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This bag is probably my favorite part of the whole RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday collection… I’m not really a makeup bag fanatic… I have a few that I switch between depending on what purse I’m carrying and the season, but I’m not the type that buys every new, cute bag that comes out. To me, a makeup bag is a necessity and is more for function than fashion, fortunately, the RiRi Hearts MAC bag meets all of my requirements for function and is pretty on top of that!

RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday 2013 Bag 1

 

RiRi Bag 2

This bag is a beautiful metallic pink, going along with one of the accent colors featured in most of the RiRi Hearts MAC collections. The zipper pull on the bag is a gorgeous rose gold and the fabric is made from a high quality, quilted material. What I love about that is that it’s actually slightly padded! I’ve dropped mine several times (I’m clumsy!) and none of my powders have broken as they have in some other bags I’ve carried. The bag also has a small handle on the side, so it’s easy to carry around or pull out of your bag.

RiRi Bag Zipper Pull

On the inside, there’s a silky fabric that’s a pretty light pink with pearly colored writing with the “RiRi <3’s MAC” logo on it. The bag also has a small, thin, clear plastic pocket on one side of the interior that’s perfect for slipping pencils or small brushes into so they won’t roll around and get lost.

RiRi Bag Interior 1

The dimensions for this bag are 6.5″ x 4.5″ x 1.5″, so this bag is small enough to fit into a medium to large purse and can hold everything you need from day to day basics, a night out, or even a weekend trip! I played around with what all I could get in there and I managed to fit a travel brush set, liquid foundation, powder compact, blush, mascara, lipstick, lip pencil, eye liner and a small sample perfume! The shape is great too because it’s somewhat stiff, deep, squared off, and won’t get all floppy and make the items inside move around too much.

Overall, this is my favorite makeup bag I’ve ever had and I definitely recommend picking it up while supplies last!

This is limited edition but still seems to be available at most counters and stores as well as online. The RiRi Hearts MAC bag sells for $40.

 

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There are two brand new Superslick Eye Liners out with the RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday collection and I’m super excited about them! I feel like this eyeliner formula is overlooked far too often, aside from the most popular color, On The Hunt, which is a rich, slick black. The two new colors, Cockiness and Pisces Persuasion, are unique and perfect for the holiday season, so be sure to check these out next time you’re at MAC!

RiRi Hearts MAC Superslick Liner & Box

 

The Superslick formula is water based but also water-resistant, though I’ve found these to be pretty much waterproof. According to MAC’s website, the formula “dries in 15 seconds to provide a sleek, longwearing, wet-look, no-smudge line”… That’s pretty accurate! The Superslick name definitely implies that this formula has a slick, wet look rather than the usual dull matte finish that so many water-resistant eye liners have. I like this because I feel like it draws more attention to the liner and adds something special to the entire look. Wear time is amazing… I get a minimum of 12 hours wear… Usually longer, like until I remove it! I love this because I wear contacts and have allergies, so my eyes water quite a bit. I’ve never had any issues with smudging or smearing with the Superslick liners so I definitely recommend these to anyone who has problems with their liquid liner wearing off too easily!

Packaging for these Superslicks goes along with the rest of the RiRi Hearts MAC collection, being the pearly white with rose gold accents and the signature “R” and “RiRi” on the packaging. The applicator is a super easy to use… “The superior no-fuss, no-wobble application lies in the “magic tip” of the easy-to-control dip-stick applicator”… It’s a somewhat stiff, but not hard, tapered, thin, marker-like tip that’s very easy to control and get anything from a thin, defined line to a big, thick wing with. Another option for application (if the marker tip isn’t your thing) is a MAC 210 or 263 synthetic angled brush… You can use the applicator to put a bit of the product onto a palette, then dip your brush into it. Although Superslicks are water-resistant, they are not recommended for use on the waterline (inner rim of the eye). The water-based formula takes too long to dry and will just end up getting into the eye and causing irritation.

Both of these Superslick Eye Liners were released on Thursday, December 12th and are available now at all MAC stores, counters, and online at www.maccosmetics.com. As far as I know, Cockiness is still available online but Pisces Persuasion is sold out. They both seem to still be in stock at most counters and stores, though. Each of these liners sells for $20.50 and contains 1.8 ml / 0.06 US oz of product. That’s $1 more than the permanent ones, due to the beautiful special packaging, while they still contain the same amount of product.

