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MAC Flat Out Fabulous Retro Matte Lipstick Review, Swatches

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Pink lipstick! no way. I am not wearing it. It’s too bright for my skin tone. It will never suit me. It is meant for only fair skin tones. These were the things I use to say before I joined M.A.C as a Makeup consultant. Being a makeup artist at M.A.C. means that you have to try each and every product on yourself to get the exact idea of how the product feels – good or bad. After joining M.A.C I heard a lot about FLAT OUT FABULOUS from my colleagues but it was never in stock. But after sometime it was back in stock and I thought of giving it a try and that day changed the way I use to look at bright lip colors. Hence, let us go through the MAC Flat Out Fabulous Retro Matte Lipstick Review, Swatches.

MAC Flat Out Fabulous Retro Matte Lipstick Review Swatches

Claims for MAC Retro Matte Lipstick – Flat Out Fabulous

Colour plus texture for the lips. Stands out on the runway. Simmers on the street! What made M A C famous.

Flat out Fabulous is described as a Bright Plum Shade with a Retro Matte finish.

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Price of MAC Retro Matte Lipstick

$ 17.00 for 0.1 oz in the USA.
£ 15.50.00 for 3 g in the UK
₹ 1450.00 for 3 g in India.

MAC Flat Out Fabulous Retro Matte Lipstick Review Swatches with liner

In Detail MAC Flat Out Fabulous Retro Matte Lipstick Review, Swatches and My Experience

Today I am going to write about one of my favourite lipsticks from M.A.C “Retro Matte FLAT OUT FABULOUS”. Flat Out Fabulous is a bright pink- plum color that comes in regular packaging like other lipsticks of M.A.C i.e. the black bullet case.

Flat Out Fabulous has a very matte texture as it is from the retro matte family. Due to this extra matte texture, the lipstick hardly bleeds.

The best part I like about it is that it stays for around 4-5 hours even after I have my meals. Moreover after 5 hours it leaves a hint of colour on my lips which looks like a lip stain.

In past 3 years I have tried lipsticks of various brands and realised that the staying power of lipstick not only depends on its texture and formulation but also depends on the way of application. By the way of application I mean prepping up your lips. To learn the best way of prepping up your lips scroll down to the application section.

Coming on to its pigmentation- it is highly pigmented. One swipe is sufficient for intense colour payoff but due its extra matte texture, it becomes a bit hard to apply it as you have to apply a bit pressure to it.

Being a makeup artist I have used Flat Out Fabulous on many of my clients with different skin tones and it has worked really well. The bright pink- plum colour not only brightens up your face but also adds confidence in you.

There are days when I don’t feel like doing any makeup; I just apply Flat out fabulous and it glam up my face. I have heard girls saying that matte texture dries up their lips. I am sure it does but only when you do not prep your lips well. According to me every bride should have Flat Out Fabulous in her trousseau. Not to forget the colour looks different on different skin tones and lightings.

MAC Flat Out Fabulous Retro Matte Lipstick Review Swatch

Application – How to Properly Apply A Proper Matte Lipstick

  1. Apply any lip balm and leave it for 1 minute.
  2. After a minute wipe it with a tissue. This will remove the dead skin from the lips.
  3. Now re- apply lip balm and leave it for a minute.
  4. Pat the excess balm with a tissue.
  5. Now your lips are ready for the lipstick.
  6. You can apply it either directly on your lips or use a lip brush.


  1. Apply a lip primer that would moisturise and hydrate your lips. It also smoothes the lip and helps your lipstick stay longer.
  2. Leave it for 2-3 minutes and now your canvas is ready to be painted.

More Photos, Swatches, MBF Makeup Look

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MAC Flat Out Fabulous Retro Matte Lipstick Review Swatches on lips

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Pros of MAC Flat Out Fabulous Retro Matte Lipstick

  1. Suitable for all skin tones
  2. Brightens up the face
  3. Highly pigmented
  4. Good staying power
  5. Hardly bleeds

Cons of MAC Flat Out Fabulous Retro Matte Lipstick

  1. A bit hard in application if applied directly.
  2. Some of you might feel dry lips but for that prep your lips well.
  3. A bit pricey

MBF Advises

  1. Before applying the lipstick do prep your lips well specially if you have dry lips.
  2. Use a lip pencil to define your lips and also fill the lips using the lip pencil. This would make your lips look crisp.
  3. Try using a lip brush for a better application

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Overall I love the product. So beautiful ladies what are you waiting for, the wedding season is here and it’s the best time to glam up your look with the “FLAT OUT FABULOUS” lipstick. If you try out the product don’t forget to share your view and pictures in the comment section below. Also do let us know if the review was helpful to you.

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  • Astha September 17, 2016, 6:57 pm

    I honestly just fell in love with this shade. I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Absolutely loved the review and your photos. The application part you have done is something every person must read to nail matte lipstick looks all the time.

  • aditi September 17, 2016, 7:17 pm

    thanks astha for your compliment and giving me a platform where i can share my knowledge with our readers. And you should definitely buy this lipstick as it will look superb on you. I am sure after reading our article no girl will ever say NO to matte lipsticks.

  • Parul Sarwal September 17, 2016, 7:47 pm

    I was in the mall right now when I was going through MBF as usual. As soon as I saw this review, I can’t believe I bought it. I just walked out of the MAC store right now and one of the ladies actually saw me looking at the review. I am so impressed how flattering this shade looks even on normal skin tone like ours. I can’t thank you enough Aditi, my Saturday is well spent now 🙂 I am so going to wear this tomorrow and come back to the same mall 😉 So I am also keeping my pocket ready in case you review another awesomeness from MAC 😀

    • Aditi September 17, 2016, 10:15 pm

      It is a wonderful color. Nd suits all skin tones. I am sure tomorrow when you will flaunt ur lip color many are going to ask you the shade. And I m happy that my review helped you. And your comment has boosted my confidence….
      Thank you for your sweet comments

  • kookie sidhu September 17, 2016, 7:51 pm

    Hi Aditi , I am looking for a nice reddish brown matte lipstick. Can you please something in Mac or some other brand ? Thanks

    • Aditi September 17, 2016, 10:00 pm

      Hey kookie u should try MAC retro

  • Rachna September 17, 2016, 10:39 pm

    What a lovely shade Aditi, loving it. Like Astha I am feeling like getting this too. Your review is amazing sweety. Keep these coming 😍

    • Aditi September 17, 2016, 11:00 pm

      Thanx rachna. You should definitely try out the lipstick

  • neha saxena September 18, 2016, 8:18 am

    very well reviewed ….i also own the flat out fabulous and believe me almost used half of the tube in just a year😉…it is such pretty shade.
    the application part will going to be helpful for many who are facing problem of chapped lips

    • Aditi September 18, 2016, 11:36 am

      Thanx neha. Well I also hope that application process help girls with chappy lips

  • kanika sharma September 18, 2016, 12:36 pm

    the shade is pretty but the pictures are more sexy…

    • aditi September 18, 2016, 10:46 pm


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