First impressions: MAC Retro Matte liquid lipstick

Hi beauties! Today’s (slightly late) post is all about my newest baby and a long-awaited addition to my lipstick collection: my first MAC liquid lipstick in the color Oh, Lady! I knew I needed this color when I first saw the swatches when it was released, and anxiously awaited getting it as soon as I could get my hands on it!


I’ll be completely honest here: I’m not a huge fan of the packaging. I like that it looks very typical MAC and it does feel very solid and sturdy, but it’s just not pretty to look at and it doesn’t make me feel ~tingly~ all over like other lipsticks (like Stila!) do when I look at them. It’s alright, it’s nothing amazing, but I just don’t love it.


So as far as liquid lipstick goes, this is exactly what you’d expect. It’s got a more liquid-y formula and as you can see in the picture above, it’s got a doe foot applicator. I have to say, I actually really like the applicator because it’s wider on the bottom but the top is a lot thinner and makes for a more precise application, but the top also collects a lot of product and if you’re not careful, you end up with extra product on the outside of your lips (been there, done that).


Oh, Lady is a beautiful vampy plum color and I’m absolutely in love with it, which makes it all the worse that I’m not exactly sure if I’m going to keep it or not.

Today presented itself as the perfect opportunity to wear it out on a test run, and I’m definitely glad I did. I went out to lunch with Kira, having happily applied it before leaving the house, only to find out it had crumbled on the inside of my lips before we even got to the restaurant! I didn’t take a picture of it before I fixed it, but it didn’t matter, because it wore off really weirdly with the food.

Sorry for the LQ pics, but I didn’t take my camera out with me so this is the best I got. On the left is the picture of the lipstick after eating and as you can see, it wore on the inside of my lips, but also in an awkward patch on my upper lip? Plus it got crusty and uncomfortable, so I had to take it off before reapplying it one more time.

And on the right is the lipstick after the second reapplication and about three hours later when we were coming home from the mall. It doesn’t look bad, but it’s starting to get uncomfortable and crumble on the corners of my mouth and it’s definitely feathering really bad all over the place!

As you can probably imagine, I’m not entirely sure whether I’m going to keep this, even after a somewhat unsuccessful wear test. The problem is that even if I don’t like the formula, I love the color and I’m not entirely sure I have anything that matches as closely as I’d like it to, so I’ll need to start comparing before I decide!

Thanks for reading! Have you ever tried the MAC liquid lipsticks? What did you think?



4 thoughts on “First impressions: MAC Retro Matte liquid lipstick

  1. This is one of those lipsticks that I equate with latex paint! It honestly looks like a layer of wall paint has been applied to the lips and it starts peeling off in patches. Are you going to keep it? I think you can do better with a better formula and find a similar shade elsewhere.

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    • When we were in Sephora both myself and her friend who works there encouraged her to find a dupe in a better formula!

      If you do decide to keep it, this may be a liquid lipstick that you ALWAYS have to too with a gloss. If you still have it the Manna Kadar gloss from BOXYCHARM is a great liquid lip topper because it’s thin enough to not interrupt the texture of the lipstick and make it start to slip and feather, but still gives a long lasting gloss over top.


  2. Have you tried the Kat Von D liquid lipsticks? I got the shade Lolita recently and it’s very long lasting without being too thick on the lips.
    Lucie xo |


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