NOTE:   I will most likely be redoing all of these photos this weekend once I find my black background. They’ll show up much better that way!

RiRI Holiday Superslick Labels

RiRi Superslick Liners

 

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight (on a sort of cloudy day). Superslick Eye Liners swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight (on a sort of cloudy day).
Superslick Eye Liners swatched on NC15 skin.

I will be adding a better swatch photo soon! This one was taken on a cloudy day and doesn’t show how pigmented and opaque these really are… Sorry! I’ll have the new pic up tomorrow hopefully!

Cockiness

Cockiness

Cockiness:   This Superslick Eye Liner is a “shimmery rose gold”… It’s a very glittery, frosty, medium, warm rose gold with multidimensional copper, pink, and pearly gold shimmer particles. Though it looks somewhat sheer swatched, it applies more heavily to the eye. With one to two dips into the tube (for a pretty thick wing), I get great color payoff and coverage.

One fun thing about Cockiness is that you can make this stand out a bit more by applying it over a darker liquid eye liner like a black, dark brown, dark copper, purple, or blue. I’ve tried it over MAC Fluidlines like Blacktrack, Dipdown, Rich Ground, Macroviolet, and Waveline and it transforms them all to something really unique and beautiful! You can even apply a thinner line of Cockiness over your other liquid liner for a fun, multicolored wing.

Dupes:   I can’t think of anything that’s terribly close to Cockiness… The permanent gold Superslick Eye Liner, Pure Show, is a much lighter, much more yellow gold without any glitter. Rich Ground Fluidline is also much darker and more of a coppery brown.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:  5

Packaging:   5

Pisces Persuasion

Pisces Persuasion

Pisces Persuasion:   MAC describes this liner as a “shimmery white”… It’s a light, cool toned white with a gorgeous silvery, pearly shimmer and a very frosted, glittery finish. Like Cockiness, this didn’t swatch as pigmented and opaque as it actually is… While the coverage isn’t as heavy as Cockiness, it does have good color/product payoff with not much product applied. You may have to apply more than one layer of Pisces Persuasion to achieve fully opaque coverage, but it applies smoothly and layers easily, so that shouldn’t be a problem.

Like Cockiness, you can have a lot of fun layering Pisces Persuasion over other liquid liners… I’ve been trying this over all kinds of MAC Fluidlines and other Superslicks to create really fun, different looks. Another trick you can do with this liner is to tap the applicator on the very tips of your upper lashes for a festive glitter lash for the holidays… It almost looks like you have glittery little snowflakes at the tips of your lashes!

Dupes:   I honestly can’t think of any… There’s nothing out there from MAC or any other brands that I know of that’s anywhere close to Pisces Persuasion.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:  5

Packaging:   5

As we all know, Rihanna always has flawless, bronzed skin, so of course MAC released a brand new Bronzing Powder with the RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday collection! I’m pretty impressed with the “Love, Rihanna” bronzer because it’s versatile… It’s buildable and not so warm that fair skinned people can’t pull it off, yet it’s pigmented and just warm enough that it also works on dark skin tones.

Love, Rihanna

Love, Rihanna

Love, Rihanna

Love, Rihanna

This Bronzing Powder comes in the beautiful special white pearl packaging with rose gold accents, like the rest of this collection. It also features the signature “RiRi” and “R” on both the packaging and product itself. MAC Bronzing Powders are silky smooth and buildable, so they work well on nearly all skin tones (this one is particularly nice)! While I don’t love contouring with these, as it’s just TOO bronze for a contour shade, they make perfect bronzers to brush on the cheeks for some sun-kissed color.

You can use these alone or with a blush… If using with a blush as well, I like to apply this bronzing powder more towards the back of the cheek and blend the blush from the apples of the cheeks back into the bronzer. For a heavier application of Love, Rihanna, I suggest a more dense brush such as a MAC 129, 116, or 168 angled brush. If you’d like a softer wash of bronzer or are fair-skinned, try a MAC Duo-Fibre brush like a 188, 187, or 159.

