MAC, this is not a red? but a deep pink with a golden sheen. Pretty alternative for anyone who can't wear most reds. I like the texture, its a light and smooth, very pigmented--reminds me of Givenchy lipsticks, and the case also is very similar to Givenchy's? guess that's why they call it couture lipstick, lol!!
"Red No.5," from MAC's Couture Collection(December 2006) is absolutely marvelous!
True to its description on the MAC site, this lipstick is a rich red raspberry with soft pinky red pearl. Besides being an absolutely ridiculously gorgeous color, this lipstick feels light and moist on lips. It's sort of like a MAC Lustre lipstick, only with more coverage. Staying power is not the greatest, but it does leave a lovely pinky-red stain on the lips.
I have pale pink-ivory skin, dark brown hair, dark green eyes, and full lips, and "Red No.5" seems to just magically light up my whole face!
It's too pink to be considered a true red; I would describe it as a "ruby red." In fact, the appearance on me is rather jewel-like, and I love it!
I'm not wild about the angular, finger-print revealing packaging, but it does have a rather chic, cosmopolitan look about it.
And I didn't buy it for the packaging, anyhow ..
I'm off to try to get a backup of this outrageously gorgeous LE! continued >>
It is described as a "[r]are, rich raspberry red with soft red pearl," on the MAC website. The Couture release is only available at MAC online, freestanding and pro store.
This is not a true red color, if you are expecting a red as in MAC's Russian Red. Put your money towards Russian Red if you want that. Once put on, Red no. 5's color ends up being a pink-toned red raspberry color. I really like it because it is very wearable, unlike a true red.
The color has a lot to do with the lipliner you choose to wear it with. With red enriched cremestick it is redder/less pink and bolder. You'll pretty much have lips like Eva Green in Casino Royale, but with a little more lustre. With the lure lip pencil it looks truer to its raspberry color and softer. I HIGHLY recommend wearing a lip liner with this lipstick. I usually avoid lipliners, but they are a must with this lipstick [and any red lipstick]. Not just because of bleeding/feathering, but because reds need a clean lip shape and without a lipliner it looks a tad washed out and messy.
The formula feels like a lustre and the color payoff is good. It stains the lips a little, so the lasting powering is good for a lustre. It even stained my new 316 brush. It is still a bit pink after 2 deep washes with MAC brush cleanser and water, so you may want to watch out for that.
Prestigious lipglass will make it look better, but I belive a dab of any clear to pink lustreglass on top of it would work. I used flashmode on top and it looked great and I also tried Shu Uemura's pear gloss on top and it was similar in results.
Right, and the most important part of Couture: the packaging.
The packaging is a big gimmick and though some might like it I find it more trouble than it is worth. It is cute in the store and fun to see. However, the metal casing gathers fingerprints like no other and scratches easily. I would not put it in my purse, because it would come out a mass of scratches. It was an interesting idea and fun for a season, but if all MAC packaging was like this I would be very annoyed. continued >>
This lipstick is part of the MAC Couture launch. MAC Couture is marketed as a high-end launch of luxury MAC lip and face products. I love this lipstick! I would describe it as a warm metallic garnet colour. Reminds me of the metallic finish from a sports car. The lasting power of this lipstick is definitely more than the average MAC lipstick. The packaging is lovely too. It comes in a metallic square case. Highly recommended.