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Top Bright MAC Lipstick Swatches

I wanted to share with you my picks for top bright MAC lipsticks. These are swatches of some of my MAC lipstick collection. I thought you might enjoy seeing these shades side by side as well as on lips.

Shade Descriptions:
Candy Yum-Yum (LE) – neon pink (matte)
Zen Rose – bright mid-tone fuchsia (sheen supreme lipstick)
Quick Sizzle (LE) – blue-toned fuchsia (matte)
Force of Love (LE) – vivid honeysuckle pink (matte)
Party Parrot (LE) – bright red-pink (matte)
Viva Glam Nicki – bright yellow pink (satin)
Fusion Pink (Pro) – bright coral (amplified cream)
Toxic Tale (LE) – bright coral (satin)
Vegas Volt – full power coral (amplified cream)
Show Orchid (Pro) – vivid hot pink (amplified cream)
Rare Exotic (LE) – bright midtone blue pink (mattene)

My Thoughts on the Shades:
Candy Yum-Yum
It’s the brightest neon pink lipstick that I’ve ever seen. It’s a nod to the 80s, except it’s updated since it’s not frosty. I absolutely love it.

Here I’ve got a bit of an Inglot lipgloss on top of Candy Yum-Yum.

Quick Sizzle
Holy brights, batman! This neon fuchsia is almost retina burning, but I love it. I think it looks awesome on me. Gotta love the updated matte finish.

Force of Love
This is a really vivid shade, too. It’s a pink that has a yellow tone and almost a hint of coral-red around the edges. It’s also matte. I love it. It’s definitely not boring.

Party Parrot
This is like a vivid coral-strawberry-red type shade. It actually reminds me of Revlon Strawberry Suede matte.

Viva Glam Nicki
A really pretty yellow-toned pink, I think this must be flattering on a variety of skintones. And since it’s part of the Viva Glam line, all proceeds go to AIDS research. It’s got a satin finish, so very close to matte, with just a slight sheen.

Fusion Pink
This is another nearly neon shade! It’s a bright coral with a slight pink-violet iridescence. It’s in the amplified cream formula, so a bit of a sheen, no shimmer or glitter to it. I feel it leans red.

Toxic Tale
This is a very pretty bright coral. It’s got a slight sheen to it, since it’s a satin finish. I think it leans orange.

Zen Rose
I’ll be honest, I bought this partially for the name. I do also have a thing for all things fuchsia. It is additionally a gorgeous fuchsia lipstick with a glossy finish. No shimmer, just sexy sheen. I haven’t done a look with it yet.

I did some additional swatching with the brights, as I wanted to add in a few other shades for comparison.

Vegas Volt
Vegas Volt is a very, very orange coral. It’s part of the main amplified cream line. It’s very creamy and pigmented.

Show Orchid
Show Orchid is a Pro color. It’s a screaming fuchsia with violet-pink iridescence in the amplified cream

Rare Exotic
This is a vivid fuchsia matte. It’s a very rich shade.

I’m bewitched by neons. Maybe it’s because of when I grew up. Maybe it’s because of my fondness for blinky lights. I absolutely love black and neon shades together.

Anyway, these are my picks for top bright MAC lipsticks. What are your favorite bright MAC lipsticks?

Most products purchased by me. Toxic Tale and Force of Love were gifts from friends. All opinions are my own.

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28 Comments

  • wow ,I think we share neons love,Ihave most of the lipsticks you swatched and I enjoy wearing them ,just waiting for niki and force love ..Thanks for the post 🙂

  • Yay i was looking forward to this post! Ahhh Candy Yum Yum – it will forever be the one that got away…. Hoping it comes back with MAC’s latest favourites collection!

  • You look so pretty with toxic tale. My favs are toxic tale and vegas volt, I’m definitely going to snatch those up. I hate MACs LE collections, they do too many, always turns me off from buying. I have been wanting to get revlon strawberry suede and pink about it, but missed out on them, I heard sleek’s papaya punch was a dupe. But Party Parrot in the swatch looks more pink like ?
    Is this really a dupe? are there any notable differences?
    I have a thing for coral before I knew what the color was, i think i might’ve heard someone tell me i would look good in it and boom just stuck to me to find coral. Same thing with taupe, I can never tell what the color actually is but I’m drawn to it

  • Where is Girl About Town?! I was totally expecting to see it on this list! It looks super great over Magenta lip pencil and under Funtabulous Dazzleglass

  • Awesome, thanks for these swatches! Party Parrot and Force of love look similar-ish, so I won’t feel bad over missing party parrot, especially since i really have to work force of love to look ok on me.

  • Thank you for this! I actually feel like I can stop lemming for Quick Sizzle as I didn’t realize how close Rare Exotic (which I have) was. Not dupes, but I don’t need every variation of a similar shade.

    I think my very favorite bright I have is one you have, too – Toxic Tale. Vegas Volt is another favorite. Guess I just really like my orangey corals, lol.

    • I didn’t realize how close they were, either, until I swatched them 🙂
      The collector in me says the subtle differences are nice. However, I think for most people you only need one or the other.

  • Super helpful photos! Now I know I’m getting Viva Glam Nicki, and Candy Yum Yum, if it’s included in the By Request Collection. My favorite on you would be Quick Sizzle- it looks awesome!

  • Just bought Viva Glam Nicki a few weeks ago- and it’s my first MAC lipstick. I LOVE it and I am so glad I went for it! I was afraid it would be too cool (like Pink Friday looked) but it’s warm enough that it goes with a lot of looks and flatters my colouring. I could see myself getting Show Orchid sometime…it’s one I hear a lot about.

    • I love Nicki, too. It’s definitely got a warmer feel to it. I couldn’t wear Pink Friday. I definitely feel Nicki is very versatile.

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