Mac Half n Half Lipstick Review & Swatches

by mehak on January 15, 2012

in Lip Products, Lipsticks, MAC, Reviews

mac half n half lipstick Mac Half n Half Lipstick Review, Swatch

When i was a kid, most of the cool kids in school had birthday parties in Pizza Hut . It seemed very grown up you see- taking your friends out to ‘lunch’, ordering ice tea’s and pizza’s like a little class 4 kitty party. I still remember that my favourite pizza used to be “Half n Half” where either side could be the topping of your choice (Why settle for one when you can have two for the price of one- said my kid brain). Cut to about 15 years later, and half n half has a new meaning in my life with the Mac Half n Half Lipstick.

Mac Half n Half Lipstick :The Shade

Half n Half by Mac is a neutral pinky brown which works mostly as a nude lipstick. Its a color that looks very different swatched on hand versus the lips. I found myself swatching this in the Mac Store a ton of times and thinking the color was that perfect everyday pinky brown for me, but in reality on my lips it is much lighter and much more nude. This is a color that would work well with light and light-medium skintones, both as a nude and as a light everyday shade,  but it will probably wash you out if you are anything darker than  Mac NC 35 , so test it on your lips before you buy it. Its not a stark concealer- nude like Myth is, so you can definitely work with it. I get away with wearing Mac Half n Half with smokey eyes, but i often like to wear it under a darker lipgloss to give it more life.

Mac Amplified Cream Finish Lipsticks: General Thoughts

I love my amplified creams almost as much as i love the ‘Amplifier’ song.  (I love  punjabi music :p ) . Yes so the Amplified creams are extremely creamy, rich, and they are opaque in one lush swipe across your lips.  They have a sheen to them, so they are not matte but they arent very glossy either- treading that in between path of uber classy sheeny-ness. They dont really weigh down on your lips given how creamy they are, and they are very moisturizing.One of the nicest things about them is that despite being so creamy and moisturizing, they tend to last a decent while too (i get about 6 hours of wear with them), which is not always the case with moisturizing lipsticks.

mac half n half lipstick swatch

mac half n half lipstick swatch


Overall Verdict  :A

Product:4/5 , Pigmentation:5/5, Texture4.5/5, Lasting Power:4.5/5, Packaging & Value: 4/5

Price: Rs 990/-

Recommendation:Mac Half n Half Lipstick  is a neutral pinky -brown shade, that i think is a super pretty nude lipstick for light and light-medium skintones. Very flattering nude – but with more life in it that can be worn everyday too. It will probably wash out those with darker skintones than say NC 35, and even i struggle to wear it with anything other than a smokey eye (Im around Nc35)  . Definitely try it out on the lips in the store before purchasing, because it looks really different swiped on hand versus on the lips. Mac Amplified Creams are possibly my favourite formula from Mac, and this one has all the great qualities of that formula!!

Ps: If you were in pizza hut, what would your two toppings for the half n half pizza be?

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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Manya January 15, 2012 at 9:31 am

Amazing shade! suits you!!!


rashmi January 15, 2012 at 9:39 am

what do you say Mehak , will it suit NC 40 skin tone …. ???
the color looks absolutely awesome on you but am confused if it will suit my NC 40 skin tone ??
pls help


mehak January 15, 2012 at 9:43 am

Even im between NC 35 and NC 40 only…but it does wash me out little bit..need to have a gloss over it. I would say if you are looking for a true nude to wear with dark eyes then yeah you can try it, but if worn just like that it might wash you out..


Krittika January 15, 2012 at 9:59 am

Pretty!! How similar/ different is it to MAC Hug Me? Apart from the finish ie?


mehak January 15, 2012 at 10:32 am

I like Hug me better..this tends to wash me out a bit..i think because hug me is a bit sheer and still lets your natural lip color shine through, its not as washing out…also hug me is slightly more beigey..


pavani reddy January 15, 2012 at 10:23 am

nice shade..luks like frapuchino but this is more on pink side!!oh donno..


mehak January 15, 2012 at 11:23 am

Yeah i get wht yr saying..frappucino is more peachy beige..this is more pink


Samyukta January 15, 2012 at 12:24 pm

its such a beautiful shade mehak :)


anks January 15, 2012 at 2:13 pm

i love this color but it seems this will wash me out… besides, cosmo is a real nice pinky brown imo..


Nivedita January 15, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Looks like the perfect shade to pair with colorful eyes in summer. What say?


Vaishnavi January 15, 2012 at 4:52 pm

whoa..suits u so well!!!


Nirah January 15, 2012 at 4:54 pm

I have a similar loreal one, I keep layering it with different lipsticks or glosses. Good fun. :)


mehak January 15, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Yep thats wht i do with this one!


Ani January 15, 2012 at 5:19 pm

superrb shade………………… its half n half = full rating……………………… very nice


Chris January 15, 2012 at 6:37 pm

I thought about getting this, but NYX Perfect is a dupe for it. I have Perfect and I do need a gloss over it so it doesn’t make me look like a zombie. :)

I would choose half mushroom and half red peppers.


mehak January 15, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Ooh must see Nyx Perfect. Nyx really does know how to churn out dupes eh!


Bhumika January 15, 2012 at 8:02 pm

pretty shade..but ya might wash out..


Embellished January 15, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Oh my god, that looks so good!


DevilishAngel January 16, 2012 at 4:54 am

such a lovely shade!


Raaga January 16, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Am in LOVE with this shade 3


Kejal January 16, 2012 at 9:18 am

I like how it looks so natural…it might be a good nude if one has a bit of pigmentation to hide


Vanity January 16, 2012 at 4:53 pm

the other day i swatched in the store and I too thought it would be a nice pinky will steer clear of it


Ice January 18, 2012 at 3:46 am

I shud swatch this…looks really good…but I kinda prefer brownish-pinks like twig or cherish maybe…amplified creme isn’t my fave formula…i prefer cremesheen & lustre…


Madeeha February 1, 2012 at 6:14 am

I have NYX megashine gloss in natural that is in the similar shade category its a nice cheap alternative BTW love your blog !


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