MAC Recollection & Tailored to Tease Matte Liquid Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches

MAC Recollection Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
MAC Recollection Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick

MAC Recollection Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as an “intense bright violet.” It’s a slightly brightened, medium-dark violet purple with subtle, cool fuchsia undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a smooth, matte finish. It applied evenly for the most part, but there were a few areas that seemed to have less coverage than others; I didn’t think it was noticeable from a normal viewing distance, just up-close. The color wore well for six and a half hours but was moderately drying after four hours. Anastasia Rage (P, $18.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Unicorn (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia #9 (Vol. 1) (PiP, ) is darker, glossier (90% similar). MAC Flamingo Road (LE, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Twitch (P, $18.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Smashbox Violet Riot (P, $21.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Milani I Am Cool (P, $6.99) is lighter, warmer, glossier (85% similar). MAC Heroine (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier (85% similar). Illamasqua ESP (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Cloud9 (LE, $18.00) is warmer, glossier (85% similar). Urban Decay Pandemonium (P, $18.00) is darker, glossier (85% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Rollergirl (DC, $18.00) is lighter, glossier (85% similar). Urban Decay Pandemonium (P, $18.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Jawbreaker (P, $18.00) is darker, glossier (85% similar). Melt Cosmetics By Starlight (P, $19.00) is more muted, cooler, glossier (90% similar). Kat Von D Ozzy (LE, $21.00) is lighter, glossier (85% similar). Urban Decay Crank (P, $18.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). ColourPop Be-dazzled (LE, $6.50) is darker, cooler, glossier (80% similar). Makeup Geek Daredevil (P, $12.00) is lighter, glossier (80% similar). Tarte Yaassss (P, $20.00) is lighter, glossier (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Tailored to Tease Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright fuchsia.” It’s a medium-dark, fuchsia plum with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation that applied smoothly, but there was a dryness present to the end result that flaked off a little as powdery bits over time. The color wore well for six and a half hours, which was shorter than I’d expect for a deeper shade like this. The formula was, like other shades, drying for me. MAC Quick Sizzle (LE, $20.00) is glossier (90% similar). Too Faced Pitch Perfect (P, $22.00) is glossier (90% similar). NYX Sweet Pink (P, $6.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Personal Statement (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Flat Out Fabulous (P, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Michiyo (P, $34.00) is brighter, glossier (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Electric Pink (15) (P, $55.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). ColourPop Sundae (LE, $6.50) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Melt Cosmetics Shady Lady (P, $19.00) is brighter, glossier (85% similar). Urban Decay WSM (P, $18.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Kat Von D Backstage Bambi (DC, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Cougar (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Sephora Tender Love (55) (P, $14.00) is more muted (85% similar). MAC Invite Intrigue (LE, $20.00) is lighter, cooler, glossier (80% similar). MAC Have Your Cake (LE, $20.00) is glossier (85% similar). Kat Von D Bauhau5 (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). NARS Never Say Never (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter, more muted (80% similar). ColourPop Drive In (LE, $6.50) is darker, cooler (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 Recollection Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
MAC Recollection Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick

MAC Recollection Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
MAC Recollection Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick

MAC Recollection Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
MAC Recollection Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick

MAC Recollection Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
MAC Recollection Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick

MAC Recollection Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
MAC Recollection Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick

MAC Recollection Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
MAC Recollection Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick

MAC Tailored to Tease Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
MAC Tailored to Tease Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick

MAC Tailored to Tease Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
MAC Tailored to Tease Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick

MAC Tailored to Tease Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
MAC Tailored to Tease Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick

MAC Tailored to Tease Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
MAC Tailored to Tease Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick

MAC Tailored to Tease Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
MAC Tailored to Tease Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick

MAC Tailored to Tease Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
MAC Tailored to Tease Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick

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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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I find no matter what tutorial I follow when it comes to liquid to matte lipsticks, my lips always peel and the lipstick chunks off. Do you have any tips or an old post on how to master hydrating your lips for a lipstick like this? I know many people say you are supposed to scrub your lips, use lip balm and then apply the lipstick and out more lip balm on top but that does not seem to work for me. Do you have specific products or different tips?? thank you =]

If you use lip balm, just make sure to put it on 20-30 minutes prior to the liquid lipstick, and then blot off. Some liquid lipsticks are OK with balm on top, others will break down, so you might try skipping the lip balm.

Your lips might not like the formula as well – that could be why they are peeling!

I see yet another liquid lipstick review post and all I can think is “poor Christine’s lips must be ready for this trend to be over!”

Thanks for all you do!

Tailored To Tease has that same powdery, dry look of the lighter shades in this collection. How sad! Especially for those who love fuschia!

Ah, Recollection could have been a winner if it would’ve had a better, non-streaky formulation! Sad, because I love my purples. ?

Recollectio, what a lovely colour! Love it. But it’s still a no, as I have a hard time not running to the closest ladies room to wipe drying lip products off my lips within the hour.

Oooh! I’m loving that purple! A girl can never have too many purples! I think I’ll be adding this one to my collection! Thanks Christine!

Just wanted to point out that your Melt By Starlight is the old formula. Something you should note as the current reformulated one is much more pigmented/darker. It’s pretty much a completely different color that would dupe different shades altogether.

My review was written when that was the formula – you can check the date! 🙂 I haven’t tried the updated one, so the only one I have is the one I have listed, but as always, it is based on whatever was released at the time of review.

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