Review: MAC Relentlessly Red Lipstick

mac relentlessly red lipstick review

Have you ever had that one beauty product that just follows you around everywhere, whispering “buy me buy me buy me”? For me that was MAC Relentlessly Red Lipstick. Every time I watched a Youtube video or skimmed through a blog post or liked an Instagram photo and thought to myself “oh, that’s a nice colour of lipstick”, it turned out to be Relentlessly Red. It had been on my to-buy list for months and months, and now I’ve finally got my hands on one after House of Fraser sent me a beautiful little tube of MAC Relentlessly Red* to review.

Despite being called Relentlessly Red, this lipstick has much more of a pink tone. It’s somewhere between a bright pink and a coral, and it’s pretty much my dream lipstick shade. As it’s a matte finish, it gives very intense colour so it’s perfect for a bold makeup look for a night out. It also lasts really well – I wore it on Friday evening and even after dinner and a few drinks, it barely needed topping up

mac relentlessly red lipstick review

mac relentlessly red lipstick review

Relentlessly Red is a “Retro Matte” finish, and I find that it’s really easy to wear – especially for a matte lipstick. It doesn’t feel at all drying on the lips and is quite forgiving when it comes to dry patches. Even though it is a matte shade which has very little shine, it still feels creamy and comfortable to apply. I’d say the Retro Mattes are ever so slightly more matte than the regular Matte lipsticks from MAC, giving them a vintage vibe.

mac relentlessly red lipstick review

mac relentlessly red lipstick review

As the lipstick is really matte, I decided to opt for quite a dewy look for the rest of my makeup. I am loving NARS Copacabana Illuminator* for an intense but very wearable highlighter.  I usually start off with some of this worked into the skin before I apply my foundation, then I top up my cheekbones with a little extra highlighter after the rest of my makeup is done. To finish things off, I used the Urban Decay De-Slick Setting Spray* to keep everything in place and make sure it stays dewy rather than shiny!

Thank you to House of Fraser for sending me a couple of dreamy products to try out. They have lots of lovely makeup and beauty products I’ve got my eye on, a new Bobbi Brown foundation is next on my list!

mac relentlessly red lipstick review

Have you tried MAC Relentlessly Red yet?

Gillian x



Freelance social media and digital marketing consultant with a penchant for writing blog posts, drinking sickly sweet cocktails and exploring the cobbled streets of Edinburgh.

1 Comment

  • Maria says:

    This is such a gorgeous shade, you look stunning!

    Maria xxx

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