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