MAC Russian Red Review

I recently bought my first MAC lipstick and after much deliberation, I went for Russian Red. I think I spent at least ten minutes umming and ahhing over Russian Red and Ruby Woo, but eventually made my choice. Yesterday, I tested it out for the first time. On the whole, I love it. Compared to my other red lipstick, Rimmel London’s Red Fever, the colour of Russian Red is a more intense, striking red. It is a blue-based red, which I think complements my skin tone.

It applies easily and I like the matte formula and it is not too drying. This lipstick lasts well, but it does transfer rather easily – throughout the day, quite a lot of it ended up on my fingers and even on my food when I ate lunch. Even so, it still didn’t need much of a top-up afterwards.

Summary of pros and cons:


  • Lovely colour
  • Lasted well
  • Nice matte formula


  • Transferred easily
  • Quite expensive – £13.50.

In conclusion, although it was a bit pricey, I really like Russian Red as it is a beautiful colour and I think it works well when recreating vintage makeup, as I like to do. So, for someone who loves to recreate 1940s makeup looks, I feel that Russian Red is a valuable addition to my makeup collection.

A couple of pictures of me wearing the lipstick:

Photos © E.Bell 2011 – do not use without permsision.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Brooke
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 06:27:45

    It is unfortunate that it was expensive, but the brand is MAC. I am sure that you had to be careful with how much you used. I hate it when great hair products turn out to be expensive too. Any new makeup discoveries?


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