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?

MAC Haul


Welp, the first thing that I want to say, is that I did not buy my MAC from Australia. I purchased it from the US website, and had it shipped to a US address, before they forwarded the package onto me. Let me know if you are interested in learning more about doing this, and I will do a blog post on it! I saved about $250 all up! Please note I have linked to the Australian MAC Website for each product.

Secondly, please be aware that I am a very new MAC user. I was always under the impression that this makeup was “too good” for me (yup, insecurities and self-doubt is a bitch) so I always passed it by. Bear with me guys, I’m new :3

Thirdly, this was obviously BEFORE my 100 Day Spending Ban :)

Fourthly, purple monkey dishwasher. MOVING ON.



The first thing I purchased this haul was the Studio Sculpt Foundation in NC25. I just kind of guessed my colour, and it’s a great fit (luckily)! I chose this foundation because it suits oily skin and has a good coverage to help with my acne scarring. I really like how it doesn’t get absorbed by my skin, but doesn’t make my face look too cake-y either.



Next on my list was Mineralised Skin Finish in Lightscapade. This beautiful highlighter is a lovely, soft champagne colour and feels so light on my skin, and doesn’t emphasise any pores! You can see the slightly pearlescent blue tones in this too, and I am in love! This is also my very first powder highlighter and I am thoroughly impressed!

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I’ve also been going pretty cuckoo for red lipstick lately. Lady Danger is a lipstick that has slightly orange undertones. It reminds me a little bit of a tomato red, which is freaken awesome. I don’t have a red like it in my collection! I am thinking I will do a post comparing Russian Red and Lady Danger. Let me know your thoughts!


Lastly, the main reason for placing an order was for the eye shadow palette. I have been dying to add a MAC eye shadow palette to my collection for a long time now. I have been keeping a shortlist of colours I wanted in my collection most for about four months! I decided on the following colours, all are labeled left to right.



Phloof! Frost finish. Slightly pink undertones.

Ricepaper. Frost finish. A soft, warm yellow champagne.

Omega. Matte finish. Soft taupe.



Expensive Pink. Veluxe Pearl finish. A brown rose with peach and gold undertones.

Sushi Flower. Satin Finish. Medium pink.

Coppering. Veluxe Pearl finish. Rich red copper colour.



Satin Taupe. Frost finish. Bronze with grey undertones.

All That Glitters. Veluxe Pearl finish. A coppery golden beige.

Woodwinked. Veluxe Pearl finish. Warm antique gold.



Charcoal Brown. Matte finish. Medium-Dark cool toned brown.

Smut. Velvet finish. Cool toned charcoal brown with a burgundy finish.

Sable. Frost finish. Mid-tone plum brown.



Goldmine. Frost finish. Intense Gold Shimmer.

Sumptuous Olive. Veluxe Pearl Finish. Olive green with brown and golden undertones.

Humid. Frost finish. Forest green with a subtle gold sheen.

That concludes my MAC haul! I hope you enjoyed seeing the new toys I have to play with. I am super excited to be able to create some new exciting looks!

Stay Minty!

Kate Xx