Thursday, September 27th, 2007

MATTENE REVIEW | MAC COSMETICS

Overall, Mattene is impressive in its range of hues and shades (dirty corals to vibrant reds to deep berries) coupled with a deliciously smooth texture. One of my reasons for not owning many matte shades is due to the fact that they tend to be incredibly dry and without some sort of gloss, look quite awful on my lips. While I really am a gloss girl, so I doubt I’ll be sporting any of the true mattes (didn’t you know, half are semi-matte!) sans gloss, just because that’s a personal preference. Now, for those that love a great matte lip, look no further, Mattene lipsticks are the answer to that quest! You’ll find at least one color, if not a handful (armful?) that suits you beautifully. Remember, half are matte and the other half are semi-matte (you’ll see it noted in each individual product review); even the semi-mattes are incredibly close to being classified as a matte, so don’t let that put you off! My personal favorites were Seriously Rich, Immodest, Classic Dame, and Rapturous (bold colors I love, but how rarely I wear them!).

Keep reading for a detailed review, and don’t forget to view Temptalia’s swatches of all 16 new Mattene lipsticks here.

40′s Pink — A deeper medium pink than Poise, though the two are similar. I would say get one or the other, unless you must have them all. I think I’d pick 40′s Pink over Poise, though!
All Grown Up — Super chocolate brown hue, which means it’s not up my alley, but deeper skintones? Matte dark brown with a touch of gloss and lots of moisture, not at all dry.
Cafe Matte — A brown-based nude (keep calling it Cafe Latte, and even mistyped it on the swatches, sigh!), a bit dark for my lips, I think, and I envision it washing me out with my particular skintone. Semi-matte in texture, which means subtle gloss and sheen.
Classic Dame — A vibrant scarlet, described as a “blood red.” It’s brighter than blood red to me, as perhaps they meant fake blood red, then it’s more accurate in description. Nonetheless, ultra gorgeous as a moisturizing matte shade. This is the color Dita Von Teese wore during our interview last week, and she said she was lovin’ it!
Composure — Plum-pink neutral/nude, good color pay off, and it would make a great subtle lip. It’s a semi-matte texture, which means it has absolutely no problems with drying or flaking, and it reminds me of a lustre finish, but with amazing intensity.
Flattering — One of the sheerest of the Mattenes; it definitely is of the nude family, but with a touch of pink as the base. I’m always more intrigued by bolder colors, so I found this one less “have to have.” It is a semi-matte, so there is subtle sheen and a bit of glossiness to it.
Immodest — Who doesn’t love a good Barbie hot pink lipstick? I know I have a soft spot for this color family, even though it can be a bit over the top. This is a gorgeous true hot pink in a semi-matte finish, and this is exactly what I wanted the Isabella Blow lipstick to be (instead, Blow was ridiculously dry and near impossible to work with). To be sure, semi-matte looks quite near matte, so don’t be afraid of giving this finish some lovin’, too!
Night Violet — A deep wine/berry semi-matte shade that makes me think of a grape vampy lip, which means it’s perfect for the fall season. Dark and sultry, I think this is one of the ultimate “occasion” lipsticks.
Orange Dare — This is close to Vegas Volt lipstick, only in a semi-matte texture. I really do love the texture of all of the Mattenes – very similar to Slimshines in how lovely, just a more matte finish (duh). Not quite in-your-face orange like they say, but close enough!
Poise — A pretty light medium pink, almost seems a touch frosty, but it’s just the slight sheen from the semi-matte texture. It’s a nice color, and I imagine it is one that nearly everyone can pull off with ease.
Powersuit — Such a gorgeous bright raspberry red. It’s similar to Seriously Rich, only brighter and more pink than berry-purple. Matte finish and a pretty pink.
Rapturous — Similar to Rougette, only redder, deeper. If it was a few shades darker, it would be a candidate for that perfect vampy lip. Not quite so bold or dark, which makes it easir to use for everyday wear. This is also a matte finish.
Rougette — Despite the name bringing visions of scarlet hues, this is a subtler raspberry-red color, making it incredibly wearable for most. It reminds me a touch of Red No. 5 from the Couture collection a year ago, but with a matte texture.
Seriously Rich — I loved this color, because it’s a bright raspberry red, lots of boldness, and comes in a semi-matte finish. Love the subtle sheen, and it’s a rich red with purple undertones, making it simply divine.
Tango — I think there’s a bit of Mari-sheeno lipstick likeness in this one, which means… everyone who’s drooled over my Mari-sheeno lips needs to get this one! It’s a matte, but boy it sure doesn’t FEEL like it, which is the bset part. Ultra pigmented and so easy to apply.
You Say Tomato — Bright red, glorious for those pouty puckers for those who bare to go red. It is true to the description that it is a tomato red, and with the matte texture, I see it being perfect in pin-up or glam looks.

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7 thoughts on “MAC Cosmetics – Mattene Lipsticks Collection Product Swatches and Review

  1. etirv

    Wow, another very good review of this new MAC line…. thanks…. I’m always searching for excellent lipstick, I’m excited to check out some of these great shades!

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