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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

It’s been two years since my last red lipstick post. I’m still devoted to MAC’s Pro Longwear Lipcolor in Lasting Lust. I rarely want to wear another red because I love Lasting Lust’s color and the endurance so much. For me, the product works just like MAC’s website promises: it is smudge-, run-, transfer- and feather-proof. I’ve fallen asleep with it on and woken up the next day with the color untouched. It only comes off with an oily makeup remover and, occasionally, oily salad dressing.

Pro Longwear Lipcolor is a two-step process. First, you apply the color, which goes on like a gloss but looks matte. It feels very, very dry. Then, you flip the tube around and apply the clear gloss, which makes your lips happy again.

You can see the double-sided tube in this photo from 2008.

When I saw that MAC came out with a new product called Pro Longwear Lipcreme — which promises 12 hours of wear with a one-step application, and comes in a purple color called Goes and Goes — I had to try it. I’ve been looking for my perfect purple lipstick for months. Just in case Goes and Goes was a bust, I also ordered a red called Prolong. Red always works for me. Here’s a picture of Prolong.

Read my lips! They spell P-R-O-L-O-N-G.

I love the color, but the lipstick did feel dry, and there was no gloss to alleviate that. (A reviewer of another Longwear Lipcreme color on Makeupalley suggested using Lipcote, but if I am back up to two steps, I’d rather have the all-in-one convenience of the Longwear Lipcolor tube.) There was also some transfer onto my glass at dinner that night. It was minor, but I am not used to leaving any lipstick prints on glasses, people’s cheeks, or elsewhere, thanks to Lasting Lust. I accidentally brushed my Xenobia ring against my lips and there was transfer onto the turquoise, though that was easily cleaned off. Still, the photo above was taken after dinner, which included a salad with oil and vinegar dressing, and I hadn’t touched up the lipstick. That’s good endurance.

I’m experimenting with Goes and Goes. When I tried it on, I was so bothered by the dryness that I layered other, less-drying purples over it. That combination transferred onto everything, so I have to give Goes and Goes a solo test.

Would I recommend Prolong? Yes, if you don’t have as much success with Lasting Lust as I do and don’t mind the dryness. Prolong won’t lure me away from Lasting Lust on a regular basis, but I’ll wear it occasionally. I would be more likely to buy this line for a great non-red color. I have high hopes for Goes and Goes.

More importantly, don’t you think MAC should name a shade of red Pro Longwear Lipcolor after me? I’m such a passionate spokeswoman for the product. Wouldn’t you buy a “WendyB” red?

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28 Responses to “Red Lipstick #3: MAC’s Prolong”

  1. I think that MAC ought to call it “WendyB_Red”. And of course i will buy it.:-D

  2. Mary says:

    Already use the Lasting Lust lippy. I have swapped to it from MAC Ruby Woo and Russian Red on your recommendation. MAC should mos def rename it WendyBRed!

  3. You look fabulous in that colour, I am still on the fence when it comes to lipstick on me.. I can look drag like LOL

  4. what a fab lipstick review! i will most definitely buy a tube of wendyb lipstick!

    whenever i think red lipstick, i think gwen stefani and wendyb. seriously!

  5. I would buy a WendyB red! And shockingly I still haven’t used MAc lipstick before. Everyone always tells me it’s the best so I really need to get my act together.

  6. sharon rose says:

    Hi my dear-a red ‘WendyB’ lippy is well overdue I think! You look so lovely with that gorgeous smile! x

  7. I love how Mac lipstick smells like donuts.

  8. I wear longwear lipstick about 99% of the time. I’d love to try that MAC purple.. but I’m a drugstore gal. I like Maybelline’s version best of all. I’ve woken up the next day still wearing it. That said, I would totally buy a WendyB red lipstick!

  9. Jemina says:

    Wendy, you look fabulous with red lippie, I can’t imagine you wearing others 🙂 and yes I think MAC should name prolong after you instead. Thanks for the heads up, I’ll definitely be looking it (prolong) up when I next go to Singapore (they don’t sell MAC here in indonesia)
    Wishing you a brilliant day


  10. Faux Fuchsia says:

    I’d wear Wendy B red. Finding a good red lippy is like searching for the Holy Grail. It can be frustrating and tiring and ‘spensive x

  11. Susan says:

    great review- I think I just leave this product now 🙂

  12. Of course we need the WendyB red!!

  13. After all the free press, the LEAST they can do is name a tube for you!

    I appreciate this post. I’m a MAC/YSL girl. But I’ve never tried Pro Longwear. Might just have to. If it comes in bright coral or fuschia. That’s where YSL Rouge Pur never disappoints.

    ♥ V
    twitter: @gritandglamour

  14. jennine says:

    that lipstick does stay on a long time! i’ve never seen you without it!

    i just remember that one time i borrowed it from you, and didn’t think i needed the lipgloss layer… needless to say, the pigment needed to be sandblasted off… it was kind of crazy!

  15. K-Line says:

    If they call it WendyB red, I’ll buy it tomorrow.

  16. Tina says:

    I like, “Wendy Be Red, Yo!” as a color name.

  17. Jill says:

    WendyB Rockin’ Red would be a bestseller.

  18. Katie says:

    Beautiful color!

  19. hiyaluv says:

    i would so buy a wendy b red mac product! they need to get to it NOW! :)gina

  20. Mish Dish says:

    Thank you Wendy for the red tips. You always look amazing in your signature red lip. I’m going to Mac this week to check it out. xo Mish

  21. lisa says:

    You should review more red lipsticks in your collection! And MAC should totally name a red shade after you.

  22. drollgirl says:

    love the color!

    i have had issues with mac lip products. they have a color that is DIVINE and PERFECT for my skin tone. i forget the name of it, but i have it at home. i don’t wear it often as it dries the hell out of my lips. i CANNOT STAND HAVING DRY LIPS. i am a freak. i have to have lip gloss on my lips throughout the day, and i put burt’s bees lip balm on at night (and reapply MANY times throughout the night). so anywhoooo, if mac could get some wizards to fix this dry problem, i’d be all over their products. they have an awesome color selection, so they are halfway there!

  23. Great post! Red is such a hard lip color to find– between getting the right shade to match your skin tone and making it last– so exhausting! Definitely going to try out the long wear from MAC!

  24. stacy says:

    I can vouch for that lipstick! I’ve never seen it come off… at the end of dinner I am completely colorless and WendyB is pout perfect. I sometimes sneak a peek at how she drinks her wine… maybe she never even presses her lips against the glass? It’s hard to tell. She is very secretive about her lipstaying powers!

  25. Absolutely they should name a lipstick the WendyB, I promise to buy a bunch! This is a great post, I love the way you describe how the different ones feel on and how they wear.

    Sending you a smile,

  26. enc says:

    Yes, they need to get Wendy Branded, pronto!

  27. there should be a WendyB Red. . i’ve been reading your blog for many years and i think you were one of the inspirations that got me to finally take The Leap to start painting my lips red too, on a regular basis.

  28. Midtown Girl says:

    I would totes buy a WendyB red…pitch them this name asap!