Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

MAC Japanese Spring Cremesheen Glass
MAC Japanese Spring Cremesheen Glass

MAC for Daphne Guinness Cremesheen Glass

MAC Cremesheen Glass ($18.50 for 0.09 oz.) sees the launch of four shades as part of the Daphne Guinness collection (due in-stores on December 26th). The four shades are: Borealis (pale gray pink with iridescent pearl), Japanese Spring (pale dirty pink), Narcissus (dirty eggplant), and Richly Revered (deep brown plum). They’re all limited edition, though Richly Revered is a repromote and still available online now from when it last launched.

  • Borealis is a milky bluish-white with gold and copper micro-shimmer. It’s semi-sheer–you can see a lot of natural lip color, but it’s still milky enough that it lightens lips. MAC Chillin is similar.
  • Japanese Spring looks like a pale blue-based pink with a milky appearance when swatched. On lips, it doesn’t read quite as cool, but it is very milky, pale, and does settle into lip lines a bit. MAC Viva Glam Gaga is more opaque. Shiseido Pop Life is shimmery and not quite as blue-based.
  • Narcissus is a magenta purple (not sure where they came up with “dirty eggplant”) that’s nearly opaque in color coverage. It’s a creamy color, and because of its opacity and intensity, it doesn’t look like it settles into lip lines. MAC Athena’s Kiss comes the closest, but it is pinker.
  • Richly Revered was reviewed here.

Cremesheen Glass is a formula that glides onto the lips easily, feels comfortable without being thin or thick, and tends to be on the sheerer side in color, though both Narcissus and Richly Revered are rather opaque. It’s non-sticky (as compared to Lipglass, which is very thick and sticky), and it typically wears two hours or so on me before wearing away. Each tube seems large, but it only holds 0.09 oz., which is about half the size of your average lipgloss.

The Glossover




When Cremesheen Glasses are more opaque, they look better on lips as they don't settle into lip lines or look as uneven as the lighter colors do, as they have a tendency to settle into lip lines and apply unevenly. I'm not a fan of the wear time, though, which is only two hours or so, whereas the average gloss lasts three to four hours on me.











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MAC Japanese Spring Cremesheen Glass
MAC Japanese Spring Cremesheen Glass

MAC Japanese Spring Cremesheen Glass
MAC Japanese Spring Cremesheen Glass

MAC Japanese Spring Cremesheen Glass
MAC Japanese Spring Cremesheen Glass

MAC Japanese Spring Cremesheen Glass
MAC Japanese Spring Cremesheen Glass

MAC Japanese Spring Cremesheen Glass
MAC Japanese Spring Cremesheen Glass

MAC Japanese Spring Cremesheen Glass
MAC Japanese Spring Cremesheen Glass

MAC Narcissus Cremesheen Glass
MAC Narcissus Cremesheen Glass

MAC Narcissus Cremesheen Glass
MAC Narcissus Cremesheen Glass

MAC Narcissus Cremesheen Glass
MAC Narcissus Cremesheen Glass

MAC Narcissus Cremesheen Glass
MAC Narcissus Cremesheen Glass

MAC Narcissus Cremesheen Glass
MAC Narcissus Cremesheen Glass

MAC Narcissus Cremesheen Glass
MAC Narcissus Cremesheen Glass

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MAC Cosmetics on December 26th, $18.50 each.

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See individual shade review! :)

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63 thoughts on “MAC for Daphne Guinness Cremesheen Glasses Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Kelly Marie

    Hey Christine, is Japanese Spring similar to Fashion Scoop? Maybe a little more blue-based? Thanks!

  2. Courtney

    Ooh…Narcissus is prettier than I thought. I shall have to try that one on.

  3. dzhenie o

    I love narcissus. But hate how purple lipcolors make the teeth look yellow :( have to pass up on these ones

  4. Roxanne

    I’m really liking Narcissus and IMO thinking it would look great on top of Mac’s Violetta lipstick too :)

  5. MAC Narcissus Cremesheen Glass is Gorgeous!

  6. Edelmc

    Narcissus looks amazing!

  7. amanda

    MAC Narcissus Cremesheen Glass
    looks beautiful on you.

  8. Rosa

    “When Cremesheen Glasses are more opaque, they look better on lips, as the lighter colors tend to settle into lip lines and look uneven overall”

    Is there a typo here? Or maybe I’m misinterpreting it.

  9. Vanessa

    I am liking Narcicuss,kinda reminds me of a pinker,brighter up the amp version of a gloss. Hey Christine btw I was wondering is the natural winter collection And the glamglass collection still coming out next month? Xoxo

  10. Gina Vargas

    i cant wait for Narcissus…i will totally be using on top of REBEL

  11. slick

    Japanese Spring looks really similar to Going Casual from In The Groove….can you compare Christine?


