Vetting MAC Art Supplies Pro Longwear Lipstain Markers

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How was your Monday, sunshine? Mine was a little cra-zaay, as I’ve been running around like a nut!


The highlight: my trip to the vet…

For Tabs, of course. 🙂 Everything’s fine; he just needed a checkup, but the visit kind of threw a wrench into my afternoon. Vet visits turn that little wonderful cat into a freaking beast from the depths of kitteh hell.

He spent 45 very angry minutes dodging my attempts to load him into his cat carrier. Then, once we finally came to an agreement and got on the road, I couldn’t find the clinic and ended up lost beneath a highway next to some abandoned train tracks. Lovely, and that’s about the time Tabs started mewling, which, of course, made getting un-lost 10 times harder.

Long story short, it took a lot out of both of us. Tabs has been recovering in the closet since we got home, and I’ve been trying to unwind with the Pro Longwear Lipstain Markers ($16) from the upcoming MAC Art Supplies collection (arrives April 1).

Here are seven of the nine colors (not shown are Full of Flare and Tomorrow’s Coral). I’m curious to hear what you think. I like how rich the reds and browns are, but I think a lot of ’em look alike on my lips, maybe due to my pigmented pucker. 🙂


A Classic

Modern Mocha

Point of View

Purposefully red


Runway Ripened


What’s your favorite of the bunch? I’m leaning toward Stylesetter and A Classic…

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Rae says:

    *exhales* Whew, thank goodness Tabs is okay! You had me worried for a second there 😉

    These look amazing — A Classic and Runway Ripened are definitely calling to me. Aside from being gorgeous, how do these wear? I’m worried they won’t sit well with my dry pucker :/
    .-= Rae’s last blog post… Of a feather: Painted Love EOTD =-.

  2. Mary says:

    Wow, those are really nice colors! I think my favs are A Classic, Runaway Ripened, and Sunset.

  3. loll I don’t think trips to the vet, or even the doctor are or will ever be fun. These lipstains look amazing, what do you think of them compared to CG lipstains? I remember you playing around with those awhile ago, but i’ve never tried lipstain markers period since my lips tend to be kinda dry. I’m loving A Classic and Modern Mocha.
    .-= Makeupmorsels’s last blog post… Part III of The Blue Trilogy =-.

  4. Summer Staff says:

    I need these! I have been using Stila’s stains for ahwhile and Covergirls, but Stila’s color selection is too limited and Covergirl’s slips right off my lips after one sip of water. I love lipstains, and i am so excited for these! I want Stlyesetter, and Sunset. I oddly do not like lipgloss, or lipstick. I can’t find good lipstick colors and lipgloss makes my lips look so ginormous they look fake! (I have HUGE lips!)

    I love Mac and I can’t wait for these!!1

  5. Rica says:

    Long day eh, but it feels great to be home, right?
    I, too, like A Classic and Stylesetter! But how do you find the texture or wear? I don’t think we can try it in store, so it’ll be nice to know from someone who tried them!

    I have pretty dry lips too, so I’m kinda worried. (I never go for anything non-moisturizing, my top picks have always been Cremesheen and Glaze)
    .-= Rica’s last blog post… One day left for free shipping, what would you get from MAC? =-.

  6. Ashley says:

    I personally thing Sunset & Purposely Red looks the best on you. They seem to have the least patch-yness you usually find with lip stains. I don’t own any lip stains but the one jelly lip tint I have is mega patchy & cherry popsicle-y.
    A Classic & Runway Ripened are nice too but those would be my runner ups!

  7. shivotra says:

    I really like style setter at lot, but how long do these things last?
    .-= shivotra’s last blog post… My Wish List =-.

  8. Jen says:

    “A classic” FOR SURE. love it!

    LOL at the vet trip. Tabs is QUITE the character!
    .-= Jen’s last blog post… Families… =-.

  9. amy says:

    I think I like Style Setter and A Classic the best, but you are right the reds look awfully similar.
    .-= amy’s last blog post… NOTD Sephora OPI Nail Lacquer It’s Bouquet with Me =-.

  10. I too am curious about how these wear…would love a review!
    .-= Kajal Couture’s last blog post… Foundation Shopping Blues =-.

  11. Christina says:

    Sunset looks beautiful!!!

  12. beth says:

    oh youre killing me. we have the same skintone so whenever something looks good on you i start lemming it haha.

