MAC Heroine Lip Pencil: Review, Swatches, Dupe and FOTD

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 MAC Heroine Lip Pencil Review and Swatches

By Contributor: Agnirupa

I am here to talk about heroine today. No don’t scream in shock! The heroine in question is certainly not the recent appalling movie of Kareena Kapoor. I really have better work to do than that! I am instead talking about the gorgeous purple lip pencil of the heroine line from MAC. Let’s start the review and swatches. The heroine lip pencil was a limited edition until recently (yesss that’s right from 16th december onwards heroine is permanent) and it was repromoted recently through a collection and a sweetheart friend procured for me. The pencil comes in a regular packaging though, with a color coded end and a fitted cap.

MAC Claims: Heroine is described as a bright purple.

mac heroine lip pencil review

The color as described is indeed a bright purple with a few red undertones and peeks of magenta which makes it surprisingly wearable. I have lusted after this particular color ever since I saw it up on temptalia and since the lipstick was not promoted recently I had to get the pencil atleast and yeahh..MAC is MAC..if I would not have told you all I am wearing a lip pencil I am willing to bet I could get away saying it’s a full blown lipstick! It brightens up my face instantly and manages to look classy and not at all vampy (a rare feat achieved by any purple lip color)

The pigmentation is excellent and gives bright. Opaque color in a single swipe! On lips smeared with lip balm too, this wonder pencil does not falter and delivers full pigmentation.

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MAC Heroine Lip Pencil: Review, Swatches

The texture in spite of being a lip pencil is creamier than the average MAC lip pencil. I have tried only 2-3 though! And does not tug at all if worn over hydrated/exfoliated lips. On dry, parched lips though, every lip pencil spells disaster. And this is no exception!

MAC lip pencils never ever budge. They are used to keep the lipsticks in check remember. And this is similar! Does not go till I shoo it away. Lips do tend to dry up over time so a dab or two of lip balm/gloss is necessary for comfort. The trademark vanilla smell is missing though. These are taste and fragrance free.

mac heroine lip pencil review swatch
MAC Heroine Lip Pencil: Review, Swatches, Dupe

Swatches of Heroine in different lights

mac heroine lip pencil review swatches
MAC Heroine Lip Pencil: Review, Swatches, Dupe

And this is how it looks on my lips

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MAC Heroine Lip Pencil: Review, Swatches, Dupe

My lip swatches with Heroine

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And this is how it looks on me

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MAC Heroine Lip Pencil: Review, Swatches on indian skin

How MAC Heroine looks on my Indian Skin

mac heroine lip pencil review swatch FOTD

The pros of MAC Heroine Lip Pencil:

  • Mind blowing pigmentation- single swipe bright opaque color
  • Creamier, softer texture than usual lip pencils and very easy to apply!
  • Bright, happy purple which instantly brightens up any look without being OTT
  • Wears on and on through the day and does not budge!
  • Can be easily mistaken for the lipstick version

The cons of MAC Heroine Lip Pencil:

  • Tends to dry out lips over the day, but it is expected..cummon it’s a lip pencil!
  • Too pricey for a lip pencil
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MAC Heroine Lip Pencil: Review, Swatches, Dupe and FOTD

Price: Rs.990 (err..steep for a pencil)

VNA Rating: 4/5

Dupe: Flormar Lip Pencil No. 218

Do I recommend? MAC Heroine Lip Pencil is great. This particular shade is 1 of those colors I am smitten with (much like flat out fabulous) and thank goodness it has been made permanent. I am gonna pounce on the lipstick soon for you guys! A lovely bright purple with some pinky red undertones turning it into 1 of those rare wearable colors! Highly recommended!

Have you used MAC Heroine? Share your views with us.



  1. The colour is really nice..
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  2. I will look like a vamp if I wear this color! :o I’m so jealous of everything looking absolutely gorgeous on u!

    • u will not look like a vamp cz of this gorgie color -_- as it is u look like 1 :D u dnt evn hv to try twinny koo <3 thnkuu cho mch btw :D

  3. Beautiful and gorgeous swatches as ever Agni and you look so cute and bubbly :D
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  4. love the shade !!! Suits you well
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  5. I love the shade!! It looks beautiful :)
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  6. Vry prettttttttyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy Mac queen, you are someone whom i follow when it comes about your choice of Mac, i always fall in love to the stuffs that you brought from mac :P

  7. I love cool toned shades! I’m trying so hard to stop myself from buying Heroine!!
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  8. oh i love that color. so beautiful
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  9. Fabulous color. This reminds me of Mac Magenta lip liner but more pigmented.

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  10. Color is just awesome!! yeah bit over priced for an lip pencil..Looks gr8 on yu! xx
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    • <3 thanks gowthami sweetheart ^_^ as usl evrythng frm mac is overpriced -_- but lol fr mac lovers dat dsnt mattr

  11. This is beautiful on you. Your lip swatches could convince anybody to buy the product :)
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  12. I love your mac picks.. U pick all my favourite ones. I feel our choice is v similar :p
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  13. Wow! Wat a choice u have agnirupa :* just loveddd the colour! I always love your picks from mac lippies! Awesome review! Sometimes i feel u r a MAC agent,secretly paid by MAC to tempt innocent girls like us!! :P :D i sooo wish this cud fit my budget ryt now..but 990 for a pencil is too much :( by the way these mac lipliners are 1.2gms?? & can they be sharpened with regular cosmetic sharpners??

  14. Lovely !!!
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