My Verdict on Rihanna’s RiRi Woo Lipstick for MAC

Guess what came in the mail the other day?

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If you’re a MAC Cosmetics and/or Rihanna fanatic, then you guessed right: RiRi Woo. Last week I, along with many others, hovered over their computers and smartphones ready to order the first of Rihanna’s makeup collection for MAC. There was so much hype about the lipstick that it sold out in three hours! I was able to snag one with free shipping, so of course I bragged on every single social media site known to man- except Myspace. I don’t do Myspace.

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Anyway, I didn’t want to try it on when I immediately opened the package because I had just come from the gym. I refused to put on lipstick while I was looking like hot trash. However, I felt yesterday was the day.

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By the way, I’m rockin’ box braids as a “protective style” for the summer. More on that later!


I thought I was too cute, so I had to do a selfie for my Instagram folks.

#Selfie #RiRiWoo #Hashtag #INeedToQuitWithTheHashtags

Now that my excitement for RiRi Woo has somewhat subsided, I have to give my honest opinion…

After doing a comparison to my other matte red lipsticks by MAC, I couldn’t help but notice how similar the colors are.

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If you want to get highly technical, then I did notice that RiRi Woo is bolder than Ruby Woo, and Russian Red is brighter than them all. However, all three matte lipsticks are considered to have a blue undertone.

When Rihanna was creating her shade, she said she wanted to create one that would flatter all skin tones. Though RiRi Woo does that, so does Ruby Woo.

My final verdict? If you have Ruby Woo, and wasn’t able to purchase RiRi Woo, then don’t fret. Unless you have a MAC makeup artist at your face, you could possibly lie and say you have RiRi Woo on your lips. I say this mainly because it looks different on various complexions. However, if Rihanna is your BFF in your head and you’re down with the Navy, then nothing is going to make you feel less proud of beating out tons of other women to get her lipstick.

RiRi Woo will released again in June so if you still want to try it out for yourself, then you have a chance. I don’t necessarily feel duped by MAC and Rihanna, but I wish she put more of her own flair on Ruby Woo. I feel like this lipstick is more of a slight remix, rather than something different.

So what do you guys think? Was RiRi Woo worth the purchase? I found another comparison online while doing some hardcore googling in order to get a better picture. Check it out and let me know how you feel in the comments section.

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3 thoughts on “My Verdict on Rihanna’s RiRi Woo Lipstick for MAC

  1. Pingback: Review: RiRi Woo | Your Haute Couture

  2. Russian red is def not brighter and def not a blue base. Riri woo n ruby woo are almost twins. Riri is slightly deeper than ruby woo. Ive worked for mac for 10 years.

    • Hi Desiree! Russian Red was described as a “blue-ish red” so I guess that’s different from having a blue base. It appeared a bit brighter on me so it could’ve been lighting. It did bum me out a bit that Riri Woo and Ruby Woo were twins, though now I mostly wear Riri Woo.

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