I think MAC should change the color of this lipstick to "UNIVERSAL RED" because this is the perfect Red for any skin tone. I've put this lipstick on virtually all my friends (A range of skin tones from fair to dark) and I have yet to find a single person that hasn't loved their lips! For longer wear I would recommend using a lip liner to color in the entire lips and then put the lipstick over (MAC'S Cherry is the perfect complement). Highly recommended, especially for people who are looking for a classic red lip.
The perfect red. Described on the MAC website as an "intense blueish-red" and that is exactly what it is. For reference, I am an NW10 (winter) to NW25 in the summer. Its a fairly creamy formula in my opinion. Not too dry, and it lasts for quite a while.
this is my favorite red lippie from MAC! a must have on your red lipstick collection! :)
I cannot rave about this lipstick enough. This was the first lipstick I ever bought from MAC and I think it's gorgeous, it's the perfect shade of red and it does not budge at ALL. My biggest fear of wearing a red lip was that it would bleed halfway through the night and look horrible but this doesn't do that at all. It stays put until you scrub it off and even then it has a nice stain. It is extremely pigmented so if you accidentally end up with some on the skin around your mouth (hello shaky hands!) it's a bit of a nightmare to get off. It's a matte red shade and it can leave your lips feeling quite dry if they're not moisturised but that's to be expected with a matte shade. Overall I cannot recommend this product enough, it retails for around £14 in the UK so not the greatest price but it's such a HG for me I'll definitely be repurchasing this again and again.
This is my first mac lipstick. I tried it in a mac store. The MUA put it on and i was immediately in love with the color. Love wearing it with a neatral eyelook. I get many compliments when i wear this. First i didn't like the dry feeling this lipsticks gave me. But now i'v gotten used to it. It stays on for hours. Normally i must re aply a lets say nyx lipstick for several time a day. But not with this beauty. Two times a day is enough.
I ordered mac's clear lipgloss. I'm curious how that is gonna turn out. I will definitely buy russian red again. | also think this will not be my last mac lipstick in any color.
I love this colour. I generally use MAC red because it is slightly cooler toned and so a little better for my skin. A lot of people write that this is blue toned, but the mac website has it down as coral red and I think under the right lights you can definitely see a hint of that. Being matte it is a tiny bit drying, but the wear is AMAZING. So I bought this to use when I am out for a long day and might not be able to touch up as often - it just lasts and lasts. It goes on well, is very pigmented and definitely well worth a try if you like bold colours. Thanks MAC!!
This is a great red lipstick. I seriously think that this will fit any skin tone. It's very pigmented and very long lasting (since it has a matte finish). I would definitely recommend you get this if you are looking for a red lipstick.
Have been looking for a red lipstick after using neutral/taupe/light pink for years and years. Purchased Kat von D's matte lipstick in Outlaw. I really love the color, but the formula is incredibly drying. MAC Russian Red is as high maintenance as Outlaw, but less drying. It's a really gorgeous color that I've been experimenting with as a daytime color (with a very neutral eye). Maybe all reds are high maintenance? I line it with Sephora's scarlet lipliner, but am kind of obsessive about checking how it looks every ten minutes or so because red looks so bad when it bleeds. Russian Red lasts through coffee and lunch with minor touch ups. In summary, a beautiful, matte red lipstick that would work well day or night. Definitely a keeper, although much more high maintenance than a more neutral color or a creamy lipstick.
I've never adored a lipstick as much as I adore Russian Red. The first day I wore it, two people complimented me on my smile. The lipstick makes my teeth look gleaming white--and they're not. It's a semi-matte lipstick--not as matte or dry as say, Ruby Woo, another MAC red. And it has terrific staying power. For reference, I'm a MAC NC20 and do well with cool, blue-based lipsticks.
I loved Russian Red so much that I went back to Nordstrom and bought another tube the next day. I also decided to look for a pink semi-matte lipstick --I'm really over lipsticks that don't last--and settled for MAC's Pink Plaid, which ended up looking dreadful on my lips--too pale and too blue, like death warmed up. And it made my teeth look yellow.
Then I tried Pink Plaid over Russian Red and got the blue pink I'd been looking for.
Using MAC's lip primer is a must for keeping Russian Red where it belongs. A red lipstick like this isn't for sissies. Without the primer, I can end up looking like the Joker in Batman.
YES!!! Ladies, I've finally discovered the perfect red! One that I can wear that looks absolutely stunning with my NC30-35 complexion. I haven't tried Chanel Dragon so I can't compare, but I've had bad luck with some other reds by Shiseido and Illamasqua. But this little cheapie by MAC is the most perfect of all the HE world IMO. It is a Matte formula, and goes on really smooth over a primer (I use UD Lip Primer or Guerlain Liplift). Russian Red is opaque and pigmented but not runny and doesn't easily kiss off! It stays put a long time and wakes my face up with a bold punch of red. It's best with brightening eyeshadows and a touch of mascara and eyeliner. As with all bold lipsticks, your face MUST be flawless for best results. Any blemishes you have will stand out wearing this lip. So if it takes concealer, foundation AND powder, you gotta do what you gotta do. Sometimes the most understated looks take the most work. Enjoy!