MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencil

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MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencil was an impulse purchase for me because, for all I know, I don't need another lip pencil in my life! The promo image is what did it. With that type of luscious, appealing gradient lips, it's hard for me not to take home a few shades! :D

MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencils

MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencils

MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencils

MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencils

Patentpolish is a twist-up style chubby lip pencil; no sharpener required. With a unique (or should I say, odd?) round tip, the pencil is not meant for precision, at least not on my lips. I have a somewhat deep Cupid's Bow and I find the round tip difficult to maneuver in that area. I usually end up filling in the color with a separate lip brush. If you have shallow Cupid's Bow (or none), you may find it easier to apply.

The formula is moderately hydrating, has a MAC signature sweet vanilla scent and promises “a luscious shine with a single swipe” which I totally agree! While these pencils may look a lot like your typical tinted lip balm, they are actually quite different. I find the texture of Patentpolish lip pencils slightly thick (but not heavy) and tacky. They apply extremely smoothly, though, which I was surprised. The pigmentation is a little more intense than I expected and seems to “cling” to your lips better than most tinted lip balm.

MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencils

MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencils

MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencils in Fearless (L) and Patentpink (R)

MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencils in Fearless (L) and Patentpink (R)

There are 12 shades total. I purchased Fearless — a medium pink, and Patentpink — a pale lilac pink. The two ends of pink spectrum!

Fearless applies semi-sheer but is buildable. It does not settle into lip lines or cling on to dry patches. Its texture reminds me of a cross between a Lipglass and a Lustre finish lipstick with lots and lots of shine! The shade compliments my skin tone really well and does not look too bright for work wear. It's one of those MLBB shades on my pigmented lips.

Patentpink is a little tricky to apply. It feels creamier, and instead feels more like a Cremesheen and a Lipglass. It catches on dry spots and falls into lip lines, which is to be expected for any pale lipstick with creamy consistency. The pigmentation is good and goes on almost opaque in one coat. The finish is a little less glossy than Fearless but the luminous shine is still apparent. It is a difficult shade for me to pull off but it will be a fun color to pair with a dramatic eye look.

I do like the formula but I wish they would last a little longer. These wear extremely short. The smooth glossy finish disappears within the first hour for both shades and a few hours after, there is barely any color left on my lips. Unless applied over a lip base, I'm afraid reapplication will be needed later on in the day.

MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencils in Fearless (L) and Patentpink (R)

MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencils in Fearless (L) and Patentpink (R)

MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencils in Fearless (L) and Patentpink (R)

MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencils in Fearless (L) and Patentpink (R)

MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencils in Fearless (L) and Patentpink (R)

MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencils in Fearless (L) and Patentpink (R)

Lightweight, balm-like, and lots of shine, Patentpolish is a nice option for Spring/Summer lip product. It doesn't take effort to use and the color range is fun. I personally think they are quite similar to Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain (review). The wear time is undeniably incomparable due to the lack of staining quality but I do feel that Patentpolish is slightly more moisturizing and provides a smoother and glossier finish.

Are you a lip pencil fan? What are some of the best formula you've come across?

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12 Comments So Far & Counting!


 
  • Samantha M says:

    These are so pretty! x

  • Sunny says:

    Hey Jaa, thanks for the review! I think it’ll be hard for these to show up on my lips, but it’s nice to know that they’re moisturizing!

    • Jaa says:

      They are, but short-lived. LOL. Both shades show up pretty well on me, though, and my lips are more pigmented than yours. :D

      • Sunny says:

        Oh that’s a good point! Although, I really don’t like to reapply much. I’d do it after a meal, but other than that it’d better stay put :p

  • Sylirael says:

    *embarks on quest to steal Jaa’s camera and photography skills*

    I’ll remain loyal to my lacquer balms and chubby sticks over these lip pencils, but your pictures, as always, are too tempting!

    • Jaa says:

      Haha, thanks, Syl! I think I do OK on the product photos but I still have soooo much to improve when it comes to extreme close-up portraits. I still haven’t quite gotten the settings right but that’s the fun part of it! Learning and experimenting! Lighting is everything and it is hard when you only have limited space to work with. I also wish I had time to take photos during the day in natural light but that’s not possible. By the time I get home from work, it’s already dark and I am always left with studio lighting. :(

      Now back to the lip pencils, lol! Yeah, these do not have the most unique formula and you can definitely find something similar at drugstore for much cheaper. Unless you are a MAC fan of course, then you can’t miss it! :)

  • Fearless!! <3<3<3 Love that one and I can totally see you wearing it a lot. One of my chief loves of lip chubbies is the pointed tip because it makes it easy to outline the lips and then fill in so I'm not crazy for the rounded tip of these. My fave lip chubbies are Revlon Matte/Lacquer Balms (I own 8!!) and Flower Beauty's lip chubbies, the color Coral Floral specifically. I think that one would look amazeballs on you if you can get your hands on one! :D

  • Jaa says:

    Yay… not too crazy about the tip here…

    Flower Beauty’s lip chubbies you say? I will check it out next time I go to Walmart! :D

  • popsicle13 says:

    they look so cute !

  • Erin says:

    I just can’t force myself to get excited about much at MAC these days. Mostly because they aren’t a cruelty free brand.

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