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I know how excited everyone is about this entire line and this gloss is no letdown! I’m a big fan of lip glosses lately, so this is the only Fenty Beauty product I’ve purchased so far. Don’t worry, I’ll probably get some of the highlight and contour products soon and I’ll be sure to review them as soon as I do! For now, I hope you enjoy the post for this Gloss Bomb as much as I’ve been enjoying wearing it!

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Most of the photos are at the bottom of this post, including the list of ingredients.

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Fenty Glow (which is the actual shade name of this Lip Luminizer) is a permanent part of Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty line, and is available exclusively at Sephora. It sells for $18 and contains 9 ml / 0.3 fl oz of product. While this is about the same price as a lip gloss from other major brands such as MAC, Bare Minerals, Anastasia Beverly Hills, etc, it contains three times as much as most of those do! Even some of the more high end glosses that cost $10-20 more usually top out at 6ml of product, so this is an extremely good value! This gloss is free from parabens, sulfates, and phthalates and Fenty Beauty is also, most importantly, a cruelty-free company.

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The packaging is a beautiful light nude type of rose gold that’s eye catching but not overdone. It looks luxurious and feels MUCH more expensive than it is! On the top of the cap, you see an FB logo that’s discrete and adds a nice touch to the packaging. The tube is shorter and fatter than most glosses on the market, but I like this, as it fits into a small makeup bag more easily. The doe foot applicator is also larger than most found in other glosses… It’s very similar to the size you find in Tarte’s Shape Tape concealer. I personally love this because I only have to dip into the tube once for a full application. The box it comes in is just as pretty as the packaging and product itself, with an edgy, yet fashionable look that you would expect from Rihanna. My only complaint about this gloss or the packaging is that, like with most mirrored type plastics, the cap shows every little bit of fuzz or fingerprints on it!

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The best part about this gloss is that it’s everything it claims to be. It’s truly flattering on every age and skin tone, extremely comfortable to wear, and nourishing. The color and texture work very well together, making your lips look fuller, healthy and shiny, without feeling sticky or goopy like many other glosses. The formula itself contains shea butter, so it’s going to seriously nourish to your lips while you’re wearing it. I know that for me, so many glosses actually leave my lips feeling almost chapped and dehydrated after I’ve reapplied them over and over throughout the day, but this Gloss Bomb is like an explosion of moisture for your lips! Fenty Glow has no flavor, but does have a faint scent which the company refers to as a “peach-vanilla”, although I just get a sweet, tropical type of vibe from it more than picking up anything distinctly peach or vanilla.

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Photo taken indoors using indirect sunlight + a ring light. This was taken after having it on for about 15 minutes so it had melted onto my lips… More swatches and photos below!

It’s honestly hard for me to describe the texture of this gloss… I feel like this isn’t thick or sticky like honey but it’s also not thin and watery like an oil. Perhaps it’s more like honey that’s been warmed up and has melted onto your lips? I don’t even know, but it’s amazing, trust me! Or better yet, go try it for yourself! Anyway, here’s the breakdown:

Fenty Glow is described as a “shimmering rose nude” which is pretty spot on. It’s a medium, warm toned rosy nude gloss with multidimensional, yet mostly golden microshimmer. It gives the lips a fairly wet type of finish, but because the color is more muted and the shimmery particles are so small, it’s not an overwhelming, super duper bold type of shine… It’s wearable for daytime or for a night out. The texture is probably the best I have ever felt from any gloss, not even kidding. It’s very comfortable and almost juicy feeling. It definitely warms up on the lips after a moment, but the big doe foot applicator makes application a dream come true. Although it’s a larger applicator, it still works well for smaller lips because you have a lot of control with it. Also, if you have larger lips, the applicator is big enough and picks up enough product that you shouldn’t have to double dip!

Coverage is full and even, so you don’t get one area of the lip that’s shinier or more shimmery than another. Color payoff is good, but due to the fact that’s it’s a gloss which is made to transform and flatter each individual person, it’s not meant to be opaque. Wear time was actually impressive and I didn’t have touch up or reapply until I hit the 3-4 hour mark, and that was even after having some coffee. Like most lip products, it fades in the center first but you can sort of rub your lips together to even it out if you don’t have the gloss on hand to reapply at the moment. It can feather a little, just like any other gloss, but wearing a liner seems to easily fix that problem.

