Products: – MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD foundation, cream concealer palette, powder eyeshadows, Smoky Lash mascara, Artist Rouge lipstick in Passion Red, Mist and Fix setting spray – M·A·C Cosmetics Studio Fix powders to set and bronze, Tan pigment – NYX Professional Makeup contour palette, Strobe Of Genius highlighter palette.
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The 21-year-old lipstick has been one of MAC’s best-selling lip colors since its debut. But the brand’s product developers never actually set outto create it; instead, they were trying to tweak the formula of the brand’s other well-known scarlet shade, Russian Red, which was the best-seller at the time. (Madonna wore it all throughout her Blond Ambition Tour in 1990, after all.)
“In the late ’90s, MAC made the decision to make all of our formulas globally compliant,” says Gregory Arlt, the company’s director of makeup artistry. “So if you were in Japan or Germany, and you wanted to buy Russian Red, it would be the same formula [across the board], as opposed to what’s compliant for each country.” With this reformulation came an ever-so-slight change to the texture, making Russian Red a little less matte and a little more comfortable to wear. “Fans revolted, saying they missed that ‘drag your lips off’ dry, matte feeling,” recalls Arlt, who has been with the brand since 1993. “So we quickly ran back to the labs,” he says, and MAC returned to Russian Red’s original formulation, never touching it again. Lesson learned.
However, during the initial reformulation process, the new, slightly less matte version of Russian Red caught the eye of the team. “When product development showed [then-Creative Director] James Gager and Jennifer Balbier (who’s still the senior vice president of global product development) the new shade, they were both like, ‘Oh my God, that’s an amazing color.’ And that’s how Ruby Woo was born. The product development team really tried to match Russian Red. It’s the same combination of pigments, just put into a different base,” says Arlt. “But it was a little brighter and more dynamic, and it just became a standalone color.”
Have you tried this color? What about Russian Red? Did you know about the history behind this iconic shade? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below!
I find that the formula of Natasha Denona mini palettes is slightly different from her original formula, as in the shadows are not as easy to work with and not as pigmented. That said, they still are VERY pigmented and VERY easy to work with, just not on the same level as her $160.00 palettes are.
In 2019, MAC Cosmetics celebrated the 25th anniversary of the MAC VIVA GLAM campaign, which has become a piece of beauty history. MAC was started by Frank Angelo and Frank Toskan in 1994 in reaction to the AIDS crisis. “We developed a great lipstick color we called VIVA GLAM,” said Toskan. “This little lipstick gave people dignity and saved lives.”
Since 1994, MAC VIVA GLAM has raised more than $500,000,000 USD, partnering with local organizations to ensure that help reaches those who need it most. In particular, those affected by AIDS are being helped through various services while researching and developing further into the symptoms, causes, and treatments of it.
Over the years, VIVA GLAM lipstick campaigns have included celebrities such as RuPaul, Troye Sivan, Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, and more.
In 2020, as part of MAC VIVA GLAM’s recent $10,000,000 USD donation, local organizations are providing essential healthcare services and preparing and delivering nutritious meals to vulnerable communities affected by COVID-19.
Currently, there are 3 shades of the VIVA GLAM lipstick:
– An intense brownish blue-red – A creamy subdued pinkish beige-mauve – A muted brownish-plum
Red lipstick somehow makes me feel powerful, confident, and unstoppable. I used to be afraid of bold lip colours on myself, sticking to neutrals for everyday wear and busting out the red on a special occasion.
But then I realized, why do I have to wear it only for special occasions? It makes me feel incredible, so why not make every day that special day?
These days I wear red lipstick almost every day: the roles have switched and now I barely wear nude colours! I always say that the power of makeup is not that it can provide a mask for us to hide behind, but that it can accentuate our already beautiful qualities and give a confidence boost when we need it.
Some of my favorite reds of all kinds of undertones are shown and listed below:
Most of these finishes are a comfortable, long-lasting formula, some lasting longer than others, some slightly drier than others, but no significant difference at all! The color varies from a little more cooler blue-toned to a more warmer-toned red, which one suits you depends on the undertone of your skin color.
What is your favourite red lipstick? How often do you wear bold colours? I’d love to read your comments below!