MAC Ruby Woo vs Russian Red – Review

Last Updated on November 6, 2021 by yangandbeyond

I was never a red lipstick person until I tried the Mac Ruby Woo. It was and still is, one of the best red lipstick shades I have ever worn. And then, comes the Mac Russian Red. It is again one of the red lipstick that gives 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 Mac Russian Red or Mac Ruby woo. 🙂

Mac Ruby Woo vs Mac Russian Red

Trust me it’s not so easy to do a comparison review on two of my favorite 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


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


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

About the lipsticks: Mac Ruby Woo and Mac Russian Red

The overly famous Ruby woo falls under the ‘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 have their own beauty. Since the texture of the lipsticks is super matte, the color payoff is amazing and the long-wearing formula is commendable.

Mac 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. In short, Mac Russian Red is more of a creamy matte lipstick.


Mac Russian red

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 them. However, when applied to the lips, Ruby woo looks brighter than the Russian Red as the latter has a more intense bluish undertone to it. In terms of the shades, Russian red is deeper than Ruby woo. Mac Ruby Woo would look great on all skin tones. It is the perfect lipstick shade for Indian brides, in fact, all brides 😉

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 1700 rs each

Which is my favorite 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 its own plus point that stands out. Anyway, If I had to pick one, I’d go for Ruby woo. I like Ruby Woo because of the texture and shade. The downside of the texture is that it’s most 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 like bright lip color, I vote for Ruby woo as it’s brighter than the Russian Red and the shade makes the teeth look whiter 🙂

MAC Ruby woo lip swatch

In terms of 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 minimizes the deeper undertone and gives it a bit brighter look.

Mac ruby woo dupes – There are a lot of other brands that have similar lipstick shades like Mac ruby woo. Maybelline New York Color Sensational Loaded Bold Lipstick in the shade Smoking Red is what I find very similar to Mac ruby woo.