MAC Retro Matte Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches (Part 2)

MAC Retro Matte Lipsticks
MAC Retro Matte Lipsticks

Here are the remaining three new shades from the MAC Retro Matte Collection, which will launch online the week of September 3rd and in-stores on September 12th (North America), and September 2013 for international locations.

Relentlessly Red is described as a “bright pinkish coral matte.”  It’s a brightened, medium-dark coral-red that almost looks cool-toned on me.  It had opaque color payoff, and the consistency was slightly dry with some drag when applied but with firm pressure, it will slide across lips well enough.  It lasted seven hours and left a stained behind.  It was somewhat drying.  MAC All Fired Up is definitely similar at a glance, and I think their undertones are slightly different, so it’s going to be a shade that may look more or less similar depending on your coloring and natural color of your lips.  All Fired Up is slightly pinker, less red/warm-toned but just barely. MAC Party Parrot is pinker. MAC Love Goddess is less matte. Guerlain Gigi is pinker, less matte. Guerlain Gourmandise is less red.  See comparison swatches.

Runway Hit is described as a “light nude matte.”  It’s a light-medium coral with a hint of pink, warm undertones, and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color, and I always find the lighter shades to be less forgiving on lips–somehow they’re a little drier.  This shade wore well for four and a half hours and did not stain.  It was slightly drying when worn for me and faded unevenly.  MAC Flavour is slightly lighter. NARS Bolero is lighter. NARS Montego Bay is not quite as matte. See comparison swatches.

Steady Going is described as a “light pink matte.”  It’s a cool-toned, blue-based, cotton candy pink with a matte finish.  It had opaque color coverage, but like Runway Hit it felt drier and was less forgiving on the lips.  It wore for four and a half hours but was slightly drying during that time.  I noticed that both shades faded somewhat unevenly and left more color on the outer edge of the lip. MAC Raspberry Swirl is lighter, less matte. Maybelline Pink Pop is less matte. MAC Asian Flower is purpler, less matte. MAC Divine Choice is less blue-based, less matte.  MAC Pink Nouveau is less matte, cooler-toned. MAC Naughty Saute is less matte, slightly more blue-based. See comparison swatches.

Repeated from part one:

The MAC Retro Matte Collection brings back MAC’s Retro Matte with a vengeance, as it includes seven new shades in the finish. The collection will launch online the week of September 3rd and in-stores on September 12th (North America), and September 2013 for international locations. There is some uncertainty whether all shades are permanent or only some; the answer I received from MAC’s PR was some, which is what I’ve gone with, but the nearest counter/store are both saying all are permanent. Each lipstick retails for $15.00 and contains 0.10 oz.

If you love the Retro Matte formula, then enjoy and purchase these–I felt like these four were consistent with the formula in general, though creamier than a Retro Matte from five years ago (or older), and are similar to the consistencies of the Retro Matte finishes released with RiRi Loves MAC. The real downside to the Retro Matte formula (in my experience, of course) is that they are drying. I’ve worn nothing but these since getting them on the 29th, and if it weren’t for catching up on hydration while I was sleeping (thank you, Jack Black!), it would be difficult to keep wearing this formula back-to-back. They have great pigmentation and wear exceptionally long, but for me, I would rather wear a more hydrating formula, or if I was aiming for matte, a formula that isn’t drying (Burberry Lip Velvets come to mind).

The always lovely xSparkage has a fantastic tutorial on making your lip color last that uses loose powder (and lip pencil) to really set and lock down the lip color, which also makes it appear matte, that can pretty much turn most of your favorite lipsticks into a long-wearing, mostly matte version. This is the same thing I do when I need all-day color and want to touch up very, very minimally (like at a conference).

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MAC Relentlessly Red Lipstick
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MAC Runway Hit Lipstick
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MAC Steady Going Lipstick
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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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Is Relentlessly Red similar to Party Parrot? It looks a little darker, but it could still be a nice alternative for those of us who couldn’t get a hold of Party Parrot.

