Saturday, April 28th, 2012

MAC Saint Germain
MAC Saint Germain Lipstick, Lipglass, Nail Lacquer

MAC Saint Germain Lipglass, Lipstick, Nail Lacquer

MAC Saint Germain Lipstick ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) has been such a top-seller that it has now inspired a Lipglass ($14.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) and Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) to complement it. This shade is part of the Asia Pacific and Europe/Africa regions of the collection, so it will only be available online for North American buyers. Saint Germain is described as “light cool pink.”

The lipgloss is slightly lighter, and because it’s not as opaque, the two definitely don’t look the same when applied. The nail lacquer is blue-based as well, and it’s just a smidgen darker than the lipstick and lipgloss, but it is pretty close. When you layer the lipgloss over the lipstick, the result is a slightly pinker color overall, because the lipgloss is just a bit lighter. The gloss creates a more uneven appearance, though; kind of looks like air bubbles in a way.

Saint Germain Lipglass is a milky pale cool-toned pink. It is semi-opaque, but it applies fairly unevenly and settles into lip lines quite a bit. This is not a gloss that looks really good on its own, so it is best layered over a more opaque product. MAC Pink Nouveau is darker, not quite as cool-toned. NARS Coeur Sucre is darker. MAC Enchantee isn’t as pink or as cool-toned. (6.5, 8, 8.5, 8, 3, 4; C)

Saint Germain Lipstick is a pale pink that’s very blue-based, so it almost looks a little lilac-pink. It has an amplified creme finish, and it is part of the permanent range. The color coverage is opaque. MAC Pink Friday is just a little darker. MAC Viva Glam Gaga is not as blue-based. MAC Snob isn’t as blue-based and almost has a gray-tint in comparison. MAC All Styled Up is pinker, not as cool-toned. (9, 10, 9, 8.5, 4.5, 4; A-)

Saint Germain Nail Lacquer is a light-medium pink with blue undertones. It was mostly opaque after two coats, but the formula was incredibly streaky, even on the second coat. It was on the thicker side, so it did pool a little bit along the sides. Zoya Rory is similar in color but has a lot of shimmer/glitter. MAC Pinkly Fresh is lighter and not as blue-based. Essie French Affair is lighter, less blue-based. MAC Ice Cream Cake is the closest, but it’s a bit darker–it shares the same strength of cool undertones, though. (7, 8.5, 8, 9, 3, 4; C+)

MAC Lipsticks are vanilla-scented but taste-free.  I usually get four to six hours of wear out of Amplified Creme finishes, but Saint Germain is on the shorter end of that, because of its pale, light color.  It tends to look a bit chalky as the wear goes on, as the subtle sheen wears away faster than the color does.  MAC Lipglasses are also vanilla-scented but taste-free. They are very sticky and have a thick, borderline-goopy consistency. If you prefer gel-like, cushion-y glosses that feel lightweight on, I don’t recommend MAC Lipglass. Because of the tackier texture, MAC Lipglasses do tend to wear a full four hours on me, with some of the darker shades lasting up to six hours (with mostly the color lingering at that point).

Note: I am reviewing each “set” together. After I’ve reviewed all sixteen sets, I will do round-ups for each product type (so all lipsticks together) to deliver an overall Glossover rating. This rating is more indicative of the product type, as the rating that follows this post is an average across three totally different types of products. You can also see the individual scores listed after each product, which are listed in the same order as they are in the Glossover.

The Glossover

product

MAC Saint Germain Lipglass, Lipstick, Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

B-
Saint Germain has always been one of those colors that readers either really love or really hate. Despite the light, pale color, it's very bold--because of that strong blue undertone that makes it look brighter on the lips. It can be tougher to pull off but with a really dark smoky eye, it can be lovely. The lipgloss and nail lacquer are skips for me--the quality is not there.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

3.5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!

See more photos & swatches!

