MAC Shadescents Lipstick And Perfume Review, Photos

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MAC Shadescents is the newest (and genius) collection from MAC Cosmetics that pairs six iconic lipsticks with fragrances to match the general personality of the lipstick.

The collection includes six iconic lipstick shades from the brand:

  • MAC Heroine is a bright purple.
  • MAC Ruby Woo is a cult favorite in the red category. Ruby Woo is a clean red that suits every skin tone.
  • MAC Lady Danger is a bright orange toned red.
  • MAC Candy Yum Yum is a cool toned, neon pink. People are always shocked to discover that I was never a fan of CYY.
  • MAC Velvet Teddy is one of my HG (holy grail) shades. Velvet Teddy is a deep toned beige.
  • MAC Creme d’Nude is a peachy beige. Personally speaking, this is a shade that does not suit my skin tone. Sidenote, this is the only shade in the collection that is not a matte (cremesheen)

I appreciate the color coordinated caps on the lipsticks. I wish MAC would make this a permanent thing for all lipstick shades.
MAC paired the six lipstick shades listed above with fragrances to match their personality:

MAC Heroine is described as a smoky leather. The initial spray is a heavy whiff of leather. The middle note is very smokey. The dry down ends on a happy note of a floral incense.


MAC Ruby Woo is described as a floral fragrance with hints of red leather. The first spray is very sweet and reminds me of cherries. The middle note is a light hint of leather. Ruby Woo dries down to a heavier leather fragrance.


MAC Lady Danger is described as an oriental floral with a cherry note. The first spray is similar to Ruby Woo with a prominent, sweet cherry note. The middle note is very spicy and woody. Lady Danger dries down to a powdery, orchid scent.


MAC Candy Yum Yum is described as a gourmand fragrance that contains notes of tropical fruit and cotton candy. The first spray is a delightful tropical blast of guava. The middle note is a heavy whiff of Iris. Candy Yum Yum dries down to a blend of cotton candy (very faint) and vanilla (very heavy, but has a touch of alcohol to it).


MAC Velvet Teddy is described as a combination of wild honey and creamy musk. Velvet Teddy opens to spicy ginger with the initial spray. The middle note is composed of tobacco flower and honey. It dries down to a combination of tonka bean and musk


MAC Creme d’Nude is described as a musk fragrance with notes of caramel. The initial spray is very sweet and musky. The middle note is caramel and the dry down is a combination of caramel and vanilla.

My absolute favorite fragrance is Velvet Teddy. Is it sweet and musky and sexy and I want to bathe in it every day.  My least favorite is Heroine. I’ve never had a profound appreciation for leather fragrances, but if you do, you will love it.

MAC Shadescents fragrances retail $57; MAC Shadescents lipsticks retail $17. Purchase at

Based on this review, which lipsticks and fragrances would you purchase?

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Aprill Coleman is an award-winning beauty, lifestyle and wellness blogger and freelance writer based in Jackson, Mississippi.

23 thoughts on “MAC Shadescents Lipstick And Perfume Review, Photos

  1. JulesStyles

    Velvet teddy is the one I hope I love the most. Lady danger comes second.


  2. Shilpa

    Velvet teddy is my kind of shade


  3. The Mani Café

    i have almost all of these lipsticks. im addicted to mac lipsticks! candy yum yum is literally one of my favourites!


  4. Nichole C

    I might need Velvet Teddy. I love the MAC colors I have.


  5. Jen Sky Walker

    Love the colours on the lids, and Velvet Teddy sounds amazing!


  6. Erika

    Creme De Nude and Candy Yum Yum lippies and fragrances would suit me very nicely. Maybe it’s time for me to try MAC scents…


  7. Carleen

    Ruby Woo is a fav of mine. Interesting to pair them up with fragrances.


  8. My Nail Polish Obsession

    Love the Ruby Woo lipstick but the Velvet Teddy and Candy Yum Yum sound like they be my top fragrance picks.


  9. Kristi Vasquez

    I don’t wear lipstick but I love scents. For scents Candy Yum Yum sounds delicious! 🙂


  10. PolishGalore

    What a great idea! The color coding is fantastic and the price point is pretty budget friendly for me too! Can’t wait to stop by a MAC Store!


  11. Naked Without Polish

    This is a fun idea. The Candy Yum Yum lipstick jumps out at me, but I’d have to sniff the fragrances to see which I could wear. Although Lady Danger intrigues me.


  12. Lacquerexpression

    Gorgeous swatches and great review. I love this concept and specially love the description of Velvet Teddy.


  13. Emily Draher • Casual Contrast

    These are all so gorgeous – I need Heroine in my life!


  14. Ehmkay Nails

    These are all classic colors for Mac and I love the packaging! Definitely sounds like Ruby Woo is a scent for me


  15. Stacie Wacie

    Yes I want these. I already have all the lipsticks, I just need the fragrances!


  16. LeeAnn Floyd

    Herione, Ruby Woo, and Velvet teddy sound amazing! I’ve never worn purple lipstick, I feel like I’m not dark enough to pull it off and would just get a bunch of sideeyes, but the perfume sounds so amazing I’d have to get a little brave and try it!


  17. Nina at Model City

    I am in love with Ruby Woo!!!! Gorgeous color!!!


  18. FairyTales Nails

    These all look so pretty, candy yum yum sounds amazing! X


  19. Katie Garvin // From My Vanity

    So many choices, but I think I would like the Velvet Teddy most of all 😀


  20. Becca Faceache Catlett

    That purple looks gorgeous x


  21. Bsquared86

    I need to try the Velvet Teddy lippie but the Creme d’Nude Fragrance sounds right up my alley! Thanks for this!


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