MAC Longwear Lustre Puts the Long in Long Lasting Lipwear

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Coco Lust lipstick topped with Sexy Sweet gloss

MAC Pro Longwear Lustre Lipcolour ($20) sure lives up to its name, homie. I’ve used two of the nine recently released duos — Coco Lust/Sexy Sweet and Pink Air/High Top — and even after two meals, four bottles of water and three sticks of Orbit gum (mint mojito, yum), the colors held strong!


Each Longwear Lustre Lipcolour comes with a lustre lipstick base coat on one end and a gloss top coat on the other. Although MAC says they were designed to be worn together, rules like those were meant to be broken. I plan to mix ’em up for even more flexibility.

Although I like the glosses (high shine and non-stick), I’m in love with the lipsticks. They’re thin and apply extremely well with the included doe-foot applicator. Worn alone they resemble other matte lipsticks, but the thin texture — feather light on the lips — doesn’t feel dry like so many other mattes do.

Coco Lust by itself

Swatches of Coco Lust and Sexy Sweet

Pink Air lipstick with White Top gloss

Pink Air by itself

Swatches of Pink Air and White Top

At $20, they’re more expensive than most MAC lipsticks and glosses, but I think they’re worth the price. A product that requires infrequent reapplication is a product built to last. Plus, by mixing and matching, you can create a variety of lip looks with these.

MAC Pro Longwear Lustre Lipcolours

Pink Air/White Top
Lustre: Light pink with pearl
Top Coat: Clear white with red and pink (lustre)

Ripe and Ready/Soft and Lush
Lustre: Clean bright pink coral with gold pearl
Top Coat: Yellow pink with gold pearl (lustre)

Custom Rose/Pink Virtue
Lustre: Berry plum with pearl
Top Coat: Light blue pink with silver pearl (lustre)

Gypsy Rose/Shimmer It
Lustre: Berry red with gold pearl
Top Coat: White gold with multicoloured pearl (lustre)

Boss and Ready/Slave to Pink
Lustre: Chocolate bronze with pearl
Top Coat: Champagne neutral with pearl (lustre)

Red Flame/Orange Flicker
Lustre: Intense bright yellow red
Top Coat: Bright yellow red with gold pearl (lustre)

Red Reflection/Mirror
Lustre: Deep berry magenta with pearl
Top Coat: Clear with white pearl (lustre)


Coco Lust/Sweet Sexy
Lustre: Deep red brown
Top Coat: Copper brown with gold pearl (lustre)

Alta Moda/Hip love
Lustre: Deep blackend red
Top Coat: Deep plum with red pearl

The nine new Pro Longwear Lustre Lipcolours recently launched with three nail polishes as part of the MAC Lustre Twins collection.

Have you given these a try yet? What do you think?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Misti says:

    I picked up the Red Flame/Orange Flicker and I love it!! I’m going back for more!!

  2. Tatiana says:

    after how many hours does your lips start to feel dry? i’m kind of hesitant about longwear stuff because my lips get chapped easily but they’re sooo pretty, i can’t pass them up! which one to buy…

  3. Elle says:

    I’m not a fan of most longwear lipsticks, but I grabbed a few of these and so far I’m in love. (Although, weird as it sounds, I *like* re-applying lipstick/gloss/whatever throughout the day. 😉 ) So far my favorite is Red Reflection–it’s the most gorgeous shade of berry red on me. I also got Ripe and Ready, Boss Brown, and Red Flame. I like the Coco Lust on you, Karen–I swatched it on my hand and I wasn’t crazy about it, but now that I see it on you I might have to take another look. I’m contemplating getting more of these but will have to see how much $$ I’m gonna drop on the Cherry collection…ugh, MAC, you’re killing my bank account!

  4. Janelle says:

    Wow, Coco Lust looks so great on you! My friend bought that one too & it looks equally fab on her. I didn’t get a chance to get any of these lippies the last time I went to MAC. My lips tend to be dry no matter what I do, so I’m worried the longwear part won’t work so well for me.

  5. meimei says:

    ZOMG, I think I should reconsider Coco Lust/Sexy Sweet now! That was the lip color used during my last MAC makeover – I thought it was too dark on me, but the lasting power was AMAZING. Plus it didn’t chap my lips one bit – and I should talk, since my lips get pretty dry often.

    I’ve also got my eye on Alta Moda/ Hip Love, too.

    meimeis last blog post..The Case for the Basics: Shoe Repair, Alterations, and Other Lost Arts

  6. gio says:

    They are so pretty but I’m hesitant to get them as longwear stuff fels so dry on the lips

    gios last blog post..Fall 2008 makeup trends

  7. Karen says:

    Hi Misti,

    I think I will have to check that one out, too! I am really liking these. Which ones are you going back for?

  8. Karen says:

    Hi Tatiana,

    For long wear products sometimes I’ll put a layer of lip balm underneath, wait a few minutes, blot, and then apply the product on top. It seems to help lessen the dryness.

  9. Karen says:

    Hi Elle,

    That’s totally not weird that you like to re-apply during the day… I like it too, especially if the wand/tube is pretty!

    I will have to try Red Reflection, cause I like berry shades too!

  10. Karen says:

    Hi Janelle,

    Thanks! Hmm, you can always prep your lips with your fave lip balm underneath. I like to put on a thin layer of Clinique Superbalm, wait, blot and then apply the Lustre formula.

