I’ve had a few experiences with the “creamy matte” lipstick rendition of the popular matte lip, but only recently have I delved into the true matte liquid lipstick. One recent version is from MAC, and I tried out the MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Fashion Legacy*, Mademoiselle* and To Matte With Love*.
The new MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour range has 15 shades that range from nudes to brights with a vampy option included as well. I was a little surprised that there aren’t any “dusty rose” or mauve type shades, since those are my favourites, but maybe MAC will expand in the future. The packaging is pretty cute since there’s a transparent gloss tube on the bottom and a MAC lipstick cap on the top.
The MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Fashion Legacy is a bright, orange-toned red which applied with even, opaque coverage. I love a matte red lip because of how much less maintenance it is. These shades do have very light transfer when eating or drinking but really need an oil-based remover to take them off.
The MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours have a doe foot applicator with a “pocket” on both sides so it holds plenty of formula which makes it easy to apply. The pointed end helps with precision, while the fact that the applicator is a bit fatter gives smooth, even coverage.
The MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Mademoiselle is a yellow-leaning peach. Unfortunately, this shade does not work on my warm, light skintone. I also found that the application was a bit streaky up close, although it looked decent from a distance–that’s why I try to always provide lip swatches and full face photos.
The MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours have a thicker, slightly mousse-like consistency. The three shades I tried are all highly pigmented, but the coverage is more even on the brights in comparison to MAC Mademoiselle. I definitely recommend exfoliating your lips prior to application, because that will give you the smoothest finish but I didn’t find they especially emphasized dry patches, which was a surprise.
The MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Too Matte With Love is a bright raspberry pink. Even though I need some work with my own liquid lipstick application skills, this shade was richly pigmented and applied evenly. With all shades, I could easily add more product while applying to make sure I got even coverage and it took about a minute for them to dry down on my lips.
The MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours have a familiar MAC vanilla scent, but no taste. They are long-lasting but drying over time. They weren’t super-uncomfortable, but as somebody who usually wears tinted balms, I definitely noticed the difference. Of course, the lasting power was hours longer too.
I can’t say I’m a total liquid lipstick convert yet, but after trying out the MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour I definitely understand their appeal. While Mademoiselle is a bit uneven up close, the shades Fashion Legacy and To Matte With Love are flawless. The formula is pigmented and long-lasting, so it’s definitely worth checking out (especially the bright shades) if you are looking for a new matte lip!
What do you think of the MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour? Do you wear liquid lipsticks?