Liners:   Any and every liner… Honestly! Especially if you fill in your entire lip with your liner, this will make a great topper over ANY color out there! Same goes for lipsticks, too. If you want to add shine and a soft gleam to any of your lipsticks, you can apply this right on top. It doesn’t seem to make any of the lipsticks I’ve worn it over feel sticky either, so that’s always a plus.

Dupes:   Off the top of my head, I can’t think of any! I recently went through my kit and personal collection and tossed a great deal of old glosses, but I can’t recall any that were a great dupe if you want this texture, color, and finish all in one. Since it’s 3am, I’ll go through the ones I still have tomorrow and update this section. MAC’s Dazzleglasses have a similar type of color payoff and shimmer, but I remember some of them feeling much more gritty than this gloss does (Fenty Glow is perfectly smooth). I will be at the MAC counter this coming Sunday and I’ll try some of them out since they have redone the Dazzleglass formula and it’s supposed to be much better and more comfortable now!

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

 

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Photo taken right after application… Notice how wet it initially looks.

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This bag is probably my favorite part of the whole RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday collection… I’m not really a makeup bag fanatic… I have a few that I switch between depending on what purse I’m carrying and the season, but I’m not the type that buys every new, cute bag that comes out. To me, a makeup bag is a necessity and is more for function than fashion, fortunately, the RiRi Hearts MAC bag meets all of my requirements for function and is pretty on top of that!

RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday 2013 Bag 1

 

RiRi Bag 2

This bag is a beautiful metallic pink, going along with one of the accent colors featured in most of the RiRi Hearts MAC collections. The zipper pull on the bag is a gorgeous rose gold and the fabric is made from a high quality, quilted material. What I love about that is that it’s actually slightly padded! I’ve dropped mine several times (I’m clumsy!) and none of my powders have broken as they have in some other bags I’ve carried. The bag also has a small handle on the side, so it’s easy to carry around or pull out of your bag.

RiRi Bag Zipper Pull

On the inside, there’s a silky fabric that’s a pretty light pink with pearly colored writing with the “RiRi <3’s MAC” logo on it. The bag also has a small, thin, clear plastic pocket on one side of the interior that’s perfect for slipping pencils or small brushes into so they won’t roll around and get lost.

RiRi Bag Interior 1

The dimensions for this bag are 6.5″ x 4.5″ x 1.5″, so this bag is small enough to fit into a medium to large purse and can hold everything you need from day to day basics, a night out, or even a weekend trip! I played around with what all I could get in there and I managed to fit a travel brush set, liquid foundation, powder compact, blush, mascara, lipstick, lip pencil, eye liner and a small sample perfume! The shape is great too because it’s somewhat stiff, deep, squared off, and won’t get all floppy and make the items inside move around too much.

Overall, this is my favorite makeup bag I’ve ever had and I definitely recommend picking it up while supplies last!

This is limited edition but still seems to be available at most counters and stores as well as online. The RiRi Hearts MAC bag sells for $40.

 

There are two brand new Superslick Eye Liners out with the RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday collection and I’m super excited about them! I feel like this eyeliner formula is overlooked far too often, aside from the most popular color, On The Hunt, which is a rich, slick black. The two new colors, Cockiness and Pisces Persuasion, are unique and perfect for the holiday season, so be sure to check these out next time you’re at MAC!

RiRi Hearts MAC Superslick Liner & Box

 

The Superslick formula is water based but also water-resistant, though I’ve found these to be pretty much waterproof. According to MAC’s website, the formula “dries in 15 seconds to provide a sleek, longwearing, wet-look, no-smudge line”… That’s pretty accurate! The Superslick name definitely implies that this formula has a slick, wet look rather than the usual dull matte finish that so many water-resistant eye liners have. I like this because I feel like it draws more attention to the liner and adds something special to the entire look. Wear time is amazing… I get a minimum of 12 hours wear… Usually longer, like until I remove it! I love this because I wear contacts and have allergies, so my eyes water quite a bit. I’ve never had any issues with smudging or smearing with the Superslick liners so I definitely recommend these to anyone who has problems with their liquid liner wearing off too easily!

Packaging for these Superslicks goes along with the rest of the RiRi Hearts MAC collection, being the pearly white with rose gold accents and the signature “R” and “RiRi” on the packaging. The applicator is a super easy to use… “The superior no-fuss, no-wobble application lies in the “magic tip” of the easy-to-control dip-stick applicator”… It’s a somewhat stiff, but not hard, tapered, thin, marker-like tip that’s very easy to control and get anything from a thin, defined line to a big, thick wing with. Another option for application (if the marker tip isn’t your thing) is a MAC 210 or 263 synthetic angled brush… You can use the applicator to put a bit of the product onto a palette, then dip your brush into it. Although Superslicks are water-resistant, they are not recommended for use on the waterline (inner rim of the eye). The water-based formula takes too long to dry and will just end up getting into the eye and causing irritation.

