I started my new year waiting for my shipment of MAC's new permanent line of liquid lipsticks! MAC's Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours recently dropped online and in stores in 15 shades. The shade line up consists of colors ranging from the typical nudes, reds, and plums with a few bright pops of pink and purple shades. The MAC website states, "For those who prefer timeless glamour to all-out flash...a splash of colour in a liquid-suede finish..."
The Retro Matte liquid lipsticks are packaged in a clear cylindrical tube with the iconic MAC bullet lipstick cap. They come with 0.17 oz of product and they retail for $20USD. The doe foot applicator is tear-shaped and holds enough product to completely cover the lips in one layer.
The formulation is more viscous than most thin liquid lipsticks but it is not mousse-y. It sets to a flat matte that is almost transfer-proof, there is transfer with rubbing. The formula sets very quickly and I find that it works well if you need to layer the product or touch it up. The opacity and pigmentation vary throughout the line, two layers work well with all of the shades though. They are very comfortable and light to wear, they almost rival the second-skin feeling that I get from ColourPop's Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick. There is some drying as with most matte products, but I don't find them to be drying on first application. The only time I felt they were overly drying was around the last couple hours of wear. These wear well on me for around five hours before needing to be touched up. Like other brands of liquid lipstick that aren't completely transfer proof, the formula starts to bleed/fade around my lip line after a couple hours (this happens to me with thicker formulas as well) but it doesn't bother me to use a lip liner before applying.
'Back In Vogue' is described as a "peachy nude". I wasn't expecting it to have glitter in it, but it doesn't really show up in photos. The glitter particles are very fine and are only noticeable if you look closely. 'To Matte With Love' is described as a "bright raspberry" and was surprisingly my favorite shade. I usually find it very hard to pull off bright pink colors but this looked great with my skin tone. I would recommend this to anyone who normally wouldn't go for a shade like this! 'Dance With Me' is described as a "deep cranberry red". This shade was the most opaque in one pass but it is an extremely dupe-able shade. 'Oh, Lady' is described as a "deep wine". With one layer, it sets with some thinner patches (as shown in my lip swatch). Two layer's bring the shade to it's full opacity and deeper color.
Overall, people who despise drying lip products will probably pass on these. The varying drying, color payoff, opacity, etc will probably throw some people off, this line is definitely not the most uniform. I personally like the wear on them, I think they are one of the more comfortable liquid lipsticks that I own (I prefer the ultra flat matte finish). Those who love matte liquid lipsticks will most likely find this to be right up their alley. The Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours are currently available on MAC's website and in MAC stores! Have you guys tried these yet? What do you think?