The MAC Pro Longwear Lipstain Markers: Answers to Your Questions

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Hello, young lady. How was the rest of your Monday? Downright spectacular, I hope. 🙂


Mine was aw-ite, I guess, with the exception of the weather. The rain is back in a big way this week, and dark, scary rain clouds are parked overhead. One of them HAS to have a silver lining, though, and I’m determined to find it. I thought it might be somewhere hiding among the coral lippies of MAC’s Pro Longwear Lipstain line from the MAC Art Supplies collection, so today I took a close look.

We talked about ’em last week, but I still had a couple more shades to show you — Tomorrow’s Coral (a reddish coral) and Full of Flare (an orangey coral).

From left: Tomorrow’s Coral, Full of Flare

Tomorrow’s Coral

Full of Flare

The last two turned out to be my favorites of the line! Before these, I felt most of the red and brown Lipstains looked too much alike, but these stand out. I’m even drooling over the prospects of layering them beneath a reddish coral gloss like MAC Liglass in Lychee Luxe. I get the feeling that’s gonna be the hawtness!

Today I also wanted to follow up and address some of your questions from the first Longwear post. Here’s one from reader Rae:

Aside from being gorgeous, how do these wear? — Rae

Hi Rae,

I get about two hours of rich color intensity before the color starts fading. Even after it fades, my lips still remain stained.

One day last week I’d put on A Classic (a dark red) at five in the afternoon. Three hours later, after a workout, the color was still holding strong, even after I’d chugged a ton of water from my water bottle.

After dinner and a shower, my lips still had color when the clock struck 9:30, and when I finally hit the haaay at 11, there was still some red hanging around.

All in all, that’s about six hours of pretty decent color.

The next question’s from reader Makeupmorsels who asked…

These lipstains look amazing. What do you think of them compared to Cover Girl Lipstains? — Makeupmorsels

Hi Makeupmorsels,

I’ve tried both, and I prefer these because the color applies evenly. The CoverGirl ones tend to deposit color unevenly on my lips, so the outer edges end up looking darker.

BittersweetKindaNew wondered…

Did you have just [the Lipstains] on your lips [in the swatches], or did you have a clear gloss on top? — BittersweetKindaNew

Hey BittersweetKindaNew,

In all of the Lipstain pics I only used the Lipstain — no clear gloss. That glossy look lasts about 10-15 minutes, too, and as the stain dries down it looks more semi-matte.

Reader Meghan asked…

I already own Benefit Posietint and pretty much have a full bottle of it. Do you think it’s worth getting Stylesetter, or do you think it’s too similar to Posietint? — Meghan

Hi Meghan,

That’s a good question. I also have Posietint, but I think they’re both very different colors. Stylesetter looks brighter and like a hotter pink to me. Posietint looks like a paler pink with a little touch of coral, and here’s something else to consider: Stylesetter’s awfully easy to use, and the pen’s built for easy travel (vs. Posietint’s bottle).

And Sylvie wanted to know…

Hi Karen. Does this make your lips feel tight? — Sylvie

Heya Sylvie,

There’s a bit of tightness, but it’s not painful and doesn’t really get on my nerves. What I’ve done is prep my lips with a moisturizing lip balm before and after use, and that’s sorta offset the feeling.

Reader Catherine wondered…

Do you think [the Lipstains] would look ok on dry, flaky lips? Mine have been even more flaky than usual lately, and lip stains don’t play nice with flakies. — Catherine

Hi Catherine,

Well, you might want to wait for your pucker to recover first because even though these generally distribute pigment evenly, I get the sense they would pool in flaky areas.

And then Cody asked…

Did you find they faded naturally and evenly, or did they settle into lines as they faded? — Cody

‘Sup Cody,

On me the stains fade naturally and evenly, but some of the darker browns and reds did leave darker traces along the lip line. It’s not hella BAM! obvious, though, and doesn’t look freaky or weird.

I hope this closer look at these MAC Pro Longwear Lipstains helps. Let me know, and please post any more questions you have about them in the comments. 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Well, hallo, Miss Coco! Word’s coming through from the folks at Chanel that a pretty nifty gold and black four-piece collection called Noir Et Or is en route to us soon. It’s supposed to conjure up a glamorous fantasy feeling of Shanghai circa the 1930s and ’40s as Coco might’ve imagined it, hmm…


The collection includes Ligne et Ombre de Chanel in Jet-Gold (an eyeshadow/liner duo with a black liner and gold eyeshadow, $45) and three black and gold Les Vernis polishes ($25 each) in various finishes: Black Velvet (a matte black), Gold Lame (a satiny gold) and Illusion D’Or (a transparent sparkling gold).

Look for it on Chanel counters next month.

P.P.S. Tonight’s the deadline to enter The Gwen Stefani MBB Makeup Challenge! Get those pics in before 11:59 Pacific time tonight, and good luck. 🙂


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  1. Amber says:

    Lipsticks ALWAYS change color on me unless I use MAC’s lip primer. Pink in the morning, orange by lunch. So depressing. Did these stay true to color?
    .-= Amber’s last blog post… What’s your type? =-.

  2. yay, ive been awaiting the answers to some of the questions!
    .-= Kajal Couture’s last blog post… My Favorite Crease Brushes =-.

