MAC The Matte Lip 2015 – Part 2

On to Part 2 of this trilogy of posts for MAC’s newest Matte Lip collection! While these typically release in the fall and contain limited colors, MAC went ahead and released these for the summer season this year and ALL of the colors will remain permanent! Every one of the lipsticks in this post, aside from Instigator, are brand new and have never been released, so you’ll definitely want to take a peek at these!

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.

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!

Another Note: Some photos may vary with the way they look and there might be lighting differences. I pulled some photos of Instigator from a past post, and since I received all of these lipsticks on different days, I didn’t do the individual photographs at the exact same time with the same lighting.

So without further ado, here are the NEW Matte Lipsticks!!

Left to Right: Antique Velvet, D for Danger, Instigator, Men Love Mystery, Naturally Transformed, Persistence

Left to Right: Antique Velvet, D for Danger, Instigator, Men Love Mystery, Naturally Transformed, Persistence

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 all of these are Mattes, you’re going to get awesome color payoff, pigmentation, and wear time with a velvety matte finish… Sometimes with matte lipsticks, especially really bright, nude, and darker colors, they can emphasize dry or chapped areas on your lips… I try to exfoliate my lips once or twice a week to eliminate any dry spots, 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.

Note: The weird stuff on the lipsticks in these photos is just condensation! They were on a hot UPS truck all day so they were a little sweaty when they got here… If you ever get lipsticks like this, don’t worry, there’s nothing wrong with them!

The Matte Lip 2015 pt 2 Labels

Left to Right: Antique Velvet, D for Danger, Instigator, Men Love Mystery, Naturally Transformed, Persistence

Left to Right: Antique Velvet, D for Danger, Instigator, Men Love Mystery, Naturally Transformed, Persistence

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

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

Antique Velvet

Antique Velvet

Antique Velvet

Antique Velvet

Antique Velvet

Antique Velvet

Antique Velvet

Antique Velvet

Antique Velvet:   Antique Velvet is an “intense brown” with a Matte finish… It’s a dark, chocolatey brown with warm undertones and a soft matte finish. Since this is a normal Matte and not a Retro Matte, it has more of a sheen to begin with, which turns into more of a true matte a little while after you apply it.

The texture of this lipstick feels very creamy when applied and goes on smoothly. The only issue is that since it’s a dark matte, it can show dry spots on the lips, as you can probably see in the photo above. Color payoff looks pretty darn close to how it appears in the tube, though maybe a tiny bit lighter once applied. Coverage is about 95% opaque, only having slight issues in the very center of the lip, which is common with Mattes. You can usually fix that by drying your lip a bit before applying your primer and/or lipstick. Wear time is about 6 hours without a liner and closer to 7 with one. I only noticed some fading in the center of the lip after about 3-4 hours but that’s an easy touchup!

Liners:   If you want a liner that won’t show much contrast and just keep everything in place, you could go with something lighter than the actual lipstick, such as Chestnut Lip Pencil, since it’s a pretty neutral type of brown. If you’d like to warm things up, you can use Mahogany. If you want to add some more purple/plummy tones and contrast, you can even try something like Vino or Nightmoth, but the BEST match I’ve found for a liner is Bittersweet Pro Longwear Lip Pencil, which will also help your lipstick wear longer.

Dupes:   Media is about the closest dupe I could find, but it has a Satin finish and more reddish/plum undertones. Talk That Talk (LE – RiRi Hearts MAC – Fall 2013) is darker and has a more blackened plum undertone, but at least has a Retro Matte finish.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

D For Danger

D for Danger

D For Danger

D for Danger

D For Danger

D for Danger

D For Danger

D for Danger

D for Danger:   This lipstick is described as a “brick red” and has a Matte finish… It’s actually more of a bold, medium-dark red with cool, raspberry undertones. Like the other Mattes in this collection, it applies with a soft, creamy sheen that fades to a true matte within about 30-60 minutes. This color can also be applied really softly by dabbing it on to make it look more like a subtle stain.

