Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

MAC Pro Longwear Lipglasses
MAC Pro Longwear Lipglasses

MAC Styledriven: Pro Longwear Lipglasses (Part 1)

MAC Pro Longwear Lipglass ($18.50 for 0.06 oz.) is supposed to last up to six hours with lots of shine and color. There are nine shades released as part of the Styledriven collection, and all nine are permanent. This post features these five: Dark as Night (deep mid-tone purple with slight pearlized pigments), Driven by Love (red-blue with slight pearlized pigments), Full Speed Ahead (bright pink-magenta), Infinitely Likeable (light pink), and Lasting Achievement (mid-tone purple with slight pearlized pigments).

  • Dark as Night is a dark burgundy-wine with subtle gold and burgundy shimmer. It’s semi-opaque but this was one of the more difficult shades to apply evenly (I did not succeed). I can’t think of a dupe for this particular shade though; nothing I think of is dark enough.
  • Driven by Love is a rich red with gold shimmer. It’s a touch blue-based. This was the best performing shade out of the nine–not only is it intensely pigmented but delivers opaque color evenly. It is similar to several other red lipglosses, though.
  • Full Speed Ahead is a creamy bright pink with blue undertones. It’s mostly opaque and applies evenly if you’re patient. It is a touch darker than MAC True Babe. It is similar to OCC Pageant.
  • Infinitely Likeable is a light-medium pink with a good deal of milkiness to it. This one seemed thicker than the others; the swatch as shown is a single pull of gloss. It’s a bit darker than MAC Enchantee.
  • Lasting Achievement is a deep red with a hint of berry and gold shimmer. It has semi-opaque color coverage, but it goes on evenly. It is similar in color to Dolce & Gabbana Amethyst but more opaque.

These are long-wearing, and I do get a five to six hours of wear out of them–even the lighter shades (like Ready or Not!). The darker shades (like Driven by Love) look really good at six hours, while lighter shades (like Ready or Not!) are still noticeably on and give decent color but look faded compared to when it was first applied. They have a nice dose of shine in the finish, and the shine hangs on for longer than the usual gloss.

They’re thick and almost goopy, and they get sticky very quickly. The texture didn’t seem sticky when I swatched, but on lips, it feels akin to glue (the stickiness is emphasized by the thicker consistency of the gloss). They are more pigmented than your average gloss, but I had some issues getting even color because of the thicker consistency. If you smush your lips together, forget about even color, because the color will pull and drag and you’ll get unevenness.

Overall, the formula needs improvement. Some shades apply well and deliver both opaque and even color, but others have major issues with evenness. The ones that do apply evenly are rather high-maintenance; you don’t want to be pressing and sliding your lips together, because the gloss will move and look uneven.

I’m also frustrated at how little these tubes contain–0.06 oz. (which is as much as Dazzleglass–I’ve regularly complained about the amount in those, too) and yet how large they seem.  They’re long, thick tubes with a pinched sponge-tipped applicator that doesn’t bother me.  It doesn’t hinder or really help application.  I can see it being too large and hindering application for those who have naturally thin lips.

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MAC Styledriven Pro Longwear Lipglasses Swatches, Photos, Reviews (Part 1)

C+
This is a high-maintenance lipgloss; it takes patience and some effort to get the right amount of product to yield (mostly) even color coverage--and it takes a second of carelessness (aka pressing lips together) to erase that hard work.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3/5

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MAC Pro Longwear Lipglasses
MAC Pro Longwear Lipglasses

MAC Pro Longwear Lipglasses
MAC Pro Longwear Lipglasses

MAC Pro Longwear Lipglasses
MAC Pro Longwear Lipglasses

MAC Pro Longwear Lipglasses
Dark as Night, Driven by Love, Infinitely Likeable, Patience Please, Ready or Not

MAC Pro Longwear Lipglasses
Dark as Night, Driven by Love, Infinitely Likeable, Patience Please, Ready or Not

MAC Pro Longwear Lipglasses
Dark as Night, Driven by Love, Infinitely Likeable, Patience Please, Ready or Not

MAC Pro Longwear Lipglasses
Dark as Night, Driven by Love, Infinitely Likeable, Patience Please, Ready or Not

MAC Pro Longwear Lipglasses
Dark as Night, Driven by Love, Infinitely Likeable, Patience Please, Ready or Not

MAC Pro Longwear Lipglasses
Full Speed Ahead, Lasting Achievement, Show Me!, Whoops!

