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M.A.C Cosmetics Retro Matte Lipstick 3g

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Matte lipstick is bolder, badder and matter than ever before with M.A.C Cosmetics Retro Matte Lipstick. Intense colour payoff meets tenacious wear in a fade-proof, non-feathering formula.

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M.A.C Cosmetics Retro Matte Lipstick Reviews

4.6 of 91 reviews

97% recommend this product

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Most Helpful Positive

Obsessed with this colour


Love this colour, I find it easy to apply and the colour stays really well. Perfect red lip.

Most Helpful Criticism

Had to return


I got this in All Fired Up which is a stunning shade. Unfortunately, this was extremely (and I mean EXTREMELY) hard to apply. My lips are not particularly dry and I had exfoliated and moisturized nicely before. This would drag and pull so bad on my lips and even when applied with a brush my lips would look dry and crusty after a few minutes. I had to return this.
  1. Pretty, but doesn’t hold up


    I bought this in Ruby Woo after watching many vloggers vouch for this epic red but after wearing it over a few days (it’s Christmas, I wear red almost exclusively) I found that this one just couldn’t go that extra mile. It was hard to get on but I expected that from my research but I found that even after an hour it would begin to separate and pile on my lips. I wouldn’t have minded if the stain l...
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  2. Amazing colour - texture amazingly bad


    I love the colour so much, it is the best shade of red ever produced by any cosmetic company. The texture is the worst ever produced by any cosmetic company. This lipstick truly breaks my heart. It peels, pills and flakes but if you can get it on you will fall deeply in love and then like all the great romance stories it ends tragically soon after.
  3. Obsessed with this colour


    Love this colour, I find it easy to apply and the colour stays really well. Perfect red lip.
  4. Flat out fabulous

    Lippy lover

    Lipstick shade is very bold and fun! The staying power is great and lippys last forever. Love MAC
  5. Perfect matte


    I have this in Ruby Woo and it's my go-to red lipstick. Super easy to apply, lasts through basically everything except oily food, and really easy to touch-up when it wears off.
  6. Nice colours but very drying


    I love the colour Ruby Woo in this formula but it is *so drying*. It wasn't very long lasting on me either, and difficult to apply evenly. I know a lot of people love it but I think it needs to be slightly tweaked to apply evenly, last and wear well.
  7. Gorgeous


    The colour payoff is so amazing and bright and it doesn't transfer either
  8. Last long


    The colour is nice and it lasts long even after having food and drinks
  9. Good lipsticks, not a bad price


    I purchased Ruby Woo and I have no regrets! Easy to apply and dries matte so stays on for a long time :) Amazing colour pay off. I want moooore
  10. Good lipsticks, not a bad price


    I purchased Ruby Woo and I have no regrets! Easy to apply and dries matte so stays on for a long time :) Amazing colour pay off. I want moooore
  11. Makes blue eyes pop!


    My go to red lipstick when I want to feel fierce! It’s a blue toned red, so as someone with pale skin and blue eyes, when I wear this lipstick it just makes my eyes pop and look super blue!
    It can feel a bit dry to apply if you’re not used to it, but it stays on all night
  12. All time favourite


    Ruby Woo is my all time favourite. It is super matte, even more matte than other colours in the same range. But that means it lasts for a long time on the lips! Lip balm is definitely needed for a smooth application.
  13. Ruby woo!


    I have a few retro matte shades and they’re all beautiful. They can feel a little crunchy/dry to wear but I find they’re quite long lasting.
  14. Ruby woo-hoo


    Mac’s Ruby Woo is my go to red lip. It’s a super bright orange based red that pops on my very pale skin. I live to pair it with simple makeup. As it’s matte it will accentuate any dryness, so I always exfoliate my lips before using.
    The only downside is that the formula is a little drying.
  15. Such a lovely formula


    I love the retro matte by Mac. Ruby woo is such a beautiful and cool toned red. Suits my pale skin tone very well. The formula is also very confortble and feels beautiful on the lips, it is not too drying.
  16. Hard to apply but worth the struggle


