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A few years ago, I made a post for Viva Glam Lipglasses and lipsticks, but it’s outdated and has pretty inaccurate and lame pictures, so I wanted to redo it! Instead of grouping everything together, I’m separating Lipsticks from Lipglasses and from the new Viva Glam Miley campaign, which I will post soon. I apologize for these not being super new, but they’ve been well loved! Anything is an improvement over the photos from the last post, I can assure you of that!

Note: For the sake of getting this post redone quickly (it’s one of the posts that was lost during a power outage), I will be copying and pasting some things from the VG Lipstick post!

Viva Glam isn’t just any line of Lipsticks and Lipglasses… It’s what fuels the MAC AIDS Fund, which helps people all over the world who are living with AIDS and HIV. Viva Glam started back in 1994 with Viva Glam I lipstick, which is a classic red, and is my favorite red lipstick of all time! To this day, the MAC AIDS Fund has raised over $315 million (last I heard, anyway)… That’s SO much!

As a former MAC Artist and Viva Glam Ambassador, this cause is really close to my heart. You have no idea how genuinely excited the people at MAC get every time they sell a Viva Glam product because they’re truly dedicated to helping people living with AIDS and HIV. I got to help out at a food bank one day when I was volunteering with the other Viva Glam Ambassadors of the LA area… What we did was help pack food a month’s worth of food for people who are affected by this disease… Even I didn’t realize how buying one Lipglass or lipstick can make a difference until I saw the results first hand… So yeah, long story short: Buying one of these Lipglasses really does make a big difference in the lives of a lot of people… Thank you to everyone who helps support this cause! For more information about the MAC AIDS Fund, check out http://www.macaidsfund.org

Top: Viva Glam V Botom: Viva Glam VI

Top: Viva Glam V
Botom: Viva Glam VI

MAC Lipglasses are highly pigmented with quite a bit of shine. The opacity, texture, and cool payoff vary between creamy and shimmery finishes, but these do have decent color payoff, even though they contain some micro-shimmer particles. MAC’s Lipglass formula is not a runny type of gloss by any means… It’s quite sticky/tacky, but thins and smooths out once the product warms up on the lips. The Viva Glam Lipglasses actually seem less sticky than some others do. It’s applies easily with the spongey doe foot applicator, though may take a few swipes back and forth to even out and get full coverage (like I said, the product has to warm up to even out).  I typically get around 4 hours of wear time with MAC Lipglasses before I have to touch up. If you want to extend the wear time, you can apply these over MAC’s Prep + Prime Lip, which will also help keep these creamy colors from settling into the lines of your lips. Using a liner first will also help keep these Lipglasses on longer!

Both of these are permanent colors and are available at any MAC store, counter, or online at www.maccosmetics.com. Each Lipglass sells for $15, with 100% of that sale going directly to the MAC AIDS Fund! Like other MAC Lipglasses, these contain 4.8 g / 0.17 US oz of product and have a very subtle vanilla scent but no flavor.

VG LIpglass Labels

Top:   Viva Glam V Bottom: Viva Glam VI

Top: Viva Glam V
Bottom: Viva Glam VI

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

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

Viva Glam V

Viva Glam V

Viva Glam V

Viva Glam V

Viva Glam V

Viva Glam V

Viva Glam V:   This Lipglass is a “neutral pink with pearl”… It’s a light-medium, neutral pink with some warm undertones and a pearly, golden sheen, thanks to the suuuuuuper tiny micro-shimmer particles! What I love about this Lipglass is the fact that’s it’s NOT super intense, so it can be worn alone for a “your-lips-but-better” sort of look, or it can be layered over so many different lip pencils and lipsticks. I literally have about 4 of these… One in my kit, one in my personal collection, one in my car, and one in my makeup bag in my purse haha… It truly is the perfect natural lip for anyone of any age or skin tone! You may layer this Lipglass over the Viva Glam V Lipstick too if you want to add some shine and dimension to it.

The texture is smooth and not as sticky as some other Lipglasses are, which makes it apply very easily. Color payoff is good, but looks warmer on the lips than it does in the tube… This is just due to the natural pigment of your own lips. It covers well and evenly, but it’s not totally opaque, but as I mentioned, this makes it a lot more versatile and wearable for an every day look. As with most MAC Lipglasses, I got about 3-4 hours of solid wear time before it needed touching up, closer to 4-5 when layered over a liner that I also filled in with pretty heavily, then blended in around the corners and edges of the lip.

