Makeup: Five Shades of Red

Hi Everyone, 

Hope you’ve all had a good week and ready to party/sleep off the weekend…

My inspiration for this post was the current craze for the 50 shades books trilogy. Everywhere I look, someone is doing something creative inspired by the books in someway. So I thought, why not do a five shades lipstick series. This will be a three part series over the next three fridays. I will be doing a review of five different lipsticks shades of the same colour. 

Today I will be shedding the spotlight on the classic red lipstick which is a colour very dear to my heart. You wouldn’t catch me wearing red lipstick in the day time though, except it’s to a wedding but I love a red lip for night time glam. For me, red lips say sophisticated, bold and sexy! 

If you’re interested in reading about my lipstick application technique, HERE is an article I wrote for Bella Naija (Nigeria’s largest entertainment website). 

L’Oreal 297 Red Passion, Mac Russian Red, Mac Ruby Woo, Mac Red, Rimmel Kate 01

This what they look like swatched on my arm and taken in natural light:

Mac Ruby Woo

This is one of MAC’s best selling lipsticks. Women the world over have fallen in love with Ruby Woo and it has it’s own cult following. I think that before Ruby Woo, many women were apprehensive about wearing red lipsticks,but dear Ruby came and changed the game! It is a shade that complements almost all skin tones. Ruby Woo is a matte lipstick with blue undertones that has the staying power of a horse! Seriously, I get about 6hours wear with this lipstick and only usually need to top it up once, within that period. It is extremely drying though and quite unforgiving of cracks and ridges on the lips. I usually exfoliate then use a bit of Carmex before for easier application. If you are into matte lipsticks then this is the one for you.

Mac Russian Red

Russian Red might be next in line in the Mac red lipsticks popularity polls. It is quite similar to Ruby Woo but not as drying hence easier to apply. It’s a little brighter than Ruby Woo, so I wear it when I’m going for more oomph with my makeup. I bought it from Konga, an amazing website that has a wide range of makeup and beauty products. I was excited to find that I can get my Mac lipsticks in Nigeria when I discovered them. Some other brands they stock are Maybelline, L’Oreal, Urban Decay, Revlon and Avon so you should definitely check them out as they have new stock often. I was also pleased with their customer service and their prices.

Rimmel Kate 01

This lipstick is one of the shades from the collaboration between Kate Moss and Rimmel. It is a deep red lipstick which I think will suit darker skin tones. It is quite moisturising with a sheen to it which is good but can also be bad in terms of control. It tends to bleed and move around a lot. It doesn’t last a very long time though,  I get about 2hrs wear before it needs a touch up. If you are looking for a pretty, shiny red lipstick that won’t break the bank, this one is for you. You can get it in the UK at the Rimmel Stand in Boots for £5.49. Fantastic when compared to Mac ones that retail for £14.50. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen them yet in any beauty stores in Nigeria. 

L’Oreal Color Riche 297 Red Passion

This lipstick is from another collaboration, this time between Cheryl Cole and L’Oreal for charity. Apparently it’s Cheryl’s personal favourite. It’s a nice bright red with a slightly glittery finish. The glitter breaks the deal for me though, makes it my least favourite red lipstick. I also wasn’t impressed with it’s staying power. It is however a nice creamy, moisturising formula and still cheaper than Mac at £8 in the UK.   

Mac Red

This shade is one of Mac’s unsung heroes, least popular of all the red shades the brand has. It’s a rich, medium-dark red with blue undertones. I refer to it as my Hollywood red shade, think Marilyn Monroe. It is a satin finish; moisturising with a subtle shine yet stays on for quite sometime. Definitely one of my favourites of the bunch as you can tell from how battered it is in the picture :). It’s one I think will look gorgeous on most skin tones. 

If I was to recommend one out of the five shades to you, I would most likely say Russian Red because it is all I look for in a lipstick: highly pigmented, moisturising, versatile and great staying power.

There are two other red shades by Mac I’ve had my eye on for a while now, Lady Danger and Brave Red. Have you guys tried either of them? Which red lipsticks are your favourite? 

