Thursday, February 5th, 2009

OVERALL, Cremeteam introduces several nice shades of Cremesheen lipsticks to the permanent line, and they also launched limited edition Cremesheen glasses, which left me wanting. Cremesheen is a finish of lipstick that MAC introduced to us last year, and the finish might be described as fairly pigmented color with subtle sheen and low frost. They don’t have shimmer as far as I could tell either. The new shades of Cremesheen lipsticks add a nice variety of color the permanent lipstick range, and I definitely found myself liking the colors a lot more than some of the limited edition lipsticks from the past few collections.

As far as the new Cremesheen glasses go, I just can’t get on that train. Every single one of them is sheer in color, with some varying in pigmentation (the real test will be lip swatches, which I will do, but probably not until tonight, FYI). The finish and texture of the new glosses is almost buttery and quite creamy, so they do feel nice on the lips. For the price and quantity you get, I find it difficult to even recommend them, because the price alone just grates on my nerves. I’ll put a little price analysis behind the cut, so you can read that if you desire :)

Temptalia’s Recommendations

Must-Haves: Crosswires, Lavender Whip, Shy Girl

Nice-To-Haves: Creme Cup, Hang Up, Lickable

Skip: Fashion Scoop, Looks Like Sin

See individual, in-depth product reviews as well as some cost analysis…

Cremesheen Glass at $18.00

A regular MAC lipglass costs $14 and you get 0.17 oz. for your money. Cremesheen glass will run you $18 and you get 0.09 oz. for your money. It’s really hard for me to understand why it costs $4 more and yet you get nearly half as much. The packaging is different, but let me tell you, I’m happy with the packaging for lipglasses if it’s going to save me $4! If you found yourself running out of your Dazzleglasses quickly, I would expect these to go the same way. I didn’t really grasp why Dazzleglasses were priced so much higher than lipglasses when they were originally launched either, so please let me know if there’s some magic ingredient that hikes up the product cost (and yet not worth mentioning in advertising).

Cremesheen Lipsticks

  • Creme Cup is a medium-toned neutral pink. It’s pretty, and it’s brighter and pinker than a lipstick like Angel. It’s not quite as opaque as most other Cremesheens, but it has good color pay off compared to lusres and glazes.
  • Creme In Your Coffee is a deeper pink-mauve with brown tones to it. It’s a great way to try out a lipstick that’s more brown-based without going for something more obviously brown.
  • Lavender Whip is a pastel purple shade with a little bit of pink to it, but it’s pretty lilac-y to me. It has good color and pay off; and you bet, it does resemble Fashion Mews from Hello Kitty, but it’s not as light/pale nor as frosty.
  • Lickable is a bright hot pink with subtle sheen, not too much fuchsia in it either. It reminded me a bit of Girl About Town a little.
  • Hang Up is a subtle cranberry shade. It’s reddish without being a true red; it has enough berry tones to keep it dark.
  • Shy Girl is a stunning peach-nude color. I imagine it will be quite flattering on many different skin tones. I did find that this was the sheerest of the eight new (but permanent) Cremesheen lipsticks.
  • Spice Is Nice is a warm tan-brown shade, perhaps with a little rosiness to it. It’s not a shade I’d rock myself, but I know it would make a nice everyday shade for others.
  • Crosswires is a bold coral-red shade. It’s not an orange-based coral, for those who prefer that family of lipsticks. This is one of my favorite colors from the launch, even though it is a repromote.

Cremesheen Glass

  • Boy Bait is a mid-tone neutral pink (with almost a touch of peach in it).
  • Creme Anglaise is a berry-pink color.
  • Ever So Rich is a lilac-lavender shade, very sheer (so you better buy Lavender Whip if you want to emulate the promo photo!).
  • Fashion Scoop is a light, milky pink. It’s cooler, and it’s also much lighter than Boy Bait.
  • Looks Like Sin is a brownish-reddish color, but it’s obviously not a very red in color. This is the only one that bled into my skin (as you can see in the swatches). Despite being dark, the pigmentation is lacking when applied to my lips.
  • Melt In Your Mouth is a bright, springy shade of pink. It’s not hot pink, but it’s brighter than the other pink glosses in the launch, but it’s pinker than Creme Anglaise.
  • Partial to Pink is a warmer medium pink–more pop to it than Boy Bait–and it did seem a little more pigmented than the other choices from the swatch alone.
  • Petite Induglence is a fuchsia-pink, leaning very fuchsia and almost cool. It might pop in the swatch, but towards the edges, it sheered out and wasn’t giving me a ton of color.

