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MAC Brave is a “pink-beige with white pearl” satin finish lipstick. It’s a beautiful pinky beige lipstick that has a slight sheen but not glossy finish. The pearl is minimal and not even close to being frosty. Due to its satin finish, lip balm and preparation is recommended prior to application. Lighter skintones will love this as an everyday color and darker skintones will love this as a pinky nude. It’s the lighter, pinker, beiger, and more “girly” version of MAC Cosmo while Cosmo is slightly more sophisticated and has a browner undertone.
The two dupes are pretty much identical in color but with different finishes. They’re less drying, more comfortable on the lips, and glossier than MAC Brave.
(L-R) MAC Brave, Maybelline Warm Me Up, L’Oreal Tender Berry
1) Maybelline Colorsensational l/s in Warm Me Up ($7) – It’s slightly pinker, lighter, and glossier but these differences aren’t pronounced at all on the lips. It’s almost identical actually!
2) L’Oreal Infalliable l/s in Tender Berry ($10) – The only difference is that Brave has slightly less pearl but other than that – it’s identical. The only issue is that L’Oreal lipsticks are relatively expensive so you won’t save as much money with this option.