MAC Saint Germain
MAC Saint Germain Lipglass, Lipstick, Nail Lacquer

MAC Saint Germain
MAC Saint Germain Lipglass layered over Saint Germain Lipstick, Saint Germain Nail Lacquer

MAC Saint Germain
MAC Saint Germain Lipglass layered over Saint Germain Lipstick (Diffused Flash)

MAC Saint Germain
MAC Saint Germain Lipglass layered over Saint Germain Lipstick (Studio Lighting)

MAC Saint Germain
MAC Saint Germain Lipglass layered over Saint Germain Lipstick

MAC Saint Germain Lipglass
MAC Saint Germain Lipglass

MAC Saint Germain Lipglass
MAC Saint Germain Lipglass

MAC Saint Germain Lipglass
MAC Saint Germain Lipglass

MAC Saint Germain Lipglass
MAC Saint Germain Lipglass

MAC Saint Germain Lipglass
MAC Saint Germain Lipglass (Diffused Flash)

MAC Saint Germain Lipglass
MAC Saint Germain Lipglass (Studio Lighting)

MAC Saint Germain Lipglass
MAC Saint Germain Lipglass

MAC Saint Germain Lipstick
MAC Saint Germain Lipstick

MAC Saint Germain Lipstick
MAC Saint Germain Lipstick

MAC Saint Germain Lipstick
MAC Saint Germain Lipstick

MAC Saint Germain Lipstick
MAC Saint Germain Lipstick (Diffused Flash)

MAC Saint Germain Lipstick
MAC Saint Germain Lipstick (Studio Lighting)

MAC Saint Germain Lipstick
MAC Saint Germain Lipstick

MAC Saint Germain Nail Lacquer
MAC Saint Germain Nail Lacquer

MAC Saint Germain Nail Lacquer
MAC Saint Germain Nail Lacquer

MAC Saint Germain Nail Lacquer
MAC Saint Germain Nail Lacquer

MAC Saint Germain Nail Lacquer
MAC Saint Germain Nail Lacquer

MAC Saint Germain Nail Lacquer
MAC Saint Germain Nail Lacquer

MAC Saint Germain Nail Lacquer
MAC Saint Germain Nail Lacquer

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

MAC, $14.50 each for Lipstick and Lipglass; $16.00 each for Nail Lacquer.

Is it limited edition?

Yes, unless specified in the post.

Any dupes?

See individual shade!

What makeup are you wearing?

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.

Discussion and debate are highly encouraged, and we expect community members to participate respectfully. When asking a question, please check the FAQ section (above) for information about purchasing, price, dupes, and the like. If you have general feedback or need technical support, please contact us.

Comments that include advertisements, self-promotion, insults, etc. may be in violation of our comment policy and subject to deletion. Please see our comment policy for more information.

29 thoughts on “MAC Saint Germain Lipglass, Lipstick, Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Fra

    Well, maybe this colour is not for anybody, but I think these collections are great! are any of these going to be sold in Italy?

  2. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Rachel Rachel

    I just so do not get the appeal of this color and the many dupes it has.

    • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Gina Gina

      It can look beautiful on girls who are very pale and cool toned. Especially with a smoky eye, as Christine said. It may not work for everyone, but for some, it works very well! :)

    • I have very fair skin (NC10) and Saint Germain is one of my favorite pink lipsticks to wear. Because I am so pale, the lipstick doesn’t have such a stark contrast against my skintone the way it does with women who are deeper (NC25 and up)

  3. Melody

    I expected the gloss to be uneven but I’m still pretty disappointed.  I really like Saint Germain but the gloss is a pass.

  4. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Mariella Mariella

    Some time ago, St. Germain showed up in the “Good byes” section of the Cdn. MAC website and from the inadequate swatch and the description, I almost ordered it.  Seeing these pics, though I am so glad I didn’t as it would have been a complete and unslavageable disaster for me.

  5. IlariaDiva

    I have this lipstick and I absolutely love it. ♥ Such a gorgeous pink, and quite unique too.

  6. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Alannah AlannahRose

    This is a very unique shade!  Love the gloss on you.

