The MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallics just launched which includes a new twist on MAC’s classic Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour formula. Featuring six shades saturated in warm neutrals and spiced hues perfect to complete the Fall beauty wardrobe, the range is part of MAC’s upcoming Holiday 2017 series and is currently available online only. I never tried the original nor repromoted Retro Matte collection since historically matte finish lip products and I do not get along, but after seeing a few swatches online it appeared as these would be a bit more moisturizing so it would not make the lips look as textured as many liquid lip formulas tend to do. I was able to nab five out of the six colors with the exception of Coral Plated. As a neutral lip lover I automatically gravitate towards the more conservative shades versus the deeper colors, however thanks to sneak peeks on social media I was able to see swatches before ordering so I knew there might be one shade that wouldn’t work for me but decided to give them all a try regardless.
The MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallic formula is just excellent. They have a lightweight, almost whipped mousse-like texture that offers perfectly flawless and smooth coverage. Formula-wise, these do not dry out my lips nor make them flake and peel the next day, but as with most liquid lipsticks they do dry out to a matte finish and emphasize the lip lines to where they look quite wrinkly. While the Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallics do initially feel a bit more moisturizing compared to other liquid lip formulas I tested, the metallic finish emphasizes lip lines a lot more than a regular creme finish. Below I swatched the colors on bare lips but for everyday wear I prep with the MAC Prep and Prime Lip (any hydrating lip balm will work) prior for added moisture which helps to make the lips look less textured. What gives these their metallic finish is the added subtle shimmer in the colors, which also happens to give it the mousse-like texture that doesn’t feel gritty on the lips once they dry down. Once the colors dry, they really do last all day and don’t budge nor bleed or feather. There is no color transfer to cups once they full dry, but once you eat certain foods that have some sort of oil in it, the colors will break down and can look very unflattering. This is actually not uncommon for liquid lipsticks and reapplication throughout the day is inevitable.
The Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallics have the signature MAC vanilla scent, which I personally enjoy but is something to keep in mind if you happen to be sensitive to smell.
A look at the color selection and descriptions as I see them
- Softly Rockin’ – is a warm, light to medium pinkish nude with yellow undertones and has a matte finish with a metallic sheen
- Pearl Punk – is a warm, light to medium dusty pink with blue undertones and has a matte finish with a metallic sheen
- Metrochrome – is a warm, light to medium golden bronze with yellow undertones and has a matte finish with a metallic sheen
- Foiled – is a warm, medium to deep copper brown with rosy undertones and has a matte finish with a metallic sheen
- Crowned – is a warm, medium to deep blackened plum with purple undertones and has a matte finish with a metallic sheen
Swatched on the arm
Swatched on the lips. For skin tone reference, I am not wearing any foundation and am completely barefaced here. My skin tone is medium with pink undertones. The swatches below feature one coat of color.
Bottom line, I absolutely love these! The formula is really quite good and I love how comfortable they feel on the lips. The Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallics have a lightweight feel and wear like silk throughout the impeccable wear time. While I was weary of the color selection sight unseen, especially the deeper shades, all looked very flattering on my skin tone. I will always be a more creamy/glossy lip person at heart, but for a matte liquid lip formula I give these two huge thumbs up.
Currently there are only six colors available in the collection. I’m not sure if MAC will be adding more colors. Low key I am kind of hoping for more shades because the Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallics is one of the best metallic/matte liquid lip formula I’ve tried.
You can find the MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallics online only exclusively on MAC’s website.