MAC Bright Red Dupes


This week, we’ve dug out some amazing dupes of our favourite bright red MAC lipsticks. These are fantastic alternatives at great prices. Red lipstick is a classic and something that every girl needs. It’s surprisingly wearable and a quick way to glam up any look. With the three bright reds we’ve picked, there’s one for every skintone.


MAC Brights


MAC Ruby Woo (€19.50, Brown Thomas) Vs Rimmel Kate Lasting Finish Lipstick 01 (€6.99, Boots) 

Ruby Woo is the ultimate bright lipstick from MAC. It’s the perfect red shade for just about everyone. Because of the blue undertones, it makes your teeth look really white. The finish is absolutely amazing, albeit quite impossible to apply without lip balm or primer underneath. But once you get this little beauty applied, it’ll be so worth the struggle. Everything about it is just amazing! The Rimmel lipstick, now it’s no Ruby Woo but it’s a pretty close match. The colour is very similar, while the finish is a little more glossy but this is mostly because Ruby Woo is from MAC’s Retro Matte collection (which basically means it’s super duper matte….the mattest matte… You get the picture). This Kate Moss for Rimmel number would be fantastic for anyone who wants to try this shade out but doesn’t want to fork out on Ruby Woo, or for any of you who don’t like the texture of Ruby Woo.

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MAC Ruby Woo


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Rimmel 01


MAC Lady Danger (€19.50, Brown Thomas) Vs Kiko Velvet Mat Lipstick in 605 (€6.90, Kiko Cosmetics)

I picked up this Kiko lipstick in London at the weekend because I loved the colour when I swatched it (They have a 50% off sale in-store and online on a lot of products at the moment, so it’s well worth checking out!). When I got it home and actually tried it on, I realised it was a really close dupe for the extremely popular MAC Lady Danger. I love this colour. It didn’t photograph all that well, but it’s a lovely bright red, with orangey coral undertones. It’s surprisingly wearable for daytime, as well as in the evening, and looks uh-may-zing with a tan. The Kiko is actually slightly creamier than the MAC (Lady Danger is matte too), so I don’t need the lashing of lip balm with the Kiko one that I need with MAC. They’re equally long-wearing, the colour is really similar, but I have to say that the MAC is ever so slightly more pigmented than the Kiko, so you need to build up the Kiko more. I have Kiko Smart Lip Pencil in 705 (normally €2.50, but €1.20 in their sale!) on in this photo.

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MAC Lady Danger (bottom), Kiki 605 (top)

MAC Morange (€19.50, Brown Thomas) vs Kiko Velvet Matte Lipstick in 604 Bright Orange (€6.90, Kiko Cosmetics)

 Morange is my current favourite MAC lipstick.  The creamy bright orange shade looks fantastic with a tan so it’s a great shade for summer and instantly adds a bit if fun to your look. Anyone going on holidays, this is one to get! At €19.50 though, this bad boy doesn’t come cheap. On Claire’s recent trip to London, she brought me back some Kiko goodies including the gorgeous Velvet Matte lipstick in Bright Orange. The packaging alone is enough to drool over. This shade is so similar to Morange. The only difference is the finish. Its more matte, which I actually prefer with this colour. Unfortunately Kiko is only available online to us here in Ireland but if you’re travelling to Europe this summer make sure to hit up one of their stores. They’re a little piece of heaven! Warning: You will spend a silly amount of money if you visit Kiko. The Dupe Diaries takes no responsibility for damage caused to your bank balance.

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 Kiko 604 Bright Orange

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MAC Morange

What is your go-to red lipstick? Any recommendations?

Sara and Claire