MAC Fashion Legacy, Mademoiselle, & To Matte With Love Matte Liquid Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches

MAC Fashion Legacy Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
MAC Fashion Legacy Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick

MAC Fashion Legacy Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a an “intense fire truck tred.” It’s a bright, medium-dark orange-toned red with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had rich pigmentation with a smooth consistency that delivered even coverage. It was easy to apply and dried down in about a minute or less. The color wore well for seven and a half hours, but the formula was moderately drying after four hours of wear. Colour Pop Lullaby (LE, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Lady Danger (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (90% similar). MAC Dangerous (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). NARS Intrigue (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer, glossier (90% similar). Urban Decay 714 (P, $18.00) is cooler (90% similar). Milani Desire (LE, $8.99) is cooler (90% similar). Maybelline Craving Coral (P, $7.99) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Maybelline Siren in Scarlet (P, $7.99) is brighter, better quality, glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Kismet (P, $7.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop First Class (LE, $6.50) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Succulent (LE, $6.50) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Temper (DC, $22.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). MAC Scarlet Ibis (LE, $20.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Wild Ginger (P, $55.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Nikita (Left) (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Santa Sangre (P, $20.00) is darker (85% similar). Kat Von D Gold Blooded (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery, glossier (95% similar). MAC Von Teese (LE, $20.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty How Rouge (340) (P, $26.00) is cooler (85% similar). NARS Ottoman (LE, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Mademoiselle Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright creamy coral.” It’s a light-medium, yellowed peach with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, though it had some visible streakiness at some angles (sometimes they were hardly noticeable). There was slight “cracking’ when I smiled, where you can see the color pulling away. This shade lasted for five hours before it had faded unevenly enough to require removal or reapplication. It was one of the more unique shades (to me) within this range, due to the yellower tones. Urban Decay Interrogate (P, $18.00) is glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Platform (LE, $6.50) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Exaggerated (LE, $7.00) is darker, cooler, glossier (90% similar). Fenty Beauty Up 2 No Good (P, $18.00) is lighter (80% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Kimber (DC, $18.00) is darker, glossier (85% similar). Urban Decay Insanity (P, $18.00) is more muted, glossier (85% similar). Colour Pop She Cute (LE, $7.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Anastasia Nude (P, $18.00) is more muted (85% similar). Colour Pop Likely (P, $7.00) is lighter, cooler, glossier (85% similar). NARS Firecracker (LE, $26.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Urban Decay Stark Naked (P, $18.00) is more muted, glossier (80% similar). Anastasia Peachy (P, $18.00) is more muted, cooler (80% similar). Colour Pop Creme Fresh (P, $7.50) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Anastasia Staycation (LE, $18.00) is lighter, more muted (80% similar). Makeup Geek Curtsey (LE, $12.00) is lighter, more muted (80% similar). Anastasia Spirit (LE, $18.00)(80% similar). Anastasia Peachy (LE, $20.00) is lighter, more muted (80% similar). Sephora Warm Nude (75) (P, $14.00) is more muted, cooler (80% similar). Colour Pop Slow Down (LE, $7.00) is darker, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC To Matte With Love Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright raspberry.” It’s a medium-dark, warm fuchsia pink with a matte finish. It was richly pigmented, and the color applied with really smooth, even coverage as well. While it was drying, it did wear for almost eight hours. Colour Pop Brooklyn (P, $7.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Mars (P, $6.50) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Electric Poppy (P, $34.00) is cooler, glossier (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Jared (P, $36.00) is cooler, glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Toucan (LE, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS You're No Good (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Pink Punch (LE, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M203 (P, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M301 (P, $22.00) is brighter (90% similar). NARS Get Up Stand Up (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop All Tea (P, $7.50) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC A Killing Smile (LE, $20.00) is cooler, glossier (90% similar). Chanel La Merveilleuse (347) (LE, $38.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Kat Von D Berlin (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Candy Cane (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Cougar (LE, $6.00) is darker, glossier (85% similar). Colour Pop Pin Wheel (LE, $6.50) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Dangerously Red (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (85% similar). Pat McGrath Full Panic (LE, $40.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). MAC All Fired Up (P, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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. They are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste.

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MAC Fashion Legacy Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
MAC Fashion Legacy Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick

MAC Fashion Legacy Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
MAC Fashion Legacy Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick

MAC Fashion Legacy Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
MAC Fashion Legacy Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick

MAC Fashion Legacy Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
MAC Fashion Legacy Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick

MAC Fashion Legacy Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
MAC Fashion Legacy Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick

MAC Fashion Legacy Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
MAC Fashion Legacy Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick

MAC Mademoiselle Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
MAC Mademoiselle Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick

MAC Mademoiselle Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
MAC Mademoiselle Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick

MAC Mademoiselle Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
MAC Mademoiselle Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick

MAC Mademoiselle Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
MAC Mademoiselle Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick

MAC Mademoiselle Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
MAC Mademoiselle Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick

MAC Mademoiselle Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
MAC Mademoiselle Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick

MAC To Matte With Love Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
MAC To Matte With Love Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick

MAC To Matte With Love Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
MAC To Matte With Love Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick

MAC To Matte With Love Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
MAC To Matte With Love Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick

MAC To Matte With Love Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
MAC To Matte With Love Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick

MAC To Matte With Love Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
MAC To Matte With Love Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick

MAC To Matte With Love Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
MAC To Matte With Love Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick

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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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Such a mixed bag on this line. I hate liquid matte lipstick (I’ve tried and no, it’s not working) so rarely comment, but I’m marveling at the inconsistency here. Some shades look pretty decent, while others are perfectly horrid and draw so much painful attention to each and every vertical lip line. These reviews are truly helpful when you get wide swings in quality such as this.

It’s interesting how that works! This formula seems to emphasize the texture of the lips (kind of like it just looks clingy/drier) but not always.

Both of the better scoring choices are lovely and don’t look quite as dry. I love a matte lip but I prefer a creamier one or a satin matte. If the lips have no dimension, they just look like powdery caterpillars.

Fashion Legacy looks the best on you! I finally summed up the courage to get Maybelline Craving Coral — bright orange red is usually not my color, was afraid it would look garish, but it looks surprisingly good, very brightening and cheery for the face. It’s a nice color to wear on Mondays

To Matte With Love and Fashion Legacy are both gorgeous shades! Although, I must say that I love Fashion Legacy the best on you, Christine!
I just don’t know if this formula can be my “gateway” into liquid mattes, though. The Tartiest or Nyx Velvet Suede formulas sound waaay more kind to dry lips living in a dry climate. But those Tarte names though! ?

Thank you, Nancy! I would definitely give the Tarte/NYX ones a try first, but KVD is still my favorite for the ones that do the full dry down.

Christine can you pleeeeease do a video on how you apply ALL your lipsticks so neatly….they’re always consistently so super neat. Please do one ty!

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