Both of these Superslick Eye Liners were released on Thursday, December 12th and are available now at all MAC stores, counters, and online at www.maccosmetics.com. As far as I know, Cockiness is still available online but Pisces Persuasion is sold out. They both seem to still be in stock at most counters and stores, though. Each of these liners sells for $20.50 and contains 1.8 ml / 0.06 US oz of product. That’s $1 more than the permanent ones, due to the beautiful special packaging, while they still contain the same amount of product.

NOTE:   I will most likely be redoing all of these photos this weekend once I find my black background. They’ll show up much better that way!

RiRI Holiday Superslick Labels

RiRi Superslick Liners

 

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight (on a sort of cloudy day). Superslick Eye Liners swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight (on a sort of cloudy day).
Superslick Eye Liners swatched on NC15 skin.

I will be adding a better swatch photo soon! This one was taken on a cloudy day and doesn’t show how pigmented and opaque these really are… Sorry! I’ll have the new pic up tomorrow hopefully!

Cockiness

Cockiness

Cockiness:   This Superslick Eye Liner is a “shimmery rose gold”… It’s a very glittery, frosty, medium, warm rose gold with multidimensional copper, pink, and pearly gold shimmer particles. Though it looks somewhat sheer swatched, it applies more heavily to the eye. With one to two dips into the tube (for a pretty thick wing), I get great color payoff and coverage.

One fun thing about Cockiness is that you can make this stand out a bit more by applying it over a darker liquid eye liner like a black, dark brown, dark copper, purple, or blue. I’ve tried it over MAC Fluidlines like Blacktrack, Dipdown, Rich Ground, Macroviolet, and Waveline and it transforms them all to something really unique and beautiful! You can even apply a thinner line of Cockiness over your other liquid liner for a fun, multicolored wing.

Dupes:   I can’t think of anything that’s terribly close to Cockiness… The permanent gold Superslick Eye Liner, Pure Show, is a much lighter, much more yellow gold without any glitter. Rich Ground Fluidline is also much darker and more of a coppery brown.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:  5

Packaging:   5

Pisces Persuasion

Pisces Persuasion

Pisces Persuasion:   MAC describes this liner as a “shimmery white”… It’s a light, cool toned white with a gorgeous silvery, pearly shimmer and a very frosted, glittery finish. Like Cockiness, this didn’t swatch as pigmented and opaque as it actually is… While the coverage isn’t as heavy as Cockiness, it does have good color/product payoff with not much product applied. You may have to apply more than one layer of Pisces Persuasion to achieve fully opaque coverage, but it applies smoothly and layers easily, so that shouldn’t be a problem.

Like Cockiness, you can have a lot of fun layering Pisces Persuasion over other liquid liners… I’ve been trying this over all kinds of MAC Fluidlines and other Superslicks to create really fun, different looks. Another trick you can do with this liner is to tap the applicator on the very tips of your upper lashes for a festive glitter lash for the holidays… It almost looks like you have glittery little snowflakes at the tips of your lashes!

Dupes:   I honestly can’t think of any… There’s nothing out there from MAC or any other brands that I know of that’s anywhere close to Pisces Persuasion.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:  5

Packaging:   5

As we all know, Rihanna always has flawless, bronzed skin, so of course MAC released a brand new Bronzing Powder with the RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday collection! I’m pretty impressed with the “Love, Rihanna” bronzer because it’s versatile… It’s buildable and not so warm that fair skinned people can’t pull it off, yet it’s pigmented and just warm enough that it also works on dark skin tones.

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Love, Rihanna

Love, Rihanna

This Bronzing Powder comes in the beautiful special white pearl packaging with rose gold accents, like the rest of this collection. It also features the signature “RiRi” and “R” on both the packaging and product itself. MAC Bronzing Powders are silky smooth and buildable, so they work well on nearly all skin tones (this one is particularly nice)! While I don’t love contouring with these, as it’s just TOO bronze for a contour shade, they make perfect bronzers to brush on the cheeks for some sun-kissed color.

