You Gotta Put in Work with Styledriven’s MAC Pro Longwear Lipglasses

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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.

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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

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Drive By Love

mac full speed ahead
Full Speed Ahead

mac dark as night
Dark As Night

mac infinitely likeable
Infinitely Likeable

mac lasting achievement
Lasting Achievement

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

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. yuri says:

    i love Full Speed Ahead.

  2. Crystal says:

    Wow, I really want Driven By Love!
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  3. Destinee says:

    Very pretty colors & I love your beanie hat!
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  4. mel says:

    I’m loving the colors, but I’m worried about the “high maintenance” part. My lip application process are my least time consuming part of my routine! UGH. But knowing me.. I will probably buy the four non dark colored ones. As always, I rely on you’re opinion for my makeup purchases. Thanks.

  5. i think one of the man reasons i love gloss is because it’s easy to apply, so the fact that these are more high maintenance is a bit of a turn off =/. which is sad, because the shades are SO lovely. i especially like Driven By Love
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  6. Jessi says:

    I’m not a huge fan of Lipglasses (besides Evolution Revolution!) so I’ll probably skip these. Plus, I’m pretty low maintenance when it comes to lip products. I prefer something I can swipe on without a mirror.
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  7. Naomi says:

    I want Dark as Night and Lasting Achievement.

  8. Makeupandbeautyjunkie says:

    Come to momma!!

  9. Rachel says:

    Cute hats lately! I think I will stick to the regular lipglasses, as I think they are pretty much perfect!

  10. Inaya says:

    Your skin looks amazing here Karen. What foundation are you using?

  11. Iram says:

    Driven by love looks absolutely wow on you!

  12. Sonya says:

    Full Speed Ahead looks gorgeous! But you’re right – for lipglosses I want a quick, easy pop of shine and color. If application is more time-consuming, I’d rather opt for a lipstick!
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  13. Karo says:

    Dear Karen! You look so great! I love your beanie hat! Is so wonderful!
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  14. Jill says:

    These look really great on you, but I don’t think I could deal with the maintenance factor. When something is so highly pigmented and a little difficult to work with I get a feeling during the day like I’ve smeared it all over my face (even if I haven’t). It’s a shame because these really do look fantastic on you!

  15. artemis says:

    lovely colors…too bad they’re like that

  16. Eesha says:

    Driven by Love is so hot and looks awesome on you, Karen. But the maintenance factor is an absolute no for me!
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  17. Vijaya says:

    I like the way these look, a lot. I usually don’t go for anything pricier than the $14.50 lipglass, but I think I’ll make an exception for these.
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  18. Chris25 says:

    Wow, too much pigment? I didn’t think that was possible!

    Driven by Love is what i hoped Sonoran Rain would be, so I’m going to check that out.

  19. you really rock that hat and those lipglasses!!! Maybe the one that suits you last is Dark as night (imo)

  20. Joyce says:

    Infinitely Likeable looks the most wearable. It’s not too dramatic or eye-catching. =)
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  21. Noemi says:

    Oh I want Driven by love sooo badly… It’s definitely your colour !!

  22. Marina says:

    Picture of the applicator please? It sounds really interesting!

  23. I think there are so many gorgeous fall colours here, but I’m now hesitant because you said that they’re high-maintenance and drying. Hmm…I’ll need to think about it some more before I get any. I prefer glosses that I can just slick on and go without fussing around with it.

    They look pretty on you. Lasting Achievement is my favourite from the bunch. I’ve been anxious to rock a dark-red lip. The last time I did it was in high school, I think.
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  24. Gosh, all the shades look amazing! It’s like I need them all!!! Thanks for posting.
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  25. Nina says:

    first off — you look adorable in that yellow hat! 🙂

    second — i did go to MAC yesterday to check some stuff out, and my fave MAC MUA let me check these out. theyre super pigmented but im still not sure if i want the stickiness factor!

    the colors are gorgeous, that id have to say!

  26. amy says:

    driven by love and full speed ahead are my favourites of the bunch.

  27. Nicole says:

    I love the Full Speed Ahead on you as well as that fun bright yellow hat!! Great pics!
    I’m guessing these lipglasses are a lot like lip tars from OCC….?

  28. Melody says:

    I don’t know about these. I looooove (love!) the colors, but I guess I need to just pick one up to check out the formula. I’ll probably start with full speed ahead.

  29. Shelley says:

    Driven By Love looks amazing on you!

  30. Vera says:

    I actually bought some today at the PRO store. I overheard one of the artists telling a customer that you only need a little and then blend. It is thicker and requires a bit more elbow grease than I’m used to for lipgloss (I think part of it is also the applicator as I feel I might break it if I push too hard, lol), but I had to have the pretty colors. =D

  31. shannon says:

    Ohhh Im feeling Driven By Love! It looks like a good colour for my dance show next week!!

  32. viva says:

    Full speed ahead is gonna take u places!!! 😀

    The colours look interesting…

    I liked the mattenes better!


    U rock it anyways!
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  33. Alison says:

    What shade are you wearing in the MAC PRO LONGWEAR LIPGLASS Banner at the very top of the post? It looks great on you!

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