Ask most vintage beauty enthusiasts about their favourite classic red lipstick and there’s a good chance you’ll hear about Mac’s Russian Red – the classic deep red lipstick from their matte range.
I, however, really have a problem with this lipstick – it just makes me look ill. I’ve come to conclude over the years that it’s because I’m slightly yellow-toned and rather pale and this lipstick is very deep and blue-based and the resulting look is all a bit sick-bed. It’s also very drying and has my lips flaking in about an hour without a primer. And I just don’t want to wear a primer all the time (partly because I always lose it so literally can’t wear it all the time).
|Revlon Really Red
For a long time, I’ve gone completely the other way and favoured lighter, warm-toned reds with a fair bit of orange lurking beneath their surfaces, from the almost neon Mac Lady Danger, to the almost true-red Nars Heat Wave. But there’s still something very classic and striking about a darker red and lately I keep finding myself reaching for a tube I first bought years ago but never wore because I never really gave it a chance after the Russian Red debacle.
The irony is that Revlon’s Really Red is almost identical to Russian Red, but where it’s not, I think it’s a deep red that I can finally get to work for me… so if any of my readers have felt similarly disenchanted with Mac or have the same colouring, I recommend you give this one a try!
- This lipstick really is matte – but, in my opinion, it’s not as drying as the Mac matte range and I find it soft and comfortable to wear
- It’s also not as expensive as the Mac matte range! Very good value for money
- It is nearly an exact dupe for Mac’s iconic Russian Red, but I find it marginally lighter and less blue-based and therefore easier to wear for most people and the more classic, true red of the two
- Pretty amazing staying power – I’m always surprised how much of it is still on me after I’ve eaten
- I rather like the lid – it’s clear at the top so you can see which shade it is clearly
- It’s not perfect – it will still, eventually, dry your lips out over the course of the day
- If cheap packaging bothers you, you won’t like this
But really, those two very minor cons aren’t worth not giving this lipstick a try if you’re in the market for a classic matte red.
The only real shame here is that Revlon don’t make more shades in this range. The rest are rather light and no other reds at all to choose from. They used to make a beautiful shade called Strawberry Suede that I didn’t get chance to buy before they discontinued it. To eBay…