  12. Marina

    Narcissus is gorgeous!

  13. tulika

    hey Christine, loving the photo’s. I was wondering what blue eyeliner are you wearing in these photo’s? it really compliments your brown eyes!

  14. Susanne

    I’m sorry but i don’t like lipglasses or glosses at all! They never stay put but they look lovely on a pic though πŸ˜‰

  15. Hmm, Japanese Spring looks like Smashbox’s Pout, which looked very much on my lips like JS looks on yours (kind of patchy, sheer, settling into lines). The only use I can find for it is over-top of lipsticks, where it sometimes adds a very nice tone and finish.

  16. Deb

    Loooove Narcissus! Thanks for reviewing!

  17. Lindz

    Im so sick of Mac making milky pinks. Sorry this is a very negative comment, but in my opinion they’ve made too many this year.

  18. Josie

    How does Japanese Spring compare to MAC’s fashion scoop or ever so rich cremesheens?

  19. Jill

    I agree with you on the wear time of Cremesheen lip glosses–it is kinda sucky! But Narcissus is so pretty I may have to break down and suck it up anyway. I really LOVE the color! It’s got nice payoff for a Cremesheen!

  20. Narcissus looks kinda how I wanted Revenge is Sweet l/g from the Venomous Villains collections to look…

  21. Maddie

    Christine, I have a problem with my lips being too washed out with light, milky, pigmented lip glosses because I’m so fair (NW15). Do you think the Japanese Spring CremeSheen is pigmented enough to make my lips look washed out? Thanks!!

  22. OH MY GOSH NARCISSUS. SO SO BEAUTIFUL!!! I wish there was a dupe I could buy instead since I’m both broke and too cheap to buy this ^_^;

  23. Veronica

    I like Narcissus a lot. It looks like it would be quite pretty over MAC’s Violetta. :)

  24. Jackie

    Love the makeup you’re wearing in these photos – can you do a breakdown?

  25. Natalie

    Wow, you look beautiful! For a few weeks now I have noticed that you have been looking pretier than ever. The makeup is flawless! Can you list the products you’ve used? Especially the foundation and the blush. I’m in love with it!
    Do you have a new skin routine?
    Something is defenitely different, for the better!

  26. artemis

    narcissus is cute on you

  27. Lady

    Hi Christine,
    You always look amazing! And, I love both of them; but I think Narcissus would be my fav. Just one quick question, what are you wearing? your makeup looks flawless. Can you tell us? Please.
    Seriously, tell. <3

  28. Cassy

    your earring looks so cute!!

  29. Adelita

    Narcissus looks like my fave type of pink, but I’m afraid it seems to have the exact same color with my Essence Stay With Me Long-Lasting Lipgloss in I Like Cotton Candy #05.

  30. Lilinah

    These two, at least, reminded me of lip products from the Quite Cute collection, and i bought waaay to much QC (and proud of it :-), so i felt i didn’t need Japanese Spring or Narcissus.

    I thought i’d go for Borealis, but it was also quite sheer and reminded me of some other grey-pink MAC glosses i have, so i passed

  31. AnGeLwInGz

    Narcissus works but the other two are crap.

  32. Katrina King

    The first two look like they would only be good over lipstick, because they apply unevenly. Thank you for showing the close ups, since they look fine from a distance and terrible up close.

  33. Tiffany

    I love Narcissus and it looks beautiful on you

  34. Nikki

    Hello! I was wondering if you will be posting the rest of the CG Lip Perfection swatches. Your website is amazing!

  35. On a completely unrelated topic, Christine, I love your earrings!

    Now that that’s out of the way, I am completely underwhelmed by these shades…

  36. Jill

    Narcissus is beautiful! Must have it!

  37. Karana

    You look pretty in Narcissus and that earring is too cute! My guess is that narcissus wil sell out quick.

  38. Jill

    Hi Christine! In the Borealis pic, what are you wearing on your cheeks? It looks so pretty and glowy!

  39. Bailey

    Can you please take a picture of the back of the boxes, to show the ingredients? I am trying not to buy products with parabens in them. Thank you so much <3

  40. Kelly

    In the Japanese Spring picture, what do you have on your eyes? The look is gorgeous!!

  41. Aly

    Narcissus reminds me of Playtime so much.. Haha

  42. Nay

    These are finally in Australia.. I LOOVED Narcissus in person (More than I thought I would..) and japanese spring looked soooo pretty.. but it barely showed up any colour once applied so I didnt see much point… I find the texture too annoying for me.. I dont like sticky glosses, my hair gets stuck in my hair and argh just annoys me lol. Christine, Do MAC have a non sticky formula in any gloss??????