Do I need to say anything about MAC lipstick packaging? Who doesn’t know the black packaging that looks like a bullet? The people who designed the packaging must have thought that a lipstick is a woman’s weapon (in a manner of speaking) so why not make it look like bullet.
MUA Lip Boom comes in a cylindrical tube with lipstick on one end and gloss on the other. The lipstick end also has a little detachable pot of lipstick which I forgot to photograph. Because of the attached gloss, the entire tube is much longer than a regular tube of lipstick.
Colour and Texture
|MUA Lip Boom Bring It on the Left and MAC Ruby Woo on the Right.
|Left: MUA Lip Boom Bring It lipstick, Center: MUA Lip Boom Bring It Gloss, Right: MAC Ruby Woo
Lip Swatches with Lipstick
|MAC Ruby Woo on upper lip and MUA Lip Boom on lower lip. Picture taken in white light without flash.
|MAC Ruby Woo on upper lip and MUA Lip Boom on lower lip. Picture taken in yellow light without flash.
Lip Swatches with Lipstick + Lipgloss
|MAC Ruby Woo on upper lip, MUA Lip Boom on lower lip. MUA Lip Boom gloss layered over both. Picture taken in white light without flash.
|Upper Lip, MAC Ruby Woo, Lower Lip, MUA Lip Boom Bring It. Lip Boom gloss layered over both. Picture taken in soft yellow light without flash.
|Upper Lip, MAC Ruby Woo, Lower Lip, MUA Lip Boom Bring It. Lip Boom gloss layered over both. Picture taken in yellow light without flash
These pics however, don’t do justice to the beauty of the lipstick+gloss combination. In person, it looks superfantabulous and attention grabbing. I wish I could have taken the pics in daylight like I did with the hand swatches because you can see the brightness of the colours in day light. But by the time I managed to do lip swatches, it was already quite dark so I had to take pics in artificial light.
Both these red lipsticks, MAC Ruby Woo and MUA Bring It are realllllly long lasting. They easily last through a whole evening of dinner and clubbing with minimal fading (we’re taking 6+ hours here). Both of them stain the lips and need a good makeup remover to properly remove them.
However, applying the gloss does cut down into the wear time of both lipsticks by an hour or so and also makes them more vulnerable to transfer.
So….I really can’t make up my mind as to which red lipstick is the winner in this face off. I think I would declare it a tie. If you are MAC-obsessed, then you can go for Ruby Woo. But if, like me, you aren’t that crazy about all things MAC, I would suggest that you buy the MUA Lip Boom in Bring It. It’s just Rs. 60 more than MAC (in India, though far, far cheaper if you buy it abroad) and comes with a gloss that makes this red lipstick even more beautiful. And the lipstick texture is more comfortable than MAC’s Retro Matte.
Have you used either of these red lipsticks? Which one is your favourite? What other products would you like to see featured in the “Face-Off” series?