Oct 1, 2013
Here’s the second part of my review for Mac’s Retro Matte Collection Lipsticks. If you missed the first half of my review, you can read it here. From the 8 Lipsticks featured in the Collection, I did not purchase Ruby Woo, Steady Going and Fixed on Drama. I might get Fixed on Drama in the future but not Steady Going. I’m just not into bright blue-based pinks lipsticks. Just not the right shade for my color. It does make me look sick. But I heard mixed reviews on it. But if you are into bright blue-based pinks, you can definitely purchase it, just a matter of preference. Ruby Woo I have from a long way back.
Mac Retro Matte in Runway Hit Lipstick is described as a bright nude matte. On my lips, it appears as a pinkish beige almost coral beige. It averages 4 hours of wear on me. It pulls or tugs my lips when applied. It’s the least opaque from the entire collection but it is still mostly opaque in coverage. It is the driest from all the Retro Mattes I’ve tried from the collection. It is horrendously dry on the 2nd hour. I even have to reach for a lip balm, like EOS, on the 3rd hour before my lips would start to crack and flake. I do not recommend wearing this during the winter months. It will definitely be a pain in the butt to pull this off during the driest of dry days.
Mac Retro Matte in All Fired Up Lipstick is described as a bright fuchsia matte. It appears as a fuchsia red with slight blue undertones on my lips. It averages 8 hours of wear. It is pretty similar in color with Mac Relentlessly Red. But this is leaning more towards a blue-based fuchsia than red. It got great formulation and pigmentation for a Retro Matte. It is easy to apply without pulling or tugging your lips too much. It starts to feel drying on the 5th hour.
Mac Retro Matte in Dangerous Lipstick is described as a matte orangey red. It appears as a bright tomato red on my lips. It averages 9 hours of wear on me. It also got great formula and pigmentation for a Retro Matte. It is the best from the collection in terms of longevity, formula and pigmentation. It is easy to apply without pulling or tugging. It’s the least drying from the Collection. It is very comfortable to wear and the most non-drying Retro Matte lipstick I’ve tried.
The Bottom Line:
If you are into matte lipsticks, then you definitely have to try one from the collection. If you are always turned off by how drying Retro Matte Lipsticks are, Mac Dangerous is a great one for you to start to try. Personally, I love matte and semi-matte lipsticks. I work 12-hour shifts and for me not to keep on re-applying lip products is a must. My favorites from the collection are: Mac Relentlessly Red, All Fired Up, Flat Out Fabulous and Dangerous. The Mac Retro Matte Lipsticks are a cheaper alternative for a Givenchy Le Rouge or a Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Mattes. Another thing I love about matte lipsticks is that they photograph really well. It brings out the Old Hollywood glamour in you.
Are you into Matte Lipsticks?
Runway Hit B-
Overall Quality: 8/10 Formula: 8/10 Pigmentation: 9/10 Application: 7/10 Longevity: 8/10
All Fired Up A
Overall Quality: 9/10 Formula: 9/10 Pigmentation: 10/10 Application: 9/10 Longevity: 9.5/10
Overall Quality: 9.5/10 Formula: 9.5/10 Pigmentation: 10/10 Application: 9.5/10 Longevity: 10/10
Price: $15.00 /3 g. / 0.10 oz. tube
I purchased this!