Tested on animals:Yes
Matte lipstick's definitely having a moment, and that means most major makeup brands are featuring existing or launching new matte lip products. Liquid matte lipsticks are the updated way to get this non-shimmer look, and M.A.C. joins in (but doesn't improve on) the trend with the "timeless glamour" of its Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolor. Unfortunately, while it lives up to some of its claims, it also has a few of the less-than-positive aspects, which is why it didn't earn a higher rating.
We'll give this to Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolor—the packaging is cute! It comes in a clear lipgloss-like tube, but instead of the standard cap, M.A.C.tops it off with the same style of bullet-shaped cap as its lipsticks, which creates a nice aesthetic tying into MAC's most famous product. But what about what's inside?
The lightly-scented formula (it has M.A.C.'s signature vanilla aroma) glides smoothly across lips, and talk about color! It's super-saturated, meaning a little goes quite a long way. Though it's initially somewhat creamy, Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolor dries very quickly to a true matte finish, so you have to work quickly to ensure an even application. Once it's dried, you can't move it around on your lips at all—it really stays put!
For the first couple of hours, this lipstick performs as advertised; it doesn't budge and looks even. Toward the end of an eight-hour workday though, it begins to migrate into lines on your lips, to the point that you'll notice lines you didn't even know you had!
We also didn't experience that it wore evenly; it faded around the center of the mouth very obviously first, leaving an almost "ring-like" appearance by the time we took it off. Speaking of removal, we recommend using a waterproof makeup remover to make sure you get all the color off your lips!
The color selection offered by M.A.C. (surprisingly) isn't extensive, but the shades that are available are attractive and feature a good variety of reds, pinks, neutrals, and even a bright purple option.
While we loved the true matte finish and bold color of M.A.C.Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolor, its tendency to emphasize lip lines and wear unevenly means it's not one we recommend with great enthusiasm. You'll find superior matte lipstick options on our list of Best Lipsticks.
- Applies easily.
- Rich color in a single coat.
- True matte finish.
- Emphasizes lip lines toward the ends of its wear time.
- Fades unevenly, creating a "ring" effect on lips.