MAC The Matte Lip 2015 – Part 3

Finally, here’s the third and last post for the Matte Lip collection! This is probably my favorite of the three posts because it has all of my favorite lipsticks in it! Stone and Whirl are definitely something that everyone has been looking forward to, and are two of the three new colors in this post (the other being Tropic Tonic). Studded Kiss, Steady Going, and Runway Hit have been released in the past but sold really well, so I’m glad they brought them back. All of the lipsticks in this collection will remain permanent, so even if your local MAC is sold out of one or two of them, you’ll be able to get it soon! I know that Stone and Whirl are selling out like crazy, but I’ve been told that restocks won’t take long, even online.

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 in appearance and lighting. 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… My apologies that some of these look a little ratchet too… Obviously because some of these are repromotes, I’ve worn them a bit! Also, the photos of the repromoted lipsticks on my lips are from past posts. It’s pretty hard on my lips to try on like 20 lipsticks in one day, so I’ll do whatever I can to spare them!

Left to Right: Runway Hit, Steady Going, Stone, Studded Kiss, Tropic Tonic, Whirl

Left to Right: Runway Hit, Steady Going, Stone, Studded Kiss, Tropic Tonic, Whirl

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 or Retro mattes, you’re going to get awesome color payoff, pigmentation, and wear time with a velvety matte finish… Retro Mattes are slightly drier and more pigmented than Mattes are, and they typically wear a little longer, but it’s not a super drastic difference between the two finishes. 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 3 Lipstick Labels

Left to Right: Runway Hit, Steady Going, Stone, Studded Kiss, Tropic Tonic, Whirl

Left to Right: Runway Hit, Steady Going, Stone, Studded Kiss, Tropic Tonic, Whirl

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

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

Runway Hit

Runway Hit

Runway Hit

Runway Hit

Runway Hit

Runway Hit

Runway Hit

Runway Hit

Runway Hit:   This lipstick is described as a “light nude matte” with a Retro Matte finish… It’s a light-medium, warm, peachy coral nude with a velvety matte finish. Since it’s a Retro Matte, there’s very little sheen when you first apply this lipstick like there is with a lot of Mattes. I love this color because it’s bright, but not so bright that it can’t be worn for a softer type of daytime look… It also works well on pretty much everyone, no matter what your age or skin tone. Runway Hit was originally released with the Retro Matte collection in Fall of 2013.

The texture of this lipstick is smooth and applies pretty easily for a Retro Matte. It can emphasize dry areas on the lips since it’s light and bright, so be sure to prime your lips first if they’re at all chapped! Color payoff is intense, but can look slightly more pink once applied due to the natural color of your lips. Coverage is almost completely opaque, only having some sheerness on the center of the lip. Wear time is fantastic… This lipstick wore for over 6 hours with no liner and about 7 1/2 with one.

Liners:   If you’d like a liner that’s a pretty close match to this lipstick, I suggest trying out Fruit Cocktail Lip Pencil, which is new. For a slightly darker, more coral liner, you could go with Lasting Sensation. You can also just use something neutral like Subculture or Boldly Bare if you don’t really want any color and just want to keep the lipstick from fading.

Dupes:   Reel Sexy (LE – MAC is Beauty – Spring 2015) is close, but has an Amplified finish and is a little bit brighter and more coral. Vegas Volt is another Amplified finish lipstick that’s kinda close, but darker, brighter, and more coral. Sushi Kiss is lighter, brighter, and has a Satin finish. Summer from Melt is lighter and more pastel, but at least has a super matte finish.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

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

Steady Going:   Steady Going is a “light pink matte” with a Retro Matte finish… It’s a light-medium, bright candy pink with cool, almost lavender-ish undertone and a truly matte finish from the start. Like Runway Hit, this lipstick is bright, but still soft, so you can apply it lightly or wear it with a liner that’s not too intense for a more subtle look. This color is one of the repromotes from the Retro Matte collection of Fall 2013.

This lipstick feels drier than some others in this collection and tugged at my lips a little when I applied it without a primer… With a primer, I had no problems! Color payoff is great and looks just as pigmented on the lips as it does in the tube. Coverage is really good too and goes on totally opaque. For me, wear time runs about 6 hours without a liner and just over 7 with one.

Liners:   Shock Value Pro Longwear Lip Pencil is my favorite to use with this lipstick… It’s a very similar color and wears for about 8 hours. As for regular Lip Pencils, you can go with Hip ‘N’ Happy, which is a light, cool toned pink, or even Talking Points, Candy Yum-Yum, or Magenta if you want to add more color and contrast for an ombre look.

Dupes:   Raspberry Swirl (LE – Baking Beauties – Spring 2013) is similar, but cooler toned and has a Cremesheen finish. Pink Nouveau is also cooler toned and has a Satin finish, but is at least permanent. Real Doll (LE – MAC is Beauty – Spring 2015) is lighter, cooler, and has a Lustre finish.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Stone

Stone

Stone

Stone

Stone

Stone
This one had a lot of condensation left on it from shipping… Sorry!

Stone

Stone

Stone:   Stone is a “muted greyish taupe brown” with a Matte finish… It’s a medium, to medium-dark (depending how heavily you apply it), mostly cool toned greyish taupe with warmer brown undertones and a soft matte finish. It has some sheen at first which fades into more of a true matte within about 15-20 minutes. Stone is the type of lipstick that everyone has been begging for and looking forward to for a very long time! So many people have been wearing the Lip Pencil in Stone as a matte lipstick, so I’m super excited that they turned it into an actual lipstick! This is one of my favorite colors from this entire collection.

