M.A.C Matte Lipstick in Lady Danger – Review, Photos, Swatches

Product Breakdown:

Lady Danger is one of MAC’s most iconic red shades. It’s knows as being sexy, in your face and very va-va-voom. The name says it all – “Lady Danger”. It’s described by MAC as a vivid coral-red with a matte finish. Let’s take a deeper look.


MAC Lady Danger 3

Lady Danger is a very bright lipstick, and it actually made my poor camera freak out, just a little bit! When you look at it in the tube, you see an almost neon red that leans towards orange…

MAC Lady Danger Swatch 2

and with a single swipe, that same colour is translated onto my skin. This is one pigmented lipstick.

MAC Lady Danger Face Swatch 2
Yes, my face is devoid of all makeup except Lady Danger… and I’m rockin’ it anyway.

The only other matte lipstick by MAC that I own is Ruby Woo, and the finish on Lady Danger is noticeably different. I wouldn’t necessarily describe Lady Danger as a true, flat matte. I has almost the faintest satin finish, keeping it a little more modern, and easier to wear.

Ease of application:

Lady Danger is a particularly pleasant matte lipstick to apply. From the tube the formula feels creamy, and glides onto my lips smoothly.

I find the shape of MAC lipsticks very helpful when applying straight from the tube. The pointed tip helps me to achieve a crisp lip line without liner or a brush.


Lady Danger lasts beautifully on me until I eat. It holds up well against drinking, but once I have a meal it starts to fade. The beautiful thing is, it’s very easy to touch up (unlike a lot of other mattes). It doesn’t seem to ball on my lips, or clump up when I reapply, it just glides over the top and looks as good as new.


MAC Lady Danger 1

Nothing much to say about the packaging. It’s the same as all permanent lipsticks from MAC.

MAC Lady Danger 2_0

Anything else worth mentioning?:

I am often asked the difference between Lady Danger and Ruby Woo, two of MAC’s most iconic matte reds, so here goes.

Lady Danger is an almost-neon orange based red. It screams “look at me” and can be a particularly confronting colour to wear. As far as matte lipsticks go, it is very easy to wear, and doesn’t seem to dry my lips out too much. It also seems to retain a little bit of a glossy finish.

Ruby Woo is a classic hollywood red. Next to Lady Danger it almost looks blood red. Ruby Woo is for many people, a less confronting shade of red, as it is a little more classic. I find Ruby Woo to be a particularly drying formula, and I do need to prep my lips with a good exfoliation, and a nice balm before I can wear it.

Now to the swatches:

MAC Lady Danger vs Ruby Woo

MAC Lady Danger vs Ruby Woo Lip Swatch copy

MAC Lady Danger vs Ruby Woo Face Swatch copy

I’ve reviewed Ruby Woo on it’s own previously, you can check out that review here.

What they say:

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

Lady Danger is a vivid bright coral-red (Matte)

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$36.00 AUD; $15.00 USD; 14.00 GBP
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