From the Riri ❤ MAC Summer collection, here’s a swatch and dupe comparison of Riri Woo and Heaux. 🙂 Photo 28-06-2013 12 55 27

I don’t do swatches and dupes often (or ever, for now), but some people have requested me to do this, so what the heck! 😛 I’m quite new to this, so if you have any suggestions or requests, please let me know in the comments below! xoxox!

Nothing unique about the packaging. Just the ol' classic MAC.

Nothing unique about the packaging. Just the ol’ classic MAC.

The Riri ❤ MAC Summer collection is one of the multiple collaboration sets between Rihanna and MAC. It’s a highly anticipated release, since the launch of the Riri Woo lipstick last May ended with Riri Woo selling out worldwide in just two hours! The collection features 3 lipsticks, 1 blush-bronzer duo and 1 lustre drops, most of which are also sold out by now…. 😦

L-R: Heaux and Riri Woo.

L-R: Heaux and Riri Woo.

But I only opted for the 2 lipsticks: Riri Woo and Heaux because I’m a sucker for these kinds of lipstick colors! I know that there are already a lot of swatch comparisons (especially Riri Woo vs. Ruby Woo). So instead, I will do a swatch comparison with other lipsticks I already have. Hopefully, one of them will help you find a decent dupe.

T-B: Heaux and Riri Woo

T-B: Heaux and Riri Woo

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Riri Woo: Described as “matte cool red”, and is said to be very similar to Ruby Woo. Since it is a blue/cool-toned red, it would suit all skin tones. Also, Riri Woo (and Ruby Woo) has a very bright shade, almost like a pink-undertone, which is also good because it would work for a wider age range. It’s almost like a one-shade fits all type of red-lipstick. Since it is matte, it will last long wear; but it does tend to be drying on the lips, so make sure you prep your lips first!

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And now to compare Riri Woo to other red lipsticks I have…

L-R: MAC Riri Woo, Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro 400, Nars Cruella, Lime Crime Red Velvet, Besame Cosmetics in Besame Red.

L-R: MAC Riri Woo, Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro 400, Nars Matte Velvet Lip Pencil Cruella, Lime Crime Red Velvet, Besame Cosmetics in Besame Red.

L-R: MAC Riri Woo, Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro 400, Nars Cruella, Lime Crime Red Velvet, Besame Cosmetics in Besame Red.

L-R: MAC Riri Woo, Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro 400, Nars Matte Velvet Lip Pencil Cruella, Lime Crime Red Velvet, Besame Cosmetics in Besame Red.

Compared to Riri Woo, Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro 400 is has a deeper red and intensity, but that’s partially due to its liquid form. Nars Cruella has a darker red color, almost like a vampy red; it also has the same matte texture. Lime Crime Red Velvet is has slightly more red than Riri Woo (which has a bit of pink), and is more intense due to its liquid form. Besame Red is the most similar to Riri Woo; they have the same bright, cool-tone red with a pink brightness. The only difference is the finish, Besame Red has more of a sheen finish. ‘Good alternative to someone who wants the same color, but with a less drying effect on the lips. 🙂

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Heaux: Described as “matte berry”, which is quite an accurate description. It’s a bright pink-ish purple color, not really a vampy shade. What I like most about this color is its season flexibity: you can wear this during spring/summer, and even through fall season.  Heaux can also be very drying, so prep your lips as usual! 🙂

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And now to compare Heaux with my other berry/burgundy lipsticks…

L-R: MAC Heaux, Stila Liquid Lipstick Aria, Ellis Faas Creamy Lips L104, MAC Dark Side, Guerlain Rouge g'lextrait Orgueil, Hourglass Liquid Lipstick Empress.

L-R: MAC Heaux, Stila Liquid Lipstick Aria, Ellis Faas Creamy Lips L104, MAC Dark Side, Guerlain Rouge g’lextrait Orgueil, Hourglass Liquid Lipstick Empress.

L-R: MAC Heaux, Stila Liquid Lipstick Aria, Ellis Faas Creamy Lips L104, MAC Dark Side, Guerlain Rouge g'lextrait Orgueil, Hourglass Liquid Lipstick Empress.

L-R: MAC Heaux, Stila Liquid Lipstick Aria, Ellis Faas Creamy Lips L104, MAC Dark Side, Guerlain Rouge g’lextrait Orgueil, Hourglass Liquid Lipstick Empress.

Compared to Heaux, Stila Liquid Lipstick in Aria and Hourglass Empress have a more plum shade, making it more vampy. Ellis Faas L104 has a brighter pink undertone, which can be sheered down to a stain finish. MAC Dark Side (my fave!) is a wine-colored burgundy, so it has darker red undertone than berry. Guerlain Rouge g’lextrait in Orgueil is a more pink-ish burgundy (it’s a very unusual color).

Overall, I’m very happy with these 2 lipsticks, especially Heaux. I think both lipsticks are good, but if you already have a lot of reds and berries, or MAC lipsticks, then these are unnecessary. Unless you are a die-hard Rihanna and MAC fan, you would be equally satisfied by other dupes.

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‘Hope these were helpful! ❤ Stay tuned for the next Riri ❤ MAC collection… 🙂

xoxox, Jenica.

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