Not another lip crayon. No, I mean the MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencils aren't just another lip crayon thing. With a light, smooth, glossy finish similar to the MAC Huggable lipstick-balm hybrids, and the usual MAC approach to colour -- a couple of challenging shades tucked into a range of hues we wish more brands could do -- Patentpolish is gunning for space in your makeup kit. Here, have a look at the lineup and swatches while I tell you why you want to give one or two or more a run. Plus, it turns out a good description of my new favourite spring shade is "bright yellow-pink." Huh.
mac patentpolish lip pencils
Sure, it's a little weird the tips of the MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencils are rounded off ($20 USd/$24 CAN), but MAC does like to be a bit different. Doesn't really cause a problem when it comes to getting a clean edge, but if it does at first, it won't last for long. They flatten out with a few uses, so that clean edge will get easier to achieve.
Shade lineup, horizontally from left: Innocent (nude beige), Sultana (dark grape); Teen Dream (bright coral orange), Hopelessly Devoted (bright clean fuchsia); Go for Girlie (bright yellow-pink), Spontaneous (soft plum with pearl); Revved Up (creamy peach), Kittenish (mauvey pink); Fearless (deep blue-pink), Patentpink (washed-out lilac); Berry Bold (orange-red), Pleasant (rosy pink).
mac patentpolish lip pencils swatches
MAC Patentpolish Patentpink, described as a washed-out lilac, is one of those challenging shades for me. But the creamy, non-drying texture makes me look forward to trying the next shade in my stash of six.
MAC Patentpolish Go for Girlie, called a bright yellow-pink. Love. Pinks like this have become my new favourite shade -- I adore it by Bite Beauty, by Avon, by Joe Fresh (who calls it Grapefruit), and oh look, MAC did another version here, too, and called it Be a Lady. I've been having trouble describing it; never thought "yellow-pink." But it is, so thanks for that, MAC.
Oh hey, no need to search out an appropriate sharpener -- these are twist-up crayons. Just give the coloured ends a turn.
MAC Patentpolish Spontaneous is a soft pearlized mauve, and so, so pretty. Another favourite, it's a beautifully natural-but-better shade. A "look-again" colour, it makes people look again because something pretty has caught their eyes without shouting and pointing to itself. Spontaneous lets you take the credit for being pretty. It's a shade everyone needs in their kit.
MAC Patentpolish Fearless is a deep blue-pink, with a side of Barbie. It's actually a bit of a challenge for me because I prefer bolder brights, but it gets compliments so I keep wearing it. Yeah, I'm easy that way. And though I need to touch up after a Grande (notice I didn't say Venti?) I don't mind -- it's comfortable to wear, and the finish is so pretty. I think the press material promises a "one-swipe" deal, but I give it a few swipes to get the intensity I like.
Confession: I put this image in because it makes Liza cringe a little. If you have male pets, you know why. *giggle* From top left, clockwise: Berry Bold, Fearless, Spontaneous, Teen Dream, Patentpink, Go for Girlie.
MAC Patentpolish Teen Dream is coral orange for anyone who is still wary of day-glo-bright orange. See how wearable this is?
MAC Patentpolish Pleasant is another really wearable bright, a pink-y red. I think of it as a more playful red than glamorous -- the red I'd wear to meet my girls for Saturday brunch. Well, if I'm not wearing Go for Girlie. Or Spontaneous. Or Go for Girlie.
MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencils ($20 USd/$24 CAN via MAC counters and maccosmetics.com) are limited edition, available starting tomorrow until May 15 or as long as they last. Think you'll add one (or more) to your lip colour stash?