Focus On: MAC High Tea

Finish: Lustre / Beiged pink with pearl

Rating: lippie2lippie2lippie2lippie2lippie2 (5 out of 5)

I love how subtle and almost sheer High Tea appears on the lips; it’s not one of those lipsticks that screams you’re wearing one. This makes it a great choice for an everyday, daytime color. It does add a little bit of sheen, but it’s not over-the-top 80s frost. As I do have very pigmented lips, I often look for lipsticks that help to neutralize them and tone down the pigmentation; High Tea tames the pigmentation and lets my eyes do all the talking, without me looking like a corpse … ha! The only negative thing I would have to say about High Tea is its application. I need to apply this usually with a lip brush to get even coverage. If I apply it straight from the tube, it tends to look streaky and uneven. Anyone else encounter that? Maybe it’s just the Lustre formula. Other than that minor flaw, it’s a great color!

What are the best eyeshadows to pair with High Tea?


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High Tea is a light, neutral color so it pairs well with a large variety of eyeshadows. I most enjoy pairing it up with oranges and red-based shades but it also looks great with greens, blues and golds. It’s one of those great ‘basic’ lipsticks to have in your arsenal. 😉 Here are some suggestions:


6 thoughts on “Focus On: MAC High Tea

  1. I totally agree with your commentary. I use it under Mac’s lip primer–seems to be the ticket for this particular application, and I get hours and hours of wear this way.

    1. Hmmmm!! Now there is something I have not yet tried – a lip primer. I’ve been intrigued by them before when I saw Too Faced had them. Hmmm! May need to try MAC’s! Thank you, babe! 😉

      1. I had never tried them either until about a month ago, when I was at our Aventura Mac store and I decided to see if it was worth it or a worthless purchase! I’m tough to please and a skeptic — and I’m sold on this Mac prep and prime product. It WORKS. I’ve never tried any other brands to know how well Mac’s version rates over any of the competition’s. But I do know Mac’s keeps your lips looking like you’ve just applied your lipstick for hours and hours.

  2. Thank you, Z for doing this review for me! I LOVE this color but I do have the same issues you did, it sits in the cracks of my lips not long after I apply. But I do have the primer, so didn’t find that to help too much either until I just read what the other poster posted. Do you apply high tea then the primer or primer then high tea?
    And also love that you listed the shadows to pair it with. I don’t think I would have put it with seedy pearl.

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