MAC Brave: A Pale Girls Best Friend

Looking for a perfect nude lipstick for pale skin? MAC Brave is worth checking out!

I recently went to MAC and picked up a few new lipsticks (haul post here), Brave being one of them. I knew I wanted some new shades for Spring, and started by swatching some cult favourites such as Twig and Velvet Teddy. Both were beautiful shades, but I ended up picking up Brave which leans more pink than brown and is better suited to my very fair, cool-toned skin. If you are a pale girl looking for an everyday lipstick that will liven up your complexion, then this shade is for you.

Brave is a beautiful deep pink-beige shade with a satin finish. I find that it comes off much darker in the tube than it does when applied to the lips. I prefer MAC’s satin lipsticks as they aren’t too creamy where they disappear off your lips in a few hours, and they aren’t drying like a matte finish. I have darker lips naturally and this shade is a very close match, just a bit deeper. The formula glides easily over the lips, doesn’t overly emphasise any dry spots on my lips and it has a beautiful shine to it.

I’m sure you’re not surprised to hear me say that it’s my new go-to my lips but better colour and it compliments so many different makeup looks. Whether you are wearing a smokey eye, or are keeping it simple with just some winged liner, this shade pairs perfectly. It really livens up my face giving me a fresh appearance and I’ve had a few lovely people comment on what a beautiful colour it is. I am so happy to have this shade in my MAC collection and it’s safe to say I am head over heads for it.

What is your my lips but better shade?


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  • Yiotou_La

    I have the Wet n Wild Bare it all which is a dupe for MAC Brave and I love it! Your photos are awesome btw :)

    • That’s awesome, I’m all for a good dupe! Thank you so much for the compliment x

  • Sheridan Grady

    This lipstick is so gorg! I love Kinda Sexy at the minute but I have been wanting something a little more pink! x

    • Kinda Sexy is such a pretty colour! This shade is honestly a staple in my collection now, it’s so beautiful.

  • I’ve recently bought Brave too! I love it and you’re right I love the Satin formula, it’s not too creamy or too matte, it’s the perfect in between.
    Followed girly, loving your blog!

    corrie |

    • Most my of MAC lipsticks are Satin finish – I just really love the formula! Thank you so much for following, I’m so happy you enjoying my blog! xx

  • That looks sooo gorgeous!
    My lips but better shade is NYX matte lipcream in “cannes”!

    Your blog is pretty cool, just followed you! Would be so happy if you would follow me too :)
    xoxo, Colli

    • I have a few NYX matte lip creams and I love them. Will have to check out Cannes! Thank you so much for following and for your lovely comment. I’ll be checking out your blog. x

  • This colour looks gorgeous! Never thought about getting Brave, but I may have to give it a go!
    My number one lipstick will always be Mocha from MAC I think! I love it!

    Ellen |

    • I haven’t heard anyone talk about Mocha in such a long time! Will have to give it a swatch the next time I head into MAC! x

  • I love, love, love Brave! It’s one of the lesser talked about shade, but the MAC MUA used it on me for my wedding yearsss ago and I’ve loved it ever since!

    • I’m really happy that I picked it up because it’s just such a perfect every day shade. That’s so amazing that you wore it on your wedding day! I’m getting married next year and I’m beyond excited!

  • I have to try this, it sounds perfect!

    xx, A Little Dose of Makeup

  • Brave is such a great shade! I love velvet teddy and Taupe. I tend to go for more browny tones xx

  • lauragale94

    Girl, you had me with that title. I’m NC15 kinda pale! I’ve learnt to totally embrace it and love wearing vampy shades which completely contrast with my pale skin. My boyfriends family hate my vampy looks haha! This lippie does look absolutely gorgeous, but I’m always hesitant about buying another nude from MAC, as they’re so expensive and I don’t want to end up with a collection of nudes that are way too similar xx

    Laura | Lala London: Beauty & Lifestyle

    • Oh girl, I’m right there with you. I’m actually a bit paler than NC15 so you definitely understand my struggle! I love how Brave is a bit on the deeper side so it doesn’t lean into that ‘too nude’ spectrum. Give it a swatch if you can, you’ll fall in love with it!

  • this sounds great! i’m a fellow pale skinned girl so any lipstick that would look good on my skin sounds good to me!

  • I’ve had my eye on this shade ever since darker nudes became popular again, so I think I may have to bite the bullet (excuse the pun) and finally pick it up!

    Alice / Alice Grace Beauty


  • This is one of my favorite lipsticks ever, the shade really is beautiful. I need to start reaching for it more now. My favorite lips but better shade is NARS dolce vita.

    Perfect Shade of Mauve

  • Ooh it sounds like a gorgeous shade, and one I need to add to my collection as I have pale skin too! xx

    Gemma ♥ Miss Makeup Magpie

  • Sold! I think I will definitely have to put this shade on my wishlist, Being Casper’s paler sister it makes finding the right nude shade so difficult :)
    xxx Claire

  • Sounds like a gorgeous shade. Although I’m not pale, I’ve been wanting to try this color. xx

  • I do love Velvet Teddy, but I agree, colors that have a touch of pink do well on my fair skin.