Finish: Matte / Intense bluish-red
Russian Red was recommended to me by several who knew I was hunting for the perfect red lipstick . . . unfortunately, this AIN’T it! While it may look okay in the pictures, in person, this is truly bright and I feel like it strikes too much contrast against my pale complexion. There are better reds out there, in my opinion, for those of us with fair skin. That was my only reason for taking off one lippie on the rating scale. Other than that, I am very impressed by the matte finish and I feel if you have a more tan complexion, and darker, you could easily pull this one off. The blue tint in the lipstick will also make your teeth appear whiter. My hunt continues!
What are the Best Eyeshadows to Pair with Russian Red?
As Russian Red is such a BRIGHT color, the eyes should remain neutral so as to let your lips do the talking (and believe me, they will)! In the above look I opted for a barely there combo using some of MAC’s pigments and you can see how nicely the two play with one another. I have received some questions about how to wear blue eyeshadow with red lips, and it is possible to do so as long as you keep the blue either very light or contained to a small portion of the eye, say in the outer corners. Just don’t slather your lid in bright blue eyeshadow, like Drew Carey’s Mimi would! 😉