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6/13/12

MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick Review, Look & Dupe

Rumor has it that MAC Ruby Woo lipstick is:
  • The perfect red lipstick for every skin tone 
  • One of Gwen Stefani's & Dita Von Teese's favorite red lipsticks 
I've thought about getting it for years but either I forgot, or it was never in stock. This year alone, it wasn't available twice. Then during a lunch break on a very unpleasant day last month, I was at the mall and quickly dropped by the MAC store- I thought: If it's in stock, I'll buy it & if it's not, I'll walk out. But we already know it's not.
Bang! SA said it's in stock! Woo........!
It looks glossy only because it was very very hot (it sweat!), otherwise it's very matte-looking like below.... 

MAC described it as a 'Very Matte Vivid Blue Red' - that means it has blue undertones. It's also called 'Retro Matte'
MAC Ruby Woo Swatch 

Why I LOVE it: It's a lip liner in lipstick form. It feels like a crayon- very waxy. The highly matte finish makes it impossible to bleed. The color is pigmented & opaque, It lasts forever- without eating. Though it's extremely matte, it doesn't chap my lips.
You know how you apply red lip liner, red lipstick, blot, reapply the lipstick, and blot again? Ruby Woo is all those steps in a tube. That's the USP of this lipstick.
Why I DISLIKE it: I'm afraid it'll dry up completely & become hard like rubber- just like the testers at the stores. But I think heating it with a lighter might soften it again. Calling a spade a spade, lips feel too dry after a while & I either have to lick them, or dab a lip balm to be able to smile.
Forgive the harsh lighting. Somehow the photos turned out very bright/white. I don't know whether it's the Benefit Matterial Girl Powder, or my camera setting, or the lipstick, or coz I clicked in the bedroom.
It makes my teeth look whiter, because it's a blue-based red. Warm reds make teeth look yellow.
Makeup is neutral & matteOn my Cheeks: The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder & MAC Fleur Power. On my Eyes: Olive, Brown & Taupe from the Inglot 4 Square Palette. L'Oreal Paris Super Liner Instant Impact Felt LinerBourjois Fast & Perfect Mascara. I did not line my waterline.
Below is a comparison with a few red lippies. 3 of them are only for reference, only 1 is the dupe:
L-R: Inglot Matte Lip pencil #21, MAC Ruby Woo, Bourjois Lip Pencil #20, MUFE Rouge Artist Intense Moulin Rouge, Bourjois Velvet Matte Lip Cream #54 Rouge Blush


The Winner is Bourjois Lip Pencil #20 Rouge Soyeux. It is the the next best thing to MAC Ruby Woo, especially because it's a matte lip pencil. Isn't it almost hard to tell the difference? AND it costs only Rs.225 ($4.00)!  

The difference between MAC Ruby Woo & Russian Red:
Russian red is less matte & a little darker than Ruby Woo. Russian Red is similar to MUFE Rouge Artist Intense Moulin Rouge.


LOVE IT! Possibly addicted to it too. There's something about the very matte formula- the way it clings to my lips. It's also the easiest red lipstick to wear & the color is very Hollywood & Retro

Oh, and it won't get messy when snogging ;)


Price ~ Rs.990

My Rating ~ ♥♥♥♥4.5/5


*Sunglasses ~ MANGO (as seen here)

What do you think? Is this a RED you'd wear?

♥ Cynthia Z *.*

56 comments:

  1. WOW, that's a bold shade to pull off. I'd wear it gladly :) xx

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    1. Would love to see it on u! :)

      ♥xx♥

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  2. Oooh! I love! I think the closest thing I have to this is NYX soft matte lip cream in Monte Carlo. One of my fave reds for sure. =D

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    1. I've seen that, it's super gorgeous!

      ♥xx♥

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  3. This Red is Sexy!
    And Yes very Hollywood & Retro <3

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  4. This is my fav MAC Lipstick!! I love it & it looks beautiful on you! :)

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    1. I remember it looked great on u too T :)

      ♥xx♥

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  5. Wow !! It looks perfect on you ! very retro :)
    Love it <3

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  6. It looks gorgeous on you!!! I have dry lips but still I might the matte finish!!:)

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    1. Matte red is worth a try...lip balm underneath :)

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  7. looking very pretty CZ :D :D .... totally your color ... stunning you are looking baby :D :D

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    1. Thank u Rash! :D Happy I got it finally :))

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  8. Ruby Woo is lovely, and you are so beautiful *_*

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  9. looks fab on u CZ..totally..

