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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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