MAC The Matte Lip 2015 – Part 1

It’s time for new Matte lipsticks from MAC! Although they typically release these in fall, thankfully they’re doing this round of The Matte Lip for summer this year since everyone has been dying for new Matte finish colors and I don’t think we could have waited any longer… The only waiting that will have to be done is waiting until the next two posts to see the newest colors! I know, I know, I’m soooo mean, but I’ll have both of those up within the next few days! I had to split this collection up into 3 parts so it’s not so overwhelming and brain-frying for me to sit down and write, plus they arrived on different days. This post will cover the shades that were already available, but don’t fear, ALL of the lipsticks in this collection are permanent and will stick around!

My favorite part about nearly all of the lipsticks in this entire collection is that they work on every single skin tone out there… There may be one or two that could be a little weird for someone who can’t wear some cool tones, but for the most part, all of these look gorgeous on anyone, especially the brighter lipsticks! They’re definitely worth going to take a look at, especially since it’s the perfect time of year for a nude or bright lip.

The lipsticks in this particular post all look pretty haggard, but I don’t exactly have the funds to go out and buy new ones just to take photographs of, so bear with me… I also can’t seem to find my Ruby Woo lipstick, so it won’t be included in the group photos of these lipsticks, but I did manage to find photos of it that were from another post, so I will still review it. Another note: The photos in all three of the posts for this collection were taken on different days, so the lighting may vary since I use mostly natural daylight with some supplemental lighting… That just means sometimes photos can be brighter or cooler or whatever, depending on the time of day and such. I’ll get the lighting in this house figured out eventually! Wow, this post sounds like it’s just going to be a hot mess, but I swear it’s not! These are some of my favorite shades of lipstick, so it’s definitely worth checking out, even if they have been worn and look a little “loved”.

Note: Matte Royal, the blue color in this collection, will be posted later… It’s on backorder so as soon as I get it, I’ll review it!

Matte Lip 2015 Pt 1 Lipsticks 1

MAC Lipsticks are high quality and highly pigmented, though the amount of color payoff, coverage, wear time, shine, and shimmer differs between each finish. Since these are all Matte or Retro Matte, you can guarantee that they’re the most pigmented, long wearing, and well, matte formulas out there! The only real difference between the two finishes seen in this collection is that Retro Mattes are slightly drier, more matte, and more pigmented than Mattes are, but that means they wear longer and are even more bold! With all of these lipsticks being matte and nude or bright, you’ll want to make sure that your lips are nice and smooth when you apply them, since those are the three most common colors and finish of lipsticks that will show dry or chapped areas… I try to exfoliate my lips once or twice a week using a mixture of either olive oil and sugar or honey and sugar (this one is a little more tasty), then I make sure to apply a primer before putting on my lipstick… My favorite is MAC’s Prep + Prime Lip, but there are all kinds of lip primers out there. Prep + Prime Lip is silicone based and contains Vitamin E, so it locks in moisture without being too slippery and creates a smooth surface that your lipstick will stick to, also extending the wear time. Using a liner will also make your lipstick wear longer without fading or feathering outside the lip lines, especially with brighter colors.

As I mentioned, all of these lipsticks are permanent and can be purchased at your local MAC store or counter, or online at www.maccosmetics.com. They sell for $16 each and contain 3 g / 0.1 US oz of product. Like all MAC lipsticks, they have a subtle vanilla scent but no flavor.

Matte Lip 2015 Pt 1 Labels

Left to Right: All Fired Up, Dangerous, Flat Out Fabulous, Heroine, Kinda Sexy, Pink Pigeon, Please Me, Velvet Teddy

Left to Right: All Fired Up, Dangerous, Flat Out Fabulous, Heroine, Kinda Sexy, Pink Pigeon, Please Me, Velvet Teddy

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Lipsticks swatched on NC25 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural direct sunlight.
Lipsticks swatched on NC25 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… It’s a bold, medium-dark fuchsia pink with some warm reddish undertones and an uber matte finish. It has very minimal sheen when applied that fades very quickly to the true, flat Retro Matte finish.

