“The colour and shine of a gloss, the precision of a lip pencil” M•A•C
Getting shiny gloss-like lips is getting easier (and less messy) these days with nearly every brand introducing their own version of a chunky glossy lip pencil, and I’m happy to see M•A•C get on board with this. M•A•C recently introduced the new Patentpolish Lip Pencil, a lip product that delivers the look of a gloss, but in a convenient twist-up tube. This new collection has twelve shades, ranging from nudes to rich reds and everywhere in between. Today I am sharing a review, photos and swatches of two shades, Go for Girlie and Revved Up, but I will be honest and say I’ve got more on my wishlist!
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M•A•C’s Patentpolish Lip Pencil formula is easy to work with, the color is buildable to an extent, and I achieved excellent coverage on my lips, even with two of the lightest shades in the collection. Go for Girlie is a vibrant, creamy yellow pink that is perfection – it is my favorite of the two! Revved Up is a little more on the nude-peach side with slight sparkle, which gives the lips a soft golden peach sheen. Patentpolish has a sweet vanilla cookie scent, which is the same as other M•A•C lip products.
What I do not care for as much is the rounded tip on this product. Because of this rounded shape, I do not find it to be “precise” as M•A•C claims, certainly not as precise as a doe-foot applicator from a Lipglass. It almost feels like I am applying a lip balm when I am working with it. I still cannot complain too much since I can achieve a glossy lip without having to dip an applicator into a tube a couple of times.
Patentpolish is softening and hydrating to the lips and also feels like a lightweight lipstick during wear time (no sticky here!). Although I mentioned it isn’t precise in application, once on the lips it does not travel outside of my lip line. The longevity of the Patentpolish Lip Pencil was an impressive 2 1/2 hours and was still going strong for me. After about 1 hour the glossy shine begins to soften, but the color stays vibrant. The product wears down evenly and does not leave a stain behind, which I find to be a relief (Revlon Balm Stains I’m looking at you in all of your hot-pink stained glory!) Although the finish of the Patentpolish is glossy, it reminds me more of a finish of a M•A•C Lustre finish lipstick, not a gloss.