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REVIEW & LOTD: MAC Matte Lipstick in Chili

Rudolph the Red nosed reindeer had a very shiny nose... Think Christmas and colors that essentially pop up in your head are Red, Green and White... With Red so much in season and me in love with Red Lips, it was obvious that I would go and pick myself up another Red lippy :) Red lips might just seem something to be wary of, but if you trust me, I'd say Red lips is something that is the easiest to carry off... Am I crazy is what you ask but trust me... Of course I'll cover this in another post (so you guys do stay put). 

Like I said I love Red lips and I love matte lippies, my obvious choice thus had to be MAC Matte Lipstick in Chili. MAC Chili, is one shade that I have been having a hard time finding a swatch or review for online, so I decided to do a review of it ASAP :)

MAC Chili is a matte lipstick and isn't exactly a blood Red. You may say that it is more of a brown based Red or more precisely a burnt orange based Red. Of course I have posted a comparison image in this post too, so that it is easier for you guys to judge the shade more accurately :)

Another point that I would like to cover is the fact about MAC Matte lipsticks being dry or not. I mostly own MAC lipsticks in Amplified Creme and Lustre. I wanted to try out the matte range too, but I had heard very negative reviews of the MAC matte range about them being very dry and hence I was refraining from spending about a grand for something that was deemed doomed (love the way it sounds!). However, when I swatched Chili, I knew that it was something that I had to have irrespective of the texture of the lipstick. But fortunately, MAC Matte Lipsticks work for me and they don't make my lips dry or chapped :)

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MAC Matte Lipstick in Chili
MAC Matte Lipstick in Chili
Swatch: MAC Matte Lipstick in Chili
Comparison Swatches
I am comparing MAC Chili with two of my other favorite Red lippies, which are Colorbar Velvet Matte Lipstick in Hot Hot Hot and Lakme Absolute Matte Lipstick in Classy Rose.
Colorbar Hot Hot Hot is a blue based red and Lakme Absolute Classic Rose is a perfect orange based Red.
(L-R): Colorbar Hot Hot Hot, MAC Chili, Lakme Absolute Classic Rose
Oooohhhss and Aaaahhhss!!!
1. It is a beautiful shade of red, wearable and "safe".
2. Does not cause reactions or darkening of lips.
3. This range of lipsticks has a lot of shades to choose from.
4. The lipstick has a choco-vanilla flavor, which is signature to MAC lippies
5. The lipstick is really opaque and hence gives very good coverage. Ideal for pigmented lips.
6. It has good staying power and stays on, on the lips even a after numerous cups of tea/coffee and a meal in between :)

1. It is on the expensive side!
2. Some might find it drying cause it is matte in texture
It costs INR 990/-

Definitely! If I cannot finish the tube then other shades from this range for sure :)
Would I Recommend
Oh yes! It's a beautiful shade, a "safe" red and very wearable!

Overall Rating


  1. What a beautiful color! I love bright lipsticks! Im too fond of russan red too! Infact I have never bought a MAC lipstick.. what do you think I should buy first so that it motivates me to buy more? Ofcourse I want a safe color! lemme tell you the colors I generally wear.. I use oranges, reds, bright pinks and subtle ones too! This time i want aproper coral color! Which one would you recommend?

  2. hey Tanvee... if u looking for a daily wear/safe color to be your first lippy from MAC, I would suggest you CRAVING (pink) and TOUCH (nude)... If you want a bright Red, then a very pretty Red which I have my eyes on is VIVA GLAM 1...

    I have reviewed TOUCH here:

    and swatched CRAVING here:

  3. Oh and Tanvee, if you want a pretty Coral, then I am not sure from MAC but my gav Coral lippy is Maybelline Colorsensational's Coral Pink... Its review is here:

  4. Gorgeous shade <3 Looks great on your lips!!!

  5. thank u Rakshanda :) glad u like it!
    btw where are you from?

  6. oops i still haave it in my drafts :P yes i agree its d safest red lipstick..not too dull, not too bright..

  7. @Vanity: true true Ansh... and the best part is that even though it is "safe" it still is a fun Red to wear :)

  8. I love this color n am surely going to check it out :) In fact I have been luking for a orange red since a long time and this seems perfect.

  9. oh yes it sure is Parul :) next time to going to jewel square be sure to pick this up :)

  10. such a gorgeous coral red!!! :) suits u Suma <3 <3 <3

  11. Lovely shade-I got an AVON ultra color rich lippy in butternut-which is close in shade to this-but MAC's finish obviously looks better :) :)

  12. Hi Samyukta..I have nominated your blog for the versatile blogger award as well. Check my blog..Congrats and loads of love :D

  13. i really like your idea of swatching similar colours next to each other. So often we wonder if a particular shade is similar to this or that...

    btw, i got a surprise waiting for you on my blog :)

  14. Hi Samyukta,
    I loved your blog and awarded with The Versatile Blogger. Thanks.

  15. nice color with a sexy name

    "What are you wearing on your lips?" "Chilli" ohhhh super glamorous...

    nice clicks and thanks for swatching the similar ones together...very hun


  16. hey i have nominated you for the versatile blogger
    check it out here

  17. @sweet and bitter: lol awesome way u put it :) he he he he

    @parul, anks, shoppingaholic, makeupchic: thank u so much for awarding me the versatile blogger award. Means a lot darlings :) have been having internet trouble lately. Will surely post a thank u post tomorrow :)


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