MAC RiRi Hearts Collection Retro Matte Lipstick in RiRi Woo – Review, Photos & Swatches

As you may already know, MAC Cosmetics and Rihanna did a makeup collaboration recently and released the RiRi Hearts Collection. Included are three retro matte lipsticks, a powder blush duo and a lustre drop. Well, I don’t have the entire collection, but being a lipstick junkie (or should I say, hoarder? No. :P) I decided to get Mac RiRi Woo

MAC RiRi Hearts Collection Retro Matte Lipstick in RiRi Woo’s Product Description/Claims/Tagline, etc according to the website:

Colour plus texture for the lips that made M·A·C famous. A trio of limited-edition shades created by Rihanna, all in Retro Matte finishes – the cool red of RiRi Woo, the vivid lavender of RiRi Boy and the matte berry of Heaux.

MAC RiRi Hearts Collection Retro Matte Lipstick in RiRi Woo - Review, Photos & Swatches

PACKAGING Despite it being a limited edition lipstick, the packaging is no different than the ones from the permanent line. It still has that sleek, sturdy, black bullet-formed, traditional MAC lipstick packaging. Inside, however, you can see the tube itself with the words ‘RiRi’ embedded on the lipstick itself. I think it’s quite unique at the same time classy since I don’t see this very often from MAC. From what I’ve seen, they did this on every lipstick that is included in this line.

MAC RiRi Hearts Collection Retro Matte Lipstick in RiRi Woo - Review, Photos & Swatches

SHADE ‘RiRi Woo’ is described as a ‘cool red with a Retro Matte finish’. If you’re up for wearing bright red lip colors then this is definitely for you. Now I don’t have the ever famous ‘Ruby Woo’ but from what I’ve heard/seen, this is very identical to the said lipstick (Click here for swatches/reference). I was supposed to get that but when I heard about MAC releasing a shade very close to ‘Ruby Woo’, I thought I’d wait for this one instead. You might be asking, what could be the difference. Like I said, I don’t have the said lipstick, but from what I’ve gathered, ‘RiRi Woo’ is a bit more blue based and a bit brighter, other than that, one can never tell. I like this shade because it can pull of the illusion off a whiter teeth.

MAC RiRi Hearts Collection Retro Matte Lipstick in RiRi Woo - Review, Photos & Swatches

FORMULATION/CONSISTENCY I only have one matte lipstick from MAC and that’s Candy Yum Yum and that does not compare to this one when it comes to how “matte” this is. In all fairness, I do love how it looks like on my lips, I never thought that I’ll love something that is straight on matte. If you think that the matte lipsticks from Mac are drying, then this I’m afraid is much worse (for lack of a better term). I’ve also heard that among the three lipsticks from the RiRi Hearts Mac Collection, this is the one that is most drying. Coverage-wise, you only need a single layer to cover your entire lips. But if you’re like me, then two will do the job just fine.

MAC RiRi Hearts Collection Retro Matte Lipstick in RiRi Woo - Review, Photos & Swatches
Applied with a lip balm but without a lip pencil as a base

APPLICATION Honestly, these kinds of shades tend to scare the crap out of me when it comes to application. No joke. I tend to stay away from REALLY red lipsticks like this one because I find it really hard to apply (Don’t get me wrong, I am speaking from my own point of view). Anyway, considering how ‘matte’ this lip product is, a lip balm is really a must for me EVERY TIME I use this. I also use a lip pencil as a base and a guide (Nichido Lip Pencil in ‘Blaze’). Without a lip balm, I find it difficult to apply since I also have a dry and chappy lips and I will end up tugging my lips in order to get an even application. I also use a lip brush to apply this since I find it more convenient to get an even and cleaner application (I tend to smudge it everywhere when I don’t use a lip brush, lol). Therefore, I think it is best to keep a lip brush handy even when you’re going to take this with you for touchups.

MAC RiRi Hearts Collection Retro Matte Lipstick in RiRi Woo - Review, Photos & Swatches

PERFORMANCE/LONGEVITY I did encounter some transferring issues but that is only for a couple of minutes. The lipstick lasted on me for approximately six hours with minimal fading. By the time that it started to fade, it already stained my lips. If you don’t want to encounter any transferring issues, then blotting is definitely necessary. Blot and then reapply, do this for two to three times and then apply a translucent powder to seal. That’s how I do mine. It does not prolong the wear time but it prevents the lipstick from transferring. Also, having mentioned that this is really matte, this is the most drying lip product I have ever owned. I tend to top this off with a lip balm or a lip gloss just to relieve the dryness.