The texture of All Fired Up is a bit dry, but not so dry that it tugs on your lips unless they have chapped/dry areas, so it does apply pretty easily for a Retro Matte lipstick anyway. Color payoff is nearly identical to how it looks in the tube without having to apply much product. Coverage is fully opaque. I typically get about 7 hours of wear with All Fired Up, only noticing some fading in the center of the lip after a few hours or after eating/drinking… You can actually extend the wear time by applying a liner first, which will make it wear for closer to 8 hours.

Liners:   Trust in Red Pro Longwear Lip Pencil is a really good match for this lipstick… It may be a little darker but it will give you the longest wear time out of any liner. You could also try Lip Pencils like Beet, which is deeper and more pinker, or Cherry, which is more of a bright, true red. Heroine is also a fun liner to use if you want to add some purple for an ombre lip. If you’d like more contrast with your liner, try something like Vino, Nightingale, or even Nightmoth, all of which will add extra drama to your look.

Dupes:   Relentlessly Red is warmer and more reddish. La Vie En Rouge (LE – The Matte Lip – Fall 2014) is lighter and warmer. Damn Glamorous (LE – The Matte Lip – Fall 2014) is darker and more red. Red Balloon (LE – Playland – Spring 2014) is also similar, but more red and has an Amplified finish.

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:   Dangerous is an “orangey red matte” with a Retro Matte finish… It’s an intense, medium-dark, warm, yellow based orange-red with an ultra matte finish. Like All Fired Up, Dangerous only has a little bit of a sheen at first, but it dries to the Retro Matte finish within about 15 minutes.

This lipstick has a drier texture than typical Mattes, but that’s the norm with Retro Mattes… It still applies easily, especially with a primer underneath. Color payoff looks just like it does in the tube. Dangerous is also 100% opaque with very little product applied. I get around 7 hours of wear without a liner, 8 hours with one, and only have minimal fading in the center of the lip occasionally.

Liners:   High Energy Pro Longwear Lip Pencil is really close and will give you extra long wear time. What A Blast Pro Longwear Lip Pencil will also work, but is more of a true orange. You can also use Redd Lip Pencil, which is an orange-red, or Cherry, which is more of a true red. If you’d like a deeper, more neutral liner to tone this down, or if you have a darker skin tone, you can try ChestnutAuburn, or Mahogany.

Dupes:   Lady Danger is a bit more red, and darker. Morange is brighter, more of a true orange, and has an Amplified finish. Scarlet Ibis (LE – Marilyn Monroe – Fall 2012 & Iris Apfel – Winter 2011) is slightly lighter, brighter, and has more coral undertones than orange. Bang Bang from Melt is lighter, brighter, and more orange.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

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:   This lipstick is described as a “bright plum matte” and has a Retro Matte finish… It’s a very bright, medium, magenta-plummy-pink with cooler undertones and a super matte finish. It seems to have less sheen than the previous two lipsticks do when it’s applied… The sheen only lasts for a moment before it fades to the Retro Matte finish.

The texture of Flat Out Fabulous, like other Retro Mattes, is slightly drier than normal, but not so dry that it makes application difficult at all. Color payoff is just as intense and bright as it is in the tube, but is a bit warmer on some lips (like mine), due to the fact that some people have more pigmented lips than others. Coverage is completely opaque using just a little bit of lipstick. Flat Out Fabulous gives me just under 7 hours of wear without a liner and about 8 with one. Like other Retro Mattes, some fading in the center of the lip might occur after a little while, or after eating.

Liners:   Fashion Boost Pro Longwear Lip Pencil works well with this lipstick and is a similar color. More to Love Pro Longwear Lip Pencil is also nice, but is more pink. You can also try Magenta or Heroine (now permanent) Lip Pencils. If you’re going for an ombre look, you can try a few darker liners too, like Nightingale or Vino.

Dupes:   Heroine is darker and more purple. Girl About Town has more pink undertones and an Amplified finish. Melt’s Shady Lady is pretty close but has slightly more pinkish undertones.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Heroine

Heroine

Heroine

Heroine

Heroine

Heroine

Heroine:   Heroine is a “bright purple” with a Matte finish… It’s a medium-dark, bold purple with a hint of warmer, pinky undertones. It has a Matte finish rather than a Retro Matte, so the sheen that lasts a bit longer before it sets into a true matte finish. It also feels creamier than the lipsticks previously reviewed in this post.

