MAC Matte Lipstick Russian Red Lipstick Review, FOTD and Swatches 

( Author ~Nidhi ) 

A big Hello to one and all. I am back on BnB after a break with the review of one of my best buys in makeup. It’s always a pleasure to write for Shreya’s blog and today I am writing about one of MAC’s bestsellers shade in the matte range called Russian Red.

MAC Russian Red review

Product Description: Formulated to shade, define and showcase the lips. Hundreds of hues, high-fashion textures. The iconic product that made M·A·C famous.

Price: 1450 INR

Net wt.: 3g


My Experience:

Shade: Mac describes Russian Red as ‘Intense bluish red’. The description is spot-on as this is a gorgeous slightly blue toned deep red that would flatter all skin tones and all age groups equally well.

Russian Red is a bright and bold true red lipstick. There are no orangey tones to it and looks like blood red visually. Unlike the cult favorite Ruby woo that looks too bold and into your face kind of color, Russian Red is much more wearable and looks beautiful anytime of the day. It is my favorite red lipstick among half a dozen other reds that I already own. I just love this shade on myself.

MAC Russian Red review

Texture: Russian Red falls under the Matte lip products so the finish is a perfect matte lip color sans any creaminess. Though it is not very creamy yet it applies evenly. It is highly pigmented and 2 swipes gives a perfect color lay off. No need of a lip liner to intensify the shade or prevent it from feathering/bleeding as none happens. I won’t call it moisturizing and so a quick touch of a little lip balm helps in application and saving the lips from drying out. It fades away evenly too.

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MAC Russian Red

Staying Power:
The lip color stay put for nearly 6 hours on me. It stays as a heavy tint after a meal and I prefer using a clear balm on top which appears pretty. You may find a need to re-apply if you want the same intense color pay-off. It hardly transfers which is an added plus.

Packaging: Mac standard black lipstick pack with a firm bullet inside. Sturdy but boring :P.


What I like: :-)

  • The true intense red color
  • Universally flattering
  • Matte finish
  • Highly pigmented
  • Good staying power
  • Doesn’t bleed or feather
  • Sturdy packaging

What I dislike: :-(

  • (Ever increasing) High price
  • Drying and so prior lip exfoliation is must for chapped lips.




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