MAC Pro Longwear Lipcreme Review, Photos, Swatches (Overall)
Cute, yeah? Maybe I can start a trend! Overtime (pink), Extended Play (red)
MAC Pro Longwear Lipcreme Review, Photos, Swatches (Overall)
Pro Longwear Lipcreme seems to be a cross between satin and amplified finishes; it’s creamy without being thick, and they all have a slight glossiness when initially applied. The glossiness does seem to fade away within an hour or two, though. Every shade–with the exception of Sweet Ever After–was nearly opaque, with some being totally opaque on my lips and others being semi-opaque. It doesn’t take a lot of product to get opaque results either–I’d say about a layer and a half in total. They’re all vanilla-scented, just as MAC’s other lipsticks and lipglosses are.
The most important characteristic of this lipstick is the wear time, because it’s touted as:
Lightweight texture, creamy finish and comfortable longwear combine in this has-it-all pro-class lip colour. Slick in use, applies without need of a top coat- and still lasts up to 12 hours. Won’t feather or transfer, and the colour stays true. Helps lips stay soft and hydrated.
Because the timing demands a more immediate review, I applied Extended Play on half of my lips and Overtime on the other half. My reasoning behind this is darker shades (like reds, berries, wines) tend to outlast paler, lighter shades across the board, so testing one of the darker shades in the collection might be misleading–but what if the lighter shade did fade away quickly? Then I wouldn’t really know whether the darker shades could at least make it!
Product Photos & Swatches
The average lipstick lasts about three to four hours on me, while a gloss lasts two to three, and together, I get three to six, depending on what I’m eating/drinking during the time. I put on my half-and-half combo around noon, and by three, it had some noticeable fading, but overall, the color was still pretty strong. I sipped a drink through a straw (which is one way to avoid wearing off your lipstick!), but otherwise, I did not eat/drink. You’ll see in the photos how the lipstick just doesn’t look as “fresh” — some of the glossiness has faded away and the color isn’t quite as opaque. The good news is the pink side looks about as good as the red side does.
After about five hours of wear, it was dinnertime, which was perfect–I wanted to give the lipstick a chance to “set” so-to-speak before really challenging it with a meal! In the photo, you’ll see that there’s not a huge change between the slightly faded lip after three hours and post-dinner. The biggest thing I noticed was that the lip color was pulling into my lip lines the longer I wore it. My lips also looked a little parched, though I’m approaching the eighth hour of wear as I write this review, and they don’t feel particularly dry–no flaking or pilling at all.
Some color will definitely stick around for twelve hours, but keep in mind that it’s not going to look the same twelve hours later as it did when you first applied it. I think that’s a pretty unreasonable expectation, though — particularly if you’re eating/drinking, as most makeup is oil-based, so eating oily foods like anything friend can often breakdown a longwearing product. Similar to MAC’s Pro Longwears, a little gloss applied every few hours would “refresh” your lip look without mandating more lipstick or a total lip re-do. It seems like you’d have to shellac your lips if you really wanted 100% perfect color all day long.
However, the fact that it does fade noticeably after three hours of wear, without eating/drinking (me just cropping photos and typing up reviews, so mostly… sitting, no talking!), is worth pointing out. I would probably recommend topping it with a little gloss or balm, to keep it glossier longer. I’d also like to note that I experienced absolutely no feathering or bleeding of color–not a single bit. MAC says it won’t transfer, and while it certainly doesn’t all rub off in a single kiss, it left a definite kiss-print on my boyfriend’s cheek. I would say it transfers less than many lipsticks, but it can transfer. Removal was surprisingly easy–I used my shu cleansing oil and all of it wiped off, no staining left behind.
The packaging is entirely cylindrical in shape–the base of the this against the original lipstick base is the same diameter, but the Lipcreme packaging looks thinner. The cap is long and thin, and it has a soft snap when you put on the cap to close. The outer packaging feels similar to their existing lipsticks, but it’s more of a matte black–the original lipsticks have a slight shininess to them. These retail for $16.00 a pop, as compared to $14.50 for the regular lipsticks, but these have 0.12 oz. as compared to 0.10 oz., so you are getting more despite the increased price. Though $16 starts to approach other high-end brands, and simultaneously shifts MAC more and more so out of that high-end with a mid-end price tag zone.
