Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

MAC Explicit Lipglass
MAC Explicit Lipglass

The Sultry Season: MAC Explicit Lipglass

MAC Explicit Lipglass ($14.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a sheer taupe-brown kind of lipgloss.  It’s gray, it’s taupe, it’s the grayest mauve.    I think Explicit is such an interesting shade, and it works really well layered over darker, vampier shades for some shimmer and glossiness while not reducing the boldness of the lipstick itself.  Worn alone, it darkens my natural lip color just a touch while adding a ton of taupe and light brown shimmer on lips while the base color is rather sheer.  Like all MAC lipglasses, it is one of the stickier glosses on the market and has a vanilla scent.

Is this the right brown for you? Would you wear it?

The Sultry Season is a series of posts featuring deep, rich shades of brown, berry, plum, and wine lipsticks and lipglosses — just right for autumn — that runs through October 2010.

See photos and swatches…

MAC Explicit Lipglass

MAC Explicit Lipglass

MAC Explicit Lipglass

MAC Explicit Lipglass

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36 thoughts on “MAC Explicit Lipglass Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. I love that you review so many colors during the seasons themes that I’ve always wondered what they really look like! Since the MAC swatches on the website are so off, and really any make-up website usually is, these are always helpful and interesting!

  2. Nicole

    Ooooh, I want this!! I think I need to start making a list of things I want from the Sultry Season. LOL.

  3. Jennifer

    OHHH! I have this one too! It’s one of my favorites plus spirited is great 😀

  4. Christine

    I used to always wear this gloss in high school. I was thinking about picking it up again. Now I definitly am.

  5. Very pretty. This may be the shade I’ve been looking for.

  6. Sam

    Love it! Is it perm?

  7. Darcey

    Looks like a frosty version of chai. Very pretty!

  8. Carrie Ann

    Oh, no. Now there’s another MAC Lipglass I want. :)

  9. Diana

    I used to wear this EVERYDAY! I wore it over Odyssey Lipstick and loved it, but I branched out and totally forgot my love for this lipglass…may have to purchase it again.

  10. I’ve been looking at Explicit (and Chai) every time I pass by the lipglasses in MAC. Ha ha. It’s a really interesting color in the tube, but I don’t like silver-y shimmer, so it’s a pass.

  11. Emily

    Do you think someone with pale NC15 skin can pull of taupe or brown lips?

  12. Yvonne

    i’m not getting this too much. just looks like a clear gloss with sparkles….

    Could you maybe do a look with a vampy berry shade and this on top per your post? I’d like to see how that’d look!


  13. Jen

    Funny you posted this. I just found my barely used tube of this last week and started using it again the other day. I love it!

  14. Jazz

    Ooh I like ! I think I want it

  15. cloudburst

    Explicit is my favourite Lipglass shade of all time. Yes!

  16. Kathie

    My favorite. I pair it with Chestnut lip pencil and blend.

  17. Cheyenne

    Wow this would be a pretty xmas season color. It’s so glittery and pretty, it reminds me of the holidays!

  18. Lellogollilla

    I wonder, Christine did you find this to be paticularly frosty? It looks like it in the photo of the product, not so much on your I thought it could be the angle? what did you think?

    • It’s really, really shimmery. I don’t know if I’d say frosty so much as packed full of shimmer – but I could see someone calling it frosty.

  19. SiaM

    Gorgeous, one more to my wish-list!!!

  20. inaya

    wow! it looks so much better on the lips than in the tube

  21. Michelle


  22. Isn’t it amazing how gorgeous this looks on your lips?
    The swatch does not look nearly as pretty as the colour on your lips.

  23. Luisafer

    Love this lipglass!!! think is in the range o my favorite shade for lips, but different =O)

  24. Ginna

    Wow I’m NC 50 or so and it looks super silvery on me. I’m pretty much over the shade (reminds me of the silver version of Oh Baby). I like it on you though!

  25. Deb

    Ooh! Thanks for reviewing this shade, I would have never known about it otherwise! I want to get it and layer it over MAC O lipstick.

  26. Diana

    This is exactly the color I’ve been looking for!!!!!! Thank you!!!

  27. Marcela

    I wouldn’t even bother swatching this lipglass by just looking at it in the tube. but it’s actually gorgeous! thanks, christine =)