MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

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MAC Cosmetics recently released their new Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour, which has had manymakeup addicts waiting with baited breath, particularly due to the surge in popularity of liquid lipsticks. MAC describe their Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour as having a liquid-suede finish that is impossible to forget. There is a line-up of fifteen stunning shades- some are standard whilst others are distinctive, but all are robustly saturated and desirable.

I tried two shades, namely Recollection and Feels So Grand. The latter is said to be a deep true red, however I would describe it as a medium post-box red- a classic red in other words. Feels So Grand has a subtly warm undertone that is appropriate for the coming season and appears well on every skin tone on which it is applied. Recollection is an intense, bright violet - I would describe it as more of a true purple rather than being violet. There is something which feels so grand about purple on darker skin tones and so I have been getting a lot of wear from this shade. Some people may think this is difficult to wear, as it bears no hint of red or pink, but it works exceptionally well with pink cheeks and a classic cat eye, and offers an edgy alternative to traditional red, pink or brown lips.

You’ll be pleased to know that the retro aspect is definitely more aimed towards the shade selection rather than the formulation, consistency and finish of the product, since the quality of all these elements set a new standard in the industry. In recollection, I have never come across a matte liquid lipcolour that does not cake, dry the lips or apply as evenly as MAC’s latest offering. It has a solid, highly pigmented and opaque finish, whilst feeling comfortably soft- even creamy- on the lips, even though the finish is a true matte one. I do get a bit of transfer of this product to the teeth when wearing it, but put this down to the supreme saturation of the product.

This liquid lipstick has a very long lasting ability, being powerfully strong for at least six or seven hours, and lasts even through eating and drinking. The applicator comes in the form of a flat, wide doe-foot one that is subtly dented in the centre to allow less product on the outer edges of the lips, and more everywhere else. The applicator makes the process of application effortless and rids of the idea that a lip pencil is necessary with bold lip colours, due to the precision that this Lipcolour gives. The tubes tie in nicely with MAC’s standard lipsticks, and I like the transparent aspect so you can easily differentiate between shades.

Overall, I feel that MAC have done an excellent job with their new baby. Because liquid lipcolours from other brands tend to be drying or streaky, I usually steer clear from them, so I’m thrilled that MAC have introduced a high-quality alternative.

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MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour is priced at £21.00.

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