You can use these alone or with a blush… If using with a blush as well, I like to apply this bronzing powder more towards the back of the cheek and blend the blush from the apples of the cheeks back into the bronzer. For a heavier application of Love, Rihanna, I suggest a more dense brush such as a MAC 129, 116, or 168 angled brush. If you’d like a softer wash of bronzer or are fair-skinned, try a MAC Duo-Fibre brush like a 188, 187, or 159.

This Bronzing Powder is limited edition and was released at MAC stores and counters on Thursday, December 12th and online at www.maccosmetics.com a few days before. It sells for $30 and contains 9.5g / 0.335 US oz of product, so it’s a bit more than other MAC Bronzing Powders that contain 10 g / 0.35 US oz of product and sell for $25… Still, I think that Love, Rihanna is worth it because it’s just so pretty!

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Love, Rihanna

Left:   Applied Heavily      Right: Blended Out

Left: Applied Heavily                                     Right: Blended Out
This swatch is WITH the rose gold overspray.
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Bronzing Powder swatched on NC15 skin.

I will update this post with an additional swatch photo without the shimmery overspray tomorrow… It’s just too cloudy today to get a good one!

Love, Rihanna is described as a “soft, golden brown powder with overspray of gold pearl”… It’s a medium, soft, slightly warm toned tan-brown with subtle warm, golden-bronze undertones. With the overspray, this is much more shimmery and has a lot more of a warm, copper color to it. Without the overspray, it’s a much more subdued bronzer, which I like. Even with no overspray there is a soft, satiny sheen that contains no shimmer particles.  As I mentioned, this is buildable so the color payoff and opacity really depend on how much product you want to apply. It’s definitely pretty true to the color it is in the pan and gives great, even coverage.

I typically get around 8 hours of wear with MAC’s Bronzing Powders, with Love, Rihanna being no different. Sometimes if you have larger pores or oily skin, shimmery bronzers (or shimmery anything, for that matter) can emphasize shiny areas and pores… However, the shimmery, rose gold “R” on this bronzer is only an overspray and does not go all the way through the product, so it will only show up during the first few applications. Though some of you may be bummed about that, I’m glad! I feel like the “R” contains so much shimmer that it nearly overpowers the gorgeous color of the bronzer itself. If you’re really into the shimmery area and miss that glow once the overspray wears off, try layering Gold Deposit Mineralize Skinfinish over Love, Rihanna!

Dupes:   Soft Sand Bronzing Powder, which was limited edition and released last summer with the Temperature Rising collection, is VERY similar. Hibiscus Kiss Bronzer/Blush duo, which was released with the RiRi Hearts MAC Summer 2013 collection is also similar, but contained a pinkish color as well.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:  4

Packaging:   5

 

 

The long awaited RiRi Hearts MAC collection for the Holiday season is finally here! It was released in stores and at counters on Thursday December 12th and online several before, so these lipsticks may or may not still be available… Hopefully you can find them! My apologies for getting this post up late, but I’ve been very busy working and preparing for the holidays so I didn’t have time to take care of photos, swatches and such before this past weekend.

RiRi Woo was also released with this collection, but as I’ve reviewed it previously, it won’t be included in this post. To see that lipstick, please click here.

Bad Girl RiRi and Pleasure Bomb

Bad Girl RiRi       and       Pleasure Bomb

Much like the previous RiRi Hearts MAC collections, these Lipsticks are Matte formulas (but not Retro Matte like RiRi Woo). The packaging is also similar to the other RiRi collections, featuring beautiful rose gold accents and the classic “R” on the packaging and “RiRi” signature on the actual lipsticks themselves.

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As I mentioned, both of these lipsticks are a Matte texture, which offers amazing coverage, pigmentation, and wear time. Mattes are drier than something like a Satin or Cremesheen, of course, but they’re still creamy enough that they won’t tug on the lips or feel dry. At first, these lipsticks have a very subtle, creamy sheen, but that fades to a true Matte finish within about 30 minutes. Retro Mattes (like RiRi Woo) are much drier and can almost feel TOO dry in winter months like this, so I’m glad that MAC went with the regular Matte texture for the new colors in this collection. Although Mattes typically wear for 6+ hours, I still recommend using a liner with these to give them even more staying power and added definition to prevent any feathering outside the lip line. Another suggestion is to wear MAC’s Prep + Prime Lip underneath your lipstick to assure a smooth application with no signs of chapped areas you may have! It also helps keep the lipstick in place longer and locks moisture into your lips.

