MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallics || High-end Liquid Lipstick Review

Hey Guys,

I hope you’re doing well? Easter weekend was very relaxed for Haydn and I (I’m spending all of Easter break with him up North), on Sunday we had a lovely roast dinner with his whole family; it was great to spend time with everyone. Anyways, what you’re really here for is the review so let’s just get into this.

The MAC Retro Matte, Metallic lip line created a lot of buzz when it was first launched back in February, how can it be matte and metallic?! I was equally confused but on my birthday my friends gifted me this (twice, it’s a long story). I’ve been testing it for a few weeks and figured it’s fine to share my thoughts.

The shade I have is Metallic Rose, I would describe this as a deep pinky/nude. The product costs £18, but if you’re a student you can get it for just over £16, whilst this is still quite expensive for a lipstick it’s definitely not as much as some other high-end brands.


The packaging feels quite sturdy, probably the inbetween of a Revolution liquid lipstick and the Two Faced Melted Mattes. If you own any of MAC’s lipsticks then the lid feels exactly like that. As with all MAC packaging this keeps up the minimalist, sleek style they seem to have mastered.

Here’s what MAC says about the lipstick:

A lip colour that provides a jolt of pure matte metallic colour in a liquid-suede finish that lasts and lasts. 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
  • Non-feathering
  • Fade-proof

Basically this lipstick should be a game changer. So naturally I had pretty high expectations. Also, I didn’t know what ‘non-feathering’ meant so had a quick Google and apparently it’s just another way of describing how a lipstick can sometimes bleed, making it look much less sharp around the edges of your lips.


The formula for this is nice and it actually doesn’t feel that drying. If you do suffer from dry lips I think this will irritate you a little bit but not as badly as some drugstore products I’ve tried. On the lips it looks cute but is considerably darker to how it looks in the bottle. I’m not mad about the colour once it’s on the lips as it is a little bit darker than what I would usually go for as an everyday shade. But for a nice dinner or going out this shade does look cute without being a statement lip, meaning you can pair it with a more intense eye look if you wanted. As you can see from the swatch below, this dries down to a matte finish but has a metallic sheen over the top, different to most usual metallics which have a glossier overall finish.


In terms of longevity I’d say this is pretty good. Probably not eight hours unless you plan to not eat or drink during that time. Fortunately it fades in a way that doesn’t go crumbly on the lips so you can continue wearing it without needing a top up for quite a while. In the picture below my skin looks disgusting so lets just ignore that… I had a natural skin day. I’m aware have spots and peach fluff on my face – no need to comment on that.


Overall, I like pretty much everything about this product. I think it’s a refereshing, very wearable way to add metallics into your makeup looks. However, I don’t think I’ll be adding any more shades to my collection as I really don’t get enough use out of this one and do prefer an all matte lip look.

Hoping to get another post up this week so I’ll see you really soon.


8 thoughts on “MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallics || High-end Liquid Lipstick Review

    1. It’s honestly a really wearable metallic so I think you’d quite like it. As I said, I don’t wear this as an everyday shade but it’s nice for a night out! xoxo


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