This lipstick feels very creamy and goes on easily without any tugging… It doesn’t show dry areas on the lips too badly either, especially for a bold color. Color payoff is intense, but it looks a little brighter and more pinky on the lips than it does in the tube. Coverage is totally opaque with very little product applied. I got about 6 hours of wear without a liner and slightly longer with one.

Liners:   What liner you use with this depends on what tones you’d like to emphasize… If you want something nearly the same color, you can use Lip Pencils like Beet or Talking Points. To bring out the more reddish tones, try Cherry or Brick. You can also opt for a deeper liner for a more dramatic ombre look, like Currant, Nightingale, Vino, or Nightmoth. For a longer wearing liner, you could go with Trust In Red Pro Longwear Lip Pencil.

Dupes:   To be totally honest, D For Danger is pretty unique… The closest dupe I found for both color and texture is Pleasurebomb (LE – RiRi Hearts MAC – Holiday 2013), but that one is still lighter, brighter, and more pink. Fashion Revival (LE – The Matte Lip – Fall 2014) is a little deeper and more pink as well.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Instigator (after being used for a while)

Instigator

Instigator

Instigator

Instigator (new)

Instigator
(new)

Instigator

Instigator

Instigator:   This lipstick is a “deep blackened plum” with a Matte finish… It’s a deep blackened purple/plum with some subtle, warmer wine stained undertones, so even though it’s really dark, it won’t give you that totally goth, washed out look. It has a barely there sheen at first that turns much more matte very quickly. I am SO excited that they brought this color back as permanent, since it’s one of my favorite dark lip colors and I feel like it’s wearable by more people than something like Cyber is. Originally, Instigator was released with the Punk Couture collection in late December 2013/early January 2014.

The texture of Instigator is pretty smooth, but is a little drier than the other Mattes in this collection, so make sure you prime those lips before application! Color payoff is a little lighter and more purple than it looks in the tube. Coverage is mostly opaque, only looking a little sheer on the very center of the lip. Wear time is pretty good, being a little over 6 hours without a liner and closer to 7 or more with one. The only fading I noticed after a little while was right in the center of the lip, where it tends to apply more lightly anyway.

Liners:   You definitely want to wear a liner with a dark lipstick like this! There aren’t a ton to choose from that are very similar, but a few of my favorite Lip Pencils (from lightest to darkest) are Vino, Nightmoth, or Cyber World.

Dupes:   Smoked Purple is similar, but is cooler toned. Cyber is also cooler toned, darker, and has a Satin finish.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Men Love Mystery

Men Love Mystery

Men Love Mystery

Men Love Mystery

Men Love Mystery

Men Love Mystery

Men Love Mystery

Men Love Mystery

Men Love Mystery:   Men Love Mystery is a “lavender violet” which has a Matte finish… It’s a medium, soft lavender/purple with very slightly pinkish undertones and a subtle sheen that dries down to more matte after about half an hour. What I really like about this lipstick is that the pinkish undertones are warmer, while the overall color of the lipstick is cooler, which makes it kind of adjust to pick up the undertones of your own skin, making it flattering on anyone. Most of the time, I’m not drawn to colors like this because they don’t always look right on me, but Men Love Mystery won me over!

The texture of this lipstick feels creamier than most of the others in this collection do, making it easy to apply and unlikely to show any dry or chapped spots, but causing it to take a little longer to set as a true matte finish. Color payoff is intense and looks almost exactly how it does in the tube. Coverage is totally opaque using very little product. With this lipstick, I only got about 5 hours of wear without a liner, and just over 6 with one, but that’s probably due to the creamier texture.