    I have a couple of lipsticks in this formula - my favourite is Relentlessly Red. They are super hard to apply because the formula is so dry, but the staying power is unlike any other and once on is actually quite comfortable on the lips. I recommend using a lip brush to help you apply.
  17. Retro as


    Not my favourite lipstick! very pink! you could say very retro! but the texture is nice and creamy and doesn't dry your lips out
  18. Classic red - Ruby Woo


    Ruby Woo is an absolute classic and I love the colour. It is on the drier/matte side though so you have to have prepped lips before you apply, otherwise it won't feel as comfortable or look as good. Also it is not your typical matte like Velvet Teddy, it's a retro matte which is even more dry. What I love about this shade is that it suits pretty much all skin tones and doesn't make your teeth look...
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  19. Bright confidence booster


    Awesome colour, and it stayed all day. Had numerous comments on my statement lips. Not too drying.
  20. Ruby Woo - Believe the hype


    Bought this because of the hype and i get it now. Brought this into work for Valentine's Day when we all wear lippy. Four of us (with varying skin tones and shades and general appearance) wore this exact shade and it looked amazing on everyone. Lasts ages, i recommend getting the pencil too, such a strong colour requires precision
  21. Flat out fabulous


    I have this in flat out fabulous and it really is fabulous. It looks super stunning and has insane pigment and lasts all day. I mean all day without needing to touch up at all.
  22. Ruby Woo


    Ruby woo is a beautiful colour, it applies nicely and stays throughout the day with one touch-up. The only issue is that it settles into the lip lines and makes them look prominent so make sure to exfoliate your lips before applying it.
  23. Ok


    Creamy, easy to apply and lovely colour.
  24. Good


    Creamy, easy to apply and lovely colour.
  25. So bright!!

    Emma Loves Makeup

    These shades are so bold and beautiful!! If you're going for a bright lip / subtle eye look these are perfect. The formula is pretty good as well
  26. Ruby - Best shade of red for medium tan skin


    I like Ruby Woo shade, it's the best shade of red there is out there. However, I need to wear lip balm before putting this on to prevent dryness on my inner lips throughout the day.
  27. Love this


    Smooth texture, easy to apply and lasts awhile. Beautiful colour.
  28. Beautiful


    Beautiful colours, long stayer, great all round. goes on evenly, wears off evenly.
  29. love it


    Ruby woo is one of the best red lipsticks ever. It so intense, highly pigmented colour and has a matte finish.
  30. I love the plum shade


    The plum shade is a classic colour, it's super versatile and looks great on.
  31. Best lipsticks!


    MAC matte and Retro matte lipsticks are the absolute bomb. I have multiple shades and adore them. Creamy to apply but so long lasting, they won't go anywhere. Beautiful range of shades as always and so highly pigmented. You cannot go wrong with these lipsticks! Only thing is you need to make sure your lips are exfoliated if they are quite dry as this may affect your finish.
  32. Good


    Love MACs matt range but colour doesn't stay on long. The matt look and colour is beautiful though.
  33. Brilliant Product


    The formula of these products is second to none. The colours are gorgeous, I absolutely love them and they work brilliantly with a summer glow on darker and warmer skin tomes
  34. Amazing lipstick


    Love this lipstick. Comes in a range of shades. I have a few.

    Easy to apply, stays put, and looks great.

    Always a go-to brand for me.
  35. 60s vibes


    I always use runway hit when I want to go for that 1960s look! Super beautiful and soft lipstick that lasts hours!
  36. Love it!


    Goes on smooth and the pigmentation is 10/10. I love the bright colour range and there are beautiful shades to suit every skin tone. The shade "Relentlessly Red" is one of the most gorgeous colours with a mixture of red, pink and coral tones. Perfect for summer!
  37. No one does a matte shade quite like MAC


    No one does a matte shade quite like MAC! There's something about the finish of this one that is just incredible.
  38. Best lipstick ever!!


