Release Date: August 23, 2012 (U.S.) / September 2012 (International)
Availability: MAC Stores & Online
With its streamlined design, this new slimline lipcolour, features the traditional glamour properties of a matte lipstick – intense colour and semi-matte velvety finish – while offering a creamier, softer, more glide-on application. Non-caking, non drying. Moisturizing and incredibly wearable yet absolutely matte.
This review is for the 3 new, limited-edition Mattene Lipstick colors releasing with MAC’s upcoming Style Seeker Collection. This post includes photographs and swatches of the following colors:
- Fun Finds: Light nude pink
- Fashion Nomad: Bright red orange
- Camden Chic: Rich brick red
Delectable and Eden Rouge are also included in this collection, but are previously-released shades from the Posh Paradise collection. You can see a review, including photos and swatches of those 2 colors here.
Mattene Lipsticks come in skinny, matte plastic tubes, similar to the packaging used for MAC’s discontinued Slimshine Lipsticks.
Fun Finds is a pale nude with a light, dusty pink undertone. It has a nearly matte finish and pales out your lips without looking sickly. The formula is a little drier than the formula for Fashion Nomad and Camden Chic.
Fashion Nomad is a rich, vibrant, opaque, medium-orange color that leaves a slight sheen finish.
Camden Chic is an opaque, dark red that, like Fashion Nomad, leaves a slight sheen finish.
Fashion Nomad and Camden Chic are completely opaque on the lips. Fun Finds isn’t quite opaque, and you have to be careful to apply it to smooth lips, otherwise it will emphasize any flakiness on the skin.
The Mattene Lipstick formula has medium softness and applies onto the lips without any significant pulling and no skipping. Theses lipsticks aren’t moisturizing but also will not dry out your lips. Though, to be fair, I don’t think these are truly matte lipsticks because of the slight sheen they leave behind. So the fact that they aren’t drying isn’t quite as impressive as it would be if the finishes were completely matte.
In any case, these shades also wear well through the day. They last longer than your average lipstick–about 3.5 hours if you keep drinking/eating to a minimum. Plus, the strong shades (Fashion Nomad and Camden Chic) leave behind pigment on the lips (like a stain) after the product has come off.
Ease of Use: 8.75/10
The formula transfers onto the skin pretty smoothly, especially given that these are “matte” shades. You will need to be very careful with application of the bright shades because any mistake will stick out like a sore thumb. For the images, below, I apply the shades from the tube. But if you want a more smooth application, I would definitely suggest using a lip brush and/or concealer after applying the lipstick.
These cost $15.00 each (up from $14.50) and contain 2.3 grams of product. You are getting less product but paying the same price as a regular MAC Lipstick, which contains 3 grams of product.