Monday, 1 February 2016

MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour | Review & Swatches

MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Review & Swatches, Dance With Me, Lady Be Good, ladybegood

MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Review & Swatches, Dance With Me, Lady Be Good, ladybegood

MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Review & Swatches, Dance With Me, Lady Be Good, ladybegood

MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Review & Swatches, Dance With Me, Lady Be Good, ladybegood
From left to right: Dance With Me and Lady-Be-Good.

As soon as I found out about the MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour collection, I knew I had to get my hands on them. For some reason, I didn't know when they were going to be released in Switzerland so I was a few weeks late to the game, meaning it was one heck of a battle to get my hands on the shades that I wanted. I picked up two shades, Dance With Me and Lady-Be-Good. I thought that it would make sense to put both a bold and a nude from the range to the test. You know, that and the fact that I wanted both colours... 

I'll sidebar to have a little ramble here: I initially wanted the darkest shade from this range, High Drama, but you can absolutely forget it, it's sold out everywhere. I ended up getting Dance With Me which was only in stock in one of the three MAC counters I stalked about a week ago. I then decided that I wanted Lady-Be-Good as well and that was completely 100% sold out. Everywhere. I even called a fourth Zurich location to see if they had it and they were also out. When I'm told that something is out of stock and am subsequently unable to get it anywhere else, I end up completely hellbent on tracking it down. My name is Sonja and I'm addicted to buying lipsticks. I put my name and number down in the Bellevue MAC store so they could call me when Lady-Be-Good was back in stock and I have yet to hear from them. The only reason I managed to get my hands on it was because I deiced to check the MAC counters on a recent trip to Zurich and the one in Manor had gotten new stock. I paid, whilst animatedly telling the girl working on the MAC counter, who clearly thought I was mental, how long I'd been looking for it and walked out triumphantly. I digress - end rant.

Onto the actual product! This is a new release from MAC and is, I believe, their first venture into matte liquid lipsticks, which is a trend everyone seems to be getting on board with. There are 15 new shades in this range, varying between nudes, bolds and dark colours. Whilst there is a decent enough colour range, I think the line is missing some key shades. That being said, this range is going to be added to the permanent line, meaning that more colours may be released as time goes on. 

The packaging of this has caused a bit of ruckus within the blogosphere. Some people love it, some aren't too bothered and some hate it. I have to say I'm not a fan. I understand wanting to keep the classic MAC lid and carry it through to a new release, but frankly it just looks out of place to me. I saw someone on Twitter say that it looks like you've lost the lid and just stuck a different one on it for the time being and that's exactly what I thought when I first saw the packaging! But hey ho, it's the product inside that counts, right? The lipstick is housed in a clear tube, meaning you can see the colour inside which I do like and features a doe foot applicator which does an amazing job at even and precise application.

The deal with these is that you apply them and they stay slightly tacky for just under a minute before setting down onto the lips and leaving a matte finish. These are more specifically described by MAC as having "liquid-suede finish". I'm not entirely sure what that is supposed to be, but I'd say that plain old matte works fine as a description. These are supposed to last pretty much all day, come rain or shine, drinks or burritos. Somewhat the ultimate one swipe and go type product.

We'll start off with Dance With Me, the bolder of the two and definitely not a colour I wear on a daily basis but a lovely one for a night out. This is described as a "deep cranberry red" and I'd say that's fairly accurate. I find that this actually applies slightly darker to the lips than one would expect when looking at the tube, something I actually like. When you apply this, it dries down fairly quickly and goes from tacky to matte in a matter of about 45 seconds. This requires precise application. It's a darker colour so if you colour outside the lines, so to speak, you're going to have a really hard time getting it back off. As a cack-handed lipstick applicator myself, I literally ended up with this smudged all over my face when I used it for the first time!

I find this colour looks best with two layers as it isn't quite as opaque as some of the other shades I swatched in this range and can be a little difficult to get an even finish with. Once applied and set on the lips, this is quite drying. It is a matte liquid lipstick so that is to be expected but I have to say that it can get slightly uncomfortable after a few hours. I found that with this lipstick all was fine and dandy until about two hours in, when lipstick closest to the inside of my lips started to kind of crumble. After a while there was a line when I smiled where you could see where the lipstick had worn off in the centre of my lips. I think that this is perhaps down to using two layers as the lighter layer you use, the less this happens. Aside from that, it does last well and I got a good five hours or so wear out of it before colour fading was very apparent. 

The nude of this duo Lady-Be-Good is described as a "warm midtone nude". This is pretty akin to Velvet Teddy, being just slightly more orange than brown as far as I can tell. It's the typical shade I gravitate towards and we all know how chuffed I was to finally track this one down! Being a nude, I found this one much easier to apply but I found that it did take slightly longer to dry down to a matte finish, around a good minute or so.

This shade goes opaque pretty easily, so I only need one layer of this to get an even finish. This is also drying, however for some reason I found it slightly less so than Dance With Me. Something this does do is have a tendency of emphasising lip lines and if you don't apply this carefully and then smile later, you end up with somewhat of a stripy pout. I found that this one was a lot less prone to crumbling than the other shade though, which I was definitely happy about. The overall wear of this was much more comfortable with this shade and because it's a nude, fading isn't quite as apparent. I wore this shade all day and it also started fading around five hours in or so. 

So what's the overall verdict here? Are these the best liquid lipsticks I've ever tried? No. Do I like them? Yes, I do. Formula-wise I think there's a lot of room for improvement, but few liquid lipstick formulas I've tried have really been spot on. I'd say the best I've tried so far has been the Kat von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick formula. The lasting power is better and the formula isn't as dry. The MAC formula definitely isn't one of the worst I've tried either though and I have really enjoyed using them so far and will no doubt continue to do so. These are not cheap products so personally I think that for the price, it's worth smoothing out some of the wrinkles here but overall it is a good product with great pigmentation and good lasting power, plus the applicator is pretty darn great!

I hope this has helped anyone who was umming and ahhing about picking some of these up. The good thing here is that there's no need to be quite as steadfast in your search as I was because these are permanent - hurrah! I've been reading a lot of reviews of these online because I was really curious to find out how others got along with these, so if you've tried them do let me know what you thought! Now to scrub these swatches off my arm!



  1. I really like the look of these, especially Lady be good! x


  2. I wanted to like these so badly but I just didn't. The shade I tried was so pretty but the formula wasn't great to me.

    xo, Liz

  3. I love Mac colors. They are so true to what they claim to be.

  4. These two colors look great! However, I wish MAC had released colors more like Stone or KVD Lolita... I would have grabbed those in a heartbeat!

  5. These look so lovely, especially Lady Be Good! Would be interesting to try it to see what I think - I do wish there were a few more nude/pinky mauve shades though xx


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