Monday, September 2nd, 2013

MAC Retro Matte Pro Longwear Lip Pencils
MAC Retro Matte Pro Longwear Lip Pencils

The MAC Retro Matte Collection also includes eight shades of Pro Longwear Lip Pencils ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.), and five the shades (all featured in this post) are new. The collection will launch online the week of September 3rd and in-stores on September 12th (North America), and September 2013 for international locations. There is some uncertainty whether all shades are permanent or only some; the answer I received from MAC’s PR was some, which is what I’ve gone with, but the nearest counter/store are both saying all are permanent.

The Pro Longwear Lip Pencils tend to have good color coverage, apply evenly overall, but they aren’t super creamy lip pencils, so they can skip, drag, and tug.  They’re not the worst, but they’re not the most comfortable to apply or wear alone.  I like them best underneath lipstick or gloss, as you get the benefits of a lip pencil–longer wear, more even color fade, no feathering/bleeding–without the drawbacks of wearing it alone. The formula is not one I would opt to wear alone because of how drying they are by themselves, and honestly, they have a drier texture that tends to cling to lips and doesn’t look as flattering.  Even the Retro Mattes, though sometimes drying, look smoother applied.  I wish they were creamier during application with more of a set/dry down, so you could achieve really even, smooth color that still wore and lasted well. I prepped by slathering lips with lip balm while sleeping (I used Hourglass’ Lip Oil, actually) and wearing lip balm for a half hour prior to applying (blotting off immediately prior to applying the lip pencil).

On their own, I’ve found that while they wear like iron–topping in anywhere from six to ten hours–the wear can be less flattering over time, as it flakes off in areas, rather than a gradual fade.  The deeper colors stain, too, and so when they do, the fading appears more even as the product wears away.  These feel like they shrink or cling to the lips, which is why I really think they are best underneath other lip products.  I ended up wearing a lot of these two at a time (half on one side, half on the other), because after wearing one alone (and after all seven of the Retro Mattes), my lips weren’t going to make it through another four standalone tests.

Wearing them underneath lipstick adds anywhere from an extra hour to three hours, depending on the shortness of the lipstick to begin with and lighter shades always disappear faster.  How drying the lip pencil is also can be mitigated by wearing a more hydrating formula on top or patting on lip balm and/or a hydrating gloss throughout the day.

Dynamo is described as a “bright peony.”  It’s a bright, medium-dark coral-pink with a matte finish.  The consistency is slightly dry but is able to cover with even, opaque color without too dragging or skipping around.  On its own, it lasted well for seven hours.  I’m not familiar with many coral lip liners, and Urban Decay Streak is really the only one I could think of, but it is not similar to this shade.

Fashion Boost is described as a “bright purple cream.”  It’s a vibrant, medium-dark magenta purple with strong fuchsia undertones and a barely-there satin sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but I couldn’t quite get 100% even, opaque color. It lasted seven hours and faded slightly unevenly.  Urban Decay Anarchy is brighter, pinker. MAC Heroine is very similar–a touch more muted but just barely.  See comparison swatches.

High Energy is described as a “bright orange red cream.”  It’s a medium-dark, orange-red with a matte finish.  It was slightly dry in consistency but didn’t skip too badly, and I was able to get opaque color that was very even overall.  This shade wore well for eight hours but was drying on its own.  Urban Decay Bang is slightly more orange. MAC Throw Me a Line is more muted. MAC Ablaze is slightly more muted.   See comparison swatches.

Shock Value is described as a “bright pink cream.”  More like a bright–nearly neon–light-medium, blue-based pink with strong fuchsia/magenta tones.  It’s definitely pink, but it’s almost so blue-based that it looks magenta.  This one was creamier than the others, but it tended to cling to itself as applied (seemed a little tackier than others).  I highly recommend blotting with a tissue before you press lips together to avoid the product sticking and lifting from areas on the lip.  This shade wore for eight hours well, though it was painful to remove and wear. I couldn’t think of any similar lip pencils to this shade, but I have no doubt it would pair well with MAC Candy Yum Yum and its dupes.

