Monday, June 17th, 2013

MAC RiRi Boy Lipstick
MAC RiRi Boy Lipstick

MAC RiRi Boy Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “matte vivid lavender” with a “Retro Matte” finish. It is a medium-dark, pink-purple with a matte finish. MAC Heroine is darker, purpler. MAC Seasoned Plum is darker, less pink. MAC Up the Amp is glossier, so it appears a bit lighter, less intense when the two are swatched side-by-side, but applied, I couldn’t tell the difference aside from the finish. See comparison swatches.

The consistency was creamier than is typical of the Retro Matte formula, but it is drier and a little stiffer to work with than the matte formula (or any of the other finishes). It had full, opaque color coverage. The way it felt when I swatched seemed in line with RiRi Woo, which means it shouldn’t be drying (but not hydrating, either) and will wear for at least four hours (probably closer to six or so). I’ll be testing this one for wear later today, and I will update tomorrow with how well it holds up.

The RiRi Hearts MAC summer collection will launch June 18th at noon EST exclusively online for North America; June 20th exclusively online for international.

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RiRi Boy

Retro Mattes often wear for hours, but they have a drier, stiffer texture that can be unforgiving on lips, so you'll want to ensure you do all your prep work - exfoliate, lip balm, etc. prior to applying one.











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MAC RiRi Boy Lipstick
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MAC RiRi Boy Lipstick
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MAC RiRi Boy Lipstick

MAC RiRi Boy Lipstick
MAC RiRi Boy Lipstick

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MAC Up the Amp (left half) | RiRi Boy (right half) Lipstick

MAC RiRi Boy Lipstick
MAC Up the Amp (left half) | RiRi Boy (right half) Lipstick

MAC RiRi Boy Lipstick
MAC Up the Amp (left half) | RiRi Boy (right half) Lipstick

MAC RiRi Boy Lipstick
MAC Up the Amp (left half) | RiRi Boy (right half) Lipstick

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59 thoughts on “MAC RiRi Boy Lipstick Review, Photos, & Swatches

  1. candy

    i know im going to sound like a dummy, i live in california is 12 noon est, MEAN 9 a.m for me?? just want to be extra sure :)

  2. Annette

    Love it! Can’t wait for its release tomorrow.

  3. Letizia

    I need two of this!!!!!

  4. Lori

    Is riri boy and up the amp the same but Different formula? And is up the amp a better Formula?

    • Yasmin

      I own Up The Amp and the formula is very comfortable. It’s an Amplified finish, and it moistures a bit. I personally love the lipstick for the whole thing.

  5. Looks so drying! Would rather have Up The Amp. It looks only slightly lighter/more white based than Heroine?

  6. rae

    I own Revlon’s “Berry Haute” which is identical to Mac’s “Up the Amp.” I have no reason to buy this product.

  7. les

    Basically looks like a matte version of up the amp: /

    • Andrea

      It is. It’s a retro matte version of Up The Amp. And Heaux is a retro matte version of Rebel.

  8. Rad

    Wow, it is basically Up the amp! Whats the point of releasing colours that already exist? I don’t get it. Does Rihanna have no creative ability or ideas of her own? This shade also looks so similar to “feel my pulse” in matte formula instead of creamsheen.

    • The inspiration seemed to be taking her favorite permanent shades but making them with a retro matte finish, so all was accomplished – but ultimately it matters why you’re buying the collection and if you like the retro matte formula/don’t have the permanent shades that inspired these ones.

      • Rad

        Ah thanks for clarifying! I personally think the permanent shades work fine as they are. I really see no point in buying this collection for the lipsticks when you can pick up the permanent (non matte) version whenever.

  9. I see nearly no difference between RiRi Boy and Up the Amp. If anything, RiRi Boy is *just slightly* darker and obviously has a different finish.

  10. Katie F

    Oooh, this looks similar to a lipstick from Nyx I have – I love the color, but hate the slimy formula, so this might be just what I need! Gotta represent for the retro matte lovers. :)

  11. Porschea Martin

    How does it compare to strong woman?

  12. Makeuplovah

    I feel like for this collection the meeting went like this: “lets take a bunch of colors everybody has and call them something else. Lets make them matte though that way we save on the stuff that makes it shiny. Lets see how fast they gobble up this junk lol. Idiots….”

    There’s nothing uniques about these items! Lol

  13. interesting color but not sure i could pull it off. i wish mac had made riri woo and sounds like noise (haley williams lipstick) viva glams.