Liners:   Since this is pretty neutral, you can use a vast array of liners with this Lipglass, depending on what colors you’d like to play up… A few of my favorites are Subculture, Boldly Bare, Stripdown, Whirl, and Dervish… If you’d like to go a bit deeper you can also try Plum, Half-Red, or even Chestnut.

Note: Don’t let the overall rating below fool you! Like I said, this is not MEANT to be a super bold, intense gloss, so it’s just not going to get high ratings got coverage/color payoff but trust me, it’s gorgeous!

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

Viva Glam VI

Viva Glam VI

Viva Glam VI

Viva Glam VI

Viva Glam VI

Viva Glam VI

Viva Glam VI:   Viva Glam VI is a “warm plum with pearl”… It’s a medium, plummy-pink with warm undertones and a multidimensional, though mostly golden and pinkish, fine shimmer. Like Viva Glam V Lipglass, this is flattering on everyone and cam be worn alone or layered over something else, like the Viva Glam VI Lipstick or a liner. This gloss has a little more shimmer and brightness than Viva Glam V, so it’s like a “your-lips-but-damn-girl-they-poppin'” sort of gloss!

The texture for Viva Glam VI gloss is a little more sticky and less smooth than Viva Glam V is, but that’s partially due to the larger glitter particles. Color payoff is deeper and warmer on the lips than it appears in the tube, but that’s because it does let your own lip color show though a bit… That said, that also means it’s not fully opaque, and is semi-sheer, but it’s so similar to a naturally brightly pigmented lip that you can’t really tell (if that even makes any sense… I need my coffee before I write this stuff). Like the other Viva Glam Lipglass, I get 3-4 hours of wear time alone, and 4-5 when layered over a liner.

Liners:   You can so with neutral or neutral-pink liners like Subculture, Boldly Bare, Dervish, or Soar, or you can add some more color with Plum, Half-Red, or even something like Beet! It’s such a versatile Lipglass that you can they all sorts of combinations until you find the perfect one!

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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Playland is one of MAC’s more recent and fun collections that’s full of bright, intense colors that are perfect for Summer! It came out several weeks ago, so I’m a little late on this, but I didn’t even purchase my products from this collection until last week! Unfortunately I only have three of the five Lipglasses to review, but they’re the best out of this collection anyway 😉

 

Top to Bottom: Carousel, Lots of Laughs and Pure Silliness

Top to Bottom: Carousel, Lots of Laughs and Pure Silliness

 

MAC Lipglasses are highly pigmented with quite a bit of shine. The three in this review all have creamy finishes with no shimmer and are nearly opaque. MAC’s Lipglass formula is not a runny type of gloss by any means… It’s quite sticky/tacky, but thins and smooths out once the product warms up on the lips. It’s applies easily with the spongey doe foot applicator, though may take a few swipes back and forth to even out and get full coverage (like I said, the product has to warm up to even out).  I typically get around 4 hours of wear time with MAC Lipglasses before I have to touch up. If you want to extend the wear time, you can apply these over MAC’s Prep + Prime Lip, which will also help keep these creamy colors from settling into the lines of your lips. Using a liner first will also help keep these Lipglasses on longer!

MAC’s Playland collection was released on April 17th and is limited edition… I know that some of these are still available at counters and stores and online at www.maccosmetics.com, though. These contain the usual 4.8 g / 0.17 US oz of product and sell for $15. They have a very light vanilla scent but no taste.

Playland Lipglasses with Names

Playland Lipglass Labels

Playland Lipglass Swatches

 

Carousel

Carousel

Carousel

Carousel

Carousel:   This Lipglass is a “creamy pink” with a cream finish… It’s a bright, medium, slightly cool toned (though it looks warmer in the tube), pink with an almost milky cream type of finish. The color payoff is great and gives nearly opaque coverage. I didn’t find that this settled into the lines of my lips much, if at all, which was a nice surprise considering how pigmented and milky it is. It has the typically tacky, somewhat thicker Lipglass texture but warmed up and felt very smooth once it warmed up on my lips. I got about 4 hours of wear before a touchup was necessary.

