MAC Back in Vogue & Lady Be Good Retro Matte Liquid Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches

MAC Back in Vogue Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
MAC Back in Vogue Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick

MAC Back in Vogue Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “peachy nude.” It’s a light-medium peachy coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had opaque color coverage with a consistency that emphasized every line and imperfection on the lip while “cracking” as soon as I smiled. It dried down in about thirty seconds, though it was fairly easy to apply and work with. I noticed quite a few streaks when I was applying, but the majority of them disappeared once the formula dried, which was a nice surprise–so better to get fairly even coverage and let the streaks take care of themselves rather than keep fussing with it! It lasted for six hours but was very drying for me. Makeup Geek Beach Bunny (P, $12.00) is glossier (95% similar). Colour Pop Peppermint (LE, $6.00) is darker, glossier (85% similar). MAC Oxblood (LE, $19.50) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Exaggerated (LE, $7.00) is glossier (90% similar). NARS Firecracker (LE, $26.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Creme Fresh (P, $7.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC My Tweedy (P, $19.00) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Margherita (LE, $19.50) is brighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty James (P, $36.00) is darker, glossier (85% similar). Colour Pop Rayezor (LE, $6.00) is darker, glossier (85% similar). Colour Pop Hades (LE, $8.00) is more muted, cooler (85% similar). Dose of Colors Peachii (LE, $18.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). NARS Grotto (LE, $27.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Lodhi (P, $25.00) is darker, glossier (85% similar). Colour Pop Chella (LE, $6.00) is cooler, glossier (85% similar). Too Faced Melted Coral (P, $21.00) is brighter, glossier (85% similar). Urban Decay Kinky (P, $18.00) is lighter, more muted, cooler (85% similar). NYX Daydream (P, $6.00) is more muted, cooler, glossier (85% similar). Sephora Peach Tart (LE, $14.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Sephora Warm Nude (75) (P, $14.00) is more muted (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Lady Be Good Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “warm mid-tone nude.” It’s a muted, light-medium peachy-brown with warm undertones and a very, flat matte finish. This one had a dryness to the end result that looked almost powdery, and I did have some issues with the color flaking away here and there unevenly. It was also the fastest-drying of all fifteen shades–about twenty seconds! The color was quite pigmented, but it was very drying, separated from lip lines as soon as I smiled (once it was dry). It looked good for about four hours, and after that, there was too much unevenness/fading. Colour Pop Magic Wand (P, $7.00) is glossier (90% similar). Bite Beauty CrΓ¨me Caramel (P, $24.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Milani Adore (LE, $8.99) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Stark Naked (DC, $22.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Covetous Nude (P, $30.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). MAC Wholesome (LE, $19.50) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). NARS Biscayne Park (PiP, $25.00) is glossier (90% similar). Maybelline Nude Embrace (P, $7.99) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is glossier (90% similar). Urban Decay Insanity (P, $18.00) is darker, warmer, glossier (85% similar). Too Faced Sorry Not Sorry (P, $22.00) is lighter, cooler, glossier (85% similar). Colour Pop Aquarius (P, $6.00) is glossier (90% similar). Maybelline Clay Crush (P, $7.99) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Get It! (P, $20.00) is cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Echo Park (P, $7.00) is lighter, cooler, glossier (85% similar). Kat Von D Noble (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Melted Nude (P, $21.00) is glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Knotty (LE, $6.50) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). NARS Isola Bella (P, $25.00) is darker, glossier (80% similar). Urban Decay Stark Naked (P, $18.00) is warmer, glossier (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is pigmented, liquid lipstick formula that dries down to a flat, matte finish that is mostly transfer-proof. They have a runnier mousse-like consistency; it is not quite mousse-like in thickness, but it is not as runny as some liquid lipstick formulas–somewhere in-between there. The formula of these is thicker than their Pro Longwear Lustre Lipcolours (which is like the OG of matte liquid lipstick to me). The lighter shades are the least forgiving and most of them “crack” as soon as they dry down and I move my lips or smile. They don’t flake off in chunks, and most of them fade relatively evenly. I get slight transfer on occasion when drinking anything more than water (e.g. latte), and while a lot of the color will make it through a meal, it will vary depending on the oil-content of your meal. They do respond well to layering or touch-ups after there is an initial layer done. They dry down within thirty seconds to two minutes (darker shades took longer to dry), and I was able to manipulate the color as it was drying down without lifting the color entirely. Some shades appeared streaky during initial application, but once it dried down, most of the streaks disappeared (kind of like nail polish can self-level). I found the formula moderately drying after three to six hours of wear, and it is one of the more drying formulas I’ve tried, personally. They are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste.

