Just about every beauty brand worth their salt has a chunky lip pencil, most of which offer a combination of colour, sheen and moisture and guess what the MAC version isn't much different. What does set them aside is the nourishing formula, out of all the chunky lip balm crayons I have tested over the past few years this line has one of the most hydrating textures.
I must warn you now that the MAC Patent Polish Lip Pencils are limited edition and do come in 12 shades, the truth is that you will have to search all the online stockists and maybe your local counter to get certain shades. The good news is that should you fall in love with the formula they will be back again in new colour options within the MAC Sharon and Kelly Osbourne collection later this Summer. The packaging is fairly basic - a large, stubby mechanical pencil in which you twist up to use. No mess, no fuss and perfect for on the go lip colour.
As mentioned there is 12 shades within the MAC Patent Polish Lip Pencils and I have Sultana which is not a hue I would normally gravitate towards. Offically listed as a dark grape offering but in my opinion it is a little more than that. MAC Sultana is a deep purple tinged brown that is so 90's it hurts, it is fairly neutral toned so should suit most complexions. Although not my typical nude lip choice the beauty of MAC Sultana is that it looks great on just about everybody - on pale complexions it appears vampy, on medium skin tones it is almost a deep berry and on those with a deep skin tone it looks very polished. I didn't expect to enjoy this shade as much as I do but here we are. I have no dupes for Sultana but it does remind me of a muted version of MAC Diva.
At first I glimpsed at the round almost stumpy nib of the crayon and thought this could be messy but oddly the doomed shape works. It hugs the natural lip curve and makes application effortless - even the pesky inner lip corners. On the lips it is very comfortable - lightweight, moisturising and not sticky with the slightest whiff of MAC's signature vanilla scent. In one quick slick you get colour (which is builable), shine and balm in one - what's not to like? Maybe the wear time, I find one application wears for around 2 hours which I don't deem to be all that bad but long wearing they are not.
You can still find a good few shades via MAC - link but Selfridges have all 12 shades currently in stock - link for £14.50 each.
- This post contains a press sample.