When you are in doubt, wear red, they say. So when I am in doubt, I do too. But not just any red. This red is more orange than red. This red makes perfect sense with yellow, and white, and green. This red is from Chili.
MAC Chili to be precise.
When I first looked at it, I shrieked. Because I thought it was too much for my complexion.
Of course, those days are gone, now. I am perfectly happy with it. And if you are one of those people who thinks that orange is the new red, welcome to the whole new concept of Orangey Red. Which makes perfect sense now to me, and it’s all good in the world now. It just so happened that when I was checking out the MAC Counter the color caught my eye, but at that time I was around 4000-odd rupees down, so I decided to leave it for the next time. So, when my best friend C was coming down from America, and asked if she could bring me anything, guess what I chose?
Quantity: 3 gm.
MAC Chili is from its permanent range, and it has been described as “Brownish Orange Red (Matte)” and I tend to agree with every word they say save the brownish bit. Its not brown on me. Not at all.
The packaging is classic; like all from MAC’s permanent range, the familiar black and silver pack is really classy and a comfort to hold. I love applying this with a lip brush, as it stays longer that way, but I have also learned that lining my lips with a nude color and then applying this shade somehow mars the joy from it. The lipstick takes its sweet time to set (about 3-4 minutes) and is one of the boldest shades I have sported during the day. However, it just does not make me look bad. Instead, my face lights up and become really vibrant the moment I use this. The smell is of a lovely vanilla, my favorite apart from rose.
Color and Texture:
I adore the color. There’s something about it that is just so right. I generally pair this with lightly kohled eyes and a neutral eye makeup (preferably something done in nude shades and browns. The complimenting colors just do perfectly with my face. My lips love the color as its matte but not the dried out sort of matte. The trick generally is to exfoliate and moisturize your lips before you put on the lipstick, but do not use a petroleum jelly or balm, because they tend to make the lipstick bleed. Ideally, this lipstick, even with me eating and drinking, lasts about 4-5 hours easily, leaving behind a lovely orange-red tint to my lips which have been called quite attractive by many. I find the color to be suited to most Indian skin tones, but I would want you to be slightly cautious while applying as it needs to be applied right. It is a gorgeous Fall Color and perfect for the upcoming season of fun and entertainment.
The hand swatch is actually more accurate color wise, but on my lips it transforms into something else altogether. I love my lips with this color on.
- Lovely smell
- Really gorgeous packaging
- Fabulous color and suited to most Indian skin tones
- Stays for 4-5 hours easily
- Great color for the season
- May dry your lips a bit
My Verdict: 4.5/5
Frankly speaking, I don’t find many faults with this lippy, and with the speed of my usage of this color, it is not bound to last me very long.
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