Lipsticks & Liners:   If you’d like to layer this over a lipstick, it works well with anything from nudes (to brighten them up) all the way to bright pinks… To be more specific, it looks great when layered over Sweet Experience (to darken and turn it more pink) and Happy-Go-Lucky (to lighten and brighten) Lipsticks also from the Playland collection. If you only want to use a liner with this, I suggest More To Love or In Anticipation Pro Longwear Lip Pencils, Embrace Me Lip Pencil (limited edition), or Process Magenta Chromagraphic Pencil, which was released with the Playland collection but is always available online or at a MAC PRO store location.

Dupes:   Saint Germain Lipglass is close, but cooler toned and lighter. Long Love Love Pro Longwear Lipglass is also similar, but it’s also a little lighter and cooler toned.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Lots of Laughs

Lots of Laughs

Lots of Laughs

Lots of Laughs

Lots of Laughs:   Lots of Laughs is a “creamy peach” with a cream finish… It’s a light-medium, warmed toned peach with some cooler pink undertones, which make this show up a little more cool toned on the lips that it is in the tube. It has quite a milky cream finish to it, which can make this settle into the lined of the lips a bit if it’s used without something like Prep + Prime Lip underneath. Color payoff was good, but since I have fairly pigmented lips anyway, the semi-sheer opacity make this turn more pink on me than peach. It felt creamy and tacky/sticky, which is typical, and gave me slightly less than 4 hours of wear before I needed to reapply or touch up.

Lipsticks & Liners:   This Lipglass is versatile, so it can be layered over many different colors of lipsticks from nudes to pinks to peaches or corals… My favorite lipsticks to layer it over from the Playland collection is Sweet Experience, but you can also try it over Toying Around to lighten and brighten it. For a liner, I would suggest Lasting Sensation Lip Pencil to bring out the more coral/peachy tones.

Dupes:   Pink Lemonade Lipglass is in the same color family but is darker and more coral. Razzledazzler Lipglass is pretty close, but not as bright. Imperial Light Cremesheen Glass is also close, but darker, more coral and warmer, and has a golden pearl to it.

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   3

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Pure SIlliness

Pure SIlliness

Pure Silliness

Pure Silliness

Pure Silliness:   Pure Silliness is described as a “creamy lilac” with a cream finish, but I don’t see so much of the lilac myself… To me, this is a medium, bold, cool toned pink with some purple/lilac undertones. It has a creamy, somewhat milky finish that only settled into the lines of my lips a tiny bit without Prep + Prime Lip. Out of these three Lipglasses, Pure Silliness seems to be the one with the most shine. The color payoff was great, though it’s not completely opaque. It’s a bit stickier than the other two Lipglasses I’m reviewing from this collection, but that added a bit of wear time! I got over 4 hours of wear before I needed to touch up at all.

Lipsticks & Liners:   This Lipglass looks great when layered over Happy-Go-Lucky lipstick, also from the Playland collection, though it will work over any bold pink, or even softer pinks if you want to give them a little boost of brightness. For liners, I would go with the same three as I mentioned with Carousel… More to Love Pro Longwear Lip Pencil, Embrace Me Lip Pencil (limited edition), or Process Magenta Chromagraphic Pencil.

Dupes:   Saint Germain Lipglass is lighter. Pink Nouveau Lipglass is closer, but is warmer toned.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

MAC’s A Fantasy of Flowers collection is full of bright, beautiful colors that are perfect for Spring. It was released on Thursday, February 6th… My apologies for just now getting to these reviews but I’ve been working SO much lately, which actually gave me about a week to really play with all of these products!

A Fantasy of Flowers is a big collection… It actually has two parts with separate displayers at counter, with one being green and displaying the more peachy and neutral colors, and one being pink and displaying the more pink and violet shades. All of the colors are bright, but soft, and that applies to everything, not just the lip products. While half of these Cremesheen Glasses are brand new, Star Quality and Galaxy Rose have been previously released, and Pagoda is part of the permeant lineup.

FoF Cremesheen Glasses

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 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. You can get longer wear time when you layer this over Prep + Prime Lip and a liner and/or lipstick.

These are limited edition and are available now at www.maccosmetics.com, as well as at counters and stores. These sell for $20 and contain 2.7 ml / 0.09 US fl oz of product. They have a very subtle vanilla scent but no taste at all.

