Mac Scarlet Ibis Lipstick (Marilyn Monroe ) : Swatches & Review

by mehak on February 5, 2013

in Grade A, Lip Products, Lipsticks, MAC, Reviews

Morninnnnggggggg Delhhiites! (And other people who have woken up to a less cold, less wet, and brighter morning). Lets start the day with a little bit of  a quiz.Look at the picture below and tell me your thoughts

scarlet-ibis If you thought “What a gorgeous bird”, then you are the nature loving kind, normal human being. If you thought “Ouch that beak is so poky”  then you are the kinds who gets caught up in too many details and needs to enjoy the bigger picture. If however you thought “OMG i want a lipstick of that color” then you are the rarer, makeup obsessed kinds and could find a spot  on the Mac Team. Because that bird above girls is called Scarlet Ibis, and that is the inspiration behind Mac’s Scarlet Ibis Lipstick from the Marilyn Monroe Collection! Seriously, what a gorgeous color for a lipstick !


Mac Scarlet Ibis is an orange based, warm red and such a stunning color for Indian Skin tones. Its always hard to pull of reds with warmer skin tones like ours- some are too blue based, and the warmer ones pull too orange , but Scarlet Ibis hits that sweet spot right in the middle. Its a red no doubt, but the warm orange undertone makes it uber flattering on our skintones! Iv tried brighter colors like So Chaud and Lady Danger on me before , and iv never quite had the guts to carry off the bold bright orange in them. With Scarlet Ibis i feel like the orange is much more balanced with the red so it doesnt come off looking neon.  Its just  Definitely the best red lipstick iv tried till date for my medium skin tone! It launched first in the Iris Apfel Collection if i remember right, and i even remember multiple Mac Artists claiming it to be their favourite SPring/Summer 2012 Lipstick from all the runway shows, so its no surprise that its come back as a repromote.

In terms of texture, Scarlet Ibis is a matte finish but a beautiful matte finish. It doesn’t drag or pull on your lips like harsh mattes can do, but just immediately envelopes your lips in gorgeous full blown color. It also is not excessively drying- i mean all matte lipsticks will be just a tad bit drying, but this is only a tad and very comfortable to wear. It lasts for a good 6-7 hours on me so lasts a long time as well , and the finish is just a really nice, polished, matte lip.

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A quick early morning before going to work picture. Wearing Tinted Moisturizer and eyeliner.

Verdict: A

Product:4.5/5, Pigmentation:5/5, Texture:4/5, Longevity:4/5, Packaging &Value:4.5/5

Price : Rs 1050/-

Recommendation: If you have been looking for a bright red or orange , and find that most of them o not suit your warm skintone, then Scarlet Ibis will not dissapoint. Its an absolutely beautiful orange based red .. if you enjoy bright lip colors you will love this , and the texture is lovely as well- comfortable to wear and very pigmented. It will probably lean a bit too orange on cooler skintones, but on most tones like mine this is great!

Disclaimer: Sent by PR. Honest Review. Pinky Promise on the pointy beak of the scarlet Ibis


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{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

Preetha February 5, 2013 at 11:07 am

wow it actually looks lovely on a bit on the warmer side..nc42 so seeing the tube, was scared n did not pick it up..its gone oos everywer so loving the shade on u


mehak February 5, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Thanks Preetha its a nice color!


Orangepink February 5, 2013 at 11:34 am

Beautiful Scarlet… I always ignore matte lipcolors , but it is looking gr8 on yur lips n tht too creamy.added incentive is the funky packing.


Nivedita February 5, 2013 at 11:38 am

The shade looks great! Finally I am ready to take my plunge into Mac and guess you’re wondering if I am an alien!!
On a second thought, this shade looks very close to Inglot 103 I think.
I am loving the shrug and the top combo colors you’re wearing!


mehak February 5, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Thanks , iv been feeling aq lot of oranges and browns and rusts and reds lately. Fire colors to kee me warm in th winter time


Crown Princess February 5, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Even i think its very very similar to Inglot 103! I had that so i bought Love Godess instead.