Product Name | MAC RiRi Hearts Collection Retro Matte Lipstick
• Shade |
RiRi Woo • Price | PhP 1,100
• Avalability | Makeovershop; Online

SCENT As always, MAC lippies have a scent of vanilla. Definitely not overpowering but can bother some people especially those who aren’t fond of scented cosmetics.

♥ PRO’S ♥
♥ CON’S ♥
Sleek, sturdy, unique, and classy design/packaging
Bright, cool-toned color gives the illusion of a whiter teeth
Really opaque shade
Lasts for approximately six hours
Does not transfer as much
Stains your lips when it begins to fade
Limited Edition
Extremely matte
Hard to apply with just the tube alone
May experience tugging during application
Requires a lip balm (IMO) prior to application
Really drying
Limited edition
Not available locally

Despite all of the cons I’ve listed and despite me sounding like I’m not loving the product, I actually like LOVE it. What’s beauty without a little sacrifice? Right? Kidding. It looks really beautiful when worn and just wearing this along with a mascara can make you more elegant than usual. It is just so pretty. As I put this on, I instantly forget all of those con’s I’ve outlined because I am easily impressed by how beautiful and stunning this shade can make me or anyone look. This shade can flatter any color, and you don’t even need to put a lot of makeup when wearing this. This shade is just beautiful. I just wish that it wasn’t that ‘matte’ though, but other than that, I really love it.
Though if you already have ‘Ruby Woo’ I don’t think it’s necessary. But if you don’t then this is really a beautiful red shade that you might want to think about buying. As long as you don’t mind the ‘drying’ factor, you wont regret it.

MAC RiRi Hearts Collection Retro Matte Lipstick in RiRi Woo - Review, Photos & Swatches

So those are my thoughts regarding the famous MAC RiRi Hearts Collection Retro Matte Lipstick in ‘RiRi Woo’. I hope that you like this review and you find it helpful. Let me know if you have any thoughts, questions or anything about this review.

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  • This collection is soldout in France! btw, I’m jealous of your super pretty blog, your layout is so clean and so organized! xx

    • Haha, thanks. I’m jealous of your blog too. It’s soo pink!

  • sophie

    I got this shade also looks lovely on you!


  • aiko borja

    Nice review ms.yette same tyo di din ako mhilig sa mga bright/dark red lippies. Parang nkakatanda ! Hehe but it looks good on you!

  • Angel

    For me, a red lipstick is a must-have no matter what type of girl you are. Parang classic staple na kasi, right? And don’t worry about the shade, it suits you very well! Bagay :))


    • True that, Angel!


  • rhania escueta

    its read and sexy! woot haha!

    • Haha, thanks Rhania

      • rhania escueta

        oh.. i mean RED! =)

        • I know what you meant

  • MissApriil

    Maybe, if I’ll decide to purchase this, it’s gonna be part of my collection. The shade is too red for me! Hope they’ll be able to create more shades of reds that will match every skin tone.

    • Hi, April! The Marilyn Monroe Collection has various shades of red. Not sure if it’s still available though

  • Joy Felizardo

    Wow! This really looks good on you! Very amazing review! I have never really worn a true red lipstick, because people might have that expression that you are flirting (That’s me only, hehe). But I’m kinda giving it a second thought. Will try to check it out in the mall to see if it’s “bagay” to me. Thanks!

    • Haha, I used to think the exact same thing, but this red is just so pretty it makes me forget all about that. Thanks, Joy!

  • OMG! I just died! The red is soo prefect!! I love it and I want it so badlyyy!!!! so lucky youuu

  • Louise Ito

    The red color is perfect, though the matte part is what concerns me. I’m one of those people who love the shiny and easy to apply lipstick. I love red too, the application part is a bit tricky. Maybe a lip balm and lip liner will make this more perfect. Thanks for the review!

    • Yes, I really prefer to apply this with a lip pencil, a lip balm & a lip brush otherwise I’ll end up smudging it all over my face.

      Thanks Louise!

  • oh my gosh *hold my breath* I really love the colour, the red is so sexy!
    This lipstick is on my wishlist, I can purchase it because its too expensive for me (>_<)

    • Aww. I’m sure there are a lot of red lipsticks out there that is quite similar to this one.

  • RebelSweetHrt

    I’ve been eyeing this lippie for the longest time! That shade of red is to die for!

    • It is, thanks Czjai!

  • Rosalie B.Tangonan

    Perfect red! I love how it brightens up the entire look

  • ooh, i so love red too and it looks good on you, what’s your secret for having smooth skin?

    • Ay, haha. Cleanse (& exfoliate), tone & moisturize. Thanks!