FoF Cremesheen Glass Labels

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

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

Flare for Fantasy

Flare for Fantasy

Flare for Fantasy

Flare for Fantasy

Flare for Fantasy:   This Cremesheen glass is a “mid-tone pink beige” and has a shimmery finish. It’s a light to medium, warm, peachy-pink nude that may lean more pink or more peachy depending on how naturally pigmented your lips are (mine are very pink). Flare for Fantasy has a really gorgeous warm golden, peachy micro-shimmer that’s very similar to the pearlized appearance that the Lustre lipsticks in this collection have. Color payoff isn’t quite as dark as it is in the tube, which is normal with Cremesheen Glasses. Coverage is pretty good, with Flare for Fantasy being about 75% opaque, but having a very even sort of coverage. The texture is super smooth and creamy and won’t settle into the lines of your lips. Wear time is typical and around 4 hours.

Dupes:   MAC’s Dynasty at Dusk Cremesheen Glass, which is permanent, looks similar in the tube but is lighter and less pigmented on the lips. It is pretty close, though.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Galaxy Rose

Galaxy Rose

Galaxy Rose

Galaxy Rose

Galaxy Rose:   Galaxy Rose is a “mid-tone violet pink” with a creamy finish. It’s a somewhat warm, medium-dark, bright, berry hued, reddened pink and has a creamy finish with no shimmer. The color payoff is really good but it does look cooler toned in the tube than it does on the lips. Coverage is awesome for a Cremesheen Glass and gives nearly full opacity. This is super creamy and feels smooth on the lips with no stickiness. With Galaxy Rose, I got a little over 4 hours of wear.

Galaxy Rose was also released with the Heavenly Creatures collection in Fall of 2012, so this may look familiar to you.

Dupes:   I can’t think of any glosses I own that are close to Galaxy Rose at all… This is a really unique color!

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Nectarsweet

Nectarsweet

Nectarsweet

Nectarsweet

Nectarsweet:   Nectarsweet is one of the new Cremesheen Glasses in this collection and is a “soft pink peach” with a pearly finish. It’s a light, warm, peachy nude with a golden/champagne shimmer. The only pink I see in this is when I apply it to my lips, and that’s likely just the natural color of my lips showing through! Color payoff is good, though it’s not as intensely peachy once applied. Coverage is good to, but is semi-sheer. It feels creamy and smooth and even though this is a lighter color, it won’t settle in lip lines or look milky. I got about 4 hours of wear before Nectarsweet started to fade.

Dupes:   Double Happiness Cremesheen Glass is permanent and is really similar!

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Pagoda

Pagoda

Pagoda

Pagoda

Pagoda:   Pagoda is a “frosted cool pink” with a semi-pearly sheen and is one of MAC’s permanent shades of Cremesheen Glass. It’s a light, cool toned pink with a very soft pearl. The color payoff is fantastic and is pretty much the same color in both the tube and on the lips. Coverage is nearly opaque, but not quite. The texture is very smooth and creamy, feeling a little thicker than some other Cremesheen Glasses, but not in a heavy, sticky way… This is probably due to the heavier, milkier type of coverage (which also makes it settle into the lip lines without a primer or lipstick underneath). I got about 5 hours of wear with Pagoda before I noticed any fading.

Dupes:   Pink Fade Lipglass is really close, but has more cool, lavender tones and no shimmer… That one was limited edition… Stay Sweet Lipglass from the Archie’s Girls collection is also close but lighter and had no shimmer. It was also limited edition. I can’t think of any dupes that are permanent at this time.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Playful Petal

Playful Petal

Playful Petal

Playful Petal

Playful Petal:   Playful Petal is a brand new shade and is described as a “electric magenta”… It’s a medium but soft, bright, cool toned pinky-magenta with a super iridescent, multidimensional shimmer that reflects fuchsia, blue, purple, teal, and pink. Playful Petal has a really unique type of iridescence to the base gloss color as well. Color payoff is definitely not as dark or bold as it is in the tube… It shows up brightest if you have naturally very pigmented lips to begin with. Coverage is minimal… It’s very sheer and you mostly just get the effect of the iridescent, multidimensional shimmer. The texture is lightweight and smooth. Wear time alone/over a primer was only about 2-3 hour but it did last longer when layered over a liner and/or lipstick… Playful Petal is actually best worn over something to add shimmer and a hint of color, rather than by itself.

Dupes:   Extra Amps Dazzleglass is a bit warmer, while Funtabulous Dazzleglass is more purple and cooler toned, and Love Alert Dazzleglass is warmer, brighter and more red/pink. Dazzleglasses also have a lot more shimmer, but it has the same kind of iridescent, super reflective particles.

