Red Lipstick: MAC Chili Review

by Janhavi on November 15, 2010 · 60 comments

MAC Chili Swatches & Review

Indian women fit into two categories, those who wear red lipstick and those who don’t. Most of us are very hesitant to wear a bold color, and for good reason. The wrong red can be disastrous. The first time I tried on a red lipstick, my friend told me I looked like “Chameli”. Definitely not something one wants to hear. It took me a while to find my red and to find the confidence to wear it.

Now every time reds are mentioned online, especially with MAC lipstick, the most common ones are MAC RED, MAC RUSSIAN RED & MAC LADYBUG. My red is MAC Chili , I haven’t seen much about this lipstick, but that’s coz its quite an interesting lipstick, and from my experience one that suits Indian skin a lot, especially those with the medium to dark complexions.

MAC Chili lipstick MAC Chili lipstick

The color in the tube as you can see, looks more like a brownish red ….

MAC Chili lipstick swatch MAC Chili lipstick swatch

On the swatch however it looks less brown and more of an orangey-red…… The MAC website describes the color of this lipstick as Brownish-Orangey- Red

MAC Chili & MAC lip pencil cherry swatch MAC Chili & MAC lip pencil cherry swatch

On the left is MAC Chili and on the right is a swatch of the MAC lip pencil Cherry. In the swatch Cherry looks like a RED RED, but its actually got a bit of pinky tone as well. Cherry is also an amazing red, sometimes when I feel really daring I use Cherry all over the lip and top with transparent gloss :D But we won’t let CHERRY steal the show :P

toning down the orangyness toning down the orangyness

To tone down the orangey-ness of Chili and to highlight the red, I use Cherry to line my lips, so the swatch on the left shows Chili with an outline of Cherry. The line is really obvious here but normally I would blend it to look like a gradual transformation ……

MAC Chili on lips MAC Chili on lips MAC Chili on lips again MAC Chili on lips again

This is moi with the shade, Chili lined with Cherry. This is how I like to wear reds, all I have on otherwise is compact and MAC Smolder. See on my skin, from a bit of a distance it looks more red than anything else :D

my pic with mac chili my pic with mac chili

What I love about MAC Chili

• The color
• Its matte, amazingly matte. While it may make lips look smaller, it does make red look more dignified. Glossy reds can sometimes look a bit too much.
• It stays, It lasts a good 4 hours with eating and drinking with a regular application, but it can last longer with a powder and blotting application. I have used this at work and gone from 9-5 without needing to re-apply.
• The lovely MAC lipstick taste/smell.
• And its creamy creamy, so will not dry your lips out :D

What I don’t like about MAC Chili

• Because Reds are so pigmented this one is prone to feathering, it absolutely needs a lipliner !
• It also means u cant accidentally wipe your mouth or put your hand near your mouth, if it feather, smudges or gets onto your face, it’s a pain to remove.
• And at the end of the day, because its such a pigmented shade you really need to bring out the remover to get this completely off your lips.

Long story short, MAC Chili is my HG red. This may not be the red for everyone but hopefully it drives home the point that somewhere out there is a red made for everyone. So just cause one red looked ghastly on you doesn’t mean they all will…..

Although I would definitely recommend everyone who is looking for a red to stop and try this one out… it just might work for you :D

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Suma November 15, 2010 at 4:24 pm

This is no doubt an awesome color Jahnavi… I likes… a lot actually…. :D and it is really not intimidating like other REDs are… thank you for sharing this :) :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*


Janhavi November 15, 2010 at 6:08 pm

Awwww Thank you :D


Parinaaz November 15, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Hey Girl,

Good to see u found ur Red :inlove: , i get a lot of flack from friends and fly. :reallypissed:

often I look at my streetwear red and sigh…..

Gosh these people dont let me wear burgunday in peace!!!!! :-* Red is way way of….. :cry: :cry:


Janhavi November 15, 2010 at 6:11 pm

I totally understand… my bf still looks at me funny when I wear the red – but its such a gorgeous color, I can’t resist ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-)


Debasree November 15, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Wow!!!!!!! Such a gorgeous colour…Even Ashwariya is sporting red lip look in Guzarish!! This colour is always in fashion :-)


Janhavi November 15, 2010 at 6:12 pm

Yes Reds are always in but this season they are more in than ever !!! :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D


Sabrina November 15, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Hi Janhavi….Nice lipstick and nice review and it really suits you. Am also liking the look of the Cherry lip pencil.


