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MAC Pro Longwear Colour Sticks (Part 1)

MAC Flat White Pro Longwear Colour Stick

MAC Pro Longwear Colour Stick ($22.00 for 0.049 oz.) is supposed to be a “medium-to-full coverage” cream eyeshadow pencil that can be used “all-over” the lid or as “statement liner.” The formula is described as “long-wearing, vibrant, and impactful” as well as waterproof. They have decent to good color payoff with fairly smooth consistencies, but they aren’t the creamiest nor the most emollient, so some shades can tug (the more metallic/shimmery shades tended to be the more emollient, while some of the matte to semi-matte shades were drier) or pull on the lid or lash line. The formula is waterproof and fade/smudge-proof; I didn’t have any issues with creasing after ten hours of wear with any of them. I did, however, find them hard to apply and blend out, as they dry down almost instantly. They are pretty hard to use together, as they don’t like to blend into each other, whether you use fingertips, a brush, silicone applicator, foam applicator, damp brush, synthetic brush, natural brush, or the shadow stick itself. This is also true with an attempt to use it all over the lid as a single color; I had the best luck using some of the lighter shades as a wash of color and applying with my fingertip, which helped to keep the product a little more malleable. They are easiest to use as a base, but they have a drier texture that made powders look a little dry/chalky on top at times. They can work as a liner as well (eight to ten hours), and a few of the lighter shades I tried on my lower waterline with varying degrees of success (six to eight hours), though I am not sure if they are recommended for waterline usage (MAC should likely have that info listed when they go live on the website).

MAC Flat White Pro Longwear Colour Stick ($22.00 for 0.049 oz.) is a stark, bright white with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque coverage in a single stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque coverage. The texture was a little stiff and thicker than other shades and emphasized the texture/lines of my lid. On me, it wore for a full ten hours without issue, but it was very hard to blend out on the skin. Inglot #318 (P, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). NYX Milk (P, $4.50) is warmer (95% similar). Inglot #373 (P, $6.00) is more muted (95% similar). Sephora Daisy's My BFF (LE) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Viseart Chroma #1 (P) is more muted (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M126 Chalk (P, $21.00) is more muted (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Silver Coin Pro Longwear Colour Stick ($22.00 for 0.049 oz.) is a light-medium, bright silver with a sparkling, metallic finish. It had sheer to semi-opaque color payoff after three layers. The texture had some slip, but it could have used more to apply more evenly and have some semblance of blendability. The color lasted for ten hours without fading or creasing. Viseart Boheme Dream #4 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Trompe L'Oeil (011) (LE, $31.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Ombre de Lune #2 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME116 Silver (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). MAC Extra Silver (LE, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). Natasha Denona Chromatic (04M) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Moonshine (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). NYX Tin (P, $6.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Interstellar (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Silver (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Buxom Pure Platinum (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). L'Oreal Silver Sky (757) (P, $7.99) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Iris Eyes Pro Longwear Colour Stick ($22.00 for 0.049 oz.) is a medum, steely bluish-silver with cool undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque to mostly opaque, buildable coverage with a lightweight, somewhat emollient texture that applied more smoothly and evenly than other shades featured in this review. The color was very slightly blendable if I worked immediately (about 10 seconds maximum to work), and once it set, it was on for ten hours without fading or creasing. MAC Bleuluxe #2 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Steel (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Bright Moon (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Clinique Big Blue (P, $17.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Showgirl (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Blueberry Swirl (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Showgirl (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Strip (DC, $19.00) is more shimmery, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #3 (LE) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Pro Longwear Colour Stick Flat White
C+
Product
7
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
10
Application
2.5
Total
79%
MAC Pro Longwear Colour Stick Silver Coin
C
Product
6
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
10
Application
3
Total
73%
MAC Pro Longwear Colour Stick Iris Eyes
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
7
Longevity
10
Application
4
Total
86%
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MAC Vibe Tribe Collection will launch online on May 12th and be in-stores on May 19th. Here are photos/swatches….

Editor’s Note: MAC’s newest collection–Vibe Tribe–has generated some controversy over the last couple weeks for cultural appropriation and/or cultural insensitivity. Both Refinery29 and The Huffington Post posted earlier this week with an official statement from the brand, which stated that: “The collection, including the visuals, product lineup, and naming, is inspired by art, outdoor music festivals, and the colors of the desert. The collection has absolutely no connection to nor was it inspired by the Native American cultures.”

Outdoor festivals are rife with instances of cultural appropriation in the form and manner many dress and accessorize (one of the more egregious examples is the wearing of headdresses–something some festivals have actually banned to avoid future instances of cultural appropriation). I don’t think it’s a surprise that between the pattern on the packaging, some of the shade names, promotional imagery, and a collection name with “tribe” in it that it is making some consumers at least question the inspiration/connection. I wish MAC would have considered partnering with a Native designer or artist to create a collection that could truly pay homage to that person’s culture, roots, and inspiration of their craft. They have done this in the past where we have seen the collaborator’s inspiration in the forms of shade names and packaging, so it is a disappointment that they didn’t go that route here. I hope the brand will consider doing more research into their themes going forward.

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