You see what I did there? Eh? Eh?
Told you I was doing lipsticks this month.
I came up with six empty/used things and happily went over to MAC to exchange them for a new lipstick. I had lofty ideas of getting something new or different, like MAC Media or Velvet Teddy or the ever-popular Rebel. I made some progress, ending up with a hand of swatches, but nothing really called out to me. The friendly SA wandered over and got excited when I said I was going to Back to MAC something, and looked at some of my swatches; he asked if I was looking for a particular shade, and I just flailed a bit. So then he pulled out Dubonnet and I tried it on, and there went all thought of trying something berry or nude or new. IT'S RED. GIMME.
|Wearing MAC Dubonnet. Blush is MAC Stratus, eyes are Laura Mercier Amethyst + MAC Moleskin*. Also, do you see Dennison?|
It's a darker, warm brick red, sort of like NARS Mascate but not matte. It's an Amplified finish, which I typically don't like, but this one works for me - it doesn't have that retro, heavy cream texture and sits more comfortably on lips. Kind of Glaze-y. I think it is perfect for autumn, but it does nicely in the summer, as well. It's red without looking like I got dressed up for date night - an everyday red, if you will. (Don't look at me like that, it's a thing).
I mean, I'm comfortable wearing reds daily, but Lady Danger is a whole different game.
|L-R: Shiseido BR616*, Laura Mercier Mink, NARS Mascate, MAC Runaway Red, MAC Dubonnet, Armani 609.|
Ack, what do you mean, "But Larie, you already have so many similar shades?" Who are you, my mother? I thought we were friends.
Solidarity, folks. We're lipstick fiends (or Bandits), here. I think this one is good for autumn; I know brown is an unpopular shade, but it does help to tone down red and make it a bit less GLAM BAM and a bit more "Oh, this old thang? I've had it for years."
What's your everyday red?