MAC Pro Longwear Lipglasses
Full Speed Ahead, Lasting Achievement, Show Me!, Whoops!

MAC Pro Longwear Lipglasses
Full Speed Ahead, Lasting Achievement, Show Me!, Whoops!

MAC Pro Longwear Lipglasses
Full Speed Ahead, Lasting Achievement, Show Me!, Whoops!

MAC Ready or Not! Pro Longwear Lipglass
MAC Ready or Not! Pro Longwear Lipglass

MAC Ready or Not! Pro Longwear Lipglass
MAC Ready or Not! Pro Longwear Lipglass (six hours later)

MAC Pro Longwear Lipglasses
MAC Pro Longwear Lipglasses

MAC Dark as Night Pro Longwear Lipglass
MAC Dark as Night Pro Longwear Lipglass

MAC Dark as Night Pro Longwear Lipglass
MAC Dark as Night Pro Longwear Lipglass

MAC Dark as Night Pro Longwear Lipglass
MAC Dark as Night Pro Longwear Lipglass

MAC Driven by Love Pro Longwear Lipglass
MAC Driven by Love Pro Longwear Lipglass

MAC Driven by Love Pro Longwear Lipglass
MAC Driven by Love Pro Longwear Lipglass

MAC Driven by Love Pro Longwear Lipglass
MAC Driven by Love Pro Longwear Lipglass

MAC Full Speed Ahead Pro Longwear Lipglass
MAC Full Speed Ahead Pro Longwear Lipglass

MAC Full Speed Ahead Pro Longwear Lipglass
MAC Full Speed Ahead Pro Longwear Lipglass

MAC Full Speed Ahead Pro Longwear Lipglass
MAC Full Speed Ahead Pro Longwear Lipglass

MAC Infinitely Likeable Pro Longwear Lipglass
MAC Infinitely Likeable Pro Longwear Lipglass

MAC Infinitely Likeable Pro Longwear Lipglass
MAC Infinitely Likeable Pro Longwear Lipglass

MAC Infinitely Likeable Pro Longwear Lipglass
MAC Infinitely Likeable Pro Longwear Lipglass

MAC Lasting Achievement Pro Longwear Lipglass
MAC Lasting Achievement Pro Longwear Lipglass

MAC Lasting Achievement Pro Longwear Lipglass
MAC Lasting Achievement Pro Longwear Lipglass

MAC Lasting Achievement Pro Longwear Lipglass
MAC Lasting Achievement Pro Longwear Lipglass

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Nordstrom, $18.50 each.

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

See individual shade reviews! :)

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42 thoughts on “MAC Styledriven Pro Longwear Lipglasses Swatches, Photos, Reviews (Part 1)

  1. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Fitrah Fitrah

    driven by love is gorgeous, but though it seemed the best out of the batch, i’m wary of the formula. i’ll probably pass.

  2. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Kira Kira

    Is it sad that I’ve been refreshing your site madly all day waiting for the Lipglass posts? Maybe so, but you always have the best swatches! Thank you for putting so much effort into them. Thought I’d wind up with a couple of these, but after your review, I’m going to take a risk on Driven by Love and that’s it.

  3. Driven by Love looks AMAZING! I think I will pick this up when the Fall Colour Collection come out. I usually pass on all lip gloss expect clear but this is what I want to see in any lip product.

  4. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Nancy Burden Nancy Burden

    Driven By Love looks incredible on you, Christine!

  5. Driven by love and Full speed ahead is beautiful. The unevenness in texture is apparent though especially in the other 3 shades.

  6. RedWeatherTigerD

    Thanks for the review! Any review or description that contains the word “milky” means that gloss can be crossed off my list forever! :O)

  7. Hasina

    Is Infinitely Likeable similar to viva glam gaga lipglass? i already own that so i dont want to buy it if its the same

  8. Carrie Ann

    Driven by Love and Full Speed Ahead look great on you!

  9. The darker shades are lovely!
    Dark as night & Last Achievement look amazing!

  10. Nic

    Well that’s disappointing. I’d been looking forward to checking these out, but between the issues with the formula and the ridiculously stingy amount of product for the money, I’ll pass.

  11. Erica

    Wow, Christine, your skin looks flawless! Which foundation/powder/illuminator are you wearing?