Trust in Red is described as a “bright cool red cream.”  It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned red with blue undertones.  It’s actually a bit muted–not as bright/bold as you’d expect.  It had mostly opaque, even color coverage, was somewhat drying when worn, and lasted for eight hours and stained.  Urban Decay 69 is not as blue-based, darker. MAC Cherry is darker. MAC Freehand is darker, less blue-based.  See comparison swatches.

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MAC Dynamo Pro Longwear Lip Pencil
MAC Dynamo Pro Longwear Lip Pencil

MAC Dynamo Pro Longwear Lip Pencil
MAC Dynamo Pro Longwear Lip Pencil

MAC Dynamo Pro Longwear Lip Pencil
MAC Dynamo Pro Longwear Lip Pencil

MAC Dynamo Pro Longwear Lip Pencil
MAC Dynamo Pro Longwear Lip Pencil

MAC Dynamo Pro Longwear Lip Pencil
MAC Dynamo Pro Longwear Lip Pencil

MAC Dynamo Pro Longwear Lip Pencil
MAC Dynamo Pro Longwear Lip Pencil

MAC Fashion Boost Pro Longwear Lip Pencil
MAC Fashion Boost Pro Longwear Lip Pencil

MAC Fashion Boost Pro Longwear Lip Pencil
MAC Fashion Boost Pro Longwear Lip Pencil

MAC Fashion Boost Pro Longwear Lip Pencil
MAC Fashion Boost Pro Longwear Lip Pencil

MAC Fashion Boost Pro Longwear Lip Pencil
MAC Fashion Boost Pro Longwear Lip Pencil

MAC Fashion Boost Pro Longwear Lip Pencil
MAC Fashion Boost Pro Longwear Lip Pencil

MAC Fashion Boost Pro Longwear Lip Pencil
MAC Fashion Boost Pro Longwear Lip Pencil

MAC High Energy Pro Longwear Lip Pencil
MAC High Energy Pro Longwear Lip Pencil

MAC High Energy Pro Longwear Lip Pencil
MAC High Energy Pro Longwear Lip Pencil

MAC High Energy Pro Longwear Lip Pencil
MAC High Energy Pro Longwear Lip Pencil

MAC High Energy Pro Longwear Lip Pencil
MAC High Energy Pro Longwear Lip Pencil

MAC High Energy Pro Longwear Lip Pencil
MAC High Energy Pro Longwear Lip Pencil

MAC High Energy Pro Longwear Lip Pencil
MAC High Energy Pro Longwear Lip Pencil

MAC Shock Value Pro Longwear Lip Pencil
MAC Shock Value Pro Longwear Lip Pencil

MAC Shock Value Pro Longwear Lip Pencil
MAC Shock Value Pro Longwear Lip Pencil

MAC Shock Value Pro Longwear Lip Pencil
MAC Shock Value Pro Longwear Lip Pencil

MAC Shock Value Pro Longwear Lip Pencil
MAC Shock Value Pro Longwear Lip Pencil

MAC Shock Value Pro Longwear Lip Pencil
MAC Shock Value Pro Longwear Lip Pencil

MAC Shock Value Pro Longwear Lip Pencil
MAC Shock Value Pro Longwear Lip Pencil

MAC Trust in Red Pro Longwear Lip Pencil
MAC Trust in Red Pro Longwear Lip Pencil

MAC Trust in Red Pro Longwear Lip Pencil
MAC Trust in Red Pro Longwear Lip Pencil

MAC Trust in Red Pro Longwear Lip Pencil
MAC Trust in Red Pro Longwear Lip Pencil

MAC Trust in Red Pro Longwear Lip Pencil
MAC Trust in Red Pro Longwear Lip Pencil

MAC Trust in Red Pro Longwear Lip Pencil
MAC Trust in Red Pro Longwear Lip Pencil

MAC Trust in Red Pro Longwear Lip Pencil
MAC Trust in Red Pro Longwear Lip Pencil

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38 thoughts on “MAC Retro Matte Pro Longwear Lip Pencils Reviews, Photos, Swatches

  1. S

    Your skin looks amazing! Please share what you are wearing, thanks :)!!

