MAC has relaunched their Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallic range! The 12 original shades are back, plus 3 new colors. MAC kindly sent me the Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallics Vault*, so I’m sharing my thoughts and swatches of this amazing metallic liquid lipstick line!
Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallic
What it is: A lip colour that provides a jolt of pure matte metallic colour in a liquid-suede finish that lasts and lasts.
These liquid lipsticks are supposed to be long-wearing, matte, and metallic.
Matte and metallic? At the same time? How does that work?
Shades + Swatches
There are 15 shades in the lineup, ranging from neutral to bold:
Coral Plated – orange
Foiled – rose bronze
Metrochrome – gold bronze
Quartzette – beige
Pearl Punk – dusty pink
Softly Rockin’ – soft pinky beige
Gemz & Roses – bronze rose
Metallic Rose – rose gold
Buzzed Out – fuchsia pink
In Retrograde – yellow red
Love Weapon – deep blue-red
Crowned – blackened purple
Atomized – violet
Moon Landing – blue
Silver Spoon – gunmetal
Swatches below are on my arm, taken in direct sunlight.
I’m a big fan of MAC’s liquid lipstick range, which I’ve previously reviewed here on the blog. I found them long-wearing and easy to apply. They aren’t the most drying formula for liquid lipstick, but they’re not hydrating.
The applicator is the same doe foot with a precision tip for corners and tough spots. With my thin lips, I pretty much rely on this pointed tip.
The consistency is the same as the liquid lipsticks: not too thick, not too thin. Dry down time is the same as well (about a minute). The only difference is that the metallic shades have micro-shimmer for the metallic finish.
As expected, the bold shades are better with 2 coats for even coverage. The lighter/neutral shades are good to go in one swipe.
Since these are liquid lipsticks, it’s best to prep lips beforehand by exfoliating and using lip balm to prevent dryness. If I don’t prep my lips, I notice some settling into my lip lines.
Metallic lipsticks are all the rage, but the matte finish makes these pretty unique.
MAC’s liquid lipsticks are among my favorites because they are long-wearing without being unbearably drying. These metallic liquid lipsticks have the same great formula!
Of course, I especially enjoy the more neutral shades, like Pearl Punk, Softly Rockin’, Gemz & Roses, and Metallic Rose. I find these metallic liquid lipsticks to be pretty wearable on a typical day. I also really love Atomized, the bold purple, for a fun pop!
I love the idea of the vault too. Each lipstick has a spot in an acrylic holder with a cover to keep them dust-free, but visible. Perfect for display!
Just a note: several of the shades (12) are listed as “limited life” on MAC’s website: Atomized, Buzzed Out, Coral Plated, Crowned, Foiled, In Retrograde, Love Weapon, Metrochrome, Moon Landing, Pearl Punk, Silver Spoon, and Softly Rockin’. All of the liquid lipsticks are available on several websites and I did not see an end-date of availability in the press sample package. The “limited life” claim is the only indication I have seen that these are possibly limited edition. I will update if I can confirm either way.
Each Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallic retails for $21 for 0.17 oz.
The Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallics Vault retails for $250 ($315 value) on the MAC site.
How do you feel about the metallic lips trend? ↓