MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lip Color Review and Swatch – Burnt Spice, Lady be Good and Rich & Restless

March 4, 2017

My quest for the perfect matte Liquid Lipstick never ends, and today I am sharing my thoughts on the Mac Retro Matte Liquid Lip Color. The colors I picked include Burnt Spice (from the new collection), Lady be Good and Rich & Restless are from the original collection.

As much as we adore the matte finish at the moment, it is not an easy task to the find a good non-drying formula. It is always a little tricky to tell how they perform when you are trying them at the counter, as some formulas tend to feel more drying and even cracking on the lips over time. I didn’t have a high expectation for the MAC formula as I have heard some negative reviews about them, but surprisingly the retro matte wears comfortably on the lips for a day without drying my lips – for the colors I have picked. It also doesn’t enhance dry patches and flakes on the lips. For the same price range, I prefer the MAC more than Kat Von D (reviewed here) as the consistency is more creamy and less drying for delivering the same full matte opaque finish.

From top to bottom: Lady be Good; Rich & Restless; Burnt Spice


The Retro Matte is also insanely pigmented, as one teeny tiny dab of color is enough for the whole lips to show the true color (I think one tube can last a year of daily wear!). It applies creamy at first and gives you about a minute to blend and define the lips before it dries down to a full matte finish like ink on the lips. In the swatch, I applied it with a lip brush so it looks nice and clean in the picture. In real life, I prefer to apply and smudge it with my fingers to achieve a more subtle and effortless ‘just-kissed’ lips.

Color Swatch

Burnt Spice – a rosy terracotta



Mac-Retro-Matte-Liquid-Lip-Color-burnt-spice-review-swatch-3 Lady Be Good – MLBB peachy beige color. It looks identical to Burnt Spice from the tube, but once applied it is lighter and has a stronger peachy tone than brown.

Mac-Retro-Matte-Liquid-Lip-Color-lady-be-good-review-swatch-1  Mac-Retro-Matte-Liquid-Lip-Color-lady-be-good-review-swatch-3


Rich & Restless – A pretty and bright warm coral color that makes a great statement without looking too bold.




Here is a FOTD selfie I took with my phone wearing Lady Be Good.

Makeup used in the FOTD


Base Makeup – Sisley Double Tenseur Moisturizing Gel (reviewed here)/  YSL CC Cream Lavender (reviewed here) / Tom Ford Traceless Foundation / Chanel Le Blanc Compact Foundation (reviewed here) / Dior Sculpting Stick (reviewed here) / Hourglass Sponge /

Color Makeup – Chanel Blush in Hyperfresh (reviewed here) / By Terry Eye Base Primer / Dior Eyeshadow Palette (reviewed here) / Chanel Le Volume Mascara Waterproof / Lancome Duo Kohl (reviewed here)





{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

jen March 4, 2017 at 4:14 pm

oh my god you’ve made me want them all! rich and restless is such a stunning colour for summer!
jen | velvet spring x


Laila March 4, 2017 at 5:25 pm

I bought one of these when MAC was having a huge sale! I was so shocked because it was gorgeous!!! I really want to get more and I think “Burnt Spice” is my next choice.

Laila from Townhouse Palette


Mireia March 4, 2017 at 8:43 pm

Absolutely love it!

Mireia from TGL


Audrinajulia March 5, 2017 at 7:03 am

Love a review of you like this with an fotd from your ig feeds combine. It will lessen up the curiousity on the details on your ig post and will then wait and head over here instead. Looking for more to come!

Have a great weekend!



Reika March 5, 2017 at 11:35 am

Thank you darl! 🙂


Sandra March 5, 2017 at 6:43 pm

The shades are gorgeous, especially the first one! Your pictures are by the way gorgeous <3 –


Briana March 6, 2017 at 2:20 pm

Ooh, I love Lady Be Good! I might just have to run to Mac and pick that one up.



Eesha March 7, 2017 at 10:21 am

I see MAC liquid lipsticks being praised all over the internet lately. Would love to give it a go.


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