Classic, hyped, cult favorite. Those are a few words that can describe MAC's Ruby Woo Lipstick ($15). For ages I convinced myself that I didn't need it. In part thanks to Ruby Woo's bad reputation for being on of the driest lipsticks in the market. After seeing how gorgeous it looked on other people (no matter their hair color or skin tone), I caved. Here are my thoughts on this MAC classic.
MAC Ruby Woo (left) and NARS Dragon Girl (right)
Although I own a handful of cool-toned reds (not that many though) Ruby Woo is different in color than the rest. That's great news because I dislike having repeats. Ruby Woo is a cool-toned red. I'd like to point out that most cool-toned reds can be classified as either blue based or pink based. Ruby Woo is a blue based red and I even compared it to NARS Dragon Girl (pink based) on the swatch above.
Nothing new here. Ruby Woo is really pigmented, as are most MAC lipsticks. The only sheer or semi-opaque lipsticks I've encountered from MAC are the Cremesheens (and some Frosts) and that's because they're meant to be that way.
Again, no surprise here. Ruby Woo is a retro matte which means it grabs on to the lips better than a creme or glossy product. Plus, it's a red and reds always leave a stain behind on the lips. This means it wears for a very very long time.
It's definitely among the driest traditional lipsticks I've ever dealt with (traditional as in it comes in a tube, i.e. not a liquid lipstick). However, given its bad reputation I actually expected it to be worse. It doesn't glide on the lips, you have to apply pressure/it tugs slightly but it's not the driest lipstick I've used. That title goes to Illamasqua's Obey. Unlike Obey, Ruby Woo doesn't look powdery just really matte.
Summary: It's not the most comfortable, but given its bad reputation I was expecting a lip destroyer. This did not dry out my lips. Although, I would highly recommend that people who do have dry/chapped lips to begin with skip this and opt for creamier mattes. If you still want the retro matte look, then I recommend you check out the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils which are not nearly as dry as Ruby Woo.
Let me know if you've tried Ruby Woo as well. What are your thoughts on it?