MAC Unsung Heroes: Ruby Woo Lipstick

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The holidays are a great time to go glam with vivid colors like MAC Ruby Woo ($14.50).


Heck, even the trees get all dolled up this time of year! It’s the perfect opportunity to push the envelope with your look, and nothing says “holiday party” like a pigmented red lip. 🙂

Coral red Ruby Woo is wearing warmer attire than my other go-to crimson cutie, MAC Russian Red. It has a warmer tone that I like to pair with shimmery gold shadows and looks with thick cat liner.

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As one of MAC’s long-wearing Matte finish lippies, Ruby Woo won’t leave the party early. I can apply it in the morning and know it’ll still be there at midnight, which makes it an ideal companion when I don’t want to worry about frequent touch-ups throughout the evening. I usually apply two thin layers — making sure that they’re thin — because any more than that and Ruby Woo starts to feel heavy on my lips.

For me the Matte’s do have one drawback… They can be quite drying, so I like to prep my lips beforehand with a rich balm before swiping on this sassy siren.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Gina says:

    I love that my computer screen cannot handle the insanity that is Ruby Woo! It looks like it’s glowing! Unfortunately, I really can’t deal with very dry lipsticks. So I might just opt for Russian Red, which I’ve heard is much more forgiving in the moisture department (but just as stunning!)

  2. I’m in absolute LOVE with Ruby Woo; it’s such a pretty colour and you can get away with a red lip without it being a bit too much. I also love Diva though but it’s a lot sexier, redder and deeper than Ruby Woo.
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  3. Julia says:

    Hi Karen! That lipstick looks AMAZING on you! Just so pretty!

  4. Kate says:

    Karen, that color is amazing on you! It really compliments your skin and makes those pearly whites look even whiter. Truly beautiful.

    I’ve got a good collection of reds going, although I tend to fall on the cooler, pinkier side of things. Current favs include MAC Ladybug (for a sheer everyday look), NARS Shanghai Express (semi-matte, brick red) and Laura Mercier Truly Red (a true red that’s reminiscent of Mad Men-1960s hues). I think Ruby Woo may be too warm for me but I’ll try it out next time I pass the counter.

  5. Arianne says:

    That’s such a striking red on you Karen! I think I need Ruby Woo. 🙂

  6. Too much blue for my skin, but that color looks so lovely on you!
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  7. Carmela says:

    This is, by far, my favorite red on you, Karen! It has such a fresh and chic vibe to it. I’m guessing the matte finish helps a lot with making it look so fresh. I wish I could handle them but even with an awesome balm underneath, I end up with chapped lips that just aren’t pretty at the end of the day. I shall just have to live vicariously through you! 🙂
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  8. Anitacska says:

    Apply in the morning and it’s still there at midnight? Must check this amazing lipstick out!
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  9. Marian says:

    That’s so pretty but I can’t handle the dryness.

  10. Trisha says:

    Oooo! That’s a really pretty color and it looks awesome on you.
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  11. Karo says:

    wow Karen!
    You look so amazing 🙂
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  12. Destinee says:

    I bought Ruby Woo this weekend and I LOVE it! I think I’ve found my perfect red!
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  13. Tracy says:

    Ruby Woo looks great on you! Definitely one of the best reds ever!
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  14. Thanks for sharing – this is a great holiday red. Looks really wearable!
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  15. artemis says:

    looks great on u 😀

  16. Chris25 says:

    You look better than Salma Hayek when you wear Ruby Woo. My fave MAC red lipstick is Charred Red (pro).

  17. Em says:

    That is a gorgeous colour. I am honestly hooked on red as a lip colour. Question Karan, if I already own the Mac Wonder woman’s collection of the red colour, should I still get the Ruby Woo? The shades seems somewhat similar in the picture.

  18. Lucie says:

    Ruby Woo was my very first red lipstick, remember wearing it every day in the ninth grade to stand out among my bare faced peers! Still like to have a tube in my bag at all times, it’s a never fail red.

  19. DalaLuz says:

    Gorgeous! I’m not sure I would dare to wear such an intense color (I’m more of a timid tinted lip balm gal), but I sure wish I would after seeing it on you!

  20. Trayceeee says:

    I have read that this is a great red for women of color! I just bought Mac Rebel lipstick (haven’t been brave enough to wear it outside my house yet) and I think this is another color I need to add to my collection. I really need to get out of my nudes and MLBB colors.

  21. Amber says:

    You look fantastic….what are you wearing on your eyes?

  22. Nina says:

    this is hands down, my fave-est red ever!!!

  23. Shan says:

    I literally JUST bought a tube of Ruby Woo on Sunday. And I’ve been wearing it every day since. It runs cooler on me than Russian Red did, but that’s a good thing. It makes my teeth look whiter, my face look brighter.. heck, it does everything but give me an actual facelift 🙂 Def one of my fave reds from MAC.

  24. E.Aurora says:

    I do alot of online shopping and I found your blog pasted all over google images! Since you and ‘i have very similar coloring and I wanted a matte red, I went with ruby woo and I AM NOT DISAPPOINTED! Its all I have been wearing for days! Love your blog, love your swatches and I am sooooo happy with the color! I am on to your tarte lip surge page now!

  25. Cheryl A. says:

    I love this color and your posts! I recently at 34 started embracing my womanhood! (I’m still a tomboy at heart). However, so many blogs and posts are of women who are no where near mr combo skin color. I stubled on this website and its brilliant! I loove Ruby Woo and I too was only comfortable in either nothing or plae pinks! Give it a go but I go lots of compliments on it and you will get use to how amazing you will look in it! I can’t wait to wear mine out and take picts! Thanks Karen for all your info and advice! :o)

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