Thursday, August 2nd, 2012


MAC Cremesheen + Pearl

Spring and Summer Linger into Fall

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl is a new collection now available online (and will hit stores on August 9th) that features eight lipsticks (all with Cremesheen finishes) and seven Cremesheen Glasses. All fifteen lip products are new, but here’s the surprising news: they’re also permanent! This post features these four lipstick shades: Coral Bliss (frosted light coral), Japanese Maple (frosted light beige), Peach Blossom (frosted cool nude), and Pink Pearl Pop (frosted midtonal pink).

Yesterday, I tested as many of the products for wear as I could fit into the day, and I will continue to test additional shades today (so you might see some updates or rating changes if anything performs significantly above/below past Cremesheens).  Cremesheen lipsticks typically wear between three and four hours on me, with some of the really dark shades lasting up to six hours (think Hang Up).  The formula is thin, barely creamy, and tends to deliver semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage. It’s supposed to be a hydrating formula, but they’re typically not drying or somewhat drying on me.  They are vanilla-scented, like other MAC lipsticks, but have no discernible taste.

Coral Bliss wore for three and a half hours, while Pink Pearl Pop wore for three hours.  Though not reviewed in this post, I wore Shanghai Spice as well, which lasted four hours. My lips felt a little dry after wearing these three back-to-back.  Watch this space for any updates, as I plan to test a couple more shades later today.

Here’s some food for thought: why does MAC make all of these new shades permanent? Why not make some popular limited editions permanent? These aren’t even tested on the market, though I think they’re all general enough to work as everyday shades, so I don’t think they’ll do badly. I’m just surprised by what MAC will make permanent sometimes. I can’t be the only one who thinks this way!

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MAC Cremesheen + Pearl: Lipsticks Review, Photos, Swatches (Part 1)

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I know many readers love Cremesheen finishes--if you find these hydrating, I don't think these felt any different compared to the many other shades of Cremesheen MAC has put out. I consistently find they are less comfortable on my lips, just slightly drying, and they don't glide on as easily as other finishes.

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MAC Cremesheen + Pearl

MAC Coral Bliss Lipstick
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MAC Coral Bliss Lipstick
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MAC Japanese Maple Lipstick
MAC Japanese Maple Lipstick

MAC Japanese Maple Lipstick
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MAC Japanese Maple Lipstick
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MAC Japanese Maple Lipstick
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MAC Japanese Maple Lipstick

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MAC Japanese Maple Lipstick

MAC Peach Blossom Lipstick
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MAC Peach Blossom Lipstick

MAC Pink Pearl Pop Lipstick
MAC Pink Pearl Pop Lipstick

MAC Pink Pearl Pop Lipstick
MAC Pink Pearl Pop Lipstick

MAC Pink Pearl Pop Lipstick
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MAC Pink Pearl Pop Lipstick
MAC Pink Pearl Pop Lipstick

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No.

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See individual shade review! :)

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: Too Faced Smokey Eye Palette (Firefly, Cloves, Up in Smoke), Burberry Trench Eyeshadow, Tarina Tarantino Spark of Envy Eyeliner, Lit Cosmetics Beach Baby Glitter. On cheeks: Guerlain Chic Pink Blush Duo.

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65 thoughts on “MAC Cremesheen + Pearl: Lipsticks Review, Photos, Swatches (Part 1)

  1. TMBJessxox

    Ooh! I love them all, espesh coral bliss and pink pearl pop! Need to get my hands on some of these!

  2. All of these shades are gorgeous–and while I’m not a big lipstick wearer, I can see myself wearing Coral Bliss, Japanese Maple, and Peach Blossom. I completely agree on though–they’re pretty but also pretty basic. Why on earth do they choose ALL of these when they have such popular items like the Volcanic Ash Exfoliator that they bring back time and time again but refuse to make permanent?! And it’s a SKINCARE item! For the LOVE OF GOD–why would you make a skincare item LE?!? It’s ridiculous to release a product as LE that you already KNOW people love, yet you continue to make them stockpile it in large quantities so they can make it until the next time it pops up in a collection. I was just having a conversation with someone about this and I thought I was all ranted out–looks like there’s sill some steam :D

  3. nataliehayes10

    do you know why has mac increased their prices?

  4. Sexy Sadie

    Nope, not doing it for me.