The range of colors is basic; none of these shades really have anything cool to them, you know? It’s not like this blood red with golden sheen and teal flash–that’s not what this color range is. This is a basic color range that is perfect for launching a brand new, permanent lipstick. I do love that they didn’t stick with just wearable shades, though; they threw in an orange and purple, obviously non-standard hues! I am confused as to why there was such an emphasis on deeper shades, though–there’s no real perfect nude contender here for the majority of skin tones.
I’m curious to see whether MAC will convert its lipsticks to the new packaging and/or discontinue more shades to make room for these new SKUs. They’ve certainly done a few packaging changes in the past year or so — pigments, eyeshadow quads…
SUMMARY: I really do like these lipsticks, but they aren’t quite as long-wearing as they claim, which is why they just can’t be A+ products. If you throw the wear time out the window, they’re quite lovely. They’re creamy, richly pigmented, and apply with ease. I don’t feel they impart a ton of moisture, but they don’t pull it out just because of the formula–if I don’t use a lip balm during the day, my lips feel similar as they did after removing this lipstick.
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- Product: 26/30
- Value: 9/10
- Ease of Use: 4/5
- Packaging: 4/5
RECOMMENDATION: These do seem longer wearing than the average lipstick and certainly the average MAC lipstick. It’s going to be tough to get great looking color for twelve full hours without doing something to refresh it. A little gloss will keep the color looking fresher longer without reapplying the lipstick itself, but without any gloss or touch of lip balm periodically during the day (just maybe once every three hours or so), the color may look rather faded.
AVAILABILITY: MAC Cosmetics
Get recommendations from me, by skin tone, what to skip… plus, see the results of the wear test yourself!
Three hours of wear
Seven hours of wear + eating/drinking
Must-haves: Love Forever!, Perpetual Flame, Unlimited
Nice-to-haves: Extended Play, Goes and Goes,
Skip: Overtime (makes lips look drier than they actually are)
Skip if you have…
- SKIP GOES AND GOES if you have UP THE AMP; unless, of course, you are a purple lip fiend, but they’re similar enough to just own one if you use it only on occasion.
- SKIP LOVE FOREVER! if you have PINK NOUVEAU; they are very similar.
- SKIP GOOD TO GO if you have NEON ORANGE OR MORANGE; all three are incredibly similar.
- SKIP OVERTIME if you have CREME CUP–they’re close enough that you don’t need both, especially since they are both permanent.
Don’t forget to…
Check your stash for… nothing! These are all brand new shades, so there are no repromotes here.
Recommendations by Skin Tone
Please note that this section is merely suggesting shades that would complement a particular skin tone better than other shades, but these lists are meant to be rather exhaustive of the entire collection; it’s not reflective of must-haves for your skin tone. When it comes to cooler/warmer skin tones, these are products that lean noticeably cool/warm and therefore complement the corresponding skin tone better (but it does not mean you can’t wear a warmer product if you’re cooler!).
- Best Picks for Lighter Skin Tones: Extended Play, Faithfully Yours, Love Forever!, Made to Last, Overtime, Sweet Ever After, Till Tomorrow, Unlimited
- Best Picks for Medium Skin Tones: Extended Play, Made to Last, Perpetual Flame, Prolong, Sweet Ever After, Till Tomorrow, Unlimited
- Best Picks for Darker Skin Tones: Goes and Goes, Good to Go, Love Forever!, Made to Last, Perpetual Flame, Prolong, Unlimited
- Best Picks for Cooler Skin Tones: Extended Play, Faithfully Yours, Goes and Goes, Love Forever!, Perpetual Flame, Till Tomorrow, Unlimited
- Best Picks for Warmer Skin Tones: Extended Play, Good to Go, Made to Last, Overtime, Prolong, Sweet Ever After, Unlimited
Product & Review FAQ
Where can I buy these? When can I buy these? How much are they?
Online at retailers like Nordstrom, Macy's, Dillards, Bloomingdale's, maccosmetics.com, or in-store at MAC Counters (e.g. Nordstrom, Macy's) or MAC freestanding stores. They are available online now and in-store on September 16th. They retail for $16.00 each.
Are these permanent?
Are you going to review the Pro Longwear Foundation and Concealer?
Yep, I sure am -- but these require a longer testing period, so it will be a few days before I'm ready to render a verdict!
Can you Back-to-MAC (B2M) for the Pro Longwear Lipcremes?
According to MAC Livechat, you cannot B2M for these.