MAC Absolutely It Pro Longwear Lip Pencil Review

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.

MAC Absolutely It Pro Longwear Lip Pencil

Product Details:
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.

MAC Absolutely It Pro Longwear Lip Pencil

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.

MAC Absolutely It Pro Longwear Lip Pencil

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.

MAC Absolutely It Pro Longwear Lip Pencil

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.

MAC Absolutely It Pro Longwear Lip Pencil

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.

MAC Absolutely It Pro Longwear Lip Pencil

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.

MAC Absolutely It Pro Longwear Lip Pencil

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.

IMBB Rating:
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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19 thoughts on “MAC Absolutely It Pro Longwear Lip Pencil Review

  1. KK, looking at the lip swatch, we can get Kylie jenner kinda lips with this, right? Wow! and thanks for clearing up the “would i repurchase” part 🙂

    1. Yes Jomol! I think Kylie Jenner, Kim K use a lot of neutral shades which work on their However, those colors aren’t as flattering on our medium skintone. This one fills in beautifully!

  2. loved the last paragraph. I just finished my la prairie serum and I’d def repurchase as and when I’d get the chance to.. Guess we should include that. Loved the lip pencil sooo much. the color is kinda made for you. But i am not a fan of these pro longwear lip pencils because they cling but they have the best colors. I am def going to take a look at this one. 🙂

    1. Yes, they do cling on. But once in a while u com a cross a shade which makes it worthwhile. Like I hate Retro Matte formula but for Flat out F – I made an exception! ?

  3. Loved the shade, loved the review… Loved the last paragraph most of all. Kk… U just outdone ourself again… Bravo… Extremely well written review

    1. Thank you! Thank you! So sweet of you to say that! I was thinking about the last para for a long time before I decided to pen it down.

  4. Not my kind of color but looks lovely on you KK… Superb eye make-up… Great review like always… I just loved tropic tonic from the matte collection.. Heroine, pink pigeon tropic tonic i want des… ?

    1. Thanks for your encouraging words Amrutaa – I have a long way to go when it comes to eye makeup. I haven’t checked Tropic Tonic – will definitely check it out when i visit MAC next.

  5. Loved the last paragraph.. I usually tend to leave out the repurchase or not section in my reviews because I never know what to say .. U summed up my feeling to the T..!
    Splendid review as per usual.. Love that smokey eye on u !!

    1. Thanks Neha – for the lovely words! I had been contemplating on this para for quite sometime – finally decided to share my thoughts.

      Trust you are enjoying your vacation!

  6. The shade looks so pretty on you. Plus the review was such an eye opener. Thank you mam. It is of great help to newbies like me.

    1. Thanks Ahana – love your name! Im glad that you liked the review.

      P.S. – Pls don’t call me Ma’am – makes me fell about 80yrs old!! 😉

  7. KK…U rock again girl…
    from ur choise of shades to your reviews….everything is great as always…

    I used to be such a regualr untill last year and would read each and every post, now after I switched my job, have been keeping very busy…i browse through IMBB in a rush and make sure to read your post every single time….might not comment everytime..i enjoy your writing..
    U r the next Mrs. Funny Bones in making…. “wink”

    1. Hey Anuradha, thank you for such lovely comments! You truly made my day – if not the whole month! 😉 I hope you are enjoying your new job. Love the fact that you took out the time to read thru and comment!!

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