love at first swipe. really suits me. i love this red... got a lot of compliments :)
Simply put. The best all purpose, every day and special occasion red. Smooth, creamy, doesn't move as long as a primer and liner are used. Pulls cool on me because my lips are naturally pigmented. Looks fabulous against NC15 SF foundation. The trick is to apply with a fine lipstick brush, or else all bets are off and there's going to be red all over your face. A must for a forties look...or really any look for that matter. Russian Red is perfect.
holy SMOKES! This is my all day, every day and twice on Sunday lipstick!
I've always been open to trying out different brands and colours of red lipstick and still am.. but through and through Russian Red takes the CAKE!
As a gal with black hair, VERY fair skin and hazel eyes, this ripe red absolutely finishes off the face. I found that if I use a cheaper lipliner (such as GOSH, available at Shoppers DrugMart #canadiangalhere) all over the lip and use a lip brush for the lipstick, it is good as gold. Speaking of gold, a touch of effect powder (such as GOSH's "Gold" pigment) dabbed in the centre-most part of the pout can do wonders if you're looking to vamp it up a little..
Russian Red was the very first lipstick I ever bought/used (MAC's Politely Pink was also purchased that day) - no regrets!!
Blue-based, in between a satin and a matte, moist and does not feather on me whilst using a primer and liner.
I like to dab a bit of MAC's "Luna" creamy highlighter on the cupids bow to bring attention to the lippy, and also can help reduce the appearance of any shadowy bits on the upper lip.. not that any of us gals have that or anything.. ;)
Back when I had bought it, Russian Red was CAD$15.50, the price has since increased to $17.50 but it's well worth every penny. This will always be a part of my collection!
I think this is a classic red lipstick.
This product made me love red lipstick! I'm half indian with olive skin and it looked gorgeous on.
I was a lipstick noob and MAC was having a random 30% off sale so I thought heck why not buy a proper red lipstick.
Being new to lipstick at the age of 21 (wtf?) I kind of tried to apply it as is, and then stuffed it up and then smeared it. If this goes anywhere off your lips its a disaster! the red doesnt budge from your skin!!! it looks silly. but this is WHY you must have a lipliner. A steady hand helps too.
With the matching lipliner this is pretty perfect. Perhaps it doesnt last totally as long as I'd like(but i haven't tried enough lipsticks for comparison} but after it comes off it provides a nice stain which is good enough for me. I guess any lipstick needs reapplication - its just the nature of the mouth!
it's kind of a staple. if i'm having a bad face day i just put this on (even without other make up!) and I feel gorgeous - and I think that's what make up is all about. Puts a spring in my step.. (and I am not a MAC hype person).....buy it!
I am not a red lipstick girl. But as I grow older, I am prone to try some of the beauty classics.
So, I went to the MAC counter and asked my favourite MA if I could try some of the famous MAC reds.
Russian red was of course among them.
The red is a classic red like Coco Chanel would wear it. Makes me think of glamorous women sipping champagne.
The MA put it on my lips and -voila- I was looking ten years older.
Not that it looked really bad or clownish on me, but downright making me look old and tired.
I guess that means, this is not my shade of red. I could easily see it as the MA put another red lipstick on my lips and this was waaay better. I looked fresh and my teeth looked very white.
So please, try especially red lipsticks out if you can, because even if the majority of women can wear russian red, for some women, it looks downright horrible on their lips. Check out twice, if it really is a flattering red for your type.
For reference: Iīm MAC NC20, BB sand with brown hair, amber eyes and pale skin with a olive-neutral undertone.
Having tried and tested many MAC reds, I can give you more details.
I am pale with a strange olive undertone and that makes it hard to find a good shade.
My favorite MA tried several shades on my lips and we were both agreeing Russian Red was not the red for me.
Iīm constantly taken for at least 10 years younger than my age and this lipstick making me look old tells something about what the wrong colour can do to your face.
Mac describes it a s a blueish red and on my lips it looks yellow-undertoned and too dark for my face.
Whereas Mac Red and Ruby Woo, which are also blue-based, worked on my lips and looked like a clear, blue-based red. If I swatched them on my hand, I could not see as much difference between the colours as I could see on my lips.
If you try red lipstick, test
- if it makes your teeth look yellow
- if it makes you look older or tired
- if you can wear it without makeup (sounds strange, but this means it works with your skin tone and not just with your make up)
Donīt let yourself be fooled by swatches as they donīt show in which way the colour interacts with your skin and lip tone.
Contrary to other reviewers, I donīt see, how any red lipstick can work on every woman. For many women, this shade might work. For me, it didnīt.
I highly suggest trying, if itīs possible, before ending with the wrong kind if red shade on your lips.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this lipstick! I've always been attracted to lighter lipsticks because I am so fair, but I'm so glad I went for this one. This is by far my favorite Mac lipstick that I've tried (I've tried four Mac lipsticks). The only thing I don't like about it is it's not much of a day colour for me, otherwise I would wear it all the time. I find it to be not that drying if I put a bit of balm underneath and it lasts for HOURS. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a great red lipstick!
Pefect, classic red, exactly what I was looking for! And because of its blue-ish undertones, my teeth look like I had them bleached. :)
I don't know if it's a good everyday lipstick, though. Probably not considering that I am still going to school..
If I apply too much, the color does become clown-like. Otherwise, it's a flattering bright red on my lips. It's less dry than Ruby Woo. The color lasts about six hour to seven hours without eating/drinking. I wouldn't buy this again because I honestly don't see myself finishing the tube.
I'm a big fan of MAC lipsticks but unfortunately I find this too drying. The color is absolutely beautiful but if I need to reapply during the day it feels really thick on my lips, almost like a mask. I wear it from time to time anyway because it's a perfect red.