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on 12/25/2017 11:04:00 PM
More reviews by hebrides
Age: 56 & Over
Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool
Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium
Of all my MAC lipsticks, this one is my favourite. I was surprised because I don't gravitate toward brick red or rust shades. This is so unique that it's hard to describe but I'll just say Chili is a perfect name for it. It is reminiscent of red chili powder. It's more brown than red or orange. The texture is both creamy and substantial so it stays perfectly applied for a long time. I used to want only wine colours and wore Dubonnet for years. Recently I wanted something reminiscent of the brownish hues of the 90s and I got both Paramount and Chili. I love them both but this is slightly less dramatic and brown than Paramount. I alternate them. MAC lipsticks are so excellent. By the way, I am always complimented when I wear either Chili or Paramount. They are so very flattering. I may wear other shades and other brands, but if I look at pictures of myself wearing these I can easily see why people think they are so beautiful. They definitely are!
on 10/12/2017 10:14:00 AM
More reviews by isavella
Skin: Combination, Olive, Not Sure
Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium
This is a matte warm rusty red with lots of orange tones. It is the lipstick equivalent of the Burnt Umber Crayola crayon.It's a beautiful shade. I highly recommend trying it on first though - it looks very different on me than in most pics I found online. (I have olive skin, and dark hair/eyes.) It can look like a straight up orangey red in photos, and it does feel like that when you apply it tbh, but it is more of a rust-brown-red in the end. This shade is super beautiful and flattering on me, and unique in my stash. It's exactly what I am into at the moment. The MAC matte formula is hit or miss in my opinion, and Chili is in the hit category. It applies easily (almost too easily, be careful!), opaquely, smoothly. It has a silicone-y feel to it, which makes it slippery and prone to smearing/transfer, which is why I am not giving it full marks - however a liner VASTLY helps. VASTLY. There is a matching MAC liner (Chicory I think), but I have a Revlon one in Sienna which is perfect, and there is a NYX one (I believe Ever is the shade name) that is supposed to be good too.I don't find this lipstick *too* drying, and this is from a girl that literally cannot wear any liquid lipstick formula. I always wear a smidge of balm underneath; it doesn't ruin the wear of this one. But Chili is a knockout shade. It's vampy but not too much (I hate feeling like I'm walking behind my lips, if you know what I mean), and it just makes me look hot, which really, is all I can ask for. Also, I got this as a Back 2 MAC so it was a gooooood day :D
4 of 4 people found this helpful.
on 5/13/2017 1:58:00 PM
More reviews by austere
Skin: Acne-prone, Tan, Warm
Hair: Black, Other, Other
I own 3 MAC red lipsticks- Russian Red, Ruby Woo and Chili. Of all of these reds, Chili is the only one I'll repurchase. Ruby Woo is too strong and almost garish against my skin, Russian Red is only slightly better but Chili is my perfect red. It's warm (because of the orange tones) and muted (because of it's brown tones). For reference I'm an NC42 with golden/yellow undertones and this shade of red is especially flattering. It looks fantastic on my skin tone - one of the few red lipsticks I can pull of confidently.Chili isn't hugely popular because it's not really a universal red. On cooler complexions, it will probably look muddy but if you have warm and muted i.e 'Autumn' coloring, you need to get your hands on it.
5 of 5 people found this helpful.
on 4/14/2017 7:49:00 PM
More reviews by Heechul
Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm
Hair: Black, Straight, Fine
This shade was so hyped up in Asia. I purchased it to use in the winter season, but for some reason, instead of bringing colour to my face, the brick red sapped it from my cheeks. It really depends on your colouing for whether this is a hit or miss. I looked ill. I passed it on to a friend who loves it. I favour brighter shades like Dangerous, Lady Danger and So Chaud.For reference, my skin is NC15.
2 of 2 people found this helpful.
on 12/19/2016 7:22:00 AM
More reviews by Susie0205
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
It is beautiful itself, a brick red, long lasting, but just not flattering on me.
1 of 1 people found this helpful.
on 7/6/2016 1:08:00 PM
More reviews by Pink_Lotus
Skin: Oily, Dark, Warm
Hair: Brunette, Curly, Fine
Sometimes you don't want to go red but you want a color that's strong and confident. Chili has those properties and warmth! This is a great color for tan, brown and deep complexions. It looks fabulous on my Estee Lauder Bronze complexion with out looking too bold. It looks like a deep brown red, but more in the red family on my complexion. It's a color that I can wear it to work and no one would ask if I'm going out that night. It's matte and it is somewhat drying but not as drying a Ruby Woo or a liquid lipstick like ColourPop. I find the texture opaque and creamy enough. There will be a need to touch up later and there's definitely transfer. I like to wear Mac Mahogany lip liner when I want a play off the warmth of the color and Mac's Auburn when I want to give it to pull more red.
on 3/28/2016 1:04:00 PM
More reviews by curiousgal
Skin: Combination, Medium, Neutral
Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium
I love Chili but I honestly can't tell it apart from the other red MAC lippy I own, Russian Red. Friends tell me Chili looks great on my sort of warmish skin tone and gives off an elegant 50s vibe. But damn is it dry as hell (for comparison, it's even drier than the other lippy I typically use - Taupe/Velvet Teddy). A flaky red lip looks horrible, and I usually try to counter that by exfoliating my lips, moisturizing with a lip balm, outlining with MAC's Whirl liner before applying this baby on. It doesn't glide on as smoothly too, so I find applying another lipstick or gloss beforehand sort of works. 4/5
on 3/16/2016 11:56:00 PM
More reviews by catmecas
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
This is the most perfect lipstick for my fair/olive undertones! I found other shades like Ruby Woo way too bright! It is long lasting and wears very comfortably for a matte lip colour. Need only to touch up a few times a day (depending how many hours and circumstances). Hard to find a matching lipliner so I used a darker nude liner. This is THE PERFECT RED for me finally!
on 11/28/2015 4:23:00 PM
More reviews by Sjess
Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm
Hair: Red, Wavy, Coarse
I needed another matte red lipstick like I need a hole in the head but this warm brown/orange red just seemed perfect for me. And it is :). I call this my fall/winter Lady Danger. My ultimate warm-toned red, makes my green eyes pop, always looks flattering. It is matte but not as dry as Diva and it stays put pretty long.
on 3/4/2016 7:02:00 AM
More reviews by lionasara
Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
My HG Red. Before, I was like Russian Red and Lady Danger because of all the hype until Miss A's Suzy Bae sported this. Looks really stunning on her. Chili became a hit in Asian countries. If Russian Red and Lady Danger had a baby, it would be Chili. And its color is really like Korean red pepper powder. Think brick red/terracotta red. You gotta swatch it in person to appreciate it. It's not an in-your-face red, but it's sophisticated enough. When I saw it in the tube, you would probably think "nothing special". Until you apply it on your lips. And boy, it's so flattering! It's your everyday kind of red, the kind of red that doesn't scream "hey look at me!" No wonder South Korean girls went crazy over this shade. I prefer this applied with gradation effect. Matte formulation is okay, it's not as drying as everyone claims.
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