This Bronzing Powder is limited edition and was released at MAC stores and counters on Thursday, December 12th and online at www.maccosmetics.com a few days before. It sells for $30 and contains 9.5g / 0.335 US oz of product, so it’s a bit more than other MAC Bronzing Powders that contain 10 g / 0.35 US oz of product and sell for $25… Still, I think that Love, Rihanna is worth it because it’s just so pretty!

Love, Rihanna

Love, Rihanna

Left:   Applied Heavily      Right: Blended Out

Left: Applied Heavily                                     Right: Blended Out
This swatch is WITH the rose gold overspray.
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Bronzing Powder swatched on NC15 skin.

I will update this post with an additional swatch photo without the shimmery overspray tomorrow… It’s just too cloudy today to get a good one!

Love, Rihanna is described as a “soft, golden brown powder with overspray of gold pearl”… It’s a medium, soft, slightly warm toned tan-brown with subtle warm, golden-bronze undertones. With the overspray, this is much more shimmery and has a lot more of a warm, copper color to it. Without the overspray, it’s a much more subdued bronzer, which I like. Even with no overspray there is a soft, satiny sheen that contains no shimmer particles.  As I mentioned, this is buildable so the color payoff and opacity really depend on how much product you want to apply. It’s definitely pretty true to the color it is in the pan and gives great, even coverage.

I typically get around 8 hours of wear with MAC’s Bronzing Powders, with Love, Rihanna being no different. Sometimes if you have larger pores or oily skin, shimmery bronzers (or shimmery anything, for that matter) can emphasize shiny areas and pores… However, the shimmery, rose gold “R” on this bronzer is only an overspray and does not go all the way through the product, so it will only show up during the first few applications. Though some of you may be bummed about that, I’m glad! I feel like the “R” contains so much shimmer that it nearly overpowers the gorgeous color of the bronzer itself. If you’re really into the shimmery area and miss that glow once the overspray wears off, try layering Gold Deposit Mineralize Skinfinish over Love, Rihanna!

Dupes:   Soft Sand Bronzing Powder, which was limited edition and released last summer with the Temperature Rising collection, is VERY similar. Hibiscus Kiss Bronzer/Blush duo, which was released with the RiRi Hearts MAC Summer 2013 collection is also similar, but contained a pinkish color as well.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:  4

Packaging:   5

 

 

The long awaited RiRi Hearts MAC collection for the Holiday season is finally here! It was released in stores and at counters on Thursday December 12th and online several before, so these lipsticks may or may not still be available… Hopefully you can find them! My apologies for getting this post up late, but I’ve been very busy working and preparing for the holidays so I didn’t have time to take care of photos, swatches and such before this past weekend.

RiRi Woo was also released with this collection, but as I’ve reviewed it previously, it won’t be included in this post. To see that lipstick, please click here.

Bad Girl RiRi and Pleasure Bomb

Bad Girl RiRi       and       Pleasure Bomb

Much like the previous RiRi Hearts MAC collections, these Lipsticks are Matte formulas (but not Retro Matte like RiRi Woo). The packaging is also similar to the other RiRi collections, featuring beautiful rose gold accents and the classic “R” on the packaging and “RiRi” signature on the actual lipsticks themselves.

RiRiHolidayLipsticksPackaging

As I mentioned, both of these lipsticks are a Matte texture, which offers amazing coverage, pigmentation, and wear time. Mattes are drier than something like a Satin or Cremesheen, of course, but they’re still creamy enough that they won’t tug on the lips or feel dry. At first, these lipsticks have a very subtle, creamy sheen, but that fades to a true Matte finish within about 30 minutes. Retro Mattes (like RiRi Woo) are much drier and can almost feel TOO dry in winter months like this, so I’m glad that MAC went with the regular Matte texture for the new colors in this collection. Although Mattes typically wear for 6+ hours, I still recommend using a liner with these to give them even more staying power and added definition to prevent any feathering outside the lip line. Another suggestion is to wear MAC’s Prep + Prime Lip underneath your lipstick to assure a smooth application with no signs of chapped areas you may have! It also helps keep the lipstick in place longer and locks moisture into your lips.

These two lipsticks were for sale in MAC stores and at counters on Thursday, December 12th, so availability may be limited to none in some areas… Some locations may possibly get extra stock at some point in time, so check back with your local MAC store or counter if they’re currently sold out. Also be sure to check the website to see if they restock! This is the direct link to where you can find the lipsticks on MAC’s website:   RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday 2013. You may also want to check websites like Macy’s, Nordstrom, Dillard’s and Bloomingdale’s to see if they have any in stock.

