Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

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).

The Glossover


MAC & Ruffian: Lipsticks Review, Photos, Swatches

All three have a few potential dupes from previous launches, so you may not find any of these essential. They're good products, and the red is very classic. The nude shade may be too pale for some--if you like shades like Myth and Fleshpot, it'll be right up your alley!











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MAC Ruffian Gold Lipstick
MAC Ruffian Gold Lipstick

MAC Ruffian Gold Lipstick
MAC Ruffian Gold Lipstick

MAC Ruffian Gold Lipstick
MAC Ruffian Gold Lipstick

MAC Ruffian Gold Lipstick
MAC Ruffian Gold Lipstick (Diffused Flash)

MAC Ruffian Gold Lipstick
MAC Ruffian Gold Lipstick (Studio Lighting)

MAC Ruffian Gold Lipstick
MAC Ruffian Gold Lipstick

MAC Ruffian Naked Lipstick
MAC Ruffian Naked Lipstick

MAC Ruffian Naked Lipstick
MAC Ruffian Naked Lipstick

MAC Ruffian Naked Lipstick
MAC Ruffian Naked Lipstick

MAC Ruffian Naked Lipstick
MAC Ruffian Naked Lipstick (Diffused Flash)

MAC Ruffian Naked Lipstick
MAC Ruffian Naked Lipstick (Studio Lighting)

MAC Ruffian Naked Lipstick
MAC Ruffian Naked Lipstick

MAC Ruffian Red Lipstick
MAC Ruffian Red Lipstick

MAC Ruffian Red Lipstick
MAC Ruffian Red Lipstick

MAC Ruffian Red Lipstick
MAC Ruffian Red Lipstick

MAC Ruffian Red Lipstick
MAC Ruffian Red Lipstick (Diffused Flash)

MAC Ruffian Red Lipstick
MAC Ruffian Red Lipstick (Studio Lighting)

MAC Ruffian Red Lipstick
MAC Ruffian Red Lipstick

MAC Ruffian Red Lipstick
MAC Ruby Woo, Ruffian Red, Russian Red Lipsticks

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On eyes: Milani Gold Dust Eyeshadow, Buxom Lash Mascara, Tarina Tarantino Broken Doll Eyeliner. On cheeks: Guerlain Pucci Meteorites.

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72 thoughts on “MAC & Ruffian: Lipsticks Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Daniellenm30

    Ruffian Red looks amazing! But I seriously just bought a new red from Lancome a few hours ago!

  2. JoJozBeauty

    I am loving the Ruffian Red and the Ruffian Gold Lipstick. Wonderful products :)

  3. StephanieT

    I want all 3 but I just did a gigantic haul at the warehouse sale on Friday :)


    Ruffian red! I might snatch this one up.

  5. ChelleBelle

    Good grief those are pretty! Are you going to show a the gold layered over the red? I bet that will be a gorgeous combo!

  6. fireinthehead

    I got all 3 today, Ruffian Red is a great red and it’s definitely warm, way warmer than Red Racer which looks pinky by comparison. Also, It’s a lot darker than Lady Danger which looks super orange by comparison. 
    Ruffian Nude is a no-lip look on me, I’m about NC15. Great texture on this one, so smooooooth 😉
    The Gold is super pretty but it is a little itchy on its own to me (though it does look nice by itself so I might just suffer through LOL) good for layering with all your warm toned lippies.
    oops! I think I just wrote a mini review lol

  7. Amy

    Ruffian red is STUNNING on you!! Love it!

  8. KleeneMelle81

    @akaTheBride Ist doch wie Russian Red fast… oder Runway Red

  9. schni_na

    @akaTheBride Warum hab ich das jetzt bloß angeklickt? Wirklich ein wunderschöner Farbton. Trägst du auf deinem Profilbild Russian Red?

  10. t_zwiggy

    Kinda unrelated to this post, but your brows look amazing in these pictures! Perfect thickness and shape for your face!

  11. Ruffian Red wins by a long shot! Gorgeous red.

  12. MissesFemme

    @akaTheBride der ist wirklich Hammer! Ich trage wirklich alten Rot… Aber der ist so hübsch <3

  13. viva

    I’m so disappointed in the Ruffian Red description! I’ve been waiting for a true, cool blue-red – Ruby Woo, Russian Red, and Red Racer all turn orangey on me.

  14. Dammit..I like the gold lippie for layering .. and it is seriously tempting me….  dammit

  15. Ruffian Red is nice. Thanks Temptalia! 

  16. Pawsha

    So glad I saw this, was just going to order the red lipstick. It says its a blue based red, this clearly looks orange based and dont want that at all. No sale for me on any of these.

  17. Belen

    I loooove this pictures Christine! And you look amazing! Whatever lighting/pose/setup you’re using here, keept it!

