Russian Red Lipstick


I’ve been wanting to try red lipstick for some time now. Being that I have NEVER owned a tube of lipstick in my life, I wasn’t sure where to begin. I only knew one thing: I did not want to look like a clown.

I got a boost of confidence from my hometown friend, Laura after reading this post.

My mom went to MAC and asked the lady if there was a shade of red they had that would look good on a variety of skin tones. My mom is more olive, like my youngest sis. I’m pale as a ghost and have to use the lightest shade of Bare Minerals.

The MAC salesperson recommended Russian Red. Bonus: it comes in a tube with Wonder Woman on it. Awesome.

I just got it in the mail today. You be the verdict. Too clownish? Too red? Too pink? Please note that I’m under the fancy fluorescent lights in our apartment bathroom. It’s snowing outside and way overcast, so I couldn’t take a picture near a window for a more natural light.


After. Pardon the goofy grin. And crack eye.

MAC Lipstick in Russian Red

I think it looks more reddish pink on me than in the tube, but it’s growing on me. Owen told me my lips looked weird. Then wanted to wear some. I said no, not because I’m not an awesome mom like that (his nails are red, for crying out loud) but because I don’t want red little lip stains all over my furniture.

What do you think? To red or not to red?


About Erin

I'm a mom to the sweetest little boys ever, Owen & Colin. Owen was born in April of 2007 after 22 hours of active labor in a hospital. Love him more than life. Knowing I didn't feel another hospital birth was right for me, Colin was born at home surrounded by our 2 midwives and our little family. I've been married to my hubs for 7 years. We met in 1997 in an AOL Chatroom...the rest is history. I'm crazy. I'm funny. I am socially awkward. This is my life.

4 responses »

  1. I love it!! You look gorgeous. If you want it to be a little less impact (for example, if you’re shy about wearing it outside of your bathroom) then put it on, and blot heavily with tissue, apply a light coat of any sort of powder (bare minerals is fine), the put a second layer on then blot again.

    It will stay for hours and will have more of a matte look than the shiny straight-from-the-tube look. Love it on you!

  2. This is way late, but I just discovered your awesome blog. I have pale skin like you and look ghost-like in photography. What I have learned about red lipstick is that the bright versions don’t go well with fair skin, however the burgundy/wine/brick shades do. On the occasion that I wear a classic red lipstick, I must also use a darker lipliner to create definition. Then the red doesn’t look like a 99 cent store mistake.

    Thanks for all the good reads.

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