Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past month or so, you’ve probably already heard of the new MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours multiple times. After all, when MAC launch a new permanent lipstick, people tend to get excited. I even know someone who may or may not have placed an order the second she got a newsletter saying they were finally available on the Italian e-store… Anyways, I hope you’re not tired of these just yet, because today I’m here to give you my two cents.
So, the first thing I find noteworthy is the pointed tip applicator, which makes them easier to apply than a regular doe-foot. However, I don’t really think these are exactly lipsticks for learners. On the contrary, I advise even the most experienced lip painters to take their time to put these on. Bear in mind that if you make a mistake, it is very hard to fix because they stain the skin immediately.
The two shades I have are Oh, Lady, a stunning purple berry, and Quite The Standout, an eye-catching bright orange. They both go on opaque and streak-free, but I think the orange looks slightly less even and, once it dries down, it tends to emphasize the vertical lines and texture in my lips.
I tested both shades over an 8-hour period of time during which I had lunch, a snack and lots of water. At the end of the day, Oh, Lady had slightly faded in the corner of my mouth and Quite The Standout in my vertical lip lines, but they mostly looked intact. The latter was a little uncomfortable to wear after about 6 hours, but it didn’t dry my lips out (most formulas aren’t drying on me, though).
Before taking them off with my Clinique cleansing balm, I reapplied a fresh coat on top of what was left and was glad to find out that these liquid lipsticks layer nicely, so you won’t have any problems touching up throughout the day if you need to. The biggest complaint I have is that these are pretty overpriced (at least here in Italy). At €24.00, they’re over twice the price of the SEPHORA Cream Lip Stains (€10.90), which in my opinion have an even better formula.
Despite the names, the real standout for me here is Oh, Lady. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I like Quite The Standout too, but Oh, Lady is the one I truly recommend, as not only is it more of a unique shade, but it also looks and feels better on the lips.
Do you like liquid lipsticks in general or do you prefer traditional formulas? Have you already tried any of the MAC Retro Matte liquid lipsticks? What was your experience with them?