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Written on Thursday, January 18, 2018
Pros: beautiful metallic finish, comfortable to wear, gorgeous shades available, highly-pigmented, long-lasting if you don't eat
Cons: can dry out your lips

At the beginning of winter MAC has announced the Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour shade extension, which is the same liquid and matte, but flavoured with a metallic finish.

When I first heard about this announcement and saw the swatches, I thought that I would definitely grab this lipstick despite my ‘cosmetic diet’. I don’t have anything of this kind in my collection, Plus, I guess only a Bigfoot doesn’t yet know how trendy and popular the metallic lippies are at the moment. More than that, they come with a matte texture, so I couldn’t help but purchase it.

Honestly, I wanted to write a review about the Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallic right after the first application, but I patiently tested it within a month and now I’m ready to share my thoughts with you.

If you are already getting bored with my blah-blah-blah and falling asleep, wake up! I’m going to show you this amazing MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallic lipstick.

General information:

For those who prefer glamour with a dash of all-out flash, matte metallic reigns supreme! M∙A∙C introduces a new twist on our classic Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour with saturated molten shades. Whichever metalized shade you choose, all promise one thing: a jolt of pure matte metallic colour in a liquid-suede finish that lasts and lasts.

  • Long-wearing, eight hours

  • Colour wears evenly and smoothly, eight hours

  • Provides stay-true colour for eight hours

  • Non-feathering, non-bleeding

Price: $21

Volume: 5 ml

A little goes a long way? Rather yes.



The MAC products do break from the classy and minimalistic design once in a blue moon, but the Retro Matte Liquid Metallic has our favorite and typical design:

The packaging is on fleek and I don’t have any gripes about it.

But if you want to quibble... there is the name of the product printed on both sides of the tube, which comes off after a few applications. However, it doesn’t ruin the general appearance, so never mind it.

By the way, there was no tamper-proof sticker, but you can know that it has never been opened before the first use when you pick up the product from the tube.

The limiter is quite ‘greedy’ and doesn’t pick up much product. However, you don’t actually need it, because the lipstick is highly-pigmented.

The applicator is good and reminds me of a flat petal.

Material: it’s most likely a felt-tip applicator. It’s very easy both to contour and color your lips with this ‘petal.’

The edge of the applicator is perfect for contouring your lips without making blunders.

All in all, everything is great and I can’t really complain about anything.


Isododecane, synthetic fluorphlogopite, dimethicone, trimethylsiloxysilicate, polybutene, petrolatum, cyclohexasiloxane, kaolin, disteardimonium hectorite, beeswax, silica dimethyl silylate, tocopherol, avocado oil, glyceryl behenate, cyclopentasiloxane, calcium aluminium borosilicate, calcium sodium borosilicate, silica, tin oxide, propylene carbonate, caprylyl glycol, hexylene glycol, aroma, phenoxyethanol.

Texture and smell:

The formula of the Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallic reminds me of that of the previous range, i.e. of a liquid cream.

The lipstick feels even and smooth, but I visually see a metallic shimmer to it, which is actually so fine that it is hardly detectable on my lips. The shimmer reminds me of a twinkling finely-milled mica.

It applies and spreads out on my lips effortlessly. It doesn’t set instantaneously and requires a few minutes to make a matte finish.

The coverage is matte and has a metallic touch. The metallic glow is very gentle and doesn’t evoke any associations with space or aliens.

The coverage is medium-thick. The payoff can vary with ease.

The pigmentation is on top as always. The product covers up my natural lip color in the first go. But to be honest, I expected the coverage of my shade to be more thick, so I apply a few coats to get the desired finish.

The smell is typical for MAC. It smells like vanilla and sweets. The lipstick doesn’t flow or go streaky.

The shade LOVE WEAPON:

As for the shades in a range, the Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallic is available in 15 shades, as far as I know. I have it LOVE WEAPON.

The manufacturer described it as:

Deep blue-red (metallic)

Describing it more specifically, it’s a cold cherry-tone that goes into dark-red.

