Hello gorgeous gals,
I’m back with another MAC lip pencil. This time, it’s from their Pro Longwear range. I’m really enjoying sharing MAC products with you – one, because it’s rare and two because I know it has a wider audience. This was a chance pick from MAC Duty Free Mumbai. I went to the MAC counter looking for the new matte range. It had not reached them yet. So while browsing, I chanced upon some lip pencils – tried them and decided to pick these two shades – Absolutely It and Fashion Boost.
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.
- Provides stay-true colour.
Apply directly to lips before or after any MAC Lipstick or lip glass collection.
$20 in US/INR 1800 for 1.2 gm (as against the 1.45 gm of a regular lip pencil).
The lip pencil is a regular sharpen-able wooden pencil. It comes packaged in a black cardboard box. The good thing with the packaging is that the cap is snuggly secure and doesn’t come off easily. Also, the pencil bottom is colour coded corresponding to the product shad, so is easy to identify in the stash. The pencil consists of 1.2 gm of product as against a regular MAC lip pencil which consists of 1.45 gm. It does not come with a sharpener.
My Experience with MAC Absolutely It Pro Longwear Lip Pencil:
Color: The shade described by MAC as “soft burgundy” is a gorgeous burgundy with just a bit of purple. It looks absolutely fabulous as a neutral shade though not a n*de. I had been looking for something like this since ages. As I mentioned in my previous articles, I have been trying my hand at eye makeup, smokey look, etc. And that made me realize that I didn’t have too many lipsticks to complement a prominent smokey eye. For example, from MAC, I do have Mehr and Whirl. However, they feel a bit n*de and what I wanted was a strong shade, but more neutral looking, and that is exactly what “Absolutely It” is.
Ever since I first used it, I’ve been obsessed with it. This is definitely a shade I would keep a backup of because I am likely to finish it soon as I love wearing it on its own or topped with NARS Audrey. The beauty of the shade is that it will suit all skin tones.
Texture: The texture for this one seemed a little more drier than the regular lip pencils. Maybe, that’s what helps it adhere better and provide longevity. So, there is a bit of drag applying it. However, the fact that I often wear it on its own, without a lipstick on top showcases that the formula is tolerable. It does not suck out all moisture and make you scream for lip balm – but yes, it’s not hydrating. It is more comfortable with a lipstick on top.
Pigmentation: The pigmentation is great. The coverage it provides is better than what the regular MAC lip pencils do. The colour is fully opaque hiding all pigmentation. In the swatch, it doesn’t seem so deep, but looks more opaque and even on the lips.
Staying Power: The product lasted whole day – about 9 hours plus. At the end of that span, there were dry patches on the lips. So, I would suggest exfoliating lips before using this product and also, to avoid using such lip pencils on their own for long durations. It just isn’t fair to the lips.
To sum this up for you:
Pros of MAC Absolutely It Pro Longwear Lip Pencil:
- A beautiful wearable colour.
- Lightweight matte texture.
- Precision application.
- Great pigmentation, opaque in a single swipe.
- The pencil applies easily, there is a little tug and pull, but that’s to be expected.
- No feathering or bleeding.
- Convenient packaging, easy to apply and easy to carry, doesn’t take much space in the bag.
Cons of MAC Absolutely It Pro Longwear Lip Pencil:
- Not a hydrating formula; however, considering they are supposed to provide an iron-clad base for lipstick – one kind of expects them to be drying.
- Tends to cling to dry patches, would suggest exfoliating lips before applying.
- Product wastage during sharpening.
A definite 5/5 product.
Do I Recommend MAC Absolutely It Pro Longwear Lip Pencil?
I definitely do. And again, I would like to keep a backup of this at hand because it’s currently my most-used lip colour if I am doing heavy eye makeup.
Talking of eye makeup, please be kind when you look at the pics. I’m just trying my hand at eye makeup and no where close to a pro.
Would I Repurchase MAC Absolutely It Pro Longwear Lip Pencil?
I guess I already answered that when I said I need a backup. This also reminds me to share a thought with you all. I know we as writers mention whether we would repurchase a particular product or not. And more often that not, our response is that we are not likely to finish the product up in this lifetime, to be able to repurchase. However, of late, I have been thinking of this question and feel that we answer it incorrectly. As bloggers, yes, we have waaaay too much makeup to be able to finish a product. However, what this question means is that, is the product that crucial or special to you that say, if you lost the product, or had to give it to your friend or mom or sis, etc – would you want to go out and buy a new piece for yourself? Would you repurchase? That’s the true test of a product.
For example, If I lost (God Forbid!!) my entire stash of MAC lipsticks, would I repurchase all? I don’t think so. I think I would definitely buy Heroine, Flat out Fabulous, La Vie En Rouge (Damn! It was LE! Wish I had a backup) and maybe Russian Red. But that’s about it!
Do you get what I mean?
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