May 12, 2015

REVIEW + SWATCH FEST | 💋 MAC Lip Pencils - Oranges, Reds, Purples, Plums & Nudes 💋


Lip Liners/Lip Pencils

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

 Size: 1.45 g / 0.05 oz

Price: $16


The M∙A∙C Lip Liners retail for $16 for 1.45 g/0.05 oz of product.

The M∙A∙C Lip Liners are among the cheapest lip liners in the mid-end makeup brand range. They also contain more product than the average wooden lip pencils on the market. There are definitely cheaper alternatives in the drugstore bracket - NYX, Jordana, Milani, etc. However, the M∙A∙C Lip Liners come in at a great price point that is more affordable that comparable brands.


The M∙A∙C Lip Liners are currently available for purchase in store and online at the following locations:
  • Select Bloomingdale's Stores and on the Bloomingdale's website
  • Select Nordstrom Stores and on the Nordstrom website
  • Select Macy's Stores and on the Macy's website
  • Standalone M∙A∙C Stores and on the M∙A∙C website
  • Any other location that sells M∙A∙C Cosmetics

The M∙A∙C Lip Liners are simple wooden pencils. Of course these will require sharpening and I recommend a cosmetic-grade sharpener to limit product waste. 

Now, I was always weary of pencils that require sharpening since this leads to shaving off some of the actual lip color product with the wooden pencil. But I realized that twist up pencils, although they eliminate sharpening, come with less product overall - YES only about a 1/4 the size of a wooden pencil (see above). In addition, the twist up pencils dry out a lot faster than their wooden counterparts. Plus it is easier to sanitize wooden pencils with a quick sharpen and alcohol. Overall, I do believe wooden pencils are a better value for money PLUS shelf-life is much longer.

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

The M∙A∙C Lip Liners come in a wide range of colors (40+) and there are also many limited edition shades that debut throughout the year in different collections. The range was recently expanded to include some fun and popular colors. 

There are numerous nude shades, reds, pinks, purples, burgundy/wine shades and a couple of coral/orange tones. I do think the line could be improved with the addition of more coral and orange colors which have become very popular in the last few years - (hi MAC, I'm talking to you).

The M∙A∙C Lip Liners all (or mostly) have a matte finish

The M∙A∙C Lip Liners are fully pigmented colors that can be worn alone or under lipstick or lip gloss. 

The M∙A∙C Lip Liners have a drier formula which makes them long-wearing but that means they can tug on the lips during application. If you find them too dry, a good tip is to pass them under a blow dryer for a couple seconds to warm up the product. You can also run the pencil on the back of your hand to make the application a little smoother. Overall once they are warmed up they glide easily over the lips.

M∙A∙C Lip Liners can be sharpened for crisp lines or used with a rounded tip to distribute the product all over the lips.

Wear time is what makes these lip pencils amazing! These can last 12+ hours without budging or moving. Obviously if you add gloss or a creamy product on top they will not last as long but you still get a full 8+ hours of wear without any issues. They are almost long-wearing to a fault....I need a makeup remover wipe and lip scrub to get the richer colors off my lips.

The M∙A∙C Lip Liners are my favorite lip liners and they are a favorite among lip product lovers for good reason. They are pigmented and long lasting with a full range of colors to choose from. They are also some cult favorites with celebrities and makeup artists.

Have you tried these lip liners?  Interested?


Fruit Cocktail – clean light peachy coral
Temperature Rising – neon orange

Silly – bright pink
Candy Yum Yum – neon pink
Talking Points – bright blue fuchsia
Embrace Me – vivid pinkish fuchsia

Purples & Plums :
Heroine – bright purple
Magenta – vivid pinkish purple
Nightingale – mid-tonal cream plum
Cyber World – intense blackish purple
Currant – intense reddish purple
Vino – intense violet purple
Nightmoth – blackened plum

Reds :
Chic Trick – Amped up fuchsia
Redd – clearly red
Cherry – vivid bright bluish red
Ruby Woo – very matte vivid blue red
Follow Your Heart – vivid bright bluish red
Kiss Me Quick – yellow red
Beet – vivid reddish pink

Boldly Bare – dirty red brown
Rosy Rim – muted rosy tinted pink
Soar – mid-tone pinkish brown
Dervish – Pinky mauve
Whirl – dirty rose
Hover – Rich caramel brown
Spice – pink cinnamon stick
Oak – soft beige brown
Cork – muted golden brown
Stone – muted greyish taupe brown
Hodgepodge – neutral brown
Chestnut – intense brown

1 comment:

  1. This was really helpful. I own ruby woo and I'm thinking about buying cork to go with jubilee.

    Thank you,


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