April 1, 2010

Red Hot Cult Favorite :: MAC Russian Red Lipstick

I have read more about MAC's Russian Red lipstick ($14) than probably any other red lip color on the market. It is a celebrity cult favorite and has devotees like Gwen Stefani (shocker huh?ha!), Christina Aguilera and Scarlett Johannson just to name a few.
And with red being such a "hot" color, of course I always have to have it on hand. This is the second tube I've bought, and I always get asked what my favorite red color is for females and this would be my answer for medium skin toned women. The MAC website claims it's a blue-ish toned red, but I almost disagree- is that okay to disagree with the professionals who created it?? I feel it leans more being just a true to goodness red (with no blue!).
I wore it to my kids Easter egg hunt at school (that's me and my oldest- he was flat wore out after running around in the heat to find eggs on the playground- I obviously didn't work as hard;-)) and paired it with simple skin, bright cheeks and simple neutral eye shadow. Luckily red lipstick makes such a statement by itself that I don't need to do a whole lot in terms of the rest of my makeup or it looks overdone. So I just swipe it on before heading to the preschool and feel immediately more glamorous!!

Russian Red totally reminds me of the red on my Diet Coke can, so I just had to photograph it so you could see the similarity!
This red is definitely a "look at me" type color, so this is NOT for the faint of heart- it's matte (not shiny or glossy) and rich and very opaque.
If you want to find the right red for your coloring, here are some options and guidelines:
  • 1. Fair complexions: Go for reds with blue undertones like Maybelline's color Sensational lipstick in "are you red-dy" ($5).
  • 2. Medium complexions. Go for goldish, almost orangey/brick colored formulas. I think "russian red" falls into this category rather than the blue category- but what do I know! I just know I fall into the medium skin tone category and this one works for me.
  • 3. Dark complexions. Go for berry rich shades like Dior's Replenishing lipcolor in "red premiere" ($29).
Now I join the ranks of Gwen, Christina, and Scarlett of ladies who love Russian Red!!


Sandy said...

love the hot lips!! a friend of mine suggested we get the viva glam red from MAC because it works well with asian skin tones. any thoughts?

JennySue said...

With Asian skin, you typically have yellow undertones correct??- so you could actually wear a couple of the MAC reds, and Viva Glam 1 red is a good choice. You could probably also pull off Lady Danger and Lady Bug. But I also think Russian Red would work for you as well! Have fun picking out your red.

Mischo Beauty said...

Love that you listed suggestions for a range of complexions! I'm going to try the Maybelline rec- thanks for that... :)

abbey said...

so so cute of you and Jack!!!

love the shot of the lipstick and the diet coke!! :)

I think I know more about makeup than some people who wear makeup... thanks jennysue!!

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JennySue said...

I like MAC's Redd pencil or Rimmel London's Exaggerate lip liner in Red Diva to go with this lipstick.

Bruce said...

Thanks for a great post
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