Yesterday, I finished the reviews for the Kelly products I got from the MAC x Osbournes collaboration, so today it’s Sharon’s turn! I’m starting off with Cranberry Lip Pencil… Now some of you are probably thinking “umm just one lip pencil, what’s so special about that?”… Well, Cranberry is GORGEOUS! It was permanent at one time but has been discontinued for several years, so I was excited to see that it was making a comeback with this collection! It seems I was not the only to be so happy about this lip pencil, though, as it’s already sold out online and at most locations that I’ve been to or called recently. Luckily, I have some dupes in mind that I will share with you in this post!
MAC Lip Pencils are highly pigmented and typically wear for a minimum of 6 hours. Although the texture is somewhat dry, they still apply pretty smoothly and will go on even smoother if you apply MAC’s Prep + Prime Lip first… It’s a silicone based primer which contains Vitamin E, so not only does it completely smooth out the lip, even on the drier, chapped areas, it also adds moisture and makes everything you apply on top of it last even longer than usual! If you apply Prep + Prime Lip first, you can even put your Lip Pencil all over the lip to use on it’s own, or to layer under a lipstick or gloss.
The packaging for Sharon’s Lip Pencil is a bright red color with her signature in lavender… Just the opposite of Kelly’s side of this collection. The box is also a satiny red with the same signature and MAC logo on it. I love this packaging just as much as the Kelly products… It’s classy, feminine and eye-catching, but not overdone and gawdy. It costs more due to this special packaging, but it’s worth it to me.
Cranberry Lip Pencil is limited edition and was released one week ago on Thursday, June 12th. It is available now (if it’s in stock) on MAC’s website at www.maccosmetics.com, as well as at counters and stores. Like all Lip Pencils, this contains 1.45 g / 0.05 US oz of product, but Cranberry sells for $16.50 rather than the usual $15, due to the bright packaging.
Cranberry: This Lip Pencil is described as a “soft yellow pink”… It’s a medium to medium-dark (depending on heavy handed you apply it), warm toned , soft pink with yellow based undertones. It has a matte finish and can actually be work by itself on the lips as well as under a lipstick or gloss. However you wear this, I definitely suggest applying Prep + Prime Lip first… Cranberry has a dry texture, but not TOO dry. It feels soft and slightly creamy, yet it’s dry enough to wear well without feathering/bleeding outside of the lip line. Depending on how dry your lips are, it can tug a bit, but this is not normally an issue. If you DO have chapped or dry lips and have a problem with liners tugging, Prep + Prime Lip will solve that little problem for you! The color payoff is wonderful and looks exactly the same on the lips as it does in the pencil. Coverage is great too, giving full opacity with little product applied. As far as wear time goes, I got a solid 6+ hours before this pencil began to fade!
Dupes: To be honest, I have yet to find the perfect dupe for Cranberry and I’ve even looked at the other brands outside of MAC! The closest thing I’ve found is In Anticipation Pro Longwear Lip Pencil, which is a warm, yellow based pink too, but it’s brighter and lighter than Cranberry. Beet Lip Pencil is also similar, but darker, cooler toned, and has more of a bright pink/magenta color to it… It’s a lot of work, but mixing In Anticipation and Beet together actually creates a color that’s nearly identical to Cranberry!
Overall Rating: 4.7 / 5
Color Payoff: 5
Wear Time: 5