  12. Kenneth Alan

    I’ll only be getting Dark as Night. It’ll look great over plenty of lipsticks I own.

  13. angie

    if you want the best wear time and color opacity pair them with a pro longwear pencil underneath! i love the orange pencil with Whoops! gloss…it creates a gorgeous coral lip that lasts for 6 hours plus! i love the gloss formula, but those who like sheer glosses and hate stickiness this isn’t the product for you.

    • The gloss for me still wears away at the same rate – it just doesn’t look like it does since you’re wearing lip liner underneath it. It doesn’t prolong the wear of the gloss itself for me, though :) I like sticky glosses normally but not these.

  14. kasiaj85

    I just love these glosses – already have Driven by love and full speed ahead and I think I will soon purchase Lasting Achievement… To me, these are amazing – super pigmented and long lasting! :)

  15. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Mary Ellen Mary Ellen

    Is it just me that or is it funny that the Patience Please lip gloss is the one with the name sticker hanging off the side? ;) lol

  16. Monique

    Driven by love is super pretty. What MAC lipstick would you say its closes to in color? Thanks Christine.

  17. Melody

    I love all these colors so much that I’m willing to try my damnedest to make them work lol! Lasting achievement is the lipcolor of my dreams <3

  18. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Monique monique

    i really can’t believe these are only 0.06oz for $18.50. My sample lipgloss from Makeup Forever is 0.05 and that was free!

    • KB

      On a good note…they are so pigmented and long lasting, very little touch up is needed. I get what your saying though. :)

  19. KB

    I LOVE these! These wear on me for 3-6 hours and stay true to color! The pencils rock as well. I usually never wear gloss b/c I have to touch it up all the time. Not with these! Much needed addition to the line!

  20. Mindy

    Dark As Night reminds me of Wrong Spell from the Venomous Villains collection. I’d have to see them swatched side by side though.

  21. Elizabeth

    Christine, which long-wearing lipgloss would you recommend instead? These look good, but the formula doesn’t sound very fun…

    • I like Giorgio Armani’s new one – lasts awhile (though not as long as they claim, but still very long for a gloss). Illamaqua’s Intense Lipglosses last awhile on me, too, and they are opaque. They feel more like liquid lipstick (think the MAC Kissable Lipcolours).

  22. Meagan R

    These are lovely! I really like Show me and Whoops! And your eyes in these swatch photos- they jump off the screen! I really love the liner/shadow! Can you share what it is? Its beautiful and I think it works well for you.

  23. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Hanneri Hanneri

    Darn – I really wanted to love Full Speed Ahead but I really don’t feel like dealing with ‘glue’ lips

  24. Caroline

    It’s a shame the formula isn’t that great, because the colors are all very pretty :(

  25. Minnie

    Hi I just bought WHOOPS! and INFINITELY LIKEABLE. I don’t know what matt color should I mix with. Any an idea? :)

  26. Driven by Love looks amazing on you! I bought Dark as Night the other day and it just feels so weird. I love the colour on the bottle but the texture and the applicator aren’t so great!

  27. olga harris

    i just got the lip glasses and find them fab! i am a bit older so i mix lipstick and the glass which make the best lips ive done in quite a while! it adds a great gloss when used with the same shade of lipstick and can make so wild combos when mixed. i know younger women dont do a lot of lipstick but for me its a combo that works and i just wanted to let you know about that option

  28. Kazzy

    I swatched one of these at MAC yesterday and it felt like I’d rubbed a glue stick across my hand.

  29. Wow, Full Speed Ahead is my fave here :D

  30. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Joanna JoJo

    I love them all

  31. Yianna

    Hey Christine! how would you compare Lasting achievement to Looks like sin?? Does lasting achievement apply evenly or does it smudge when pressing lips together?

  32. Nkem

    The difference between MAC Desire lipglass and Over Achievement prolong cremesheen please?

  33. Jen Dee

    I have a darker skin tone (I’m indian). It’s hard for me to find a darker lip color that looks good on me.I really want a bright beautiful color for this winter holiday. What are some other colors like MAC Lasting Achievement Pro Longwear Lipglass can you recommend?

  34. C

    i adore dark as night, utterly adore it

  35. YouTubeandMusic

    I love full speed ahead, it looks amazing on my skin tone, but it is REALLY sticky and hard to apply! Apply lip balm on first, it helps a lot :)