Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

MAC Budding Love Lipglass
MAC Budding Love Lipglass / Force of Love Lipglass

MAC Chen Man Love & Water Collection: Lipglasses

There are two limited edition MAC Lipglasses ($14.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) in the new Love & Water Collection: Budding Love (pale lavender) and Force of Love (vivid honeysuckle pink). They, obviously, coordinate with the lipsticks–the descriptions are even the same.

Budding Love is a softly blue-based milky pink with soft white and pink shimmer. Because it’s a milkier shade, it does settle into lip lines and doesn’t always look perfectly even once applied. MAC Enchantee is very similar but streakier and has no shimmer. MAC Infinitely Likeable is a yellower pink. MAC Viva Glam Gaga is a bit lighter. MAC English Accents is pinker.

Force of Love is a yellow-based medium-dark pink with white sparkle. It has semi-opaque color coverage with some settling into lip lines. Chanel Pink Pulsion is darker, less opaque. MAC Electro Lush is darker. MAC If It’s Pink… is brighter, more fuchsia. Chanel Pink Teaser is similar but has gold shimmer.

MAC Lipglasses are a sticky, thick gloss, so they have a tendency to wear for four hours.  They’re vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste.  I’m not a big fan of this formula when the shade is more pastel, as it tends to settle or have a streaky application, which was the case with Budding Love, though it’s not the worst I’ve seen.  Force of Love has less coral in it compared to the coordinating lipstick, so if you layer this gloss over the lipstick, you’ll pull out more of the pink tones.

The Glossover


MAC Chen Man Love & Water Collection: Lipglasses Review, Photos, Swatches

Budding Love settles noticeably into lip lines because of its lighter but more opaque color--it would be better over a lipstick than worn alone. Force of Love can be worn alone or paired with another product as there is a lot less settling.











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MAC Budding Love Lipglass
MAC Budding Love Lipglass / Force of Love Lipglass

MAC Budding Love Lipglass
MAC Budding Love Lipglass

MAC Budding Love Lipglass
MAC Budding Love Lipglass

MAC Budding Love Lipglass
MAC Budding Love Lipglass

MAC Budding Love Lipglass
MAC Force of Love Lipglass

MAC Budding Love Lipglass
MAC Force of Love Lipglass

MAC Budding Love Lipglass
MAC Force of Love Lipglass

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

MAC Cosmetics, $14.50 each (March 1st).

Is it limited edition?


Any dupes?

See individual shade review! :)

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: MAC Sweet & Sour Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (has fall out issues), Burberry Trency Eyeshadow, Tarina Tarantino Spark of Envy Hyper Dream Liner, Hourglass Film Noir Mascara. On cheeks: Tom Ford Love Lust Blush. On lips: varies based on product swatched, so see the label beneath the photo.

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28 thoughts on “MAC Chen Man Love & Water Collection: Lipglasses Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Daisy

    I get a little let down whenever I see the new colors coming out of MAC now. It may just be me, but there is ALWAYS a pale milky one that looks not exactly…good.

    • Sarah

      I completely agree! It seems like they are really pushing the whole milky lipglass trend, and all of them settle into liplines. Glad I’m not the only one who noticed that!

  2. Courtney

    Force of Love lipglass surprises me. You’d think it would be more coral. Looks like a nice shade to make one look more awake. I’ll give it a try.

  3. force of love is soo pretty!

  4. Joanna

    Force of love is gorgeous!!!!

  5. Melissa

    Force of Love looks so beautiful and corally in the tube, but on your lips, Christine, it appears more cool-based. Hmmm, I will have to reserve further judgement until it is released to the public. Budding Love does look interesting, but appears to be extremely similar to Revlon’s Lilac Pastelle. Considering that I have Lilac Pastelle, I am not sure that BL would be a wise investment since I don’t wear that shade on my lips on a regular basis. Still, I look forward to viewing this collection.

    • My lips don’t have any warm tones (probably neutral to cool, since they are grayish-mauve), but my skin tone has yellow undertones – so when something is over lips, you’re not getting any of that warmer undertone coming through :)

  6. Nikki

    what are you wearing on your cheeks? 😀

  7. Jill

    Force of Love is really pretty! I’m happy you can actually see the pigment, a lot of the lipglasses sometimes just look close to clear or lightly pigmented. This one is really pretty, and definitely on my “to buy” list.

  8. Frances

    Is it just me, or does this seem like a half-baked version of the Shu Uemura/Wong Kar Wai Dance in Glitter collection?


    Just me, then.

  9. Shayna

    I’m tempted to get the Budding Love gloss or l/s so I can tone down the yellow in VG Niki.

  10. Nikki

    ps: you spelled lipglass with 3 S’s (: hope this helps!

  11. Yumi

    nooo! force of love is pushing my “no more lipglosses” resolution!

  12. artemis

    they look bad :(

  13. Shivangi

    Love the second one!

  14. Liz

    It’s cute that they have a lipglass counterpart for the lipsticks, love Budding Love lipglass too, it’s so pretty,. =)

  15. sarah

    Oh my goodness Christine what blush are you wearing in the photos with the swatches? It’s absolutely stunning on you!!!

  16. Lucy

    did you layer any of these lipglasses with their lipsticks Christine?

  17. Amy

    Would you recommend one of these to someone with pale skin and blonde hair? Thanks(:

  18. Quenchetta

    I can’t wait to get force of love lipglass tomorrow .. Waiting on ups lol if I didn’t see it on you I would have never considered it thanks so much!

  19. renee

    hi christine~

    i wonder budding love is similar to MAC Ever so rich ?

    i waiting for your answer.

    always thanks you~!