Mac On Hold Lipstick - Review and Swatches

August 26, 2014

I know I know, Mac isn't really the usual brand on a beauty blog that focuses on bargains on small budgets. However I do love a good saving, so when Debenhams did a fiver off all lipsticks for National Lipstick Day (which admittedly I had NO idea existed) I decided to treat myself.


I got On Hold for £10.50 with 3 samples as a mystery gift (some Elemis skin care, Guerlain Mascara and YSL Perfume minis).

It took a lot of debating to pick which shade I wanted not going to lie. I knew I had to limit myself to one lipstick, but Mac do so many shades and I wanted to pick something lovely that I knew I'd like but that was also different to my other lipsticks.

On Hold is a lovely raspberry pink. I really love this shade, it looks good for both day and night and suits most make-up looks and I love a versatile product. It's not exactly bright but if you're trying to work your way into deeper lipsticks it's worth a go as it gives a pop of colour without looking over the top or really bright.



On Hold is a Cremesheen formula meaning it gives fairly full coverage (not as much as a matte formula) while still being creamy and giving a slight gloss to the lips. I'm no expert in Mac lippies but I do know that lots of people say Cremesheen is their favourite formula.

While I do think that Mac lipsticks are a teeny tiny bit overrated (don't shoot me, I'm not saying they aren't good because they are very good, I'm just saying there's lots of other good lipsticks out there) I was pretty impressed with this. The berry colour seems to stain my lips a little after it's worn off meaning I can get away with no top ups a little bit longer. I find it to last around 3 hours but even after it's worn off my lips don't feel overly dried out like a lot of lipsticks.

I do find that it takes a few swipes to become opaque of my lips however I think this is due to the creaminess of the formula and as I have dry lips I would much rather have a creamier formula and take 2 seconds longer doing a second coat.

I'm not a complete Mac convert however purchasing this has given me a bit more faith in them. Do you have any favourite Mac lipsticks?

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6 comentarios

  1. I got my first MAC lipstick when it was a fiver off too but got Russian Red instead (which I absolutely love!) I find mine had a much, much, much better staying power compared to other brands I had tried but at £15 a lipstick I'd definitely do a lot of research before I bought a second one.

    Rachael at broomfie.blogspot.com

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  2. This looks really pretty on :) I also bought my first two MAC lipsticks when it was £5 off (Ruby Woo & Impassioned) and have been very happy with them. Kinda made me want to just go and buy them all now but have held out so far!

    Brenda | www.brendabusybee.blogspot.com

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  3. Ooh i really like the look of this shade , it's great finding out about a mac lipstick that you don't hear of much.. I seem to like collecting mac lippies haha for little treats as like you say they are pretty pricey xx
    www.classicrouge.com

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  4. Really like the look of this shade, may have to give it a try! When it comes to reds though I'm always worried about it looking too dark on my skintone so this may be the perfect shade for me! Xo

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  5. This shade is so pretty! And you have the nicest lips! ♥
    Abigail x
    http://www.meetmeinmayfair.com

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  6. The color looks absolutely gorgeous! But mac is still out of my budget...

    xx, Be || lovefrombe

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