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MAC Ruffian Gold Layered Over Ruffian Red Lipstick

MAC Ruffian Gold layered over Ruffian Red Lipstick
MAC Ruffian Gold layered over Ruffian Red Lipstick

MAC Ruffian Gold Layered Over Ruffian Red Lipstick

If we weren’t absolutely positive whether Ruffian Red was warm or not, you’ll definitely turn it into a warm red by layering Ruffian Gold on top of it.  Red and gold is a very popular combination, and while it might not read summer (or even fall), it’s certainly a go-to layering for the holidays.  The small sized particles in Ruffian Gold make it ideal for layering, because it really mixes and blends with the underlying lipstick, rather than just sitting on top, like a gloss might. The effect between this and a gold-shimmered gloss is still very close, so if you already have a gold gloss, try layering it over your favorite red lipstick.

When layering, it’s best to use a separate lip brush to apply Ruffian Gold over Ruffian Red, but if you’re pressed for time or are on-the-go, you could try applying Ruffian Gold first, and then applying Ruffian Red–you’ll get some particles on the tube of red lipstick, but you won’t turn your gold lipstick all red.  With gloss, I like using a fingertip to really blend the colors together after the initial application.

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MAC & Ruffian: Lipsticks

MAC Ruffian Gold Lipstick
MAC Ruffian Gold Lipstick

MAC & Ruffian: Lipsticks

MAC and Ruffian have teamed up to launch an online-only collection that features three sets of glue-on nails (to be shown shortly) and three lipsticks: Ruffian Gold (gold glitter metallic), Ruffian Naked (pale peachy nude), and Ruffian Red (classic rich blue red). The collection is available online now. Each lipstick is housed in traditional MAC packaging–a matte black tube with a rounded cap–and has the same vanilla-scent as other MAC lipsticks. Each of these is $14.50.

  • Ruffian Gold is a semi-sheer sparkling bronzy gold. It’s mostly gold and more molten gold micro-glitter suspended in a sheer color base. This has a frost finish. MAC Liquid Lurex is more multi-colored. MAC Front Lit is paler and more opaque. Dior Or Etoile is similar but lighter. MAC Tanarama is lighter. MAC Gel is fairly similar applied, though it is more bronze. I would recommend layering this over a red lipstick (and I have an upcoming post with it over Ruffian Red–stay tuned).
  • Ruffian Naked is a rosy beige with a creamy texture. This has a matte finish, though it felt more like a satin to me. I didn’t see much peach in this; it kept looking pink on me. It’s similar to MAC Myth, perhaps slightly lighter. MAC Innocence, Beware! is pinker. MAC Fleshpot is a touch lighter.
  • Ruffian Red is a just slightly blue-based medium-dark red with a fair amount of brightness. This has a matte finish. I swear, on me, this reads almost neutral to warm, even though it’s described as a blue-based lipstick. MAC Russian Red is darker, deeper. MAC Red Racer is a little brighter. Maybelline Very Cherry is bluer. MAC Ruby Woo is slightly darker and bluer-based. Giorgio Armani #404 is similar but shimmery. Make Up For Ever #43 seems fairly close. Guerlain Garconne is darker.

I didn’t have any problems with the three shades.  They applied as they should–Ruffian Gold didn’t feel too gritty and the glitter spread evenly for the most part, while Ruffian Naked and Ruffian Red had just enough creaminess to glide easily across the lips to deposit rich, opaque color. Ruffian Naked is slightly creamier than Ruffian Red.  I typically get four hours of wear with MAC’s lipsticks, and a shade like Ruffian Red would wear longer (as most reds do), around six to eight hours. Ruffian Red did stain my arm after only being on it for 10-15 minutes (as did Russian Red and Ruby Woo).

MAC & Ruffian: Lipsticks

A
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
94%
Total

Video: MAC and Beth Ditto Collection First Impressions & Swatches

Video: MAC and Beth Ditto Collection

Products mentioned in the video:

I wore Weekend Getaway on the cheeks and lips, and then I had MAC Beth Mask Shade & Smoke Shadow/Liner (which I don’t recommend!) on the eyes.

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Video: MAC Casual Colour Collection First Impressions and Swatches

Video Review: MAC Casual Colour Collection

Products mentioned in the video:

I wore Weekend Getaway on the cheeks and lips, and then I had MAC Beth Mask Shade & Smoke Shadow/Liner (which I don’t recommend!) on the eyes.

MAC Beth Ditto and Casual Colour Collection Round-ups


MAC Beth Ditto and Casual Colour Collection Round-ups

MAC & Beth Ditto and MAC Casual Colour hit stores on June 7th, but are both available online at MAC’s website now and will make their away to other retailers in the next week. Videos for both are coming soon 🙂

Just a heads up, I’m not reviewing any other products from this collection (e.g. permanent products, repromoted colored mascaras, etc.), so we are just about done with the posts for this collection, aside from the upcoming videos for each!

MAC & Beth Ditto Reviews, Photos, Swatches


MAC Casual Colour Reviews, Photos, Swatches

MAC Nightmoth Lip Pencil

MAC Nightmoth Lip Pencil
MAC Nightmoth Lip Pencil

MAC Nightmoth Lip Pencil

MAC & Beth Ditto also includes four lip pencils, three of which I knew I reviewed fairly recently (December ’11). You can find Embrace Me, Entertain Me, and In Synch reviewed previously. 🙂  Even though it was permanent, I wasn’t sure if I reviewed MAC Nightmoth Lip Pencil ($14.00 for 0.05 oz.), which is described as a “blackened plum.” It’s a really deep, dark wine burgundy with strong red undertones. This will work well with shades like MAC Soulfully Rich, MAC Prince Noir, and MAC Smoked Purple.

This is a classic color. I remember hearing about it for nearly as long as I’ve been buying MAC products. I so rarely wear lip liner (usually only for special events or when I’m going to be out all day and can’t touch-up at all), and thus, have never been compelled to pick this one. I want to make sure to mention that Nightmoth was applied after I had already applied over ten other lip products, so my lips do show some of the effect of that many swatches when combined with the drier formula of the lip pencil.

MAC’s Lip Pencils work best on freshly hydrated and exfoliated lips, which is true for most long-wearing lip liners. Nightmoth wears and wears and wears. I get eight hour wear, minimal transfer, and while it doesn’t look so pretty on its own (not many lip pencils do!), it doesn’t actually dry out my lips. It absolutely will prolong the color of anything you put on top of it.

MAC Lip Pencil Nightmoth
Nightmoth
Nightmoth
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
92%
Total

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