The Review | Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour by M.A.C

The Review | Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour by M.A.C
MAC Retro Matte Lipstick

matte lips... yes? no?

With the amount of matte liquid lipsticks in the market at the moment, I was surprised that MAC Cosmetics took so long to follow suit. But in true MAC fashion, they did not disappoint. I was pleasantly surprised at the longevity and the velvety texture of the lipstick that is often lacking in similar products.

There are 15 colours in this new release, and I’m sure you will spot your favourite classic MAC colour in the mix. At $50 a pop, they are on the dearer side as compared to products such as Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks ($36 NZD), Anastasia Beverley Hills Liquid Lipsticks (so hard to find in New Zealand!) and Lime Crime Velvetines ($19.95). But the convenience of being able to stroll into any store and test them—for me anyway—makes up for it. Liquid lippies are always a risky business. Best to try before you buy!

To prep my lips, I exfoliated using my trusty Lush Mint Julips Lip Scrub ($11.50 in store or online here) and slathered on Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream about an hour before application. Just like many liquid lipsticks before them, these are pretty drying and tend to give your lips a less-than-ideal prune-like texture.

In terms of application, I must say I wasn’t a huge fan of the wand. It is a little chunky for my liking (and I can imagine for ladies with smaller lips it could be tricky to apply). I tried applying the product with my MAC #228 Mini Shader (perfect for the cupid’s bow), and I preferred the result, however, I am not looking forward to cleaning it later.

After applying one coat, I was impressed with how opaque it looked. I noticed a few streaks, but once it dried (about 7–10 seconds after application) they disappeared. I love the smooth, velvety texture in comparison to Jeffree Star’s Velour Liquid Lipsticks, which often feels a little sticky to me.

I wore Rich & Restless (a warm-toned, vibrant salmon colour) out for about nine hours, and only had to re-apply once after a leafy salad at lunch. If you’re anything like me, the last thing you want to think about while out and about enjoying these long summer days is touching up your make-up!

All in all, I was pretty impressed with the formula, but the applicator wasn’t the easiest to use. I will definitely be heading into the store and buying a couple for my kit (I have my eye on Fashion Legacy).
Top tip: If you love the idea of long-wear but prefer a glossier texture, press some lip balm on top.

Words | Beauty Editor, Jemima K
Photography | Clara Pafundi