MAC Ruby Woo vs Russian Red – Review

I was never a red lipstick person until I tried The Mac Ruby Woo. It was and still is, one of the best shade of Red I have ever worn. And then, comes The Mac Russian Red. It is again one of the reds that give me a glamorous feeling every time I put it on. Writing this post on MAC Ruby Woo vs Russian Red as a lot of you have been asking me which one is a better red lipstick shade. 🙂

Trust me it’s not so easy to do a comparison review on two of my favourite lipstick, because obviously, I might sound a bit partial to either of the two shades, but I promise to keep it short, informative and balanced. 🙂

MAC Ruby Woo vs Russian Red

MAC Ruby Woo vs Russian Red


Website description: Very matte vivid blue-red. A long-wearing Lipstick formula with intense color payoff and a completely matte finish.


Website description: Intense bluish-red. A creamy rich Lipstick formula with high color payoff in a no-shine matte finish.

About the lipsticks:

The overly famous Ruby woo falls under ‘Retro matte’ category of the Mac Matte Lipstick. Retro matte lipsticks are super matte and can be extremely hard to apply on dry/ chapped lips. A well-moisturized lip is a must before applying the lipstick on or it may look horribly sad. But, retro matte lipsticks has it’s own beauty. Since the texture of the lipsticks is super matte, the color payoff is amazing and it’s long-wearing formula is commendable.

Russian Red, on the other hand, falls under Mac’s ‘matte’ category and therefore is very smooth and easy to apply. It is way off creamy and has a high color payoff. It has the perfect matte texture and doesn’t have any shimmer or shine.





MAC Ruby Woo vs Russian Red

Shade: At first glance, there is not much difference between the two shades. Both the shades have a blue undertone to it. When applied on lips, Ruby woo looks brighter than the Russian Red as the later has more intense bluish undertone to it. In short, Russian red is deeper than Ruby woo.

Texture: Ruby woo is super matte and needs a good amount of swipes and the right amount of pressure to get the perfect red pout. Works best on well-moisturized lips. Russian red, on the other hand, is super easy to apply since it’s texture is that of a creamy matte. The matte texture of both the lipsticks helps the product from feathering, so you have a non messy lips most of the day.

Lasting power: They last up to 6 – 7 hours
Price: The lipsticks are priced at 1500 rs each

Mac ruby Woo vs Mac Russian red

Which is my favourite out of the two?

As I said, it’s very hard for me to pick either of the shade as I like both the lipsticks. Each of them has it’s own plus point to stand out. I like Ruby Woo, but it’s mostly easy to wear during the summer. In winter it’s quite difficult to keep up with the texture, provided I carry a lip balm along. Russian red, on the other hand, has a fair amount of moisture to it so, using it during any season wouldn’t be a problem. Shade wise, since I love bright lip colour, I vote for Ruby woo as it’s brighter than the Russian Red. On texture, I vote for Russian Red, because it’s creamy matte and much more comfortable on lips.

Lipstick Hack: I am sure you all know this very common lipstick hack where you dab a little amount of loose powder over the lipstick to give it a matte finish. I tried the trick with Russian Red lipstick, and I was quite surprised to see that it looked (almost) like Ruby Woo. The powder minimises the deeper undertone and gives it a bit brighter look.

For those who love rich matte Red lipsticks, I suggest you guys try both the shades out!


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