  13. Aisha says:

    lol karen! you should do a test on how long these last.

  14. Kypris says:

    I really like the look of these… how do they compare to lipsticks? I’m a little confused… are they less heavy? Do they last longer?

    I recently bought a red lipstick… but I’m almost scared to use it! I also have fairly pigmented lips, so it actually shows up slightly pinkish – I think I need to find a lipliner that is either red or will neutralize some of my lip colour…

  15. Pinch says:

    These look gorgeous on you! I’m leaning towards Stylesetter as my fave on you =)
    .-= Pinch’s last blog post… Midnight Cowboy. Tamed? =-.

  16. Those these are really pretty colours, I don’t think they’d do well on my dry lips. It’s ok though, I already have way too many lip pencils. I’ll just have extra money to budget for the greasepaint sticks and pearlglides!
    .-= SoVeryFabulous’s last blog post… OPI Miami Beet =-.

  17. BittersweetKindaNew says:

    Oooooo I do like these colours – although some of them are quite similar yes but very nice colours though!!

    Did you just have them on your lips or did you have a clear gloss on top because your lips have a lovely sheen to them also on these pics!

  18. Rita says:

    I was really interested in these, but after seeing swatches, I think I’m only getting Full of Flare. They all seem colourful/dark, and I would like to wear them under a lipgloss or lipstick.

  19. NINA says:

    Oh wow taking a kitty to the vet is never easy … im a sucker sometimes and end up postponing the visits because I so hate it when my kids are stressed. I hope he is better now! 🙂

    Those markers are lovely … im recently using stuff other than lipbalm on my lips. LOL I have no idea how it started but I am using lipstick again … ive not done so in a while. Just got tired of having to apply and reapply I guess.

    But if these are long wearing then im interested … im liking Sunset, Purposefully Red and A Classic … so pigmented and they look awesome on you!

  20. resham says:

    Sunset looks pretty, But these appear very moist and even on your lips. Usually stains get into fine lines….i think i have to check them myself…

  21. Meghan says:

    i LOVE LOVE LOVE stylesetter. My question is, I already own posietint and pretty much have a full bottle of it. do you think it’s worth getting stylesetter or do you think its too similar to posie tint?

    p.s.-i have very pigmented lips too! i read somewhere that putting a little foundation on them can help neutralize the lip color, but i tried that and it looked all gross because the foundation got into all the tiny little cracks in my lips 🙁

  22. Gabrielle says:

    Yay! I’m glad Tabs is ok, you had me worried!

    My favorites are probably Modern Mocha, Runway Ripened, and Sunset. Unfortunately, I think I’m going to have to skip this collection- I’m saving up for To the Beach in May!

  23. Kim says:

    I like A Classic too. I’m sorry for you and Tabs – it once took 4 of us to get a friend’s kitty in her carrier for a trip to the vet… and a very frightened intern once told me that my generally mild-mannered kitteh was the “meanest cat I’ve ever seen” (as he backed away from her and shielded himself with his long, leather gloves).

  24. Scientific Housewife says:

    Those colors are great!

  25. Erin says:

    I can’t wait to try out the Lipstain Markers. I think I’m going to buy one first to check it out and then decide if I want more.
    I have had to cancel many a vet appointment due to not ever being able to get my kitty into his carrier LOL, so at least you finally managed to get him in it!
    .-= Erin’s last blog post… GIVEAWAY: Zoya Reverie Collection!!!!! =-.

  26. Marce says:

    A Classic and Purposefully Red! These seem to make red lips sooo much easier to carry!
    .-= Marce’s last blog post… EOTN – Sparkly Golden Black + Tagged! =-.

  27. Karen says:

    Hi Gals,

    Just a quick comment to update you on wear time of these stains! I have pretty good luck with these…

    Last night I put on “A Classic” at five. After about two hours the original intensity of the color began to fade, but my lips definitely remained stained. The color lasted through a running workout (where I chugged hella water out of my water bottle) at 8pm. After dinner and shower I noticed that my lips still had some color ’round 9:30, and when I went to bed at 11 there was still some red hanging on.

    These do fade after a few hours, but I think the fade is gradual. I didn’t have trubs with it drying out my lips, either.

    • Cody says:

      Thanks for the update! Did you find they faded naturally and evenly or that they settled into lines as they faded and looked pretty rough after a few hours?

  28. Jen says:

    I love Classic on you. When these fade, did it leave a ring around your lips? That’s my biggest fear.

