If you missed out on MAC Patent Polish Pencils the first time around (they were limited edition) the good news is that they are back as part of MAC's huge Osbourne collective. The not so good news is that again they are limited edition and have all but sold out.
Much like the original MAC Patent Polish Pencils the Sharon Osbourne shades are packaged in a fairly basic style - a large, stubby mechanical pencil in which you twist up to use. No mess, no fuss and perfect for on the go lip colour. It is of course presented within a red case which as most will know and be sick to the back teeth of hearing is based on the colour of Sharon Osbourne's hair. Crazy huh?
The Sharon Osbourne MAC Patent Polish Pencils come in four shades some of which featured when they originally launched two months ago. The shade that everyone simply had to have seemed to be Patentpink and yet I went for the nude out of quad - MAC Innocent. This is a light, beige toned nude that has a strong yellow undertone that should suit most complexions. As it is a gloss shade it will work with your natural lip colour rather than masking it so it will look different on just about everyone. On my lips it somewhat reminds me of MAC Creme d'Nude and at times MAC Hue - basically an easy to wear nude shade that is perfect for everyday wear.
At first I glimpsed at the round almost stumpy nib of the crayon and thought this could be messy, yet oddly the domed 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 buildable), 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.
I'm hoping that eventually MAC will make the Patent Polish Pencils permanent. Fingers crossed.
MAC Sharon Osbourne Patent Polish Pencils £16 each and all four shades can be found via Debenhams here.