One of the biggest beauty trends to emerge in 2014 is the rise of lip pencils. Once an occasional add-on sale for lipstick products, lip pencils have become the starring attraction this season. That’s thanks to innovation in makeup chemistry that allows for lightweight formulas, high shine and bold colour. One of the most exciting launches is MAC’s new Patentpolish Lip Pencil, a unique blend of creamy emollients with high-shine colour. This is more makeup than nourishing balm, as many competitors are. But the sheer glossy colour is worth the $24 price. What’s most impressive with this launch is MAC has tested each of the 12 shades on a wide variety of skin tones from fair Caucasian to deep African American and each stays bright and true. The pencil’s effortless twist-up application keeps things clean and mess-free, with no need to sharpen. Our favourite shade is Berry Bold, a bright orange-red. Available at MAC counters.