I adore MAC Chili and abhor MAC Lady Bug.
Chili is the well-behaved child that you just end up taking for granted while paying far too much attention to its more temperamental siblings. Like the shiteous Lady Bug.
Are you looking for a red that promises a world of glossy tomato-y goodness in the bullet but instead coats your mouth in a pointless slick of greasy warm blah? One that refuses to adhere to the midst of your lips and disappears from the rest of them as soon as you put the tube down, basically? Perhaps you'd like your lips to feel like they've been stuck to a chalk cliff afterwards? No? Well, stay away from Lady Bug. The lustre formula should be enough warning for MAC veterans but if that's insufficient deterrent, let me assure you that the colour is both mediocre, endlessly dupable and in any case- blink once and you've missed it.
I don't think I've experienced wear this fleeting since Friday night met the balconette bra.
I use Chili a lot in mixes with all those near-miss shades that I can't afford not to use. Hot tip; know all those too-sheer/too-dolly/a bit fucked-looking corals you spent all that $$$ on (I may be projecting here)? A smidgen of Chili can make them right. You'll be amazed how much it improves this often wayward colour and the same goes for all those semi-unwearable fashion-bitch oranges. I use it to tame crazy shit like MAC Morange or Lady Danger when I don't want to look like a stop sign. To knock the ashiness out of neutrals. For a subtle ombre with some warm reds. Your lipstick life is not complete without it.