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!
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.
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!
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.