Since these lipsticks have that beautiful special packaging, they cost $16.50, rather than the usual $15. They contain the same 3 g / 0.1 US oz of product that other MAC lipsticks do and have the typical soft, vanilla scent but no flavor.

Bad Girl RiRi           &           Pleasure Bomb

Bad Girl RiRi             &             Pleasure Bomb

Bad Girl RiRi               &             Pleasure Bomb

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Lipsticks swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Lipsticks swatched on NC15 skin.

Bad Girl RiRi

Bad Girl RiRi

Bad Girl RiRi

Bad Girl RiRi

Bad Girl RiRi

Bad Girl RiRi

Bad Girl RiRi

Bad Girl RiRi

Bad Girl RiRI:   This Matte lipstick is described as a “matte taupey nude”… It’s a medium, warm toned taupe-nude with some rose-tinted undertones. The matte finish has a creamy sort of sheen at first that quickly dries down to a true matte. Color payoff is mostly true to how the lipstick looks in the tube, though once it’s applied, the natural pink tone of the lips brings out the rosy undertones of the lipstick. I got complete opacity with little product applied and it glided on smoothly with no tugging. Bad Girl RiRi gave me 6+ hours of wear (with a liner), only needing a minor touch-up after eating lunch. I’m quite fair skinned and tend to steer clear of colors like this but since it’s warm toned, it was still flattering on me. I would say that this is a suitable lipstick for all skin tones.

A few MAC Lip Pencils you can use with Bad Girl RiRi, depending on your natural lip color and skin tone (in terms from lightest to darkest) are: Boldly Bare, Spice, Nice ‘N’ Spicy Pro Longwear Lip Pencil, Auburn, Morning Coffee Pro Longwear Lip Pencil, Chestnut, Mahogany, or Bittersweet Pro Longwear Lip Pencil.

Dupes:   As for permanent dupes, the closest one that I can think of would be Taupe, though it has more of a brown tone, but it’s also a Matte. You can also try Touch (Lustre), which is lighter, has more sheen, and is more brown; or Double Shot (Amplified), which is cooler toned and more brown, slightly darker, and has more of a sheen. Double Shot is available online and at PRO stores only.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:  4

Packaging:   5

Pleasure Bomb

Pleasure Bomb

Pleasure Bomb

Pleasure Bomb

Pleasure Bomb

Pleasure Bomb

Pleasure Bomb

Pleasure Bomb

Pleasure Bomb:   Pleasure Bomb is described as a “matte fuchsia” and has a Matte finish… It’s a medium-dark, bright, intense, fuchsia with slightly cool, blue-red undertones and a matte finish. The color payoff is fantastic, as well as the coverage. This lipstick feels smooth and creamy, applying easily with no tugging on the lips. Though it is a matte, it has a slight sheen for about the first half hour it’s on, which later dries down and mattifies. With a liner, I got just over 6 hours of wear with Pleasure Bomb. Since this is a bold, cool toned color, it looks great on all skin tones.

If you’re looking for a liner to wear with this that’s similar to the lipstick itself, I suggest Beet Lip Pencil or More to Love Pro Longwear Lip Pencil… Trust in Red Pro Longwear Lip Pencil also works, but will bring out more red tones, as will Cherry Lip Pencil. You can also try Currant, Vino, or Nightmoth Lip Pencils if you want to go for more contrast and create a vampy, ombre look.

Dupes:   There are a few permanent lipsticks that are similar… I suggest something like Impassioned (Amplified Creme), although it does have a sheen, the colors are very, very similar. Girl About Town (Amplified Creme) is also close, but has the same sheen as Impassioned and has more blue-magenta tones. Lickable (Cremesheen) is lighter, less intense and much shinier. All Fired Up (Retro Matte) is close, but warmer, more pink, and even more matte.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

 

I’m currently working on posts for some of the RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday 2013 collection… I’ve been working a lot so it’s taken me a few days longer than I thought to get these posts finished (sorry)! They should be up by the end of tonight, though! Later this week I’ll also be posting a review for the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette!

From RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday, I’ll be reviewing the two new lipsticks, Pleasure Bomb and Bad Girl RiRi, along with the bronzer, Superslick eye liners, and bag.

