For a while now, I’ve been noticing the changing reputation that red lipsticks have been going through in the Indian space. What would probably turn more heads than there were, at a mall- some five to seven years ago seems fairly commonplace now.
Red is formal, but also makes a casual outfit pop. Red is official (if you’re dying of black and blue monotones) and red is also brilliant to make a track-suit trendy (if you’re downplaying the eyes, that is). So what can only be called a redolution- revolution, see? :P, is various renditions of red creeping into the Indian makeup space.
Now, there are reds ranging from coral tones to maroons that are even in goth shades of black, for a low risk-low return individual like me who’s only into nudes and browns, the best red is MAC’s Ruby Woo.
I’ve made a few people try it on, across various skin tones and I currently stand on my second Ruby Woo in my million plus lipstick collection, which is a fairly big deal, since my lipsticks *never* end.
Essentially, MAC’s Ruby Woo is the perfect pop, the perfect red that balances both warm and cooler skin undertones. (It has both orange and blue elements- I’ll come to that eventually) and it makes for a statement with or without a very done up rest-of-the-face.
I loved Ruby Woo so much, I even wore it for my wedding! Here’s a snap:
Ruby Woo’s generic Retro Matte lipper comes in a standard MAC Box with a black lipstick inside. MAC Boxes are fairly sturdy, so even if you’re ordering online from a known store, you can be assured that the contents are highly unlikely to chip or break.
Here’s what it looks like when you open the lipstick with a slight swatch (used twice) on my hand.
- It’s brilliant colour for wheatish/ dark/ light skin
- It has both orange and blue undertones that pretty much suit both warmer and cooler undertones for Indian skin
- It has no strong smell
- It’s largely matte so my flying hair strands don’t cumulatively stick to my lips
- Doesn’t chap lips despite being matte
- Doesn’t stay for more than an hour or two at the max
- It doesn’t try completely so mine almost always stains my teeth
You get it for INR 1500 at any MAC store or online on Nykaa- click here to buy
I’d rate it a 4.5/5 overall
Make it last 2x longer by sprinkling some baby powder on your lips and dabbing it off using a tissue- just press it between your lips and it won’t even stain your teeth! 😀
Happy (ruby) wooing!