Stone feels smooth and creamy for a Matte and applies easily. Color payoff is great and looks pretty much just like it does in the tube. When applied, there can be a teeny bit of sheerness in the very center of the lip, but it’s mostly opaque. Wear time is about 5 hours without a liner and just over 6 with one.

Liners:   Stone is the obvious choice for a Lip Pencil, since it matches this lipstick perfectly… If you’d like something a little lighter that’s the same tone and will basically just keep your lipstick in place, you can try Stripdown. For a darker liner that has some cooler brown tones, Chestnut works. If you’d like to warm it up a bit, you can use something like Oak or Hover. To add more contrast and plum/wine tones and a more vampy look, I like to go with Plum or Nightmoth. For a longer wear time with a deeper, brownish toned liner, you can use Bittersweet Pro Longwear Lip Pencil… Basically, you can play around with tons of different liners to create new looks with this lipstick, so have fun with it!

Dupes:   Taupe is warmer and more peachy-brown. Yash (PRO) is lighter, warmer, and more nude. Nude (LE – RiRi Hearts MAC – Fall 2013) is close, but a little warmer. Exclusive Event (LE – Divine Night – Holiday 2013) is really similar, maybe a little lighter and cooler, but has a Satin finish.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Studded Kiss

Studded Kiss

Studded Kiss

Studded Kiss

Studded Kiss This photo was taken a while back when it was still new.

Studded Kiss
This photo was taken a while back when it was new.

Studded Kiss

Studded Kiss

Studded Kiss:   This lipstick is described as a “dark oxblood red” with a Matte finish… It’s a dark, intense, mostly neutral blood red with some subtle warm, almost brownish/brick undertones. It has a creamy matte finish that initially applies with quite a bit of a sheen, but turns more matte after about half an hour. This is a really wearable red because it’s bold, but still somewhat subdued since it’s a deeper shade of red. It’s really pretty on all skin tones, so if you like reds, this is worth picking up!

As I mentioned, the texture is very creamy, so it glides on easily and evenly. Color payoff is bold and looks just like it does in the tube. Coverage is fully opaque without having to apply much product. Since this is a creamier type of matte, wear time is only about 5 hours without a liner and closer to 6 with one. I mostly just noticed some fading in the center of my lip after a few hours or eating/drinking.

Liners:   Pretty much any of your deep, rich red liners will work with this lipstick… A few Lip Pencils I like to use are Brick or Burgundy. You can also create a more ombre look by using something deeper and more purple/wine toned like Currant, Vino, or Nightmoth.

Dupes:   Diva is the closest permanent dupe I’ve found, but is a little darker and has a more wine stained undertone. Dubonnet is close, but lighter and has a slightly berry undertone and an Amplified finish. Stunner (LE – Nasty Gal – Winter 2014) is close but slightly brighter.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Tropic Tonic

Tropic Tonic

Tropic Tonic

Tropic Tonic

Tropic Tonic

Tropic Tonic

Tropic Tonic

Tropic Tonic

Tropic Tonic:   Tropic Tonic is a “full power coral” and has a Matte finish… It’s a medium, bright, warm toned coral with a true matte finish from the start… I’m not usually a coral lip type of girl, but even though this lipstick is really bright, it still has a softness to it that makes it easy to wear for just about anyone. I promise that you NEED this lipstick for summer!

The texture feels a little more dry than the other Mattes in this collection, but it still applies very easily without tugging. It also doesn’t seem to show dry areas as much as a lot of light to medium, bright lipsticks do. Color payoff is definitely intense and true to the color it is in the tube. Coverage is awesome and looks completely opaque. I got just about 6 hours of wear without a liner and close to 7 with one, only noticing some fading in the middle of my lips.

Liners:   Lasting Sensation Lip Pencil is a near perfect match for this lipstick. I also like Redd (orange-red) and Cherry (bright true red) blended in for a very soft ombre look. If you’d like a longer wear time and a more orange liner, you can try the Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in What A Blast.

Dupes:   Reel Sexy (LE – MAC is Beauty – Spring 2015) is very similar but has an Amplified finish. Vegas Volt is another Amplified lipstick that’s close, but a bit deeper with more pinky-coral undertones. Sushi Kiss is a bit softer, lighter, and has a Satin finish.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Whirl

Whirl

Whirl

Whirl

Whirl

Whirl

Whirl

Whirl

Whirl:   Whirl is a “dirty rose” with a Matte finish… It’s a medium, mostly neutral rosy pink with some subtle, warm brownish undertones and a soft matte finish. It can actually look a little cool toned on some people, or with certain liners, so I like how versatile this lipstick is. Like Stone, this is one of the colors in this collection that was originally a Lip Pencil and I’m pretty sure that liner was sold out just about everywhere for a while when everyone had to have the “Kylie Jenner lip”… Thankfully, this is a lipstick now! I believe this may be sold out online at the moment, but since it’s permanent, it will be available again very soon!

This lipstick has a very creamy texture that’s easy to apply, despite the fact that it’s pretty matte. Color payoff is great, but it does tend to look more pink on the lips and less brown, due to the natural color of lips. Coverage is totally opaque and even. I got about 5 hours of wear if I didn’t apply a liner, and just over 6 when I wore one. The great thing about this lipstick is that even when it starts to fade, you don’t notice since it’s a more natural lip type of color.

Liners:   Since Whirl is the Lip Pencil this was made to match, you can obviously use that. For a warmer neutral, Boldly Bare would work, or even Stripdown or Subculture. If you want to cool this down, you can use Stone, Plum, or even Chestnut.

Dupes:   Persistence is warmer and more brown toned. Bad Girl RiRi (LE – RiRi Hearts MAC – Holiday 2013) is warmer and more pink. Kinda Sexy is warmer and more of a peachy-nude pink.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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