MAC • Lipglass in Russian Red • Lip Gloss

rated 4.0(114 reviews)

Average Rating.4.0
Would buy this product again.74%

rated 1 of 5 EllaKwint on 1/1/2015 3:37:00 AM more reviews by EllaKwint

Age: 36-43   Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool   Hair: Red, Curly, Coarse   Eyes: Brown    

MAC Russian Red in the original matte is one of my all time favorites. It's cult following virtually ensures it won't be discontinued. Praise be. But it can be a tad drying so when I discovered they made a Lipglass version, I was intrigued. Late to the party for sure, but better late than never?

Full disclosure, this was my very first Lipglass ever. I'm 40 and have never been a fan of glosses. Ever. But I am a fan of MAC. Unfortunately, I have this weird thing about 'wet' looking lips; I know most people find a shimmery wet look the epitome of sexy but I never did. My 2,521 matte lippies will attest to that. So this gloss had to totally win me over...a tall order but I tried to remain open minded.

Formula wise, I find it VERY gloopy, sticky, tacky, gooey and ________ (insert synonym here).

I also found the vanilla scent/flavor (that all MAC lippies supposedly contain) to be far, far more potent than in their other formulas. I'm just sensitive to fragrance so I'm sure this is a non issue for most.

Application is easy enough with amazing, quick color pay off. But if you don't know what you're doing it can go messy but quick. As a matte fan I'm not accustomed to transference; this gloss, especially in a color as bright as this, seems to transfer to everything, and quickly too. Nature of the beast I suppose. Yet my mother wears NARS lipglosses and she doesn't seem to experience the spread around or transfer so easily. Regardless, the first 2 hrs I wear this my lips feel so heavy. Plus, as I tend to wear dark red lips more in fall/winter, I HATE that no scarf, stray hair, gloved finger, drinking glass, etc., is safe. Not remotely.

The stain this provides after the gloopy shine has worn off is lovely. But...I'd rather just wear a stain right out of the gate. So to praise this for an effect that occurs two hours later seems misplaced. But at least, in some fashion, it's truly long lasting (for a gloss).

But ultimately what earned my low rating was the color itself--the very reason I sought this out!! For whatever reason, in Lipglass form this isn't a deep crimson red like the original formula, but, on me, a really bright poppy red. I like a more blood red lip rather than a Marilyn red. Waaay too bright for me and it's odd since I assume the base is the same. It looks less crimson, more clownish. I also am confused over reviewers claiming this can go "sheer" and then be built up to a bolder color. Say what?! The initial swipe of this is pretty intense (even when applying gingerly) and building it up makes it go gooier but not much darker. Perhaps if you use a finger or a different applicator you can achieve a sheer red but that's not worked for me.

Supposedly if you layer the Lipglass over the matching matte lipstick, you get an especially intense pigment and a sheen missing from the original. No thanks! That technique feels akin to applying 4 lbs of vaseline over Chapstick as an overnight treatment. I guess if I want to add a shimmer to a matte lip, which I don't, I'd prefer to just add a less intensely gooey clear coat from another brand. I don't feel like a "Russian" if layering this over the original formula--it just makes me look like Bozo at the strip club.

I hate when MAC lets me down. Clearly for these other reviews, it has its fans. I won't give up on attempting to find another slightly less wet looking/less sticky red formula, but a gloss that doesn't live up to its big sister formula makes another search less appealing. If my favorite brand can't achieve it, I may be doomed

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rated 4 of 5 kristyb114 on 3/12/2014 3:09:00 PM more reviews by kristyb114

Age: 30-35   Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium   Hair: Blond   Eyes: Blue    

Love this. Great go to red.

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rated 5 of 5 shellbelle123 on 3/6/2014 9:09:00 PM more reviews by shellbelle123

Age: 36-43   Skin: Dry, Olive   Hair: Brunette   Eyes: Hazel    

So, you want to wear red but feel like most reds look scary? This is red hot color that you can make as sheer or thick as you want. I tried it with a very light outline of Mac's Brick liner and it was perfect. Better staying power than most glosses. So WHAT if it's a little sticky? Its a gloss for cring out loud. I think glosses are especially wearable for women as they get older that want rich color without the age-enhancing effects that dryer lipstick formulas produce. I feel like the brunette from the Robin Thicke video (Blurred Lines) might be wearing this lipgloss....just a hunch ;)

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rated 5 of 5 Angeni on 11/14/2013 7:05:00 PM more reviews by Angeni

