Mac Russian Red Lipstick with Mac Redd Lipliner

14 May 2013

Following on from my post on Girl About Town, I'm featuring another infamous Mac shade that everyone seems to own or want to own - Russian Red.

The lipstick is a matte formula, but it feels like a matte formula with some amplified involvement - it's creamier than most matte formulas, it definitely requires a lip pencil or it bleeds, and it smudges and transfers easily which the majority of the matte formulas don't. Having said that it is still long wearing and the colour packs a punch with no build up needed, so I'm not saying this is a bad combination of formulas, but if matte is an absolute must for you I definitely wouldn't call this a true matte.

Although the not-so-matte formula means that this lipstick is less drying than a lot of the other matte lipsticks on offer it does, as I said, mean that lip liner is essential otherwise you'll have a Rudolph nose faster than you can blink. My choice of lip pencil is Mac's Redd, which is a really true, primary red that matches Russian Red perfectly. I apply the pencil all over my lips to create a base for the lipstick to adhere to so that there is no sliding or bleeding at all and this also means that over the course of the day the fade is more even, rather than that lovely look we've all seen a bit to often where someone's lipstick is long gone in the centre of their mouth but they have a perfect outline left.

Overall a really flattering, teeth whitening red lipstick (said to be used by Dita Von Teese, clear credentials right there!) which makes for a great red lipstick if you're not so much of a collector of make up and just want to buy one perfect product.

Join the conversation!

  1. Russian Red reeeeeally suits you! I have a different red shade from mac, but my favourite is probably Plumful. Love that Dita Von Teese wears this though- reckon I'll have to check it out now!xx

  2. Such a babe! Loving this shade on you! X

  3. This is such a nice lippy! I wish red suited me but it just makes my skin look more yellow than usual. Determined to find the right red shade for me! x

  4. I loveeee this lipstick so much! Russian Red and Lady Danger are my fav MAC reds xx

  5. It looks so stunning on you, gorgeous! <3

    Jennie xo |

  6. Ah, such a classic red! I received Russian Red in a makeup swap recently and am loving it. Looks so striking on you! xo



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