MAC Strength – Lip Pencils: Photos, Swatches and Reviews

There are only two Lip Pencils being promoted with the Strength collection… Lasting Sensation, which is permanent, and Embrace Me, which is limited edition but not new. Both of these were first seen with the Iris Apfel collection early in 2012, which also has Party Parrot and Pink Pigeon Lipstick. These Lip Pencils are perfect with those lipsticks, but they’re also really nice with soooo many other lipsticks too.

A little bit goes quite a long way because they’re very intensely pigmented. While MAC Lip Pencils aren’t a creamy formula, they glide on easily so long as your lips have been primed with Prep + Prime Lip or if you have some kind of lightweight moisturizer or balm on. If your lips are dry, these may feel like they tug a bit. You can also apply these using the side of the pencil, rather than the tip, to reduce that tugging feeling. The plus side of the drier texture of these Lip Pencils is that they wear really well! They will not budge or feather and stay on for around 6 hours. If you layer these under a lipstick or lipgloss, they will help them wear longer and keep them in place. Lip Pencils are a must have, especially if you’re rocking a bright lip!

MAC Lip Pencils contain 1.45g / 0.05oz of product and sell for $15. As I said, Embrace Me is limited edition, while Lasting Sensation is part of the permanent line. Since Embrace Me is limited, it will be available at select MAC stores where they are selling the Strength collection, and online at www.maccosmetics.com. They’re available now and both are still in stock on the website.

Strength Lip Pencils

Strength Lip Pencil Labels

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Lip Pencils swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Lip Pencils swatched on NC15 skin.

Embrace Me Lip PencilEmbrace Me:   Embrace Me is a “vivid pinkish fuchsia”. It’s a very bright, medium pink with slightly cool undertones. It’s opaque and goes on easily, with minimal tugging. This Lip Pencil works well with Pink Pigeon lipstick, which is out with the Strength collection. It also looks great with Viva Glam Nicki, Candy Yum Yum, Impassioned, Lickable, and any other bold pink lipstick, both warm and cool toned! I’m crossing my fingers that Embrace Me becomes permanent one of these days… It’s been released so many times over the past year… With Iris Apfel, then with Tour de Fabulous and Beth Ditto… So maybe they’ll just keep around one of these days! We can only hope!

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Lasting Sensation Lip PencilLasting Sensation:   Lasting Sensation is a “bright coral” with intense, opaque coverage and a smooth texture. It’s a medium warm, true coral that’s one of a kind in MAC’s lineup of Lip Pencils. It’s sort of dry, but doesn’t tug on the lips. It goes perfectly with Party Parrot lipstick, as well as most coral colors… Some that I can think of off the top of my head are Vegas Volt, Saigon Summer and Coral Bliss. Lasting Sensation is permanent so it won’t be disappearing anytime soon.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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