MAC’s RiRi Woo Lipstick, the first installment from the RiRi Hearts MAC Collection is finally here and has the internet buzzing but it’s not all good buzz. When creating RiRi Woo, Rihanna was inspired by Ruby Woo which is her favorite red lipstick from MAC and wanted to create a red that would look good on all skin tones. A lot of people seem to feel that the lipstick fell short of their expectations as it is too similar to Ruby Woo. I for one just happen to love it. It’s a gorgeous red to have in your collection and from all of the pictures that I’ve seen so far it does seem to work on a variety of skin tones.
The lipstick is enclosed in MAC’s traditional black tube and is inscribed with Rihanna’s signature. It would have been nice to see special packaging such as a chic golden tube.
RiRi Woo is a matte medium red with neutral (very slightly warm) undertones. The retro matte formula is very dry so you will need to exfoliate your lips well and apply a balm. It is not quite as dry as Ruby Woo but not much better, however it does look less dry and feels better on the lips. The drying formula is a little hard to apply without applying a balm first and feels like it is tugging with splotchy application just like Ruby Woo. Apply a balm first and you will have no problems.
You don’t need to apply a lip liner as RiRi Woo holds its own without bleeding or feathering. It is richly pigmented, lasts for hours and stays put even through a meal… and can even withstand a kiss. That being said, it is extremely hard to remove and will leave a stain. Now how does it compare to the infamous Ruby Woo?
RiRi Woo and Ruby Woo
At first glance the lipsticks appear to be dupes but they are not. RiRi Woo is slightly deeper than Ruby Woo with better pigmentation. RiRi Woo also leans neutral while Ruby Woo has blue undertones. It may be hard to see the differences in swatches but they are apparent when the lipsticks are worn. You can see me wearing Ruby Woo here and here. Do you need both? No you don’t. If I had to choose one though it would be RiRi Woo as the formula is a slight improvement over Ruby Woo and I think it looks better on me.
RiRi Woo is a limited edition and is currently sold out. It will be returning in June with the next installment of the RiRi Hearts MAC Collection and I believe that there is a wait list. It retails for $15 and the tube is eligible for Back 2 MAC.