On me, Manslayer appears to be a deep berry red. It dries down to a matte finish in a few minutes, and it didn't feel drying compared to other red lipsticks I have.
|Don't worry matte lip fiends-- it is much more matte in person.|
When I saw swatches online prior to my purchase, I was expecting it to be closer to MAC's Russian Red. Besides the formulas being different, Manslayer is much deeper.
Here's how it compares to my other red (and one burgundy) lipsticks:
|Top row (L-R): DvT Muse Red (615), Kat Von D Rosary|
Middle Row: MAC Russian Red, DvT Manslayer, MAC Viva Glam I
Bottom row: MAC Prolong (Pro Longwear Lipcreme)
If you've always wanted to try to wear red lipstick, I think Manslayer would be a good gateway color. It's not bright, and looks great sheered down if you're scared to wear it full-strength.
I suppose the only downside to the DvT lipsticks is that they have a vanilla-y smell. Personally, I like it because it actually smells like food (unlike the plastic-y vanilla scent MAC uses for their lipsticks); but, if you're super sensitive to scented cosmetics, this may be a dealbreaker.
Also, if you are nervous about ordering something from another country, that will put a damper on things as well. Dita Von Teese's line is not sold in the USA, but I was able to buy it from a UK site called Tender Loving Skincare. The shipping was very reasonable (about $10), and their customer service is impeccable.
As always, you don't have to take my word for it! Dita Von Teese's Manslayer is available now at Tender Loving Skincare.