MAC Lady Danger Matte Lipstick Review and Swatches

This lipstick looks orange red on most photos I’ve seen. On my face, it’s a straight up flaming orange.

I think my skin pulls out the orange and coral in a lot of lipsticks. Both Mehr and Please Me, described by MAC as blue-pinks*, look coral or peachy on me. Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte lipstick in True Pink, which is supposed to be a true neutral pink, is not true neutral pink on my face.

That’s that — if you find your skin tone to be really close to mine (check my matches here), this could be the orange that could work for you.

I was going to buy Bobbi Brown’s Creamy Matte lipstick in Jenna but it was not available. I was overcome by a feeling of defeat, which is probably the most illogical of shopping feelings, and I didn’t want to go home empty-handed. I bought Lady Danger and here we are.

MAC Lady Danger is your standard MAC matte lipstick. I recently found out that it also had an amplified iteration, which is high-shine and high-pigment (see it on Shari’s face). It looks bright coral red on her — probably a limited edition release because on her post, it’s in a gold bullet).

They always say that orange lipsticks make the teeth look more yellow. Lady Danger, surprisingly, makes my teeth look whiter. It’s strange, really. I think that’s why I like it. I was also surprised that I can wear it on a bare face. Many orange lipsticks wash me out or make my skin look drab; this doesn’t. Of course, it’ll look better with eye makeup on but I like lipsticks I can wear on their own.

The problem I’m having with this is when I put it on, I can’t seem to get the edges right. So I bought a cheap orange lip liner (not wearing lip liner in the photo, though). Also, it clashes with many of my clothes. I’d love to wear this more but I can only seem to wear it when I’m donning white or black outfits.

I think orange is the most difficult lip color to wear, at least against my skin tone. I’d take purples and blackened plums over orange any time. But I’m glad I decided to adopt a why not mentality. Maybe I should try coral next.

Top to Bottom: Nars Jane; MAC Lady Danger; Ever Bilena Hot Summer

*Please Me is now described on the MAC website as muted rosy-tinted pink.

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23 Comments

  1. […] is one of the very few orange lipsticks that work on me. The other two are — MAC Lady Danger and Bobbi Brown […]

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  2. […] Click here: For a review of MAC Lady Danger […]

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  3. […] Brown Creamy Matte Jenna (a bright orange red). On me, it looks more orange than red like MAC Lady Danger. I think they’re dupes. I’ll do comparison swatches in the next few […]

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  4. Yay for the orange! You look great! 🙂 Glad you decided to go for it. I’m the complete opposite — I’m trying more pinks now.

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    1. My skin still can’t work with coral, pero tangerine and apricot, ok.

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  5. it looks good on you rae 🙂 although agree ako, this will be hard to dress up with. i wish i can find that perfect shade of orange for me din. orange lippies makes my entire face yellow-ish kase 😦

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    1. Have you tried lady danger yet? All the other oranges I tried make me look even more yellow. This one’s different.

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  6. Victoria

    But it looks great on you! Fierce mo diyan, guuurl! ❤ Ma-try nga ang orange next time. When I'm feeling adventurous. Lol

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    1. It does! I like it. 😀

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  7. Whoa that’s a fierce orange Rae 🙂
    Work it!

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    1. Bordering fiercely scary, haha.

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  8. That looks awesome. I do love the occasional orange to brighten up my look.

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    1. What oranges do you have?

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  9. Lip brush! 🙂 Haha ok I get why you don’t like corals na; if the non-coral lip pull coral on you, paano pa kaya real corals! I’ve been liking orange-red lipsticks lately, too. 😀 Well, just the one that I have. It’s funny but I’m not that adventurous with lipsticks, I realized.

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    1. The coral that I owned was so sheer it doesn’t count. Will look for a cheaper one from Nyx or Wet ‘n Wild. 😀

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  10. Ang gandaaaa! I want one too tuloy. 😦

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    1. Hahahaha, it’s definitely a color to try. But I have a feeling it will look red on you 😀

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  11. love Lady Danger on you! looks great on your skin, well most orange tones actually looks great on us morenas. I didn’t buy lady danger just coz I already have Mac Morange. hehe ^_^

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    1. MAC Morange washes me out, and it looks more yellow-orange than orange. Really weird.

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  12. I agree with Bea! You look great in orange! 🙂

    I want to try Lady Danger (or other orange shades) too but I don’t think I have enough why not mentality in me… yet. 😛

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    1. Hahaha, go na. I’ll have you try mine when we meet. 😛

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  13. You look great in orange, Rae! The difference between Lady Danger and the original blog post you posted is quite noticeable for the better, likely because you went a little bolder! If you don’t want to wear eye makeup with it, you can always pair with a sheer orange cheek tint, no? 🙂

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    1. I tried wearing this same lipstick as a blush and it looked great. 😀

      I thought about looking for an orange blush but I was afraid I’d get sucked in buying a lot to try so, wag muna ngayon 😛

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