  3. Kate & Zena says:

    Concerning Catherine with the flaky lips,
    When it comes to lipstains, they definitely make flaky lips look, well, flakier. If the flaky lips are a rather new thing and only come around winter (i.e. dry lips), I definitely suggest exfoliating those puckers (use an old soft-bristled CLEAN toothbrush and gently scrub, scrub, scrub in circular motions) followed by a deep nourishing lip balm like Nivea A Kiss of Moisture (I’ve gone through SEVEN TUBES, I love it that much) or plain ol’ Vaseline. Then try the lipstain fifteen minutes later. I suggest keeping a spare tube of lip balm around so you can hydrate your lips.

    However, if you consistently have dry, flaky lips (especially if you drink a lot of water), you probably should see your doctor. Consistently dry, peeling, flaky lips can be caused by sun damage, eczema (called cheilitis), Vitamin A poisoning, or anemia. For cheilitis and sun damage, you’re normally prescribed 2% hydrocortisone. Trust me, 2% hydrocortisone is a GOD SEND (particularly if you get contact dermatitis like I do). I <3 my 2% hydrocortisone (hm, I need a refill, come to think of it).

  4. Marce says:

    I have a lipstain like this from brazilian brand Duda Molinos, it’s really nice! Unless I have some money I’ll be sticking to that 😀 The two missing shades are sooo pretty, I agree they’re great! Pink Grapefruit would look rad with them too. Or Red Devil, pity they’re both LE! Thanks for answering the questions…I though of something while reading but I forgot, it must be the time…better go to bed!
    .-= Marce’s last blog post… Vanidades + Lancome = Trés Chic =-.

  5. Rae says:

    Yay!! Thanks for the answers, Karen 😉 These look really, really tempting — but I’m kinda thinking I should hold off. My lips tend to be even drier than Catherine’s!

    Then again, Tomorrow’s Coral looks just right…
    .-= Rae’s last blog post… FOTD: So you had a bad day =-.

  6. Vonvon says:

    Wow!!! And i told myself not to buy more lippies….but the colors from this markers are gorgeous! really nice colors, and like the fact that the packaging is in the shape of pen markers. Not the normal lipgloss applicator kind of stains.
    .-= Vonvon’s last blog post… EOTD/FOTD: Dior 5 Couleurs Couture Colour Eyeshadow Palette #804 Plus Capture Totale Skincare & Foundation =-.

  7. pinksoysauce says:

    I love the new Chanel concept! I wonder how Gold Lame will compare to Gold Fiction…

  8. amy says:

    These lip stains look great on you, I will have to try the stains in store because my lips are often dry. Oh la la I can’t wait to check out the Chanel nailpolishes.
    .-= amy’s last blog post… MAC Give Me Liberty of London Eyeshadow Birds & Berries Product Picture, Swatches and Review =-.

  9. Karen B says:

    That new Chanel duo looks awesome!!!
    By the way, I’ve been trying to find a Chanel duo with a dark black and dark blue. It’s a compact the size of an eyeshadow quad and the two colours are separated by a diagonal line. I was hoping you might know what it is (I saw it in a video from one of my favourite musical people doing her makeup, I think it’s supposed to be cake liner or really dark eyeshadow?)
    .-= Karen B’s last blog post… Friday Fame =-.

  10. gio says:

    Thanks for all the answers. Tomorrow’s coral is really tempting me!
    .-= gio’s last blog post… Sunday Beauty Reads, 28/03/10 =-.

  11. NINA says:

    Full of Flare is calling my name!!! So is Stylesetter …. hrmmmmm ….

  12. diane says:

    Hy! Karen, you have such perfect teeth!!
    .-= diane’s last blog post… I’m lucky to live by the sea side… =-.

  13. Scientific Housewife says:

    Thanks for answering questions, this seems like a great product!

  14. Katie says:

    I really love the look of lip stains on light skin. My friend hilary has super fair skin and she wears like a cherry colored lip stain and it makes her look like… delicate, romantic, feminine? I don’t know the word, but I love lip and cheek stains on super pale skin!
    .-= Katie’s last blog post… Black Rebel Motorcycle Club =-.

  15. Kypris says:

    ohhh my goodness harsh lemming the Chanel Noir et Or… it’s totally what I’m into right now… agh and I’m supposed to be SAVING!!

  16. Catherine says:

    Thanks so much for the answers! Unfortunately I think I’m gonna have to skip these then… my lips are kind of always dry and flaky. =/
    .-= Catherine’s last blog post… Visee Glam Hunt Eyes G-6 =-.

  17. Cody says:

    Thanks so much for answering my previous question! My wallet might be wincing, but I’m excited to try out a few of these lipstains. I’ve skipped the last two or three MAC collections because I’ve been eagerly anticipating these.

  18. Stephanie says:

    I was totally LOVING my MAC lipstain that I got on Friday. By Sunday mine was completly dried ut! I just took it back today and got a Tokitokitko (sorry bout the spelling, all you sephora-aholics will know that i mean >:)I have h

  19. angela says:

    i love makeup and of course lipstick probably so much that if i was on a desert island and i could take one item it would of course be lipstick, i might be sounding a bit obsessive right now but who cares right if you love something just go for it, this product really does it for me i mean it just ticks all the boxes ive had some dodgy makeup in the past but im glad to know that now i finally have something that i can rely on


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