March 30, 2010

MAC Art Supplies Review and Swatches: MAC Pro Longwear Lipstain Marker Review and Swatches

I’m a self proclaimed lover of lip stain.  I honestly don’t leave the house without staining my lips.  Glosses wear prettier when you have stain under them, lips look more inviting with lip stain in place, and I’m not retouching my lips every hour on the hour since stain is so much more long wearing than gloss or lipstick, just a few of the reasons that lip stain is one of my favorite things.

Hearing about MAC Pro Longwear Lipstain Marker had me all kinds of excited. Lip markers from MAC? Hells yes please.


MAC Pro Longwear Lipstain Marker releases this week in a variety of nine luscious shades for $16 each w00t!


I am.

MAC is one of my fav brands so I was all kinds of curious how they’d do it up in the realms of lip stain. They fair well but honestly the price leaves a bit to be desired.

Here’s the thing….

Lip markers aren’t really a new, innovative product are they? Sephora did ’em and so did Urban Decay, Covergirl and mark do ’em and honestly the prices are way more competitive ranging from $7-$9.

Any difference between the cheap stuff versus MAC’s version? Sadly no. It’s about the same product to be honest aside from the fact that MAC has some shades you prob won’t be able to dupe with mark or Covergirl’s version.

Unsure what a lip marker even is?

Lip marker, it’s just that. It’s a marker that can be used to “draw” on your lips. Basically it’s a felt tipped marker pen that contains a lip stain which can be used to stain your lips a bright shade of color. Lip markers are great because they wear long however they are notorious for being very dry and MAC’s version isn’t any exception.

MAC Pro Longwear Lipstain Marker is a drying formula however topped with gloss you should be good to go however worn alone you’ll notice it cracks and dries out lips badly. It wears pretty long but not as long as some stains and markers already in my stash. Perhaps three hours at the most which isn’t quite long for something that stains and something that contains “pro” in the name, as most pro products from MAC tend to be bulletproof.

I tried out three shades which were Point of View (Light Neutral Brown), Full of Flare (Bright Coral), and A Classic (Rosy Red). I liked Full of Flare and A Classic the best and felt they applied quite nicely and wore well with gloss on top however was somewhat shocked they weren’t as pigmented as most MAC product but this didn’t bother me much as anymore pigmentation could prove a bit garish on lips. One thing I found rather novel about these was the fact they are vanilla flavored. Now I HATE the taste of MAC Lipglass but for some reason these came across rather tasty. It seemed a sweeter taste than the one that flavors lipglass, quite nice!

Overall, MAC Pro Longwear Lipstain make an appealing pick however it needs to have a few dollars shaved off it’s $16 buck price tag as I feel that’s a little too pricey. These would be golden for me if it wasn’t for that price as I feel like I can get the same thing for half the price from mark or Covergirl. Absolutely love them but think they need a price revamp for shiz.

Will you be indulging in these?

Already tried ’em?

Do share!

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  • dina

    oh i am eyeing stylesetter but not so sure, all signs online i’ve seen so far point to n/g 🙁 i think as you said if the color is different enough maybe i’ll pick it up, must see in person. point of view looks like a unique shade for a stain? have you tried the givenchy ones yet?? 🙂

    • the Muse

      no dina damn! need the givenchy ones for shiz, you??? I think most of them are pretty unique shades, I was talking to Christine and she said she felt they all applied the same, I thought the two I tried applies differently but when she talks mac I tend to shake my head and agree. 😀 I just can’t help but feel covergirl does it for half the price? Normally not so frugal about dishing $ on mac but I dunno…

  • Nia

    I am not sure if I will get one, the reviews are simply too mixed and the collection is exclusive here, so no way for me to try them out.
    Guess I will skip them now.

    Thanks Muse 🙂

      • Nia

        So, I could try them and I was right in skipping them, just too drying.
        And the MA told me they last only for a few hours, so not a big enough difference to get them. And here they are ridiculously expensive :-\

  • kali

    I was wondering what stains DO wear longer than these? I was planning on getting some because of the wide color range but I’ve read a lot of neutral/negative reviews. Also, are the Tokidoki stains better? (the new Sephora ones.)

    • the Muse

      kali bourjois paris makes a great set that I ADORE also covergirl lasts pretty long as well and if you can still find them the old UD lip ink. tokidoki are more subtle which is great as some shades of stain can be garish as hell, they wear pretty ok, but not extra long. do you like red? milani has a new red lipstick that stains lips crazily!