Age: 25-29   Skin: Acne-prone, Fair   Hair: Brunette   Eyes: Blue    

Today I purchased this at my local family dollar store. Because, I was looking for cheaper version of MAC lipglass in russian red. As soon as I got out of my store, and into my car I compared the lipglass russian red to L.A. colors lip gloss in Red Alert. In the store it looked more yellow base then my mac lipglass. To my surprised when I swatched the two next each other and found them almost alike in color, in fact the L.A. color lip gloss had a more blue undertone then the russian red!
costs: 1.00
layer lightly on lips to slight cherry color with concealer underneath (this helps it last longer) to bright red.
it has cheap sweet smell.
does not last as long as mac one, without lipliner
-VERY pigmented (more liquid lipstick)
-HAS more of sheen, or shine for that classic red lip look.
- IT has cult following hopefully will never be discontinued
- IS very moisturizing compared to the lipstick version

costs: 15.00 plus more for shipping & handling ( I look up the price on the mac website)
Can be hard to tone down because comes out so thickly pigmented.
For everyone out there who wondering whether you want to put the money out, try la colors first. Opposed to spending twenty dollars on color you feel makes you look clownish, or is too harsh.
-you only get a small amount of gloss for price you pay

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rated 4 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* missmanic on 5/15/2013 8:02:00 PM more reviews by missmanic

Age: 19-24   Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Neutral   Hair: Black, Curly, Fine   Eyes: Hazel    

Great pigmented, creamy, lip gloss. Very opaque, but can be sheered down when applied lightly. Can be worn on its own or over lipstick. Like all MAC lipglasses, it's quite thick. Does not leave a stain behind.

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rated 5 of 5 SkyStarr on 5/9/2012 6:09:00 PM more reviews by SkyStarr

Age: 19-24   Skin: Combination, Dark, Neutral   Hair: Black, Kinky, Coarse   Eyes: Brown    

I just bought this product today from Macy's and I'm in love with this lip gloss. I've been searching for the perfect red that wasn't too overpowering but yet still bold and this did it for me. It has a hint of gloss and is very pigmented which is a plus for me. I wanted a red lipstick originally, but I just didn't care for their red lipsticks; they were too loud for me and plus you need a lip liner.The price factor does kinda suck considering that your only getting little product, but I'm still happy with my choice. I also had the same effect when it comes to the sticky-ness that other comments mentioned, but I personally like it that way so I know that the gloss is still on. The sticky-ness doesn't bother me too much. It also doesn't have a bad smell which is a plus. Overall I love this product and cannot wait to wear it.

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rated 4 of 5 NARSaddiction on 2/5/2012 7:17:00 AM more reviews by NARSaddiction

Age: 19-24   Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium   Hair: Blond   Eyes: Blue    

I am absolutely terrified of red lipsticks but I love how it looks on others. I was determined to make the look work for me but after many failed attepts with various versions of red lipsticks I had almost given up. I saw this lipglass on so I thought what the heck I'll give it a try.

I'm so glad I did. This is a gorgeous opaque red which isn't as over powering or clownish as a red lipstick. You can make it as sheer or as strong as you like and it realy is a less 'obvious' alternative to a lipstick. I wear it over Mac's Hue lipstick to get the best out of the colour.

For reference I have Platinum blonde hair and am a NW20

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rated 5 of 5 prettykitty1423 on 1/28/2012 7:38:00 AM more reviews by prettykitty1423

Age: 18 & Under   Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool   Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium   Eyes: Green    

This is a great, true red lipgloss.
It is very pigmented, opaque in a couple of swipes. I often wear this without any lipstick at all!
It's very glossy and shiny, and I love that even after a few hours, it's still opaque and glossy.
All in all, I love it!

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rated 5 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* nola80 on 9/29/2011 1:41:00 PM more reviews by nola80

Age: 30-35   Skin: Very Oily, Olive, Warm   Hair: Black, Straight, Fine   Eyes: Brown    

Gorgeous blood red color on the lips!!! This is extemely pigmented, I also own Russian Red and I almost wished I found this lipglass first because it's more amazing than it's lipstick counterpart. Worn on top of Russian Red it's the most perfect pinup look. Lasts long time on lips but it is very sticky, but I love the look too much to care!

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rated 5 of 5 Kach100 on 9/9/2011 4:41:00 AM more reviews by Kach100

Age: 19-24   Skin: Oily, Olive, Cool   Hair: Black, Kinky, Coarse   Eyes: Brown    

I love this lipglass. The texture IS really sticky, but I don't find it particularly discomforting, Just the usual texture of all MAC lip glosses. This lipglass has great colour pay off, and its 'less serious' than its lipstick counterpart which I love just as much. It looks fantastic on my NC42 toned skin and lasts for a fairly long time, even with eating and drinking. I snagged this off strawberry net for NZ$23 which I thought was a steal considering lipglasses are NZ$40ish from a MAC store. This is now a staple and is so lovely for all year round. Must have.

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