    I believe that everyone should have a Mac lipstick in there makeup bag. My favourite is ruby woo. The lipstick has an matte finish and all the colours are classic and beautiful. Lasts a long time.
  39. Had to return


    I got this in All Fired Up which is a stunning shade. Unfortunately, this was extremely (and I mean EXTREMELY) hard to apply. My lips are not particularly dry and I had exfoliated and moisturized nicely before. This would drag and pull so bad on my lips and even when applied with a brush my lips would look dry and crusty after a few minutes. I had to return this.
  40. Ruby Woo


    This was the first Mac lipstick I bought (in Ruby Woo) and it's always been one of my favourites. I love the matte finish and the shade of red is really classic and beautiful. Lasts a long time.
  41. Very Matte & Pigmented


    VERY matte and VERY retro! Long lasting and yes, drying on the lips after many hours. But I don't believe you can have a matte finish without the dryness. Lipsticks aren't magical... but these are wonderful if that's the look and the finish you are going for :)
  42. One of the best!


    Out of all the red lipsticks I own, the Ruby Woo from MAC's retro matte is by far my favourite. Goes on smoothly and lasts for about 6+ hours.
  43. Great


    Love the retro matte formula. Goes on beautiful and has great coverage. It can be a little on the dryer side as it's quite matte, but lasts a long time in the lips.
  44. long wearing but very drying


    This is very long wearing it literally ill last 8 hours!!! only trouble is that it goes a bit dry and crusty at the end of the day and if you try to reapply it once its already on your lips and dried it makes it look even worse.
  45. Absolute favourite


    I've tried numerous lipstick brands - drugstore, mid-range, high-end - and MAC is still my favourite. Great for dehydrated lips and lasts all day!
  46. Absolute Favourite


    This lipstick in Ruby-Woo is my absolute favourite. It has amazing staying power. You can eat and drink and talk, and it stays on for hours without needed a touch up. I love it!
  47. In love with this lippy


    This is actually my first MAC lipstick and I'm annoyed at myself for waiting so long to try them. I'm a big fan of matte and this is definitely matte. Make sure you have exfoliated your lips and moisturised them first as it will stick to any bump on your lips.

    It's lasting power is great! I ordered All Fired Up. It's not quite as bright as in the picture so I was a little disappointe...
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  48. Can't go past Ruby Woo


    Ruby Woo has to be one of the most iconic lip colours ever made. I love the matte finish. Used with the Mac lip pencil it lasts all night and doesn't transfer much onto glasses when drinking. LOVE.
  49. Long wearing but drying


    Very long wearing and budge proof. However, the trade off is that these formulas are very drying on the lips. I have to use something underneath to make these comfortable over the day. All the MAC lipsticks have great packaging and are reasonably priced.
  50. Colour is absolutely beautiful but it’s quite drying


    One of the best selling colours from MAC and I see why. The colour is so so pretty I’d wear it every day if it wasn’t so drying. You really have to scrub and use a hydrating lip balm before using it.
  51. So long-lasting!


    I have the shade Relentlessly Red and I love it! Lasts really well and really comfortable on the lips. I wouldn't really call the shade 'red' though, definitely more of a raspberry bright pink.
  52. If it's good enough for Rihanna


    Ruby Woo - it's a really nice coolish red, a bit lighter than the Russian red, still lovely pigmented colour and lasts for ages on the lips, do still find it a bit drying so like to put a bit of primer underneath.
  53. Ruby woo is incredible!


    I never used to wear lipstick as I found other ones would always just disappear off my lips so quickly, but Ruby woo is so flattering and it stays on for hours! I always get compliments on my lip colour when I wear it.
  54. Ruby woo is the perfect red


    Ruby woo is the best red matte EVER on the face of this earth, in my humble opinion. The lasting power is so damn good, I don't even care that it gets a little dry because this colour lasts ALL DAY. It matches my skin tone perfectly and I honestly feel so confident and amazing whenever I wear it. If you buy any mac lipstick, let it be Ruby Woo!!! The hype is real.
  55. Ruby Woo