  5. Yisel

    Love how the lipsticks look on you! My fave has to be Coral Bliss! I will be purchasing that one, can’t wait to see the glosses :)

  6. I won’t be buying these right now but I foresee Coral Bliss Lipstick replacing my beloved Ever Hip shade in the future.

  7. iamforart

    These colors look absolutely gorgeous on you!

  8. yellowlantern

    Well I’m glad the frost isn’t over the top! I might consider some of these. They’re so wearable.

  9. samgo

    I am constantly looking out for the possibility of MAC Hibiscus
    lipstick being made permanent (or at least coming back long enough to
    get a couple of extra tubes), from the Surf Baby collection last year.
    It’s my absolute favorite lipstick and to this day I can’t find any real
    dupes for the color. While I can eventually send off a sample to Three
    Custom Color specialists to get it made for me, I just wish MAC would
    take some of their stuff that ACTUALLY WORKS and make it available to
    their customers, rather than rotating new collections every 3.4 seconds.
    I am cautiously hopeful for these new shades, at least.Thanks, Christine, as always!

  10. ChelleBelle

    These don’t look all that frosty!! So glad they are permanent.

  11. Neha

    Why can’t MAC make Thrills, Port Red, Queen’s Sin,Hibiscus, Sail le Vie, VG Cindy , Dark side permanent. Or introduce some stunning shades in brown, peach, red, corals. You are absolutely right Christine, they should make the popular ones permanent. I have to bid those on ebay everytime at double price coz they disappear like ghosts from online store. MAC, make yourself richer,please listen to us! 

  12. mag12690

    So far, I don’t see any that I MUST have:-/

  13. hheartme

    Your makeup here is just amazing! I think I may have to cave and check out those Tarina Tarantino eyeliners and that blush is giving you such a wonderful glowy look! :)

  14. StephanieT

    I love coral bliss and Japanese maple!

  15. Elka

    Not a single one from this update I would even consider purchasing.  Seriously peach and coral?  I am fair NW15 per MAC and look washed out bleh with fleshy toned lipstick. You look lovely actually and I see the shimmer and change but honestly my lips are not going into a macro shot.  { something my husband reminds me of whenever I ooh and ahh over subtle shimmer in a nail polish o.0 }  Would it have been so hard to throw in a plum or red?

  16. MIRIANV

    it’s strange to me how similar some of these are (in both posts)

  17. Nicole139

    Would you say that Japenese Maple is similar to the Revlon Lip Butter in Creme Brulee?

  18. Nicole139

    Would you say that Japanese Maple is similar to the Revlon Lip Butter in Creme Brulee?

  19. afroditi

    they need to add a matte purple colour in their permanent line (something like heroine) and something like viva glam nicki which will soon stop being available!i don’t get why they chose those shades,that aren’t anything spectacular, let alone that they are all cremesheens! No mattes?No amplifieds?

  20. Coral Bliss and Peach Blosom look gorgeous. Too bad they’re a bit drying.

  21. Gina

    How interesting that MAC spent the whole press release of this collection emphasizing the frost in these lipsticks, and I barely see a speck of shimmer when these are applied to the lips. I much prefer it that way, and I might pick up a few of these now, but I find that very odd!

  22. sabrinajaine

    They kind of all look the same! Coral Bliss and Pink Pearl Pop are pretty though. Thanks for the review :)

  23. KaseyCannuck

    This should be called the MLBB collection as most of the colours are barely there.  I also can’t understand why this is coming out with the fall launches…these colours are all pale and summery.  Maybe to stock up for next summer??

  24. Boycotting the thoughtlessness and creative standstill.

  25. xamyx

    I get the whole Cremesheen collection, and it makes sense, but MAC could have gotten by with 3 of these shades, and maybe added some deeper shades, and not necessarily gave it a “theme”. Or, if they felt they *needed* to go with a theme, why not take 7-10 of the best-sellers that were LE, and make them permanenet (since they know they will sell), and call it a “Best Of” collection.

  26. Jenn Tozzi

    Christine these all look amazing on you! I wanted to skip them all but you are tempting me!!! Glad they are permanent so I can wait!

  27. Gabriella L Elliott

    As soon as I got the email they were online, I went straight online and thank God you had swatches up! They all look easily dupable. Oh well! Thanks Christine!!

