REVIEW: MAC Red Red Red Lipsticks – Toxic Tale and 5 Alarm

Hello ladies!

Hope you’re soaking up the Chinese New Year atmosphere wherever you are! I’ve been eating too much goodies lately that I’m starting to feel under the weather. On the bright side, I’m glad to have fallen sick before CNY because I had gotten ill during the festive season once and the feeling sucked. With understanding colleagues who allowed me to take a day off from work during this hectic time of the year to recuperate from my fever, I’m sure I’ll be back up and running in no time! 🙂

I hate being sick. I don’t want to sit idle at home! So how about another lipstick review, hmm? 🙂

And speaking of the Chinese New Year, have you ladies chosen your perfect red lipstick to go with your outfit? If none of the lipsticks in my FAVOURITE list managed to entice you, hopefully one of the two I’m about to feature would! *fingers crossed*

I'm pretty sure this collection is targeted at those celebrating the Chinese New Year. Look, even the model in the promotional poster is Asian!

I’m pretty sure this collection is targeted at those celebrating the Chinese New Year. Look, even the model in the promotional poster is Asian!

And yes, I know the MAC Red Red Red collection was launched online like eons ago, and recently at Singapore MAC outlets. Please pardon my tardiness this time. If you’ve gotten your lipsticks, good for you! If you haven’t and are still undecided on what to get, read on! This post would only take 5 minutes (or less) of your time 😉


Other lipstick shades not featured in this post are See Sheer (Grapefruit pink with Lustre finish) and Lady Bug (Yellow tomato with Lustre finish). This collection also includes a series of other eye and face products. Check out the full list here.

I only carted out Toxic Tale and 5 Alarm from this collection because the other two shades are already in the permanent range (i.e. they are available anytime). I also vaguely remember owning Lady Bug, just can’t really remember where I put it now. 😳

To be honest, all four shades look extremely gorgeous and wearable. They are versatile and not as striking as say, Ruby Woo or Lady Danger, and are suitable for all sorts of occasions. I’d highly recommend that you get all of them if you have the means. Otherwise, just pick any of the limited edition ones before they’re sold out!


Lustre vs Satin


5 Alarm and Toxic Tale


Swatches! From left: Toxic Tale and 5 Alarm

Let’s begin with Toxic Tale!


Toxic Tale is a bright coral with Satin finish


Toxic Tale bottom label


Toxic Tale swatch


Toxic Tale before and after



Toxic Tale is actually a re-promote from the Venomous Villains collection launched in 2010. Back then, it was only US$15.50 despite the more fanciful packaging with the Snow White’s Evil Queen face printed on it. Now, the price has gone up by 50 cents even though no significant changes was made to the packaging (except that the Queen’s face is no longer there). Argh, inflation.

But price aside, I’m elated that it’s back! I’m in love with this colour and it’s definitely one of the few corals that looks flattering on my skin tone. Other coral shades I wore appeared to be either too bright or too orangey on me. This one is just perfect! I’ve also worn this to work several times and I must say that I’m impressed by its longevity.

Moving on to 5 Alarm!


5 Alarm is a soft orange red with Lustre finish


5 Alarm bottom label


5 Alarm swatch


5 Alarm before and after (oops, sorry for the blurry image)



Adding on to my favourite MLBB lipstick list is 5 Alarm, a nice semi-sheer lipstick with a luminous sheen. It is the only brand-new shade from this collection. I love it because it makes my lips look super hydrated (hides all the awful lip wrinkles) and healthy but like other MAC lipsticks with Lustre finish, it does not last very long on the lips, so be prepared for touch-ups every now and then. If you’re looking for something more subtle, this should do for you!


Swatch comparisons!

These are what I got. What about you, ladies?

Share with me your thoughts in the comments below! 🙂

Psst.. all four shades are (surprisingly) still available online! Go grab them now before it’s too late!

Thanks for reading! ❤

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