MAC Lipsticks: Whirl, Flat Out Fabulous, Sin & Currant

Happy Monday everybody! Today’s blog post will feature 4 stunning MAC lip products that will be great for fall time. I’m talking about a brown lip, a purple/ pink and a deep, deep red with a matching lip pencil. In short, three shades that work for fall, but each has its own effect and will suit different looks and needs. Let’s have a closer look at Whirl, Flat Out Fabulous, Sin & Currant.

MAC Matte Lipstick Whirl MAC Retro Matte lipstick Flat Out Fabulous MAC Matte lipstick Sin MAC Lip Pencil Currant

MAC Matte Lipstick Whirl
MAC Retro Matte lipstick Flat Out Fabulous
MAC Matte lipstick Sin
MAC Lip Pencil Currant

I like changing out my lip look as much as I like changing shadows. I love a good lip and fall and winter time are the best seasons to go all out with some vampier and more outspoken lipstick shades. The three shades I’m about to show you are all a little bit different from the usual fall lip. There is a brown that isn’t exactly a nude, but that definitely ties into that 90s lip trend. We also have a bright purple with a pink undertone that makes for a great pop of color. Lastly there is a deep dark vampy red. MAC lipsticks retail for €19.50 and a MAC Lip Pencil for €16.50.

Starting with the lipstick, I hope that MAC lipsticks need no introduction. These are some of the best lipsticks on the market and I own quite a few by now. These are all matte, but they all go on smoothly and evenly. Flat Out Fabulous is a touch drier as it is a Retro Matte finish, but even then it still applies nicely and evenly in one swipe. Wear time on these is excellent: they need some touching up after around 4 – 6 hours depending on what you eat and drink.


A shade that I didn’t think I’d like: Whirl. And now I’m obsessed. It’s a mid town full on brown shade and it is perfect for that 90s vibe. I find it not too warm and not too cool toned, which makes it very versatile. What I was afraid of was it not being easy to pair with a make up look, but so far I’ve been very successful.

Flat Out Fabulous

I had heard great things about Flat Out Fabulous. But the Retro Matte finish wasn’t one I was unsure of. I like the regular matte lipsticks by MAC, but the one Retro Matte I had tried until I bought this was Ririwoo from the Rihanna Collection. And that, oh boy, was not a success. It bled outside my lip line and I was afraid that would go for all retro matte shades. Luckily for me, that was not the case. Flat Out Fabulous is a very unique shade as it is the perfect blend between a pink and a purple and therefore a lot more wearable than it looks in the tube.


Now I’m all about that dark red lip for the fall and winter time. And I didn’t own any yet by MAC! So I decided to solve that problem by buying one. I was doubting between Diva and this one. I ended up picking Sin as it felt more unique and different from other darker lipsticks I already own.


The last product I bought was Currant which is a lip pencil. The intended use here is to layer this pencil under any darker lipstick to make it even darker and vampier. I like MAC lip pencils as they come in an array of shades. The texture however is a bit dry and they need frequent sharpening to keep them working as they should.

MAC Matte Lipstick Whirl MAC Retro Matte lipstick Flat Out Fabulous MAC Matte lipstick Sin MAC Lip Pencil Currant

Whirl – Flat Out Fabulous – Sin – Currant

In the swatches you can clearly see that Flat Out Fabulous has a slightly different finish than the other two. Where Whirl and Sin are definitely matte, Flat Out Fabulous almost has a powdery/ velvet like texture to it. As you can see it skipped a little bit at the beginning of the swatch, but this is definitely a lipstick that has to warm up a bit for it to smoothly glide onto your lips. The other two posed no problems whatsoever.


Full face, Whirl is very flattering against my pale skin tone. I have very pigmented lips naturally, which means that on me, this looks quite neutral. It’s not a nude per se, but I need a slightly more outspoken color for it too have a nude type of effect on me anyway. It probably doesn’t go well with the eye look I wore the day I took these pictures, but I have worn it with a very warm toned look with golds, bronzes and cranberries and I found it really gave the look a certain edge.

Flat Out Fabulous

I love a bright lip! If you’re pale like me anything pink will pop tremendously and that’s what Flat Out Fabulous does. As it has a purple undertone to it, it makes my eyes look a touch more green. If you truly want this lip to stand out than a very basic eye is probably best, but I like going quite full on and I like how the pink clashes with the blue on my lower lash line here.


Straight from the bullet, Sin is a really nice brown toned dark vampy red shade. I love shades like these: they are incredibly flattering on me I find and I love pairing them with a good dark brown smokey eye. With a toned down cheek look, I find that still a look I wear on an average work day.


So I’m shoddy at applying lip pencil. I am much better at applying lipstick straight from a bullet. Currant is a dark berry tone and because of its dry texture it does not go on very smoothly onto the lips. It skips, shows patches of skin showing through it and I had the hardest time making this go on neat and precise.

Currant + Sin

But of course I wouldn’t wear Currant by itself. Here I layered Sin on top and I love the effect! Sin becomes much more intense and a bit more plum toned. I think that a lip look like this, with an intense golden glittery eye look would be perfect for ringing in the New Year.

What MAC lipstick shade is on your wishlist?

P.S. I am hoping to film a MAC lipstick swatch video soon in which I will show you all of my MAC lipsticks. Let me know in a comment below if that would be something you’d like to see!

14 Comments Add yours

  1. chucky1012 says:

    Wow the pink colour is the most prettiest 😉


    1. indiequeen84 says:

      Thank you 🙂

  2. zazazoobeauty says:

    Staan je allemaal erg mooi! De echte roze vind ik ook het mooist

    1. indiequeen84 says:

      Ik hou ook wel van een knal kleur.

  3. Ash says:

    I love the Sin & Currant 😍😍😍😍😍

    1. indiequeen84 says:

      It’s a great combo.

  4. Julie says:

    Mooie combinatie om Sin & Currant met elkaar te gebruiken. Ik vind Flat Out Fabulous ook erg mooi! 🙂

    1. indiequeen84 says:

      Ze passen idd goed bij elkaar. Goede tip van de MAC MUA 😉

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