MAC RiRi Hearts Collection Retro Matte Lipstick in RiRi Woo – Review, Photos & Swatches
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
• 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.
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
Hard to apply with just the tube alone
May experience tugging during application
Requires a lip balm (IMO) prior to application
Not available locally
Despite all of the cons I’ve listed and despite me sounding like I’m not loving the product, I actually
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.
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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