I'm one of the people this doesn't work on. This lipstick did nothing for my complexion at all and I don't think it's a neutral red. I wore it maybe 6 times, thinking I looked great until my roommate politely told me it didn't. :o( It also made my teeth look yellow.
It's such an iconic red and I thought it would be a universal shade but on me it just comes out a bit too dark, like brick and somewhat dull. I detected a bit of yellow in this.
I'm a MAC 35-40 if that helps.
I find true neutral reds or pink reds look better on me as well as MAC's Classic Dame (mattene) and MAC's Red as my skin has a tendency to look sallow. 3 lippies for being a beautiful, long wearing shade.
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The best red lipstick. Great formula, long lasting and I have never seen anyone who doesn't look excellent with it. When I use MAC's brick red lip pencil and blot, it's perfect. It's a commitment, but worth it!
This lipstick is beautiful! Stands out so nice. I used to always debate on this or ruby woo and ended up getting both. Russian red is classier to me. Ruby woo is playful.
LOVE this color! Reds that look good on my fair/cool skin are hard to find but this one is lovely. To me, there's nothing like a sexy red lip. The formula is perfect. Not too dry but not too wet, has good staying power. As always, love the classic MAC vanilla scent.
Russian Red is the universal red lip colour, red/blue. I cover the entire lip area with Mac Liner in Brick first for more staying power. Wearing red lipstick is high-maintenance, fastidious application but it's worth every bit of attention received...
I used to wear red lipstick almost every day and i had always wanted to buy russian red , because of all these people raving for it . The product itself is a very beautiful red . Unfortunately , this lipstick does not suit me ... i feel rather uncomfortable wearing it , although i have tried more intense colours . I think that its matte finish looks rather unflattering on me . I like more hydrating lipsticks better . For that reason , i wear it only as a base for another red lipstisk , because stays forever on the lips !
As for the price , i bought on sales for 11 euros - not too pricey for mac products .
Like every other blue based "red", this turned fuschia on me.
This could be the best red I could ever have. It's not so expensive like the others but still it does its best. It stays long for about 4-6 hours, without eating much. It's very pigmented that I can just apply on my lower lip and it would cover even my upper lip. I've been using it for a year now and there's still much left on the tube!
I have literally been using this lipstick on an almost daily basis for about 16 years. It is by far the best red lipstick I have found. I've tried others that are more creamy or glossy, but they bleed and don't stay on. This stuff is pretty amazing and I get compliments all the time and people asking what color red I am wearing. I am a loyal consumer of this for sure and have no plans of changing. Love it!