Asvita February 5, 2013 at 11:54 am

Hi Mehak! Mac LEs are quite difficult to get hold of nwadys..mac select city walk said they may not launch d marlyn monroe collection there..if I wanted a permanent dupe fr this, wud u say so chaud is close?


mehak February 5, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Yeah i would say So chaud is quite similar actually, this has a bit more of scarlet red in it..i feel so chaud is still more orange can see here:


Richa Saxena February 5, 2013 at 12:02 pm

I love Red lipsticks and this is such a beautiful Red. Very much wearable!!


Shikha February 5, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Looks fresh and bright, its a beautiful morning if you can ignore traffic jams and flooded roads.. between you look as if you have reduced weight is it??


Ikya February 5, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Whatt hotness! I wanted Scarlet Ibis long back but then got all meh about it!
But it looks so great on you! Some Ruby Woo mixed with So Chaud is very
similar to this. I think Lady Danger is quite similar to this, no?


mehak February 5, 2013 at 1:44 pm

Yeah i think lady danger is oranger , so it looks much brighter than scarlet ibis but yup so chaud is close..


Vineetha February 5, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Mehak, Is the price not INR 1050. I got Charmed and Deeply adored and I am in loveee.. :-)
Nice Review…U are tempting me to get Scarlet too :-(


mehak February 5, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Yup thanks for the correction!


Rajvi Bhow February 5, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Do try the Lakme absoulte classic rose as is a cheaper version of this colour and suits the indian skin tone well..

Also, Mehak I’m currently on the lookout for a matte orange lipstick (my skin tone is almost the same as yours) any suggestions?


Bhumika February 6, 2013 at 9:32 pm

Chambor Powder Matte Orange Flambe..


Nitya February 5, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Hehehhe, Loved the last line of your disclaimer, pinky promise on the pointed beak :) good one! Reminds of Chambor Powdered matte Orange Flambe too, what do you say?


Anshita @Vanity No Apologies February 5, 2013 at 4:30 pm

*stares and stares* I want to work with the mac guys..working away in some colour lab or something!


Karishma February 5, 2013 at 6:46 pm

great colour.. but m still scared of bright lipsticks :/


deepti February 5, 2013 at 7:53 pm

Too bold for me , but you are actually carrying it off nicely. Looks similar to booyah from MAC


MissBoPeep February 5, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Wow!!! I was always scared to pick a bold orangey red for myself. Though would look like I have just had a orange pop sickle. However this looks practical and nice. Looks good on you.
I am NC26, you think this will work on me??


shruti February 5, 2013 at 8:28 pm

It does look nice on you, Mehak. Plus the orange/red you are wearing is the perfect background for the lipstick to pop.


Sukanya February 5, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Well, definitely I don’t think I can carry that off ! but you look damn pretty in that yellow sweater (i suppose? ).. just made me realise i don’t have a yellow in my wardrobe ! o_O and my first thoughts on the bird…. ‘woah..its sooo red!!’


Preeti Kaur February 5, 2013 at 10:41 pm

I am wondering if I will be able to pull it off :-/ Though it looks great on you Mahek :P


Joanna February 6, 2013 at 12:46 am

Looks really gorgeous on you!


Bhumika February 6, 2013 at 3:16 am

such a fab shade..looks great on u..


abhi February 6, 2013 at 10:18 am

looks so good…wanna try..

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sakhi February 6, 2013 at 10:44 am

what a pretty shade ..just sets the valentine’s day mood


Mahli Shah February 6, 2013 at 11:57 am

Not been bold enough to try something so bright but tempted. The most vibrant i’ve tried so far is a pink from Anna Andre 40005! great review….. will i succumb?


Swati February 6, 2013 at 7:37 pm

So bold and bright! You are carrying it off well! :)


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