Once more I wandered into the M.A.C. store, just for the heck of it, to see what kind of pretties I would be interested in. Last time I did that I ended up buying a lipgloss and cream blush and with both I am very pleased! This time I bought two items again (I don't know why it's in pairs each time) and one of them was this amazing matte lipstick.
I have never tried a matte lipstick before, so I wanted to know the effect it would have on my lips and on the way it looks. It was all quite pleasing! This deep colored lipstick is called Russian Red and is one of the seventeen matte lipsticks M.A.C. currently offers. The color is described as a bluish red and it gives you an intense matte finish. I would not call myself a fan of the lipstick case, though it may be classy in black, to me it resembles the phallic form a bit much. Forgive me for bringing that up, but it is the same thing that comes to mind when looking at it. So, let us overlook that! The lipstick cap comes off easily and I like that the case is silver on the inside.
I do love the shape of the lipstick - the product - itself, it has a sharp angle tip and when you look at the flat part it looks like a teardrop. One of my favorite shapes for the tip of the lipstick! The case is filled with 3 grams or 0.1 US oz of lipstick. Below you will find two swatches taken with Russian Red. I do not think it looks really matte on the left picture, because it gives off so much shine but you can see it a bit better on the right picture. The left picture was taken indoors and the right with natural light. A deep red color that seems both warm and cold at the same time, if that makes any sense.
To make it even more complicated, I had a hard time getting a picture of my lips with the lipstick on in a similar color as on my arms. It seems that in the close-up picture the lipstick looks to have a bit more pink in it and on the full-face picture it looks like it has orange-brown tones in it. I have worn it quite some times now, and it often looks a bit orange-brown on pictures. Of course, this depends on the lights as well - they were both taken indoors - but maybe I am doing something wrong here. Anyone got tips for me?
Well, whatever the exact color tones in Russian Red, I must say that I am very pleased with it. My lips do dry out after a while, but the color does not come off at all! What a wonderful product! So, I just make sure I hydrate my lips well enough before, while and after wearing this lipstick. With matte lipsticks it's also wise to scrub your lips! You can buy this lovely lipstick at a M.A.C. store for 18,50 euro or 15 dollars, or you can order them online! What are your thoughts on matte lipsticks? Do you prefer them over other lipsticks?