Hurrah for new lipsticks! Even more of a celebration when they are a prize! I was lucky enough to win a MAC lipstick of my choice on Danielle's blog The Imperfect Beauty, and as I couldn't make a decision between Lady Danger or Relentlessly Red, I left it up to Danielle to decide my lipstick fate!
She chose Relentlessly Red, which I was so pleased about. I actually thought that when these first came out, they were part of a limited collection, so I was really surprised and pleased to see Relentlessly Red in stock across MAC stores!
The formula is a Retro Matte, and MAC mattes aren't a formulation that I have tried before, so I was a little nervous to try as I've heard mixed reviews about this finish. As with all mattes, your lips do need to be in pretty good condition so that dryness isn't emphasised when the lipstick is applied. I couldn't wait to try this, and applied it over non-exfoliated lips and didn't find it drew too much attention to any dry patches. It applied evenly, but did feel a little chalky on the lips without a quick slick of lip balm underneath.
The colour is like nothing I own already; it's a bright red which definitely pulls a bright fuschia within it. The matte formula is absolutely gorgeous, and provides opaque lips in one swipe. I say swipe...the matte lipstick does drag a fair bit, but not enough to bother me! The finish is beautiful, and I feel very pin up when I have this shade on! I've tried this with the MAC Cherry Lip Liner underneath, and it's great for really defining the lips for a lip this bright. (The swatches shown don't have Cherry underneath, so you can see the true colour of Relentlessly Red, but keep an eye out on my Instagram - I'll be sure to show it there next time!) The colour is so bold, and I definitely would recommend a liner underneath to get a nice lip shape - you can see in my swatches that the colour has bled slightly outside of the lip, so apply carefully over a lip liner with a lip brush for perfect definition!
The wear time on this shade is literally amazing. I intended on wearing this all day in Milan, but plans changed and I worried that my tiredness could leave me with horrific looking lips if I didn't keep up with applications. I wore this shade all day this week, and the wear time was literally all day. The shade didn't disappear during or after eating or drinking, and it just started to fade on me at the end of my working day. But the fade still packed a pretty decent colour punch. Getting this off my lips was way more of a challenge than applying it!
So if this is my fourth MAC lipstick...which do I need to try next? Have you tried Relentlessly Red?