These two lipsticks were for sale in MAC stores and at counters on Thursday, December 12th, so availability may be limited to none in some areas… Some locations may possibly get extra stock at some point in time, so check back with your local MAC store or counter if they’re currently sold out. Also be sure to check the website to see if they restock! This is the direct link to where you can find the lipsticks on MAC’s website:   RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday 2013. You may also want to check websites like Macy’s, Nordstrom, Dillard’s and Bloomingdale’s to see if they have any in stock.

Since these lipsticks have that beautiful special packaging, they cost $16.50, rather than the usual $15. They contain the same 3 g / 0.1 US oz of product that other MAC lipsticks do and have the typical soft, vanilla scent but no flavor.

Bad Girl RiRi           &           Pleasure Bomb

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Bad Girl RiRi               &             Pleasure Bomb

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Lipsticks swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Lipsticks swatched on NC15 skin.

Bad Girl RiRi

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Bad Girl RiRi

Bad Girl RiRI:   This Matte lipstick is described as a “matte taupey nude”… It’s a medium, warm toned taupe-nude with some rose-tinted undertones. The matte finish has a creamy sort of sheen at first that quickly dries down to a true matte. Color payoff is mostly true to how the lipstick looks in the tube, though once it’s applied, the natural pink tone of the lips brings out the rosy undertones of the lipstick. I got complete opacity with little product applied and it glided on smoothly with no tugging. Bad Girl RiRi gave me 6+ hours of wear (with a liner), only needing a minor touch-up after eating lunch. I’m quite fair skinned and tend to steer clear of colors like this but since it’s warm toned, it was still flattering on me. I would say that this is a suitable lipstick for all skin tones.

A few MAC Lip Pencils you can use with Bad Girl RiRi, depending on your natural lip color and skin tone (in terms from lightest to darkest) are: Boldly Bare, Spice, Nice ‘N’ Spicy Pro Longwear Lip Pencil, Auburn, Morning Coffee Pro Longwear Lip Pencil, Chestnut, Mahogany, or Bittersweet Pro Longwear Lip Pencil.

Dupes:   As for permanent dupes, the closest one that I can think of would be Taupe, though it has more of a brown tone, but it’s also a Matte. You can also try Touch (Lustre), which is lighter, has more sheen, and is more brown; or Double Shot (Amplified), which is cooler toned and more brown, slightly darker, and has more of a sheen. Double Shot is available online and at PRO stores only.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:  4

Packaging:   5

Pleasure Bomb

Pleasure Bomb

Pleasure Bomb

Pleasure Bomb

Pleasure Bomb

Pleasure Bomb

Pleasure Bomb

Pleasure Bomb

Pleasure Bomb:   Pleasure Bomb is described as a “matte fuchsia” and has a Matte finish… It’s a medium-dark, bright, intense, fuchsia with slightly cool, blue-red undertones and a matte finish. The color payoff is fantastic, as well as the coverage. This lipstick feels smooth and creamy, applying easily with no tugging on the lips. Though it is a matte, it has a slight sheen for about the first half hour it’s on, which later dries down and mattifies. With a liner, I got just over 6 hours of wear with Pleasure Bomb. Since this is a bold, cool toned color, it looks great on all skin tones.

If you’re looking for a liner to wear with this that’s similar to the lipstick itself, I suggest Beet Lip Pencil or More to Love Pro Longwear Lip Pencil… Trust in Red Pro Longwear Lip Pencil also works, but will bring out more red tones, as will Cherry Lip Pencil. You can also try Currant, Vino, or Nightmoth Lip Pencils if you want to go for more contrast and create a vampy, ombre look.

Dupes:   There are a few permanent lipsticks that are similar… I suggest something like Impassioned (Amplified Creme), although it does have a sheen, the colors are very, very similar. Girl About Town (Amplified Creme) is also close, but has the same sheen as Impassioned and has more blue-magenta tones. Lickable (Cremesheen) is lighter, less intense and much shinier. All Fired Up (Retro Matte) is close, but warmer, more pink, and even more matte.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

 

I’m currently working on posts for some of the RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday 2013 collection… I’ve been working a lot so it’s taken me a few days longer than I thought to get these posts finished (sorry)! They should be up by the end of tonight, though! Later this week I’ll also be posting a review for the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette!

From RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday, I’ll be reviewing the two new lipsticks, Pleasure Bomb and Bad Girl RiRi, along with the bronzer, Superslick eye liners, and bag.

In the meantime, here’s a little peek at what’s coming up… Keep checking back for the posts and reviews!

