Finder Beauty Fave: MAC Spice lip pencil

Posted: 5 January 2018 11:11 am

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Here's why this old favourite needs to make its way back to the top of your makeup bag.

This quintessential 90s lip liner should not just be for makeup nostalgia! MAC Spice is a makeup bag staple and if you've happened to leave yours in the bottom of a drawer somewhere, here's why you need to dig it up.

Firstly MAC's Spice pencil somehow manages to suits all skin tones. On my caramel skin Spice looks like the perfect deep pink-brown nude colour. But I've seen it work as a gorgeous sooty red colour on fairer skin and a beautiful complementary neutral on deeper skin tones. It looks very different on every person and yet it manages to suit us all.

Next, the colour is a perfect mixture of tones. Spice is a little bit red, a little bit pink, a little bit brown and a little bit nude. It's the miracle blend of all the classic lipstick staples in one gorgeous shade, making it the perfect neutral but with a twist!

Example of MAC Spice lip pencil on deep skin

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Another reason you need to get this lip pencil back in rotation is because it literally matches every eyeshadow look you can imagine. Navy-blue smoky eye? Pair it with Spice. If you've created a simple feline flick, Spice is a great complement. Maybe you've gone with some sparkly and glittery gold and bronze tones? Well, Spice works with that too. I keep this shade in my handbag at all times because I know it will always complement whatever makeup look I'm wearing that day.

Finally, Spice is a great day-to-night shade. It's neutral enough that it won't look out of place at a lunch but it's just bold enough that it can be a statement evening look too. For daytime, I apply a tiny bit of balm to my lips to diffuse the colour. I'll draw the outline of my lips and then sparsely fill them in, rubbing them together every so often to blend the colour and the balm. In the evening, I ditch the balm and colour the whole lip in with the Spice for a stronger and more intense look.


In Australia, MAC lip pencils retail for $30 which puts Spice in the "not cheap but affordable" category.

Where you can get it

This can be a bit tricky from time to time. This popular colour sells out rather frequently. You can try snagging it at eBay or David Jones.

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