Overall Rating:   3.6 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  2

Color Payoff:   3

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

Star Quality

Star Quality

Star Quality

Star Quality

Star Quality:   This Cremesheen Glass is a “bright orange coral” with a creamy type of finish. It’s a medium, warm tined pinkish coral with no shimmer. Color payoff is good but it looks more pink and less orange on the lips than it does in the tube since the natural color of lips show through a little bit. Coverage is semi-opaque… Not quite full coverage, but almost. The texture feels creamy and a little on the thicker side for a Cremesheen Glass, which also helps it wear longer! I got over 4 hours of wear before Star Quality started to fade away.

Star Quality is a repromote and was also released with the Reel Sexy collection in Spring of 2012.

Dupes:   There are’t any permanent dupes I can think of, although Fever Isle Cremesheen Glass from the Tropical Taboo collection (Summer 2013) is super similar in color, but has shimmer and is a little less pink.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

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

Temperature Rising was released as the major summer collection this year and came out in late May. It’s full of beautiful, shimmering, sultry color that all work very well together. Although it may be sold out at most locations, I know that some still have a few items leftover. Even if you can’t find these specific products, hopefully I can help you find something similar!

Temperature Rising Lipglasses 1

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Like the rest of the products from Temperature Rising, these Lipglasses have the matte bronze packaging and boxes. I love this packaging and prefer it to the brighter packaging that past Summer collections had. I feel like these look more mature and sexy, which is perfect for Summer!

Temperature Rising Lipglass Box

MAC Lipglasses typically give me about 4 hours of wear before I need to touch up. They’re a somewhat thick, slightly sticky formula, but the stickiness isn’t so noticeable after the Lipglass warms up and melts onto your lips a little bit. The texture of MAC Lipglass is very creamy, giving great color payoff and coverage. These, like other MAC Lipglasses, have a subtle vanilla scent but no taste. For a longer wear time, I suggest wearing a liner with these. You can also use something like Prep + Prime Lip to extend wear time and make these apply easily and not settle into the lines on your lips.

All of the Temperature Rising Lipglasses were limited edition, but may (cross your fingers) still be available at some locations. Due to the special packaging, these cost $16.50, rather than the typical $15, even though they contain the same 4.8 g / 0.17 US oz of product that other MAC Lipglasses do.

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Temperature Rising Lipglass Labels

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Lipglasses swatched on NC20 skin.

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

Liquid Passion

Liquid Passion

Liquid Passion

Liquid Passion

Liquid Passion:   This is a “creamy nude” with a creamy finish. It’s a light, warm pinky-peach toned milky nude. Like many light, milky glosses, this can settle into the lines on the lips a bit but Prep + Prime Lip seems to solve that problem. It has great color payoff, nearly opaque coverage and wears for about 3-4 hours before fading (longer with a liner). I feel like because this is so light, it’s best on pale to medium dark skintones.

If you want to wear this with a liner, I suggest Naked Liner or Subculture Lip Pencils for pale to light skintones or Etcetera Pro Longwear Lip Pencil or Spice Lip Pencil for light to medium dark skintones. You can also alter colors like this by wearing any kind of brighter liner. For a lipstick to layer under this, you can use any nude, pink, or peach, but Altered Beige (also from Temperature Rising), works perfectly with this Lipglass!

Dupes:   The best permanent dupes I could find for Liquid Passion were Myth (not as peachy), Peachstock (slightly darker), or C-Thru (lighter and more of a true nude).

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Rhythm

Rhythm

Rhythm

Rhythm

Rhythm:   Rhythm is a “vivid magenta violet with pearlized pigments” and a soft, shimmery finish… It’s a medium, slightly purple fuchsia with loads of multi-dimensional shimmer. Obviously it’s not as intense on the lips as it is in the tube… It gives more of a tint than anything, so I would definitely consider this to be semi-sheer. The color payoff is good, though, and definitely adds a bright pop of color to the lips. Even though this is sheer, I got a solid 3-4 hours of wear before it began to fade.

If you’d like to use a liner with this for more color or just to keep in in place, Magenta or Beet Lip Pencils look pretty, or you could even do Embrace Me if you have that one. You can also layer this Lipglass over Feel My Pulse Lipstick, also from the Temperature Rising Collection.

