The One I Finally Got My Hands On…

The story for this one isn’t the usual “finally got round to picking this up” situation. I used to own MAC’s Shy Girl long before I ever really started blogging. But back in the day (which you can take a gander at using my archive), I was incredibly brown – yes, this story dates back to a time of paid for family holidays and pre-full time job – and Shy Girl just didn’t work with the hefty tan I was rocking. It remained stashed at the back of the stocks until about a year ago when I gave it away (note to self: don’t give things away, just cut the lipstick off and put it in your back to MAC box – DOH!).

But recently I’ve seen it popping up everywhere, and a few months back my friend revealed she didn’t want hers anymore, and that I could have it to test out again. This didn’t really work due to the fact she lives around 100 miles away, and after spotting in again and again on various websites and videos I took the plunge and visited MAC several times in attempt to get my hands on it. It’s not as hard to track down as Hue was, but still a trixy little one.

Ramble aside, it’s the lipstick you’re here for, non? It’s a creamy, warm nude that looks far too orange if you smear it on (especially on me with my stupidly pink lips), but dabbed on – that’s where the magic happens – a trick I must have missed all those years ago. A quick dab all over reveals a nude/peach colour that works wonderfully with a matching peachy blush (note: the Bourjois cream blush in 01 is a wonderful affordable counterpart), and has bumped Shy Girl up to handbag status. Perfect with everyday minimal makeup, or to support a heavier evening look.

The moral of this story, kids? Don’t give your lipsticks away. Ever.


  1. Sara Chergui
    27 Sep 2013 / 8:10 am

    Such a lovely nude ! My next MAC might be the shade Diva πŸ™‚

  2. Charlotte MacDonald-Gaunt
    27 Sep 2013 / 8:30 am

    It looks amazing on you. I've tried it and it just doesn't do anything for me – so jealousssss… I'm still on the hunt for that perfect nude! Xx

  3. Georgi Wolfe
    27 Sep 2013 / 8:47 am

    It looks amazing ! I must admit I am terrible for giving beauty products away!. It sucks when you realise you want it back

  4. Hannah Crosskey
    27 Sep 2013 / 8:53 am

    such a gorgeous nude colour!

  5. Dirty Blonde Ambition
    27 Sep 2013 / 9:14 am

    Shy Girl is a gorgeous color on you. I have MAC Razzle-Dazzler, and it looks fairly similar. Have you tested it out, and if so, do you know how they compare?? Thanks for sharing!

    xx Lauren
    Dirty Blonde Ambition

  6. Overdose De Maquillage
    27 Sep 2013 / 9:31 am

    Shy Girl is a beautiful shade. I have enough used up MAC products to get me a free lipstick, I had almost decided on Creme Cup but I may have to change my mind now! πŸ™‚

  7. Georgia Nicolaou
    27 Sep 2013 / 9:42 am

    It looks lovely on you! I'm not sure I could ever wear it as I have a very light skin-tone.

    Beauty Inside Art

  8. Katie
    27 Sep 2013 / 9:52 am

    Such a nice everyday colour!

    Katie Loves..|UK Fashion & Beauty Blog

  9. Emily Knott
    27 Sep 2013 / 9:59 am

    I love Shy Girl by MAC! One of my most worn MAC lipsticks!

  10. Jeline Catt
    27 Sep 2013 / 10:08 am

    The colour is beautiful! x

  11. Aradhana M
    27 Sep 2013 / 10:26 am

    Such a gorgeous colour. I need this in my life haha

    Roses are bluee β™‘

  12. Renate
    27 Sep 2013 / 10:53 am

    I love how you write! The lipstick looks great on you, it makes me want to get it too, but I've never owned a nude lipstick, regardless of the undertones, I just look sick, I think (tell that to the 14 year old me, who was obsessed with the concealer lips), but I would love to find something flattering and every day usable. I'll try to check this out! Thanks πŸ™‚

    Renate from

  13. Amy
    27 Sep 2013 / 11:27 am

    So many people love this lippie, but I just can't imagine it working on my warmer skin tone πŸ™ Looks gorgeous on you though!

  14. gleepface
    27 Sep 2013 / 11:47 am

    Why have I never tried dabbing on lipstick before? This looks beautiful.

  15. Jackie
    27 Sep 2013 / 11:49 am

    It looks amazing on you. I love the subtle nude color of it!

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale | bloglovin'

  16. Caitlin Ramsay
    27 Sep 2013 / 11:50 am

    I love that colour!

