When I first took off the lid and twisted the tube, this lipstick left me a little perplexed. The name clearly states "red" but the actual colour has much more of a pink tone. It's a bit like a cherry pink has got caught in the mixture of a classic red to churn out this hue.
Trying it on was a different story. The off-red looks amazing against my fair skin. It's strong enough to be a real statement, but the dose of pink makes this so much more approachable. It's a happy red. The more mellow of the reds, which means you can get away with wearing this everyday if you wanted to.
If you love the texture of MAC's mattes, then Retro Matte will be a shock to the system. Unlike regular mattes which glide on beautifully, Retro Mattes need a lip balm base. Its tough texture isn't for everyone, but once it's on, it won't let you down.
Colour Intensity: high
Finish: Retro Matte - no gloss
Overall Rating: 4/5 - a beautiful colour but tough to get off
You'll like this if: you want a bit of a break from Ruby Woo
Perfect for: staying put all day / nights out / cocktails with the girls
Avoid: if you're on a date! Kissing with this on is messy - trust me!!!