MAC Lady Danger Lipstick Review

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MAC Lady Danger Lipstick

Another one of MAC’s bestsellers is MAC Lady Danger lipstick. It has almost the same fame as MAC Ruby Woo and Russian Red.

However, Lady Danger is a little tricky to work with. It is a bit choosy when it comes to skin tones and undertones. I remember when I first swatched it a few years back. It was just after summer and I was overly tanned that time. When I swatched it on my arm, it looked really bright and beautiful. However, when I tried it on my lips, it didn’t look good.

I’m currently an NC20 because I still haven’t managed to get a tan this summer. So when I dropped by the MAC store last week, I decided to get the shade even without trying it on. As you may already know, I don’t test lip products directly on my lips anymore. But since it’s summer, I thought, why not give Lady Danger a chance?

MAC describes their LIPSTICKS:

Colour plus texture for the lips. Stands out on the runway. Simmers on the street! What made M•A•C famous.

MAC Lady Danger Lipstick


MAC Matte lipstick in Lady Danger is described as a vivid bright coral red. It has a matte finish, which is not evident in the photo above. Because it was so hot outside when I bought this lipstick, a scorching 40°C (104°F), it underwent extreme sweating again. You can see the beads of sweat in the photos here.

To be honest, I had already anticipated that it would happen. So I had asked the people at MAC if they had any tissue paper (the ones used in gifts). A friend of mine had told me that wrapping lipsticks with tissue paper will minimize sweating. Unfortunately, MAC didn’t have any tissue paper. They had Kleenex, but no gift wrapping tissue paper. 🙁

No beads of moisture will stop me from loving Lady Danger, though. It was really love at first swatch! Well, at least, not counting the first time I swatched it years ago. Lol!

MAC Lady Danger Lipstick Swatches

Even though MAC Lady Danger has a matte formula, it’s not too dry and even feels a bit creamy. In short, a creamy matte. 🙂 It is quite pigmented and 1 swipe gives a semi-opaque coverage. It can easily be built-up, too. 3 swipes are already very much opaque, especially when applied on the lips.

You will notice in the arm swatches above how warm-toned Lady Danger is. It isn’t too orangey, which I thought it was, at first. On my skin, it is a bright, medium red with just a hint of orange in it.

This lip color will be able to cover most pigmented lips. I can wear it even without a lip concealer or even a lip liner underneath.

MAC Lady Danger Lipstick

Lady Danger lipstick, even with its matte formula, applies easily. It glides smoothly across the lips without any tugging or dragging at all. It also doesn’t accentuate minor flakes and dryness on the lips. But if you have super chapped lips, it would be a good idea to exfoliate and moisturize the lips first.

It doesn’t settle into lip lines nor does it apply patchy. Lady Danger sets really well on the lips and does not slide around even after several hours in. It also doesn’t feather at all, especially because it’s matte.

This MAC lipstick is not drying on my lips. Another plus! However, it’s not moisturizing either. But no worries, simply apply a really good hydrating lip balm after exfoliating your lips well. Then, blot the excess oil from the lip balm. You can also apply a lip primer, like my favorite, MAC Prep+Prime Lip. This ensures that Lady Danger stays on my lips for hours without drying them out.

MAC Lady Danger Lipstick Lip Swatches

I am so happy at how beautiful Lady Danger is on my lips. Whether applied full-on, lightly or just at the center of the lips. In the photo above, I only applied it at the center of my lips, then blended it a bit outwards. I didn’t do full gradation lips (didn’t use a lighter color for the outer part of my lips) so you can see that it’s really able to cover the areas of my pigmented lips where I applied it.

It feels lightweight on the lips and doesn’t look too dry. Even with its warm undertone, it doesn’t make my teeth appear yellowish.

MAC Lady Danger Lipstick

MAC Lady Danger lasts around 6 to 7 hours on my lips, and leaves a stain. After eating and drinking, even with greasy foods, there’s still some color left on the lips.

This summer, I know I will be reaching for this lipstick very often. I can wear it as bright as it can be. I’m really glad that its formula is not drying on my lips, because that would have been a real bummer. 🙂

MAC Lady Danger Lipstick Swatches

Color and texture comparison swatches from L-R:
A – MAC Lady Danger
B – Chanel Arthur Rouge Coco
C – NARS Annabella Audacious

MAC Lady Danger Lipstick
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Lady Danger is another great addition to my lipstick collection. If you think that this kind of bright orangey shade suits you, why not give it a try? It’s very different from Ruby Woo, which you probably already have. Plus, it’s a very flattering shade if it will work with your skin color.

We can never have enough bright and vivid lipsticks, especially during summer. Do you already have MAC Lady Danger lipstick in your collection or are just planning on getting it?

Alyssa Melanie



  1. I love it! Such a beautiful color. I also love the matte finish because I feel that they look better on my lips and also stay on longer. It’s one of my favorites.

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