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Liquid Lipstick Series: MAC Cosmetics

This is the 3rd post of my “Liquid Lipstick Series” and as you can tell from the title, under review we have the MAC Cosmetics liquid lipsticks. If you haven’t caught up with the previous two posts where I reviewed the Jeffree Star velour liquid lipsticks and the Lime Crime Velvetines, then please click HERE and HERE.


MAC Cosmetics Retro Matte Liquid Lip Colour


The retro matte liquid lipsticks have been out for a while but I wasn’t curious enough to purchase these when they launched. The initial reviews of lipsticks weren’t great. Many complained that they were uncomfortably drying. MAC has since reformulated and repromoted the formula, so I decided to purchase a few.


Full Description

For those who prefer timeless glamour to all-out flash, matte reigns supreme. M∙A∙C introduces a twist on this classic texture with robustly saturated shades of Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour. Whichever shade you choose, all promise one thing: a splash of colour in a liquid-suede finish that is impossible to forget.

  • Long-wearing, eight hours
  • Colour wears evenly and smoothly, eight hours
  • Provides stay-true colour, eight hours
  • Non-feathering, non-bleeding

My experience with the lipsticks

Many moaned that the packaging is a bit boring but I’d rather classify it as understated yet classy. The lipsticks are encased in a long clear plastic tube screw-capped with MAC’s trademark black lid from their tradition bullet lipsticks.

The applicator has a teardrop shape with the tip being pretty pointy, making it really easy to get a well-defined application.

I was pleased to find that the formula didn’t dry out my lips. Like any other liquid matte lipsticks,  you need to prep your lips. So exfoliate and hydrate for a better and even application. These will definitely adhere to and emphasise dry flaky lips.

The formula has a creamy consistency that’s perfectly pigmented and applies with ease. The good thing is that even though the formula is not the lightest, it does not crack or flake off. Nor does it feather or bleed – which is always a scare with red or darker shades. Make sure you apply a thin layer and also note that these dry pretty quickly, so there’s not much room to fix any mistakes.


Burnt spice – creamy dirty rose
To matte with love – bright raspberry
Dance with me – deep cranberry red
Tailored to tease – bright fuchsia
Recollection – warm purple

MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallics

Full Description

For those who prefer glamour with a dash of all-out flash, matte metallic reigns supreme! M∙A∙C introduces a new twist on our classic Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour with saturated molten shades. Whichever metalized shade you choose, all promise one thing: a jolt of pure matte metallic colour in a liquid-suede finish that lasts and lasts.

My experience with the liquid Metallics

I noticed from watching YouTube lip swatched that these aren’t all straight up Metallics. They slightly vary in terms of subtle shimmer. I’m not big on Metallics but I quite like these. Coral plated (my favourite shade), a beautiful burnt flat orange is more of a glittery liquid lipstick. In retrograde is a flat metallic and I love it for this as it’s not too metalized. Just enough shimmer to add character but still totally wearable, especially for those who stay away from Metallics.
The lipsticks, in general, apply beautifully, are transfer resistant and feel comfortable on the lips. They do transfer when eating and drinking, so just take note of that.


Coral Plated – burnt orange
In retrograde – cool red
Moon landing – blue

Final Thoughts

I’m pretty pleased with the formula of these lippies. I thought they’d be more drying based on reviews I’ve read. I guess it depends on how well you’ve prepped your lips, if your lips are generally dry as well as how you apply them. A thin layer is always the way to go with matte liquid lipsticks.

Let me know if you’ve tried this formula and thoughts on it? Also, which are your favourite shades?




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