My RiRi Woo lipstick arrived today, but since I’m not in a full makeup kind of mood (being sick isn’t fun!) I just decided to do the quick swatch pic and do a quick application collage to show it on my skintone (so forgive my less than stellar face shots! I am sans any other makeup and sick!!!). The collage of me wearing it is below!
Just a few quick notes. As the reviews and swatches come in the buzz seems to be that RiRi Woo is very close to Ruby Woo (permanent shade) so there is a lot of disappointment among those that own Ruby Woo. Based on those swatches I would say if you already own Ruby Woo and you aren’t a collector of all lipsticks that are Red regardless of how close they appear to each other then you can skip RiRi Woo. If you are like me and don’t own Ruby Woo then you won’t be disappointed by the same complaints. It is also worth noting that RiRi Woo will be released again in June and is rumored to be in special packaging so if having LE packaging is more your thing then you might want to be ready for round 2 of this release.
RiRi Woo is in MAC’s Retro Matte formula. This means that it is the truest of matte formulas. Think old school matte lipsticks from the 50’s and early 60’s or classic Hollywood matte. If you tend to have dry lips then you will definitely have to prep your lips before using this formula (or any matte) as it is not very forgiving. That means doing a lip scrub if necessary and making sure your lips are well hydrated in advance by using a moisturizing lip balm (I suggest Jack Black, which I have reviewed before). The color is very pigmented so it applies fully opaque in one swipe. It applies a bit dry from the tube so there isn’t a lot of slip. It’s not uncomfortable, but if you’re not used to a matte lipstick you may be in for a surprise. I just received this about an hour or so ago so I haven’t had time to fully test the wear time, but matte lipsticks tend to have a longer wear time due to their lack of movement. I can usually get 6+ hours of wear out of a matte lipstick easily.