This the best matte red eyeshadow I've had the pleasure of using. Russian Rouge is a perfect median red, making it a color that won't accentuate or create dissonance with skin undertones excessively. The pigmentation is spot on, and it is absolutely matte, there's no question about it. If you use a light hand (and I stress that) you can get a really lovely natural-looking blush, and if you use your standard eyeshadow application method, you will get intense red. Red in general is normally a very tricky color to formulate properly for an eyeshadow, and SauceBox managed to do it perfectly (and if you're against the use of carmine, this doesn't contain any). Also, this has roughly 5 grams of product for $8.00, so it is essentially a steal when compared to MAC prices. Russian Rouge is amazing, enough said.