MAC Russian Red Lipstick Review

I was lucky enough to win this lovely lipstick from Selina's giveaway. It's one of MAC's most popular reds, yet it's something I never thought of picking up myself. I'm glad I own it because it's a high-quality reliable red. Although if you have an extensive lipstick collection, you probably already own something like this. Here are my thoughts on it:
Color
I think what makes Russian Red so universal is that it's a primary red. It doesn't lean too blue or too orange so it appeals to many. It's completely opaque in one layer.
Formula
Russian Red has a matte finish. Not completely matte (like NARS Dragon Girl) since it retains a bit of a creamy sheen.
Longevity
It wears well, but on special occasions I would definitely wear a lip liner underneath. 
Overall
Russian Red is a great red. It's flattering and not overly glossy, which makes it very wearable. I would say this is my third favorite red lipstick, NARS Dragon Girl and Mascate are still in the lead. 

What's your go-to red lipstick? Have a nice week, beauties!

65 comments

  1. It is the perfect red! :) Lucky that you won this, looks great on you!

    Jasmine Catches Butterflies ʚϊɞ

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  2. A red lipstick is a must-have, even if you don't like lipsticks... like I don't LOL But I do own two, one bright (Maybelline Color Sensational in Red Revival) and one dark (NYX Round Lipstick in Hero) ^^
    This shade looks amazing on you and like you said, seems to work with a lot of skin undertones : ) xx

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    1. Hero has been on my list ever since you first recommended it to me xx

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  3. This suits you so much! I only really have one red in my collection which is a Revlon balm/stain but I love the look of this. It seems to suit many people :) xx

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  4. I would love to try this! Such a lovely red xx

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  5. I have heard so many good things about this lipstick I want it so badly! It'd such a classic red, it looks so so pigmented as well.

    burgundybeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. I love this lipstick! For me it's THE red lipstick :)

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  7. it looks good on you with minimal eye.

    aunque con mi color de piel pienso que me quedaría amarillento

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  8. I love the look of this and it's so pigmented and classic. Looks great on you x

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  9. Russian Red has been on my radar for the longest time... the only thing that puts me off about it is that people seem to say that it tugs during application and is a bit dry :( It looks absolutely gorgeous on you though Coco and I think I'm going to have to take the plunge one of these days just for the sake of it haha.

    Cassie
    thriftthick.blogspot.com

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    1. It's not MAC's best matte but I still don't find Russian Red to be as dry as Ruby Woo or some of Illamasqua's lipsticks xxx

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  10. I love this shade!it really suits you :) x

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  11. I looove this one! It's one of my favorite red lipsticks <3

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  12. I love this! it's my favorite red :)
    and it looks stunning on you xx

    elinlikes.blogspot.com

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  13. Such a beautiful colour, i want this so bad !xx

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  14. I don't own any Mac lipsticks (embarrassed). But this is going to be the first one I buy! I'm making a list of Mac products that I want- and this is at the top of the list. The color looks perfect.
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    www.sonandstar.blogspot.com

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    1. You won't be disappointed with their lipsticks :) Russian Red is a great color to own x

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  15. I always swatch this whenever I'm at a MAC counter but have yet to purchase it. I love how wearable it looks on you! x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

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  16. Looks so nice on your lips, I love the cool-tone red! xxx
    http://unstitchedd.blogspot.co.uk

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  17. Russian Red is my go to lippie. Ans I also won it in a giveaway. SNAP!! ;)x

    http://sorandomtoday.blogspot.ie/

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  18. I love this shade, really want to pick it up :) Looks beautiful on you xx

    belle-amiebeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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  19. I am desperate for this shade and it looks so stunning on you! I have Rich Red from Estee Lauder that I like to wear when I go out but it's a bit too yellow toned for me. This would be the absolutely perfect red lip for me! Helen xxx

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  20. This is one of my favourites. I have to wear lip liner with it all the time. I use MAC's Cherry xxx

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  21. It looks beautiful on you! Russian Red is one of my all time favorites

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  22. I also have Russian Red, my first ever red lipstick, and it's so perfect. It suits all skin tones!

    www.gvadlln.blogspot.co.uk

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  23. Nice review. That lipstick suits you so well. I love your blog, I came across it today and just had to follow.

