Release Date: September 13, 2012 (U.S.) / September 2012 (International)
Availability: MAC Stores & Online
A longwearing Lipglass that goes on smooth and lasts for up to six hours! Envelops lips with shine and colour and pro-longs the hours between re-application.
This review is for the new Pro Longwear Lipglasses releasing with MAC’s Office Hours collection. This post includes photographs and swatches of the following colors:
- Next Fad (Frost): Mid-tone cool pink
- Everlasting Nude (Cream): Mid-tone warm nude
- Forever Rose (Cream): Mid-tone neutral rose
- Persistent Peach (Cream): Light warm peach
- Boundlessly Beige (Frost): Light warm beige with pearlized pigments
- Long Love (Cream): Light cool pink
Driven By Love and Patience Please are also included in this collection, but are re-promoted shades previously released with MAC’s Styledriven collection. You can see swatches of Driven By Love and Patience Please here.
Pro Longwear Lipglasses are packaged in clear plastic tubes. These applicators, unlike regular doe-foot applicators, are pinched in the middle.
Next Fad is a light, baby pink with multi-sized silver shimmer particles. The base of the color is translucent, but the shimmer mixed in with the color gives Next Fad good pigmentation and a smooth finish without settling into lip lines.
Everlasting Nude is a warm, caramel-nude. It has good pigmentation, but be careful not to rub your lips together, otherwise you’ll end up with lines across your lips.
Forever Rose is a vibrant, creamy rose shade with strong pigmentation. You do need to spend some extra time smoothing out the gloss and applying enough product to keep the color even.
Persistent Peach is a creamy peach with a hint of pink to it. This shade took extra time to smooth out to ensure a uniform finish on the lips. Alternatively, you can intentionally apply a sheer layer and avoid the issue of getting a patchy finish. I actually much prefer to use this color in a sheer layer (not depicted).
Boundlessly Beige is a clear gloss at its base, but is jam-packed with multi-sized gold and silver shimmer particles. The color is festive and sparkly without being tacky and, because of its clear base, goes on completely evenly. I don’t feel any of the shimmer particles while wearing this color.
Long Love Love is a milky baby pink. The pigmentation is strong, but the finish is patchy: the milky quality of the shade settles into and emphasizes lip lines. Even when you blend out and layer the color so that it’s initially smooth, the gloss settles after the first few seconds and produces the kind of finish you see in the photo, below.
The texture of these glosses isn’t sticky, but it is much thicker than MAC’s other lipglosses and is somewhat tacky. This texture isn’t the most pleasant to wear, but the thicker quality is what makes the gloss long-wearing. Each color has a reflective finish.
MAC claims these glosses will last for up to six (6) hours. My experience was that the gloss does last for longer than MAC’s other lipgloss formulas–around three (3) to four (4) hours, with slight fading after a couple of hours. This is, of course, if you don’t eat or drink during this time or eat/drink very lightly.
Ease of Use: 8.25/10
These glosses are a bit tricky to apply. It takes blending and re-application to get even color and all of the shades require going back into the tube a few times to sufficiently cover your lips. This isn’t a problem for the shimmery shades (Next Fad and Boundlessly Beige), but you otherwise have to be conscious of rubbing or pressing your lips together while wearing these glosses. Doing so leaves lines across your lips.
Pro Longwear Lipglasses contain much less product (only 1.92 g) compared to other MAC lipglosses but are among the most expensive ($19.50) in MAC’s range. Of course, you should expect to pay for the long-wearing quality of the lipgloss, but the dramatically smaller amount of product make this price-point unequal to what you get out of the product.