Unlike other versions that promise to hydrate, think of this as a shiny emollient lipstick in a pencil form. The colour is not sheer… but almost sheer. One coat works with your lip colour, but because this is a lipstick and can be layered, additional coats can provide almost opaque coverage.
After application this does tend to “set” on the lips – much like a lipstick. That only adds to its appeal because it doesn’t wear off easily and seems to stay put on the lips longer than the average jumbo pencil product.
What MAC gives that others don’t is a truly fabulous shade selection. There are a few pinks and reds to choose from so whether you’re a wallflower or an exhibitionist when it comes to your lips, there’s something for you.
One thing: the point isn’t sharpened which means that precise application is not what these are for. Clean up accordingly and follow up with a lip pencil if need be.
The colours are:
Innocent nude beige
Teen Dream bright coral orange
Go for Girlie bright yellow-pink
Revved Up creamy peach
Fearless deep blue-pink
Berry Bold orange-red
Sultana dark grape
Hopelessly Devoted bright clean fuchsia
Spontaneous soft plum with pearl
Kittenish mauvey pink
Patentpink washed-out lilac
Pleasant rosy pink
If you’re having trouble deciding what colour to get, try Kittenish. It’s a cool-toned mauve-pink that goes well with a grey eye.
Available at MAC counters for $24.