    I LOVE the Ruby Woo colour. It is the perfect red for everyday and the matte makes your look flawless. My only downfall is that it is a bit drying but nothing a touch of lip balm underneath won't fix.
  56. this red YES


    Ruby woo is my go to when i wanna feel like an absolute BOSS, I get so many compliments and it flatters so many skint ones
  57. Relentlessly Red


    So this has to be the lipstick that the most people ask what I’m wearing!! Without fail, someone will ask the shade! Such an amazing colour that has decent lasting power...just make sure your lips are nicely moisturised before hand. I’m on my third, which rarely happens!!
  58. Ruby woo!


    I’m more of a pencil kind of girl, but if I want red lips then it would definitely be MACs ruby woo lipstick! I’ve tried a lot of red lipsticks and havent yet found a better one than ruby woo! I never stay without one. Ever!
  59. Ruby Woo!


    I have this in the shade Ruby Woo and I feel like it is the only red lipstick I will ever need. I have fair skin and dark hair and this colour complement my complexion so well. Although I don't reach for it daily, I really rate the staying power and quality of the product.
  60. Good but not long wearing


    I have All Fired Up and it's a glorius ultra matte deep hot pink, however being a matte it's a given that this isn't moisturising, that said still fairly creamy given how matte it looks so a good product. I don't find this product to be that long wearing.
  61. Pigmented


    These are so pigmented and long lasting but I do find them drying. I have dangerous which is a gorgeous orange-red shade that's so vibrant
  62. Has staying power


    I love the shade Ruby Woo. It's the perfect red for my pale complexion and blonde hair. This lipstick does not dry out my lips and it does stay on but you may need to reapply after a couple of hours. My absolute go to for an instant glam look.
  63. Beaut Pop Of Colour


    I purchased this before a trip to europe and wore it every single day! Paired with nothing but bronzer and liquid highlighter, i got the perfect summer bold lip without looking too overdone. I never use lipliner with this shade as i like to blurr the edges whilst rubbing them in with my fingers.
  64. Love Ruby Woo!


    Really nice coolish red, a bit lighter than the Russian red, still lovely pigmented colour and lasts for ages on the lips, do still find it a bit drying so like to put a bit of primer underneath.
  65. Flat out Fabulous stands by its name!


    Flat out Fabulous is a great purple, goes on a bit lighter then what the photos looks, has quite a bit of fuchsia running through it. Lasts all day!
  66. Great Colour & Feel


    This lipstick goes on easily and doesn’t feel like you’re wearing anything which is great, nice colours too!
  67. Love


    Super pigmented, love the shades! Very bright and popping.
  68. Relentlessly red is my go to!


    If I had a favourite matte textured lipstick! Relentlessly red is my go to. It’s a bright red coral colour, instantly brings out my greens eyes and goes well with my fair complexion. If you wear this shade, you’ll surely stand out in the crowd. Only downside is it can be hard to apply at times, it’s a very dry texture but once it’s applied you’ll fall in love.
  69. Finally found the perfect red!


    I love this lipstick! I’m quite pale and this is the Perfect red for me. Very matte and long lasting without drying. I highly recommend!


    Flat out fabulous is the best lipstick ever! These are even more dry than the usual matte MAC ones but they dont dry your lips just crackle a bit over the day. Still love them so much, I think I have all the shades !
  71. staying power


    I love this lipstick. Very matte and has a long lasting wear. It didn't dry my lips at all either. My favorite is Ruby Woo. Now I want to try another shade!
  72. Beautiful red


    Red lipstick does not suits me much .I got a sample of RUBY woo by Mac and after very hesitation one day I use it with my white dress and surprisingly I love it ,seriously the best ever red color lippy I use in my life .next day I buy my own RUBY woo bcz now I love to use red lippy
  73. All fired up


    I love the look of this lippy. Perfect red for me and I love the texture of this lippy.
  74. Amazing red


    Ruby woo is my favourite red lipstick as it is a true blue-based red. l always receive compliments when l wear this. It makes my teeth look amazingly white. Highly recommend!
  75. Ruby Woo