    Caitlin x

  17. Alice Porter
    27 Sep 2013 / 12:06 pm

    I might have to try this lipstick again because I used to smear it on too and didn't get why everyone loved it so much and it didn't work on me! Maybe I will try and dab! Thanks Suzie, great post! I do love reading a good ramble πŸ™‚


  18. Anya
    27 Sep 2013 / 12:28 pm

    I have this somewhere in my stash, it seems to look really orangey and not very nice against my super pale skintone! Such a shame as it looks gorgeous on you x

  19. Leanne Marie
    27 Sep 2013 / 12:36 pm

    This looks really nice on you, I did have this lipstick but it didnt suit me at all so i had to sell it!

    Leanne @ Leanne-Marie | Beauty, fashion & lifestyle. x x

  20. Bunny. I β™‘
    27 Sep 2013 / 1:22 pm

    The shade looks so pretty on you xx


  21. Victoria
    27 Sep 2013 / 2:07 pm

    Well, now I definitely need it too. you look gorgeous! <3

  22. Anonymous
    27 Sep 2013 / 2:16 pm

    You should try Japanese Maple – my new MAC fave.
    p.s – have always found it easy to get Hue in Btn, guess I've been lucky each time!

  23. Chantelle Nelson
    27 Sep 2013 / 3:11 pm

    I love Shy Girl, your're right though I think it looks much better just dabbed on πŸ™‚ x

    The Girl In The Tartan Scarf

  24. Emily McCue
    27 Sep 2013 / 3:47 pm

    Looks gorgeous!

  25. CatrinTeleri
    27 Sep 2013 / 3:56 pm

    This has been everywhere and I'm so tempted!

  26. Madeline
    27 Sep 2013 / 3:59 pm

    Looks great on you, I'm shocked you didn't have it !

    Madeline | Its a Mads Mads World

  27. Janeese Brown
    27 Sep 2013 / 4:12 pm

    looks like you got your hands on the perfect nude for fall, congrats it looks great on you.

    xo.Janiecy.xo|A Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

    xo, Janiecy

  28. Maddy
    27 Sep 2013 / 4:52 pm

    Love this colour on you, it looks so pretty! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDDΒ 

  29. Katie
    27 Sep 2013 / 7:02 pm

    I love shy girl! one of my favorites from Mac!

  30. Sophierosehearts
    27 Sep 2013 / 7:35 pm

    Wow such a pretty colour, and your hair looks amazing too πŸ™‚

    Sophierosehearts x

  31. Amy
    27 Sep 2013 / 8:27 pm

    Loved this Suzie! I would always regret giving away any of my makeup, especially lipsticks! πŸ™‚

    Amy |

  32. Nita
    27 Sep 2013 / 8:50 pm

    It looks really pretty on you πŸ™‚ I just can't say no to nude lipsticks!


  33. Talisa Tossell
    27 Sep 2013 / 9:10 pm

    I always give my lipsticks away! shame on me!!

  34. Unique Beauty Secrets
    28 Sep 2013 / 10:33 am

    I keep trying to get my hands on this pesky lipstick! It's such a beautiful shade and as a lover of nude lips I have really wanted to add this lipstick to my collection!! Everytime I visit a MAC counter its always sold out! One day I really will get my hands on it!!

    Louise xx

  35. tiffany
    28 Sep 2013 / 1:51 pm

    Love the look of this shade, it suits you perfectly! My current MAC favourite is Patisserie, it's lovely. x

  36. Alice
    28 Sep 2013 / 4:20 pm

    I absolutely adore this lipstick! Looks great on you xx

  37. Emily Rhodes
    28 Sep 2013 / 5:12 pm

    Just found this blog! Can't wait to start reading!
    Emily xxx

  38. Brittany Williams
    28 Sep 2013 / 8:46 pm

    This looks soooo nice!! I want it!! I will be on the look out for this now!:)

    Great post, thanks for sharing!

    Hugs, Brittany, xx

  39. Marta
    29 Sep 2013 / 11:07 am

    This one looks so lovely! Wish I couId get MAC in Croatia. Although I buy so many lipstick but then don't really wear them. :)x

  40. Rachael Wilkinson
    29 Sep 2013 / 8:57 pm

    Such a gorgeous colour! May have to purchase!

  41. Amber Hunter
    04 Oct 2013 / 12:30 pm

    I own this lipstick as well and I have to agree, it can look a bit too orangey if you put too much on but it's such a versatile nude! Next, I'd love to try crème cup!
    Lovely Notions

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