Mac Russian Red Lipstick: Swatches & Review

by mehak on October 21, 2012

in Grade B+, Lip Products, Lipsticks, MAC, Reviews

Russian Red may sound like the pseudonym of a local stripper (Come on it does!- next on the Pole- Miss Russian Red!!!) but if all the Mac Lipsticks were featuring in a movie, then Russian Red would be the lead actress with a lot of superstar tantrums.  It sits there, right amongst all the other sidekicks in the Mac store all nice and shiny, knowing full well that it is THE most popular and talked about red lipstick of  current times. Rightly so, it has graced the lips of probably every celebrity in Hollywood as they sashay down the red carpet.

So whats the big deal about this lipstick?? Thats kind of what i wanted to know when i bought it- it was almost like a collectors item. Sure- it was a vivid true to heart pure red! Though most people feel Russian Red is a neutral red, i think its more of cool toned red honestly- but it isnt icy cool in the sense that its unwearable for warmer skin tones. I still think a lot of skintones can carry off this red, but if you are a deeper shade than me, and have much warmer tone to your face you do run the risk of looking like a blood thirsty vampire . If you are one the slightly fairer and cooler toned though, Russian Red will look super duper stunning on you. Pulled back hair, fresh dewy skin , a wee bit of eyeliner and a pop of russian red-its hard to get a sexier look!

In terms of the texture Russian Red mimics most of Mac Matte Formulas. It is ultra pigmented- one swipe is enough to cover any sort of pigmentation on the lips. It lasts for ages – i get a good 7 hours out of russian red without any sort of fading and it doesnt even transfer onto surfaces after a while. The formula is not very moisturizing though, after about 2 hours of comfortable wear i feel the need for a chapstick- which is not the case of all Mac Mattes. Mehr for instance wears beautifully, without any dryness discomfort.

 Here is an FOTD with Russian Red Lipstick


Price: Rs 990/-

Recommendation: Mac Russian Red is a cult red lipstick and looks great on a range of skintones. Warmer skintones do run the risk of looking a bit vampirish with this on because its  a tad blue based, but test it out for yourself-i feel it still works on my warm tone. For cooler skin tones, i think its hard to find something as great as Mac Russian Red- its just a beautiful true red that does suit moew people than any other red lipstick iv seen. It lasts ages, is super pigmented, though a tad bit dry.
For more mac lipstick swatches go here: Mac Lipstick Swatches 

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Kejal October 21, 2012 at 6:34 pm

U carry it off soo well!


bawa October 21, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Russian Red is here:

Quite like her voice and style…


Anshita @Vanity No Apologies October 21, 2012 at 6:48 pm

i think I’m soon gonna succumb to d mystery russian red has created!


Shikha October 21, 2012 at 6:57 pm

I agree with Kejal, u carry it very well.. I am shy to buy it even.. I have only one red cloth that too leggings.. :-D


ramya October 21, 2012 at 6:57 pm

nice review mehak! :)


Ash October 21, 2012 at 8:17 pm

I too have wondered why this lipstick is so hyped. But it does look lovely on you. Maybe I should give it a try, but then I hardly ever wear red lipstick!


Shruti October 21, 2012 at 9:16 pm

I’m thinking of getting the MAC Editorial Reds palette to try out the reds that would work on me. I think Ruby Woo might look good. Have you tried that one?


mehak October 22, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Ruby Woo is my favourite Mac red though a warning its dry as hell!!!! It has a retro matte formula which makes it super dry!


tanveer October 21, 2012 at 9:32 pm

It looks really good on you Mehak!


mehak October 22, 2012 at 2:39 pm

hanks T!


Anna October 21, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Your recommendations work well for me and I love your style. P&B has become my staple.


Richa Saxena October 21, 2012 at 10:55 pm

You have carried it really well…Looks great on you Mehak….


Sukanya October 21, 2012 at 11:15 pm

well, am perpetually scared to carry red ! :(


mehak October 22, 2012 at 2:39 pm

So am i !!!
But somehow in winters i get the confidence i dont know if tht makes sense!


Giggle girlie October 22, 2012 at 2:20 am

Looks gorgeous on you mehak!I have been in look out for that perfect lipstick for my skin tone…


Karishma October 22, 2012 at 2:34 am

Though i like red lipstick on others, i have comfortable on wearing it myself.. hehe.. it looks great on u btw.


suna October 22, 2012 at 3:48 pm

wow it looks gorgeous on u mehak..
so classy


Priya October 22, 2012 at 4:47 pm

super gorgeous shade mehak! U rocking it :)


Joanna October 22, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Looks really gorgeous on you!!!


Dolon October 23, 2012 at 2:44 am

This looks so great on u!..Im still deciding on Ruby Woo or Russian Red!


Xuvious October 23, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Between this and Ruby Woo I can’t make up my mind…
you look gorgeous! :)


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