Dupes:   I can’t think of any permanent dupes for this, unfortunately… I know that Astral Cremesheen Glass from the Heavenly Creatures collection in June of last year was pretty close.

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Soft Serenade

Soft Serenade

Soft Serenade

Soft Serenade

Soft Serenade:   Soft Serenade is a “mid tone neutral pink with pearlized pigments” and has a very shimmery finish. It’s a medium, slightly warm, soft pink that’s full of pearly, reflective shimmer particles. It has great color payoff but isn’t completely opaque. I got 4 hours of wear before it started to fade.

You can use nearly any neutral or pink liner with this… Some you could try are Whirl, Soar, or Dervish Lip Pencils. You can layer this over nearly any nude or pink lipstick, including Altered Beige from Temperature Rising, or even Caliente or or Sheer Seduction if you’d like to tone those down.

Dupes:   Soft Serenade is nearly identical to Viva Glam VI Lipglass, which is permanent… Viva Glam V is also close, to play around with those and see which you prefer!

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Underdressed

Underdressed

Underdressed

Underdressed

Underdressed:   Underdressed is a “bronze plum with multi-dimensional pearlized pigments” and contains lots of shimmer! It’s a medium, warm, coppery plum with shimmery particles that reflect copper, pink, purple, and gold. The color payoff was good, although the coverage was only about 75% opaque. I did get a little over 4 hours of wear before I noticed any fading occurred.

As with Soft Serenade, there are a lot of liners you can use with this… Spice, Chestnut, Dervish, Soar, Whirl, and Plum Lip Pencils would all work, depending on what color in the gloss you want to emphasize the most. This looks very nice when layered over Caliente Lipstick from this same collection.

Dupes:   I honestly can’t really think of any glosses that are perfect dupes for this, but it’s somewhere between Money, Honey and Get Rich Quick Dazzleglasses from MAC.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

 

 

 

Part of MAC’s newest lip collection, So Supreme, includes a brand new, limited edition product… Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tints. You may remember the Sheen Supreme Lipglasses of the past, but these are a bit different…

Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tints

These new glosses have the same type of packaging as the Sheen Supreme Lipglasses that came out early in 2012, but are a heavier formula and lack the lightweight, classic glossy feel and shimmer that the previous Sheen Supreme Lipglasses had. That said, these are Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tints… So I don’t exactly think they’re meant to be a super glossy, intensely pigmented type of formula. MAC describes these as a “high shine, creamy lightweight formula that tints lips with long-wearing colour. PH pigments work with the body’s natural temperature for fresh, custom colour. Features clickable, pen-style brush applicator. Tint glides on effortlessly”. To me, these definitely differ depending on who is wearing them… As for how that has to do with PH or temperature, I don’t know exactly how that works, but it does seem to make a difference somehow. They aren’t as pigmented as you think they might be, unless you apply quite a bit of product with certain colors. Of course this isn’t a heavy type of gloss, so layering the product isn’t difficult to do and doesn’t feel uncomfortable or overly sticky.

In the tube these are nice, bright colors, but once applied, they give most people a hint of color, shine, and leave behind a bit of a stain. I actually like the fact that they stain because I feel like I don’t have to touch it up as often. One tip for application… These don’t wear very well over lipsticks. I’ve tried it and they sort of just wipe the lipstick off and smear it around. Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tints do best when worn alone, or with/over a liner. They have a pretty thick, tacky (but creamy) consistency that really clings to the lips well and wears for around 3-5 hours before needing a touchup. Alone, these give a nice, natural bit of color and sheen. However, if you apply too much without a liner, these can feather and bleed outside the lip line and cause some smudging. I prefer to apply a liner, then the Lipglass Tint. It gives it more definition, color, and keeps it in place longer!

The So Supreme collection was released Thursday, July 25th and is available now at MAC counters, stores and online at www.maccosmetics.com. All of the Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tints are limited edition. These contain 2.5 ml / 0.08 US fl oz of product and sell for $20.

TIP:   When you first get these, click them about 5-10 times, then set it upside down for a bit for the product to run to the end up the applicator. If it doesn’t appear, click 3-4 times at a time, then wait a moment before doing that again. Don’t make the mistake I did at first and click the tube 30 times, only to discover that your Lipgloss has pretty much exploded and half the product is in the cap next time you open it!

