I'm not sure I've found my HG red yet, but this lip colour from MAC's Archie's Girls collection (one of Veronica's lipsticks) is a strong contender.
I went to some lengths to acquire it after falling in love. The initial shipments sold out quickly at both my local MAC stores, but I later found out one store would receive a second shipment of the Archie's Girls collection, which would include about six Ronnie Red lipsticks. I'd tried the tester—and loved it in spite of the fact that I own six other reds and wear them only occasionally. It was pinky-red perfection with just a hint of sheen. So I MAY have been waiting outside the mall doors before they opened to get my hands on one.
I also have Ruby Woo, one of MAC's best-selling reds, and while I love it, I find that it can be a challenge to wear. My lips scream, "Look at me!" That's not usually what I'm going for. While this colour is bright, beautiful, and certainly pin-up worthy, it doesn't scream quite as loudly as Ruby Woo.
How does it compare to other red lipsticks by MAC?
- Mac Red is the closest dupe I've found—the difference is almost indistinguishable, but Ronnie Red is very slightly pinker.
- Dare You, my first red lipstick from MAC, is much browner and frosted.
- Ruby Woo, as I mentioned above, is brighter and very, very matte.
- Red Racer (limited edition) has a similar finish, but is more yellow.
- Deeply Adored (limited edition) has a similar finish, but is much darker—it's a scarlet red.
- Viva Glam I, which is probably the most wearable colour in this list, is darker and a little more brown—some call it a retro red.
Ronnie Red is opaque and very pigmented. Even though it's matte, it applies easily, and it's only very sightly drying—exfoliating and applying some balm to your lips before your lipstick should solve the problem.
Here's what it looks like swatched:
Here's what it looks like on:
As you'll see above, Ronnie Red has a tendency to feather just a smidgen—like most red lipsticks. I applied it on bare lips so the colour would look true, but I'd recommend starting with a liner like MAC's Cherry.
Like most MAC lipsticks, it's long-wearing. It lasted through lunch and for a few hours afterward.
Would I purchase it again? If only I could, then I would! It's limited edition.
Rating: Four and a half stars out of five.
Available: Sold out on maccosmetics.com and nordstrom.com, though there are several still floating around on eBay. Prepare to pay $10 or $20 more than the sticker price of $20 CAD if you go that route—only you can decide if it's worth it. It's a beautiful colour, and I'm glad I have it.
Do you like MAC's Ronnie Red lipstick? Or do you prefer different shades of red?
Disclosure: This product was purchased by Eyeshadow Addict.