In the meantime, here’s a little peek at what’s coming up… Keep checking back for the posts and reviews!

RiRi Hearts MAC 2013

Part of MAC’s Divine Night collection includes some Mineralize products… The only ones I purchased and will be reviewing are the blushes, although there are also three Skinfinishes and six Eye Shadows. I like how MAC typically releases some new shimmery Mineralize products around fall/winter… It’s the perfect time of year to wear a soft, glowing look!

Between these three colors, two are quite shimmery, but still have decent color payoff, while the other is more of the soft, glowing Mineralize Blush formula. Even though there are only three, you’ll most likely find one that works for you skintone. If not, I suggest looking into the Mineralize Skinfinishes, as there’s some more color variation with those and they each include two colors. Mineralize Skinfinishes, however, have a lot more shine and shimmer than these blushes do, so that may not be your thing.

Divine Night Mineralize Blushes 1

MAC Mineralize Blushes are one of my favorite blush formulas of all time. They give off a radiant glow without being frosty. They have shimmer, but it’s subtle and they don’t contain the kind of shimmer particles that appear chunky or heavy (though some have larger shimmer particles than others). Mineralize Blushes have a soft, fine texture so they blend and layer beautifully. You can apply these as a light wash of color or more heavily for more color and coverage, depending on how much pigmentation and sheen you desire.

If you want to apply these lightly, a MAC 188 brush is best and gives you the most control. To apply slightly more heavily, you can use a MAC 187 brush (the larger version of the 188). For the most intense application (which still doesn’t look too heavy), you can use something like a MAC 168, 116, or 129 brush. Mineralize Blushes offer about 6-8 hours of wear before fading. On oilier skin, they may not last quite so long. On extremely oily skin or on skin with large pores, these may emphasize shine and pore size. However, using a mattifying and/or pore minimizing primer, like MAC’s Prep + Prime Skin Smoother, should eliminate or at least help out with that issue!

Divine Night Mineralize Blush Labels

Divine Night Mineralize Blushes 2

All three of these Mineralize Blushes are limited edition and are available now online at www.maccosmetics.com as well as at counters and stores. These sell for $27.50 (due to the special matte black and gold packaging for holiday) and contain 3.2 g / 0.10 US oz of product. Sadly, the permanent lineup of Mineralize Blushes are actually cheaper and contain more product… They sell for $25 and contain 3.5 g / 0.11 US oz. These colors are fairly unique, though, so if you’re into them, they’re definitely worth buying!

Lavish Living

Lavish Living

Lavish Living Left:   Applied Heavily     Right:   Blended Out Photo taken in natural sunlight. Mineralize Blush swatched on NC15 skin.

Lavish Living
Left: Applied Heavily                           Right: Blended Out
Photo taken in natural sunlight. Mineralize Blush swatched on NC15 skin.

Lavish Living:   Lavish Living is a “violet with silver pearl base with gold pearl”… That’s a mouthful! It’s a medium to medium-dark, slightly cool toned plum with warmer berry undertones. The finish is very shimmery/frosted due to the high amount of pearlescent particles, but I like that because there’s no need for a highlighter with this blush. Although it looks pretty dark in the packaging, Mineralize blushes can be applied lightly for a softer finish and less color payoff and coverage, or applied heavily if you want more color, opacity, and shimmer. To me, this is suitable for nearly any skin tone.

If you have oily skin, this blush may not wear as long. I have normal/combination skin and got around 7 hours of wear with Lavish Living. Also, if you have a lot of texture or large pores, this blush may emphasize that unless you use a good primer, foundation, and powder underneath this blush.

Dupes:  As far as permanent dupes go, Love Joy Mineralize Blush is going to be the closest as you can get to Lavish Living. It’s slightly warmer, perhaps, and less frosted, but is similar once applied.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Lured to Love

Lured to Love

Lured to Love
Left: Applied Heavily                          Right: Blended Out
Photo taken in natural sunlight. Mineralize Blush swatched on NC15 skin.

