Before we get started here, you should probably know that this is one of the boldest and brightest lipsticks you'll see. The infamous Russian Red lipstick is one of MAC's best selling products, and you'll definitely be able to see why! This was actually my first high-end ish lipstick and I was so excited when I bought it! Although it's saved for special occasions (or when I'm brave enough to wear it), I still love it nonetheless.
This is a matte lipstick and when you first apply it, it's really thick and seems moisturising. It definitely doesn't hold the problem like other matte lipsticks where it drags the product across the lips. It glides and feels very creamy. However, with it being matte, it super super dries out your lips. This is where a good primer and lip scrub comes in handy!
One swipe of this lipstick and you're seriously good to go. It is so extremely pigmented that you only need one tiny sweep of it and it'll last all day. Because it has blue undertones, it also has the teeth-whitening effect. You really do need a lot of patience and time to put this on, because it is incredibly staining if you get in the wrong place! I use a Real Techniques detail brush to get a fine defined line as it's quite difficult to apply and not have it smudge everywhere! I'd definitely recommend the Cherry lip pencil, again from MAC to just make the line of your lip defined and precise and also to act as a base to make it stay putt for longer. As for staying power, I've found it to last around a good 4-5 hours before I need to reapply.
Overall, I would really recommend this to anyone looking for the ultimate bright red. It's a timeless intense blue-toned red, and would really suit just about everyone. This lipstick looks incredible with a black winged eyeliner and it screams Hollywood glamour. It's slightly pin-up girl-ish, but I can almost guarantee that if you wore this out, you'd get at least one comment on how amazing it looks.