  11. Karen says:

    Hi Meimei,

    I know… I swear that stuff was on all day long. Just for fun I put a swatch on the back of my hand and it lasted through a ton of hand washings. I couldn’t believe it!

  12. Karen says:

    Hi Gio,

    Usually I am too, but these don’t feel that dry. Regular matte lipsticks are def. more drying!

  13. Dao says:

    I’m really cautious about these because longwear stuff tends to flake and dry my lips like crazy. Plus if my lips are chapped, these kind of lipsticks just kind of make them worse.

    Daos last blog post..Sonia Kashuk Synthetic Blusher Brush: My All-Star Favorite!

  14. Tiera says:

    Ripe & Ready + Soft & Lush is my absolute fave!

    Tieras last blog post..Beauty Emergency: There’s Mascara in my Eye!

  15. Okyanus says:

    Wow Cocoa Lust and Pink Air each topped with their glosses look awesome! I’ll have to check this out in person and see which one’s I’d like to have. Your lips look nice and defined, did you use a liner before the lipsticks? If so, which one?

  16. Jennifer says:

    First, I just discovered your blog this week and I’m addicted already. Second, I LOVE the Coco lust. I am going shopping this week for a bottle! This color would work for fall or spring alike.

    Jennifers last blog post..Stiletto Run: Move over Olympics

  17. Karen says:

    Hi Dao,

    Yeah, me too. These don’t seem to be drying, though. And if you wear ’em with a lip balm underneath they’re actually pretty comfy on the lips. 🙂

  18. Karen says:

    Hi Okyanus,

    These pics are without a liner. The doe foot applicator makes it *super* easy to get the color on. Since Coco Lust is so dark you have to go slowly if you go without a liner, but you can still do it. 🙂

  19. Karen says:

    Hi Tiera,

    Oh I haven’t tried those! More for the list. 😉

  20. Karen says:

    Hi Jennifer,

    It’s good to meet ya! Coco Lust is lovely. And girl, it lasts forever. I hope you like it when you play with it in person. 🙂

  21. Lehea says:

    I picked up Boss Brown at Ala Moana and have yet to try it. The MUA at the store said it has good staying power. If all goes well, I just might buy another one. 😀

  22. Brenda says:

    I was planning to skip this collection to save for Cult of Cherry but by the looks of it I’ll have to get at LEAST one!

  23. Marisol says:

    Awesome color payoff! I’ve never tried this product but this post makes me run out and try them out.

    Marisols last blog post..Work Pet Peeves

  24. Meaghan says:

    I got this in the pink air and boss brown and actually really like them! Normally I’m not a longwear fan but I like using these and then even using different glosses over them. Have you checked out the Starflash collection? I’m totally loving it!

    Meaghans last blog post..MAC’s Starflash/ Lustre Twin Collection Review and FOTD

  25. Karen says:

    Hi Lehea,

    Woo hoo, Ala Moana! Did you go to the MAC store or the Nordie’s counter?

  26. Karen says:

    Hi Brenda,

    Yeah, try ’em out! The fact that they last so long is worth a visit.

    I’m so stoked for Cult of Cherry! *drools*

  27. Karen says:

    Hi Marisol,

    The lustre lipsticks last a really long time and they look so good on their own. 🙂 How was your day? Did you rock any makeup from last week’s haul?

  28. Karen says:

    Hi Meaghan,

    I have. I wore two Starflash colors today — Minx & Sable and Smoke & Diamonds. Which shades are your faves?

  29. Marisol says:

    I have not gotten a chance to use my new Benefit goodies. I will this week though. Sometimes a girl has too much make up and can’t decide what to use so she goes back to an old favorite.

    Marisols last blog post..Work Pet Peeves

  30. Elena says:

    Hey Karen,

    MAC just keeps getting better and better, doesn’t it? I will have to pick-up Coco-Lust soon!

  31. Megan says:

    OOh I may have to check these out. I love longwear…but usually hate the dryness that comes with it.

  32. Misti says:

    Karen, I’m hoping my counter still has Boss Brown/Slave to Pink; its already sold out online!!

  33. Daya says:

    Hi Karen!

    The Coco Lust looks wonderful on you! I think I’ll try that one during the Cult of Cherry event. Trying to get away from the pinks for a bit. 🙂

  34. Karen says:

    Hi Marisol,

    Yeah, I hear ya! Sometimes it’s faster and easier to just grab that shadow that you know is fool proof. 🙂

    I am still dreaming of Skinny Jeans…

  35. Karen says:

    Hi Elena,

    Yup, and the fall stuff that’s rolling out after Cult of Cherry looks like it’s going to be good too. Sometimes I feel a little overwhelmed by how much LE stuff they put out, but at least they give us variety!

  36. Karen says:

    Hi Megan,

    LOL, I actually thought of you when I saw these. I know you don’t like to reapply throughout the day. Seriously though — they don’t move for nothing!

  37. Karen says:

    Hi Misti,

    Oh wow! Hmm, if they don’t have it, perhaps you can get them to ship it from another store. I’ve done that with Nordstrom before. 🙂

  38. Karen says:

    Hi Daya,

    I hear ya, girl! Although, I can never fully pull myself away from the pinks. They’ll always have my heart!

  39. Michelle says:

    These look great. I want to check out the pink colored ones.

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