MAC Isabel and Ruben Toledo Lipstick- “Barbeque”- Review and Swatches.


MAC Isabel and Ruben Toledo Lipstick- “Barbeque”- Review and Swatches.

By –Sushmita M J

Hello Folks,

Last month MAC launched extraordinary collection collaboration with the famous Isabel and Ruben Toledo, Cuban-American fashion designer based in New York. As expected the packaging is super cute and fashionable. I was more keen to get the product just for packaging sake. 😀


What MAC Claims: Formulated to shade, define and showcase the lips in a rouge-y matte range of reds. The iconic product that made M∙A∙C famous. Specially designed white packaging features Ruben’s illustrations of graphic lines and faces in his one-of-a-kind aesthetic.

Price: 1600 INR for 3g




Mac describes: Barbeque as Vivid Orange Red in matte finish. The collection includes 6 lipsticks, names listed down below.

Oxblood: light peachy nude.

Barbeque: Vivid orange red

Victoriana: Mid tone pink red.

Tenor Voice: True classic red.

Opera: Dark red.

Sin: Deep blood red.

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Look at the packaging, isn’t it so cute, as if Ruben Toledo is illustrating aesthetic beauty of her wife Isabel, The outer case packaging is rubberized and feel same as Nars packaging, the only difference is MAC Isabel and Ruben Toledo Collections is white in colour with numerous eye catching graphic designs. The packaging is so much fun, the soft velvety texture of the packaging with black and red pattern.

015-2The shade is bright, bold medium warm orange red, very comfortable on lips. It is a matte finish but not too stiff or hard to apply. The texture is creamy and smooth on lips, don’t demand dragging or pulling while application. I get full on opacity in single swipe, it is that pigmented. However I love to layer it on unless I am satisfied with intensity. Those who are not comfortable wearing orange lipsticks- this kind of shade is really helpful for the beginners. The shade looks bright in bullet but can be toned-down as per desire. The smooth texture is not overly drying neither hydrating – common feature of every matte lipsticks, although after 2-3 hours under AC it does feel little drying on lips, therefore a chap stick is very important that moment. Otherwise under normal atmosphere I don’t feel discomfort. It last on me almost 6-7 hours on me without munching.

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What I like about MAC Isabel and Ruben Toledo Lipstick- “Barbeque”:

  • I love bright colour like this specially orange-red, very much summer appropriate.
  • Matte Finish, yet comfortable on lips.
  • Glide easily, has smooth and creamy texture.
  • Doesn’t accentuate dry lines.
  • Highly pigmented, gives opaque coverage.
  • The shade will suit almost all skin tones.
  • Last almost 7 hours on me.
  • Beautifully designed, cute packaging.
  • Those who are red lovers, this collection is such a heaven. You will get different types of reds from cool tones to warm tone.


What I don’t like about MAC Isabel and Ruben Toledo Lipstick- “Barbeque”:

  • The shade is LE, availability is an issue.
  • The price is much higher than MAC’s regular lipsticks. :@


Rating: 4.5/5

If you guys are fascinated with beautiful packaging and heart melting shades, then this collection is definitely for you. I love red lipsticks but Barbeque is different than anything I have. Although MAC is running after repromoting old-permanent shades in brand new packaging which is such a bummer, on customer view point, we definitely want to see some new shades in market in returns of money we spend on MAC.









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4 Responses

  1. Vipra Patil says:

    The shade is simply perfect for summers and the orange lover in me wants this one right away 😉
    The color is looking beautiful on you <3

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