Wednesday, January 7, 2015

review: Mac Lip Pencil in Subculture

Isn’t it amazing how you can go through your makeup application for months (sometimes even years) without realising you’re missing something? I remember back in year 7 when I had just discovered makeup, and smothered Maybelline’s Dream Matte Mousse in two shades too dark on my face with my fingers, not knowing I needed a brush, and caked on white eyeshadow without registering that it just looked rubbish! As someone who thinks they’re pretty clued in about all things cosmetic, it’s always humbling and a bit hilarious when you realise you’ve been needing a lip pencil for months and months because THAT’S why your lipstick keeps going over the edges and THAT’S how to stop looking like your lips are a completely random shape.

That’s where my newest and most lovely little MAC purchase comes in. It’s their lip pencil in Subculture, a pretty pinky/brown nude in the creamiest formula. I’m always impressed with anything that comes off a MAC counter, so to be honest, I’d already fallen head over feels in love with it before it landed through my letterbox!

I’ve been using this mostly to recreate that Kylie Jenner 90’s lip craze (how slow do you want to be on that bandwagon, Jaz?) as it’s dark on my pale skin, but not too dark. It’s a gorgeous matte when you colour in the whole lip with it, so sometimes I just use it as my lip colour. Also, it’s so amazing for overdrawing your lips (something I’m new to, but absolutely obsessing over) and helps me look a whole lot more pouty. Now I’ve started using lip pencils, I wonder how I ever coped before!

For £12.50 it’s one of your more purse-friendly MAC purchases, and this pencil comes in loads of shades. I’d definitely recommend this one to my fellow pale girls, as it’s a really gorgeous nude shade that doesn’t look too dark or over-the-top on our skin.



  1. this is so lovely and looks like such a pretty shade - i'll have to take a look when i next visit mac :)

    Bethan | Thought from Beth x

  2. Love this shade, great review :) x

  3. Thanks for this post - I've been umming and ahhing over which lip liner to get and since Soar and whirl seem to be sold out everywhere I thought this one looked a great option!

    Beth // Bethany Georgina


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