MAC Embrace Me Lip Pencil ($15.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “vivid pinkish fuchsia.” It’s a bold, bright fuchsia pink with a matte finish and blue undertones. I couldn’t think of a dupe for this, but if you have any ideas, I’d love to hear from you! This shade was also launched twice previously–first in 2011 with Tour de Fabulous and then re-released with MAC for Beth Ditto.
I was able to apply this shade evenly and also with mostly opaque color coverage. The consistency wasn’t as creamy as I would like, so it did still pull and tug at the lips. It requires a lot of back and forth motions to color in the entire lip with it. MAC’s Lip Pencils can wear like iron on me–six hours or longer, no problem–but are very drying when worn alone. I find that I have to wear them underneath a lipstick or gloss to make them tolerable.
MAC's Lip Pencil lacks creaminess, so it can be hard to apply evenly and smoothly (and it can be rough on lips, as it tugs and drags a lot). If you only intend to line the outer edges, then it is a lot less painful to use.
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Just in time to spend those holiday gift cards, there are eight new and limited edition shades of MAC Lip Pencils ($14.00 for 0.05 oz.). These shades include: Embrace Me (vivid pinkish fuchsia), Entertain Me (clearly orange), Have to Have It (soft warm beige), Hip ‘n’ Happy (dirty blue-pink), Just My Type (intense warm brown), Just Wonderful (dirty mauve), Lasting Sensation (bright coral), and What Comes Naturally (pale peachy beige).
Embrace Me is a bright fuchsia-magenta pink with opaque color coverage. This one applied fairly well without too much tugging. MAC Show Orchid is more iridescent and not as light. MAC Candy Yum Yum is much bluer-based. It’s very similar to Milani Rose Hip.
Entertain Me is a medium-dark orange. This was a little on the dry side. MAC Good to Go and MAC Neon Orange are similar though a touch brighter from their sheens.
Just My Type is a just barely warmed-up chocolate brown–it almost looks cool-toned in some lighting! This shade was the creamiest of the bunch. None of the brown lipsticks I have compare to how dark this one is. MAC Bittersweet comes the closest.
MAC Lip Pencils are a drier lip pencil, so the application can pull and tug at the natural lip, but some are drier than others. I’ve discovered there is a fair amount of inconsistency within the texture in this particular range. There is a trade-off, though, because while that drier texture does nothing to endear itself to your pillowy lips, it does mean that the color clings on and doesn’t fade away easily. These are fairly transfer-resistant on their own, though if you apply really, really firm pressure, you may see some transfer. You could drink a cup of coffee or the like and see very minimal, if any, color on the edge of the cup.
The texture is dry, but if you are only applying one at the start of your day (rather than attempting to do eight back-to-back; not recommended!), you won’t find your lips parched by the end of the day. They are not moisturizing, and if you only wear this and this alone for eight hours or longer, your lips will likely want some hydration, which is really expected after prolonged wear without any additional moisture. They feel drier, initially, compared to the Pro Longwear Lip Pencils, but when worn on their own, these feel better overall. If you’re looking for something to use in conjunction with balm, lipstick, or gloss, I’d opt for the Pro Longwear Lip Pencils just because the glide and creaminess of the texture made them easier to apply, especially around the edges.
Embrace Me, Entertain Me, Have to Have It, Hip ‘n’ Happy, Just My Type,
Just Wonderful, Lasting Sensation, What Comes Naturally
MAC Tour de Fabulous – Lip Pencils Preview Swatches
MAC Tour de Fabulous also includes eight limited edition lip pencils (same formula as the permanent lip pencils). Review is forthcoming! I will tell you that these were absolutely un-fun to swatch. I had to space them out over two days, because between the lipglasses and lip pencils, my lips felt ravaged, LOL! They’re slathered in lip balm and have forbade me to do further lip swatching for at least 24 hours.