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40 thoughts on “MAC Cosmetics Cremeteam Review & Thoughts

  1. thanks for the review, i think ill wait on the sugar sweet/grand duos collection to splurge on lol

  2. MissTiss

    I’m bummed about these too, even though my counter is releasing the collection late (not their fault…) I’ve heard enough not to want the glosses at all sight unseen. Booooo.

  3. DevilishDoll

    I know that the Dazzleglasses were more expensive because of the reflects glitter, but these have no reason to be more expensive. Especially since they look pretty crappy. Seems to me like MAC is just being greedy.

    • Ashley

      I know, it seems that they are just giving it that price tag because it’s in the same “larger” tube. What’s the net weight on these? I might B2M for one of the l/s but I’m skipping the glosses altogether.

      • kat

        and you’d think with the economy the way it is they’d lower the price to entice people to buy rather than raise it…. *shrug*

      • You get 0.09 oz. in these compared to 0.17 in a regular lipglass, so you get less. The tube is larger in appearance, but it doesn’t hold more.

    • Even though lipglasses have reflects in them, too :/

      • Kayc

        These lipglases are such rip-offs in my opinion.. I mean, CAD$21 for these little things are so NOT worth it.. I’d rather buy the regular lipglass for much less… and more product.

        Sorry if I sound frustrated… it’s just such a rip off lol!

  4. Jessica

    Thanks for the swatches! I wouldn’t pay the $21 CAD for this gloss…but I got one free with Back2MAC and I quite like it, mainly because it feels amazing on my lips and lasts longer than cheap drugstore lipglosses (but not as long as the regular, sticky lipglasses)

  5. nikki

    does anyone know how to emulate the pink color in the promo picture. the one to the right of the lavender lips.

    thanks in advance.

  6. cloudburst

    That sucks about the price considering the amount you get – it dosen’t make any sense! I’m also dissapointed that the l/g are so sheer…at least if they are going to jack the rpice they could offer a super pigmented gloss!

  7. Elle

    I knew the glosses wouldn’t be that great…the price tag turned me off from the get-go, but your analysis only solidifies the fact that I’ll never buy one. I did pick up Creme in your Coffee and Lickable, though, and I love both.

    • I can see picking up one for novelty, or to have, but you’re right, the price is SUCH a turn off. It’s MAC, it’s not upper high end. That’s what’s so great about MAC — it is more affordable than most other high end brands.

  8. Milan

    I got Lavendar Whip, Ever So Rich and Boy Bait…I’m highly irritated with the price for the glosses so I won’t be buying anymore of those. I do want to get Shy Girl l/s but I guess its no rush since they will be on the permanent line.

  9. There must be something wrong with my lips because the ones that I bought were not sheer.

  10. Avatar of milaxx Ann

    I bought lavender whip and ever so rich last night on a whim. I’m an NC55 and I was really surprised at how pretty this looks on. One thing though, if you have a used dazzleglass, swap out the brush. personally I find the sponge tip applicator does apply Cremesheen Glass as well as the brush tips do.

  11. Hm, the Cremesheen Glasses cost me only $17.50 in-store, so not sure why online it says $18. I also found that Lickable was a little lighter than Girl About Town. I only know that because I returned Girl About Town for being too red-ish and got Lickable.

  12. Tekoa

    I got Boy Bait because I was curious about the formula. I wish the tips weren’t sponge form.

  13. Sej

    A lot of companies now are selling less product at higher prices. It is deceiving because they change the packaging so it looks like you are getting more or the same amount, but the amount of product is less. This is very common with foods like cereal and peanut butter, but also with beauty stuff like lotion and shower gel. =/

    • It really disappoints me to see MAC doing it, just because their niche is partially that they’re high end makeup and feel, but they’re not as expensive as true high end (like NARS or Stila).

  14. Rita

    I’m so drawn to these purples and lavenders, but I suppose they are not for me since I’m a redhead with some freckles?

  15. Liz

    I am so tempted by Lickable; you said these would be permanent, so if I want to spend my money on HK now I could come back to this later? :)

    your blog is AMAZING, by the way. I wasted hours on it last night when I should’ve been writing a paper. It was so much more interesting than Machiavelli!! :)

    • From what I’ve heard, all but Lavender Whip lipsticks are perm — but just the cremesheen lipsticks, the glosses are all LE!

      LOL, I’d rather be blogging than doing school work myself ;)

  16. Jody

    Awesome review, I am so glad I found your site!!! I am going to try Creme cup lipstick, which lipglass do you think would be best?

  17. Andrea

    I just bought Shy Girl and it really is lovely on the lips!!!! I am wearing it today with Love Nectar and it looks really great!