MAC RETRO MATTE LIQUID LIPSTICK | Oh Lady, High Drama, Back in Vogue, Feels so Grand

Hello zillas. This year started rather slow on the blog as I haven’t been posting regularly. I have been extremely busy at work and life in general leaving me no extra time to sit down and gather my thoughts, let alone write a decent post for y’all. But I’m here, just taking one step at a time so please bear with me. Now that’s out of the way, let me fill you in with my newfound obsession on liquid lipsticks. Last week, I brought you Anastasia (review here) so as a sequel, let’s probe if MAC Retro Matte is right up my alley.

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MAC RETRO MATTE LIQUID LIPSTICK, OH LADY, HIGH DRAMA, BACK IN VOGUE, FEELS SO GRAND, REVIEW, SWATCH

As some of you know, I love bright, uber-pigmented matte lips. Those were my jam in the 90s so seeing the modern-day reincarnation reminds me of my heydays. There are 15 shades in the MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick line ($20), I purchased four: Oh Lady (berry), High Drama (blackened berry), Back In Vouge (nude peach), Feels So Grand (bright red).

MAC RETRO MATTE LIQUID LIPSTICK, OH LADY, HIGH DRAMA, BACK IN VOGUE, FEELS SO GRAND, REVIEW, SWATCH

As you can recognize, the cap is a doppelgänger of their regular lipstick line, not so inventive in my opinion as I expected an edgier packaging considering it is MAC’s first foray into liquid lipsticks. The wand is shorter in comparison to Anastasia and the applicator is flat on both sides with a pointier tip, which for the most part, gives me better grip and control versus Anastasia. 

MAC RETRO MATTE LIQUID LIPSTICK, OH LADY, HIGH DRAMA, BACK IN VOGUE, FEELS SO GRAND, REVIEW, SWATCH

Formula-wise, I enjoy Anastasia better because it does not feel heavy and tight on my lips the way MAC does. As with other matte formula though, it is imperative to hydrate your lips prior to application to prevent dryness and over-emphasis of unsightly lip lines and/or cracks. These apply creamy but dry matte within seconds. The wear time is commendable; unless you wipe off aggressively or chowed down a hefty dose of grease, these liquid bellas stay and don’t feather out. I like Oh Lady (berry is my kind of shade) and Feels So Grand (what a stunning red!), so-so with Back In Vogue (peach nude does not seem to compliment my skin tone), and a tad disappointed with High Drama because it applies patchy so I have to reapply several times which inevitably left my lips feeling heavy.

MAC RETRO MATTE LIQUID LIPSTICK  OF LADY

MAC RETRO MATTE LIQUID LIPSTICK  BACK IN VOGUE

MAC RETRO MATTE LIQUID LIPSTICK  FEELS SO GRAND

MAC RETRO MATTE LIQUID LIPSTICK  HIGH DRAMA

what’s your go-to liquid lipstick?


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25 Comments

  1. January 18, 2016 / 6:14 pm

    These look fab, but I'm not sure if I would pick up any, as I hardly ever wear matte lip

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy

  2. January 18, 2016 / 6:29 pm

    These are so gorgeous on you, but heavy and tight on my lips is a deal breaker. Lip products that have that effect on my lips tend to dry them out and chap them– even if I prep them beforehand! They look so amazing though!

    • January 19, 2016 / 4:13 am

      I agree, to drying cheapens the product and look overall

  3. January 18, 2016 / 8:37 pm

    I think Oh Lady is my favorite on you! My lips don't do well with these type of lip products though.

  4. January 18, 2016 / 9:09 pm

    Although I know I couldn't wear these, I love the shades you chose and High Drama is absolutely amazing on you!

  5. January 18, 2016 / 9:58 pm

    I have Oh Lady and High Drama, and I love them!! These look GORGEOUS on you! <3

  6. January 19, 2016 / 12:41 am

    These would murder my lips but they sure are pretty. Feels So Grand and Oh Lady are YOUR shades.

  7. January 19, 2016 / 12:47 am

    I actually love Back in Vogue on you! It's a pretty, wearable shade. Too bad High Drama was patchy.

  8. January 19, 2016 / 12:53 am

    Hgh Drama, Feels So grand and oh lady are my faves of the four.

  9. January 19, 2016 / 1:25 am

    Love the intense colors on these. I am a Jefree Star matte fan when it comes to these long lasting lippies !

    • January 19, 2016 / 4:12 am

      That brand has been on my radar, too bad the shades I want are out of stock

  10. January 19, 2016 / 1:34 am

    I was very curious about these since they came out. So far I only tried a couple other brands of liquid lipstick, and many of them left my lips very dry.

  11. January 19, 2016 / 1:40 am

    I have to admit, the classic lipstick topper makes me want to buy it lol. I'm a sucker for packaging! I have dry lips though, so I think i'm going to pass on this one, but that pink nude is stunning and so me!

  12. January 19, 2016 / 2:24 am

    I was surprised to see the nude peach in your haul since you normally seem to pick out the more dramatic shades. It's nice to read the comparison of Anastasia and MAC.

  13. January 19, 2016 / 3:08 am

    I wanted to love these, but I feel like the colours they brought out were so boring! Hopefully they'll expand the shade range soon. I would love a colour like Stone in lipstick form!

    • January 19, 2016 / 4:11 am

      I agree. The shades are pretty common. So far, only High Drama is the most intense

  14. January 19, 2016 / 3:08 am

    Welp I made a typo in my original comment. I meant *liquid form!

  15. January 19, 2016 / 3:55 am

    I wish I could wear matte lips, but I have too many lip lines.

  16. January 19, 2016 / 4:01 am

    I bought several of these and have been LOVING them! I need to get more.

  17. January 19, 2016 / 9:05 am

    I am loving Oh Lady and actually think Back in Vouge looks great on you. I've been all about liquid lipstick lately but haven't tried these just yet.

  18. January 19, 2016 / 5:52 pm

    The colors look great… but back in the day when they had liquid lippies and I worked there, I hated the formulation. These sound so nice that I would totally try them.

  19. January 19, 2016 / 8:39 pm

    It's always such a let down when a high-end brand doesn't have the perfect formula. I really love the look of Oh, Lady, but I don't like a tight or heavy matte lip. Thanks for the great swatches and honest review!

  20. January 20, 2016 / 5:05 pm

    These definitely look interesting, but I don't think the colors would be great for me.

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