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Makeup Monday: MAC The Matte Lip Collection (Lip Swatches)

mac the matte lip collection summer 2015
When it comes to makeup, there are few things I love more than matte lipstick. That’s why I was so excited about MAC’s The Matte Lip Collection for Summer 2015 (currently available). It’s a combination of old shades and completely new ones, but the very best part is that it’s a permanent collection…so you don’t have to worry about falling in love with one and then never being able to get your hands on it, again. Curse you, limited editions! I swatched eight different lipstick shades from the new collection (there are 22, total), which was just about all my lips could handle in one day. Check them out, below!

mac cosmetics all fired up lipstick
MAC “All Fired Up” Retro Matte lipstick: This was one of the few that I already had in my collection. Though I love the color, I honestly don’t reach for this as much as my other reds (although this is more of a fuchsia/pink red); because it’s a true matte (they call it “retro matte”), it’s a little on the drier side. But it stays on really well. I shouldn’t have used a warm red lipliner with this, but I was in a pinch and it’s all I had on me! Use the center of the lip as a better indicator of the color.
mac cosmetics whirl lipstick
MAC “Whirl” Matte Lipstick: One thing you’ll notice from these swatches is that some of the shades look less matte than others – this is a combination of my ring light and not blotting, but it should also be noted that if you want a super matte shade, look for “Retro Matte” on the tube. This dusty rose lipstick is my favorite of all the new shades. It’s a great everyday color and would pair well with a smokey eye.
mac cosmetics pink pigeon lipstick
MAC “Pink Pigeon” matte lipstick: Another one of my mainstays, this is the perfect bright pink. It’s not as neon or cool-based as “Candy Yum-Yum” or Melt’s “Stupid Love,” so I usually reach for this when I want something bright but not too intense.
mac cosmetics persistence lipstick
MAC “Persistence” matte lipstick: Described as a peachy cinnamon, I immediately think of the ubiquitous “tawny” shade that graced all of the 90s beauty counters. Oh, how I envied my sister’s first tawny lipstick! My great-grandpa once pumped the brakes (on purpose) while she was applying it, smudging it all over her face. I thought that was hilarious, but she was not as amused. I’m getting off track. The dream of the 90s is alive in MAC lipsticks, and I’m into it.
mac cosmetics men love mystery lipstick
MAC “Men Love Mystery” matte lipstick: I haven’t done a side by side, but this shade seems pretty close to “Up The Amp” but with a matte finish (Up The Amp is an amplified finish), maybe a little softer. I happen to love “Up The Amp” but prefer matte finishes, so hooray for this one!
mac cosmetics matte royal lipstick
MAC “Matte Royal” matte lipstick: I would love to be that girl who can totally pull of blue lipstick, but I don’t think I am. That being said, my best friend’s blue lipstick caught the eye of the boy who would become her high school boyfriend, so there is power in a sapphire pout, my friends. This shade requires a little more finesse and fine tuning than the others, and it has slightly uneven coverage.


mac cosmetics d is for danger lipstick
MAC “D is for Danger” matte lipstick: Brick red with a killer name. Honestly, the name alone makes me want to wear this at all times.


mac cosmetics antique velvet lipstick
MAC “Antique Velvet” matte lipstick: Another 90s dream, this “intense brown” shade is surprisingly a color that seems to be missing from my collection. I have lots of vampy reds and plums, but this is more of a chocolatey hue. In short, I love it.


Do you have a favorite? Are there any you want to purchase for yourself? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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  1. Angela says:

    If you get the opportunity I would love to see a review of some of the Lime Crime Velvetines. They appear to be even more matte than these. Shroom and Salem are my Dream of the 90’s shades I’d like to make alive on my lips haha.
    All cruelty free and vegan, which is a huge draw for me but a little pricey to purchase on-line without sampling.

    (Also “Bleached” and “Riot” look like total beauts)

    I hope you’ll be able to get your hands on some!

    • Keiko Lynn says:

      Thanks for the request, but I don’t wear Lime Crime. But Dose Of Colors makes comparable product and colors, and most liquid lipsticks have similar formulas. I love NYX matte lip cremes because they’re not drying, have great staying power, and are about $5!

  2. Almavee says:

    I had to get “D” for Danger but now, as usual, can’t seem to find it in my stash of lipsticks. I’m also intrigued by antique velvet so I might check that out.

  3. Shira says:

    Oohhhhh I love All Fired Up! Major envy of your lipstick collection haha! My other favorites are Pink Pigeon and D is for Danger! I’m all about the bright reds and pinks! Great swatches!

  4. Stephanie says:

    How are these lipsticks in comparison to MAC’s Ruby Woo? I adore the color, but it’s extremely drying at my lips and it tugs at my pout way too harshly. I had to give it up and move on to other mattes. It’s a shame because I really do love the color.

    • Keiko Lynn says:

      Ruby Woo is a Retro Matte, so the only one I listed that would be comparable is All Fired Up. The others are MAC’s matte formula, which are not nearly as dry. I’m personally a fan of Russian Red, but it’s not as blue as Ruby Woo.

  5. Christine says:

    I’m very curious to know what eyeliner you are wearing in these photos. I love it!

    • Keiko Lynn says:

      Unfortunately it has been discontinued, but I think they still have it (on sale!) on some sites. It’s Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Liner in “Smog”.

  6. Donah @ SweetJellyBean says:

    Perfect swatches! Not sure when it started but I’m starting to hoard matte lipsticks myself although I’ve yet to pick one up from this collection. Men Love Mystery is my favorite shade out of this bunch! Oh I love NYX matte lip cremes, too! I love their Monte Carlo shade. What about you?

    xx Donah

    • Keiko Lynn says:

      LOVE the matte lip cremes! San Paulo is my go to.

  7. Carey says:

    What blush are you wearing? It’s very complimentary to all of the lipsticks.

    • Keiko Lynn says:

      It’s an old limited edition MAC Skinfinish, Scene To Be Seen:)