  28. Hanny Kim

    personally ,not impressed at all about this collection . hope MAC will make nice plum or dark rosy brown colour collection something … this year cosmetic companies make more darker colours for fall compared with last year … i feeling it , seems like goingback to late 90s style tho. anyway MAc also will make kind of those colour soon!! :)

  29. Coral Bliss is perfection on you, Christine! :) Thanks for the amazing swatches and review as always x x

    • Alex

      BPJ_Ellie My thoughts exactly! Everything usually looks good on you, but that color looks like it was made for you :)

  30. yellowlantern

    How similar is Coral Bliss to Cut a Caper? It perhaps looks a bit lighter, peachier going by the photos. 

  31. CaitlinRobertsonWillard

    i honestly don’t understand how every color you swatch looks fantastic on you! you are beautiful!

    • pinkcloud

      I agreed. I think Christine had a natural soft pink lip color and all the lipstick colors looks beautiful on her. Love your pouty lips Christine. Not forget to mention your perfect skin complexion. I am so jealous..:-)

  32. iheartmakeup01

    how does coral bliss compare to mac flamingo?

  33. yellowlantern

    Sorry to keep bugging you, but does Japanese Maple look similar to Patisserie? 

  34. I’m…dare I say it…bored with this collection. They all look too similar to me. And none of it screams fall! 

  35. Vanillasnow

    Unfortunately, I can’t really pull off any lipstick colours other than shades like these in this collection, so I’m really hyped about it.  I prefer my dramatic eyes with a neutral lip, so I don’t mind these “boring” lipstick shades!  I really like Coral Bliss but I just purchased Cut a Caper, so it’s hard to justify both (although I REALLY wanted Flamingo).  Otherwise, I like every colour swatched here and I think there’s enough (though subtle) differences that they all read as different colours to me.  Sigh… want them all!

    • yellowlantern

      Vanillasnow I’m in the same boat. I only seem to be able to pull off these kinds of colors too. (And I also really wanted flamingo when it came out, but consoled myself with Cut a Caper when it was re-released with Heavenly Creature!) I don’t really think these shades are just dupes of each other. They’re all similar in that they are soft, wearable colors, but they’re not all the same shade.

  36. jackytheripper

    I can’t decide which ones to buy!! I love all of these shades, they’re so soft and wearable…easy to dress up or just slick on casually. Love!

  37. Bernice

    I love how your studio lighting pictures have improved even more! They’re awesome!

  38. Belen

    I agree with the studio lighting comments, these are your best quality pictures by far. Keep it up!

  39. Michelle Lorraine Diaz

    I agree. I would like to see more plum violet shades for fall.

  40. prettymaking

    These seem a lot nicer than the new Cremesheen lipglasses they will be releasing.

  41. lisune

    I can’t decide between getting coral bliss or razzledazzler off evilbay! i’m NC20 with pigmented lips but i look terrible with lighter lip colours, they make my lips look massive and out of proportion with my face! help! do you think that they can be substitutes for each other?

  42. lisha

    I really only lik pink pearl pop and peach blossomi feel like they would be too light for my lips though…

  43. Debbie

    NOT pleased. Went out and purchased Coral Bliss – but on my pigmented lips, it doesn’t look like much. Just a hint of pale pink, no coral to speak of. Ever Hip worked way better for me.
    FYI there are a couple of Flamingo lipsticks on Ebay … oh but so expensive!
    I didn’t get the chance to try it out but now I am skeptical, it may not appear as bright on me; as a matter of fact the result may even be the same :(

  44. Saartje

    I love your blush!! Is it a Mac blush?

    • On eyes: Too Faced Smokey Eye Palette (Firefly, Cloves, Up in Smoke), Burberry Trench Eyeshadow, Tarina Tarantino Spark of Envy Eyeliner, Lit Cosmetics Beach Baby Glitter. On cheeks: Guerlain Chic Pink Blush Duo.

  45. JO

    I agree with what you said about mac making these permenant…it does seem a bit strange when they havent been on the market before….and yet things that have been released as LE before and are very popular e.g. starflash eyeshadows / lollipop loving lipstick are repromoted 2 or 3 times over but the whole time LE…seems very odd to me lol

  46. Sophia

    why does MAC make all of these new shades permanent? Why not make some popular limited editions permanent?: maybe MAC wants to keep them ”limited edition” so that people will run to the store every time they come out with a collection…if they make them permanent they will not be ”special” anymore :S

  47. Jess

    Is Coral Bliss identical to MAC Blossom Culture? :)

  48. Anna

    I like Coral Bliss. It is really opaque? I want one that’s thicker and opaque but a color like that.