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  11. u do sooo much of makeup! have u ever tried looking natural?? m no hater i love reading ur posts just asked out of curiosity

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    1. Judging by the number of bitter comments you've left here, I'd say U R a hater, dear. U want to see natural, don't read a makeup blog.

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    2. I know you are not natural, thanks for telling that

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    3. Cynthia is Beautiful !
      And if you like Natural beauty...then you are checking out wrong Blog dear.

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    4. Thank you so much! :)

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  12. a great shade.. alwaysssssss

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  13. OMG bourjois one is exact dupe! ruby woo looks gorgeous on you!

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    1. Yes, it is so very similar...thanks

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  14. I loveee this lipstick! definitely my HG red lipstick!! Even when i wear it without any other makeup, it makes my whole face look radiant!

    Do check out my review on it at http://blushing-orgasm.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/mac-retro-matte-lipstick-review.html

    Great post!

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  15. I am back from Europe! Just catching up on all your posts now!

    Wow I adore this colour on you! I LOVE Matte red lipsticks, and this one is so so so gorgeous! I seriously have to go buy this!!
    You seriously look like a movie star, gorgeous! xx





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  16. i absolutely have to get this!! looks super amazing on you:) x


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  17. wow!!!U look amazing with this..well u always look amazing :P bt this definitely is adding that charm. :) This is my HG red too and m also kind of addicted to it. ;)

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    1. Thanks Jyoti! It looked amazing on u too :)

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  18. Hey CZ, just came accross ur blog while googling sumthing n have been going thru the whole of it. It's simply lovely...u write well and ur pics are really nice too. Can't believe I've been missing this for 3 yrs now :(

    Ruby Woo looks gorgeous on u. Hope it suits my skin tone (NC40-42)...will surely try it out.

    Wishing u good luck for ur stay in UK n lookin 4ward 2 all ur posts :)

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    1. Hi! Welcome to my blog! As they say, better late than never, I guess :)

      Thank You! I have seen it on skin tones like yours, and it looks GOOD!

      ♥xx♥

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    2. I did finally buy Ruby Woo and I also pulled out the other red lippies that I had bought but hadnt been using. It's a teeny tiny collection of red lippies, have a look:

      http://indianshringar.blogspot.in/2012/09/lrb-little-red-bouquet-of-lipsticks.html

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  19. Obviously this Lipstick was MADE for you!! Seriously. it looks amazing on you :0
    yup, i just came across this blog by googling, you guessed it (or maybe you didn't but who cares lol). Really informative about the world of makeup that am yet discovering, being a 17 year old former ms Always Au Natural (except the occasional eyeliner). i ve been searching high and low recently for a good red blue undertone lipstick for my middle eastern olive toned skin. And btw, you are STUNNING.

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    1. Thank you so much Hafsa! <3 You should definitely try this one, it'll really suit your skin tone.

      ♥xx♥

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    2. where do i buy these,really love it

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  20. First--and as everyone else has already said--that shade is just stunning on you! (It may well be one of those colors that, with the right accompanying makeup, anyone can wear, but it's definitely *made* for you.) I've shied away from bright lipstick my whole life, but find that as I'm getting older (*gulp*), adding a little more color to the lower half of my face helps me to look less, erm, sickly. (For reference, I'm a medium-blonde, green eyes, and "Porcelain" in Bobbi Brown foundations.) Maybe I'll get brave one of these days and give this a whirl... :)

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  21. i love this....muahhh!!!!

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  22. OMG!! i love the colour veeryy muaachhh!! thankyou for sharing ^^ love your blog darl, following u now, mind following back ?
    hatta-shani.blogspot.com/

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  23. I'm a fan of red lipcolor... this one is just fabolous... I am so buying it...

    Ps:- I love your blog. Cheers!

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  24. where do i buy this lipstick ,i really want it

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  25. Thanks for the review! Keep hearing about this lipstick, especially since Riri Woo recently launched.

    P.S. Your blog is so adorable.

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  26. Just loved it on u...and the shade is to die for!!

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  27. U look stunning in this! Can u tell me which mall u got it from? Is the price 990 even now? It's 3k + online n out of stock too

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