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Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tint Labels

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tints swatched on NC20 skin

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tints swatched on NC20 skin

Blushing Berry

Blushing Berry

Blushing Berry

Blushing Berry:   This is described as a “mid tonal cool red”. It’s a medium, strawberry red in the tube, while on my lips, it looked softer and more of a pinkish berry red. It has good color payoff and coverage without settling into the lines in my lips. As you can see, these don’t have a ton of shine, but I really like the way that Blushing Berry gave me a “my lips but better” sort of look. I definitely think this is something I’ll be keeping in my makeup bag at all times!

Overall Rating:   4 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   4

Bubble Gum

Bubble Gum

Bubble Gum

Bubble Gum

Bubble Gum:   Bubble Gum is a “soft warm pink”… On my lips, when applied lightly, it gave me a hint of a light, warm pink color that’s slightly milky but not in a way that settles in the lines of the lips. It gave really good color payoff and coverage for such a light lipgloss and seems to have more gloss than some of the other Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tints in this collection.

Overall Rating:   4 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   4

Glorious Intent

Glorious Intent

Glorious Intent

Glorious Intent

Glorious Intent:   This is a “warm plum” that is one of the deeper toned glosses in this collection. It’s a medium to medium-dark, somewhat cool toned berry color. It gives good color payoff with very little product (I don’t have much on in this photo), but I feel like Glorious Intent may not be as opaque as some of the other Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tints. It does give more coverage and color if you add more product and doesn’t feel sticky even if you have quite a bit on.

Overall Rating:   3.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   4

Gwi-Yo-Mi

Gwi-Yo-Mi

Gwi-Yo-Mi

Gwi-Yo-Mi

Gwi-Yo-Mi:   Gwi-Yo-Mi is a “midtonal raspberry”. It’s a soft, warm, medium pinkish berry color. On me, it’s like a brighter version of my lips, which I like. It gives good color payoff, although the opacity isn’t 100%. Overall, I really like this color and I think is probably one of the most natural and universally flattering of all the Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tints.

Overall Rating:   3.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   4

Heart & Seoul

Heart & Seoul

Heart & Seoul

Heart & Seoul

Heart & Seoul:   This Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tint is described as a “warm peach”. To me, this is a medium, warm toned, pinkish coral on the lips, although it’s much more orange/peachy on the brush. This gloss is pretty sheer, so the coverage isn’t fantastic, but the color payoff makes up for it and shows up well! This isn’t as glossy as some of the other tints in this collection, so it wears a bit longer.

Overall Rating:   4 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   4

Kiss, Kiss

Kiss, Kiss

Kiss, Kiss

Kiss, Kiss

Kiss, Kiss:   Kiss, Kiss is a “cool peach cream” with high gloss and fantastic color payoff and coverage. I didn’t have to apply much at all to get it to show up this well! I can’t say that I see any coolness to this… To me it’s more of a medium, warm peachy pink that looks more pink on the lips than on the brush. Either way, this is a great gloss and definitely worth adding to your collection!

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   4

K-Wow

K-Wow

K-Wow

K-Wow

K-Wow:   This gloss is described as a “soft cool pink”. it’s a light, milky, cool toned pink. Because it’s so light and milky, it can settle into the lip lines a bit, but it doesn’t do it nearly as much as normal Lipglasses do. Despite the fact that it’s so light and creamy, it gives amazing color payoff and totally opaque coverage with a high gloss finish.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   4

Simply Wow

Simply Wow

Simply Wow

Simply Wow

Simply Wow:   This is a “mid tonal cool mauve”. To me, this is a medium, cool toned rosy pinkish-plum. It gave good coverage with little product and looked nearly opaque, though not completely. The color payoff was also great. Simply Wow isn’t as glossy as some of the other Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tints, so it wears for quite a while without fading. Out of all the glosses in this collection, this was one of the best!

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   4

MAC released four new Lipglasses with the Fashion Sets collection… These all coordinate with Lipsticks, Lip Pencils, Eye Shadows, and Nail Lacquers of the same names. All of these colors are bright and unique, so this is a great collection that’s definitely worth checking out!

Fashion Sets Lipglasses

Fashion Sets Lipglass Labels

MAC Lipglasses typically give me about 4 hours of wear before I need to touch up. They’re a somewhat thick, slightly sticky formula, but the heavy stickiness isn’t so noticeable after the Lipglass warms up and melts onto your lips a little bit. The texture of MAC Lipglass is very creamy, giving great color payoff and coverage. These, like other MAC Lipglasses, have a subtle vanilla scent but no taste.

