The one, the only, MAC Ruby Woo.

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As you may recall, a couple of days ago, I got a bit spend-happy, and the infamous MAC Ruby Woo lipstick  (€19) was introduced to my make-up collection. For some women, red lipstick is an indispensible aspect of their make-up routine; for others, it’s more of an afterthought on the odd occasion. I fall somewhere in between the two; I often forget to wear lipstick, but then I’ll go through a phase of wearing it nearly everyday. But wherever you stand on the red lipstick front, there’s no denying how it can pull a casual look together and brighten a tired face.

MAC’s Ruby Woo is probably one of the most famous red lipsticks out there right now,. It’s a classic blue-toned red that suits every complexion I’ve seen wearing it. It’s classy and dramatic, but there is also something effortless about it. I already own the Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss lipstick in 01, another standard red. But Ruby Woo feels far more sophisticated, in an ‘old Hollywood starlet’ kind of way.

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The packaging of Ruby Woo is the classic MAC black and silver casing, and there is a very definite whiff of vanilla when you open the tube. I don’t mind the scent, but I don’t really think it’s necessary either. My only other MAC lipstick, a Cremesheen called Hang Up, has the same scent.

The texture is one which tends to alienate people. It is a Retro Matte finish lipstick; there is not a hint of glossiness or slip on the lips. While I don’t feel as though lipliner is 100% necessary before applying it, it’s not simply a case of slicking it on and running out the door. Ruby Woo takes a little more time and precision. But in return, you get a precise, bold lip that is eye-catching and really flattering.

These days I’m under self-imposed house arrest as I have exams looming, but today I had to nip down town for a bit. Any excuse!
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The finish is, of course, very matte and very bold. I definitely recommend making use of a good lip scrub and applying a thin layer of nourishing lip balm (I’m loving Nuxe Rêve de Miel) before applying Ruby Woo, to avoid any little flakes or patches showing through. Being a matte, it’s not going to nourish or hydrate the lips. However, while it’s not drying in itself, any pre-existing hint of dryness in your lips will make Ruby Woo uncomfortable to wear.

Ruby Woo is really pigmented and as soon as it was on, I felt like it wasn’t going to budge. And sure enough, the lasting power is very good. Of course, a touch-up is needed after eating, but not to the extent that you’d be dashing to the bathroom to fill in that ring of colour left on your lips after your lunch. I would be confident in wearing it all day, knowing that it won’t be halfway down my chin by 4pm. And on the flipside of that, I pleasantly discovered that it removes like a dream; one swipe of some micellar water on a cotton pad, and it’s gone! (I feel like Barry Scott).

Ruby Woo is definitely a great cosmetic investment. Every woman needs a bold, sexy red lipstick that she can whip out when she feels in need of a boost. My skin is doing an absolute number on me these days; I’ve been changing my skincare routine around a little, and now my skin is spotty and bumpy again, and my make-up is clinging on for dear life to my rough patches. But when I put on Ruby Woo, those niggly little bits seemed far less obvious and I felt way more confident in my appearance. If one little lipstick can do that, then I consider it money well spent.

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Have you tried MAC lipsticks? Do you like Ruby Woo?

Em X

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