Over the past decade, I’ve amassed a ridiculous lipstick collection. Considering you’re supposed to toss lipstick after two years, I recently embarked upon the task of purging the tubes that are seriously past their shelf life. And although it pained me to part with my babies, there was an upside to my spring cleaning.

I had 24 empty or unloved tubes of MAC lipstick, so I returned them to my favorite local MAC (shout out to the counter at the Willow Grove Mall) as part of the Back to MAC Program. When you return six MAC primary packaging containers to a MAC counter or maccosmetics.com, you receive a free lipstick of your choice.

When I dumped out the tubes, the makeup artists were shocked. Not only at the amount of lipsticks I was returning, but the shades that were amongst the group. Many of the tubes were limited-editions from a bygone era. And one tube of Sheer Plum that I must’ve bought in the late 1990’s even featured the old, flat-on-top cap.

In the end, I picked up three neutrals: Hot Tahiti (soft reddish coral – Glaze), Sophisto (dewy plum rose with gold – lustre), Creme in Your Coffee (creamy mid-tone pink brown – Cremesheen). When it came time to select my fourth and final shade, I couldn’t decide. So I took a chance on something out of my comfort zone and picked up Ruby Woo (very matte vivid blue-red). I also love that the color doesn’t wander and that the blue in the shade makes my teeth look whiter.

First, I absolutely hate matte lipsticks. I find them dry and chalky feeling. But Ruby Woo is neither. It feels very comfortable on the lips. Second, red isn’t really my color. I usually reserve red for special occasions. But Ruby Woo is classic and classy – and totally suitable for every day. I also love that the color doesn’t wander and that the blue in the shade makes my teeth look whiter.

Discovering Ruby Woo has made me consider rocking the red lip on the regular. What do you think?

3 Comments on Back To MAC Haul

  1. Meredith from Lushli
    May 7, 2012 at 4:45 PM (6 years ago)

    I absolutely love Ruby Woo. I also reserve red lipsticks for special occasions/ drinks with the girls but it’s such a gorgeous red. Maybe forcing ourselves to wear a bold lip now and then isn’t a bad thing! Also, thanks for the tip about the Back to MAC program – I didn’t know they were doing this (and I have a few nude lipsticks I bought a couple of years ago that totally wash me out). Thanks for the post!

  2. Amber
    May 8, 2012 at 4:45 AM (6 years ago)

    I love Ruby Woo! I find it to be a better red in general than the classic Russian Red. It’s such a great color and flatters almost everybody. I tend to rock it at least twice a week. You should definitely add it to your everyday palette, it looks great on your coloring 🙂

  3. katy perry crackle nail polish
    May 17, 2012 at 10:33 PM (6 years ago)

    That’s a good news.I have Hot Tahiti its my favorite.This brand is the best.