Lured to Love:   This blush is a “coral pink base with pink frost”… It’s a light, warm toned, peachy-coral pink with a very soft pearly pink sheen. The finish for this blush is the least shimmery and most natural of the three in this collection. Color payoff was good, and best with some layering. I prefer a 116 brush with this blush to get the best color payoff and coverage, otherwise coverage is quite sheer and soft. That said, this blush is best for fair to medium and maybe medium-dark skintones. Since this isn’t so shimmery, it won’t show pores or texture and will wear just fine on oily skin, unlike Lavish Living. I got 8 hours of wear with Lured to Love.

Dupes:   There are actually quite a few blushes that are similar to Lured to Love, but none that I can think of are permanent… You may already have them in your collection, though… Legendary Blush from the Marilyn Monroe collection is a bit more pink but otherwise very close. Immortal Flower Blush, most recently released with the All About Orange collection is also similar, though peachier.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Talk of the Town

Talk of the Town

Talk of the Town
Left: Applied Heavily                         Right: Blended Out
Photo taken in natural sunlight. Mineralize Blush swatched on NC15 skin.

Talk of the Town:   Talk of the Town is described as being a “warm brown base with yellow bronze”… Huh?! To me, this is a light, warm yellow-peachy pink with a very frosted finish. Applied heavily it looks nearly metallic, while applied lightly, it’s more of a soft wash of color and a lot of golden pearl. Since I’m an NC15, this does show up on me but anyone with medium skin or darker would be better off using this as a highlighter rather than a blush. It looks much more pigmented in the packaging than it does once applied. The coverage is alright… Certainly not opaque but the shimmer payoff is fantastic.

Because this is so frosty, I don’t recommend this for oily or textured skin, as it will get shiny and not wear long, as well as emphasize pores and texture.

Dupes:   I can’t think of many dupes that are similar to this… Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish is really the only permanent product that I can think of that will give you the same kind of sheen and soft wash of color, but it is a highlighter and not a blush.

Overall Rating:   3.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   2

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

 

To go along with some of the lipsticks released with this year’s holiday colour collection, MAC has four gorgeous new limited edition Cremesheen Glasses! They share the names with four of the five lipsticks and match up quite nicely when layered. That said, they can also be worn alone or with a liner for a less intense look.

These were all released last week, both online and in store/at counter. The packaging for these is only slightly different than usual, with more matte caps and golden detail for the text on the tubes. As I mentioned in the previous post about the lipsticks, all of the holiday packaging this year is very classy, using matte black with gold and creamy white accents. That applies to all the sets with bags that were released today as well.

Divine Night Cremesheen Glasses 1

Cremesheen Glasses have a lovely, creamy texture that’s not as sticky as MAC’s normal Lipglass formula… It’s very comfortable to wear and feels like it’s somewhere between a Lipglass and Cremesheen Lipstick, but isn’t as heavy as either one. Cremesheen Glasses are well pigmented and usually give fantastic color payoff and coverage. This formula always feels somewhat moisturizing and never leaves a heavy “slime line” around my lips or shows dry or chapped areas. The wand has the same type of doe-foot applicator as other Lipglasses so the product glides on easily and evenly. Like most other MAC lip products, Cremesheen glasses have a very subtle vanilla scent but no taste.  Cremesheen Glasses is typically offer around 4 hours of wear time, since they’re not quite as heavy as other MAC Lipglass formulas.

These are limited edition and are available now at www.maccosmetics.com (if they’re still in stock), as well as at counters and stores. Because of the special packaging these sell for $22, rather than the usual $20, but they actually contain a bit more product with 2.7 ml / 0.09 US fl oz compared to permanent Cremesheen glasses that contain 2.4 ml / 0.08 US fl oz.

Divine Night Cremesheen Glasses Labels

Divine Night Cremesheen Glasses with Names

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Cremesheen Glasses swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Cremesheen Glasses swatched on NC15 skin.

Flair for Finery

Flair for Finery

Flair for Finery

Flair for Finery

Flair for Finery:   This Cremesheen Glass is a “cool nude” with a creamy finish. It’s a light, only slightly cool toned pinkish nude with no shimmer, but a beautiful creamy sheen. It truly is the gloss version of the lipstick that shares the same name! It’s semi-sheer, but does give good color payoff. It appears warmer and pinker on the lips, especially on mine, but I have naturally very pigmented lips. Depending on your own lip color, it may look more nude.

