|MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Collection ($20 each) at Nordstrom|
The matte lip trend started some time last year, and it has definitely trickled into 2016 with at least a couple of brands continuing with newer versions of this classic formula. The MAC Retro Matte lipsticks have been around and popular for quite some time, and the new Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours seem to be just as popular an addition to the range- at least going by how quickly they seem to have sold out at my local Nordstrom. These liquid lip colours are similar to lipglosses in the creamy liquid texture as well as the packaging - tube with a flocked applicator - but the similarity ends there. These liquid lipcolors are bright, pigmented, and pretty much opaque with none of the glossiness that's usually associated with a lipgloss. The finish is described as "liquid suede," and it does settle into a powdery velvety finish. The color range is mostly superbright-red-dark, but the matte finish does give most of these colors a modern, easier-to-wear look. Scroll on for swatches.
Bright colors, full coverage, and a true matte finish make the MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lip Colors perfect for anyone who likes bold colors and/or a matte finish. MAC claims these colors last 8 hours, apply evenly, and don't feather or bleed. Apparently - according to the MAC SA - the colors once dry don't transfer all that easily either. While I do think they are quite longlasting (getting these swatches off my hand took quite a bit of effort), I amn't sure about the 8-hour wear time or how well they would wear/fade with time. I have extremely dry lips, and much as I love matte lip products, they never work for me. I absolutely need to have something creamy and moisturizing, and using a lip balm under matte lip colors doesn't work. That's just me, though. At any rate, I do think smooth, prepped lips would handle matte lipsticks/colors better, and perhaps the formula itself is a better pick for those with lips that aren't prone to getting dry or chapped all that fast.
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