Price: Rs 1800/ USD 20 for 5ml
The Retro Matte Liquid Lipsticks come with a top packaging similar to the regular MAC lipsticks but have a different, transparent plastic bottom. I actually quite like the packaging because it makes it super easy to locate the shades when you have more than one of these. The packaging is sturdy and the lid screws tightly making it leak-proof as well. These lipsticks come with a flocked applicator that tapers at the tip. The tapered tip makes it really easy to apply the product with precision without the help of a lip brush.
The lipsticks have a slightly thick mousse-like consistency and are highly pigmented. If you sniff the wand closely, you can smell MAC’s signature faint vanilla fragrance but on the lips you can hardly detect it. They set into a matte finish pretty fast so if you need to correct something, you need to do it quick.
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The shade is an intense shocking pink with a slightly cool undertone. It screams for attention and you’ll love it if you love wearing bright and bold lipsticks. Since it is a cool under-toned pink, it pops on warm complexions, not to mention it makes your teeth look whiter. However, the slightly neonish shade will best be suited for light to medium complexions. On deeper skintones, it can wash you out and start looking a bit garish. So if you are anything above NC 30, I recommend to use your judgement while getting the shade.
Unfortunately, apart from the shade, there is nothing much to love about this lipstick. I don’t know if its the shade or something else, but it isn’t completely opaque as Fashion Legacy. Add to that if you’re using it on pigmented lips, you will most certainly need 2-3 swipes of the product to get to its full intensity. This is where things start to get messed up. First and foremost, the shade is not buildable. If you try to build it up, it starts looking cakey. Which is not at all pretty 🙁 Then as soon as it sets, it settles into every fine line you have on your lips and accentuates them drastically! And third and most importantly, it chips off. Mine started to chip off (from the corners of my mouth) just minutes after application. It can get through some light snacks and drinks, but does not get through an entire meal. At the end of it, it will have chipped and crumbled off. And if you try to remove it, you know to reapply it after a meal, it won’t come off. I actually faced this situation in a restaurant recently. So what you are essentially left with are chunks of uneven lipstick on your lips that cannot be built up nor be removed. Ugh! Thankfully for me, I was carrying another lipstick with me that day (MAC mocha) which I used to top over those unsightly lipstick chunks and get me through the day without looking like a clown.
MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Personal Statement is a cool bright shocking pink which would look best on light to medium complexions. However, the shade’s unevenness, cakiness and tendency to accentuate fine lines and then, chip off does not make it worth it, especially considering the price. I love MAC but this is not one of their best products. If you want to try this range I would highly recommend you to try the reds!