MAC Russian Red Lipstick Review

by Navs Gupta
7 minutes read

What is it about red lipstick that literally screams strong, feminine power?I have never understood it. Yet I have seen it in action! It absolutely does not matter what you are wearing. It does not matter how dull you may look! Just that touch of red lipstick and you are ready to rock n roll!!Every girl MUST have at least one red lipstick in her stash. I actually am guilty of having several many of them 😛 Today I am reviewing the iconic MAC Russian Red Lipstick! Apparently, back in the 90’s Madonna mentioned it as her favorite. Since then, there has been no looking back for this lipstick. This has been the No. 1 MAC red lipstick for almost 30 years now!! You heard it right-despite their iconic Ruby Woo!!Look at Rekha!! She absolutely looks gorgeous in her matte Russian Red 🙂 No wonder it’s an absolute favorite of actresses and celebrities!!

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Sign of a Smart Woman 😉

What is it and who is it for?

A Matte Red Lipstick. Suitable for all you ladies, who are feeling bold today 😉


Rs 1450 / $17

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The Red Glory!

What the Brand Claims about MAC Russian Red Matte Lipstick:

Formulated to shade, define and showcase your lips. This Iconic product has made MAC famous.

Mac Russian Red Lipstick Packaging

How to Use:

Exfoliate your lips well. Apply a lip balm, at least 10 minutes before, applying this matte lipstick.

Mac Russian Red Lipstick Ingredients

My Experience with MAC Russian Red Lipstick:

This lipstick comes with the standard sturdy MAC bullet. I absolutely love their simple and sturdy packaging!

The lipstick itself is a creamy matte. Unlike their retro matte finishes that tend to dry the lips, this one does not dry the lips that much. It is really smooth to apply and does not drag on the lips.

Mac Russian Red Lipstick Review Close Up

Up – Close!

I strongly recommend you exfoliate your lips with a soft toothbrush/lip scrub before applying this lipstick. The lipstick looks really bad on chapped lips.I myself prepped my lips before these swatches.

Russian Red has a light vanilla scent that is typical of MAC lipsticks. It is not bothersome and vanishes after a few minutes.So this will definitely not bother even sensitive noses! The quality of these lipsticks is great.Till now, I have never heard a single bad experience from anyone. The staying power of this lipstick is also really good. Typically it would last between 5-6 hours without touch-ups. Once it sets, it does not transfer much.The only time you have to be careful is when you are eating cheesy or oily stuff.

As you can see from the swatches, this is a universal red.It is a slightly cool toned red which will look good on most skin tones.This is a great color to suit Indian wear. A must-have for the wedding season and brides to be!!

For your benefit, I have taken swatches in sunlight as well as normal lighting.

Mac Russian Red Lipstick Lip Swatch Normal Light

In Normal Lighting

Mac Russian Red Lipstick Lip Swatch daylight

This how it looks in Daylight

MAC lipsticks have undoubtedly the best quality. Actually, at times, I feel it’s worth buying a single MAC lipstick, compared with buying 2-3 lipsticks from drugstore brands.

Positives of the MAC Russian Red  Lipstick:

  • Good Pigmentation
  • Looks Great with Indian wear
  • Beautiful Color
  • Matte finish
  • Does not over dry lips
  • Lasts for 5 hours or more
  • Does not transfer much
  • Sits comfortably on lips
  • Does not accentuate the lip line much
  • Easily available across Mac stores in India and online in most countries

Negatives of  MAC Russian Red  Lipstick:

  • I seriously cannot think of any

Would I repurchase and recommend?

Oh yes! For sure 😀 I absolutely love this lipstick. It has been on my makeup bucket list for a long time, and I am glad I bought it!Go get this awesome lipstick!!

GlossyPolish Verdict

5/5     Amazingly Good!

This is one of my favorite lipsticks. What are your thoughts about red lipsticks girls?What was your first red lipstick? Have you tried the MAC Russian Red?

Where Can You Buy This ?

  • Amazon : [easyazon_link identifier=”B0006LNKYG” locale=”IN” tag=”shva-21″]M.A.C Matte Lipstick Russian Red[/easyazon_link]

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Smriti April 5, 2018 - 1:49 PM

Loved the swatches and your review…Absolutely kickass like the kickass red..

Deepsikha April 5, 2018 - 2:21 PM

Pretty swatches!
So this is a great catch!
Great review! :love

Sreeparna Ganguly April 5, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Great review :good: :good:
Out of all the red lipsticks of MAC’s matte range Ruby Woo and Russian Red are two cult favourites.. How are these two colours different from one another?