MAC Ruffian Red Lipstick Review, Swatches and FOTD

Finally, I got to play with my Ruffian Red Lipstick from the MAC Ruffian Collection and tested my new Canon EOS Rebel T3i camera for a quick FOTD. Read on to see more!

MAC Ruffian Red Lipstick Review
MAC Ruffian Red Lipstick

Described as a “classic rich blue red”, the Ruffian Red Lipstick comes in MAC’s signature black tube with a rounded cap and a special Ruffian box. It is also vanilla scented like all MAC lipsticks.

Compared to MAC Russian Red Lipstick, this is a little lighter, brighter and slightly more orangy/warm on me. Despite the Matte formula, the lipstick felt creamy and applied smoothly without drying out my lips or highlighting flakes. The staying power was also good and lasted at least 4-5 hours.

To bring out the red theme, I added a pop of red on the eyes with Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner in Iridescent Red to go with the lipstick. Other products featured include:

* Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation in #127
* Senna Form-A-Brow Eyebrow Stencil Kit in Neutral
* Jealousness Diamond Beauty Fake Lashes in JS-504 Extravagance – sliced in half and placed on the outer corner
* Estee Lauder Sumptuous Two Tone Eye-Opening Mascara in Bold Brown/Rich Black
* MAC Eye Kohl in Fascinating – lower waterline
* NARS Highlighting Blush in Albatross – brow bone and down the nose
* MAC Lip Pencil in Cherry

MAC Ruffian Red Lipstick

MAC Ruffian Red, Russian Red and Red She Said Swatches
MAC Ruffian Red Lipstick and Make Up For Ever Iridescent Red Aqua Liner Face Of The Day
Wearing Make Up For Ever Iridescent Red Aqua Liner
Wearing MAC Ruffian Red Lipstick

What do you think? Did you pick up anything from the Ruffian collection?

MAC Ruffian Red Lipstick is available only at for $14.50.

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Review overview
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Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


    • This is supposed to be a blue red, it just shows up more neutral on my NC30 skin. You might want to check it out in person first, the color is gorgeous :)

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