Retro Matte range by Mac cosmetics - as a long time lover of Russian Red and Lady Danger the purchase of new matte colours was too much temptation to deny, I even used them before I took a photo for you (above) I apologise for the wonky tops! With 8 colours and matching Pro Longwear pencils those who love matte will without a doubt be overjoyed at the options. Colours are bold and flat, the staying power is spectacular and they slide on much creamier than the Pro-longwear of the past. 

I road tested three colours over a few days - "Relentlessly Red" was the first to grab my attention, an almost fluorescent deep pinky red it screams for a liquid eyeliner match and did have me feeling very retro. "All Fired Up" is slightly more blue based, a little more burgundy (but equally as glam), and "Runaway Hit" I chose for its similarity to "Ravishing" a Cremesheen that I love the colour of, but never lasts quite as long as I would like. I found the staying power pretty impressive - even without the matching Longwear liner these colours fought through dinners, drinks and even kisses, the stain remained strong for 4 - 6 hours. Retro Matte do last longer than the standard matte colours, but the downside is that they do flake a little and dry pieces gathered around the edge of my lips. I do prefer the standard matte varieties overall as they don't flake, but will still use the Retro Matte purely for the colour options.

After deciding to photograph the three colours I purchased I am now 100% certain that all those lip photographs I have ever seen on blogs are actually the same lips over and over with photoshop creating the colours...it is impossible to position your lips the same each time! Top by Camilla and Marc worn throughout available here

Runaway Hit