MAC recently (finally) launched their Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour line, about two weeks ago. As soon as I heard I knew I had to jump on ordering! With MAC it seems like they launch their products in a whisper and the word of mouth suddenly takes over and before you know it, the product is sold out. As far as I know, they’ve still got most of them in stock, but I could tell traffic on their site was picking up when I was ready to check out because I had to enter my card information multiple times before they would confirm my order.
Since I had been a very naughty girl over the holiday break I felt guilty even buying any of these so I tried to be diplomatic and limit myself to just one. And my Ruby Woo looks like it got into a fight with a wood chipper and I am in desperate need of a replacement so I chose the color that I felt was closest–Feels So Grand. To my eyes I’d describe it as a blue based richly vibrant red.
I ordered on December 28th, 2015 and received on January 6th, 2016 and selected the gift packaging (I justified this as a birthday gift to myself). It came in a cool plastic drawstring backpack but the personalized note that I wrote to myself had a typo in it, not sure if that was my doing or their’s.
The cap looks like a typical tube of their regular lipstick, which I thought was kind of cool since I see most brands replicating the same silver cap, silver writing style for their liquid lipsticks. But I also thought if you’re like me and you have a million lipsticks just chilling at the bottom of your purse or makeup bag, it might get a little bit deceiving. Fortunately enough, the tube of lipstick itself is just like other lipsticks–see through, so you can easily identify the color inside. Not very inventive but MAC will probably re-release these at some point redesigned with limited edition packaging so I’m assuming that was the thought behind their simplicity.
The applicator is a wide doe-foot, similar to an acorn shape; pointed at the tip and wider in the center. This helps to apply more lipstick at once. If you have very thin, pre-Juvederm Kylie Jenner lips I can see this being a problem for you.
Can I just say that the formula applies like a dream. It is incredibly creamy and rich feeling on the lips. You know how with some liquid lipsticks you put them on and immediately feel like you chopped your lips off and threw them in the Mojave Desert? Yeah, these don’t feel like that. I wouldn’t quite go as far as to say they are moisturizing, but they are really comfortable to wear.
With that said, since the formula is so creamy I did see a little transfer action from my lips to my teeth throughout the day. This is the only liquid lipstick that I’ve tried that I have had that experience with which is something of a let down. Oh well, you can’t have it all. But where other lipsticks accentuate my fine lines, this one very slightly camouflaged them, so that was nice.
It is definitely a long wearing formula, at least a whole work day if you don’t eat or drink anything, but these are most certainly not kiss proof. Don’t kiss with these at all unless you want to leave a perfect kiss mark. Not a problem for me because I don’t get kissed but for those of you that aren’t miserably single…something to consider.
I do believe this color is the same as Ruby Woo. It is one of those blue based reds that flatters every skin tone and makes teeth look whiter. I did apply this with a brown liner but no lip balm or anything else on my lips so the wear time and comfort is totally accurate.
For those of you who aren’t aware I tend to use the Colour Pop liquid lippies pretty frequently. Though my experience with those started off pretty rough in the beginning, they are the most consistently worn liquid lipsticks that I own and the bulk of my liquid lipsticks are Colour Pop. Partly because they are ridiculously inexpensive, but also because they offer a variety of shades and swatches on their website and 9 times out of 10 I enjoy the formula and color payoff. The Colour Pop ultra mattes are priced at $6 and the MAC ones are $20 each. Of course MAC is a very reputable brand with their roots firmly placed in the cosmetics industry, so they can demand that larger price point. And as I do enjoy the look and feel of these more than say, Lime Crime, I am willing to pay the cost. Even so, they only launched 15 shades and of those I would say only half are wearable for me.
I don’t need any more lipsticks. And I tell myself this everyday. But if you’re asking if I would buy this again, like if I absolutely had to because my lipstick addiction is just too severe then yes. Yes. I would.
I have it on good authority that these have not launched yet in stores but they should very soon. So for now I am already wondering when my next order will take place. If I do purchase more you can be sure I will post a review here for you. Until then, keep calm and get your lipstick on.