Mac Retro Matte Lipstick Ruby Woo : Review, Swatches, LOTD, Price and Dupes

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If you have read my post on the other Mac Lipstick HERE, you will know what a shade it is. I wanted to review the classic Mac lipstick later. The time is over where I couldn’t resist the temptation too and splurged into Mac Ruby Woo. It’s the queen of lipstick for quite some time, it won’t be wrong to say - since forever. This post should have come eons ago, but my bad it got neglected amongst my crazy collection.

Product Description

•    Formulated to shade, define and showcase the lips. Hundreds of hues, high-fashion textures. The iconic product that made M•A•C famous.

Amplified: cream finish
•    Cremesheen: high-shine finish
•    Frost: frost finish
•    Lustre: semi-gloss finish
•    Matte: matte finish
•    Retro Matte: matte finish
•    Satin: semi-matte finish

Price: Rs. 1500
Shelf Life: 2.5 yrs
Quantity: 3 gms

Available across all Mac Stores

Mac Ruby Woo

Best Matte Red Lipstick


See it through my Eyes

Now who hasn’t heard about Mac Ruby Woo? I am sure all of you reading this piece have heard about this hugely popular Mac Lipstick. To makeup lovers, Red lipstick is synonymous to Mac Ruby Woo. You will find zillion of articles on Google about Mac Ruby woo, this is the most popular one ever.
This is one of the best lipsticks which any one can suggest you from the Mac range. I have got this shade since long but hardly used it. Why so? It’s a dupable shade. I have similar shades in drugstore products. Will mention those at the end of this post.


This is housed in the Mac signature charcoal metallic case. The outer paper box contains all info of ingredients, price, and shelf life. The round head and flat bottom makes it different form the rest I have in my stash. The difference is the metal weight and feels which speaks class.


Red=ruby woo.
It is that classic red which can never go wrong on any skintone. It will look equally good on a NC 30 and NC 42. It is an out and out red which will flatter all skintones as I said. Having said that, gone are the days when ruby was the only option we had, now we have more dupable options, that too affordable ones. Hang on till the end of this post to find out the dupe options.


As the name reads  “retro matte” it ensures its matte enough. It’s a super matte texture, but not that matte which can crack or dry those lips. It is a comfortable matte finish which is not glossy but has slight luster to it. It is always better to prep and moisten the lips before applying this matte shade. On first application it might seem a bit draggy as its not the softest bullet to play with. Nevertheless, the finish is comfortable super matte. If you have dry lips, girl you need to work hard to get that perfect pout out of Retro mattes.

Staying Power & Pigmentation

It goes bang on in one swipe on mylips. If you have pigmented lips, it will take maximum 2 swipes. It stays on pretty long as expected, for upto 8 hours if not more.  Yes this also fades or lightens with time and meal.

Mac Retro Matte Lipstick : Ruby Woo

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What I like about Mac Retro Matte Lipstick Ruby Woo


  • Classy black metal case
  • Vanilla fragrance
  • Amazing shade range
  • Compliments all Indian skin tones
  • Classic red shade which can never go wrong
  • Stays quite long for upto 8 hours on me

What I don’t like about Mac Retro Matte Lipstick Ruby Woo

  • Expensive
  • Lips should be prepped well before application
  • Not suitable for dry lips

Recommendation: Yes
NoM Report Card: 5/5

Final Verdict

This Mac lipstick is a mass favorite and always out of stock in the matte counters. I love the out snd out pure red color it is. Its an instant mood lifter and confidence booster. The matte texture is a cherry on the cake. If you are not on budget, this is one of the best red lip color ever.

Dupes available: L’Oreal Star Reds – Pure Rouge, Lakme 9 to 5 lip color – Red Coat, Revlon super Lustrous – Really Red, Maybelline 14 Hour Super Stay Lipstick – Continuous Cranberry and Non Stop Red.

Have you used this shade? Which one is your favorite red shade currently?

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