Boldly Bare Lip Pencil

What girl doesn’t lust over a makeup bag full of MAC? Here at The Dupe Diaries, we LOVE MAC products but sometimes, you just can’t afford to splash out €20 on a lipstick.

We’ve searched high and low to find some pretty convincing dupes for our favourite MAC nude lipsticks and lipliners (this is The Dupe Diaries, after all).

We’ve photographed our favourite MAC nudes with their dupes. MAC products are on on the lower lip, while we’re wearing the dupes on our top lips.

Sara’s Picks

MAC Faux lipstick €19.50 Vs Essence Cool Nude €2.89

Apply before lipstick by lining your lips using the pencil tip for a defined lip look with long-lasting colour. Try a shade slightly deeper than your lipstick and blend with a 316S Brush for a fuller lip look. The lip pencil won't skip or drag, and it applies quickly and precisely, too. How to use: Apply before your lipstick by lining your lips using the pencil tip for a defined lip look with long-lasting color. Try a shade slightly deeper than your lipstick and blend with a lip brush for a fuller look.

Faux is such an easy-to-wear nude, with substantial colour, for those who don’t like a really pale nude. It’s a great natural colour without making you look washed out. This Essence lipstick is a fantastic dupe for Faux. The colour is extremely similar and the texture is also a really good match.

MAC Kinda Sexy €19.50 Vs Wet’n’Wild Just Peachy €2.99

This is one of my all time favourite lipsticks from MAC. It’s an extremely flattering shade and another great neutral for day or night. This Wet’nWild number is an almost perfect match but with a slightly more moisturising texture so for those of you who don’t like a really matte lipstick, this would be a great one to get.

Claire’s Picks

Mac boldly bare lip pencil swatch

MAC Velvet Teddy €19.50 Vs Wet’n’ Wild Bare It All €2.99

Velvet Teddy cemented it’s cult status when it became a go-to for Kylie Jenner, and again it’s a great shade for flattering all skin tones. I personally find it a little drying as it’s a matte finish, so I usually wear it with lip balm, as you can see from the photos below. I actually prefer the finish of the Wet’n’Wild dupe, as it’s creamier. In terms of durability, both last for hours, and are staples in my makeup bag!

MAC Hue €19.50 Vs NYX Summer Love €5.99

Hue is a firm favourite for many Irish girls, as it’s a pinky nude and very wearable for day and night. Although they don’t swatch similarly as you can see below, once on the lips, they are pretty much identical. I get similar wear time out of both, and because they are a little creamier (Hue is a glaze finish), they don’t last as long as the matte finishes.

MAC lip liner dupes

We both love MAC lip liners. The colours are great, they’re very long wearing and the pencils themselves are very long (neither of us has managed to use up a full pencil yet), but at €16.50 a pop, they’re a tad pricey. We’ve found some great dupes for them at a fraction of the price. Some of the dupes don’t have quite as creamy a consistency as MAC but the difference is barely noticeable and they last just as long.

MAC Boldly Bare €16.50 Vs Rimmel Spice €4.79

MAC Subculture €16.50 Vs Wet’n’Wild Willow €1.99

MAC Spice Vs Catrice Upper Brown Side €1.99

MAC Dervish Vs Catrice That’s What Rose Wood Do! €1.99

All of the dupes mentioned are genuinely very close and really good quality-wise, so we rate them as fantastic budget buys! What are your top MAC dupes, or have you any MAC colours you’d like us to find a dupe for? Leave a comment or drop us an email!

Sara and Claire


I am excited to share with you my collection of MAC lip pencils. MAC has always been the Queen of lip products and I think that they have some of the best lip pencils on the market.

In addition to swatching my collection, I thought it would also be fun to share some of the MAC lipsticks that each lipliner pairs well with. These are just a few of my suggestions. The joy of lipliners is that you can literally pair them with anything. You can use them to “match” a lipstick, deepen a lipstick, use them INSTEAD of a lipstick etc.


Edge to Edge

Boldly bare lip pencil dupe

Color: midtone dirty blue pink

Pairs well with: Mehr, Brave, Pink Plaid, any cool-toned pink lipstick

Boldly Bare

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Color: dirty red brown

Pairs well with: Kinda Sexy


Color: midtone pinkish brown

Pairs well with: Any mauvey-pink lipstick


Color: dirty rose

Pairs well with: Velvet Teddy, Whirl


Color: potent reddened plum

Pairs well with: Captive


Mac boldly bare lip pencil

Color: brownish red

Pairs well with: Retro, Brick-O-La, any my lips but better shade


Color: intense golden red

Pairs well with: Chili, Ruby Woo


Color: intense violet purple

Pairs well with: Rebel, Diva


Color: blackened plum

Pairs well with: Sin, Rebel

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Color: intense brown

Boldly Bare Lip Pencil Dupe

Pairs well with: Sin, Antique Velvet

I hope you found this post helpful! Be sure to check out this post about my favorite MAC lipsticks.

MAC lip pencils are available at Ulta, Nordstrom, Dillards and MAC

Boldly Bare Lip Liner Swatch

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