What do Marilyn Monroe, Dita Von Teese, Gwen Stefani, Adele, and Taylor Swift have in common? Their signature red lips. Are you looking for a perfect red color to swipe over your pout?When it comes to makeup, nothing rivals the power of a red lip. A red pout will instantly glam up any outfit, up your sex factor, and make a statement all in one swipe. In today’s post I am going to review MAC Russian Red Lipstick.
Packaging & Price
Comes in regular black bullet with silver lining. It is very sturdy and travel friendly too. One draw back with MAC lipstick is there is no indication of colour from outside but the colour names are listed at the bottom of it. Price : 1450 INR

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Swatches, My experience & comparison with MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick
I have seen many people comparing ruby woo with this. In terms of texture, the main difference between Ruby Woo and Russian Red is that Ruby Woo is a retro-matte finish while Russian Red is a normal, matte finish.
Retro-matte is much dryer than the normal matte finish; the former imparts a velvet/suede finish while the latter gives a more creamy finish with a very slight sheen. Both colors has no shimmer, glitter or pearl. Here’s a comparison of Ruby Woo and Russian Red

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Unfortunately, because of the dryness of Ruby Woo, it is extremely hard to apply, blend the shade on lips. Its very drying too. From my own experience, It is best to use a waxy lip balm such as Burt’s Bees original beeswax lip balm, which provides a better surface for the color- ruby woo to cling onto and spread out on your lips, and at the same time, do not alter the velvety finish of the lipstick.
Another way of applying Ruby Woo is to use a lip brush to pick up color and fill in your lips with it, taking care to ensure a smooth and even line at the edges. It would be best to layer more color to ensure an even finish.

Russian Red, on the other hand, applies like a dream. Very very easy to create a precise lip shape without the use of a lip brush. It has a very creamy, yet non-drying texture, and does not accentuate lip lines during application. Smooth, even colour payoff can be achieved in just one coat.  I love Russian Red more than Ruby Woo. See the swatches of Russian Red alone.
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Overall, I think Russian Red is a little deeper and more comfortable to wear for long hours. On the other hand, Ruby Woo has a velvety finish – But application needs to be a little careful as it tends to dry out lips badly if a strong lipbalm is not used. Both are classics in their own rights, and different enough that every red lipstick fanatic should have both of them in their lipstick collection. If you ask me – I love this, and think I’m going to have to name it the Holy Grail of Red Lipstick. Russian Red is definitely a winner. Ruby Woo, we have a new favourite!- Just my opinion!

What’s your opinion girls? Which is your favorite Ruby Woo or Russian Red ?


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Revathy HnB · May 8, 2015 at 5:48 am

gr8 pics… and can definitely see the diff in texture and shade in swatch comparison…u look a diva in that FOTD of urs! <3 :*

Vipra S · May 8, 2015 at 8:35 am

Renji u look Diva in this look..!! Awesome.. Mac Russian Red is ma most fav.. <3

Makeup Martini · May 8, 2015 at 11:15 am

Awesome comparison Renjoo!! You read my mind. I was confused between these two lippies and I see your post !! <3

    makeupholicworld · May 8, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Pavithra <3 <3 cheers girl!!! Luv yaaa!!! nd I so love love ur makeup done for that model

NidsGautam · May 9, 2015 at 5:44 am

I NVR liked ruby woo coz of the texture.. Russian red is the 1 for me too n here u doing doing full justice to the shade ????

Renji Anooj · May 9, 2015 at 1:27 am

Thank you nids….yeah…same here…..I like Russian red better than ruby woo….:)

farah Pasha · May 9, 2015 at 2:06 pm

I don’t own any mac lipstick but Russian red looks much better and even love it on your lips.

    makeupholicworld · May 9, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    Hey, Thanks dear 🙂 I am sure it will look lovely on you as well 🙂

crazyforcosmetics · May 12, 2015 at 3:16 pm

I have not tried both Renji.. I have seen so many bloggers rave about Ruby Woo. But after reading your review I feel it is better to invest in Russian Red..

    renjianooj · May 22, 2015 at 7:57 am

    Russian Red is so pretty! Very easy to apply and I love the texture compared to that of ruby woo

    makeupholicworld · April 29, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    go for it babe <3

Karishma · May 12, 2015 at 7:46 pm

I had not tried both of these till date, but if I do make a decision to buy one, it will be Russian Red. Thank you for the detailed review!

    renjianooj · May 22, 2015 at 7:57 am

    yay!!! <3 we all red lipstick lovers!!!

    makeupholicworld · April 29, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    thanks for visiting dear 🙂

rachna sharma · May 14, 2015 at 1:58 pm

beautiful lip shade…texture wise i like russian red but my best red is indeed Rubywoo!

Noor · August 25, 2016 at 12:47 am

Russian red is the best red lipstick 🙂 Actually nobody want dry lip. You need to use lip balm before use Ruby Woo where Russin red is very comfortable to use 🙂

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