Thursday, 22 July 2010

on ruby woo

Being the lipstick junkie that I am, I thought I should probably get this one out the way early.
MAC's Ruby Woo.

First of all I'd like to say that Ruby Woo is one of the prettiest red colours I've ever used. It's that blueish red which makes teeth look extra white. It's part of their "vintage pigments" and is a favourite of Dita Von Teese and it's the one colour most frequently recommended if you want the perfect "retro red" - which in all fairness it is. It has excellent stamina and it does have a nice matte finish.

This is also the most difficult lipstick to use ever. Never in my life have I ever experience a lipstick with a drier texture. The feeling of the lipstick is almost chalky, and it's near enough impossible to put on without making a complete mess of yourself without either a lip brush or some carmex on your lips first. I find this strange as other MAC lipsticks I've found go on a snap...but not this little bugger. I love a red lip...but Ruby Woo makes you work for it that I just don't have the patience to wear it every day. It's definitely one of the lipsticks where lip liner is a must as it does smudge easily. It might fare well on a night out yet for daytime wear and dinners, its best you bring it with you as you will need to touch it up.

Overall Ruby Woo is a gorgeous colour and if you have the patience for it, it's great. I'd recommend it more for special occasions when you have that extra time to do your lips although I'd wear it all the time if I could. For every day use I prefer MAC's other matte red Russian Red. It's a bit deeper but still a bright red and goes on a lot easier.


  1. Wow the red really is woo woo ! I love it I may have to invest :) Thanks for sharing

    Rachelle Xxx

  2. This is a really great review! I usually find red lipstick a bit too much for me and prefer to emphasise my eyes, but i have recently been wearing a red urban deccay lipstick, called gash and i'm quite liking it, may have to try a mac one next! x

  3. I LOVE trying new red lipsticks. My red lipstick collection is almost embarrassing. I have found that Revlon's Fire and Ice is my signature red, but I am always excited to try something new.

  4. ah girlie, how funny - I literally just got this! - was gobsmacked at it's staying power, however couldn't get it to go on, well, the kinda inside part of my lip (the bit you don't see when your mouth is fully closed but see when you're talking etc, know what I mean?) - any tips for full coverage?

    a x

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