I\’ve always loved MAC, from the moment I first laid eyes on their lipsticks to the last minute I spent working for the brand. I haven\’t been part of the company for more than a year now and although I did re-apply to work there between the first and the second lockdown here in London, I don\’t think I will ever work in a MAC store again.
Despite the atmosphere and the creativity emerging from makeup artists discussing day after day after day, I did feel like MAC was lacking some innovation regarding the recurring shades in the limited edition collections.
On the other hand, what MAC does in the shape of classic products, MAC does well. This is why I own that many of their lip pencils (and those are only the classic ones – I didn\’t include the Pro Longwear lip liners!) so without further ado, let\’s examine those and make you fall in love with them as I am.
MAC Cosmetics | Lip Pencil Features (£15.50 for 1.45g)
About the pencil itself, there\’s not much to say; it is but a classic pencil shape to sharpen so you get the freshest result on your lips. They\’re designed to shape the lips or color them in as they\’re creamy enough even to fill in the lips and be worn as lipsticks.
|MAC Lip Pencils in Beet, Nightingale and Heroine
MAC Cosmetics | Nude Lip Pencil Swatches
I used to sell lip pencils very easily when I was working at MAC because I actually believe they help greatly in making a lipstick longlasting and shaped up to perfection.
The only lip liner colors I only ever dislike in makeup are the ones that look like you are not wearing anything so you\’ll rarely find me reaching out for Boldly Bare or Subculture (or Dervish, its pink counterpart, that I don\’t even own for that reason).
Among those nudes, the ones I wear most often are doubtlessly Spice and Whirl – I even believe I have several of each. By the way, I had written this amazing review about the Spice lip liner and lip gloss combo so if you want to see how beautiful they look paired up, it\’s right here.
MAC Cosmetics | Pink & Purple Lip Pencil Swatches
My absolute, definite, most favorite shades among those are Beet and Nightingale. Once again, I stocked up on those shades before I left MAC and I think they are the most brilliant lip pencil colors MAC offers.
That\’s the interesting thing about MAC; how they created cult, classic colors that are at least a bit different to any other brand\’s staples. Thought and work went into the creation of the simplest shades and they are flattering on so many skin tones that I guess that was made MAC famous down the line.
MAC Cosmetics | Red Lip Pencil Swatches
Oh, how many Cherry and Ruby Woo lip liners I sold… The former looks perfect with Russian Red while Ruby Woo gets without a doubt most of the time paired with… Ruby Woo.
As a muted colors die-hard fan, I find Half Red pretty interesting to work with too. I especially love those versatile shades that allow you to blend them in unexpected combinations. Half Red with Blankety (one of the prettiest nudes ever)? Auburn with Down to an Art? Beet with New York Apple? That\’s the kind of creativity I breathe for.
Indeed, those lip liners are as creamy as they go but do wear a lip balm or better yet, a lip primer underneath as I find that as any lip liner, they will dry your lips in a matter of hours. There\’s kind of no secret, either you want them hydrating, or you want them long-lasting, right?
If you don\’t want to splurge this very moment, I would recommend getting one or two of the Barry M lip liners (for instance, the shade Russet is a dupey dupe of Spice – I didn\’t tell you anything) although they are a tad more drying. But at least you can find out if the color suits you, for less. Reminds me I need to write a lil post about those Barry M lip liners!
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