    Obsessed with this lipstick. Perfect blu-red. Long wearing & easy to apply. Total MAC lipstick convert now
  76. gorgeous shades


    i love ruby woo and it's such a brightening red shade that just looks amazing on everyone. these matte lipsticks are good- they don't dry out my lips but they're not nourishing either.
  77. Lovely shades


    Perfect for a night time look that really pops! The colour is super long-lasting and so smooth to apply. No smuding or creasing.
  78. Stands the test of time


    Very bright colour which holds. I'd recommend using a lip liner with it so it doesn't smear. The smell isn't bad and sits for a while. Would recommend a red shade for olive skin types.
  79. Needs a balm


    Ruby Woo is one of my all-time favourite reds and it stays put even when i'm eating but i do have to touch up after. It can be very, very dry on the lips though and I need to use a lip primer or a lip balm over the top.
  80. Ruby Woo


    Ruby Woo is one of the best reds for every skin-tone. The lipstick is a little dry but is so long lasting and is the perfect shade of blue-red
  81. Long lasting


    I have the shades ruby woo and relentlessly red. Great pigmentation and colour payoff. The formula is however very dry (but long lasting). Lip exfoliation is very important before applying these lipsticks.
  82. Super Dry


    These are long lasting and very pigmented but can chap my lips heaps if i dont prep with a lipbalm.
  83. ruby woo - perfect red


    Ruby woo is the most perfect blue toned red for every skin tone and makes me feel like a pop star! super long wearing but not drying and doesnt transfer or become patchy
  84. Great


    Great lipstick so far! I bought one for my sister as a gift for she once mentioned that she wants a striking red lipstick and she immediately fall in love the moment she got her package. The lipstick gives smooth application and it is not patchy at all - which the two characteristics do not apply to some matte lipsticks out there in the market. The colour is vibrant and it suits her the best..
  85. Best Long-Lasting Lipstick!


    Firstly I love that Adore Beauty is now stocking MAC! Ruby Woo is an amazing lipstick which stays put all day long! The shade is devine, a very bold red which suits every skin tone. Applies easily and doesn't budge all day long!
  86. Ruby Woo a Winner!


    No one does lipstick like MAC! I have Ruby Woo from the Retro matte collection. - it's the perfect, sexy, deep red colour! This lippy can be drying - so be sure to exfoliate your lips prior to wearing. The colour will stay all day when worn with matching liner!
  87. Classic lipstick


    Never use lipsticks anymore as I love the staying power of a liquid lip - but Flat Out Fabulous has stayed in my collection as it stays for so long and is such a bright, vibrant colour! I love mac lipsticks and this formula doesn't disappoint.


    I LOVE this lipstick.

    My absolute favourite shade is Relentlessly Red - it really pops and helps my teeth look whiter!

    I would suggest to do a lip scrub to exfoliate if you have dry and/or chapped lips before application but the pigment and wears very well.

    Would 100% recommend!
  89. Amazing colour range


    Love the colours of the matte range of lipsticks. If you don't like matte lipsticks, these can be drying but not as much as the liquids
  90. Best lipsticks!


    Mac lipsticks are popular for a reason! Just the best quality at a great price. I love their colour range - so many different shades to choose from. So happy that Mac is selling on Adore now. Would definitely recommend and I hope to purchase several more colours.
  91. One of my all time faves, just wish it was in liquid form!


    It glides on so easily and doesn't dry out. The shade is so versatile and would suit any skin tone! Highly recommend trying the matte lipsticks... there is definitely a colour out there for everybody!

  92. Ruby Woo - An absolute classic

    Alexandra (Adore Beauty Staff)

    Ruby Woo is one of the first lipsticks I ever purchased for myself, and it's a colour I don't think I'll ever get sick of. It is the most stunning true red for that classic Hollywood siren look, and it's flattering on so many different skintones. It really is the kind of shade of red that will make you feel like a million bucks wearing, both with full glam and with a natural look with a pop of col...
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