Liners:   This will, of course, show up more true to tube color if it’s applied over the matching lipstick… However, if you want to wear this alone you can! A liner will give you some more definition and keep it from slipping around outside the lipline… Some Lip Pencils I would suggest are Dervish, Soar, Whirl, Subculture, or Boldly Bare.

Dupes:   This one is hard to find a perfect dupe for… C-Thru Lipglass is close, but more of a true nude, while Underage Lipglass is peachier. Both are more opaque and, of course, stickier… As far as Cremesheen Glasses go, Fashion Whim is pretty darn close, but has a very slight shimmer and is peachier and warmer, while Fashion Scoop is warmer, pinker, and has that same slight shimmer.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Prepare for Pleasure

Prepare for Pleasure

Prepare for Pleasure

Prepare for Pleasure

Prepare for Pleasure:   This is described as a “bluish red” and has a creamy finish with no shimmer. It’s very close in color to the lipstick with the same name… It’s a medium to medium-dark, bright, slightly cool toned pinkish red. This obviously doesn’t give fully opaque coverage, but the color payoff is perfect! It did settle into the lines of my lips a bit in this pic, but any other time I wore it, it didn’t do that. I’m thinking that maybe my lips were exceptionally dry because I’d been testing some ultra-matte lipsticks for a few days prior to taking these photos (this problem can be solved by applying Prep + Prime Lip first). Anyway… It felt creamy, but not sticky, and gave me about 3-4 hours of wear before it began to wear off.

Liners:   Naturally, Cherry Lip Pencil is a great choice if you want to wear a liner with this. You can also do Trust in Red Pro Longwear Lip Pencil to bring out the more pinkish-red tone. Prepare for Pleasure also looks great when layered over the lipstick of the same name.

Dupes:   The closest thing I can think of that’s permanent would be Forever Rose Pro Longwear Lipglass… The only thing about those is that they’re heavy, sticky, and it’s much more opaque! It’s also a bit lighter and more pink. Russian Red Lipglass is also a great dupe, but it’s stickier and more opaque, which is typical with that formula.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Private Party

Private Party

Private Party

Private Party

Private Party:   Private Party is described as a “plum mauve with pearl” and has a very soft, pearlescent shimmery finish… It’s a medium, slightly cool toned pinkish plum with a warmer mauve pearly shimmer. It’s obviously moderately sheer and while the color payoff is good, it warms up, cools down, or becomes brighter and more pink depending on the natural color of your lips. As usual with Cremesheen Glasses, I got around 3-4 hours of wear with Private Party.

Liners:   You can use a wide variety of liners with this Cremesheen Glass… Some of my favorites are Plum, Dervish, Whirl, Soar, and Half-Red. Private Party also compliments the matching lipstick very well when layered over it, adding some shine and shimmer.

Dupes:   There aren’t many plum type of lipglosses from MAC in any formula, really… Not permanent ones anyway. Viva Glam VI Lipglass is similar but is lighter, more pink, more opaque, and much more shimmery! Spanking Rich Dazzleglass is also similar, but more truly glittery and berry toned, and was limited with the Glitter and Ice holiday collection in 2011.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

You've Got It

You’ve Got It

You've Got It

You’ve Got It

You’ve Got It:   This is a “nude taupe with green pearl” and has a soft, shimmery finish… It’s a light-medium, cool toned taupey nude with a subtle greenish gold pearly shimmer. This gave almost, but not totally opaque coverage and went on evenly, giving good color payoff as well without settling into the lines of my lips. This is pretty light and milky, but I feel like it wore better than many glosses with that type of appearance. Although it applied and covered well, it only gave me about 3 hours of wear before fading.

I did not purchase the Lipstick this shares a name with, but they do look nice when layered with one another… However, I actually prefer this over Exclusive Event Lipstick, which was released with this collection, because it plays up the cool toned taupey nude color and adds a nice sheen.

Liners:   Stripdown Lip Pencil looks nice with this because it’s cool toned, but not so cool that it washes you out. It is slightly darker than this gloss, so apply it lightly. You can also do something like Subculture for a warmer nude, or Stone if you really want to cool this color down even more.

Dupes:   I can’t think of many! The closest thing that comes to mind and is permanent would be Boundless Beige Pro Longwear Lipglass but it’s warmer, more of a true beige nude, and has a warmer, more golden type of shimmer as well as a much heavier, stickier texture.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5