The texture is smooth and applies easily with no dryness or tugging. Color payoff is slightly more intense in the tube than it is on the lips, with opacity being nearly complete, except for just in the center of the lip (common with any matte lipstick). Wear time for Heroine is usually around 6 hours, and closer to 7 with a liner. Some fading tends to happen towards the center of the lip after a few of wear.

Liners:   Of course Heroine Lip Pencil is the perfect match for a liner… You can also try Magenta if you want it to be warmer/more pinkish, or even Fashion Boost Pro Longwear Lip Pencil if you’d like a longer wear time. If you’re going for a more vampy sort of ombre lip, check out NightingaleVino, or Nightmoth.

Dupes:   Flat Out Fabulous is obviously lighter and more pinky-magenta toned. Feel My Pulse (LE – Temperature Rising – Summer 2013) is lighter, brighter, and has a Cremesheen finish and slightly warmer, more pink undertones. RiRi Boy (LE – RiRi Hearts MAC – Summer 2013) is cooler toned and lighter/more lavender. Melt’s By Starlight is close, but cooler toned.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Kinda Sexy

Kinda Sexy

Kinda Sexy

Kinda Sexy

Kinda Sexy

Kinda Sexy

Kinda Sexy:   Kinda Sexy is a “neutral pinky-rose” with a Matte finish… It’s a medium, peachy-pinkish rose with warm undertones and a soft matte finish. I really like this color as a nude because it’s not like an undead, extra light nude, so it actually works well from anyone from fair to dark skin tones and you can deepen or warm it up even more depending on what liner you use it with.

This lipstick feels really creamy and applied smoothly with no tugging… The only issue you may have is if your lips are dry are chapped, since it’s a nude, so be sure to prime your lips or be sure they’re moisturized first! Color payoff is great, but it may show more pinky tones once applied to the lip, due to the natural color of your lips. Coverage is full and opaque without having to apply much lipstick. I usually get about 6 hours of wear without a liner and closer to 7 with one.

Liners:   You can use pretty much any nude, neutral, neutral-pink, or neutral-peachy liner with this lipstick, depending on what kind of look you’re going for… For a lighter type of nude liner, I suggest Subculture or Boldly Bare Lip Pencils. If you want a little more contrast, you can use Spice to warm it up a bit, or Chestnut if you have a deeper skin tone.

Dupes:   Honeylove is more nude, lighter and cooler toned. Velvet Teddy is also a cooler toned nude. Shy Girl is kind of similar in color but has a Cremesheen finish, so it’s shinier and more sheer.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Pink Pigeon

Pink Pigeon

Pink Pigeon

Pink Pigeon

Pink Pigeon

Pink Pigeon

Pink Pigeon:   This lipstick is described as a “bright cleanest pink” and has a Matte finish… It’s a very bright, medium-dark, pink with cool fuchsia undertones and a creamy matte finish. It has a soft sheen for the first hour or so, then dries down and looks like a soft matte later on.

Pink Pigeon feels very smooth and applies easily without ANY dryness whatsoever. Color payoff is just as bright on the lips as it is in the tube, but to me, it looks slightly cooler toned once applied. Coverage is 100% opaque using very little product. Like most Mattes, I get around 6 hours of wear if I don’t apply a liner first, and about 7 hours if I use a liner.

Liners:   There are several liners that are pretty close to this color… Talking Points Lip Pencil works well, as does Candy Yum-Yum. You can also try Magenta or Heroine to add a darker, more purple tone for a fun ombre look. Beet also works and will warm up this color and add some contrast. More to Love Pro Longwear Lip Pencil also works if you want the longest wear time possible.

Dupes:   Candy Yum-Yum is brighter and lighter. Fusion Pink is similar, but slightly warmer and has more shine since it has an Amplified finish. Melt’s Stupid Love is brighter and a little bit warmer, but is otherwise pretty close.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Please Me

Please Me

Please Me

Please Me

Please Me

Please Me

Please Me:   Please Me is a “muted rosy-tinted pink” with a Matte finish… It’s a medium, soft rosy pink with warm undertones and a soft matte finish that starts out more creamy, then dries down after 30 minutes or so. This is one of my all time favorites and also one of MAC’s best selling pinks!

