In , £17.50
A cult favourite: I’ve worn Ruby Woo for years and, admittedly, I have a bit of a soft spot for it. But at £17.50 it’s hardly cheap (unless, like me, you save six empty pieces of Mac packaging to get a free lipstick). It’s quite bright, but not overwhelmingly so – this is truly a lipstick that can be worn year-round.
In my experience Ruby Woo isn’t a bleeder, so I wear it without lip liner and it holds fast. The issue with this mega matte lippy is that it’s quite drying, incredibly drying in fact, and after a few hours I find myself doing one of two things: adding lip balm to moisturise my lips (which isn’t ideal as the lipstick then ends up on my fingers), or rubbing it off altogether to reapply.
Penny(ish): Generation G in Zip, Glossier, £14
This is my least favourite of the bunch, because I think if you’re going to wear a red lippy, you might as well go to town with it. I love a statement lip and this is more subtle than I like to be – in both life and lip.
Unlike some of the others, it didn’t run and was moisturising, but it also needed really vigorous application to show up and faded quickly. If I’m being generous I’d say this is a good lipstick for the day time, if I’m being honest I’d say steer clear.
Penny: Ultimatte UM15, Zara, £9.99
I love this one. It’s similar to Mac’s Ruby Woo in colour, but as moisturising as Chanel’s. The packaging is nice, too. It glides shut with a magnetic close function, which is oddly satisfying.
It lasts pretty well all day. At work it stays on fine, but on the weekend I have to reapply it once or twice in about 12/13 hours (I was drinking Prosecco for a large part of that – so I’d say it’s pretty good going). It doesn’t bleed or dry out too much in comparison, and the colour is a bold red, which is right up my street. To be safe wear a lip liner, but that doesn’t feel too much of an expense as the lippy only costs under a tenner.
Penny: Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick in Red Rules The World, Boots, £7.99
I wear this lipstick to work on a Tuesday and throughout the day literally everyone comments on it. By late afternoon it feels a little dry and I want to wipe it off and reapply, but it doesn’t look much different to when I first applied it – so I stick it out.
I love the deep red colour, which is perfect if you need to be more sophisticated – to work or for a fancy meal. But I’d say if you want something a bit more fun-loving, try Zara’s.