I've been eagerly anticipating MAC's newest lipstick, Mattene ($14.50), for months. I'd heard that the texture was going to be close to matte, but not flat-matte, so it could be a nice alternative to a glossy, shiny lip.
I've checked out seven of the 16 Mattene colors, and I can happily say that my high hopes were justified. I put it on in Classic Dame, a blood red, and a bunch of the Sugar girls complimented me right away. You might think they're just being nice, but trust me, I'm always pawing around in makeup, and never before have I gotten such good feedback! For product pictures and the full review,
Hey hey, it's me wearing Classic Dame! The lipstick comes in a slimmer tube than MAC's usual bullet-shaped tubes, but it's still got that vanilla scent that I love. Application was a breeze—it goes on smoothly and evenly, with no pulling. The semi-matte finish looks different depending on the color choice. With Classic Dame, I felt like a '40s siren with a bold but not brash red lip. But Composure is soft enough to look like my natural lip color, just bumped up a notch.
The color stays for hours, and the formula isn't drying. I could see Mattene being a holy-grail lipstick for women of a certain age, since it has good staying power, doesn't feather, and isn't glossy. I'll be wearing it a lot this fall, so you know what I think. But if you stop by a MAC counter, let me know what you think.