MAC Russian Red vs MAC Lady Danger






When I first decided to embark on my MAC journey, I knew that I wanted to try two very special lipsticks that are talked about so often. MAC Russian Red and MAC Lady Danger. These two lipsticks are matte and red, though very different shades.

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MAC Lady Danger

This lipstick is described as “a vivid coral-red with a matte finish”. To me, it definitely has orange undertones, but I would describe it as a tomato red. It’s definitely more red than coral, and I would not compare it to many coral lipsticks!

The matte finish is not overly drying, which is great! I will say it’s not particularly hydrating either, but the lipstick applies smoothly and easily. To ensure no dryness is accentuated, I would recommend a lip scrub (like LUSH Bubblegum lip scrub) and a nourishing lip balm (like Nivea Lip Butter in Vanilla & Macadamia) to counteract any flakiness.

It’s an amazing opaque lipstick that doesn’t require a great deal of application to get full coverage. Also, because of the smooth, creamy formula, it doesn’t tug on the lips at all. Like most MAC lipsticks that I have come across, there is no flavour, but a slight vanilla scent is present.

I’ve worn this lipstick a couple of times and only had to touch up a little after eating! I would definitely class this as a long wear lipstick.

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MAC Russian Red

This lipstick was actually gifted to me from my sister Megan (and fellow MAC advocate) after she received Russian Red in a lip palette, and I was happy to give it up.  It is described as an “intense blueish red with a matte finish”. I would have to agree, although I do think that it’s not really an INTENSE blueish red.

The matte finish is slightly more drying than Lady Danger, and feels a little dry on the lips during the day. However, it doesn’t bother me so much. As with Lady Danger, I would recommend that lips need to be in tip top shape before applying this lipstick. It does not hide any sins!

It applies fairly opaque but I think it requires more of a heavy hand than Lady Danger does. I believe this is probably due to the formula not being as creamy.

I’ve worn this lipstick quite often and it’s my go-to retro red shade. It definitely reminds me of a pin up girl red, and it is a staple in my collection.

The Winner?

Well, there is no clear winner. Both are amazing red lipsticks as stated above. For wear-ability, I would definitely choose MAC Russian Red. It doesn’t take a lot of thought to wear the colour and goes with pretty much everything. Lady Danger, however, is a little more difficult to pull off.

Have you tried either of these lipsticks? Which is your preferred?

12 Thoughts on “MAC Russian Red vs MAC Lady Danger

  1. Lucy // Love Luc Blog on September 8, 2013 at 11:47 PM said:

    MAC does amaze-balls red lippies. I wish I had bigger lips so could pull off ha

    Lucy x

  2. Amy (Bubbles and Blush) on September 9, 2013 at 9:54 AM said:

    The Lady Danger looks fantastic, even though it might not be quite so practical! I love the orange hue, and it would be perfect for summer :)

  3. Lady Danger looks great on you. =)

    • themintedbeauty on September 9, 2013 at 2:11 PM said:

      Thank you! It looks really good one day, and then sometimes it just doesn’t go. I think it depends on other makeup/hairstyle as well. Russian Red is a lot more wearable and easy to style :) Xx

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  5. Fluffy Candy UK (@FluffyCandyUK) on September 12, 2013 at 5:51 PM said:

    I always used to wear Russian Red and also Ruby Woo. Ruby Woo I found particularly drying but Russian Red not so much. I never realised how different Lady Danger was but I love the orangieness (Oooh! Look I just made a new word :) )

    Definitely have to give it a go next time I’m at the MAC counter!

    Fluffy Candy

    • themintedbeauty on September 12, 2013 at 7:36 PM said:

      My sister has Ruby Woo and it is crazy dry! She has it in a lip palette and it cracked! Haha! Definitely give her a look see at the MAC Counter. She’s one of my favourite lipsticks of the moment :)

  6. Ella Hanover (@Redlipstatement) on September 14, 2013 at 12:41 AM said:

    Russian Red is my favorite! Thanks for the comparison

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