As a recent lover of Ruby Woo, I was intrigued when RiRi Woo first came out a few months ago. The insane feeding frenzy and online-only availability meant that I was far from getting my hands on it. The reviews were intriguing, with some saying it was exactly like Ruby Woo and others touting various differences. I finally found it today on-counter as part of the RiRi Hearts MAC fall collection.
First of all, the packaging is adorable, as you can see. The rose gold bullet is beautiful, and even the inside maintains the gold theme. Otherwise, it behaves like regular MAC lipstick packaging–sturdy, useful, and unlikely to come apart in your handbag.
The bullet has Rihanna’s signature etched into it. I’m not a Rihanna fan, but even so, it’s a very elegant touch. There’s nothing about this product that I find tacky, even though it has such unusual graphic elements. All of it works together nicely.
As to the product itself:
I’ve swatched Ruby Woo on the left and RiRi Woo on the right. I see a difference. Do you? To my eye, RiRi is darker and less pink. It comes across a little more muted on my lips than Ruby does, and I actually prefer it.
When it comes to wear, RiRi seems creamier to me. It’s the same Retro Matte formula as Ruby, but I think it’s the new, improved version that the new collection of Retro Mattes have. (Supposedly it’s the same as it’s always been, but I think there’s a major difference in creaminess and comfort.) I don’t know if you can see it in the swatch, but RiRi doesn’t drag nearly as much as my Ruby does.
The bottom lines:
If you like the retro matte formula, you will like the formula of RiRi Woo. It delivers the usual long wear time, opacity, and elegant flat finish.
Do you need it? That really depends, in my opinion, on your attitude toward red lipstick. Ruby and RiRi are definitely not exactly the same color, and the difference is even more apparent on lips than in a swatch. If you’re the kind of person for whom red lips are an occasional thing, and you already have Ruby Woo, you’d be fine to skip it, because, for you, it’s probably close enough. However, if you’re like me, and red lips are a staple for you, I think RiRi is a good option. You may find that, like me, it flatters you even more than Ruby does, and the formula is affordable for the wear time and good pigmentation it delivers.
Do you plan to check out RiRi Woo?