MAC's New Retro Matte Collection May Just Be the Best Liquid Lipsticks Yet

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I’m about that budge-proof life!

My obsession with lipstick is well documented here on xoVain, but I can honestly say my favorite brand for lip colors is MAC. While my collection is full of many different brands (and I have a lot of love for those brands) MAC definitely dominates. 

With the popularity of liquid lipstick formulas ever rising, it should come as no surprise that MAC recently a line of Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour. So, how does the collection stack up?

As far as color selection goes, there are 15 shades available ranging from a super-light pink to dark plum, with a variety of pinks, peaches, reds and purples. I tried two of the shades: Dance With Me, a deep cranberry shade, and Feels So Grand, a true, bright red shade.

MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick

The first thing I usually do when I put on a liquid lipstick (or any long-wearing lipstick for that matter) is see how well it has set once it’s dried. With both colors, I let them dry and then laid a big ol’ smooch on my coffee cup and on the back of my hand to see if they transferred (no make-out sesh testing here, folks — sorry to disappoint). I had very little transfer from the center of the lips.

That’s all well and good, but a true test of longevity for me is if my lipstick can make it through a meal, especially if that meal involves my favorite word in the Spanish language: burrito

I put Feels So Grand through a battle with a Carne Asada burrito and am happy to say it came out relatively unmoved except for just along the inside of my lips. Dance With Me also lasted through a Lazy Saturday full of snacking with the same slight fading in the inner rim of my lips (yes, I wore lipstick for Lazy Saturday — I'm that dedicated to you all). 

I was able to wear these for a solid nine hours and only had to touch up the inner-center of my lips after eating.  

As with all matte liquid lipsticks, these are quite dry. I’m a huge matte/liquid lipstick fan, so it’s not uncomfortable to me, but if you don’t like drier formulas you may not like these. 

 The pigmentation is really nice, and the colors I tried applied pretty evenly. I will say I had to be a little more careful when applying Dance With Me because it was a little patchy when I tried to layer it to deepen the hue. 

MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick Dance With Me

Dance With Me

MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick Feels So Grand

Feels So Grand

Overall, I am loving these liquid lipsticks and I can’t wait to go pick up some more colors!

  • What are your favorite liquid lipsticks? 
  • Have any of you tried these yet?