I feel almost guilty posting a negative review about this lipstick, clearly a Holy Grail lipstick for many, judging from the reviews below - but on my NC 44 skin, it looks ghastly. I look pale and sickly and like I've borrowed lipstick meant for a much lighter-skinned woman. So to be able to use it at all, I have to cover my lips with MAC's Burgundy lipliner first, a dark shade with a lot of personality of its own - which kind of defeats the purpose of using a nude like High Tea.
MAC's packaging has also been disappointing of late. I've had too many of my lipsticks break inside their packages without any obvious external damage (eg dropping them on the floor or knocking them about in my bag).
I no longer consider MAC lipsticks worth the ridiculous price. If you must buy MAC, for darker skins, I'd recommend Touch, a shade which may look brown on light-skinned women but is nearly-nude on darker ones. Otherwise, I'd recommend moving to a brand like Chambor or Maybelline. A much wider range of colours, good quality and packaging, and value for money.
This is my favourite nude lipstick. it goes on relatively sheer which i love and it's so flattering. Has the perfect amount of shimmer without being OTT. LOVE IT!
High Tea is one of the best neutrals for all skin types. The only problem I have with it is that if lips are dry, this color does like to accentuate the lines in your lips. This is my go to lip color when I have a dark, smokey eye. or want a wash of color with my day makeup.
For reference I'm an NC45.
At first, I didn't like this lippie, because it didn't really show up on my lips. Not willing to admit defeat, I put on a few coats because it's a lustre finish, with some cork lipliner, and voila - a miracle was born. I now love this color, because it really brings luminousity to my face. I would definitely recommend.
I am a blue eyed NW10 (NW20 when tanning from a bottle).
This is a great nude for when you want to add shimmer without adding color to your natural lip color. Adds some dimension without too much fuss. I go back and forth about how necessary it really is for my collection, but eh, it's ok.
HG lipstick this is my fav color i just hate the fact that its lusture and that its sometimes drying but my auquaphor fixs that :) all in all i love this lip stick ive gone through probably 10 in my life so far
this is a great color for my NC30 skin
I didn't like this color, so up for swap it went. Too glazey and just not for me. I also had the issue with this lipstick coming apart at the base after just sitting around for a while. Weird.
This lipstick and Blankety are my 2 favorites. Pretty much every other lipsticks I had I swapped away since I really only use those 2 colors. The color of this is a beige/pink, leaning towards brown with a slight frost. When I first got this I was thinking this could possibly turn too brown on me and I'd end up hating it, luckily it did not. I literally reach for this most days of the week, if not all. It's one of those "easy" colors you can slap on without a mirror and you don't even have to add gloss since it gives a nice sheen to the lips. I usually don't use gloss with it. I will definitaly repurchase this one.
I really have nothing to say on this lipstick. It shows up on me as just a shimmer. Not a bad lipstick, but it does not wow me. Just sort of plain.