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Stash Status: M.A.C Lip Pencils

M.A.C Lip about a product I've gone back and forth about. My current view is if there's a unique enough colour that you like - that you're going to use often - get it. Otherwise they're plenty other affordable lip pencils on the market. P L E N T Y.

Pro Longwear Lip Pencils

Sigh. These are heart breaking. Excellent staying power on the lips but boy do they dry out in the packaging. At that point they're still usable but the application process is noticeably more difficult.

M.A.C says: "A new form of long-wearing lip pencil technology that saturates lips in rich colour. A new generation of long-wearing lip pencil technology. Glides on fluidly and adheres instantly. Defines the lips with an instant release of rich, saturated colour. The transfer-proof formula prolongs the hours between reapplication.

Key Claims and Benefits

  • Long-wearing, 8 hours
  • Smudge-proof
  • Transfer-resistant
  • Non-feathering
  • Provides stay-true colour 

Apply directly to lips before or after any M·A·C Lipstick or Lipglass application
". Currently available in 28 shades. Each pencil contains 1.2 g / 0.04 US oz. of product and retails for $20USD.

I have four shades and I really really will try to not be lured by any more.

M.A.C Pro Longwear Lip Pencils
M.A.C Pro Longwear Lip Pencil swatches
T - B: 'RiRi Woo', 'More To Love', 'Shock Value' and 'Staunchly Stylish'

Soap and water wouldn't remove those swatches; I had to reach for the Bioderma.

M.A.C Pro Longwear Lip Pencils

You can see in the photo above how the product 'draws away' from the packaging after a while. 'Staunchly Stylish' (top) is the newest of the bunch so that's how it's supposed to look. And don't be blaming it on my sharpener either, I only use the Urban Decay Grindhouse on these.

'RiRi Woo' Lipstick and Pro Longwear Lip Pencil swatch
'RiRi Woo' Lipstick and Pro Longwear Lip Pencil

'More To Love' Pro Longwear Lip Pencil swatch
'More To Love' Pro Longwear Lip Pencil

Regular Lip Pencils

Cult favourites.

Marketing blurb: "A pencil in a wide range of colours designed for shaping, lining or filling in lips. A pencil designed for shaping, lining or filling in the lip. Lip Pencils have a smooth, creamy texture that is perfect for outlining lips or colouring them in. They are available in a wide selection of colours that each work well with many different lipstick shades.

Key Claims and Benefits

  • Features a smooth and creamy formula
  • Features a texture that won't skip or drag
  • Applies quickly and precisely

Apply directly to lips before or after any M·A·C Lipstick or Lipglass application
". Currently available in 42 shades (WOW). Each pencil contains 1.45 g / 0.05 US oz. of product and retails for $16.50USD.

So you're getting more product for less money than the aforementioned type. Looking at the ingredients on the packaging - since M.A.C doesn't list them on the website - the major difference I see in the formula is that the Pro Longwear version contains more waxes and silicones. Yet, the regular formula applies easier in my opinion. They got it right with the 'creamy' claim.

M.A.C Lip Liner ingredients -

I have four shade presently and I still have my eye on three more.

M.A.C Lip Pencils
M.A.C Lip Pencils swatches
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T - B: 'Nightmoth', 'Chestnut', 'Whirl' and 'Heroine'

These swatches removed easily with soap and water with the exception of 'Nightmoth' which took a bit more elbow grease. The application was smoother than with the Pro Longwear formula. Speaking of 'Nightmoth', I already have a backup of that - it's my favourite vampy shade

M.A.C Lip Pencil 'Nightmoth' Special Packaging

Lip pencils do not qualify for the Back to M.A.C programme so if you get a shade you don't find yourself using I'd suggest that you destash it quickly to try and recoup some funds, if possible.

M.A.C Lip Pencils

'Whirl' (second from top) is the newest of the bunch. 'Heroine' (top) is showing the most exterior packaging breakdown.

Tom Ford 'Rouge Fatal' + M.A.C 'Nightmoth' swatch
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Tom Ford 'Rouge Fatal' + M.A.C 'Nightmoth'

M.A.C 'Heroine' Lipglass + Lip Pencil swatch
'Heroine' Lipglass + Lip Pencil

Which formula is your favourite? What shades do you think I should check out? Let us know in the comments.

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