The shimmer is hard to distinguish, because of the overflows, but what I clearly see is: silver, pink, red and rarely golden particles.

Probably, this golden hint makes the cold cherry-tone a little bit warmer.

It looks like a cherry-tone with a delicate overflow, which is quite gentle without looking like a polished steel.


  • Bright day light:

  • By artificial light in the evening:

  • By artificial light in the evening with a flash:

In the picture it may seem that the coverage is not so even and smooth. It looks much better and smoother in real life. I guess that the reason of it is the overflowing shimmer and my miserable camera. The payoff coincides with the shade in a tube.


My impressions after use:

If I was to describe my impressions with the Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallic briefly, that would be ‘Oh, so good.’ This is the case when I get everything I wanted from this product.

I feel comfortable wearing this lipstick, although I can feel it on my lips like most matte products. However, it doesn’t tighten up my lips as opposed to most mattes. It feels quite comfortable.

It emphasizes my peeling just a little bit, but there is no such an effect that I’m thirsty in the Sahara desert. I think that the peeling is not so obvious due to the metallic finish. It doesn’t emphasize any imperfections or other flaws, but I have quite smooth lips. I’m not sure if the Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallic will make your heavy dry patches smooth.

Does it dry out my lips? Rather yes than no. The matte formula is a matte formula.

My lips feel a little bit dehydrated after removing my makeup and I want to apply a lip balm as soon as possible after.

Let’s take a look at the MAC in LOVE WEAPON in action:

  • By daylight near the window. The lighting is quite cold:

  • By muted and artificial light in the evening:

  • Artificial light + flash:

As for the payoff again, I’ll say that the camera exaggerates the unevenness of this lipstick. Neither I nor other people haven’t noticed anything of the kind in reality.


Staying power:

If you live in Utopia, where you neither drink nor eat within 8 hours, then you will probably wear this lipstick for 8 hours, as promised.

If you live in reality, then this lipstick can smear a little bit with physical contact. It can especially transfer onto cups, but the coverage stays even.

When comparing the Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallic with the classy version, this one is less long-lasting because of the shimmering particles, I guess. I think that it can’t set and fix properly because of them, but I’m not sure.

Anyway, the product smudges easily when drinking or kissing, yet it looks quite decent.

In terms of snacks, the lippie fades just a bit, but it’s still wearable.

The lipstick can wear off in the inner part of my lips after a meal. It can also flow just a tiny bit and even transfer onto your chin if you overdo it. О_о

If you correct the product, it looks alright, but as a rule, I prefer applying another coat after eating.

By the way, the new coat applies easily and looks OK.

The lipstick wears well between meals. The Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallic won’t flow or crease in the inner part of my lips during this period.

I remove it with an ordinary cleansing oil, but even makeup removing tissues can wash it off, if necessary.

My final thoughts:

As I’ve already said, the new MAC shade extension turned out to be really good for me. The formula, coverage and shade are great.

Yes, there is some discrepancy when it comes to the wear time, but these cosmetics are professional, so the manufacturer probably meant models that are walking the runaway without eating and drinking. О_о

Generally speaking, the longer we don’t eat the better the lipstick wears.

As a girl from real life, I evaluate every lipstick due to the fact how it looks within hours and if it’s able to resist all the coffee cups and water I constantly drink. The Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallic is alright there.

You can look at the brief summary about its main pros and cons at the pros/cons section at the beginning of the review. Yes, I’m Captain Obvious.

Taking into account my experience and my impressions about the product, I give it 5 stars and now I’m planning to extend my collection with some other cool shades. So, I recommend the Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallic.

I think this lipstick won’t disappoint you. ***

If you love lipsticks with a matte finish, these reviews may be also interesting for you:


  1. The elder sister of our lipstick: Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

  2. An inexpensive dupe for Nouba Millebaci: Seventeen All Day Lip Color

Thank you for reading ♥

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Type: Lipstick
Brand: MAC
Category: Make-Up
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