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Saturday, September 07, 2013

MAC Retro Matte Collection Reviewed

MAC Retro Matte Collection


I do apologise if the title is somewhat (okay rather) misleading as I haven't bought all eight shades from the newly launched MAC Retro Matte collection but I did pick up two of the limited edition shades. From what I have gathered four of the shades along with MAC Ruby Woo (review link) are permanent and the other three are limited edition. Again to the best of my knowledge the L.E shades are :Steady Going, Runway Hit and Fixed on Drama - although the majority of the collection has sold out I have it in good faith it will be replenished asap.

MAC Retro Matte Collection
MAC Retro Matte Collection


Let's skip glossing over the packaging which is of standard MAC styling and focus on the new shades each of which has been "inspired by Ruby Woo's overwhelming popularity and one-of-a-kind texture". If you have yet to try such shade or formula let me elaborate - yes this is easily the most matte lip formula that not only MAC provide but also that I have ever encountered. As it is truly matte I have found that it can tug and pull a little on the lips and has a slightly waxy texture that can cling to dry patches. However what the waxy texture does allow the lipstick to fully cling to the lips and wear true for close to four hours, there's not many lipstick formula's you can say that about. Yes it is a little drying but the wear time and beauty of the shades both old and new more than compensate for that - no bleeding, feathering just bold matte lips, what is not to love?

MAC Retro Matte Collection
MAC Retro Matte Collection
MAC Retro Matte Collection
MAC Retro Matte Collection
MAC Retro Matte Collection
MAC Retro Matte Collection
MAC Retro Matte Collection
MAC Retro Matte Collection
MAC Retro Matte Collection

 Above shades are shown in alphabetical order: Runway Hit and then Steady Going


I went for the two lightest shaded (creature of habit) Runway Hit which is listed as a "light nude matte" and Steady Going which has been described as a "light pink". In my opinion Runway Hit is not at all nude but rather a dusky pink and somewhat akin to the likes of MAC Angel - a very me and pretty shade but not your typical nude in the slightest. My other choice which was bought on a whim is Steady Going which is a light blue based pink and perhaps a little too stark for my skin tone - it a smidgen similar to the likes of MAC St Germain (which seems to have been discontinued?) and Pink Friday but matte. If none of the lipstick shades in this collection appeal to you it may be worth your while investigating the newly launched lip pencils - the shade Shock Value looks like the perfect liner to pair with Candy Yum Yum.

All the shades (apart from Ruby Woo) have sold out via MAC but some will be back soon and sooner or later the collective will creep on to both Selfridges and Debenhams as well as counters.

P.S I want to spruce up my lip swatching style, any ideas would be more than welcomed.
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24 comments:

  1. Love the first one, was looking at these earlier - so gutted they had sold out!
    www.lost-in-wonderland.co.uk

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  2. These are the two that I've had my eye on but I couldn't find any decent swatches anywhere, you are my hero right now but not my bank balances because I'm going to have to purchase after seeing this! xx

    Youlooknicetodayxo.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. Love the pinky coloured shade, very nice and would be great for everyday wear.

    www.becka-thisismyworld.blogspot.com
    Becka! :) x

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  4. Lovely shades - especially the first!
    Emgeorgias.blogspot.com

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  5. I hadn't seen these yet but i love these two shades. The new lip pencils sound interesting too, will be checking them out x

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  6. I love both of these shades, I really like Ruby Woo, the staying power is incredible so I will deffo be trying to get my hands on one of these shades now! (:

    L x

    www.xloulabeth.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. Ah I'm dying to try these now! The pinky one is definitely going to be on my wishlist. I went into MAC the other day but didn't really have a proper look at this collection. Looks like I'm going to be taking another trip.

    Sophie x
    http://www.thestylepicnic.com/

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  8. Oh wow, they look lovely! I love matte lipsticks, it's sometimes a nice change to having a glossy lip all the time :)

    http://www.blogthiswithhannah.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. I really have to try these. I love matte and long wearing lip products :) xx

    // Inês Paúl //

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  10. I love matte lips but my lips are always so dry and patchy. Any tips?

    xThea
    OTHEALITY

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  11. I adore Steady Going! I own St. Germaine and I love it, so I think Steady Going would be great with my tan skin!

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  12. I've never tried a matte lipstick that isn't drying so I guess that's a given but the colours are so beautiful it doesn't even matter anymore xxx
    Life of Verity

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  13. I've been eyeing these but kept walking away because I wasn't sure if it would be too drying. But now I just want them more and more! x

    Daphne | Peanut Butter and Chocolate Life | bloglovin

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  14. The fact so many are permanent is why I'm not rushing about to buy any of the collection. I love matte shades though and the Steady Going one looks perfect for an every day lip.

    xxx

    www.erinjaine.blogspot.com

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  15. Im not a huge fan of matte lipstick but i really fancy getting my hands on one of these!


    BritishBeautyAddict

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  16. Oh wow sold out already?? I'm so glad I bought the 6 shades that I wanted right away!

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  17. I love macs matte colours! Can't believe how quick its sold out!!!

    Http://www.makeup-meow.blogspot.com

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  18. They are so pretty !
    I can see them been my favorites :)
    http://www.betzysmakeup.com/

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  19. i really want to try these and your post makes me want to even more!
    www.wanderlise.blogspot.com

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  20. I completely forgot this collection was coming out, why do they not make more?! They clearly know they're in demand </3 at least some are being made permanent.

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  21. These shades are just beautiful :)

    Sophie
    http://what-sophie-said.blogspot.co.uk/
    xxx

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  22. I went to 6 different MAC counters to find out about what was permanent and limited. Even got to see the collection listing at my local counter which had each and every one of these lipsticks with a 'P' next to it indicating that all of the shades are going to be permanent!! The lip pencils however from the collection had 'LE' next to them indicating they were limited edition.

    For now as a whole collection launch these will appear as sold out/out of stock/limited but come next month they will have permanent distribution!

    xxxxx

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