RiRi Hearts MAC 2013

The Summer part of the RiRi Hearts MAC collection was released in mid June 2013 and featured several items, including RiRi Woo lipstick, two new lipsticks, a blush/bronzer, and lustre drops. In this review I’ll only be covering the lipsticks but those seem to be the most popular items from this collection anyway!

Unfortunately these are available online only and are all sold out at the moment, but they seem to pop up for sale again from time to time, so keep checking here: www.maccosmetics.com. Since these are all limited, but close to colors that are part of the permanent range of MAC Lipsticks, I’ll also be including dupes along with images of them side by side so maybe you can find something that’s close enough until you can get your paws on the real thing!

Heaux, RiRi Boy, RiRi Woo

Heaux, RiRi Boy, RiRi Woo

All three of the lipsticks in this collection were limited edition but they do seem to pop up for sale again from time to time on the MAC website, as I mentioned earlier. As far as I know RiRi Woo will make another appearance in an upcoming RiRi collection as well.

The RiRi Hearts MAC lipsticks all have the Retro Matte formula, so they’re super pigmented, have totally opaque coverage and amazing color payoff, and give you a true matte finish… They do seem to have a soft, matte type of sheen for about the first hour or two of wear, but that fades after a bit. Typically, I get about 6-8 hours of wear with Retro Matte lipsticks, and longer with a liner and primer (like Prep + Prime Lip) underneath. Using Prep + Prime Lip before applying these lipsticks also helps with hiding any dry or chapped areas on the lips, which can be emphasized by the Retro Matte formula. Another feature of these lipsticks is the RiRi signature that’s molded into the lipstick itself.

When these limited edition lipsticks are available, they cost the same as other MAC Lipsticks, selling for $15. Also like all MAC Lipsticks, these have a faint vanilla scent but no taste and contain 3g / 0.1 US oz of product.

RiRi Lipstick Labels

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Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Lipsticks swatched on NC20 skin.

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Lipsticks swatched on NC15 skin.

 

HEAUX

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Heaux:   This is a “matte berry” with a true Retro Matte finish… It’s a dark, warm, reddish-berry color with a matte finish. Coverage was completely opaque with little lipstick applied and color payoff was also fantastic… The only thing is that it doesn’t look quite as deep as it does in the tube. Beet Lip Pencil looks really nice with Heaux.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Dupes:   There aren’t many lipsticks that are super close to Heaux… Love Goddess from the Marilyn Monroe collection is similar, but is brighter and was, unfortunately, limited edition. The closest thing that’s permanent is Rebel… If you want it to be more matte, you just have to put a little bit of translucent setting powder over it! In the tube they look incredibly different, but on, they’re much more similar.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Lipsticks swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Lipsticks swatched on NC15 skin.

Heaux and Rebel

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RiRi BOY

RiRi Boy

RiRi Boy

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RiRi Boy

RiRi Boy Lips

RiRi Boy:   This lipstick is a “vivid lavender” with a Retro Matte finish. It’s a medium-dark, slightly cool toned, bold lavender with a hint of pink undertones. It’s a true matte, like the others in this collection. It looks darker in the tube than it does when applied, but the color payoff is great! Coverage is also 100% opaque. I like using Heroine Lip Pencil with this… If you didn’t get a chance to get that one, Magenta also works and will brighten it up a bit.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Dupes:   The closest dupe for this is Up The Amp lipstick, which is permanent! Up The Amp is shinier, but mattifies a little after applying it, so it’s pretty hard to tell the difference once it’s on the lips. Heroine is also similar, but darker and was, unfortunately, limited edition.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Lipsticks swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Lipsticks swatched on NC15 skin.

RiRi Boy Dupes 1

RiRi Boy Dupe 2

RiRi Boy Dupe Labels

 

RiRi WOO

RiRi Woo

RiRi Woo

RiRi Woo

RiRi Woo

RiRi Woo on Lips

RiRi Woo:   RiRi Woo is a medium-dark, true cool toned/blue based red with a Retro Matte finish. It’s slightly darker than Ruby Woo and has a cooler, more blue toned base to it. It gives totally opaque coverage and amazing color payoff with only one swipe of product. Cherry Lip Pencil works perfectly with this lipstick.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Dupes:   Of course Ruby Woo is the best dupe for this lipstick, and since it’s permanent, you never have to worry about not being able to find it! Ruby Woo is only a tiny, tiny bit lighter and less bold, but otherwise is spot on!

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Lipsticks swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Lipsticks swatched on NC15 skin.

RiRi Woo Dupe 1

RiRi Woo Dupe 3

RiRi Woo Dupe Labels