot let what has happened to you hurt our children. And yet you feel like my child and I don’t want to let you go.The brave, strong and in-control big sister has no control at all. So I am praying for you. To the One who loves you, who knows the number of hairs on your head, who knew you when you were being formed in our mother’s womb I pray to God that He will keep you in His sights prevent any harm from coming to you and prevent you from harming anyone (including yourself). I pray for your deliverance from these evil chemicals that have taken over your life for far longer than any of us knew. God it’s time we need her back.

  3. Shooshi January 27, 2012 at 7.48 am #

    I have tried Brave and I am so in LOVE with it will get Lustering soon and tell you how I liked it. Thanks for sharing

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