M.A.C. Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

Komal Basith

Your favourite new non-drying matte lipsticks are here.

Like every kid that grew up in the noughties, I’ve always been a lip gloss junkie. Matte skin and shiny lips – that was my jam, peeps. Now that the world’s all about dewy skin and matte lips, however, I’ve found myself reaching for glosses less and less; instead, it’s all about that kiss-proof, mug-proof, everything-proof matte lip that requires serious elbow grease to remove at the end of the day (best product for this: Shu Uemura’s Cleansing Oil).

Which brings us to M.A.C.’s Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour, which I imagine is named for its nod to those insanely pigmented, powdery matte lips that movie stars loved to wear in the 50s and 60s. We played around with them the other day and as far as liquid lipsticks go, these are the real de. A couple of points to note:

Once they’re on, they’re not going anywhere – which is great for longevity, but it also means that you’d do well to use these with a lip liner. When we tested these out on a model in the office, we found that it can be tough getting a precise line with the applicator alone, which means that it can tend to look a bit messy if you’re not careful.

The formula dries down to an almost suede-like finish, which I love. The lipsticks also don’t mess with your lips – some matte lipsticks can make your lips feel like they’ve been wrapped in cling film, but there’s none of that here.

They’re definitely not as drying as most super matte lipsticks, but they do tend to emphasize any fine lines on your lips – we found that a quick swipe of M.A.C.’s Prep + Prime Lip helps with this, adding just enough moisture to keep your lips from looking too dry.

If you veer towards browns and greys, this is the collection for you – while there are plenty of pinks (and even a forest green) to choose from, the collection definitely favours nude shades.


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Styled and photographed by Niyati Hirani.

Talent Akshara Shetty from Faze Management


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