Not gonna lie, the first thought that came into my head when I swatched MAC Ruby Woo lipstick at the counter was, “yikes red light district red”. It’s only after I used it on my lips that I realized that it isn’t — excuse the word— the “slutty” shade of red I thought it was. Although it could be, depending on the amount of clothing and what other makeup you wear it with.

For me, Ruby Woo is a seductive red shade that falls in between naughty and classy — kinda like Rihanna who if you didn’t know yet (i’m pretty sure most of you do, it was after all a MAC bestseller) collaborated with MAC before and released a very identical lipstick called Riri Woo.


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It’s the kind of red you’d wanna wear when you “accidentally” bump into your Ex to remind him of what he’s missing — a sophisticated, confident woman who is somehow still secretly affected by the bad breakup, but doesn’t look like it anyway — LOL #dramaticimagination. Not that this happened to me but if it did I would want to wear this bright red *intimidation nation* lipstick (high five if you know which TV show did those words came from!).

This shade gets a lot of compliments. I feel like it would look good on most skintones. It looks a little cool toned on the tube, but I find that when its worn the color adjusts depending on the light you are in. Like it could slightly lean on a warmer red on a sunny day. Either way is beautiful.

Above: “Rihanna” Ruby Woo vs “Audrey Hepburn like” MAC Viva Glam 1.
Both my Holy Grail matte red lipsticks.


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Ruby Woo sits under MAC’s Retro Matte Collection which is known to be super pigmented, very matte, and unfortunately also very drying. And it’s Matte Lipstick 101 to prep moisturize and exfoliate the lips first before application. I personally don’t consider this a deal breaker cos i think, its dry texture is also the reason why its longevity is excellent. I tested this out on my recent “cheat day” dinner at Vikings, and guys, it can survive a buffet! (Some of you saw this on Snapchat) Call me shocked and impressed. I still had to touch up a little to even out the color after six hours or so, but it’s just a minimal touch up.

Overall I highly recommend this lipstick to everyone especially to all the matte lipstick junkies like me, and to anyone who’s into bright bold lipsticks (Diana you’re gonna love this!). If you are a little hesitant to wear this cos it looked too bright, or too intimidating — give it a chance and try it out for a day. This could be that confident booster red lipstick shade you are looking for.

What’s your favorite bright red lipstick?

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