MAC Retro Matte Lipstick Review & Swatches

MAC Retro Matte returns for the Fall season with a new permanent Retro Matte Lipstick collection available in eight shades starting September 12th. I don’t love matte finish lipstick by any means but I can understand and appreciate why people fall so hard for the Retro Matte formula. It’s a very soft, creamy texture that really wears strong.

MAC Retro Matte Lipstick

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MAC Retro Matte Lipstick is a very timeless, classic look. Even if you dislike mattes with a passion you can definitely acknowledge this formula as something special.

The lipstick formula has a soft, creamy texture which glides on very easily. The consistency does have the drier texture of a matte but when worn it doesn’t accentuate drier areas and wears for a good solid six hours before losing some of its intensity. The formula is fully opaque and provides excellent color pay off with a vibrancy that keeps its intensity through the wear and later on as it fades it leaves behind a staining effect.

MAC Retro Matte Lipstick Swatches

Runway Hit, All Fired Up, Dangerous, Fixed On Drama, Relentlessly Red

MAC Retro Matte Lipstick Swatches 1

Dangerous, Fixed On Drama, Relentlessly Red

MAC Retro Matte Lipstick Swatches 2

Runway Hit, All Fired Up, Dangerous

I don’t think the finish is completely forgivable especially if you have chronically drier lips but it isn’t difficult to wear either and is achievable with a little help from lip liner and balm. I find the texture is very lightweight and I don’t feel it’s sucking moisture from lips. Granted, it isn’t adding any moisture either but it isn’t making my lips any drier upon application.

I think part of the greatness here is the fact these wear so long and strong even sipping a few bottles of water, tea, etc…I find it doesn’t transfer nor does it migrated. You might experience some feathering if you have finer lines around your mouth and lips so a transparent or colored lip liner does keep the lipstick in place for longer wear.

I think MAC Retro Matte Lipstick definitely brings the drama! It’s not a formula everyone will willingly embrace but no one can deny that it’s classic, dramatic, and beautiful when worn correctly.

MAC All Fired Up Retro Matte Lipstick

MAC Retro Matte Lipstick All Fired Up

All Fired Up

MAC Dangerous Retro Matte Lipstick

MAC Retro Matte Lipstick Dangerous


MAC Runway Hit Retro Matte Lipstick

MAC Retro Matte Lipstick Runway Hit

Runway Hit

MAC Fixed on Drama Retro Matte Lipstick

MAC Retro Matte Lipstick Fixed on Drama

Fixed On Drama

MAC Relentlessly Red Retro Matte Lipstick

MAC Retro Matte Lipstick Relentlessy Red

Relentlessly Red

These beautiful shades launch next week at all MAC locations and online at

How do you feel about the Retro Matte finish?

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  • 9/5/13 13:49 Cindy Ramirez:

    I am absolutely utterly obsessed with the Retro Matte finish. Riri Woo is my go-to red lipstick and I nearly dropped dead over these! I am completely prepared to sign over my next paycheck to MAC for this entire collection. Relentlessly red looks more more pink then red on you, but super lovely!


  • 9/5/13 14:33 Sanja:

    Oh my, these looks absolutely gorgeous :)


  • 9/5/13 17:48 Jean:

    Fixed on Drama has my name on it, thanks for the swatches


    • 9/6/13 9:22 the Muse:

      my pleasure :)


  • 9/5/13 18:51 Jordan McEntaffer:

    These look so cute! I am in love with Runway Hit and Fixed on Drama.


  • 9/6/13 0:58 Mrs Green Jug:

    I am eyeing “Runway Hit”, but do you think it’s a pretty unique color? It looks like the perfect pink!


  • 9/6/13 10:44 Lisa:

    already ordered fixed on drama, waiting for a few others to be available, they are listed now as “coming soon”, looks like a magenta, so, I’m waiting for that one. yes, i do love retro matte!


  • 9/6/13 11:16 Majick:

    I’m sure I’ll get sucked in at some point this year. LOL I love highly pigmented, creamy lippies. The colors are really intense!


  • 9/6/13 11:45 Jessica:

    Do you know which one the model is wearing in all the ads? Because I need it in my life


    • 9/6/13 11:46 the Muse:

      I don’t sorry :-/


  • 9/7/13 8:28 Lucia:

    It´s called All fired up!
    It´s the one that is wearing the girl with the hat.Love it:)


  • 9/7/13 14:27 Nynke:

    Think the model is wearing flat out fabulous. I love all the colors! Im waiting for Runway Hit.


  • 9/7/13 22:44 Donna:

    I do believe I’m going to have to have at least one of these! All the colors look good on you! :)


    • 9/9/13 9:24 the Muse:

      thanks donna :)


  • 9/8/13 9:28 Mavis:

    Fixed on drama and Dangerous!


  • 9/9/13 12:24 HautePJ:

    Fixed on Drama is GORGEOUS on you! So perfect for fall.


  • 9/13/13 13:50 waniele volpato:

    Oh gosh those are stunning! thanks for the swatches and review!


    • 9/13/13 13:58 the Muse:

      my pleasure waniele :)


  • 11/12/13 23:07 Poppy:

    What’s the difference between lady danger and dangerous?


  • 9/15/14 17:29 Nishu:

    I’m a sucker for matte’s and my fav from this range is ‘All Fired up’ ..! So gorgeous! Looks pretty on you too hun


    • 9/16/14 9:13 Isabella Muse:

      aw thanks nishu! :)


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