I wanted to love Russian Red & thought this would be the perfect red for me but it turns bright pinkish on me. I'm pale but I have oliveish skin so maybe that is why. When I put it on it's very red then it fades to a ugly bright pink color. Russian Red is not flattering on everyone like people say! I've held onto it long enough so up for swap it goes! I know it will look much better on someone else.
PS Very drying!
This is one of the best reds I've found so far. I like the fact that it's matte. It helps underplay a full mouth. I never go glossy with a deep red color. And also I think this color works on every skin tone, from fair to dark. It will look classy. I wear this with a plain face, maybe just a dab of blush and some eyeliner.
I have to disagree with those folks who are saying this will not look good on warm or yellow toned gals. I am an olive-yellow toned gal and this red looks great on me. Blue tone reds do not generally look good on me which is why I always prefer warm toned reds. But this red has a brown or warmth tint to it. So while I can see a bit of the blue in the swatch test on white paper - it still comes out incredibly neutral. Meaning it can be worn by women of any undertone. Check out the other reviews and I think you will see quite a number of olive or warm toned gals loving this lipstick too.
This is actually has less blue than the Shisheido RD 514 lipstick which is almost an exact copy of this shade except it has a rich creamy feel and look to the lipstick. Still deciding whether I want to keep russian red vs. R514. I like the creamy rich look of the Shisheido but it also costs $25 compared to MAC's $1, although it is a matte shade.
This is a quite lovely blue based red with the slightest orange tint to it when compared with other MAC red favorites like Ruby Woo and MAC Red. It didn't really work for my pale skin with pink undertones because of the orange tinge to it- MAC Red or Ruby Woo were both my winners because of their pink undertones. I think it could work for both warm and cool tones.
It has a very matte finish without being drying.
Here's how to tell if you are cool VS warm:
Cool is for those with pinkish or soft red undertones. Hair color can range from black to dark red to platinum blonde. Eye color is usually light as in blue or green. If you are African American, then your eye color will be very dark brown, almost black. Cools usually burn first and may take along time to achieve a tan. Quite a few won’t tan at all. If you look at the veins on the underside of your arm, they will appear bluish. Cool skin tones look better in silver jewelry, white instead of ivory and bolder colors close to their face.
Warm is for skin tones with a yellow, ruddy or peachy complexion. Hair color can range from dark brown to dark blonde to dark auburn. Eye color is usually brown, hazel, or darker blue. This skin tone tans well and usually does not burn. If you look at the underside of your arm, your veins may have a slight greenish tint if you can even see them at all. You look better in warmer colors, gold jewelry, and ivory instead of white.
*credit goes to Everyday Minerals for this explanation.
my steps to rock a red lip: lightly exfoliate--->condition--->powder lips with blot powder--->line lips with red line--->fill in lips with lipstick and GO!
Great color for my skin tone! I adore Matte lipsticks, and this is a very true, bright, pigmented red.
As a bona fide red lipstick girl, Russian Red ranks among my top two. I can't live without it. If you use Prep + Prime beforehand, don't worry about it being too drying or fading. It's amazing.
Probably the only hype-product I have ever purchased that has completely and utterly lived up to it's hype. If you can buy no other lipstick from MAC, choose this one. It's a great introduction to the line (this was my first!), and it will never fail you!
While I have extremely fair skin, and reds tend to look good on such tones, I still think this would look great on just about anyone. I've worn this while I had platinum blonde hair, and I did feel it washed me out a tad, but in a way that was somewhat interesting and not exactly unflattering. Honestly, same thing goes with color, I'd say and if you can purchase only one red, or you want to make a great one-time red purchase, this is it.
If you know mattes, you know they're somewhat drying, but I never really had much of a problem with this one. It's also easy to apply straight out of the tube and still looks great.
It looks great on my olive toned skin (I'm NC20). I love this lipstick!!!!This is my go to red lipstick.
This is the absolute perfect red on me. I'm around NC30 with jet black hair. I love to pair it with a simple cat eye. It makes me feel like Dita Von Teese. I got a lot of compliments on it. Even though it's matte, it didn't drag on my lips or make my lips feel dried out. There was also no bleeding of color. The color lasts all day and only needed a touch up after a meal.
So I went on mini MAC shopping spree and bought this shade, Ruby Woo (see review), Oversexed gloss and some others and can honestly say I really like MAC's reds. While Ruby Woo is a matte true red (with a hint of blue), Russian Red is the perfect blue-red with a touch of brown for wearability. It is smooth and creamy and is definitely glamourous.