I'm not sure what it is about my skin coloring or my lip chemistry, but blue-reds and me just don't mix. Which is why I avoided reds for the longest time, until I read the reviews for Chili and went out to get a tube for myself. It's a nice warm red with a good dose of brown, but not in a vampy way. It's a great red to wear to brighten up your face but not scream, "LOOK AT ME I'M WEARING RED LIPSTICK" so it's the perfect daytime red. Staying power is also great -- it doesn't fade on me unless I eat or drink, and even then, it's minimal fading just on the inside lip. It is a bit drying though, so I usually top it off with a little clear gloss. I pair it with MAC "Auburn" l/l as recommended per reviews, and I'd say it's a pretty spot-on duo. =]
Might not work on cooler skin tones, though. For reference, I'm an NC25 with olive undertones.
Wonderful red shade! Not too bright or unnatural, and the orange undertones work great with my red hair. I think this lipstick would work well on almost anyone, and particularly well on those with yellow undertones.
My first mac red and first matte formula. Not impressed. The color was not as spectacular n person as it appeared n the pics of fellow muaers. Looks okay, but nothing special. I tried some revlon colorstay matte reds before this purchase. In my opinion, they are much better.
All redheads need this lipstick. I was afraid it would be too warm or brown on me, but once I tried it on, it looked fab. This is definitely a spicy red with a touch of orange and brown. Not a ton, but just enough to make this a really beautiful, unique shade of red. Great for anyone who's apprehensive about traditional reds. Very autumnal.
The only con is I find this to be a little drying and have to be careful not to apply too thick of a layer. Just be sure to exfoliate your lips and apply a balm (let it soak in about 80%) prior to application. Aside from that, love it!
Like most of the reviewers here, I LOVE this colour. The first day I wore it, it made me feel so happy and fresh that I actually wrote an effusive email to a friend going on about the wonders of this lipstick I just bought. Haha. On me, it's a bright but very wearable red that has that little touch of orange to make it spicier and more interesting than a completely neutral red. I find it works best on me either gently patted on, on top of a balm, or applied straight from the tube on prepped lips. The colour lasts all day on me, with just slight fading on the inside of my lips. The important thing with the MAC mattes, I think, is to let them set, and not touch them for the first minute or so after application. After that, they wear down incredibly well and while your lips might feel a little flakey towards the end of the day, the colour looks just as fresh.
By far my favorite color. I have trouble with reds turning garish and fuchsia on me, but not this one! In the past 2 days, 4 strangers complimented me on how pretty they thought I looked (lol, this doesn't happen)...and the only changes I've made was to wear this lipstick! I think that what strikes people is that it goes so well with fair skin and black hair. I also have yellow undertones in my skin, for reference. Finally, I worked up the nerve to wear red. It's such a neutral red that anyone can wear it. I smudge it on with my finger, as I would a stain, because it doesn't feather out that way. Staying power is good, it doesn't last through eating, but what lipstick does? A bit drying, you need a smidgen of balm underneath it. I love this shade!
I've wanted to pick this one up for a while, and I'm so glad I finally did. Those who say it's the perfect redhead's red lipstick are right. I also have Russian Red, and I love it, but it's something I only wear once in a blue moon because it just feels so bold. Chili is still very red, but it has a touch of orange and is muted just enough to feel way, way more everyday wearable to me than Russian Red is. I love the finish and the staying power of Mac mattes, and this one is no exception. Wish there were more colors in the matte line!
YAYYYYYYYYYY!!! the perfect red head's red lippie!!
I tried it on and I fell in love.. (I wish I fell in love with men as easily as I do with makeup..lol). Anyway, All the reviewers are in the same Chili boat as I am..
love this red, love the texture and of course, the MAC ness..
I absolutely love this lipstick. I've been searching for the perfect red for a long time and finally purchased this after reading the reviews here. As a redhead, I can't afford to have my lipstick go all fuschia on me, and this one certainly doesn't. It's a nice orangy brick red with a very matte texture and great staying power. I feel fierce the instant I put it on. I love the vanilla scent of Mac lipsticks too. I can see this lipstick being flattering on most everyone. Highly recommended!
(I am the same person as "youdroppedabalmonme," a few reviews below this one)
OK, I've been thinking for weeks that I should just spring for a tube of Chili because no other cosmetic line makes a shade just like it, esp. in a matte. (I've found decent dupes but they are always too brown, too sheer, too something.) So I did, and oh wow. In my 25 years of using makeup, this is THE most flattering red I've ever tried on. It registers instantly to the eye as RED, not orange or brown, and it gives that luxurious matte-red classic glamour look, but it is touched with both orange and brown in such a way that it warms and enlivens my complexion (pale, yellow-toned, with freckles and auburn hair). I seldom get really excited by a lipstick, feeling that I've tried them all, but this shade is a unique godsend to those of us who can't pull off blue reds or fire-engine reds or wine reds. Best $15 I've spent in a long time. I just slap this on and go, it improves my look no matter what else I'm wearing. Sophisticated, glamorous, fabulous. The matte formulation means no smearing or bleeding-- MAC mattes do tend toward the bone-dry but I just use a rich lip balm for a few minutes before application and wipe it off; gives me a moister base for applying my Chili. Heavenly Chili.