Mac Retro Matte Lipsticks in Relentlessly Red and Flat Out Fabulous Reviews, Photos w/ Swatches
A collection inspired by the success of Mac Ruby and Riri Woo, Mac Cosmetics launches their Retro Matte Collection this Fall 2013. Retro Matte lipsticks differ from the regular matte lipsticks, since they are “matt-er” than usual and offers higher longevity. Some people are turned off in using matte lipsticks, since they tend to suck the moisture out of your lips and you feel uneasy throughout the day because you can’t help but check how your lips are doing. Personally, I do have a love and hate relationship with the retro matte and matte lipsticks. It’s comparable to a very needy boyfriend. You just can’t help but get bothered through the course of your day. But after a lot of techniques and determination, I was able to tame this bad boy. And now, I am obsessed whether its a matte, retro matte or semi-matte lipstick, I can definitely handle it.
Mac Relentlessly Red is described as a matte bright pinkish coral. It appears as a coral red with neutral undertones on my lips. It averages 9.5 hours of wear (unbelievable!) and has left a stain on my lips for the next 3 hours. It got a minimal transfer but not to the point of calling it “kiss-proof.” The best formulation for Mac’s Matte lipsticks I’ve tried so far, which is almost comparable to the Givenchy Le Rouge minus the hydration. It is non-hydrating and starts to feel drying on the 5th hour of wear. The application is great and glides with ease, considering it’s a matte formulation, without pulling or tugging my lips.
Mac Flat Out Fabulous is described as a matte bright plum. It appears as a fuchsia plum with cool undertones on my lips. It averages 9.5 hours (Whoah!) of wear on me and also left a stain for the next 3 hours. In terms of its application, it tugs a lil bit on my lips but not too drastic and doesn’t glide as easily as the Mac Relentlessly Red one. It got way much less transfer than Mac Relentlessly Red, almost to the point of calling it, “kiss-proof.” It is also non-hydrating and starts to feel drying on the 4th hour of wear.
The Bottom Line:
I gave this rating because I just want to be objective and not compare this with the mattes and semi-matte lipsticks out in the market these days, because Retro Mattes are “matt-er” than your regular matte lipstick. So my expectations for it, they should be non-creamy therefore non-hydrating and can be very drying. However, it is drying but not to the point that it gives me the “cactus lip” effect. I love how the impact of these retro mattes on my lips, as they almost look like a second skin. It also survived after I had 4 coffee breaks, eating breakfast (bacon and poached eggs) and lunch (meatloaf and mashed potatoes with gravy). You do have to do some lip prep before you even think of applying the product. The most effective lip scrub I’ve used, is a warm washcloth. Also, apply generous amounts of lip balm and I use EOS for that. Overall, I am very satisfied how Mac has changed the usual formulation of their retro matte lipsticks. These two that I have tried are way better in performance compared with my Mac Ruby Woo and Riri Woo. Great job Mac!
What’s your favorite Mac Retro Matte shade?
Charisma’s Rating: A (overall)
Overall Quality: 9/10 Formula: 9/10 Pigmentation: 10/10 Application: 8.5/10 Longevity: 10/10
Price: $15.00 /3 g. / 0.10 oz. tube
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