MAC Retro Matte – Lipsticks: Photos, Swatches and Reviews

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MAC has finally decided to add some new Retro Matte finish Lipsticks to their permanent line, all of which were released today! Luckily, I was able to get my hands on all of them and get this post up on the day of release. This collection features one lipstick that’s always been a classic… Ruby Woo; as well as seven others, three of which are said to be limited edition, but hopefully MAC will keep them around.

Retro Matte Lipsticks 2013 2

This collection is full of bold colors that are great for all skintones, ages and seasons (thank you, MAC!). The greatest part is that it’s all Retro Mattes, a formula that’s only been offered in one permanent color (Ruby Woo) for quite some time. That’s been one of MAC’s top selling lipsticks for ages, a great deal of which I believe is due to the Retro Matte formula. Retro Matte’s most recent appearances have been with the RiRi Hearts MAC limited edition collections that included three new Retro Mattes total, all of which sold out ridiculously fast! I feel like MAC has made some improvements with the texture of the Retro Matte formula, like giving it an initially creamier texture, making it apply much more easily without dragging on the lips… It seems smoother and less dry than before.

Retro Matte Lipsticks are the most highly pigmented, most opaque, and longest wearing of MAC’s regular lipstick formulas (excluding the Pro Longwear line). The color payoff is always true to the color they are in the tube without having to layer the product. Same with opacity… You get amazing coverage with just one swipe of lipstick. I typically get 6-8 hours of wear with Retro Matte Lipsticks, and that’s without the use of a liner… Using a liner, especially if you layer it underneath as well as line the lip, will add at least another hour or two of wear time. The texture of these is smooth and they feel creamy, even though they are the driest of all the MAC Lipstick formulas. The dryness is what gives them the ability to stay in place for so long without budging, though, so it’s not a bad thing! My only complaint with the drier texture, especially with bold or dark colors, is that is can emphasize chapped or dry areas on the lips… Fortunately, this problem can be solved by applying a primer like MAC’s Prep + Prime Lip before putting on your liner and lipstick. Using a primer will also help your lipstick wear longer!

The Retro Matte collection came out today, Wednesday, September 12th, 2013 in stores and at counters all over, although these were out online last week at www.maccosmetics.com. All of these are permanent, except for three of which are said to be limited edition (at this time anyway). Like most MAC Lipsticks, these sell for $15 and contain 3g / 0.1 US oz of product. These have the usual subtle vanilla scent but no flavor.

TIP:   Since most of these are part of the permanent range of MAC Lipsticks, they’re eligible as part of the Back 2 MAC program…  You can get a free Lipstick if you bring in 6 empty MAC containers that are made of a recyclable glass or plastic material (excludes boxes, blot sheet packaging, individual holiday items unless it’s the entire set, metal refill pans from blushes or eyeshadows, and pencils that are the wooden type that you have to sharpen).

Retro Matte Lipsticks 2013 Labels

Retro Matte Lipsticks 2013 2 with names

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Lipsticks swatched on NC20 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Lipsticks swatched on NC20 skin.

All Fired Up

All Fired Up

All Fired Up

All Fired Up

All Fired Up

All Fired Up

All Fired Up:   This is a “bright fuchsia matte” with a Retro Matte finish and is new, but part of the permanent range of MAC Lipsticks… It’s a medium-dark, warm, reddish-pink type of fuchsia. It has a subtle, creamy sheen for about the first half hour to hour of wear, that fades into a true matte finish. It glides on easily and gives full coverage. The color payoff is great, looking just as bold on the lips as it does in the tube.

There are several liners that you can use with All Fired Up… The Pro Longwear Lip Pencil More to Love  would work, bringing out the pink-fuchsia tones, while something like Trust in Red Pro Longwear Lip Pencil would bring out the more red tones. You could also use something like Beet Lip Pencil if you want to deepen it a bit or create a more ombre look.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Dangerous

Dangerous

Dangerous

Dangerous

Dangerous

Dangerous:   Dangerous is a “orangey red matte” with a Retro Matte finish and is one of the new permanent colors… It’s a very bright, medium-dark, warm, orange red with a true matte finish. Like the others in this collection, it applies easily with a creamy texture that quickly dulls down to a flat matte look. Color payoff and coverage are both excellent, giving true to tube color and fully opaque coverage.

A good liner to use with this would be High Energy Pro Longwear Lip Pencil, which was released along with the Retro Matte collection. You could also use Redd Lip Pencil.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Fixed on Drama

Fixed on Drama

Fixed on Drama

Fixed on Drama

Fixed on Drama

Fixed on Drama

Fixed on Drama:   This lipstick is a “rich wine matte”, has a Retro Matte finish, and is one of the limited edition lipsticks in this collection. It’s a dark, slightly warm, brownish, plummy, burgundy color. This lipstick had soft sheen that lasted about an hour before it faded to a true matte finish. It applied easily and felt creamy, although it is a bit dark so it did emphasize the chapped area on my lips more than some of the others in this collection. The color payoff is great, although it does look a little lighter on the lips than in the tube. Coverage was really good but I would say it’s only about 90% opaque, especially toward the center of the lips.

