Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Review: MAC Brave Red lipstick - Pictures, Swatches and FOTD

Hello Everyone, 

Hope you all are happy and healthy. 

April is almost over, just unbelievable how fast time flies, and we are in the middle of hot & scorching summers and already praying for monsoons to arrive soon, ain't we? Well, I am, it's horribly hot & humid in Mumbai for past few days. Oh Rain God, please show some mercy on us. 

Anyways, so coming to the post. I visited MAC Store a few days back for giving back some stuff for back to MAC. I wanted to buy a good pink shade, but, ended up picking up a red lipstick called Brave Red ( as I already have a few pink shades from MAC).

Brave Red is the Cremesheen formula, which their hottest selling and best formula in lipsticks. Brave Red is a  yellow red with a little bit of sheen. It is comparatively a muted red than other brighter reds like Russian Red or MAC Red, and it's a very wearable shade of red. 

The pigmentation is decent, and you can build up to the desired intensity by apply a few coats more. But, to me it gives me full intensity as in the tube in just 2 coats. 

It lasts also decently well, but, doesn't survive a meal. I wore it to a dinner party and faded after the meal, so I had to re-apply. But, when wore it the whole day for testing, it lasted a good 4+ hours after which it started fading into a stain. The longevity kinda of disappointed me because I was comparing with other Reds like Russian Red or MAC Red, but, considering the formula, it did a very good job as cremesheen formula are creamier and are moisturizing. But, when wore with my MAC Kiss Me Quick lipliner, it survived even the full lunch meal and remained as it is for about 6 hours after which it started fading into a stain. 

It has the standard vanilla scent like other MAC lipsticks and  comes in regular black bullet packaging, which I adore.

Price: INR 990/- 

Overall, I like that it's such a wearable red shade, great for those who want to start with red lispticks or are scared of pulling off a full fledged red lipstick. I would say I am liking this shade but not loving it, especially  when I compare it with my other reds. But, I am happy to have it in my stash as I love red lipsticks. 

Here are a few pictures, swatches and a look I created using this lipstick to show how it looks on my NC40ish skin: 

w/o flash
with flash
L: Single Swipe, R: Double swipe

I hope you all found the review helpful and liked the shade on me. Do let me know which is your favorite red lipstick? 

Have a lovely week ahead.

Lots of Love


  1. Wow. this is so my kinda red. I'm lusting after Ri-Ri woo now.
    btw- is that amberlights on ur eyes>?

    1. Hi... Yeah I know Ri-Ri woo ...
      I have MAC Museum Bronze pigment & Nars Mekong eyeshadow on eyes :-)

  2. I love the shade and eye makeup..really looks fab on you

  3. Wow, di!...such a sophisticated red... I love reds that fade away with a stain...I feel like that makes them a lot more wearable for me.

    I am in love with your natural smokey eyes...it goes beautifully with the red, complements it well without overpowering it. Have you done a tutorial for this kind of look earlier?

    1. Hi Swati... thank you so much dear. I have done a lot of smokey eye tutorials earlier, thought not this particular one. I use almost the same technique every time I do such looks.

  4. Wat a lovely color and I loved ur smokey eyes too...its a perfect pairing...very very nice look...I just have a query as to how long does the cremesheen lipsticks last?

    1. Thank you so much. Cremesheen lipsticks that I have last for like 4 hours or so, after which they start fading more into a stain

  5. lovelyyyyy sweetieee :D :D and how on earth can you say Mekong is not good ?
    you are looking stunninggg as usual :D and the pics have come out really well :D

    1. Thank you so much Rashmi... I am not sure about Mekong yaa... I feel it looks almost black on me.

  6. i love that brave red on you girl! very pretty

  7. You are rocking the shade..


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