MAC in Monochrome – Ruby Woo (Review, Swatches & Look)

It’s been a protracted, LONG time since I’ve checked out a brand new MAC launch and desperately needed to throw my cash at it. Why? As a result of the novelty of MAC has worn off on me through the years. It was the ONLY model I wore from the ages of 12 by way of 25. I used to be so obsessed that I might barely even entertain the thought of different manufacturers again then. However once I found the world of magnificence on YouTube I all of a sudden had publicity to extra individuals, and people individuals had been utilizing manufacturers that had been MAC (and there was a LOT of MAC again then), nevertheless it wasn’t JUST MAC. I all of a sudden had an entire new world open up in entrance of me.

And, identical to that, MAC collections began to lose their attraction. They had been placing so many  restricted version collections launches yearly that it turned laborious to maintain up with all of it. And product launches began to get very, very repetitive. There have been modifications in “themes”, however the colors appeared so comparable time and time once more.

However I noticed the MAC in Monochrome assortment promoted just a few weeks in the past my thoughts EXPLODED. MAC‘s strengths, for me, have at all times been of their everlasting vary of merchandise. Restricted editions come and go, however their mainstay vary of everlasting lipsticks and eyeshadows have been their stronghold for years and years for a cause – they’re stable merchandise which have stood the check of time. So when the MAC in Monochrome assortment took 5 of their everlasting vary of lipsticks and expanded on them I used to be EX-CI-TED. After which I used to be EVEN MORE excited once they selected Ruby Woo as one of many shades to explode.

I’ve beloved the novelty of purple eyeshadow for a really very long time – lengthy earlier than it turned in style in palettes (I feel we have now ABH to thank for popularizing it of their Fashionable Renaissance palette). And whereas MAC had a purple assortment just a few years in the past (Purple Purple Purple for the Vacation 2014), I really feel like I had already moved on to different manufacturers at the moment. However there was one thing about THIS assortment that struck me. Possibly it was taking a traditional color and increasing upon it that did me in – I simply beloved the thought of it.

And so, I snapped up 4 of the six items from the MAC in Monochrome: Ruby Woo set.

MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick
MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick

Surprisingly sufficient, given the entire traditional MAC lipsticks I’ve had through the years, I’ve by no means really owned Ruby Woo. I’ve accomplished a quantity on my Russian Purple lipstick, however by no means delved over to the Ruby Woo facet of issues. Basically, they’re each very, very comparable lipsticks by way of color. Ruby Woo has a flatter, extra matte end (it’s a retro matte components) and seems brighter than Russian Purple which, whereas matte, comes off as way more of a cream lipstick compared to Ruby Woo since Ruby Woo is SO matte. The retro matte components is okay-ish to put on by way of consolation at first, nevertheless it has a really dry consistency which ends up in a number of catching on the lips throughout utility. I had to make use of a lip brush to push the product out to the perimeters of my lip so as to get a clean line. On the finish of the day, I can perceive why individuals love this shade as a result of the color is attractive, however for me the end leans in direction of uncomfortable after just a few hours. Personally, I’ll stick with my Russian Purple! However if you’d like one thing extra matte than that shade, Ruby Woo would undoubtedly be the way in which to go.

Oh! I virtually forgot to say. The Ruby Woo that comes within the MAC in Monochrome assortment really comes with a tube that matches the color of the lipstick (love that – I want all of MAC‘s lipstick tubes had been like that). However I undoubtedly don’t want a full measurement lipstick ever once more for the remainder of my life, so I opted to purchase the mini measurement for $12 CAD (which doesn’t are available in particular packaging).

MAC eyeshadows in Walking Heartbeats and Holly Folly
MAC eyeshadows in Strolling Heartbeats and Holly Folly

Whereas I like the gathering as an entire, the 2 objects that received me REALLY excited had been the eyeshadows. I used to be glad to see that they had been launching a matte (Strolling Heartbeats) and a frost (Holly Folly).  The feel of those two shadows are fairly fascinating. Each are extremely pigmented on utility, however you’d NEVER understand it from the swatches (they’re beneath). On first swatch I used to be horrified. I believed these had been going to finish up occurring the eyes actually, actually poorly. Strolling Hearbeats was stiff and appeared to be poorly pigmented. Holly Folly appeared to be actually chunky. Nevertheless, in observe I discovered that they had loads of pigment and utilized effectively. The matte shadow does generally tend to cling for pricey life to eyeshadow primer which implies I must mix it a bit greater than I used to be anticipating, nevertheless it appears to be like nothing like what the swatch demonstrates. Holly Folly works finest utilized with a moist brush, nevertheless it’s stunning with a dry brush as effectively (I simply want the extra shimmery affect {that a} moist utility will present).

MAC blush in Apple Red
MAC blush in Apple Purple

A purple blush. A vivid, freaking purple blush. Apple Purple is the purple blush to finish all purple blushes. I’ve received an honest variety of purple blushes in my assortment, however NONE of them put out pigment like this sucker does. There’s SO MUCH pigment within the blush that I discover I’ve to constantly return over my blush after I’ve utilized it with my basis sponge to drag down the color. It’s NOT a blush to be trifled with. It’ll provide you with clown cheeks within the blink of an eye fixed. I’m not bothered by this as a result of I like me some purple, however this blush is completely not for the faint of coronary heart!

MAC in Monochrome: Ruby Woo - swatches
MAC in Monochrome: Ruby Woo – swatches

Ruby Woo lipstick undoubtedly has the strongest swatch right here! And you’ll see why I had trigger for concern with the shadows and powders although. Holly Folly is decidedly chunky, Strolling Hearbeats appears to be like like a patchy mess, and Apple Purple appears to be like like Strolling Heartbeats‘ older, however barely extra pigmented (but nonetheless uninteresting) older sister.

Swatches are at all times enjoyable to have a look at, however they actually don’t inform the true story of how the shades carry out on the face. As a result of on the face? These had been great!

MAC in Monochrome: Ruby Woo look
MAC in Monochrome: Ruby Woo look

I like a monochromatic look as a result of it’s tremendous straightforward to do and it at all times appears to be like very put collectively and cohesive just because all of it falls inside the identical color scheme.

MAC in Monochrome: Ruby Woo look
MAC in Monochrome: Ruby Woo look

So despite the fact that this can be a lot of purple – greater than most individuals are ever more likely to put on – I’ve to let you know simply how glad this makes me. Purple lipstick, and even purple blush, are straightforward sufficient to come back by… However purple eyeshadows in quite a lot of finishes? That simply makes my coronary heart sing.

MAC in Monochrome: Ruby Woo look
MAC in Monochrome: Ruby Woo look

Would you have got EVER thought I might get this type of eye look with how these two eyeshadows swatched? I positive didn’t!

MAC in Monochrome: Ruby Woo look
MAC in Monochrome: Ruby Woo look

There’s no patchiness points in any way and the pigment is outstanding.

For a full tutorial on this look, see my YouTube video!

Remaining Ideas

I. Am. So. HAPPY!

I’m so glad MAC put out this assortment with Ruby Woo as one of many focal factors. Whereas I’ve found I don’t really love Ruby Woo itself (it’s the components man – I can’t deal with stuff fairly so dry), the remainder of the gathering that I picked up is unbelievable. The eyeshadows are frigging wonderful, and the blush, whereas extremely aggressive on utility, could be tapered all the way down to a beautiful purple cheek flush. MAC, you’ve received one glad buyer right here! <3

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