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As MAC Cosmetics fans will know, their lip pencil in 'Currant' was discontinued back in 2019. I was devastated when I found out because Currant helps me make the BEST lip combos. As someone who exclusively uses MAC lip pencils, I didn't even know where to start looking for a replacement.

MAC Currant Lip Pencil
Currant is described as "an intense reddish-purple"

I have been swatching internet suggestions for months so that when my back-up (I always have back-ups!) ran out, I would already have a replacement ready to go. I didn't find anything that I felt was a close dupe until now!

Barry M Wine Lip Liner

Barry M Lip Liner Wine

The Barry M Lip Liner in the shade 'Wine' is almost identical in colour to currant and only costs £2.99/$6! Texture wise, wine has a creamier formula than currant and the pencil crumbled quite a bit. Although I will always stan MAC lip pencils, I can't deny that the performance of the Barry M lip liner was stellar.

MAC Currant Lip Pencil swatch and Barry M Wine Lip Liner swatch on dark skin
Wine is very slightly more berry toned than currant

Other Options

  • 'Vino' by MAC is a close dupe but, as "an intense violet-purple", it lacks the distinctive deep berry tone I love in currant (95% match).

  • I haven't had the chance to swatch it but, according to Temptalia (such an awesome blog!), NYX Cosmetic's lip liner in 'Deep Purple' is a 90% match. NYX is also a drugstore dupe that is much more widely available than Barry M.

If you know of any other dupes please comment them below; MAC will not be bringing 'Currant' back so, the more dupes, the better.


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Mar 04
Rated 2 out of 5 stars.


Oct 19, 2023
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

I was devastated when I went shopping for Currant back in ‘19 and couldn’t find not one. I asked all the reps, they acted like they didn’t know, all the while store reps were collecting for themselves to go sell on amazon and eBay for a $100 bucks. It’s ‘23 and I’m still searching for the liner and a better price. I checked your suggestion Barry M online but seems to be sold out too. No other colour comes close to CURRANT. I started using it and Media in ‘91, now both are phased out. Disappointed and devastate.

Dec 23, 2023
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Omg! 😩

I feel your pain as I am a HUGE fan of Currant! Its my go to‼️ It seems like it pairs well with most, not all, colors.

But that makes all the more sense - the Reps 🫢😌 I was told it was discontinued, by a Rep years ago.

I’m scared to buy from eBay - considered it or other 3rd party sellers online. Price and authenticity. A dupe is 1 thing but to try to pass it as an original is just like, youre sh!tty.

It’s money they don not care.


Sep 06, 2023
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

Do you know why they discontinued currant?


Jan 12, 2022

I normally wear currant with "Flat Out Fabulous" matte lipstick, and I thought Cyber World was a good substitute!

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