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MAC Matte Lipstick in Russian Red : Review, Swatches & Photos

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Hello everyone! Today i want to talk about one of my most treasured possessions, the MAC Matte Lipstick in Russian Red.


Price: INR 1450 for 3g 

MAC Matte Lipstick in Russian Red : Review, Swatches & Photos

Product Description :  Intense Blue-red in matte finish

My Experience :  I know, i know.. this product has been around forever. Everyone and their mothers have reviewed it already, so why am i talking about this?! Well,  because its that good and i think my blog wouldn’t be complete without this particular lipstick on it!

My love for MAC matte lipsticks is nothing new, its almost an obsession. In my opinion, they make the BEST matte lipsticks. So you already know what the rating of this product would be!

The product comes packaged in the ICONIC black cardboard boxes with white lettering on it. The lipstick is housed in a frosted black bullet shaped packaging with a silver rim between the cap and the capsule. The product details are mentioned on a sticker at the bottom of the lipstick.The lipstick cap has a click-mechanism to remain shut, and its quite safe & secure while travelling.

MAC Matte Lipstick in Russian Red : Review, Swatches & Photos

The lipstick itself has a petal/drop shaped tip, i quite appreciate the pointed end at the tip. However, with use overtime it does get a bit blunted. Mine has been used a lot over the past year, but i still have quite a lot left!


All MAC lipsticks have a typical vanilla scent to them but are tasteless.

The shade is to die for! Its a blue based intense red, with neutral undertones. The shade is universal, it would compliment every single skin tone ever! Everyone has a favorite red, this is mine. It doesn’t make you or your teeth look yellow, as some orange based reds do.

The pigmentation and color payoff is phenomenal! One swipe is enough to cover up my pigmented lips. You have to be careful while applying, it does stain.


The finish is a beautiful velvety matte! Its not drying at all, feels quite comfortable on the lips for several hours. On my dry lips, it doesn’t exaggerate any dry flakes & somehow makes my lips look smoother!

MAC Matte Lipstick in Russian Red : Review, Swatches & Photos

The longevity is  one of the best things about this lipstick! It lasts on my lips at least 6-7 hours easily with no fading or feathering at all! If i have meals in between, it fades away just slightly. If you have ever seen me wearing a lipstick at any social gathering, it would be this one. I trust it to last me through long weddings/functions and don’t have to bother about touch ups. It does not crack or break down at all.

Despite such stellar staying power, it comes off easily with an oil based makeup remover! That is such a blessing!

Now, if you are confused between this and Ruby Woo, let me share with you why i prefer this one. Ruby Woo is more bright & vivid red which may be more ‘young’ but more importantly, its quite drying on the lips. This one is a bit more muted than Ruby Woo, and much more comfortable than that.(i don’t own Ruby Woo so cannot do a swatch comparison)

As far as Diva is concerned, its much more darker and deeper than this one. You can see for yourself from the swatch below.

MAC Matte Lipstick in Russian Red : Review, Swatches & Photos


Dupes: The only drugstore dupe i could find closest to this one is the Revlon Matte Balm Stand Out. I have also mentioned in my Drugstore Favorites post. However, Russian Red beats the hell out of this dupe in the longevity department. Stand Out lasts on my lips for may be couple of hours only.

MAC Matte Lipstick in Russian Red : Review, Swatches & Photos


Over all, you know i LOVE it, I would buy back ups several times and i would probably die if they ever discontinue this! You need to try it out if you haven’t already!

I would rate it 5/5 .. obviously!

MAC Matte Lipstick in Russian Red : Review, Swatches & Photos


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DISCLAIMER: This product has been bought by my own money and all opinions mentioned are my own.


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