Mac Lip Pencil Whirl

Confession time: I have a major girl crush on Kylie Jenner, the youngest of the Kardashian/Jenner clan. Besides being beyond gorgeous, her style just resonates the most with me. She tends to wear clothing and makeup that have a unique and edgy flair, and her lip color is basically an homage to the 90’s grunge era. I love seeing photographs of her at events and out and about, mostly because her makeup is always perfect and I always want to recreate it. Today I have the exact lip color that Kylie herself uses to achieve her 90’s inspired mauve-brown lips.

THE MUSE: Kylie Jenner, with her gorgeous mauve-brown matte lip color. This lip color is reminiscent of the 90’s grunge era, when rock bands like Nirvana were all the rage. Her fashion and style are part grunge, part rock and roll, and part bohemian.

MAC Lip Pencil Liner Shade Spice (Pink Cinnamon Stick).05 Ounce MAC Other - Lip Pencil - Whirl 1.45g/0.05oz by MAC HAUS LABORATORIES By Lady Gaga: RIP LIP LINER Demi-Matte Water-Resistant Lip Liner Pencil Available in 16 Colors, Precise & Long Lasting Lip Liner. Full Description. A lip liner designed for shaping, lining or filling in the lip. Our Lip Pencils have a smooth, creamy texture that is perfect for outlining lips or colouring them in. Available in a wide selection of colours that each work well with many different lipstick shades.

THE PRODUCT USED: MAC Cosmetics “Whirl” Lip Pencil.

Lip pencil is such a great way to get a matte lip color that will stay put for a really long time. I use lip liner quite often as an overall lip color, and it will stay put on my lips for more than several hours. MAC Cosmetics “Whirl” Lip Pencil is the exact shade that Kylie Jenner has said she uses on her lips.

Whirl is a mauve-brown shade, and what I love the most about it is that it doesn’t come off as too dark. It puts down color on your lips, but it’s not so dark that it is the only thing that stands out about your face when people look at you. This is a great shade to line your lips with, fill them in with, and you can even add gloss on top if that’s your thing. I love the way this shade looks completely flat and matte though.

In the specific picture I used of Kylie, from her Instagram, her lips look lined, with a lighter color on the lips. To get the same effect, simply use Whirl to line your lips with a slightly heavier hand and then fill your lips in lightly with the pencil. The effect can also be just natural wear of the shade throughout the hours. It’s a very flattering shade on a variety of skin tones. I just love the throwback to the 90’s, when brown shades of lip color were all the rage.


MAC Cosmetics “Whirl” Lip Pencil is available at MAC counters nationwide, as well as online. Each Lip Pencil retails for $15.00 USD.


Soar [UK] and Whirl [UK] are probably two of the most popular lip liners from MAC at the moment. They’re usually always sold out because these shades are so trendy at the moment, and they’re perfect everyday colors. So, MAC Whirl vs Soar — how do they compare?

One thing I really like about MAC lip liners in general is that they’re creamy, but not too creamy. They’re still stiff enough that you can precisely line your lips. Plus, you can use them as lip liners or as lipsticks, the latter of which is something I enjoy doing quite often.

So, how do they compare?

MAC Soar vs Whirl

Soar is described as a mid-tone pinkish brown, but I think it’s more like a brown toned pink because I see more pink than brown. It’s that browny-pink 90s lip that everyone has been loving this past year.

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Mac Lip Liner Shade Whirl

Mac Lip Pencil Whirl

Whirl is described as a dirty rose shade, and I think that fits its description perfectly. It is a rose toned brown that leans more brown than pink, but it’s not overpowering. This shade is more “90s” because it’s darker and more brown, which, as I recall, was a shade very popular in the 90s.

Both are creamy and opaque so they work perfectly as lip liners and all over the lips as a lipstick. Both are pink toned neutral shades I think everyone should own because they’re very versatile. They are quite similar, but still different in their own right.

Personally, I prefer Soar much more, and it’s the lip liner I reach for the most out of all my lip liners– drugstore, high end and even designer brand.

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Have you tried either of these? Which do you prefer? Let me know in the comments below!

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