When it comes to red lipsticks, no one wears in better than Dita Von Teese. Sporting a Marilyn Monroe-esque vintage makeup all the time, the renowned burlesque dancer completes her look with a striking red lip colour which stands out from her porcelain white skin and silky black updo. With red lips already ingrained into her image, it wasn’t hard to guess the shade of her lipstick with MAC even before it was announced.
Having worked with MAC on their Viva Glam campaign almost a decade ago (alongside many other celebrities), Dita Von Teese is certainly no stranger to the brand. But unlike the first partnership in which Dita Von Teese probably had little to no involvement in the decision of the lipstick shade, this latest collaboration sees a distinctive style of the said artiste – her trademark red lipstick, inspired by the launch of her new book, Your Beauty Mark.
The packaging was clearly designed to grab attention. With Dita Von Teese’s seductive eyes staring back at you from the box, there is no way you would miss it amongst the black boxes for MAC’s regular lipsticks. Encasing the lipstick is a typical shiny black plastic casing commonly used for limited edition lipsticks, but with the words “Dita Von Teese” printed on it in red.
Pardon my messy hairdo.. I was trying to channel my inner Dita Von Teese by attempting at big luscious curls. Obviously that didn’t work out because I was having a bad hair day and furthermore, I don’t have that much hair to achieve the plumped-up effect to begin with 😦 My red lips are probably the closest I’ll ever come to being like the burlesque queen.
The lipstick, although Matte, has a glossy texture and glides on smoothly that imparts a pleasant, moisturising feel with its creamy consistency. It has a pigment so bold that it managed to conceal my lip lines with only a single swipe, thereby instantly giving them an impeccable pout. There’s virtually nothing to rant about this lipstick.
I chanced upon a lot of comments about Von Teese being potentially similar to Ruby Woo, which is one of the burlesque star’s all-time favourite reds. Based on the swatches above, not only is Von Teese more opaque and hydrating (the Ruby Woo seen here contains the old Matte formula which tends to tug at the lips), it also appears to have bluer undertones as compared to Ruby Woo. So if you’re still contemplating on getting Von Teese because of scepticism that it might be an exact dupe for Ruby Woo, well, I hope this clears your doubt!
Nevertheless, I wish MAC had done something differently with Dita Von Teese, like a fuller collection with more variety of products such as brow pencils, falsies and whatnots.
What are your thoughts? Share them with me in the comments below!
Thanks for reading! You have been really awesome 🙂