MAC Unsung Heroes: Dubonnet Lipstick

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mac dubonnet lipstick

Am I way too easily amused for my own good? Survey says, “Probably.” For instance, I continue to get a huge kick out of mucking up names. Around here, Trader Joe’s is Traitor Joe’s, Target is Tar-ghay, and Whole Foods is affectionately (not) referred to as Whole Paycheck.


Lame? Yes. But also hilarious to moi. πŸ™‚

And now I’m doing it with makeup, too. I’ve heard the peeps at a MAC counter pronounce today’s Unsung Hero, MAC Dubonnet Lipstick ($14.50), as “Doo-bow-nay,” but I like to call it “DEW-bonnet” instead.

Sorry! I can’t help it, even if I am messing with the moniker of one of the greatest reds in the MAC permanent line.

mac dubonnet lipstick swatch

mac dubonnet lipstick

Scratch that — I think it’s one of the GREATEST MAC REDS OF ALL TIME! Sure, Russian Red usually gets the spotlight (hey, if it was good enough for Madge…), but Dubonnet also deserves mad love.

This warm reddish berry has a creamy finish, and I think it looks beyond great on gals with warm skin tones and/or yellow undertones. DoesnÒ€ℒt matter where you reside in the rainbow, either — pale, tan or dark — Dubonnet de-livers.

I can’t remember — have you worn Russian Red before? If you have and thought that it looked a little wonky on you (might have been due to the blue undertones), Dubonnet could be the MAC red para ti.

No worries about wear time, either. I can apply Dubonnet first thing in the morning and do Tabs’ bidding until about 3 or 4 (“OH, three or four!” Remember that Looney Tunes ep?) before I even have to think about a touch-up.

How many lumps do you want?

It can be a little drying, though, so you might want to prep your lips first with your favorite lip balm.

Seriously… I know that some red lipsticks can be a little scary, but you can totally DEW-bonnet. I know you can! πŸ™‚


Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Oh, can I borrow your phone? Just for a second. I just want to see if — oh, look at that! It does have a camera. That’s great because it means you can enter the 2011 Breast Cancer Awareness Month Sign Project and Giveaway right now (haha… smoove).

The MAC Unsung Heroes series features some of my favorite products from MAC’s permanent collection

P.P.S. Eek! I’m running behind today… Had to take care of some life stuff earlier. Miss you though, and I hope you’re having a good one.


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  1. Wow, it looks so impeccably classy on you!
    Antonia at Swedish Love Affair recently posted … Kanelbullens dag or Cinnamon Bun Day in Sweden

  2. Dubonnet was *made* for you, Karen! I get a lot of… well, brownish-orange undertones when I wear it, depending on the lighting. It’s not UNflattering, per se, but it’s not nearly as pretty on me as it is on you!

    Loving the Unsung Heroes series, by the way ^^ (Loving and hating – I am resolutely trying to stick to my low-buy, and you are soooo not helping there :P)
    Rae // theNotice recently posted … Burberry Body photos and review

  3. Beautiful colour! I’m loving red lips at the moment.

    Kisses, Melanie
    Beauty and Bows

  4. Shubana says:

    You made me want this lipstick. But, I must wait until I move back to civilization. Until then.. daisy dukes and chap stick πŸ™

  5. nlinton says:

    I got married in this color. I need to buy again just for the memories. Love it.

  6. Nalina says:

    This was actually my very first MAC purchase, and my first red lipstick! I love it, and it’s a creamier formula than Russian Red. Brootifuls.
    Nalina recently posted … CHANEL is sexy. It works out!

  7. Heidi says:

    This might work for me. Reds with bluish undertones ALWAYS turn a very unflattering fuschia on me, which is not a good look for me.

  8. Jessi says:

    Oooh, this red is gorgeous on you! I’m slowly getting the nerve to wear bold red lips in public, but I’m taking it slow. I’m progressing though! I used to think even Viva Glam Cyndi was too bold for me, but now I’m comfortable enough to wear it.
    Jessi recently posted … I’m a Frankening Fiend!

    • Karen says:

      You can do it, Jessi. Small baby steps… How about taking the tube and just dabbing it on your lips to make a stain so you get just a hint of red? Then, when you get more comfortable you can work your way up to a more opaque look.

  9. Chris25 says:

    Karen, you are hilarious! I’m going to send in a photo, but Rocky and Jazz will be in the pic, because I’m camera shy.

    Oh yeah, and you’re totally an enabler. I live near a MAC store, and every time I try to resist going in there, you post another MAC Unsung Hero. Totally not fair. πŸ˜€

  10. Silka says:

    This is the red “para ti”…… hermoso!

  11. Marian says:

    I think I need this!

  12. Jen W says:

    This was my VERY FIRST RED! And I love it to this day, the slight brown base makes it so flattering across most skin tones IMHO.
    Jen W recently posted … NARS Grand Palais Eyeshadow Duo: Review, Swatches, FOTD

  13. Vonvon says:

    I bought after meeting Victor Cembelin last year, thats his favorite red! and I happened to find it at the CCO when I was in the US.

    I rarely use it, but it’s always there for me to see on my it’s getting cooler again…. Perhaps I should wear that today! πŸ˜‰
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  14. Celestine says:

    I love your red lipstick..This is a beautiful shade of lipstick ..ALWAYS turn a very unflattering fuschia on me, which is not a good look for me.
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  15. Nina says:

    i own dubonnet but it intimidates me and ive only used it once (to attend a wedding reception) … i love the color and how luminous it makes my face look but it feels too much for the summer …

    ill have to pull it out soon!

  16. Ruchita says:

    Wow, that is a gorgeous red! I don’t usually weaar dark lips, but this is one I would try.

    I’m easily amused as well. Target is Le Tarjay, Taco Bell is Crotcho Smell. Being in my mid-thirties has not changed my adolescent sense of humor. πŸ™‚

  17. NeenaJ says:

    It looks like a really red version of Paramount. Will add to my “want” list. Can’t believe that it hasn’t been on my radar!

    Hubs and I call Harris Teeter (grocery store) Hairy Peter, if it makes you feel any better.

  18. Kim says:

    You know I’m not a red kind of gal, but the Bonnet (hee hee) would be more my color than Russian Red, I think. I do better with berries. πŸ™‚

    Hey! I DO have a camera phone. Pls keep reminding – I’ll have to write it on my hand. Soccer season is done on Saturday and then I’ll have time to think again! And make a sign, hopefully!

    • Karen says:

      Yes ma’am. I’ll keep on ya until you send me a pic.

      How did this season go? Did the kids have fun?

      • Kim says:

        OK, awesome! Yes, they really did – and I always just hope that they’ll enjoy it enough to play the next year. I know sports aren’t for every kid and not all of them will play in high school and beyond, but youth sports are so great for kids and teach them a lot about working together and being responsible (not to mention, building lifelong friends!). And it gets them out and about – away from TV and video games!! πŸ™‚

  19. Elle says:

    This is my FAVORITE MAC red, hands down. And I say it with my (sometimes) Chicago accent, so it’s DEW – BAHHH – net for me. πŸ˜‰

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