I am super excited today because I recently received my RiRi Woo lipstick in the mail! This limited edition lipstick is the result of a collaboration between the amazing Rihanna and MAC. RiRi Woo is a 'spin' on the super star's favorite red lipstick, Ruby Woo.
The shade is almost identical to Ruby Woo: a blue-based red with a Retro-Matte finish. Retro-Matte is basically as matte as a lipstick can be (see the swatches below). Virtually no light is reflected back and it has that kind of Old Hollywood glam look to it. The blue undertone also helps to make the teeth look whiter, so that's always a plus!
The actual bullet of lipstick has "RiRi" engraved around it, but otherwise, the packaging is the same as any permanent MAC lipstick. I was secretly hoping there'd be some cool design on the outside of the tube but what can ya do?
In terms of the texture, I do find that even though RiRi Woo and Ruby Woo have the same finish, Rihanna's version applies a bit more easily to the skin in my opinion. RiRi Woo is not as dry but just as matte.
Since it is so matte, I did apply a lip balm before swiping it on my lips in the swatch above. Once the lipstick dries on the lips, it is kind of like a stain and does not budge unless you really rub on it.
From the swatches above, you can see the comparison between RiRi Woo and a couple other similar reds from MAC with slightly different finishes.
RiRi Woo was an online only limited edition shade which sold out in 3 hours last week but there will be another release in June, so if you didn't get it this time around, your hope is not lost yet! :-)
Bottomline: I really like RiRi Woo. The color, application, finish and lasting power are all top notch! However, honestly speaking, the shade is not unique. If you already have Ruby Woo, which is in the permanent collection, there is no real need to hop on this train - unless of course, you are a huge Rihanna fan like me! :-)
For a list of other great red lipsticks, click here!
Overall, I give RiRi Woo a 4.5 out of 5.
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What do you think about RiRi Woo?