When it was announced that MAC would be getting onto the liquid lipstick trend that has been going strong now for a while, I was really excited. The Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours promised to be some fun products to play with.
So, when they were launched I descended on my local store looking for a couple pretties to get back home. They launched 15 shades that go from nude to bold, but I grabbed a classic red and a bold purple; they are permanent afterall!
I really like the packaging; it has a classical looking cap, but a clear bottom in order to see the shade you are reaching for. The applicator is also nice, a felt tip that is soft and firm and it comes to a point which is really handy in order to get a clean application.
What about the formula? WOW! It is super pigmented! When you apply it it feels a tiny bit oily, but it sets quite quickly onto a matte finish that won’t budge at all. Don’t even try taking this away with a cotton pad and some micellar water, you will need a two phase make up remover or an oil/balm.
Also, as with all matte liquid lipsticks, the formula can be drying, so it is always advisable to prep your lips accordingly with a good balm.
Dance with me: it is a deep blue based red. A very classical red that immediately reminds you of pinup girls.
Recollection: it is an intense dark violet. At first it applies more like a purple, but as it dries down it leans more fuchsia and it ends being a dark violet.
In the picture above you can see these two colours swatched on my arm. Look how opaque they are!
If you don’t have a very steady hand, I would advise tracing the contour of your lips with a lipliner so you can simply follow the lines with the lipstick.
All in all, I am really happy with my purchase. These are insanely pigmented, do not transfer and you will have to trouble if you have a drink (not so much with a meal). They sound perfect for work, honestly! And the purple even matches my uniform shirt! Do you think my supervisor will mind if I show up with purple lips regularly?