  2. OMG I NEED dynamo in my life.

  3. high energy almost looks like lady danger
    and shock value reminds me of a more saturated dolly from nyx but i think dolly is also a touch more blue

  4. Overall, not as much in this collection to tempt me as I thought there might be. I’m down to two lipsticks which are really similar pinky reds and one lip pencil: Dynamo Pro.

  5. zainab

    I really like how Shock Value looks, I wouldn’t wear it on its own but still.

  6. Dynamo… swooooooooon!

  7. all my heart for dynamo..

  8. Awesome Lip swatches and I love your smile and flawless skin :)

  9. They all look so pretty on you! I’ll probably get a couple of these, the colors are gorgeous!

  10. melissa

    i want !!! <3

  11. kim brown

    How does MAC Fashion Boost Pro Longwear Lip Pencil compare to RIRIBoy?

  12. I want to try Dynamo tout de suite :)

  13. Dynamo Pro and High Energy are AH-mazing!

  14. Anna

    The “Fashion Boost” goes with “Flat Out Fabulous”, but what about pencils for “All Fired Up” and “Relentlessly Red”? Please tell…

  15. Dang, you look good with all of them on! ^___^ They look too drying for me to purchase :( oh well… that just means I saved some mullah!

  16. Mila

    Hello, Cristine!
    You have a great blog. You can not imagina how helpful you are:)

    I wonder do you know any lipstick of such color?
    http://file2.stylenanda.com/web/3ce1/121227_501_1%20(5).jpg

  17. JennSda26

    hello Christine do you know when its gonna be available on macy’s and nordstrom online. Thanks ;)

  18. Ms.mad

    Christine can you please tell me if shock value is similar to silly and embrace me. I have both of them and have an addiction to pink liners. Trying to control unnessesary purchases! Lol! How would you compare the liners. Sometimes I feel silly and embrace me are a little dark and bright. Would like some thing a little lighter, less depth to it. Thanks

  19. These are pretty but I’d rather Spend the $23CAN on the Urban Decay ones for their gel formula. ;) The pencils are the same price after all but Dynamo is really nice.

  20. Hey Christine,

    Would you pair Fashion Boost with Riri Boy, Daddy’s Little Girls from the Archie Collection, or Asian Flower? Or would it look better with Heroine? Also, would Trust in Red look good under Ruby Woo? Help!! :-)

    • I think it could work with all of those – Heroine is honestly quite similar to Fashion Boost, so I don’t think either would be wrong. Trust in Red would definitely work with Ruby Woo!

  21. Katie

    Thanks for your amazing photos and descriptions as always!! Do you have MAC’s lip pencil in Magenta? Wondering how it compares to Fashion Boost here. Thank you!

  22. Rose

    They are permanent except for Fashion Boost prolong wear lip pencil, that is the only limited shade of the pencils.

  23. Dana

    Hi Christine!
    I’m not sure if it’s how my iPhone loaded the pics but it looks like two photos were somehow switched (High Energy & Shock Value). I’ve tried reloading the page 3 times but they still show the same- Idk if you want to double check..

    Btw, keep up the great job & thank you for your hard work! Thanks to you, I’ve started venturing toward more than my usual 1 or 2 brands :) I hope to see some more reviews for Hourglass products- I saw one of your reviews on an Ambient Lighting Powder a while back, checked them out in my local Sephora and now I’m addicted to them (I’ve picked up 4 out of the 6 so far and plan to get the others in the future). Hourglass is a bit pricey but seems like a great brand! I don’t mind spending the $ when I know that the product is worth it. Have you by chance reviewed the Femme Nude Lip Stylos or Arch Brow Sculpting pencil? I’d love to hear what you think..

    • Hi Dana!

      I checked but the photos labeled High Energy of an orange-red and the photos labeled Shock Value are of the pink!

      Glad you are enjoying Hourglass! They are a great brand! :)

      • Dana

        That’s weird- I guess it’s just on my iPhone b/c I just checked from my desktop and they were perfect but I checked it again from my iPhone and they’re mixed..oh well, sorry about that! Have a great day! :)

  24. June

    I bought a plastic cased Mac lip liner and although the end turns the lip liner does not propel. How do I get more than a couple of days use out of this lip liner which cost me over £12 in duty free at the airport?