Thursday, September 25th, 2008

OVERALL, Cremesheens offer a good range of shades and hues, but definitely don’t offer replacements for all the amplified cremes being discontinued. The texture is smooth, but they’re not overly creamy or pigmented. Of course, some are more intense than others, so your mileage may vary depending on your natural lip’s pigmentation. Ultimately, I went in with high hopes, because I love lipsticks, but I wasn’t particularly impressed. None of the colors grabbed me in way that made me go, “OMG I WILL DIE WITHOUT IT!” and the texture wasn’t as creamy as I’d like. These don’t do a lot of sliding around once you apply them, which IS a good thing, though.

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  • Brave Red is a bright tomato-ish red. It’s creamier than the majority of the cremesheens.
  • Creme d’Nude is a sheer pinkish beige nude color, very warm, which is not always easy to find in a pink-beige. Because it’s not opaque, you can avoid the corpse-lip effect if you find that an issue from other nudes.
  • Crosswires is a decently pigmented coral kind of color, more pink-coral than orange-coral.
  • Dare You is a deeper, darker red, but not anything too dark. It has some brick red to it.
  • Fanfare is a creamy pale pink color with low level sheen.
  • Hang Up is the darkest of the cremesheens with its wine-berry shade.
  • Hot Gossip is a cool purple-pink kind of color. I don’t think it’d look particularly good on me, so even though it intrigued me a little, I passed.
  • Modesty is a pretty shade of nude beige with gold shimmer to it. I might go back to get this later.
  • On Hold is a reddish coral with peachy-gold shimmer. It’s pretty, but it’s not terribly unique, and in fact, looks similar to fellow cremesheen Party Line.
  • Party Line is a lighter, pinker version of On Hold.
  • Ravishing is an orange-coral with subtle gold pearl/shimmer. I was hoping to like this one, but I find it too orange-based for my complexion.
  • Speak Louder is the boldest, brightest pink. It reminds me of what tropical pink looks like. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of shimmer to this, just sheen.
  • Speed Dial is a pale pastel pink, some coolness to it, but it’s not overly so. It’ll be a nice go-to instead of Fun Fun, which is a cool purple-pink kind of shade.
  • Stay In Touch is the brownest of the cremesheens, but it’s more of a peach shade with brown to it.

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  • Seasonal Peach is a creamy peachy-pink color. It doesn’t look as bold as the promo photo when I put it on at the store, but we’ll see when I put it on later on.

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68 thoughts on “MAC Cosmetics Cremesheen Lipsticks Review and Swatches

  1. its weird — Fanfare looks much more coral-y on me. I love it though!!

  2. Cassie

    Which color do you think the model is wearing in the promo pic (with the phone)? It’s so pretty!
    Thank you :)

  3. Heather

    So which ones did you end up getting?

    • I got Hot Gossip (apparently, I don’t know what I was thinking, LOL), Speed Dial, Party Line, and Crosswires. They were more obligatory to-blog-about purchases than “OMG, I love this!!” purchases.

  4. Heather

    Oh, and I wanted to say that I LOVE the new font you’re using for labeling!

  5. whitnee

    does seasonal peach match ravishing the way it does in the picture?

  6. Smoke and Diamonds

    I heart Creme d’Nude!!!I got that color, Hot Gossip, Modesty and Stay In Touch!

  7. macaddict

    Same as for Suite Array, saw some of the Cremesheens a few weeks ago and even tried some of the darker coloured ones and wasn’t impressed. NOT amplified at all!!! I already have tons of lippies anyways, but, if I need l/s, I definitely will not buy those! The nice ones swatched form YSL look way better to me.

  8. Izek

    Now my wallet is doomed 😉 I NEED: Brave Red, Creme d

  9. Jen

    I ordered Creme d’nude and Ravishing, can’t wait to get them: )

  10. Thalia

    Would you say that Ravishing is more pigmented/darker than Missy? Cause I bought Missy and it was too light for my (naturally brown) lips.

  11. Nicole

    Modesty, Speed Dial, Fanfare and Party Line caught my attention. I have to check them in real, because I can’t wear warm tones and peaches and corals.

  12. DevilishDoll

    I want
    Hang Up
    Hot Gossip
    Speak Louder
    Speed Dial

    Will probably only get Hot Gossip and Modesty though.

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  14. kellie

    totally agree w/ your review of the nail polish. It looks nothing like the promo photo to me. Just looks like a normal pink. I didn’t see much shimmer in it.

  15. desert_sara

    I went and tried some of the colors today. I was disappointed and only grab 3 pearlglide eyeliners. I hope they come up with more colors in the future since it’s going to be a permanent line.

  16. lisa

    I’m loving ravishing, fanfare and modesty.

  17. kat

    Which amplified cremes are becoming discontinued? How do we know which products are becoming discontinued and when? Because sometimes I hold off buying something but if it’s going to disappear it may change my mind D:

  18. natasha

    thanks for the swatches :) how does creme cerise compare with stay in touch?

  19. Brenda

    Looks like I’m going to skip this one, but I heard that amplified cremes from all the MACs in the city (I wanted to make sure.) are most likely going to stay though I’m not certain if they were really certain about it though =/

  20. Alma

    Crosswires is very nice, but I think I’d rather get some pigments and eyeshadows..

  21. Rose

    hang up does not look at dark as i had thought. i was about to order it, too. i guess i should have known by the name ‘cremesheen’ oh well. at least i saved 14$

  22. LocaLoli

    I got creme d’nude(awsome!!!!!) and dare you(has a realy nice shimmer). Some of the pinks reminded me of already existing colors (Angel,Lovelorn)so I passed on those. Oranges and corals dont look good on myskin so none of those either. Im kinda wishing i got hang up tho might go back for that one.

  23. LocaLoli

    BTW! I asked the MA and she said they are not going to replace the amplified but thats just once source. I hope they dont.

  24. JillyB

    I bought On Hold. I was disappointed when I tried a couple of these on that they weren’t as creamy and moisturizing as I expected. I like the color but I probably won’t wear it as much as I do my Lustre colors.

  25. Erin/slipnslide

    Oooh, I think I need Dare You.
    That will be my first actual RED red! Hope it looks ok on me. 😀

  26. Annie

    I am so so SOOOOOO upset that amplified might be discontinued. My favorite lipstick of all time is Underplay – and this stinks that the new creamshines are not like amplified. Bad bad bad idea MAC..

  27. Rowan

    These colours are too warm for me :-( And I love amplified cremes, my favourite finish damnit! I hope they keep them. Bad enough they discontinued Powerhouse, the perfect red…

    • There were definitely a lot of warmer colors in this launch, I agree!

      I don’t know how they could discontinue any of the amplifieds… there are so many must-haves in the range.

  28. Tammy

    How does Speed Dial compare to Angel???? Thanks :)

  29. Andrea

    I picked up Creme d’Nude & Crosswires! I love them both! Creme d’Nude is probably my new HG!

  30. dawn

    When I saw them in the store I didn’t go crazy over them. The Amplified collection is so much better. LOVE them. sucks they are being discontinued.

  31. ludivia

    How do you compare Modesty and any other nude lipstick from MAC? Is it really similar with Hug-Me? Because Hug-Me is 100% perfect for my lips.
    Thanks :)

  32. ludivia

    wow I’m so excited to try it :), thanks!

  33. Susan

    I bought Missy last week because I loved the colour but it lasted seconds on me so was hugely disappointed but I’m thinking I might buy Ravishing, especially if it has more pigment.