  29. Sylvie says:

    Hi Karen,

    Does this make your lips feel tight? The regular lip stains (from Rose Romance and the Ungaro collection) from MAC always make mine feel very tight.

  30. Lindsay says:

    After seeing swatches on other blogs I wasn’t liking these anymore. However, swatched on you, they look fantastic!
    .-= Lindsay’s last blog post… FOTD: Not my dirty 30 =-.

  31. Anastasia says:

    Wow, these are a lot more pigminted than I expected! I loooooove the greasesticks though, and bringing out 8 at once is like putting 8 cakes in front of me… no fair!!! I’ll have to grab 2-3 though. Now I want one of these too though. Wah!!

  32. TJ says:

    I’ll be down at MAC on April 1!!
    .-= TJ’s last blog post… Are you ready for the price wars? =-.

  33. knownever says:

    Stylesetter and A Classic are probably my favorite too, but I can’t really say I DISLIKE any of them! Like everyone else I’m wondering how drying these are although I don’t know that it would stop me from buying them. i haven’t had a lip stain since a bottle of benetint spilled in my bag and I think it’s time again. Also, I feel your pain on the vet front! Once my cat is in the carrier you would never know because she usually sheds a full cat’s worth of hair all over the floor in the process.
    .-= knownever’s last blog post… Did I join the cult?: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab =-.

  34. lexi says:

    wow these look really moist. Very pretty!
    my fear is that my lips get CHAPPED severely especially when I’m trying to break in a formula. This would not look cute on chapped lips. Did you put anything on top of the stains?

  35. Cindy says:

    Thanx for your swatches. I like Sunset the most.

    Glad to hear that Tabs survived the struggle to the Vet, i know how hard it is to get cats to the vet, i always have a struggle with my 2 cats 😉

  36. Kate & Zena says:

    I like the first, second and last colors.

    Aw, the vet. It’s not so much getting Zena into the car, it’s more the WHINING she does in the car. It sounds like she’s dying back there. We think she gets overstimulated from all the sights and smells that she kinda goes psycho. Thankfully, she’s learned how to stay in her car seat harness!

  37. eRang says:

    oh wow, what a great application! I’ve seen some disappointing results about this product elsewhere, but now I’m definitely sold! I’m thinking Purposefully red or Sunset. I have two cats and vet visits are not very pleasant experiences for us either. I wonder how some people make their trip with their cats in a hamper basket and a blanket! (oh yes, I’ve witness quite a few at the vet!)

  38. Catherine says:

    Aww, poor Tabs and poor you!

    These all look AMAZING on you!! Do you think they’d look ok on dry flaky lips? Mine have been even more flaky than usual lately… and lip stains usually don’t play nice w/ flakies. =/
    .-= Catherine’s last blog post… NOTD – Elegant Girly Bling? Pink Holo Sparkles + Black Lace =-.

  39. Lee says:

    They all look so similar. I’d still like to try one though.

  40. Cas says:

    I’d go with the Stylesetter too, it’s not too loud and just the right color!
    .-= Cas’s last blog post… Legend Water Chalet, Port Dickson =-.

  41. Instant Karma (formerly L) says:

    Oooh! I really like these.

    God, do I know what you’re talking about with the vet! Tigger (the one who looks like a skinny Tabs) is usually such a sweetheart. He follows me around the house, and will snuggle up to me whenever I take a nap. He goes on binges where he will give my arm kitty kisses for fifteen straight minutes.

    If you saw him at the vet, though, you’d understand why all of the vet techs think my sweet little boy needs an exorcism. He fluffs up and makes these strange growly noises that sound like a cross between roaring, hissing, and what you’d expect a demon to sound like, lol. He often starts hyperventilating at the same time, which gives his voice a particularly creepy guttural sound that comes and goes every half second. I always feel bad because he scares the living crap out of everyone in the waiting room!

  42. Stephanie says:

    I am drooling over Point of View. I LOVE LOVE LOVE stains and have been on a mission for the last 8 years for my holy grail. So far it has been CG, but I want so bad for it to be MAC, lol.

  43. Jacki says:

    Point of view is by far my favorite, can’t wait to get my hands on them!

  44. Rhian says:

    These intrigue (sp?) me 🙂 Glad Tabs is okay, my cat recently died a couple of weeks ago, we had to put her down because she was in so much pain. I had her since I was 5 so that was a bummer 🙁

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