Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

Overall, I really enjoyed that MAC came out with two new formulations/products, because I like seeing innovation in the company’s repetoire. In terms of whether or not they’re products I can’t wait to have? I can wait a bit longer. The 3D Glass comes in numerous gorgeous colors, and they should be thought as similar to lipglass in terms of opacity and color payoff, but with the texture of a lip gelee and lustreglass. I sort of was reminded of the way Vaseline feels like on my lips when I put on Boundless. I did wish that there were some more opaque colors, especially since some looked so great in the tube, but quite sheer in use!

Algorithm – This is a pretty purple, a very light version of Sexy Ray lipglass, sort of, with plenty of shimemr/glitter in it.
Apex – Very much an orange coral lip color, but easily sheered out and perfect for complimenting many lipsticks when paired with green looks.
Backlit – I have a thing for this color family, I think, very sheer, irridescent type glosses. I was briefly reminded of Vibrational lipglass (limited).
Boundless – Oh, how I fell in love with this color, just by sight. Sadly, I was a bit disappointed when I put it on my lips – quite sheer. It made my lips look slightly tinted, which is nice, but I guess I was hoping for a bit more color potency!
Energy – This just seemed really similar to Synched Up; kind of a pinkish coral with a lot of shimmer.
In 3D – A pinker coral than Energy/Synced Up, and way less orange than Apex. Pretty, but not too exciting – similar to Lychee Luxe lipglass with more pink.
Lightswitch – I just loved this one! I don’t particularly need to run head first to buy it, just because I have enough glosses similar to this, but it doesn’t keep me from wanting to make it an impuse buy. It’s like a pinker Luminary lustreglass!
Optical – Kind of dull, just didn’t catch my fancy, too muddied for me, I guess.
Racy – This is a really pretty pink color, and I imagine it makes for a lovely pink pout on the go.
Synched Up – As mentioned earlier, similar to Energy & In 3D; more pink glitter/sheen than Energy.
Touchpoint – A medium pink, which is sheer when swatched, so I picture this working mostly as a top coat on lipstick or as a very quick gloss for neutral days.
Wondershine – Pinks are always pretty, especially when they’re hot (the hotter the better, right?), but it was similar to Racy.

Brickmate – A warm brown in color with a good consistency.
Coral Craze – The perfect coral liner for one of my favorite lipsticks, Mari-sheeno!
Fuchsia Lining – I like this color a lot, because it will work wonderfully with dark pink and plum lipsticks, without being over the top.
Neutralzone – This is definitely going to be a MLBB color for some people.
Part Nude – A deep medium brown, cool, unlike Brickmate.
Pink Edge – Another great MLBB liner color, and it reminded me of Sweetie cremestick liner.
Plum Mate – More pigmented lips might find this a MLBB color, but it is a great liner color for deep plum lip colors.
Red Stroke – A softer red liner, which will go well with all those red lipsticks I have hanging around. Might not be great with matte finishes (if intended to stay matte), since it is glossy.
Rosebound – A less saturated pink liner with enough lightness to make it wearable.

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19 thoughts on “MAC Cosmetics – In 3d Collection Review, Photos, & Swatches

  1. K

    SO HELPFUL. Thank you!

  2. Jessie

    WOW! These look totally different on your skin than they come out on my lips… I suggest to everyone to TRY THEM OUT, they would be AWESOME over matte lipglosses (if you want to add some shine). I loved a lot of them actually.

    They look much different swatched on skin than on the face though… so don’t jsut by just these pics (even though they are super pics :))

    • That’s odd, Jessie! They look pretty much exactly the way they look on my skin… on my lips! LOL! They’re about the same in color, just sheerer in consistency.

      But thanks for sharing the tip! I always suggest people try things out if they can :)

  3. Rosa

    Are the pencils really that glossy? Hmmm. I’ll have to go check them out.

    Oh and do you usually match your liner to your lip shade? I’ve seen people use a sort of neutral red for most shades and I was wondering which worked better.

    • Yes, they are pretty glossy! :)

      I actually use Pink Treat cremestick liner for most of my lipsticks. Occasionally I’ll use Gingerroot, but more for the sake of variety. I also use Cranapple for red based lipsticks.

  4. Saundra

    Hi, I was wondering which 3D glass you would recommend for Sunmetal lipstick. I have been using Moonbathe l/g but would like something else also. The one thing I like about Moonbathe is that it is sheer so the metalic look of Sunmetal still shows through. So I guess I want one that is sheer with shimmer, but to add a little color but still lets the Sunmetal show, if that makes any sense. I generally don’t wear anything too pink as it just doesn’t do well on me.

  5. Carrie

    I finally got to my local MAC counter today, expecting to pick up Apex, and was surprised to find myself totally smitten with Energy. On me, it looks nothing like your swatch! (i’m an NW20 with fairly pigmented lips) It’s like a *very* gentle light coral-pink, very sheer, and goes great over the lipsticks and glasses I’ve tried it with so far (blankety, young spark, and my fave, florabundance) and makes them more flattering.

    also, i really like the small applicator that these have. i think i’ll have to collect more…!

    • Hey Carrie!

      It sounds really pretty on you! So I’m glad it worked out on you :) I’m actually not a fan of the applicator, lol! I think I must be one of the few who likes the sponge-tip ones.

  6. Kim

    What does MLBB stand for?

  7. Janis

    I’m not really fond of using different colored lip pencils coz they just don’t blend with whatever lipstick I use but I do use mac’s lip pencil in Spice and it goes well with whatever lipstick I use light or dark.
    I’m still about to check out the collection but looking at the pictures, I’m drawn to the coral shades coz I’m so into Coral lipsticks right now…I’ll surely get either Apex or Energy.

    • I’m kind of like you – I use Pink Treat cremestick liner for most lipsticks! :)

      I am so tempted by the gloss liners, though. Probably the novelty factor, though.

  8. Cristine

    Hi, i was wondering wich 3D lip color should i get, i have red hair, brown/hazel eyes and fair skin but my lips are on the redish side, MAC tells me to go for wondershine but i think it does not look good at all! Maybe its because i dont usually wear anything on my lips.?

    Thanks :)

    • If your lips are already pigmented, you could definitely try out In 3D for a great coral, Lightswitch for a sheer shimmer, or Energy, which a lot of people are loving right now.

  9. tabby

    I was wondering what font you used for these swatches?
    I really like it!!

    thanks =]