There once was a time a few moons ago when I had one little MAC shade to call my own – that shade was the classic nude-pink by the name of Angel. Fast forward a few years and a few new additions and I took a look at my MAC collection and realised that the three classic red MAC lipstick shades – Lady Danger, Ruby Woo and Russian Red are all part of the pack. Three shades all classic reds in their own right. Ask any non beauty blogger to take a look and they will tell you they’re all the same…but to a beauty blogger, these three classic red MAC lipstick shades are each unique in their own right and many have a definite favourite…
All photos (L-R): Lady Danger, Ruby Woo, Russian Red
The most obvious of the three that stands out as different has to be the bright Lady Danger (Matte)*. This is an orange toned red and not for the faint hearted. A classic red yes, but probably the most modern feeling with the past few years brining the orange toned reds to the front of the pack. This is a matte finish (all three shades are) but doesn’t feel as matte as the other two…but perhaps that’s because I tried this one first?! But this is the one I’ve reached for most often which is probably a sign it isn’t as drying thanks to my super-chapped lips.
Then we have Ruby Woo (Retro Matte)* – quite possibly the most iconic red lipstick from MAC and can be found in many a collection… this is more the red that leans towards slightly raspberry. This is a Retro Matte formula – which basically means super, super, matte. My lips are FAR too dry to pull off this formula right now (even with scrubbing and balm) so in the face shot I am wearing with some balm underneath. But this is a true full-on matte if you like this finish.
Now the question is… which of these are either in your collection or on your wish list? If you could only pick one…which of these classic red MAC lipstick shades would you choose as the ultimate? It’s a tough call as they all have some appeal and as soon as I think I’ve chosen I change my mind again… but I think Russian Red is my new/current favourite… for a statement red lip you can’t get much more classic in my opinion?!
*Indicates PR sample or gift.