Sunday, 10 January 2016

Lipstick Lovin' with MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick

LtoR: To Matte with Love, LadyBeGood, Back in Vogue, Dance with Me, Oh,  Lady

Liquid lipsticks were definitely one of the hottest trends to come from 2015 with some big contenders and brands all jumping on the bandwagon. So it may seem that MAC were a little late to the party with the release of the MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour collection, but as they say better late than never. As you know I'm obsessed with MAC lip products so whilst I had a makeover last week with them I couldn't resist picking up some of the liquid lipsticks to see how the contend against the competition.

The liquid lipcolour range consists of 15 shades and is described as a splash of colour in a liquid suede finish that is impossible to forget. Now I have to admit when I first heard about this range I nearly fell off my chair with excitement, but when I saw the shade range I was a little disappointment as following the success of the likes of Whirl, Brave and Mehr you'd have thought they would have released a dusky pink - or is that just me? Well a girl can hope for a second wave of these. Anyways onto the shades that I picked up...

To Matte With Love is described as a bright raspberry and is actually the shade I had applied during my makeover at MAC. I have to admit it was love at first sight as this is such a gorgeous fuchsia shade that isn't too bright on the lips, and at the same time very wearable. The shade applies so smoothly on the lips while being highly pigmented so a little on the applicator definitely goes a long way. This is probably one of the most long lasting liquid lipsticks I own, as it wears for around 8 hours and nothing will make it budge whether your eating, drinking or even brushing your teeth - yes I tested it whilst doing so.

LadyBeGood is described as a warm mid-tone nude, with brown undertones. This is actually one of the shades I was most excited about getting my hands on as it's one of those nudes that is just so wearable but flattering at the same time - similar to Velvet Teddy I'd say. With nudes you never know how opaque a shade is going to be once applied but this is so pigmented and you only need one swipe to fully cover your lips. This lasts around 5-6 hours on the lips until you start to see the colour fade or become uneven but I've found that usually happens when eating or drinking is involved and even then it's nothing too major. 

Back in Vogue is described as a peachy nude with warm undertones, this is such a gorgeous nude and definitely the type I'd go for time and time again. This is again similar to LadyBeGood as it's so easy to wear and universally flattering, and I can see why this has sold out online. In terms of pigmentation this is spot on, you only need one swipe to fully cover the lips and then just a little bit to even out any unevenness as I find that this can sometimes be a little streaky, but otherwise a gorgeous shade. Back in Vogue lasts around 5-6 hours on the lips, and for a nude this is pretty impressive as it means you don't have to worry too much about it whilst it's on your lips - I'd just double check it once you have been eating as it does fade slightly.

Dance with Me is described as a deep cranberry red with cool undertones. As you can see from the swatches Dance with Me is actually not as pigmented as the other shades so you do need a good couple of layers to get the right amount of even coverage on the lips. Saying that the shade is not sheer in any way, in fact I like that it's slightly less opaque as it means I can go for a less or more full on red lip depending on my mood. This actually takes a little longer than the other three shades to dry to a matte finish but I don't mind too much, and lasts on the lips for around 8-9 hours without any bleeding or fading.

Oh, Lady is described as a deep wine with cool undertones, and was completely an impulse buy as I was in love with the shade - I have a weakness for berry shades. Again this isn't as pigmented as the lighter three shades, so you do need a couple of layers to build the boldness. This takes around 45 seconds to dry to a matte finish so a little longer than the other colours, but nothing too major. I have to say I really love this on the lips, as it does look more purple toned when applied but don't let that put you off as I definitely recommend going and swatching this colour! This wears for around 8 hours on the lips and doesn't bleed or fade during that time, so you can eat and drink as much as you want and don't worry that you're gonna look a little worse for wear with purple smudges around your lips.

The formula overall for the MAC Retro Matte Lipcolours is pretty impressive, they are so pigmented and a little definitely goes a long way. I find the consistency to be quite moussey without being too thick to the point your dabbing your lips as you have applied too much or waiting for the formula to dry. I like that these don't flake either as there is nothing worse than a flaky liquid lipstick, nor can you rub your lips and see any colour transfer these babies are not budging! They have quite a mild vanilla scent also so think MAC lipstick scent but not as strong if that makes sense and you don't taste that at all once applied on the lips.

Packaging wise I have to admit it's love - the combination of the gloss tube and traditional MAC lipstick bullet is just a genius combination. Yes I've heard some people comment that they could have done more with the packaging or it's a little cheap looking but personally I'm a fan. 

Overall I'm glad that MAC have jumped on the bandwagon for liquid lipsticks as these definitely don't disappoint in terms of formula, pigmentation and lasting power. However there is one but and for some that is a rather large but and that comes with the price of these, at £21 per lipstick these are not exactly cheap especially when you can get good formulas in NYX and even Stila don't retail for as much. Saying that if MAC decide to release more shades, my purse won't be able to resist.

Have you tried any of the MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipsticks? If not what shades are you lusting after?

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