Rati November 15, 2010 at 6:11 pm

OMG J doo, that’s a gorgeous shade and I am super :alien: :alien: :alien: :alien: that you are carrying it with so much ease..I have never even heard about this lipstick. I think mac red and russian reds are the famous ones. I love the russian red shade but honestly I cant pull it off. :( Ahem… Me liked the cherry as well. :D :D :d


Janhavi November 15, 2010 at 6:16 pm

Cherry is such a lovely cherry red, but its really bright … so works well with gori gori women :-D :-D :-D :-D

Me very happy with MAC Chilli – me thinks its MACs best kept secret, coz even I had never heard of it. One of my friends had it and I tried it. I went to MAC and showed it to my mom who totally agreed that it was an awesome red. She liked it so much she bought it then n there :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P

This is a very sober red, go try it one day Ratdiooooooooo :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:


Rati November 15, 2010 at 6:18 pm

I will try it. me like your mom bherry much. she likes mac, she buys it then and there. she likes chanel, she buys it then and there. no second thoughts. she bheery happy. Daddy must not be so happy. :P :P


Janhavi November 15, 2010 at 6:27 pm

Mommy earns – Mommy spends :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P
Besides because of her job she totally understands the value of make-up :-)) :-)) :-)) :-)) :-))


Rati November 15, 2010 at 6:32 pm

me like her all the more. :P :P :P :P :P


Janhavi November 15, 2010 at 6:37 pm

Chalo – Ill get her to meet you when I come down to Delhi :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P


Rati November 16, 2010 at 9:33 am

Awesomeoo!!! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:


monika November 15, 2010 at 6:11 pm

I have a CK red lippie which suits me but I still am hesitant to wear it. So I just wear it maybe a few times a year….Your red looks great on you & I am glad it’s given u the confidence to wear it :) Red looks great, especially in winters parties:)


Janhavi November 15, 2010 at 6:20 pm

Red in winter parties is awesome. Red is also awesome for dinners. But sometimes when am super lazy, I wear my very thick black rimmed glasses n no other make up – my flatmate calls it my sexy secretary look :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P

Dont be hesitant to wear the red, I think most women can totally rock the color !!! Its others that bring us down :-(( :-(( :-((


Rati November 15, 2010 at 6:20 pm

I was about to say that you also have very black hair just like me. I suddenly remembered your orange, purrple story. :P :P :P


Janhavi November 15, 2010 at 6:29 pm

But see I havent colored my hair in two years !!!! So this is my hair, phully natural :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: My mother made me pinky swear not to cut it or color it any more :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:


Rati November 16, 2010 at 9:33 am

no cut also?? why why?? :-/ :-/ :-/


Janhavi November 16, 2010 at 4:19 pm

No cuttin as in dont cut short – trims and all are ok – only after she threatens my stylist first :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P


Sharon November 15, 2010 at 6:30 pm

I loved the Cherry lip pencil :inlove: :inlove: :inlove:
It reminds me of Blair Waldorf :-D :-D
U look lovely wid chili on ur lips Janhavi


Smita T November 15, 2010 at 7:08 pm

This is so appropriately named – its supa HOTTT!! Looking great Jahnavi..


Hridi November 15, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Woooowww!!!!…the colour of the lipstick is really hot…i loved it :-D …could you please tell me the price of this lipstick?? :lashes:


Janhavi November 16, 2010 at 4:20 pm

I believe all MAC lipsticks in India are priced in Rs 900-1000 range, I think Rs 920 ….


Sweta November 15, 2010 at 10:56 pm

its a lovely color…looks gud on u 2… yes u require 2 b a bit bold 2 carrry d look…bt m totally in love wid red lips :yes: :yes:


jomol November 16, 2010 at 9:17 am

This chilli looks pretty decent Jahnavi….it does not look Chameli like…………i think the idea is to tone it down…….but it looks pretty………….. :-P :-P


Anuya November 16, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Wow! what a nice colour, jhanavi. It’s great that you found your red colour. I’ve always been scared to try out red for many reasons but recently i found something i like. It’s the Maybelline Watershine in R21


Janhavi November 16, 2010 at 4:21 pm

:-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*
Thank you all ….

I hope I managed to inspire at least one person to wear red


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