Liners:   The most similar liner I’ve found is Fashion Boost Pro Longwear Lip Pencil, which is great because it’s also long wearing! You can also try Lip Pencils like Magenta, which is a little darker and more pinky/magenta, or Heroine, which is darker and more purple. If you want something to create an ombre lip or more vampy type of look, try Currant, Vino, or Nightmoth.

Dupes:   Heroine is darker and more purple, but has the same type of finish. Up The Amp is lighter, cooler, and has an Amplified finish. RiRi Boy (LE – RiRi Hearts MAC – Summer 2013) is barely darker and warmer, but is SUPER close and has a Retro Matte finish, so it’s actually drier and more matte than Men Love Mystery is.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Naturally Transformed

Naturally Transformed

Naturally Transformed

Naturally Transformed

Naturally Transformed

Naturally Transformed

Naturally Transformed

Naturally Transformed

Naturally Transformed:   This is a “muted golden beige” with a Matte finish… It’s a light to light-medium, mostly warm toned golden beige-nude with yellow undertones that can make it appear a bit cooler toned at times, especially if you have a cooler, more yellow based skin tone. It doesn’t have a lot of sheen at first, so it doesn’t take long to look like a true matte. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of this shade on myself, but I’m thinking I just haven’t found the perfect liner to go with it just yet… However, I do think this would make a lovely nude on medium to dark skin tones, especially with a warmer toned liner.

As I said, Naturally Transformed looks pretty matte to begin with, but the texture is still pretty creamy and glides on without showing dry areas. Color payoff is great, but definitely warmer and less yellow on the lips than it looks in the tube. Coverage is pretty good and mostly opaque, with only some blotchiness in the center of the lip. Like Men Love Mystery, this lipstick only gave me around 5 hours of wear with no liner and closer to 6 with one.

Liners:   Like I said, I haven’t really found the perfect Lip Pencil for my own taste yet, but here are a few that do work with this color and you might like! Of course you can use something like Subculture or Boldly Bare for a barely-there type of liner that will warm up this lipstick a bit. Stripdown would work as well, and is cooler toned. HoverCork, Oak, and Chestnut are all good medium neutrals too… I honestly think the key to being able to rock this lipstick is having a good neutral liner that works with your skin tone without cooling down the tone of this lipstick too much.

Dupes:   Yash (PRO) is warmer and a little darker… That’s the closest dupe I’ve found so far since Naturally Transformed is pretty different! If you know of another please leave it in the comments below!

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Persistence

Persistence

Persistence

Persistence

Persistence

Persistence

Persistence

Persistence

Persistence:   Persistence is a “peachy cinnamon” and has a Matte finish… It’s a medium, spicy peachy nude with subtle, warm terra-cotta undertones and a creamy matte finish that sets to a true matte pretty quickly. I love this color because it reminds me of the lipsticks that were so popular in the 90’s and seen on iconic supermodels like Cindy Crawford. There’s just something about this type of color that’s timeless and universally flattering on people of all skin tones and ages.

The texture feels smooth and silky for a Matte and doesn’t emphasize dry areas at all. Color payoff is fantastic, but tends to look less orangey on the lips than it does in the tube. Coverage is about 95% opaque, only showing some sheerness on the center of the lip. Wear time was just about 6 hours without a liner and closer to 7 with one.

Liners:   My absolute favorite Lip Pencil with this lipstick is Spice! If you wanted to go a little lighter, you could use Boldly Bare. Staunchly Stylish Pro Longwear Lip Pencil also works well. If you have a medium-dark to deeper skin tone, you can also try Chestnut, Auburn, Mahogany, or Morning Coffee Pro Longwear Lip Pencil if you’d like a longer wear time.

Dupes:   Mocha is similar, but a little more peachy-pink and has a Satin finish. Half ‘N Half is cooler toned and has an Amplified finish. Bad Girl RiRi (LE – RiRi Hearts MAC – Fall 2013) is close, but darker and more brown.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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1 comment
  1. V said:

    Love matte lipsticks. Thank you for being so thorough with this!

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