The texture feels creamy and applies easily without any tugging or dryness. Color payoff is cooler and more pink once applied to the lips. Coverage is pretty much fully opaque, but as with some of the creamier types of mattes, it can have some sheerness and fading towards the very center of the lip. Wear time is typically around 6 hours without liner and 7 with one.

Liners:   There’s a wide variety of pinky liners that you can use for Please Me… One of my favorite Lip Pencils to use with it is Dervish, since it will give you definition but not add a ton of color. You can also use Soar, which is slightly deeper. Rosy Rim is also really nice, and is one of MAC’s newer colors. If you want pretty much no color difference and just want something to keep the lipstick in place, try Subculture, since it’s basically just a light, very natural color.

Dupes:   Pink Plaid is slightly darker and much cooler toned. Snob is also cooler and has a Satin finish.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Ruby Woo

Ruby Woo

Ruby Woo

Ruby Woo

Ruby Woo

Ruby Woo

Ruby Woo:   This is MAC’s best selling lipstick of all time and it’s a classic “very matte vivid blue-red” with a Retro Matte finish… It’s a medium to medium-dark, intense blue based red (which makes teeth appear whiter), and has a super matte finish… Since it’s a Retro Matte, it’s a bit drier than some other lipstick formulas, but this is THE original Retro Matte… Anytime I think of this finish or a red lipstick, Ruby Woo comes to mind! It’s probably the most flattering bright red lipstick in the world, other than Viva Glam I, which is deeper and more neutral, so if you need a good red it’s worth checking out!

Ruby Woo feels a little dry because it’s a Retro Matte, but it still doesn’t tug on the lips… It does apply easiest and most evenly over something like Prep + Prime Lip or just make sure your lips are lightly moisturized first (but not with something too slippery and vaseline/carmex feeling). Color payoff is obviously fantastic and true to tube color. Coverage is equally great and full with little product applied. I usually get 7-8 hours of wear time without using a liner, and closer to 8-9 with one!

Liners:   MAC actually makes a Ruby Woo liner now, so that one is perfect! You can also use Cherry, which is another bright, true red Lip Pencil and the liner that most everyone used with this lipstick for many, many years. For more contrast, try Brick or BurgundyCurrant, Vino, or even Nightmoth will also work for a more vampy ombre look… Another option if you want an even longer wear time is Kiss Me Quick Pro Longwear Lip Pencil.

Dupes:   Russian Red is darker and more subdued. RiRi Woo (LE – RiRi Hearts MAC – Summer & Fall 2013) is pretty similar, maybe a bit more blue based. Melt’s Belladonna 2 is close, but a little brighter.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Velvet Teddy

Velvet Teddy

Velvet Teddy

Velvet Teddy

Velvet Teddy

Velvet Teddy

Velvet Teddy:   This is a “deep tone beige” with a Matte finish… It’s a medium, peachy beige with warm undertones and a soft matte finish… It has a slightly creamy sheen that fades into more of a matte a little while after you apply it.

Velvet Teddy feels quite smooth and applies evenly. Color payoff is a little peachier and less beige on the lips than it is in the tube, but that’s because the natural color of lips. Even though some natural lip color may warm up this lipstick a bit, it’s still very opaque and provides full coverage. Like most matte lipsticks, the only fading/unevenness tends to happen in the very center of the lip. Wear time is 6+ hours without a liner and 7+ with one.

Liners:   Like Kinda Sexy, you can use nearly any nude/neutral liner with this lipstick… For people with light to medium skin tones or someone not wanting much contrast, you can use Subculture, Boldly Bare, or Spice. If you have a medium dark to deep skin tone, I suggest something more like Chestnut, which may cool it down but is a great neutral for darker skin tones, or Auburn if you want something a bit warmer.

Dupes:   Kinda Sexy is more of a pinky-peach. Honeylove is lighter and cooler. Yash (PRO) is a little darker and more cool toned. Cozy Up (LE – Apres Chic – Winter 2012) is warmer.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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