MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lip Colour Review + Swatches


The new MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lip Colours have been available on the MAC website since Monday (1st February) and they’ll hit all MAC stores tomorrow (4th February) for #retrothursday. I figured that now is as good as time as any to share my thoughts and swatches on these matte lippies. I had every intention on writing this post last week but as usual life got in the way and the days blurred together and well, here we are a week later. Anyway, let me get started and tell you all about these smooth and sweet mattes.


I’ll start off by saying that these matte liquid lipsticks, just like all other matte lip products, require a bit of lip prep. Your lips will unquestionably need some TLC before you can even think about applying matte lipsticks to your mouth. I already have some difficulty when it comes to dry lips. It doesn’t matter how often (or vigorously) I scrub them I’ll always be plagued by dry patches. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I’m a perennial lip-licker and lip-smacker. It’s a bad habit that I certainly need to break sooner rather than later. The reason I’m broadcasting my vices so candidly on here is because if you scroll down you’ll see how terribly dry my lips look whilst sporting “High Drama”. In turn I’m not able to achieve a completely smooth and uniform application. But if your lips aren’t as high maintenance as mine then I’m confident you won’t experience the same problem.


Now that I’ve gotten that out the way let’s discuss the formula, wearability and longevity of these lovelies. Hot damn, these liquid lipsticks are ABSURDLY pigmented. They apply like a heavily pigmented gloss and dry down (within 2-3 minutes) to an opaque, matte finish.  I personally found “Rich & Restless” to be the most undemanding of the two saturated shades I was given. I honestly struggled to achieve a non-patchy, completely uniform finish with “High Drama”. It’s quite aptly named, wouldn’t you say? “Rich & Restless” is a gorgeous medium, orange-coral with warm undertones and “High Drama” is a a deep, dark plum. I don’t think either of these colours suit my NW20 skintone, but regardless they’re both stunning shades that offer lots of colour.


The wearability of these is excellent. They’re basically smugde-proof and will only start to fade and flake off after a while or once you eat or drink something. They actually hang onto your lips quite nicely once applied and dried. I think we can all agree that scores big bonus points.  I personally think they feel smooth and comfortable right after application, but soon after they start to feel drying and I’m constantly aware of an extra coating on my lips.

I need to point out that one of the best things about this product is actually the applicator/wand – elliptical shape that offers you enough precision to reach all areas and corners without creating a mess. Also, the perfect size wand for thin lips like mine. These are available in 15 shades and you can pop on over to the MAC website to purchase your favourite colour for R330.

February 3, 2016 • By