So recently I splurged and bought myself my FIRST EVER lipstick from MAC. I know, I'm very late to the party on this one.
I bought Ruby Woo, the ultra-hyped, super matte, universal red. Of so I have heard. But does it really do all of these things?
Let's talk about it for a second.
The price, with tax, worked out to just under $22 CAN. This seemed very pricey to me, and I deliberated for a solid 30 minutes (the sales lady thought I was nuts). The packaging though, is great. I love that it's so sleek, and everything about black packaging makes me happy. It's also a great size for handbags and won't get beat up and gross looking.
The first thing I noticed about the product itself is the smell. Does anyone else think it smells like vanilla sugar cookies?! Instant bonus for someone with a sweet tooth!
Applying this was... interesting. I had read that it was insanely difficult to apply, which I don't necessarily agree with but I can see where people are coming from. This definitely doesn't glide onto the lips, and I did use a lip brush to apply this perfectly. That being said, I found it really easy to blend out.
The colour is amazing. I don't find it too yellow or too blue, just a perfect, true red. It is SO matte, but it doesn't feel dry or heavy. I actually couldn't even tell I was wearing lipstick, which never happens.
As for wear, I was totally blown away by this. I wore it to the movies (complete with popcorn and soda) and it didn't budge. Not an inch. And I didn't use a lipliner.
I thought this was a fluke. Honestly. But then I went out for dinner and drinks, and put it through it's paces and got the same result. It wore off a little bit, but not so that it looked faded or patchy. It was so minimal I didn't feel the need to touch up after eating and drinking. This didn't transfer onto my straw either.
I did a slight reapplication about three hours after the initial one to go to the bar, and after dancing and drinking (water. I promise. I was self-appointed babysitter) it hadn't moved. Still no lipliner, and only one small touch up over the course of about 7 hours.
I am shocked. This beat all of my expectations, and I completely understand why everyone raves about MAC lipsticks. I have already planned out which one will be my next splurge (Fanfare. OMG it's so pretty...) and I am never buying another brand's lipstick. I am officially a convert!
I hope this helped anyone contemplating buying this. I cannot say enough good things about it. I'm very glad I finally decided to treat myself!