May 29, 2016

MAC Pro Longwear Colour Sticks - Photos, Swatches

MAC Pro Longwear Colour Sticks - Cream Eyeshadows Pencils - Swatches
MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Colour Sticks ($22 each) at Nordstrom

I have always been a bit skeptical about cream eyeshadows - the oh-so-convenient, slather on and forget miracles - and with good reason.  Up until recently, most cream eyeshadows that I have tried have been nothing short of terrible.  Smudgey, crease-prone, shimmery nightmares!  Looks like the geeks at makeup HQs all around the world have been working at solving this issue, and the newer versions of cream eyeshadows have been quite impressive.  My favorites are the longwear eyeshadow sticks that a lot of brands have been coming out with, and the new MAC Pro Longwear Colour sticks are a welcome addition to the trend.  These jumbo cream eyeshadow sticks (that's what I call these "colour sticks") are easy to carry around, are quick and easy to apply, and the pencils are retractable.  No need to stock up on (and then promptly lose) sharpeners.  MAC claims these pencils are long-wearing and waterproof with medium to full coverage (sounds more like a foundation to me), and I must say, going by what I swatched in stores these pencils definitely live up to those claims.  I had a minor panic attack because the swatches just won't budge off my hand.  Scroll on for more photos and swatches.

MAC Pro Longwear Colour Sticks Waterproof Cream Eyeshadows Swatches Sand Bar Flat White Iris Eyes Cinder Black Bleached Out Beige Midnight Shadows Madly Sunny Bitter Clove Tabby Cremefilled Silver Coin Sweet Viola Royally Blue Frisky Blue Sweet Praline Ever Evergreen Sand Bar Copperpot Midnight Shadows Tea Leaves Lilacked
MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Colour Sticks
MAC Pro Longwear Colour Sticks Waterproof Cream Eyeshadows Swatches Sand Bar Flat White Iris Eyes Cinder Black Bleached Out Beige Midnight Shadows Madly Sunny Bitter Clove Tabby Cremefilled Silver Coin Sweet Viola Royally Blue Frisky Blue Sweet Praline Ever Evergreen
MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Colour Sticks - Swatches
Sand Bar - Soft camel nude
Flat White - White
Iris Eyes - Light blue grey with pearl
Cinder Black - Black
Bleached Out Beige - Dirty metallic with gold pearl
Midnight Shadows - Deep blue
Madly Sunny - Bright acid green
Bitter Clove - Deep brown
Tabby - Warm clean nude
Cremefilled - Soft champagne with gold pearl
Silver Coin - Frosty silver
Sweet Viola - Soft metallic violet
Royally Blue - Royal blue
Frisky Blue - Bright cobalt
Sweet Praline - Soft peach
Ever Evergreen - Emerald green
MAC Pro Longwear Colour Sticks Waterproof Cream Eyeshadows Swatches Tabby Cremefilled Silver Coin Sweet Viola Royally Blue Frisky Blue Sweet Praline Ever Evergreen Sand Bar Copperpot Midnight Shadows Tea Leaves Lilacked
MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Colour Sticks - Swatches
Tabby, Cremefilled, Silver Coin, Sweet Viola, Royally Blue, Frisky Blue, Sweet Praline, Ever Evergreen -
Lilacked, Tea Leaves, Sand Bar, Copperpot, Midnight Shadows
MAC Pro Longwear Colour Sticks Waterproof Cream Eyeshadows Swatches - Sand Bar Copperpot Midnight Shadows Tea Leaves Lilacked
MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Colour Sticks - Swatches
Lilacked - Light purple with gold reflect
Tea Leaves - Midtone dirty mauve
Sand Bar - Soft camel nude
Copperpot - Copper
Midnight Shadows - Deep dark blue
MAC Pro Longwear Colour Sticks Waterproof Cream Eyeshadows Swatches - Sand Bar Flat White Iris Eyes Cinder Black Bleached Out Beige Midnight Shadows Madly Sunny Bitter Clove Tabby Cremefilled Silver Coin Sweet Viola Royally Blue Frisky Blue Sweet Praline Ever Evergreen
MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Colour Sticks - Swatches
Sand Bar, Flat White, Iris Eyes, Cinder Black, Bleached Out Beige, Midnight Shadows, Madly Sunny, Bitter Clove -
Tabby, Cremefilled, Silver Coin, Sweet Viola, Royally Blue, Frisky Blue, Sweet Praline, Ever Evergreen

MAC Pro Longwear Colour Sticks are my idea of perfect cream eyeshadow sticks.  They are available in a range of colours, shimmery as well as matte, ranging from pale beige to dark blacks and blues.  They set remarkably fast, and once set, these stay on and on.  I had to use a heavy duty makeup remover to take off the swatches.  The formula seems similar to the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Eyeshadow Sticks - which I love - and going by my experience with those, one would have to be superquick with blending these colors before they set.  It's not an issue with me, and having oily eyelids I definitely appreciate the slightly drier texture of some of the colors (mostly matte shades).  These Colour Sticks go on smoothly and aren't patchy or chalky looking, just not too creamy, but on my oily skin that just translates to longer lasting power (especially during warm/humid days).  I love the way these set so quick and then just stay on forever.  I would use the MAC Pro Longwear Colour sticks as all-over-lid colours or as bases for other eyeshadows.  They can also be used as liners, though I would probably need a brush to apply a thinner line.

If you have oily lids and/or are on the lookout for a fuss-free, easy-to-use cream eyeshadow, then do give these Pro Longwear Colour Sticks a try the next time you are at a MAC counter.  My favorites from the range are Lilacked, Tea Leaves, Copperpot, Midnight Shadows, and Sand Bar.  I have darker/pigmented eyelids, and Sand Bar does seem like the perfect warm brown to cancel out any ashiness and work as the perfect neutral for my darker Indian skin tone.

From what I read, the MAC Pro Longwear Colour Sticks are limited edition releases (why MAC???), so do hurry.

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