When I opened the primer it "popped" out. A shame but I can live with a broken primer. Doesn't really bother me. The primer is just perfect. Makes my dry lips look fantastic. BUT it doesn't do anything to make my lipstick last.
Bleh. I had high hopes for this, seeing as everyone else here seems to love it... I bought it for the sole hope that it would help my lipstick last longer... But it didn't. I applied as suggested, waited a minute or two before putting my lip colour on (I use only MAC lipsticks) but nope, still faded in the same amount of time it would've without the primer. I liked the smooth feeling it gave my lips but that was about it. Did absolutely nothing to improve the appearance of my lip products, and as I previously mentioned, nothing for increasing lasting power or feathering either. I have a friend who's worked for MAC for years and asked her about this product, she told me it was developed for mature women who have lip lines that need filling, or women who wear lots of matte lipsticks and need to create a barrier between their lip colour and their lips. I would imagine that this would work well for women who have very dry or problematic lips that need some TLC, since that's what it was created for. However, if you don't have any problems with your lips that need correcting, skip this. I love MAC, and really wanted to like this, but after using it for a solid 3 weeks and seeing no difference when using it, it went back to the store.
This primer works so well to prolong the wear of my lipstick. I love using this under matte or satin lipsticks, and this works especially well under OCC Lip Tars. I find that they last a lot longer and go on smoother. It also acts like a balm. Matte lipsticks can sometimes look and feel drying, but when I use this primer, my lips look and feel smooth and moist.
It does have a slightly plastic smell, but it dissipates on the lips. It then has a slight vanilla smell. I haven't tasted this, so I can't talk about taste.
What I don't like about this primer is that the stick broke so easily! I only keep this at home, so I was surprised when I opened the tube one day and half of the stick was broken off! I don't twist the stick all the way up when I use this, just up enough to cover my lips, so I was really surprised to see it has broken. I just smooshed the broken piece down and it works fine now, but I am definitely more careful with it. MAC, you really need to fix this! I know that I'm not the only one who has had this problem.
I'm definitely going to re-purchase this primer. It works unlike anything else. I can't use lipstick without this!
I received this product as a gift along with Up The Amp, and I do enjoy it. However, I won't personally be purchasing any MAC after learning that they are not cruelty-free, so I cannot say that I'll buy this after I run out.
First, the negative: It's kind of a big one. The packaging is horrendous. The product inside is rather soft, and having it in such a thin tube means it's inevitable that it will break. Which is precisely what happened after one week. Thankfully, it happened while the cap was on, so the product did not fall out, and now I know to be super careful when handling this. It also means that the bullet has to be repositioned every time I use it, which drives me slightly mad. A thicker, stouter bullet in a regular lipstick case would have been a far better option, I think.
But that's the only real downside to the product. The rest of my experience with it has been terrific.
It starts off slick when you first apply it, so letting it set for about 60 seconds before applying lip color over top is absolutely essential to making this work. But once it does set, it has a wonderful tacky texture that grabs hold of any lip color you apply over top. I don't find that it amplifies the color at all, but it definitely adds to the longevity of the color.
It provides a slight amount of hydration to the lips - I do not find this product drying in the slightest.
I find it works best with MAC lipsticks, though I've had some success with Milani Color Statement lipsticks when paired with this primer. Certain matte lip colors, like the Nars Pure Matte line, tend to apply somewhat sheerer over top of this, and it doesn't help with their staying power, so I'm thinking that most matte colors will not need this underneath.
I experience quite a lot of feathering with most lipsticks, and I'm happy to report that I have noticed that it's diminished significantly when I use this primer. In that respect, it's something of a godsend.
The price is a bit ridiculous, but honestly, it's quite unique, so until another company makes a cheaper dupe, this might be your only option.
Overall, I enjoy this product very much, and if MAC ever decides to break ties with Estee Lauder, I'll gladly repurchase, but not until then.
I wear this with all of my MAC lipsticks since I first got it about five years ago. In fact, I won't wear lipstick without it, it's amazing stuff and i've gone through several tubes. I apply this and let it sit while im doing the rest of my makeup, then I use one of MAC's lip pencils, then apply lipstick. It helps keep the lips smooth, soft, and moisturized, it keeps lipstick from feathering, and helps it last longer. One thing I don't like is the packaging, because once I pulled the lid off, and the product fell out. It went back in, and it stayed there, but then it kept going around in circles, and it was really annoying. However, I took it back and they gave me a new one, even though it wasn't brand new (I did still have the box though). It's that good of a product I'm willing to risk it happening again. I do recommend keeping the box just in case. A must have lip product!
I purchased this product just to try something other than my fave Elizabeth Arden Lip Fix which I have used since it was introduced in the Ice Age :-) this MAC product works well, it's $16, the Lip Fix is $21.50, but I don't think this tube will last quite as long as the Lip Fix does. It did stop the feathering of a glossy pink lipstick that I wear which is what I wanted. I would recommend this if you like this type of application, but just found Lip Fix on Ebay for $9.99 plus shipping, considerably less than reg. retail and still cheaper than the MAC, still like the Lip Fix better, can't teach an old dog new tricks :-(
I use this every time I wear lipstick. It keeps my lipstick in place for hours. As another reviewer said, it does seem to work best with MAC lipsticks, but will do with others. You are suppose to apply and wait for it to get tacky before applying lipstick, but once you do, lipstick goes on very smoothly. I'm on my 3rd tube. One complaint is it is not well packaged and there isn't a lot in there for the money, but it's worth it. I will keep buying.
After reading the reviews for this product I ordered a tube from MAC. I used it exactly the way the reviews (leave it on until its tacky before applying liner/lipstick) said and WOW!!! My lipstick lasts for hours through drinking and eating without smudging. My lips remain soft and supple with this products and not dried out and peeling like many other lip primer products I had tried. I have been using this product for a year and would not be without it.
One caveat is that it works best with MAC lipsticks. It does work OK with other lipstick brands, but with MAC lipsticks it’s a knockout punch!
Only drawbacks are that I wish for the price of this product that they would package this like a regular tube of lipstick quantity wise. It’s a very small amount for the price and also its annoying when the product falls out of the tube. Also, local stores tend to run out of it quickly so I tend to offer online - MAC often sends me free shipping offers.
Thank you again MakeupAlley reviewers for keeping my closet empty from unused products that don’t work and my wallet full to afford the products that I love that DO work!
This product helps in keeping your lip colour longer and it provides some moisture, allowing you to skip a coating of balm which can potentially reduce the longevity of the colour. It has a nice vanilla scent and applies easily onto the lips. This product does way more than a lip balm does, balms don't help in adhering the colour to your lips as they have slip. I don't use this every day because it is expensive and you get so little product :(. When I'm going out, or have a special occasion; I will use this. It isn't a miracle product but it does really help!
I really didn't notice a difference with this, and I was for sure that I would! I read another review where someone said their's broke, and I was thinking to myself, "That sucks, it probably won't happen to me, since I don't roll anything up too far if not needed." WRONG. Used it one time and it wasn't even rolled up much at all, and it broke at the bottom of the stick. :( I don't think I'll repurchase. I really thought it would make a difference! It really didn't at all. It didn't keep my lipstick on any longer than it would have if I wouldn't have used this. I'll still use it, because it's no worse/no better than my EOS lip balm that I usually use. Such a bummer!