I have mixed emotions about Styledriven’s MAC Pro Longwear Lipglasses…
As a longtime Lipglass fan (10 years plus!), I expected to fall hard for these super pigmented, ultra shiny, long-wearing glosses, but beyond a few similarities — a sticky consistency and a light vanilla flavor and scent — they’re quite unlike their older cousins. As for pigment, MAC increased the dosage. They also thickened the formula, cranked up the shine and replaced the traditional doe-foot applicator with a paddle in the shape of an hourglass.
Pro Longwear Lipglasses, $18.50 U.S./$22 CDN each, from the left: Lasting Achievement, Infinitely Likable, Full Speed Ahead, Driven By Love and Dark As Night
Pro Longwear Lipglasses swatches from the left: Dark As Night, Driven By Love, Full Speed Ahead, Infinitely Likable and Lasting Achievement
Drive By Love
Full Speed Ahead
Dark As Night
I can’t believe I’m saying this…but I think MAC may have actually overloaded these with pigment. They’re so highly concentrated with color that I think it makes them a little more difficult than regular Lipglasses to apply. These aren’t the kind of glosses I can apply in five seconds and be on my merry way. They require a steady hand and patience, and a lip liner doesn’t hurt.
After playing with five of the nine shades this week, I think I saw my best results when I took a restrained approach, applying very little on my lips, because whenever I did apply more, they looked thick, uneven and goopy, pooling and catching on every little flake and dry patch. Which reminds me, I also feel these are somewhat more drying than regular Lipglasses.
I like the colors and love the shine, but these border on high maintenance for me. If you don’t mind putting in the work and you’re already a Lipglass fan, these might be a good fit for you.
PRICE: $18.50 U.S./$22 CDN each
AVAILABILITY: Coming September 22 to MAC counters and stores in North America; internationally some time this month
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,