    K xx

    butterflymee.blogspot.co.uk

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  24. Oh, looks good! Love MAC ♥

    'Xx
    http://gyaruattitudenl.blogspot.nl/

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  25. this is such a lovely color. It's very beautiful :D

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  26. I love collecting red lipsticks and mac's russian red is on my list to purchase (however as it's nearing summer now I'm looking for lighter shades) I really enjoyed this review. Short, sweet and to the point :) xx

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  27. Glad you're enjoying the lipstick!!!

    Selina xxx

    www.missbeautyadikt.co.uk

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  28. I ADORE this lipstick! It's the same gorgeous color as Ruby Woo, but not as drying or dry looking. it's my favorite red lipstick!

    xo aly

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    1. Yes, Ruby Woo is much more matte xxx

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  29. This is my absolute favourite red lipstick! I've used it for years, and have about 30 others, but I always go back to this!

    blotandreapply.blogspot.com xx

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    1. There's always that one lipstick we love better than the rest :)

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  30. woah. such a beautiful and vibrant shade of red! looks like the perfect red lip color:)
    xx

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  31. You look so good! Your teeth look really white as well. Such a pretty color!

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  32. ah I just love how this color looks on you. It's like the perfect red.

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  33. THAT LOOKS STUNNING, ABSOLUTELY STUNNING ON YOU! I've always wanted this color for my collection of reds! 1.) Cause I'm Russian, 2.) Cause it's red, and 3.) because it's beautiful!!

    - Jess
    The Mod Mermaid

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  34. Stunning color. Looks amazing on you xx

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  35. This lipstick look gorgeous on you!

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  36. Ah, such a classic red! Looks great on you. I'm actually waiting for this in the mail via a makeup swap- can't wait to try it out! As of now, my go-to reds are MAC Ladybug, NARS Heatwave and Cruella, and Revlon Romantic Balm Stain :)

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  37. this is so pretty! i always tell myself i dont need it because i have ruby woo already but the texture of this looks so much nicer! ruby woo is a bit drying..anyway, looks lovely on you! :)

    http://xoxoseana.blogspot.com

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    1. I think this is considerably less drying than Ruby Woo and a bit less cool toned. You could own both :)

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  38. holy shit ! this is beautiful... I am soo getting this xxx

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  39. I love Russian Red. It looks good on practically everyone! I got mine from my sister and it's one tube I take care of really well because it's always out of stock in our stores!

    http://www.maitaatienza.com

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  40. Looks gorgeous on you! Very classic and glamorous :)

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  41. This lipstick looks great on you. It's so pretty will have to add it to my wishlist :)

    emma x

    http://londonbeautyandcupcakes.blogspot.co.uk/

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  42. Just took a look around, and I love your blog! I also love MAC. :) I have Russian Red, and I just picked up Ruby Woo today...I'm excited to compare them. Russian Red looks beautiful on you! As far as my favourite, I'm really loving Ronnie Red right now.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! <3

    http://stephsbeautyboutique.blogspot.ca

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    1. I tried to grab Ronnie Red but I wasn't quick enough! :( Seems like a great lipstick xx

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  43. This.look.SO.gorgeous on you. I swear. LOVE!

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  44. Stunning colour - it looks AMAZING on you <3

    I only really have the one red lipstick which is Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in Inimitable, I really want to experiment with more red lipsticks :) xx

    Sarah @ sarahlouxo.com xx

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  45. Oh gosh, this colour looks so perfect on you! <3

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

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  46. I love Russian Red, use it all the time in my kit!

    Sara x
    www.beauty-lust.com

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