Many of the matte lipsticks in the new MAC The Matte Lip collection are new, but daaaaaang! — some of the shades sure do look like they jumped out of my hot tub time machine circa 1994.
Like dark brown Antique Velvet? I’m pretty sure I wore something just like it…to every Friday night house party I ever went to.
And just in case you’re wondering…yes, I was that person at the party who was standing uncomfortably in the corner and nursing the same bottle of Zima the entire evening. #datingmyself
All of the $16 lipsticks in the new 22-piece MAC The Matte Lip collection are matte (obvs), with about half of them having MAC’s Matte finish, and the other half their Retro Matte finish, but they aren’t all new. A handful of them are currently available in the permanent line and are being re-promoted here with the launch (like Ruby Woo, All Fired Up, Flat Out Fabulous, Velvet Teddy, Kinda Sexy, Please Me, Heroine and Pink Pigeon).
But most of the 22 shades are new, which is very exciting! Also, technically, this isn’t a MAC collection in the traditional limited edition sense, as all of the colors are either in the permanent line now, or being added to it.
You may still see some familiar names among the batch of new colors as well, though, like Whirl and Stone. Both are currently in MAC’s Lip Pencil line, so if you’re a fan of either one, voila! Now there are matching matte lipstick shades.
The MAC Mattes vs. the Retro Mattes
Both of the matte finishes represented in the collection are flat, meaning that they shine very little, or not at all, on the lips, but the finishes aren’t the same. The Retro Mattes are more intensely matte than their regular Matte counterparts — extremely flat — and they’re almost like wearing a matte lip pencil.
I think the Retro Mattes also feels drier and thinner than the regular Mattes do, which feel a little “wet” and dense/thick to me.
Oh! — and when I wear the Retro Mattes, I feel like my vertical lip lines are front and center, more so than when I wear the regular Mattes.
As for the colors themselves, what if you refuse to embrace your inner ’90s brown lipstick-loving babe? Does that mean you absolutely won’t like this collection?
No, not necessarily… You don’t have to look like you lived and loved in the era that gave birth to floral spaghetti-strap dresses and baby tees to find something to like in MAC The Matte Lip. 🙂 In addition to the old-school shades, the release also includes some very fashion-forward colors, like deep royal blue Matte Royal, as well as some sweet pinks like Please Me, and several bold, brash brights like purple Heroine and bluish red Ruby Woo.
Here are pics and swatches of 14 of the 22 shades…
It’s all about dat prep life
Yeah…both of these matte finishes can be a little challenging to wear because they like to draw attention to every little flake, crack, vertical lip line and imperfection.
At least that’s the case for me and my textured (code word for “flaky”) lips, so I think it definitely helps to lay the groundwork the night before by exfoliating, and then loading up on lip balm before bed.
Then, first thing in the morning after you wash your face, slather even more lip balm on your lips…and drink 10 gallons of water.
OK, maybe not 10 gallons. 🙂 That would be too much.
But do drink some extra water. I know it sounds crazy, but I swear that it helps cut down on the flakes.
When I do both of these things either regularly or at least the night before, these mattes are easier to pull off, and my lips look and feel smoother.
Drink plenty of water, go overboard with balm, and when you wear these mattes, you’ll be rewarded with gorgeous lips and a killer wear time, because since these aren’t as creamy as other finishes, they last. Seriously, I can eat meals — MEALS, plural — with these mattes on my lips, and they will not budge. I’m talking six or seven hours, easily.
I’d say go for one of the regular Mattes if you want something more comfortable and easier to wear.
Look for these on the MAC website starting May 28, and at MAC stores and counters June 11.
(The) MAC The Matte Lip collection includes…
- Lipstick in Ruby Woo — a vivid blueish red with a Retro Matte finish
- All Fired Up — a bright fuchsia with a Retro Matte finish
- Flat Out Fabulous — a bright plum with a Retro Matte finish
- Dangerous — an orangey red with a Retro Matte finish
- Runway Hit — a light nude with a Retro Matte finish
- Steady Going — a light pink with a Retro Matte finish
- Matte Royal — a deep blue with a Matte finish
- Instigator — a deep blackened plum with a Matte finish
- Antique Velvet — an intense brown with a Matte finish
- Stone — a muted grayish taupe-brown with a Matte finish
- Studded Kiss — a dark oxblood red with a Matte finish
- Persistence — a peachy cinnamon with a Matte finish
- Velvet Teddy — a deep beige with a Matte finish
- Whirl — a dirty rose with a Matte finish
- Naturally Transformed — a muted golden beige with a Matte finish
- Kinda Sexy — a neutral pinkish rose with a Matte finish
- Please Me — a muted rosy pink with a Matte finish
- Tropic Tonic — a full power coral with a Matte finish
- Heroine — a bright purple with a Matte finish
- Men Love Mystery — a lavender violet with a Matte finish
- D for Danger — a brick red with a Matte finish
- Pink Pigeon — a bright clean pink with a Matte finish
Hey, shorty, it’s yo’ birthday!
My birthday is right around the corner now (June 9), and I’m still feeling kind of funny about it…
Not funny “ha-ha” but, well…more like “funny because I’m not sure what to make of it.” I have mixed feelings.
I mean, I’m happy to be making it to 40 at all, because some people don’t, and part of me wants to do it up! — but then another part of me just wants to crawl under the covers and hide. 🙂
I’m sure the day will come and go, and everything will be fine, but I feel like there’s a lot of weight attached to 40.
Hmm… I’m probably overthinking it.
Anyway! When’s your birthday? Any other Geminis out there?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,