Peace and Love, 


P.S: Please look out for part 2, Five Shades of Pink next Friday 🙂  


  1. Anonymous
    August 31, 2012 / 3:52 pm

    Yay! At least someone else thinks Russian Red is better than Ruby Woo. My sister swears by the latter, but Russian Red is my absolute favourite,

    • August 31, 2012 / 4:12 pm

      I know right? Everyone else thinks i'm nuts for preferring Russian Red to Ruby Woo..glad to hear you prefer it too! 🙂

    • Anonymous
      September 4, 2012 / 7:36 am

      Hi Yewande,
      Saw ur aticle on BN so I have 2 follow u down here,lol. You're good on skin care, I really need ur email addy as to talk to u on some skin problems am having. Thanks. Monique

  2. August 31, 2012 / 4:51 pm

    Nice post.. You should do a 'what's in my make-up bag' post, would be an interesting read 🙂

    • August 31, 2012 / 6:28 pm

      Thanks dear..I've seen a few bloggers do that..I'll get round to it 🙂

  3. September 1, 2012 / 1:05 am

    I love red lipstick so much, I think anyone can pull it off but very little people believe that! The only mac red I own is ladybug, I love it but I'm dying to get my hands on a blue-toned red from them 🙂
    great post <3

    • September 1, 2012 / 11:23 am

      i know right? It's such an essential colour! I really want to get ladybug,it looks beautiful..Thanks for the kind words 🙂

  4. September 1, 2012 / 8:33 am

    nice post!

  5. Adaora
    September 1, 2012 / 5:12 pm

    RUBY WOO! RUBY WOO!RUBY WOO!RUBY WOO! RUBY WOO!RUBY WOO!RUBY WOO!RUBY WOO!RUBY WOO!!!russian red is NOT better RUBY WOO and yes I pronounce this opinion of mine FACT!lol..ok seriously though the lipstick is just wonderful and you look angelic in all of them my angel 🙂

    • September 2, 2012 / 11:49 am

      Aww thanks my love <3 and Russian Red for the win,still :p

    • September 2, 2012 / 11:51 am

      Thank you so much..Go get that sexy red! 🙂

  6. September 2, 2012 / 11:00 am

    We adore your style and your blog, maybe want to follow each other?!:)


  7. September 2, 2012 / 4:10 pm

    fabulous post! I love the fact that you compared MAC's top reds — very helpful for those of us trying to decide on one :)) I will definitely refer my friends to your post!!

    • September 2, 2012 / 4:27 pm

      Thank you for the lovely comment! coming from one of my fav bloggers it means a lot! 🙂

  8. ibiayo
    September 2, 2012 / 7:27 pm

    Before I discovered Mac's ruby woo, every other red lipstick I tried washed me out, made me luk extremely pale…almost lyk a
    Avent tried out russian red,will definitly get on dat.
    All d lipsticks luks AMAZE on u btw.
    Love ur blog!

    • September 2, 2012 / 8:00 pm

      Thank you for the lovely comment! I know what you mean about pre-Ruby woo era, I wasn't the biggest fan of red lips before then either, but like i said Ruby changed the game. You will def enjoy Russian Red, it's like Ruby Woo 2.0 🙂

    • September 2, 2012 / 9:41 pm

      It is! More people need to buy this baby 😀

    • September 4, 2012 / 9:20 pm

      Thank you so much.xx

  9. Monique
    September 4, 2012 / 9:08 pm

    I guess this is going to be my best blog soon. I love the russian red.

    • September 4, 2012 / 9:19 pm

      It's the best! 🙂

  10. September 6, 2012 / 5:52 pm

    ooh some fantastic shades hun! my favorite is the rich brighter one at the end 🙂


    • September 6, 2012 / 7:25 pm

      It's my second favourite 😀

  11. October 1, 2012 / 10:42 pm

    I love ruby woo and russian red is next on my list to get! xx

  12. Anonymous
    October 14, 2012 / 1:04 am

    I love red lipstick and MAC reds are my absolute favourites. I don't possess the shades you have as I find them to be a bit too blue for me. The reds I do have are more on the orange or brown side. Nevertheless, all of the reds you have modelled look gorgeous on you. You make me want to rock my reds everyday.

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