  7. i always wanted to try st.germain….it looks really pretty!

  8. yep these shades are disastrous on me..Snob as well..   I’ve learned my lesson. ;-0)

  9. babiixlov3

    thanks for the reviews!! but sigh.. i actually don’t like any of the colors for north america except for SNOB… i’m in love with all the sets for asia pacific, and some from the european sets.. 

  10. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Kafka Kafka

    I bought this about 10 days ago, the first MAC lipstick in a long, long time. I fell in love with the colour online and searched everywhere for it just to hear they were sold out. I was so excited to get it, even though it’s not a matte lipstick and on me, the colour is not as milky or lilac-y on my lips as it is on yours. It’s very pretty though. Alas, this just does NOT stay on me. Maybe I drink too much Diet Coke nonstop, but I doubt that’s the problem as other MAC lipsticks have managed to stay on relatively long (at least, for MAC). 3-4 hours, generally. St. Germain, in contrast, will maybe last 1.5 to 2 hours. 1.5 to 2!!!! Actually, I think that is a gross exaggeration. It’s probably more like 1 to 1.5 hrs. Words cannot describe how utterly disappointed I am.  I think I’ll stick to my Pink Nouveau if I have to wear a MAC pink lipstick.  

  11. Jennifer D

    I wear these types of colors, but I do blot them to melt them into my lips. With a full on swiping back and forth I cannot imagine being able to talk to someone at work. I put my fave on one from Manic Panic that is so much like this color before blotting and my husband looked at me like I was nuts, but it does look good when blotted and a little darker lip liner blended into the lipstick without it being noticeable. I like the lipstick in small increments, but I agree with Christine, the lip gloss seems to leave some spots waiting for the gloss to appear:) Have a good night everyone.

  12. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Maureen maureenmojen

    oh no no no no no.

  13. Romantic Lily

    Hi there Christine,
    How do the St. Germain and Snob Lipglasses compare to Mac Chen Man”s Budding  Love lipglass? Thanks!

  14. Romantic Lily

    Hi there Christine!
    How do the St. Germain and Snob lipglasses compare to Mac’s Chen Man Budding Love lipglass? Thanks!

    • Emme

       @Romantic Lily I don’t have Snob, but Saint Germain is milkier, paler and has blue undertones, no shimmer. Budding Love is a bit darker, more opaque, with silver shimmer and mauvy undertones. Hope that helps!

  15. lizyviolet

    I always love Saint Germain. I’m excited on its lipglass and nail lacquer version. Thank you for your review!

  16. Antonella Anger Bua

    dont like SG,look awful on me!

  17. Sabrina

    I’d like to try this but I’m a bit intimidated by such a pale yet bright pink! it looks hard to wear, but I guess with it being very cool/blue toned it will suit fair skin tones? 

  18. Lola Cavendale

    This color is WEIRD on lips…

  19. Emme

    I ended up buying the lipglass today. I never thought such a cool blue-toned pink could work on me, but it actually looks very lovely and a lot more wearable than the lipstick. I could never get away with the colour and opacity of the lipstick. And to think I thought the Viva Gaga lipglass was pale and blue-toned, lol.
     
    I really, really wanted Snob and Angel lipglasses, but the are not available in Europe. The only option would be to pay the horrendous prices on evilbay. :(

  20. Redlipsticknshots

    Im sorry but I most definitely have to disagree st. Germain looks gorg on medium to dark skin tones I’m an NC45 in mac and st germain has been one of the lip colors I e gotten the most compliments in #justsayingladies

    • Emme

       @Redlipsticknshots  I think it probably depends on your overall colouring and your skin’s undertones. :) I have brown hair, brown eyes and my skin has yellow undertones. The lipstick looks awful on me. It’s definetely not an easy colour to pull off. ;) But I really like the gloss! The formula is kind of thick and extra sticky, but after a few minutes it really melts into my lips without settling into lines and it really stays!

  21. Melissande

    Hi christine! Can I ask you what your shade is in mac?