Back in January, after observing the huge trend of matte liquid lipsticks for long enough, I decided to get up to speed and order the latest release – Mac Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour. I picked up two shades, a peachy nude, Back In Vogue and a rich cranberry red, Dance With Me. My initial thoughts were really positive… I don’t mind the packaging – I find it pretty standard for Mac, the shade range is also good and the price point is OK at £21 each.
I first swatched each shade on my wrist to see what the colouring and texture was like. I was impressed on first swatch as both were very pigmented, smooth and opaque which is what I would look for in a liquid lipstick. I then went to try them on the lips, both applied with ease although I would recommend using a lip liner to ensure absolute precision as once they dry, they really set. I would describe the formula as a creamy mousse and the applicator felt smooth and easy to navigate.
They don’t take long to dry however, I found they were unbelievably drying and uncomfortable on the lips. I really didn’t like the way they set as they settled into fine lines and dry areas. After applying, I went to remove the swatches on my wrist with makeup remover and it was almost impossible, I had to scrub at my arm with cleansing oil and stains still remained, especially with Dance With Me – imagine the the trouble I had removing that from my lips!
I found the Mac Retro Mattes to be hard to remove, far too drying and have an unattractive fading throughout the day – three things I cannot bare in a lipstick and so these get an unfortunate thumbs down from me. They have sat in my makeup drawers since first swatch and I fear that is where they shall stay.
Have you tried these? That did you think? I’d love to know!