M.A.C Retro Matte Lipstick – Ruby Woo Review

I can’t believe how long it took me to get my hands on this lipstick. I always loved how this one-of-a-kind-shade looked on others, including my beautiful sister, but was hesitant to try it. I decided to give it a go, even though I wasn’t sure if it would work with my skin tone. Ruby Woo is rumored to be a favourite of beauties like Gwen Stefani and Dita Von Teese, both of whom have beautifully fair skin.

M.A.C Retro Matte Lipstick Ruby Woo Claims:

This is the iconic product that made MAC famous. This long wearing formula features an intense color payoff and completely matte finish.

  • long-wearing, 8 hours

  • non-feathering

  • fade-proof

Formulated to shade, define and showcase the lips. Hundreds of hues, high-fashion textures.


MRP: Rs. 1500 (Available online at Amazon and Nykaa)

Content: 3 gm.


  • Do I really need to tell you guys about MAC’s packaging? It was bold, cute, sexy and classy all at the same time. The outer carton was in black and the shade color with all the product details written on it. The bullet was a shimmery black with MAC written in silver.

  • I just love the shade Ruby Woo. It is a very matte vivid blue-red and is sooo gorgeous.

  • Also, it smells really nice.

  • The pigmentation is really good. One swipe delivers opaque finish but you can build up the color to an extent if you want.

  • The Ruby Woo lipstick doesn’t tug and glides smoothly on lips while applying.

  • It feels almost weightless on my lips.

  • Staying power: It stays put for 7-8 hours when you have light, non-oily food. But after a complete meal, it fades a bit. But when it fades, it fades away nicely.

  • It is waterproof.

  • Ruby Woo doesn’t feather or settle into fine lines.

  • It is a bit drying if you just apply on your lips, yes but aren’t all matte lipsticks are? I find it to be not drying if I properly exfoliate my lips. Also, the best way to escape fro this is to use MAC Tendertalk Lip balm. Will be reviewing it shortly.

  • The best part about Ruby Woo is that it suits all skin tones from fair to dusky. If suppose it doesn’t suit you like it is too loud, you can always tone it down by using a lip balm underneath, wait for a minute or 2 and then apply Ruby Woo. Alternatively, you can kiss a tissue paper to give a faded subtle shade.

  • I admit MAC Ruby Woo is expensive but worth it.

  • It is travel friendly. The cap shuts with a click and the bullet itself is quite sturdy.

  • Shelf life: around 36 months. Since the packaging has no definite date, you can check up using the batch number on checkfresh.com. It is near the bar code, eg. mine is FB7.


  • MAC Retro Matte Lipstick transfers. Yep, it’s on my glass, spoon etc. Is it too much to ask a 1.5 k lipstick to stay put? Not Smudge-proof.

  • The shades are limited. There are only 7 shades namely Runway Hit, All Fired Up, flat out fabulous, ruby woo, relentlessly red, dangerous and steady going.

Rating : 4.7/5.


  • I would recommend using it every other day rather than everyday. This will give time for your lips to breathe.

  • Love the shade but don’t want to shell out 1.5 k? Checkout the L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Pure Reds Star Collection- Pure Rouge, it is a perfect dupe for M.A.C Retro Matte Lipstick – Ruby Woo.


You can’t go wrong with Ruby Woo. Seriously. At least 90% of the time. Want to know why? Because Ruby Woo makes me feel gorgeous and pretty even when i’m wearing old clothes and a messy hairdo.

Would I recommend it? Yes!

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