I don't own a lot of red lipsticks, not that I don't like them, but the kind of work I'm in, red isn't just the kind of color you should wear. But for this RiRi Woo, I just had to make an exception. There's no way I'd let this past. It's the perfect, perfect, perfect red that I think everyone should own. Even if you get to wear it only once a year, it's still worth it.
RiRi Woo lipstick is packaged in a limited edition rose gold packaging. Rihanna's signature RiRi is everywhere – on the box, on the lipstick case, and also on the bullet of the lipstick itself. Same goes for the lip pencil which has a matte pale pink body and a rose gold cap. I really love the overall design of the packaging – a simple classic meets edgy. Similar to most MAC lipsticks, RiRi woo also has this wonderful sweet vanilla scent that I really like.
RiRi Woo lipstick is a classic, pinup red with a Retro Matte finish. The red is so rich and saturated with a strong blue undertone that would make your teeth look super white. The color payoff is literally insane. You can practically get a fully opaque coverage with just one quick swipe. Since it is matte, it is not the easiest and most comfortable to apply. If you apply straight from the tube on bare, unprepped lips, it will tug and cling to dry patches, and it will feel extremely drying on the lips. The way I apply it is: first I make sure my lips are well-exfoliated and hydrated, next I apply a thin layer of MAC Lip Erase Lip Balm with my fingertip all over my lips and then I apply the lipstick. The final step is optional but I like to blend it out just a little bit with a soft bristle lip brush to evenly distribute the color. With this method, the color will most definitely stay on long and strong throughout the day. Matte lipsticks are usually long-wearing in nature and RiRi Woo is no exception. I don't think you even need to line your lips with the lip pencil but it will definitely help to achieve a precise application.
The lip pencil is equally, insanely opaque. It's a tad bit creamier in texture than the lipstick which makes for a better, smoother application. It feels just as drying when worn, though, so again, use on primed, exfoliated lips for best results.
I like to wear RiRi Woo with a simple eyeliner and mascara look, to keep lips the main focus of the face. The red will brighten up your whole complexion so well that you don't need to do much else. If the dry feeling is too much to handle, layer a lip gloss on top to help retain moisture. Alternatively, if you are looking to incorporate it into a work-appropriate look, try gradient lips – apply a nude lipstick all over the lips, then layer RiRi Woo just in the inner part of the lips, blend out gently, and top with a clear or milky light pink gloss and Voilà!, you just got yourself a gorgeous gradient lips!
I really like this tone of red, it goes well with anything and looks flattering on any skin tones. It literally is the red I think anyone can wear. I also love the new Retro Matte finish. I find it to be a little creamier and glide on just a little easier on my lips than the regular mattes. It doesn't settle into lines, nor does it feather, or bleed. It's literally the perfect red with the right finish.
At the current time of writing, both RiRi Woo lipstick and lip pencil are currently out of stock everywhere I checked, online and offline. I'm glad I was able to get them when they were available on Nordstrom website (which went out of stock literally hours after). I wasn't gonna get them initially but my good friend/sister, Oui, had asked me to buy the pair for her and I thought, well, why not, at least for review purposes. I am so glad I made my purchase. If you are debating whether to get them the next time they come around, I say stop thinking and just do it. It's worth it, trust me. If you don't mind not having the rose gold packaging, RiRi woo also comes in a standard MAC tube (matte black packaging) and is still available for purchase.