M.A.C. Russian Red Lipstick

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Rating System:  Poor, Okay, Average, Good, Excellent

Brand:  M.A.C.

Product Name:  Russian Red Lipstick

Finish:  Matte

Formula:  Excellent

Pigmentation:  Excellent  

Wear Time:  Excellent

Amount of Product:  3 g / 0.1 us oz

Price:  $15.00 USD, €18,50 Germany, £14.00 UK

Availability:  MAC products are available at MAC stores and counters worldwide as well as on the MAC website (which may differ depending on your country).  I purchased this particular lipstick which is part of their permanent line, while in Munich from the MAC counter in Karstadt.  To find your nearest retailer it’s best to go directly to your countries MAC website.

What I liked:  Oh my, where shall I start?  First of all, the packaging is sturdy, functional, not bulky and looks amazing.  I personally think that the classic MAC lipstick bullet is not only simple but also timeless.  The formula is wonderful.  It glides on smoothly and doesn’t feel dry or sticky at all, it almost has a buttery consistency, which I think is particularly impressive considering this is one of their matte shades.  It has a pleasant subtle vanilla scent which I really like.  Russian Red is super pigmented, which is something I have heard is standard for all MAC products.  I found this lipstick to be pretty long-lasting as well.

What I didn’t like:  …crickets chirping…  

My two cents:  Russian Red is bloody gorgeous and I love, love, love it!  Since acquiring it, it has become my go to lipstick not to mention one of my holy grail products.  The blue undertones complement my complexion and blue eyes, not to mention the fact that blue toned shades make your teeth look nice and white.  I was a little worried about how it would look with my current bright violet hair but somehow, it works.  Then again, I have always been a fan of Rainbow Bright so I am admittedly a little bias.  I have another red MAC lipstick, which I also love but Russian Red is sure to be my signature color for years to come, just so long as MAC doesn’t go and do something insane like discontinue it.   

I know that MAC products are pricey, but as far as higher end cosmetics go, I feel that they are the most affordable or at the very least, among the most affordable.  I also know that not everyone cares to part with so much of their hard earned cash for one lipstick when you could potentially get up to three drugstore brand lipsticks for the price of one MAC lipstick.  With that said though, I for one feel that you are getting a bit more bang for your buck simply because of the quality of the product.  The MAC lipsticks I have are so much more pigmented and last so much longer than any of my favorite drugstore brands.  So if you’re looking to invest in a higher end lipstick or you just want to treat yourself, then I say go for something like Russian Red which is such a classic color.  I wear it everywhere, even to the grocery store!

Tips:  The sales girl advised me (well actually Captain Canada, because he picked this up for me, I know he’s a total keeper right ladies), to use a lip liner with Russian Red and although I do wear it without one sometimes, I think it’s definitely best with a liner.  Also, be careful when wearing and removing this, because it is so incredibly pigmented, it will stain your clothing and can slightly stain your skin as well.

At the moment I own four MAC products, three of which are lipsticks and I have been so  impressed by and happy with everything.  In fact, that initial purchase at the beginning of July was the beginning of what I predict will be beautiful relationship that will stand the test of time.  I’m officially smitten.

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