You can use nearly any deep reddish, brown, or wine colored liner with Fixed on Drama, depending on your own lip color and how you want this to look. Burgundy Lip Pencil would probably be the closest match. If you want more contrast, you could try Currant, Vino, Nightmoth or Mahogany. If you want a longer wearing liner, you can try Absolutely It, Morning Coffee, or even Bittersweet Pro Longwear Lip Pencils.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Flat Out Fabulous

Flat Out Fabulous

Flat Out Fabulous

Flat Out Fabulous

Flat Out Fabulous

Flat Out Fabulous

Flat Out Fabulous:   Flat Out Fabulous is a “bright plum matte” with a Retro Matte finish and is among the new colors in MAC’s permanent range of lipsticks. It’s a bright, medium, cool toned, plummy fuchsia with a true matte finish. It only has a sheen for about the first half hour it’s on before it dulls down to a flatter type of matte. It gave me full coverage and perfect color payoff with one layer of product. It did feel slightly drier than some of the other Retro Mattes in this collection, but nothing that made it feel unpleasant to apply.

Some of my favorite liners to use with this are the Pro Longwear Lip Pencils in More to Love (if you want to play up the pink), or Fashion Boost (if you want to play up the purple/fuchsia). Shock Value Pro Longwear Lip Pencil will also work, but won’t provide much contrast. Both Fashion Boost and Shock Value came out with the Retro Matte collection. For normal MAC Lip Pencils, Magenta is perfect to use with Flat Out Fabulous!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Relentlessly Red

Relentlessly Red

Relentlessly Red

Relentlessly Red

Relentlessly Red

Relentlessly Red

Relentlessly Red:   This Retro Matte lipstick is a “bright pinkish coral matte” and is one of the new colors in MAC’s permanent range. It’s a very bright, medium-dark, every so slightly warm toned, mostly hot pink with a hint of coral. It gave me full coverage and awesome color payoff. The texture of this lipstick is somewhat creamy, giving that soft, barely-there sheen before it turns into a true matte about half an hour to an hour after applying it.

The perfect liner for this is Dynamo… A few others you could use are More To Love if you want to bring out the pink tones and Trust in Red if you want to make it appear more red. All three of those are Pro Longwear Lip Pencils that came out with or are being repromoted with the Retro Matte collection.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Ruby Woo Pardon the haggard appearance of it... This lipstick has been worn a lot!

Ruby Woo
Pardon the haggard appearance of it… This lipstick has been worn a lot!

Ruby Woo

Ruby Woo

Ruby Woo

Ruby Woo

Ruby Woo:   This lipstick is classic… It’s a “very matte vivid blueish-red” and was, up until now, the only Retro Matte finish lipstick in MAC’s permanent line. It’s a cool toned, medium-dark, bold red that gives 100% opaque coverage and great color payoff. It does feel the driest out of all of the Retro Matte lipsticks but perhaps because mine is older and/or doesn’t share the seemingly new, creamier formula for the Retro Mattes that have been recently released.

I typically use Cherry Lip Pencil with this lipstick, although Trust in Red or Kiss Me Quick Pro Longwear Lip Pencils would both work equally well and wear longer.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Runway Hit

Runway Hit

Runway Hit

Runway Hit

Runway Hit

Runway Hit

Runway Hit:   Runway Hit is a “light nude matte” with a Retro Matte finish and is one of the three limited edition lipsticks released with this collection. It’s a light to light-medium (depending on the natural color of your lips), peachy-pinkish nude with a truly matte finish. I didn’t find that I got much of a sheen at all when I first applied this lipstick. I feel like it’s a bit on the drier side and emphasized the chapped areas on my lips more than the other lipsticks in this collection, but it still felt smooth to apply. It gave me nearly (around 90%) opaque coverage and excellent color payoff.

Either Staunchly Stylish or In Anticipation Pro Longwear Lip Pencils would work well with Runway Hit… Staunchly Stylish is more of a brownish-plumy-pink nude, so it would darken and tone down this lipstick if you have medium to dark skin, while In Anticipation would bring out the pinker tones and brighten it up. Boldly Bare Lip Pencil is also a great match with Runway Hit.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   4.8

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Steady Going

Steady Going

Steady Going

Steady Going

Steady Going

Steady Going

Steady Going:   Steady Going is one of the limited edition launches with this collection and is a “light pink matte” with a Retro Matte finish… It’s a light, bright candy pink with cool, almost lavender-ish undertones and has a true matte finish from the start. It felt a little dry, but not so much as the other drier lipsticks in this collection. It applied smoothly and didn’t show the dry, chapped areas on my lips as much as I expected it would, and it did give me completely opaque coverage, so that’s a plus! Color payoff is wonderful, although it does seem cooler and brighter once it’s on the lips.

Two Pro Longwear Lip Pencils I really like with this lipstick are Shock Value, which is slightly darker but still a bright, cool toned pink; and Fashion Boost, which is more purple, but makes for a really pretty, colorful ombre lip.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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1 comment
  1. Awesome swatches! I just back to MAC’d yesterday for Fixed on Drama and Flat Out Fabulous. I can’t wait to wear them!

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