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MAC Back in Vogue Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
MAC Back in Vogue Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick

MAC Back in Vogue Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
MAC Back in Vogue Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick

MAC Back in Vogue Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
MAC Back in Vogue Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick

MAC Back in Vogue Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
MAC Back in Vogue Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick

MAC Back in Vogue Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
MAC Back in Vogue Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick

MAC Back in Vogue Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
MAC Back in Vogue Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick

MAC Lady Be Good Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
MAC Lady Be Good Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick

MAC Lady Be Good Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
MAC Lady Be Good Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick

MAC Lady Be Good Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
MAC Lady Be Good Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick

MAC Lady Be Good Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
MAC Lady Be Good Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick

MAC Lady Be Good Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
MAC Lady Be Good Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick

MAC Lady Be Good Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
MAC Lady Be Good Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Make Up For Ever HD
  • MAC Pearl Sunshine Beauty Powder
  • Laura Mercier #001 Matte Radiance
On eyes:
  • Laura Geller Nude Delectables Eyeshadow Palette
  • Sephora Cocoa Eyeliner

About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Ugh, no thanks, these look painfully dry and thick, and I don’t like cracking, drying, or flaking. I could take a tube of under eye concealer, apply to my lips, and get the same effect. MAC was very late to this liquid lipstick game, maybe they should’ve skipped it. And so strange they are debuting this in the dead of winter, when lips are already super dry. Hope their other colors perform better, as they are same price as Kat Von D ($20), but KVD has the better formula and about 30% more product ( .22 oz vs .17 oz) !!

I was afraid these were going to have a cracking issue. The formula sounds like ColourPop’s, which is not my favorite. I like the creamier types better. I’ll give this whole line a pass, most likely.

Omg! These look painful! Your lips look shrink wrapped and you have the most beautiful, plump,natural looking lips ever! No. I’m passing. Anything that can’t top KVD is just a no go for me. You poor thing! I’m sure your using up the Bite lip mask!

First of all, before I launch into those lipsticks; the rest of your look, eyes, face, are on fleek! Love the warm eyeshadow and liner on you! And you’re wearing one of my all-time fave eyeliners: Sephora Contour Cocoa!

Now onto the obvious. These lipsticks look as dry as the Sahara. Pretty shades. But MAC needs to tweak their lighter shades in this line to make them look less powdery!

Cracking is really a deal-breaker for me! Plus with my super dry lips it would likely be even worse than for you Christine.

They look very drying, I think. I can’t really wear lipsticks that are very drying. The cracking is a really huge no for me as well.

Definitely skip these, I think, Helene! Liquid lipsticks are typically drying, and best case scenario, they’re… not drying, lol, but not hydrating!

I’m disappointed, I really liked the look of Lady Be Good but can’t handle drying formulas.. Btw Christine, what does OG mean? I’m curious! Haha

Oh god the formula descrition make me cringe! They crack πŸ™ Nononononononono…… The fact that the lighter shades crack makes it a fail formula because I was mostly interested in the lighter tones. I can get deep and red from other brands for less or stick with my KvD one.

Thanks for the review! I was considering buying these two today but I think I might reconsider. Question did you use any lip balm or anything previously to mositurize your lips before you used these lippies? I’m trying to find ways that won’t leave my lips dry after using these products. I’m still trying to buy them lol

I just exfoliate and take general care of my lips, but I do not apply lip balm underneath it as that would interfere with testing/application (as a standalone product). I’d recommend applying lip balm about 15-30 minutes prior, then blotting right before you apply these πŸ™‚

Hm, on MAC’s website, Back in Vogue is described as a “peachy nude” (whether it is or not is debatable). Rich & Restless is the one described as a “mid-tone pinky salmon.”

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