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Matte Red Lipstick

Hi jewels – The snowstorms have me in uggs or rubber boots and sweat pants throughout so not much to showcase in terms of outfits so I figured it would be the best opportunity to share some of my favorite lip products.

Full disclosure – I am an unrepentant lipstick junkie. And I love color; in fact the bolder the better. I have a ton of high, mid and low end reds but surprisingly few matte red lipsticks (challenge accepted!). Here are my current favorite three and their swatches.

the best red matte lipstick for dark skin

Riri Woo is almost an exact dupe for Ruby Woo. Riri Woo is slightly brighter (not as much blue undertone) and that’s as much visible difference against my skin tone, which is a good thing because RiRi Woo was part of the Riri loves Mac collection so is no longer available.

Riri Woo lipstick swatch

Riri Woo lipstick swatch

Ruby Woo is the quintessential must have red for dark skin. You’ll be hard pressed to find another universally flattering red that compares to Ruby Woo. The blue undertones calm it down just enough to have a presence for nighttime but still very appropriate for daytime. Ruby Woo, available here, retails for $16. Mac doesn’t ship worldwide (boo!) but this Ebay vendor does.

Ruby Woo lipstick swatch

Ruby Woo lipstick swatch

Wanted Red is a true red from Sephora’s newly unveiled color lip last collection. Sephora describes Wanted Red as a dark matte red but I think that’s predicated on skin tone because it’s not that dark on me. The lipstick appears vinyl when first applied but turns completely matte within minutes. Wanted Red, available here, retails for $13.

Sephora color lip last Wanted Red lipstick swatch

Sephora color lip last Wanted Red lipstick swatch

  • I’m also a lipstick junkie…loved the video! My favorite is the ruby woo..well maybe its because I have it but I realize I cant live without it in my collection.x

    • Ruby Woo is like the must have red regardless of skin tone. Mac nailed it on that one. Maybe a post on lipstick collection? There’s a vid/blog idea 🙂

  • The Fashionable ESQ

    Annnd you have perfect lips.



  • mnakime

    I can’t find your side notes on the shikakai and Aritha shampoo. Help?