  18. Driamorena1

    You are truly a money save! Every time I see something “only online” for Mac. I have to buy all of them just in case I miss something good….this time I see that I didn’t, LOL

  19. coquis

    Great post!  Yesterday I ordered Ruffian Naked,I am obssesed with Naked lipsticks, probably own way too many :).
    Ruffian Gold looks a little bit like Out Minxed to me, it’s pretty.

    • Ruca

       @coquis Me too; I think I’m turning into the queen of the nudes. I actually ordered all 3 since I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect gold and my HG red for a while. I suspect Ruby Woo may be what I’m looking for in a red. With this collection, I would have loved to have seen Illamasqua’s Trash and To Catch A Sailor swatched next to the gold, but I think I can already see the differences; TCAS is more opaque and has a little beige to it, for example. I didn’t like Trash at all–it was very tinny on me and didn’t even look gold!

  20. PauSantiago

    Is this already available in store?

  21. Marian57

    Love the red and the gold!

  22. RoxieBaby13

    oh my god the nude looks horrible on you O.O

  23. honeylove

    I love your pose in these pics!

  24. Quinctia

    Welp, that gold might end up being my first Mac lipstick.  Just have to decide if it’s going to give much of a different effect on my pigmented lips than UD’s Midnight Cowboy…

  25. Kimberly Speer

    is this like the old Honey Lust?
    I loved that color but of course it was limited

  26. alejandra

     @Christine (Temptalia)  Aside from the lipstick swatches, that whole natural kind of thing you have going on in the pictures makes you look beautiful :3 I never thought you needed any of the bright eyeshadows or anything, you look amazing when you do something neutral and let your skin show through 😀

  27. First off, I’ll say I LOVE the pictures, Christine! You did a wonderful job with the lighting. <3I think I’m going to pick up both Ruffian Red and Ruffian Gold, although I wasn’t planning on buying anything.

  28. Samiha

    i like these shots of better than the ones you were putting up recently! 

  29. SaraXOX

    Unrelated but I loooove your brows here. You look glowing and gorgeous in these pics Christine!
    And thank you for convincing me to finally pick up Russian red, those comparison swatches showed me that it is (hopefully) the red I’ve been looking for. (not too bright, cool toned and slightly darker)

  30. Emme

    I never thought a plain gold lipstick could look this goegeous! But maybe that’s just you. 😉

  31. Abra

    You look AMAZING in the Ruffian Gold picture!

  32. Sandrine

    Wow! I love the way the studio lighting images came out this time. Very clear and crisp. Way better than before when the right side of the picture is almost overexposed.

  33. ariel36

    Hi Christine! You look SOO beautiful (and I like the gold way more than I thought I would. It looks great on you, though I just can’t see an occasion on which I’d realistically wear it. )
    :) May I ask what skin care regimen you’ve been using? You’re skin just looks so clear and glowing!! 

  34. AlexSteproe

    Ruffian Gold is so pretty! If worn by itself I would assume this would be drying?

  35. pleinair

    OMG you look amazing in these photos. Which foundation did you use in this makeup:D Thanks. 

  36. Ruffian Gold is lovely :)

  37. Ruffian Red reminds me of a matter version of LadyBug.

  38. hayley_beaumont

    Boring… I think ruffian red is such an ugly red. But Christine looks lovley! 

  39. bulletwitch93

    I love Ruffian Gold by itself even though it’s kind of frosty, it looks so pretty!

  40. Ami M

    How does the Ruffian Red compare to NARS Jungle Red?

  41. thevald1

     @Christine (Temptalia) Loving the Gold Ruffian Lippie for Summer! Hope to win this in your contest <3 

  42. vforvilde

    Excited about Ruffian Red, because I love reds. 

  43. luxlosangeles

    You take my very breath away, with the Ruffian Gold look!  You’re so beautiful done “up,” but this simple look is divine!  You’re such a pretty woman!

  44. ZoeStellman

    Hey, just wondering what is the difference between Ruffian Red and Red Racer. Going back and forth on ur pics that u took, and i can’t quite tell. Missed out of Red Racer, so wanna know if this is a good dupe for it?

  45. ZoeStellman

    Hey, what is the difference between Red Ruffian and Mac Heartless? missed out on that lipstick, so just wondering if its a good dupe?

  46. Emme

     @Christine (Temptalia) Do you have Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy lipstick? Does it compare to Ruffian Gold at all? I really love the look of that, but I found out yesterday that the Ruffian Collection won’t be released here and now I’m looking for an alternative. Thanks in advance!

  47. aisha afraz

    hyee i m aisha i like ur ruby woo lipstick. i live in pakistan how can i get this color and plz suggest me i want to take oil control based foundation but i m confused because after few hours my base getting darker i have warm medium can u suggest me how can make my base long lasting an tell me the true lose powder color to.i m interested in dream matte mouse base by maybelline because it easily avilable in pakistan .suggest me the right no of that that looks natural an i can easily wear it in parties too.thank u i m waiting ur reply…

  48. Renee

    Ruffian Red came out a darker red than on your photos, but omg is it the best colour or what!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀 im olive skinned and its perfect