  • Kristina

    I have yet to try a stain in marker form. I tried one of Laura Mercier’s stains once and decided that I hate stains. Maybe I’ll give CoverGirl’s a whirl. Did you review CG’s lip marker?

  • Jane

    I’m in love with these markers! Unlike other lip stains that darken certain parts of your lips, the color in MAC’s lipstain evenly adheres to your lips. They deliver an even and buildable coat of color that you can amplify with more layers. That’s what I love about these markers. Plus, you can’t beat the vanilla scent and flavor. YUM!

    • the Muse

      jane I was shocked about the flavor too, I liked it 😀

      thanks for your review!!!!!!!!

  • Sophia

    Ooh, they don’t sell any other lipmarkers in Sweden, so I think Ima have to indulge in one of the bright red ones!

    See? I really, really love having red lips – after all, I used to be a baby goth/punk girl, but one of those who wore red lipstick daily as opposed to black – do you think one of the redder MAC stains would suit me?

    *I really hope it’s okay for me to include a picture … if not, feel free to chew me out and/or ban me from your blog! I’d be sad, though, because I adore Musings of a Muse. But feel completely free to punch me in the face, at least!

  • mercedes

    hey muse! been lurking about for a bit… how was your weekend? what are your fave ud,& mac im dieing inside trying to find your faves! im really interested in mac shadows,glosses and lipsticks,palletes,ud shadows and palletes.any answers i would LOVE!!!! thanks.oh and BTW reason i ask is cuz i really value your opnions on whats good a whats not,when im thinking of buying something i always know where to! thanks muse your’e THE best!!!

    • the Muse

      fantastic mercedes good to see you coming out of lurkdom this week 😀 My favs change SO often but I like Urban Decay Mildew, Vert, and Cherry and MAC Shimmermoss, cranberry, and alot of LE shades. You should look through my fab favs as this has alot of different ideas of items I currently love including shadows and such 😀

      Aw thanks mercedes *Hugs* you’re the best hun!

  • Hana

    Yay, I’m so happy to see this review! I was going nuts wanting them, but we’re moving this month and I really shouldn’t be spending money on makeup. -_- Anyway, your review made me decide I don’t really need them. XD I have like four of the Cover Girl ones and don’t even use them all that often (though that might be because they’re brighter summery colors, so I’ll wear them more in the coming months).

    • the Muse

      hana if you have four of the CG ones I think you’re set, you really can skip $16 mac ones imho!

      • Hana

        Side note: You never finished your favorites of 2009 posts. 🙁 I don’t think you hit eyeshadows or lip products at all…

  • Renata

    Hi, Muse! I love lip stains and I always apply a layer of lip balm over them. It works better than gloss, and the results are more natural.

    • the Muse

      I love ’em too renata def an HG for me however mac’s were drying as hells!

  • PJ

    I just bought Stylesetter because I saw it on someone and thought it was pretty. I haven’t tried it yet but now I am rethinking the price tag. Do you think there is a Covergirl duoe for Stylesetter and Full of Flare?? Oh and on a total side note you got me hooked on Milani 3D gloss. So cheap and wears just as well as some MAC lipglasses.

    • the Muse

      Mmm PJ not sure about dupes for these tbh but def head to CVS for a peek as honestly for the price the CG are probs the better dear doll! I loved the mac ones but felt like the price of $16.50 was a little too high!

      YAY! freaking awesome 😀 they are fab aren’t they!? 😀

  • the makeup block

    I bought a classic yesterday, it shows up really bright red on my lips though. It was hilarious when I went into selfridges to the mac counter and I asked about the art supplies collection- two of the workers had no clue what it was talking about and kept trying to send me to shops that sold art supplies, he he.

    • the Muse

      lol makeup block how typical! MA’s are sometimes not the brightest bunch when it comes to knowing collections LOL!

  • Janet

    I bought full of flame here in the Netherlands and it was €17.50 ($23.75)
    the pricetag is ridiculous, but greedy as i am I bought it.. And im so! dissappointed! The tip is already drying after a 2 times use.. !
    Too bad we cant buy covergirl here, I would LOVE to try one of those :'(

    • the Muse

      aw janet sorry doll 🙁 I wasn’t too impressed with them either!

  • Deanna

    I’m going to try these – I was glad to read the comment from Jane re: Unlike other lip stains that darken certain parts of your lips, the color in MAC’s lipstain evenly adheres to your lips.