Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Russian Red - my perfect red.

I've been looking for the perfect red for a long time, something quite dark and vampy without looking too gothic. I found my perfect red not too long ago and (surprise, surprise) it's by MAC.
This is a matte finish but I don't find it dehydrating, I normally steer clear of mattes but this formula isn't too bad. I found it really hard to capture the actual colour of this lipstick as on camera it looks a lot more red whereas in real life it's a beautiful vampy red.
Swatch taken with flash.
This is a blue-based red which makes your teeth look whiter, it's also perfectly dark but not to the extent that it washes me out, being pale it's hard to wear dark lipstick without channelling Morticia Adams so this is perfect for me!
It's not an everyday lipstick (for me anyway) I am a huge fan of red lips but I tend to save such glam make up looks for going out, it's unlikely (but not unheard of) that you'll see me out shopping rockin' a red lip. Russian Red however is such a beautiful, stand out colour that you can put it on a bare face with a tiny bit of mascara and still look great, I'm a big believer in eyes OR lips and tend to just put on a little mascara when wearing brighter or more daring colours. 
It gives a lovely Old Hollywood glamour feel, a look I love!
What's your HG red?


  1. Lpls really great. I'm surprised to hear this doesn't dry your lips, makes it even better. My favourite is Lady Bug by... MAC too

  2. I completely agree, it's the perfect red for me too! Love the matte finish and you're right, it doesn't dry your lips out. Lovely blog! Annie.x

  3. @Gaelle: I've never seen Ludy Bug, I'll have to have a peek! x
    @Annie: Thank you :) It's gorgeous isn't it!
    I'm not sure if it's because you just can't see but I find darker matte colours more forgiving than nude ones x

  4. I thought you captured it well. I have this lipstick. My HG red is a NYX round lippie called Eros and is a orange based red which tend look better on my skin :)

  5. Oooh! This looks so good on you. I love Russian Red. It's a classic. Heard Monroe wore this too :)

  6. It wouldn't surprise me, it is very reminiscent of the Old Hollywood Glamour style of which I am a big lover! Thank you xx

  7. I actually just did a post using Russian Red for a 1920s inspired look! Absolutely Love the colour! I use it with Cherry Lip Liner

  8. Wow, love the colour.
    Lucky you have perfect lips, I could never wear it :( xx

  9. it's such a gorgeous perfect red! i love it, good lip shape to show off colors. my fave red is MUFE blue red

  10. This is my perfectred too, I love it's matte finish and have been using it for yeeeeaaarrs!! Great blog!

    1. It's gorgeous, I'd repurchase it a million times over! Thank you x