At first glance, Russian Red and Ruby Woo are rather similar - besides being from the same line hence having similar packaging, scent and net weight, both also promise impactful, bold red lips and both are considered "classic" colors not to be missed by any makeup enthusiast.
To the red lip aficionado, however, there are still subtle differences that make a whole lot of difference to the two products.
In terms of color, Ruby woo is, as you can see from the comparison below both in the tube as well as swatched on skin, slightly brighter and more cool toned than Russian Red, which swatches much deeper and richer, with a neutral undertone.
In terms of texture, the key difference between RW and RR is that Ruby Woo is a retro-matte finish while Russian Red is a normal, matte finish. Retro-matte is much dryer than the normal matte finish; the former imparts a velvet/suede finish while the latter gives a more creamy finish with a very slight sheen. Both colors contain no shimmer or pearl.
Unfortunately, because of the dryness of Ruby Woo, it is extremely hard to apply, ensure an even deposit of color on the lips, and at the same time, prevent the dragging and tugging from deepening lip lines. From my own experience, a slippery or overly emollient lip balm such as Kiehl's #1 Lip balm would not work as a base to Ruby Woo, as your lips simply won't be able to grab onto any of the pigments on the lipstick. It is best to use a waxy lip balm such as Burt's Bees original beeswax lip balm, which provides a better surface for the color to cling onto and spread out on your lips, and at the same time, do not alter the velvety finish of the lipstick.
Another method would simply be to use a lip brush to pick up color and fill in your lips with it, taking care to ensure a smooth and even line at the edges. It would be best to bolt once or twice and fill in more color to ensure an even finish.
|Ruby Woo - Top lip left bare as reference of natural lip color|
|Ruby Woo applied|
|Russian Red - Top lip left bare as reference of natural lip color|
|Russian Red applied|