MAC Photo lipstick is really good. There are plenty of brown lipsticks out there at the moment because they seem to have become a thing, but Photo is a true gem. It was part of the Artificially Wild collection that came out last year, but it still seems to be available from MAC online.
I bought this lipstick at the same time as MAC Styled In Sepia, another excellent brown shade (you can see that on my lips in this post). Photo is a deeper, warmer, glossier brown, so they’re not interchangeable. It is a Satin finish and it’s opaque in one swipe.
I think what I like about Photo is that it’s a very wearable brown. It’s not so dark as to veer into vampy territory (not that I would have a problem if it did). Its undertones are red, and although it is a true brown, as opposed to a brownish-red, it is still very easy to wear.
In this look I paired MAC Photo with a matte brown eyeshadow and black liquid eyeliner. You may have noticed this is the first time in ages that I’ve worn liquid liner; if I’m honest with you, it’s just because I’m lazy. I have also worn this lipstick with bronzey shades to great success, and I think it would look good with a really blown out orangey eye (something I often do using MAC Soft Brown).
I don’t think the MAC Photo lipstick is available on counter in New Zealand, because the Artificially Wild collection was only launched here at the Pro store. Like I said though, it’s available online, and it’s dope as hell. I’ll be getting a lot of wear out of this, I’m certain!
If you’re skeptical about buying lipstick online without trying it on (especially if brown isn’t something you usually go for), I would recommend going into Mecca Cosmetica and looking at the NARS Audacious lipstick in Deborah. It’s still expensive, so it’s not an amazingly affordable dupe discovery, but it’s quite similar.
Brown lipstick. Is it for you, or is it forever condemned in your mind as a colour your mother wore?