I Came, I Swatched, I Purchased

A year ago I was wrapped in a deep MAC Lipstick ‘must have them all‘ obsession. In fact there’s even a video getting dusty in the archives documenting my ‘collection’ at time. I was all about the baby nudes and peachy pinks back then and although I’m still partial to a P.P, I’ve had an overwhelming urge over the last few weeks to expand my collection and fill two gaps that have seemingly appeared in my stash; an everyday nude with a hint of colour (MAC Hue was just looking a wee bit porno in the winter months), and a vampy dark. I asked on my Facebook page for your recommendations and boy did you add just a few to the list – my hand was swatch-central by the time I made my purchases…

I practically had to queue to get a look in at the lipstick stand – lipsticks are obviously a Christmas commodity in MAC – and after repeating the picking up, gazing at the name on the bottom of the tube, and replacing it back down into its spot process about 30 times; I finally plumped for Patisserie, a brown nude with a pink undertone and one that I have heard about time and time again from you guys and Rebel, a vampy deep plum. Patisserie was an easy one to choose – I came, I swatched, I purchased, but Rebel was more of a toughie. I knew I wanted something deep, dark and kinda scary and after almost throwing caution to the wind and getting the near enough black but slightly purple shade, Cyber (I think I will go for it next time, can’t get it out of my head!), and then toying with the idea of Media, although it was a little more tawny than I expected, I went for the safer Rebel.

I’m sure you’ll see both of these cropping up in videos or posts over the next few weeks, I’ve already booked in Rebel for a NYE appearance. Yes, ideas for my New Years makeup are already whirling around in my head. What have I got planned for Christmas Day makeup-wise? Oh gawd, I planned that weeks ago….


  • Hannah

    Omg I really don’t like your blog, now I have to by Patisserie! Just kidding, I love your blog and I think you have the prettiest lay-out and funniest writing style of all!

  • Aleksandra Malczewska

    Rebel is such a beautiful color, I went looking for Creme Cup, and somehow girls from the store applied R. on me. I’m in love ๐Ÿ™‚ And I think you’re going to look amazing, i’m waiting to see ๐Ÿ™‚ good day!

  • WY

    Ooh I definitely need to take a look at Patisserie now. Have you tried out Plumful? It’s a gorgeous, rather natural plummy color. I’m sure it’ll look very pretty on you! Tried on Rebel myself, and it just wasn’t the color for me :-(. Can wait to see the lippies in action haha x

  • Cagney & Lace

    Wowzers Rebel looks a real babe – definitely need a little rebellion in my life! *runs to Mac* Great choices as always Anna.

  • victoria

    I picked up Rebel last week. It’s amazing and lasts ALLL day.

  • Daria

    I would love to see those lipsticks on you! I was thinking of buying (my first) MAC lipstick yesterday but didn’t know what colour to choose! Now, I’ve got your suggestions… ๐Ÿ˜‰ Xx

  • Grace

    Love both of these lipsticks – I almost picked up Rebel last week but opted for Diva instead although now I think I may have to go back and get Rebel too! x

  • Sophie Blumenthal

    A bit porno, haha fab. Rebel looks amazing!

    Sophierosehearts x

  • I bought Rebel the other day and absolutely love it! Good choice ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  • Yewizzy

    Rebel is a firm favorite ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Shel D.

    Love Patisserie! Have Rebel too but have yet to wear it, you know, out of the house… ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I loooove Patisserie… fave nude at the moment I love the tiny weeny sparkles. I’ve always loved the look of Rebel but have MAC’s Dubonnet which looks very similar! Ahh decisions .. ๐Ÿ˜‰ xx

  • Emilie Garnes

    I looove Rebel!! I have fallen so hard for it that it is now more or less my everyday lipstick (I know, that’s Crazy!) And I may just need to grab Patisserie the next time I go by a MAC counter- It looks gorgeous! xx

  • great choices!

  • Line

    Funny I do the exact same thing. I always have a list and when I’m there I always get confused because somehow they’re never what I expected, I can stand there for ages – I’m sure the ladies who work at the mac counter think I’m a freak ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  • Rebel looks amazing and Patisserie actually looks like a pinky nude that I could pull off. I’ll be swatching some lippies tomorrow. Christmas treat for me ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Rachel Bell

    I want both of these! Maybe they’ll be picked up in my post-xmas shopping with sale money! xx

  • Millie

    Such a great post!! Love MACs Rebal lipstick!! Can you do a post on what makeup you wear on NYE?? I would love to see! ๐Ÿ™‚ รขโ„ขยฅ

  • Fernanda

    I’m yet to find the perfect nude colour for my skin tone! I love MAC lipsticks and really wanna get Diva! xx

  • mousie x

    I love mac lipsticks!!!
    Especially Pure Zen!

  • Rebel looks amazing! Yet another one added to my list haha x

  • Ami S.

    Hi Vivianna! I adore your blog and YT channel! But may I request that in the future you bold or highlight the product names your post is about? Sometimes it’s difficult to ascertain which product or shade you actually picked out (; It would be greatly appreciated! Happy Holidays!!

  • katherine.parkes

    I so want Rebel, been on my ‘mac’ list for ages now! x

  • Mari

    I’m lusting over Patisserie! Such a sweet & simple colour.

  • I think a fun video would be for you to pick your top two favorite looks for NYE and try them both out in a video and have a vote for which one you should wear! I would love that! haha…

  • Lorna – Studs and Dreams

    the dark one looks unreal. need to try this!

  • Hearts&Crosses

    Think I have a MAC obsession, these colours are gorgeous


  • Amelia

    I have rediscovered my love for MAC lipsticks recently and bought quite a few (well, in comparison to how many I had before). I recently picked up Rebel as well, although I just can’t seem to wear it right. For a party, definitely. I think it’s just not a daytime lipstick. For me, anyway! xx

  • Both of these look gorgeous! X

  • I full on adore rebel. I think it has to be one of my most worn lipsticks. I do love me a bright lip going on. x

  • I think Rebel has been my most favourite lipstick of the year! I adore it. Not quite got the confidence for Cyber xo

  • Oh, you should check out Dark Side if you like Cyber or are considering it. I like Dark Side a little better than Cyber. Thinking about getting Patisserie as well. Seems like a really lovely nudie pink! x