â€œWhat goes around
Comes all the way back around.â€
Ainâ€™t that the truth, JT. With all of the gloss, glitter and sparkle of the last few years, the 90s mattes seem like a distant, far away planet.
Iâ€™ve been test-driving the Mac Mattenes for the past few days and Iâ€™ve been flooded by so many memories MAKEUP TRICKS OF YE OLDEN DAYS. Remember patting loose powder on top of your lipstick to get it as dry-looking as possible? Or lining your lips with black eye liner before you topped them with your darkest, deepest red? Or exfoliating your lips with your toothbrush at least once a week because theyâ€™d end up getting so dry after all of your vigorous attempts at mattification?
While I was initially skeptical of the return of the matte, I ended up being pleasantly surprised. I guess if Marky Mark can morph from an underwear model with busy, pants-dropping schedule to an Academy Award Nominee, the matte lipsticks can evolve as well.
Product: MAC Mattene Lipsticks
Use: As a time machine to take you back to the 90s/or as a matte lipstick
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B+/A-
What I liked about it
MACâ€™s Mattenes, which will be released on October 4th, are the kinder, gentler version of your 90s matte lipstick. The lippies come in a skinny, matte-textured, black tube, which I love because they fit easily into a jeans pocket.
Mattenes are as long-wear lipsticks, with a formula designed to not dry out your lips. The texture is silkier and less chalky, and when applied the product is feathery-soft and not thick.
I was immediately drawn to the neutral colors, like Flattering (beige pink), CafÃ© Matte (rich caramel) and Composure (neutral bronze plum). However, after living with these colors and wearing them about town for the past few days, Iâ€™ve discovered that the real stand-outs in the collection are the brights, especially my favorite color, Rougette.
Rougette is a wine berry color that sophisticated yet fun color thatâ€™s user-friendly and great for day and evening wear. I would feel equally comfortable in this color in a business suit or a black tank top and jeans. I applied the color using a lip brush while looking into a small, mirrored compact, and when I finally stepped into the full-length mirror the color took my breath away. If you are thinking about purchasing any of these lipsticks then take a serious look at Rougette! It is simply beautiful.
What I didnâ€™t like about it
Despite the claims that the lipstick doesnâ€™t dry your lips out, I did experience some dryness, especially with the color Flattering. I will have to prime my lips with something moisturizing in the future, like Prep + Prime lip.
In terms of color, I would pass up Flattering and Night Violet. Flattering was my initial favorite of the bunch but unfortunately the color just didnâ€™t work for me. It made my lips look gray and corpse-like and by the end of the day my lips were feelinâ€™ the peelinâ€™.
Night Violet was also another color that I wasnâ€™t impressed with because of execution difficulty and color. I found it difficult to get the color on evenly – it took about three layers to get it right. Plus, wearing it made me feel like a vampire. (It took a lot of self-restraint to avoid drawing fangs on the picture below.)
The final word
Thereâ€™s been a lot of hype about these lipsticks, and I think that itâ€™s been fairly justified. Mattenes are definitely a step up from the old school 90s mattes and worth a try if you werenâ€™t around the trend the first time around. Of the neutrals, donâ€™t miss Composure or CafÃ© Matte. Of the brights, definitely get your hands on Rougette. And if youâ€™re a red lip girl, Classic Dame is a good one to add to your collection.
Iâ€™m off to the Pro Store today with my girl, blogger Christine from Temptalia. On my list? Paint pots, a few crÃ¨mestick liners and a jar of Invisible Set Powder. Woo hoo! Iâ€™ll bring your MAC-loving heart with me in spirit. Have a great Saturday!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,