MAC Lipstick in 'Relentlessly Red' Review!

6 May 2015

I don't know about you but gosh! the lack of MAC lipstick posts on the blog has been seriously bugging my mind. Don't even ask about the amount of times my new MAC lipstick has stayed untouched because I couldn't find the time to click its pictures. Its a blogger thing! We are obsessed with those fresh new lipstick curves! So believe me when I say my 'MAC Flat Out Fabulous' lipstick has still not graced my lips after 3 months of buying it duty-free. Tough life! Its bugging me like anything and I aim to click pictures of it this weekend. I have to do it or I'll go insane!!!

MAC Relentlessly Red review

MAC relentlessly red on Indian skin

Moving on.. Here's my new obsession these days- MAC's Relentlessly Red lipstick. I actually look for excuses to wear it. Its the most beautiful bright pink and complements my medium Indian skintone so amazingly well (if I say so myself!)

Remember I wore it on my b'day here & with this recent bling bling outfit few weeks ago here?  #Obsessed. So, a review was long due.

MAC retro matte collection

Best MAC lipstick for indian skin

MAC Relentlessly Red was a part of Retro Matte collection that got out late last year. Remember Retro matte is Ruby Woo's family? Thank the makeup God's.. this is now a part of permanent collection. So available at every MAC counter. Yay!

If I have to describe this shade in one line, it'll be "The matte cousin of MAC Impassioned, with a touch of red" but a one-liner would hardly be a review so here's it!

- Relentlessly Red on MAC website is described as "Bright Pinkish Coral Matte" and I kinda agree on that. It photographs differently in different lighting. Some-days it looks pink on me, then coral pink and even reddish coral in low lights. It's a confusing one for sure! I feel it's safe to conclude that it'll show up different on different skin tones and depending on your natural lip color too.

MAC relentlessly red swatch

MAC relentlessly red on NC 35

- As I said before, Its a matte cousin of MAC Impassioned but with a touch of red in it. MAC All Fired Up is similar too but with a lot more pink and less of coral in it. Here's a swatch of them, next to each other.

difference between relentlessly red and all fired up

difference between relentlessly red and impassioned

- Retro Matte finish means its really really matte. Not Lime Crime Velvetine kinda matte but matte with a slight lusture and comfortable wear to it. It can drag a bit on lips though.

- The lipstick goes opaque in one swipe. I have two swipes in the pictures.

- It's super matte so drying too. You really need to prep your lips before hand. Lip scrub to get rid of flakiness (I used Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub the night before), oodles of lip balm, maybe a lip primer, then a lip liner for extended long wear and then the lipstick. So yup! A good 10 minutes to get that perfect pout.

If you suffer from dry lips, Retro matte will not be a good pick. But if you're determined (like me!) steps listed above can work for you too.

- I found Relentlessly Red tad more flakiness prone than Ruby Woo. After about 3-4 hours of wear that is!

- Its really long wearing. Easy 8 hours and then leaves a heavy stain behind.

- Standard MAC black bullet packaging, vanilla scent.

MAC relentlessly red on NC 40

MAC relentlessly red review

Price: $40 (NZ), Rs 1450 (India)/ Rs 1250 (India, duty-free)

Buy from: All MAC counters worldwide

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Did you like this baby? Are you a fan of bright lipsticks? Tell me your favorite bright n bold lipstick in the comments below!

Nishu xx

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