MAC Aim to Please, Anything Goes, Frolic Velvetease Lip Pencils Reviews, Photos, Swatches

MAC Aim to Please Velvetease Lip Pencil
MAC Aim to Please Velvetease Lip Pencil

MAC Aim to Please Velvetease Lip Pencil ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “dirty mauvey brown.” It’s a muted, medium-dark reddish-plum with warm undertones and a soft, matte finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff with a smooth, even application. It was neither drying nor hydrating and lasted for four hours on me. Sephora + Pantone Universe Pure Marsala (LE, $18.00) is warmer (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Bond Girl (P, $37.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Beach Bum (P, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Dr. Facilier (LE, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Mosh Pit (LE, $6.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Negligee (LE, $54.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Richard (P, $36.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte TBT (P, $20.00) is lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Kathryn (P, $20.00) is cooler, less glossy (85% similar). Sephora Labyrinth City (09) (P, $8.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Front Row (P, $20.00) is more muted (90% similar). NARS Dolce Vita (P, $27.00) is lighter, less pigmented (85% similar). Burberry Redwood (304) (P, $35.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Frick 'n' Frack (P, $7.00) is more muted (85% similar). Dior Terrific Matte (745) (P, $35.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Viva La Vergara (P, $37.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Drip (P, $5.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Anastasia Rosewood (P, $18.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Sephora Rose Redux (84) (P, $14.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Daydream (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Anything Goes Velvetease Lip Pencil ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “rosey fuchsia.” It’s a bright, medium red with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, but the natural lip color is definitely going to influence the shade. This shade was on the drying side after three hours of wear, while it lasted for closer to five in total. MAC Pomegranate (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Luxembourg (PiP, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). Sephora All Washed Up (26) (P, $8.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Damn Glamorous (LE, $19.50) is darker (90% similar). MAC Lasting Passion (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Victoriana (LE, $19.50) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Psycho (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). NARS Dragon Girl (P, $27.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Amplify (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Petite Red (LE, $19.50) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Bonifacio (LE, $27.00) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Glam (DC, $19.50) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Mucho (P, $7.00) is more muted (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Shocking (P, $34.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Cherry Bomb (LE, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). Clinique Cherry Pop (P, $18.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). MAC Candy Cane (LE, $19.50) is darker (85% similar). MAC Ruby (LE, $19.50) is darker, warmer, glossier (85% similar). MAC MAC Red (P, $19.50) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Solo (P, $7.00) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Frolic Velvetease Lip Pencil ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “midtone peachy pink.” It’s a light-medium, pinky-peach with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. There is very fine pearl that gives the finish a subtle sheen at some angles. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a glide-on texture that didn’t tug, but it seemed to emphasize every imperfection on the lips. The color lasted for three hours and settled into lip lines over time. It was lightly drying.

FORMULA SUMMARY | MAC Velvetease Lip Pencil ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is supposed to have “the vivid colour impact of a lipstick” with a “smooth” and “matte finish.” The pencil has a really soft, smooth texture that is thin and glides on without tugging or skipping, but it is noticeably thin on the lips, which I find can be unforgiving if you have any dryness or flakiness on your lips. The wear is between three and five hours with lighter shades disappearing more quickly and deeper shades lasting a little longer and/or staining. They are slightly drying to just not drying (but none are hydrating). Overall, they are comfortable to wear, but a few shades tend to look patchy as they wear down on me. They are twist-up, jumbo-sized lip pencils, so they don’t require sharpening (no waste!). Keep in mind, twist-up jumbo pencils like this one often contain less product than a traditional lipstick (which usually contain 0.10 to 0.15 oz.).

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MAC Aim to Please Velvetease Lip Pencil
MAC Aim to Please Velvetease Lip Pencil

MAC Aim to Please Velvetease Lip Pencil
MAC Aim to Please Velvetease Lip Pencil

MAC Aim to Please Velvetease Lip Pencil
MAC Aim to Please Velvetease Lip Pencil

MAC Aim to Please Velvetease Lip Pencil
MAC Aim to Please Velvetease Lip Pencil

MAC Aim to Please Velvetease Lip Pencil
MAC Aim to Please Velvetease Lip Pencil

MAC Aim to Please Velvetease Lip Pencil
MAC Aim to Please Velvetease Lip Pencil

MAC Anything Goes Velvetease Lip Pencil
MAC Anything Goes Velvetease Lip Pencil

MAC Anything Goes Velvetease Lip Pencil
MAC Anything Goes Velvetease Lip Pencil

MAC Anything Goes Velvetease Lip Pencil
MAC Anything Goes Velvetease Lip Pencil

MAC Anything Goes Velvetease Lip Pencil
MAC Anything Goes Velvetease Lip Pencil

MAC Anything Goes Velvetease Lip Pencil
MAC Anything Goes Velvetease Lip Pencil

MAC Anything Goes Velvetease Lip Pencil
MAC Anything Goes Velvetease Lip Pencil

MAC Frolic Velvetease Lip Pencil
MAC Frolic Velvetease Lip Pencil

MAC Frolic Velvetease Lip Pencil
MAC Frolic Velvetease Lip Pencil

MAC Frolic Velvetease Lip Pencil
MAC Frolic Velvetease Lip Pencil

MAC Frolic Velvetease Lip Pencil
MAC Frolic Velvetease Lip Pencil

MAC Frolic Velvetease Lip Pencil
MAC Frolic Velvetease Lip Pencil

MAC Frolic Velvetease Lip Pencil
MAC Frolic Velvetease Lip Pencil

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Make Up For Ever HD
  • Tom Ford Wicked Blush
  • Laura Mercier #001 Matte Radiance
On eyes:
  • Zoeva En Taupe Palette
  • Lancome Cote d'Azur Eyeliner

About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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I was surprised to not see NARS’ Dolce Vita among the Aim to Please dupes. Do you think they’re similar, Christine? I find Aim to Please gorgeous but I already own Dolce Vita, so my wallet would be safe from that shade at least lol

The images for the Sheer Lipstick were showing on the Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (they were on the same post, and when I import the products, same names mean it takes all the images), and I was an idiot and didn’t catch that (I normally make note of it to manually remove the wrong images). They should be fixed now.

Here is the comparison: http://www.temptalia.com/side-by-side?sbs_1_search=MAC+Aim+to+Please&sbs_1=215477&sbs_2_search=NARS+Dolce+Vita&sbs_2=111496

I’m raring to try this because of it’s dupability(is that even a word?) to Dolce Vita! I looove Dolce Vita, but its longevity on me is just crap. My pencil now is just a nub.

I like Aim to Please, but the formula doesn’t sound as good as BITE. At $ 20 for .05 oz, these are better deal than the BITE Matte Lip Crayons ( $24 for .05 oz) but expensive compared to the BITE High Pigment Lip Pencils ( $20 for .09 oz), and all are twist up pencils. The most expensive is the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($26 for .086 oz) AND you have to sharpen it.

I think Brick-o-la is a little pinker, but they are somewhat similar. If Brick-o-la runs warmer on you, then it might be even closer!

Frolic on you reminds me of how MAC Ravishing looks on me! I really like that one, but with just .05 at $20, I don’t think so. Unless it’s some totally unusual and difficult to dupe shade, I don’t think I’ll be getting any of these due to the rather over-inflated price for this paltry amount of product.

I’m a bit torn on these. I was able to test them in store last Thursday and they are a lot more sheer than I was expecting the two shades I was interested in are Frolic and Aim to Please.

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