All of the Fashion Sets Lipglasses are limited edition. This collection is available online now at www.maccosmetics.com and will be for sale at MAC stores and counters on Thursday, April 4th. Each one of these products sells for the usual $15 and contain 4.8 g / 0.17 US oz of product.

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

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

Ablaze Lipglass

Ablaze Lipglass applied over Prep + Prime Lip.

Ablaze Lipglass applied over Prep + Prime Lip.

Ablaze:   This Lipglass is described as a “bright orange cream” with a hint of shimmer. It’s a medium, warm toned coral-ish orange with golden-coral shimmer. It applies very evenly with no patchiness and has great color payoff. It’s NEARLY opaque but not 100%.

Ablaze Lipglass is certainly more orange than the Lipstick is, but they work well together on their own and don’t NEED to be layered… You can also use this Lipglass layered over the Lip Pencil, which will make it wear longer (I got around 4 hours of wear alone)… Ablaze Lip Pencil is actually a closer match to the Lipglass.

As for dupes, Morange is creamier, more opaque and more orange. Eclectic Edge, which came out with the Styleseeker collection last fall, is close but has a lot more shimmer and is a brighter orange with less coral tones.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Embrace Me Lipglass

Embrace Me Lipglass applied over Prep + Prime Lip.

Embrace Me Lipglass applied over Prep + Prime Lip.

Embrace Me:   This Tinted Lipglass is also a “bright fuchsia cream” with shimmer. It’s a slightly cool toned, bright, medium, hot fuchsia pink with a very fine, iridescent type of fuchsia shimmer.

It’s more pinkish and warmer toned than the coordinating Lipstick but they look fantastic when layered. Like Ablaze, the Lip Pencil is actually a closer match to Embrace Me Lipglass than the Lipstick is. It applied opaque with good color payoff and gave me a little over 4 hours of wear time…. Embrace Me Lipglass went on evenly but felt a heavier than the other Fashion Sets Lipglasses, which is probably why it wore so well!

At first glance, I thought that Girl About Town Lipglass (which is permanent) would be a really good match, but Girl About Town is darker and more opaque… Although they look super close in the tube, they look totally different on the lips! Embrace Me Lipglass is truly unique!

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Heroine Lipglass

Heroine Lipglass applied over Prep + Prime Lip.

Heroine Lipglass applied over Prep + Prime Lip.

Heroine:   This Tinted Lipglass is described as a “bright purple cream” and has a soft iridescent shimmer. It’s a somewhat warm, pinkish toned, medium purple with fine, iridescent pinkish-purple shimmer.

Like most other MAC Lipglasses, Heroine gave me about 4 hours of wear before it began to fade. It’s only semi-opaque but has good color payoff. The pinker and more naturally pigmented your lips are, the brighter this Lipglass will look. The color isn’t really a perfect match to the Lipstick or Lip Pencil… It definitely adds something special to the look when layered over the Lipstick, but it’s a pretty Lipglass however you choose to wear it.

I honestly can’t think of a good dupe for this Lipglass… I’m sitting here digging through my kit but I just can’t find anything close! There are a few that look similar in the tube, like Revenge Is Sweet from Taste Temptations, but Heroine is MUCH darker on the lips!

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Silly Lipglass

Silly Lipglass applied over Prep + Prime Lip.

Silly Lipglass applied over Prep + Prime Lip.

Silly:   This Tinted Lipglass is described as a “bright pink cream” with no shimmer. It’s a medium, bright, creamy pink that looks slightly cool toned and blue-based once applied to the lips, although it looks warmer toned or at least more neutral in the tube. It’s a tiny bit cooler toned than the coordinating Lipstick is, but MAC matched these two products really well!

Silly is mostly opaque and gives fantastic color payoff. It feels thicker and creamier than many other Lipglasses so it applies easily and wears well… It wore for just over 4 hours on me before it started to fade. The only issue I had with this Lipglass is that it settled into the lines on my lips a tiny bit when I applied it without a primer, so I would definitely suggest using Prep + Prime Lip before you put on this Lipglass.

I can’t think of many Lipglasses that look similar to Silly… Pink Nouveau would probably be the closest but it’s more blue based/cool toned and is lighter and brighter.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5