MAC Salon Rouge Matte Lipstick

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MAC Salon Rouge Matte Lipstick

MAC Salon Rouge Matte Lipstick had been released as part of the MAC Heirloom Mix Holiday 2014 Collection.

I know that it’s Black Friday (Happy Savvy Shopping to all!) today, but here at Ang Savvy, it’s a Red Friday instead. All because today, I want to share with you one of my latest matte red lipstick finds, MAC Salon Rouge.

When I swatched Salon Rouge at the counter, I didn’t really notice how dark it actually is. I thought it would be a replacement for my NARS Dragon Girl which I’ve regretfully sold away when I did a major detashing last year. I already knew how store lightings make swatches appear brighter and lighter than they actually are, but still bought Salon Rouge based from what I perceived its color to be at the store. No regrets here, though! 😉

MAC Salon Rouge Matte Lipstick

What MAC says about their lipsticks:

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


Strike an heir of sophistication this holiday season with royally rich colour that exudes an aristocratic allure. The modern woman mixes up an irreverent take on tradition with this collection of hues that casts the classic cameo in a contemporary, glittering light. A regal, romantic and daring affair, this holiday is all about colour that leaves a legacy.

MAC Salon Rouge Matte Lipstick

MAC Salon Rouge Lipstick is classified as a clean berry red with a matte finish. In the bullet, it looks like a cool-toned, medium dark red. When swatched on my arm, it is more noticeable how cool-toned Salon Rouge really is. This color would work well with all skintones, it will just depend on whether you like dark red lipsticks.

MAC Salon Rouge Matte Lipstick

MAC Salon Rouge Matte Lipstick is very much pigmented and is already opaque with just 1 swipe, although I still apply 2-3 layers to make it last longer.

The texture is matte but feels creamy, making it very easy to apply. MAC Salon Rouge lipstick glides easily on the lips and does not tug at all. It applies evenly across the lips and does not settle into lip lines. I didn’t experience any feathering, but if you’re prone to feathering, then you might want to line your lips first as it wouldn’t look good for a dark lipstick to feather. It has an almost satin-matte finish, but after about an hour, the tiny bit of satin sheen is gone and it becomes more matte.

MAC Salon Rouge Matte Lipstick Swatch

Application Tips:

• Apply lip primer like MAC Prep+Prime Lip and wait for it to become tacky, about a minute.
• Apply 1 layer then blot with a tissue, and apply some loose powder like Chanel Natural Finish Loose Powder sparingly across the lips using a small brush like MAC 217.
• Apply a second layer and blot again.
• Apply a third layer only on the center parts of the lips so it will appear fuller. Blot ever so lightly.

MAC Salon Rouge Matte Lipstick Swatch

The color of MAC Salon Rouge Matte Lipstick on my lips is an almost vampy, cool-toned dark red. Well, for me, it’s already sort of vampy because I’m not used to dark lipsticks. But it’s still very beautiful even though it’s dark colored. Salon Rouge doesn’t suck the moisture from my lips and is really long-lasting. It lasts around 7-8 hours on my lips and after eating (even greasy foods!) and drinking, it leaves a very nice stain that is still not overly drying. Love it much! 🙂

MAC Salon Rouge Matte Lipstick Swatch

Color and texture comparison from L-R: NARS Dragon Girl, NARS Mysterious Red, MAC Salon Rouge and NARS Audacious Vera (reviewed here). (Photo above)

Because I am not (make that haven’t been until now) a fan of dark lipsticks, I don’t have anything in my makeup collection that is similar to MAC Salon Rouge lipstick. Nars Audacious Vera is the closest I could find in my stash, but they’re still not that similar.

I bought MAC Salon Rouge Matte Lipstick for PhP1,100 from MAC in Mall of Asia. It is Php100 more expensive than regular MAC lipsticks as it’s part of the MAC Heirloom Mix Holiday Collection. Salon Rouge lipstick is already sold out on MAC Cosmetics’ website but is still available as of posting at both Nordstrom and Macy’s for $17.50.

MAC Salon Rouge Matte Lipstick

Do you like dark red lipsticks like MAC Salon Rouge? Have you seen the MAC Heirloom Mix Collection? Will you be getting or have you already bought Salon Rouge Matte Lipstick too?

Alyssa Melanie



  1. Hey Alyssa, this looks SO good on you! You definitely shouldn’t regret it! Heirloom Mix actually has a great selection of lipsticks. I’m going to drop by a MAC store later today to take a look at the rest 🙂

    • Thanks Sunny! It looks so much better in person but I couldn’t get a better photo.

      You should try both Salon Rouge and Sparks of Romance! I love them both, along with No Faux Pas of course. 🙂 Check the Nasty Gal trio, too, if you already have it there. I’m lemming for Stunner but we don’t have it here yet. 🙁

    • Yea! Definitely get No Faux Pas.. it has enough blue in it but still works with our warm undertone. 😉 That is my favorite out of the 3 I got, and I’m thinking of getting one of the lipglasses that will go well with all 3. 🙂

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