Hands up all those who love lip crayons? Me too, brother/sister, me too. I am a fiend for all things lip crayon-y because I am 100% all about that convenient/effortless/practical life – all the colour of a gel lipstick in a wind-up chubby pencil, no sharpening or lip brushes required. My latest lip crayon acquisition is MAC Go For Girlie Patentpolish Lip Pencil, a limited edition chunky lip crayon in a brilliant yellow-based pink.
A Patentpolish Lip Pencil is essentially a gel lipstick in stick form – and it’s no secret how much I like gel lipsticks – with a generous amount of cellophane colour and slick, non-sticky shine. The finish has more of a moist ‘slip’ than, say, a Clinique Chubby Stick or a Face of Australia Sheer Gloss Crayon, but it’s not as wet as an actual gloss or balm. If anything it reminds me a little of the comfortable and pillowy lip feel that Korres Lip Butters have.
The wear time on Go For Girlie is around four or so hours, so about average for a gel lipstick or lip gloss. The formula maintains its moisture and doesn’t dry out to a tacky finish, so it’s mercifully free of that horrible lip-smacking dry feeling even after a few hours. It doesn’t leave a stain or fade away unevenly, so reapplication is as easy as swipe’n’go.
My stars, I love. Go For Girlie looks almost neon coral in the tube, but on my bare, unlined lips it transforms into a lustrous dainty pink that’s neither too bubblegum nor too pastel. There’s no need to wear a lipliner or lip primer with it (good!), and it’s comically easy to get a lush level of colour with just a swipe or two.
Pale pinks can occasionally be a challenge with my fair, cool complexion (NW20-ish, give or take some sunlight), but Go For Girlie nails it for me. Flattering, wearable, and not too bold. Très bien!
The verdict: I really, really like this lip colour. Patentpolish Lip Pencils are the first MAC lip products I’ve been really into for a while now, and it’s a bummer that they’re limited edition. I’ve already picked up a couple more shades from the line (neutral beige and orange), but this is the first time in a while I’ve considered going and getting some backups to stash away and future-proof myself against the Limited Edition Blues.
Nice. Nice, nice, nice.
This item was purchased by swatchgirl.com.