Sunday, April 29th, 2012

MAC Russian Red Trio
MAC Girl About Town Lipglass over Lipstick; Nail Lacquer

MAC Fashion Sets: Lipglass Review Round-up

Of the sixteen Lipglasses in this launch, it ended up being a mixed bag. A lot of the common problems seen from the thicker formula of Lipglass came up, and these tend to be seen more often in lighter, milkier shades. These lighter shades tend to apply unevenly and settle into lip lines. Darker shades tended to be more opaque and less problematic, though the less opaque they were, the more unevenly they applied.

Lipglass is a heavier, thicker, and very sticky formula (it is often my benchmark for how sticky a gloss is–many readers have experience with the formula, so it often works as a global reference point), which doesn’t mean that it’s bad, but I know that it specifically does not appeal to some for those very reasons. I think the thickness could probably be improved upon as more and more glosses have come out and have a lighter feel that’s more comfortable and wears just as long and as well–it’s more a sign of improved and more refined formulas in the past decade. MAC has shown it themselves with their gloss extensions and limited edition formulas.

This opinion does not change or have any impact on the overall rating, which is about the product and its quality and relevant metrics in relation to quality. I don’t think the lipglosses are necessary if you own or love the lipstick version and do not typically wear gloss alone or are only really seeking out the gloss to pair with the lipstick. The lipsticks are very opaque on their own, so they do not need a semi-opaque or opaque gloss on top to help it along. What the glosses really do is add glossiness, which can be achieved with clear gloss. If you want to mix your favorite lipstick-now-gloss shade with other lipsticks or wear it on its own, then some of the shades can certainly be worth purchasing.

The top-performing shades were: Girl About Town, Impassioned, Morange, Russian Red, and Spice (A- — no lipgloss received an A). Good but not great shades were: Angel, Please Me, Rebel (B+). The most under-performing shades were: Saint Germain (C); Chestnut and Myth (B-).

Availability: Based on the information I have received from MAC, the distribution of these shades is regional. I cannot confirm the extent of non-regional shades being available online for your region (e.g. whether all of these will be available on the UK website). I can confirm only that for North America, all shades are available for purchase online. Only the North America-specific shades will be available in-stores on May 3rd, 2012. Select Macy’s will also carry Latin America & Middle East region-specific shades.

North America: Chestnut, Girl About Town, Myth, Rebel, Russian Red, Snob, Spice; only Russian Red is permanent
Asia Pacific: Angel, Morange, Impassioned, Peachstock, Ravishing, Razzledazzler, Saint Germain; all shades are limited edition
Europe & Africa: Impassioned, Morange, Myth, Rebel, Russian Red, Saint Germain, Spice; only Russian Red is permanent
Latin America & Middle East: Girl About Town, Impassioned, Morange, Pink Nouveau, Please Me, Russian Red, Snob; only Russian Red is permanent

Reviews, Photos, Swatches

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MAC Fashion Sets: Lipglass Review Round-up

B
I would stay away from some of the lighter, milkier glosses that are on the opaque side (sheerer is better for lighter shades), but the more opaque, darker shades may be worth checking out if you want to wear it over non-matching lipsticks or on its own.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

Results
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Dupes
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Please note that the photos included in this post are for summary purposes only–there are four additional photos for each lipstick shade that have been excluded in this post but are available in the set’s original post: two product photos, one lip swatch (diffused flash), and one lip swatch (studio lighting).

See more photos & swatches!

MAC Angel Lipstick
MAC Angel Lipglass

MAC Angel Lipstick
MAC Angel Lipglass

MAC Chestnut Lipstick
MAC Chestnut Lipglass

MAC Chestnut Lipstick
MAC Chestnut Lipglass

MAC Girl About Town Lipstick
MAC Girl About Town Lipglass

MAC Girl About Town Lipstick
MAC Girl About Town Lipglass

MAC Impassioned Lipstick
MAC Impassioned Lipglass

MAC Impassioned Lipstick
MAC Impassioned Lipglass

MAC Morange Lipstick
MAC Morange Lipglass

MAC Morange Lipstick
MAC Morange Lipglass

MAC Myth Lipstick
MAC Myth Lipglass

MAC Myth Lipstick
MAC Myth Lipglass

MAC Peachstock Lipstick
MAC Peachstock Lipglass

MAC Peachstock Lipstick
MAC Peachstock Lipglass

MAC Pink Nouveau Lipstick
MAC Pink Nouveau Lipglass

MAC Pink Nouveau Lipstick
MAC Pink Nouveau Lipglass

MAC Please Me Lipstick
MAC Please Me Lipglass

MAC Please Me Lipstick
MAC Please Me Lipglass

MAC Ravishing Lipstick
MAC Ravishing Lipglass

MAC Ravishing Lipstick
MAC Ravishing Lipglass

MAC razzledazzler Lipstick
MAC Razzledazzler Lipglass

MAC razzledazzler Lipstick
MAC Razzledazzler Lipglass

MAC rebel Lipstick
MAC Rebel Lipglass

MAC rebel Lipstick
MAC Rebel Lipglass

MAC russianred Lipstick
MAC Russian Red Lipglass

MAC russianred Lipstick
MAC Russian Red Lipglass

MAC saintgermain Lipstick
MAC Saint Germain Lipglass

MAC saintgermain Lipstick
MAC Saint Germain Lipglass

MAC snob Lipstick
MAC Snob Lipglass

MAC snob Lipstick
MAC Snob Lipglass

MAC spice Lipstick
MAC Spice Lipglass

MAC spice Lipstick
MAC Spice Lipglass

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

MAC, $14.50 each for Lipglass.

Is it limited edition?

All shades are limited edition except Russian Red.

Any dupes?

See individual shade!

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense in #20, 21, 22, 23. On cheeks: Benefit Sugarbomb OR On eyes: Tarina Tarantino Emerald Eyeshadow Palette (Glinda's Kiss, Dandy Lion, Ozma, Very Wicked), Tarina Tarantino Spark of Envy Eyeliner. On cheeks: Sisley L'Orchidee Palette.

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9 thoughts on “MAC Fashion Sets: Lipglass Review Round-up

  1. Liz

    Wow, I really want spice.  In general I’m just not a fan of MAC, but that looks promising.  

  2. Avatar of Kate Kate08

    I just ordered Girl About Town and can’t wait for it!

  3. Amber8

    Thank you for taking the time to review all these products. Not just this collection but all the makeup, nail polish, and everything. I almost never buy a product with out reading your review first. You have saved me so much disappointment and money. Thank you Christine.

  4. Alina

    aw i wish girl about town was available in australia!Christine, if a particular ‘set’ isn’t available in stores for our region, does that mean we will be able to buy it online from our specific MAC website? 

  5. JazzyFresh22

    I need to make my way to the MAC store. I went to Macys, but they only had part of the collection- Girl About Town, Pink Nouveau, Snob, Impassioned, Morange , and Russian Red. I so want Spice, Rebel , and maybe Impassioned

  6. Nikki

    The only other color that is missing from this collection is Up the Amp.  I would do anything to have that shade in gloss form…*sigh*
     
    I just ordered Impassioned and Pink Nouveau, and I am planning to visit my local counter to swatch Girl About Town to make sure I love it as much as the pictures make me love it! @Christine (Temptalia) Is the lipglass version of GAT noticeably brighter than the lipstick in reality as it appears in your photos?  I have it in lipstick form, but I am not that fond of it against my skin tone because it appears to come off as a deep, burgandy pink, which makes me look much older in my opinion.  I am hoping it will be more wearable in lipgloss form!