  14. Yasmin

    I own Up The Amp and love the Amplified finish. I’ll pass Riri Boy.

  15. Penluche

    You can mix that color with heroine and st germain….

    So sad about the lipsticks… The look very different in the preview Fotos :(

  16. I like the finish on Up The Amp so much better. Just not a fan of this in matte version. It looks a bit cruel on the lips.

  17. Kristen

    Oh, that is so pretty! I’m not a Rihanna fan, but I really want that color. I have a feeling it’s going to sell out quick LOL.

  18. Sharon

    How does Riri boy compare to Seductive Intent?

  19. This shade is really Rihanna, as in it seems to be one that suits her skin tone. I also really like the engraving on the lippie itself. Very YSL! :)

  20. Up the Amp doesn’t look good on me. Having it in a different formula wouldn’t make things better. I’m a bit disappointed. :( I thought it’ll be vampier. Skipping.

  21. artemis

    Horrible finish, up the amp looks way better on.

  22. karen

    thank you so much christine for this awesome pics and putting up the amp next to riri boy! they are the same with different finishes. i hate mattes so i’ll be sticking with up the amp! u rock!!

  23. Laudes

    Yay, I got it! It was easier than getting RiRi Woo that 1st day MAC released it alone, that’s for sure. I hope it’s that way this morning for everyone who wants something from the RiRi Hearts MAC collection

    I really only wanted the RiRi Boy lipstick, and now I can’t wait to try it! Up the Amp has been one of my favorites for ages now, so if RiRi Boy does stay on lips notably longer (while staying intact), I’ll be very happy with it.

  24. Alecia

    I am so glad I googled Riri Boy and Heaux lipstick review and I clicked on your website! You are very detailed with your descriptions and I like that! I wanted Riri Boy but after looking at your swatches etc I see no need for it. It almost looks like my Maybelline “Brazen Berry” but it’s more glossy. If I bought Riri Boy it would because I am in LOVE with matte lipsticks. Otherwise, I see no significant need for it. I’ll be purchasing Heaux! Thanks for the review and you’ve got a new subscriber!

  25. Liz

    I love both MAC Up The Amp and MAC RiRi Boy Lipstick. Thank you Christine for including mac up the amp, it was really a great review, it made me fell more in love with them, now I really need RiRi Boy (and its back-up) in my life, excited to get my hands on it.

  26. Barbara

    Hi Christine! First of all I love Temptalia It’s awesome. And I like your earrings too. They are super pretty. Where do you buy them? Thanks 😀

  27. Jazmin

    Hi Christine! Just ordered this lippie do you have any suggestions for which lip liner would go great with this color??

  28. hmm i think i prefer the finish on up the amp, im happy that nothing from this collection really speaks to me because it sounds like its been quite a frustrating experience for everyone that had wanted to order!

  29. Kellan

    So when will the release in the rose gold packageing be coming out? ( Im figuring around christmas ) . WIll it be in department stores and in the pro stores or only online . I bought this one just because i couldnt wait to try one of her limited editions any longer . I dont own up the amp and i love matte finishes so i hope i love this one :)

  30. Beignet

    Oh. My God. Christine, you look GREAT in this color. I am thankful for women like you showing other women that they are able to pull off these unique (and sometimes vampy) colors.

    I’m def gonna pick on up for me and my girlfriend.

  31. Dellbie

    Hi christine,
    Sorry if this has already been asked but how does ririboy compare to feel my pulse from the temperature rising collection?

  32. Rachael

    I love this color, but wonder how someone with my complexion could pull it off? My skin color is similar to Queen Latifah’s. :)

  33. sj

    Many moons ago, MAC released a limited edition retro matte called SoBe. Riri Boy seems to resemble that quite a bit, its just a tinge pinker.

  34. ZG

    At a quick glance I thought I was looking at OCC Hoochie..

  35. Liz

    I have a question and hope to get an answer, thank you, I bough both the RiRI Boy and HE AUX and when I opened to look at them they had this almost “Creamy Frosting” like blob on them. I have other MAC lipsticks and I have never see this before. So can one of you ladies please give me peace of mind and maybe explain to me what it might be and should I be concerned? and if you also purchased this lipstick , did yours have that as well?
    Thank You

    • Hi Liz,

      From what I’ve heard, you aren’t alone, but it isn’t normal for MAC lipsticks to come that way but I’ve heard of it specifically in relation to the RiRi lipsticks.

  36. Dreanbeliever

    Is there a dupe list of inexpensive versions?