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Launching NOW – It’s the last installment in the RiRi hearts MAC saga. She’s leaving you with a holiday collection before she starts her stint as the line’s new Viva Glam spokesmodel.
And seriously, if you want RiRi Woo, stop reading and go order it already!
Let’s take a look…
I’m happy to see the gorgeous rose gold packaging again. (I am having such a love affair with rose gold at the moment, how about you?) This time, the pink accents of the fall collection have been replaced with white for the holidays.
With that, let’s get straight into my favorite part of the launch – the lipsticks.
As mentioned, this is your last time to get RiRi Woo, that beautiful cool red that everyone is wooed by (see how I did that?) You can also pick up the matching nail lacquer in a cream formula. It has beautiful coverage; practically opaque in one coat but two makes it perfect. But really, you can find a similar shade in almost any line. Meaning anybody but the hardcore RiRi fans can skip it.
As for the lipstick, though Ruby Woo is nearly identical, I think RiRi Woo is such a lovely and iconic shade that it’s worth hunting it down. Yes, I said hunt. Because if you didn’t listen to me above – it’s probably gone already! For me personally, I’m not in love with the retro matte formula. I think it’s way too drying. But many amongst us LOVE it. So, to each their matte own.
Me? I’m a huge fan of MAC’s updated matte formula (which in actuality, has been around for a couple of years now). It’s got such a creamy texture; all the wear time of a retro matte but without the dryness.
Which is one of the reason I’m in love with Pleasure Bomb. Give me MAC’s current matte any day. The other reason of course is the color, a bright fucshia with incredible pigment.
Moving away from lips products, there’s also a bronzing powder in the launch called Love, Rihanna. It’s a medium golden brown with a very slight gold sheen to it. I am a sucker for this kind of powder being a design nerd, as it is embossed AND debossed (i.e. super fancy.)
The R is also oversprayed with a metallic copper that doesn’t look like it will stick around too long (but definitely a lot longer than the gold overspray of Marine Life.)
I love MAC bronzers because they are always so finely milled and silky. Love, Rihanna is no exception. But the color is all wrong for me personally. It’s got a slightly orange tone to its warmth that’s not flattering on me. I think it’s definitely for darker skin tones than a 25.
Moving to the eye products, I also got a closer look at Phresh Out Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow, consisting of five shades….
the Superslick Liquid Eyeliner in Pisces Persuasion…
and the lone brush of the launch, the 217/239 SE Double Ended Eye Brush.
The shades in Phresh Out, shown from left, are:
shimmery white-gold champagne
coppery gold glitter
peachy pink glitter
cool taupey light brown
cool dark brown
(Plus Pisces Persuasion, which is more of a silver glitter topcoat than anything else.)
The two glittery shades prevent this palette from being a total winner for me. They are extremely dry and stiff. Literally they just kind of crumble under your brush if you try to do anything other than pat them on or use them wet. That being said, they are in the minority, as three of the five shades are beautifully pigmented and very smooth.
we heartsters – will you be accepting any holiday gifts from Rihanna this year? What looks like a must-have to you?
Stef is many things. Amongst them: co-editor of we heart this, photographer, condiment connoisseur, Philly girl in the California desert, borderline hoarder and a hardcore beauty junkie.
skin tone: NC 25/30
skin type: oily with a fear of rosacea
favorite beauty product: high end skincare and lip products
RiRi Woo – Cool Red (retro matte)
Bad Girl RiRi -Taupey Nude (matte)
Pleasure Bomb – Fuchsia (matte)
$16.50 US/$20 CDN
Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow
$44 US/$52.50 CDN
Superslick Liquid Eyeliner
Pisces Persuasion – Shimmery White (frost)
Cockiness – Shimmery Rose Gold (frost)
$20.50 US/$25 CDN
Love, Rihanna – Soft Golden Brown with Gold Pearl
$30 US/$35 CDN
RiRi Woo – Matte Cool Red (cream)
$17.50 US/$21 CDN
217/239 SE Double Ended Eye Brush
$35 US/$42 CDN
RiRi Hearts MAC Makeup Bag
$40 US/$48 CDN