  • Never tried red lippies yet. Dont think it suits my skin tome but looks great on you! Puti eh

    • Thanks, Patricia!

  • Gusto ko pagkaka-red nyan. I’m a fan of matte lippies kaso lang nga ang problema pag nagtagal na parang dry na dry ang lips.

  • Leilani Gamboa

    Oh my very seductive sis, i luvit! I only wear red lippies depende sa mood, ngayon parang nainggit ako and i miss red, kaya red pout ako the whole week

    • Thanks! I know right! Dati di pang madalas ang red lipstick. Now it seems like everyone’s wearing it almost daily!

      • Leilani Gamboa

        hihi dati pag nakared lipstick ako maharot daw ako sabi ng nanay ko, now nakikired na rin sya,,

  • Gina May J. Mungcal

    Bongga! Looks good on you naman siguro di ka lang sanay with bold red lipsticks. Pareho tayong hirap mag apply ng red lipsticks kasi naman kelangan nakashape talaga sa lips haha! And I don’t use lip pencils, I don’t know why siguro di kasi ko nabili hahahaha! Anyway good choice!

    • I’m not used to lip pencils too but I kinda learned to take advantage of them kase maganda ren shang base. Chaka pag red lipstick gamit mo mas nashe-shape ung lips. Thanks Gina!

  • Ohh. I woud love to try this good thing you pointed out it’s drying. I’m not into really drying lippies, I’m thinking of purchasing another MAC, Candy Yum Yum, Anyway, I love the shade of this lippie. Ganda ng pagkared, kaso di talaga ako maganda tignan ata sa red

    • If you like this type of Red then try Red Velvet from Velvetines or the famous Ruby Woo

  • Wow, my kind of red!

  • grabeh, been addicted with red lately dahil kay taylor swift. and ever since I’ve tired the red wine from colour collection and use it at the etude event, narealize ko mas bagay pala sakin red lips

    If I have this baka pang everyday ko to hihih.. So envious.

    • Try Ruby Woo or Velvetines Red Velvet.

      Bagay sayo red

  • Grabe alam mo nakakaaddict palal tong blog mo! Makakatulog pa kaya ako nito?
    I remember before I bought a MAC lipstick not more than 100 pesos. Super new pa ko sa makeup that time and nagiistart pa lang mag-addict sa panonood ng makeup tutorial on YT. So hindi ko alam hindi pala maganda yung fake na MAC lipstick. I used it for 1 week and then I stopped kasi di na ko naliligayahan wahaha! Anyway I’m not a fan of red lipstick cause I have a dark skin. Plus yun nga super hirap to put on a lip and super dry din. So eventually ayoko talaga kasi I also have a dry lips.

    But this red lipstick looks suitable on you! I love it! Sana ako din kasingputi mo.

    • Heheh. Thanks Riza

  • I tend to avoid super bold reds coz I’m not sure if I can pull it off. I love how matte it is, though! I have a couple of red lipsticks but I don’t get to wear them often except when there’s a special occasion or an event or something. Haha. The shade looks gorgeous and it suits you really well!

  • Lei Diwa

    WOW!!! the lipstick really looks great .. I never own a MAC but I love how matte is this lipstick, but I don’t wear red lipstick always cause I’m a fan of pinkish shade.. (girly) This is a must have to those girls that inlove with RED

  • Hayley Yamaguchi Bardilas

    i love bold lip colors ! this is a must have . kung may pera lang sna . hahaha .

  • Helen gatbonton

    love the color of the lipstick

  • belinda b. ibanez

    I love Matte lipstics too but not on flaming red colors.

  • I have a NYX eros lippy and MAC Sample that’s red too. I really love how it looks on your lips! We have the same kind/type of lips! Thanks to this post, I now know how to apply lippies! Gotta use lip balm first then I’d apply my lippy. Dried and chap lips ruins the beauty of the lippy shade. I end up applying several layers. I also have a difficulty applying red lippies. I didn’t have a lip brush back when I was fond of red lippies. So I used cotton tip application/cotton buds or my pinky finger! Haha. I’m more of a coral and peach shade lover right now. But I still wear my red lippies when necessary.

    Pauchee C.

    • Me too! I love coral/peachy shades right now but I’m in love with this lippie (& Red Velvet from Lime Crime)

  • meganlev_13

    learned something new! put lipbalm before putting matte lipstick. This lipstick shade is extremely hot! UGHHHH I LOVE LIPSTICKS! revlon lipsticks and everbilena(matte) palang ksi soo far yung fave lipsticks ko kse for me maganda sya lalo na kapag inapply, yung everbilena matte lipstick ko matagal ko bago palitan sa lips ko, and plus hindi sya messy