MAC ‘Lasting Sensation’ Lip Liner

MAC Lasting Sensation LipLiner

Hello Pretty People..

I love taming my lipcolor with similar shaded lip pencils as they add shape and contain the color on your lips really well! Trust me, I have noticed the difference using a lip liner makes and hence this post!

There are only two Lip Pencils being promoted with the Strength collection… Lasting Sensation, which is permanent, and Embrace Me, which is limited edition but not new. This Lip Pencil is perfect with so many lipsticks such as MAC Vegas Volt, MAC Crosswires, MAC Impassioned, MAC Coral Bliss, MAC Saigon Summer..

A little bit goes quite a long way because they’re very intensely pigmented. While MAC Lip Pencils aren’t a creamy formula, they glide on easily so long as your lips have been primed with Prep + Prime Lip or if you have some kind of lightweight moisturizer or balm on. If your lips are dry, these may feel like they tug a bit. You can also apply these using the side of the pencil, rather than the tip, to reduce that tugging feeling. The plus side of the drier texture of these Lip Pencils is that they wear really well! They will not budge or feather and stay on for around 6 hours. If you layer these under a lipstick or lipgloss, they will help them wear longer and keep them in place. Lip Pencils are a must have, especially if you’re rocking a bright lip!


Lasting Sensation is a softened orange, just barely coral. This was a drier shade. Lasting Sensation is an almost neon orange, it’s gorgeous and I love it, the punch of coral gives it a little bit more oomph and brightness.

This “bright coral”  lip liner has intense, opaque coverage and a smooth texture. It’s a medium warm, true coral that’s one of a kind in MAC’s lineup of Lip Pencils. It’s sort of dry, but doesn’t tug on the lips. It goes perfectly with most coral colors… Lasting Sensation is permanent so it won’t be disappearing anytime soon.

MAC Lasting Sensation LipLiner


MAC Lip Pencils are a drier lip pencil, so the application can pull and tug at the natural lip, but some are drier than others. I’ve discovered there is a fair amount of inconsistency within the texture in this particular range. There is a trade-off, though, because while that drier texture does nothing to endear itself to your pillowy lips, it does mean that the color clings on and doesn’t fade away easily. These are fairly transfer-resistant on their own, though if you apply really, really firm pressure, you may see some transfer. You could drink a cup of coffee or the like and see very minimal, if any, color on the edge of the cup.


The texture is dry, but if you are only applying one at the start of your day (rather than attempting to do eight back-to-back; not recommended!), you won’t find your lips parched by the end of the day. They are not moisturizing, and if you only wear this and this alone for eight hours or longer, your lips will likely want some hydration, which is really expected after prolonged wear without any additional moisture.

MAC Lasting Sensation LipLiner


  • Fantastic shade (I wish they come up with a matte lipstick in this shade soon)
  • Heavily pigmented
  • Opaque color
  • Can be worn on its own as well
  • Goes with a number of coral-orange-pink lipsticks
  • Compact and handy
  • Easy appliction
  • Long lasting


  • Not moisturizing ie: Drying
  • Not transfer resistant
  • Inconsistency within texture
  • Color cling on to lips


There is no doubt that Lasting Sensation is a fabulous color! This “bright coral”  lip liner can go along with a range of lipcolours and has an intense, opaque coverage and a smooth texture.

The only issue is it make you’re lips feel drier, initially, compared to the Pro Longwear Lip Pencils, but when worn on their own, these feel better overall. If you’re looking for something to use in conjunction with balm, lipstick, or gloss, I’d opt for the Pro Longwear Lip Pencils just because the glide and creaminess of the texture made them easier to apply, especially around the edges.

One comment

  1. I know this post is a few years ago now but I was looking to buy Vegas Volt and wanted to know what lip liner to buy to go with it, and as soon as I read your post and you recommended it was a good match, I immediately bought them both!

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