My New Orange-Red Lipstick Love: MAC's So Chaud

Friday, May 10, 2013


A couple of years ago, when the orange-red J.Crew lip was the thing, I decided to hunt down what color the makeup artists were using on the models. There's something so timeless, yet current about a matte orange-red. Plus, it's not too vampy so it's great for daytime. From my research online, it looked like the colors were a mix of NARS Heat Wave Semi Matte lipstick and NARS Red Square Matte Velvet lip pencil.

Well, I went out and bought Red Square and immediately fell.in.love. It's matte yet not too drying, in pencil form so a breeze to apply, and so daytime appropriate. NARS describes it as a "bright orange red." Looking through my collection, it looked like my cheapie Wet n Wild Megalast lipstick in 970 Purty Persimmon was pretty similar. If you look really closely, Purty Persimmon leans just a little more orange. 

Heat Wave had been next on my shopping list, but when I started looking more closely at the ingredients for NARS lipsticks, I noticed that they contained parabens. Ugh! I realized after knowing that, I especially couldn't justify spending $26 on a lipstick. Which means I probably won't repurchase Red Square when I run out. This thought was devastating me. I was legit upset.

 
L to R: MAC So Chaud, Wet n Wild 970 Purty Persimmon, NARS Red Square

 
Left: Prestige lip liner in Poppy
Top to Bottom: 
MAC So Chaud
NARS Red Square
 Wet n Wild 970 Purty Persimmon
Whelp, after letting myself mope for awhile, I pulled myself together and started searching online for a MAC alternative, as I knew a lot of MAC lipsticks are paraben-free. I found So Chaud and quickly bought it. Sure enough, no parabens were listed in the ingredients on the box, yay! I've had it one week, and I've been loving this lipstick at work and at night too. The best part about it is it makes my teeth super white, just like Red Square.

 
MAC So Chaud Close Up

I have a great lipliner that matches all three orange-reds, Prestige's Poppy. Unfortunately Poppy does contain parabens, so I will look for an alternative in this orange-red shade.



Day Look (flash)
Bright cheeks and relatively simple eyes
I tried to go J.Crew preppy with my outfit ;)


Night Look
I went heavy, heavy, heavy on the mascara and did a darker eye look


Look how white this lipstick makes my teeth look!


A better look at my "nighttime"eye look
I think it looks so chic with my hair up
Don't mind the gym clothes — a girl's gotta work out!


I'm sorry, I'm not over the teeth. To quote 300, "This is madness!"
 

Compared to my only other MAC redlipstick, which is very blue-toned
 Left: Russian Red 
 Right: So Chaud


Hope you enjoyed!
xo, 
Anaïs

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