Exactly my thoughts! Love, love, love Party Parrot! I kind of feel a little guilty still wanting this despite of having Party Parrot(s) already. =/

i had the same thought.. it looks JUST like party parrot to me.. i’m a sucker for these things so I’ll prob end up swatching it in the store.. but i wonder if its REALLY worth another lippie if its that close in color.. i love party parrot, but ive barely worn it.

If it really is, that makes me a little sad. Kinda Sexy washed me out, and this shade was on my top three to get. I hope it will wear better on me.

To me it reminded me of Honeylove. Anyways, honestly, unless you’re c-r-a-z-y about the super matte formula, Runway hit is the worst one to purchase in my opinion. MAC has several similar shades of nude pinkish coral.

Christine do you think Runway Hit looks a bit like Illamasqua – Fable???
I already have Fable not sure whether I should purchase Runway Hit, do you think it will dry my lips out? 😀
thanks for ur awesome blog beautiful x

Too bad there was a lipstick casualty. Something is very different between these and Ruby Woo, at least to me. Some of them are almost powdery looking.

I hope they’re all permanent–I like Relentlessly Red, but I’ll be damned if I waste any time trying to buy anything LE Mac puts out.

Runway hit is so simple and I love it. I might have to get it, it looks like a perfect color to wear for someone who doesn’t wear that much bright lipstick (coughmecough). 😀

My lips hurt just looking at these. I find MAC’s new matte formula (e.g. Candy Yum-Yum) comfortable even on my usually dry lips, but the retro matte formula just looks…painful. Which is a shame, since I love some of these colors.

I want relentlessly red (which isn’t red at all) but I am not sure if it will work from my newly tanned skin tone…darn you sun!

Relentlessy Red looks ravishing on you 🙂 That’s definitely my favorite out of the three. Despite the matte finish it still looks very even and smooth. The other two have a slighty less than perfect finish imo.

Of these, only Relentlessly Red appeals to me, and if it turns out to be permanent, I *may* eventually get it through Back to MAC.
Or not; I think I own similar shades. However, I do like the newer MAC matte formula very much.

I’m definitely getting relentlessly red eventually. The other two I have no interest in. I still can’t get over the fact that they made two permanent lipsticks so similar.

Diabolically, the more I look at Relentlessly Red, the more I think I might want it, even though it doesn’t really look “relentlessly red” – it looks more like a very deep pink, and I already own shades like that.
AS IF that ever stopped me! 🙂

Love relentless Rex: has 8+ hour wear time especially with a lip primer. All fired up is simply gorgeous! Not excited about flat out fab, but it depends on skin tone to determine color outcome. Christine how would you compare Taupe or Twig with Runway? And how do you compare Viva glam red to ruby woo? Is it more if a fall color?

I don’t think I would compare Taupe or Twig. Runway Hit is too warm/peach, I’d say.

Viva Glam Red is darker and not as blue-based – it’s almost neutral-warm on me.

Hi Cristine! I’m a girl with grey-green eyes, dark brown hair and i’m very pale with neutral undertone, do you think it’s best for me relentlessly red or all fired up? Thanks and kisses

Don’t you think that the relentlessly red looks like impassioned? And all fired up is kinda a similar with girl about town? thank you very much, i’ll travel soon and don’t know if i buy these ones or not.

Relentlessly Red is much, much redder than Impassioned. All Fired Up is wayyy warmer than Girl About Town, plus it’s a lot redder, too!

Hi Christine,

I bought Relentlessly Red out of impulse since it is such a beautiful color but now I’m unsure about how to pair my eye makeup with it. Can you please suggest some tips? I am an NC44. It would be ever so kind of you. Thanks in advance.

Thank you Christine! You’re just too fabulous!! 🙂
I wore this look and it looked great. How I wish I could post a picture here!
Lots of love to you… Happy New Year 2014 <3 <3

Hi christine can you add a picture full face and not smiling?so that we can see the full effect/color of the lipstick:)in all you swatches just a suggestion;p.. Its nice to see the color with the camera zoom in on your lips but its nicer to see it in full face to..and if you smile it lessen the impact of the lipstick:) thanks
Ps:but pls dont remove the smiling photo cause its nice to see the impact of a liptick when smiling;)

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