Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

MAC Wonder Woman Lipglasses
MAC Wonder Woman Lipglasses: Athena’s Kiss, Emancipation, Secret Identity, Wonder Woman

MAC Wonder Woman: Lipglasses

MAC WONDER WOMAN LIPGLASS ($19.50 for 0.37 oz.) include four shades: Athena’s Kiss (bright blue fuchsia), Emancipation (pale neutral pink), Secret Identity (mid-tone copper with soft pearl), and Wonder Woman (bright red with soft pearl). All four shades are new and limited edition.

  • Athena’s Kiss is a semi-opaque cool-toned fuchsia pink with white and fuchsia shimmer. It is more pigmented than Electric Fuchsia. It’s a touch darker and less creamy than True Babe.
  • Emancipation is a semi-sheer, champagne-shimmered pale beige. It is similar to Feeling Dreamy, Runway Fave, more pigmented Bare Necessities.
  • Secret Identity is a semi-sheer rusted orange with lighter orange shimmer. It applies rather unevenly, though. It’s a darker version of Kumquat.
  • Wonder Woman is a semi-opaque true red with gold shimmer. I really, really wanted to love this, but it applied a little unevenly and didn’t look as opaque on my lips as it did when swatched. It is less blue-based compared to Wicked Ways. It is also similar to Venetian, though more pigmented.

my thoughts on the formula: MAC Lipglasses are vanlla-scented, and they are typically thick and sticky. However, because of their tackiness, they do tend to wear better and longer (four hours for me). The Wonder Woman Lipglasses feel pretty thick, but they seem slightly less tacky than is the norm.

These are jumbo-sized, and for the extra $4-5 on the price tag (lipglass is normally $14.50, but with the special packaging, they would be $15.50), you are getting over double the amount in a regular lipglass (0.17 oz.). In essence, you are paying $52.70/oz. instead of $85.29/oz.

I did have trouble with these over-sized lipglasses, though.  Every time I went to pull out the applicator, a dollop of gloss would find its way on my desk, pants, or carpet.  Even when I gently and slowly pulled out the wand, it still occurred.  The fit is rather tight, so I suppose when you pull out the wand, the gloss has to go somewhere…

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  • Product: 26/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 3/5

final thoughts: Emancipation and Wonder Woman should suit many skin tones from light to dark, cool to warm. Athena’s Kiss is workable on most, but it does complement cooler complexions more. Secret Identity is most suitable to warmer skin tones, because of the orange.  If you have thin lips, you probably won’t find the over-sized applicator so fun.

where to buy: MAC Cosmetics

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MAC Wonder Woman Lipglasses
MAC Wonder Woman Lipglasses: Athena’s Kiss, Emancipation, Secret Identity, Wonder Woman

MAC Wonder Woman Lipglasses
MAC Wonder Woman Lipglasses: Athena’s Kiss, Emancipation, Secret Identity, Wonder Woman

MAC Wonder Woman Lipglasses
MAC Wonder Woman Lipglasses: Athena’s Kiss, Emancipation, Secret Identity, Wonder Woman

MAC Wonder Woman Lipglasses
MAC Wonder Woman Lipglass

MAC Wonder Woman Lipglasses
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MAC Wonder Woman Lipglasses
MAC Wonder Woman Lipglasses: Athena’s Kiss, Emancipation, Secret Identity, Wonder Woman Swatches

MAC Wonder Woman Lipglasses
MAC Wonder Woman Lipglasses: Athena’s Kiss, Emancipation Swatches

MAC Wonder Woman Lipglasses
MAC Wonder Woman Lipglasses: Secret Identity, Wonder Woman Swatches

MAC Wonder Woman Lipglasses
MAC Athena’s Kiss Lipglass

MAC Wonder Woman Lipglasses
MAC Emancipation Lipglass

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MAC Secret Identity Lipglass

MAC Wonder Woman Lipglasses

MAC Wonder Woman Lipglass

Product & Review FAQ

When and where can I purchase? How much is it?

MAC Wonder Woman will be available in-stores on February 10th, 2011 (North America) and March 2011 (International). It will be online approximately February 8th, possibly as early as the 7th. Many stores are holding unveilings on February 1st--call your local store to ask (or ask if they know of any in your area) to RSVP. PRO stores generally launch collections one week prior, so February 3rd, 2011. The collection will be available at all counters and freestanding stores. $15.50.

Is it limited edition?


When will you review X?

I will review everything as soon as humanly possible. I'm working as quickly as possible to get through the process. Thank you for your patience!

Any dupes?

See individual shade reviews.

What are you wearing in the full face photos?

MAC Valiant Eyeshadow Quad, MAC Pink Power Mineralize Skinfinish on cheeks, MAC Army of Amazons Opulash Mascara, and the lips are as indicated below that particular photo.

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142 thoughts on “MAC Wonder Woman Swatches: Lipglasses Review, Photos

  1. Lena

    Whoa, the WW applicator looks like a football compared to the regular one! For some reason that makes me want it more :p

  2. Nicole

    Do you think the Dame Edna Gladiola lipstick is a good dupe for the Wonder Woman Spitfire lipstick?

  3. abby

    Christine the closer photos of your lips are very clear and shows the texture and the colours really well. Very impressive of how detailed you did the swatches in this collection. Thanx so much for your hard work :)

  4. Oh gosh, I love them all! Also I know you didn’t change your settings b/c of lateness & rush to get these out, but I LOVE how the photos look! I prefer it!

    Thanks for humping to get all of this out Christine. I really appreciate everything you do.

  5. jasmine

    athena is sooooo pretty

  6. Banan

    hmmmm…I think I’ll have to try them in person….

  7. Ali

    I wasn’t sure I would like the Wonder Woman lipglass just from the tube, but it looks to be hugley flattering and more muted than I anticipated. Secret Identity also looks different on the lips, much better than I thought it would be and I will now absolutely have to try them both! Thanks for the photo’s – very helpful!

  8. OOOH Christine did you get a new camera/lens? Or is it the lipgloss? Lol

  9. Carrie Ann

    They’re all pretty, but the wands seem like such a pain. I’m a little torn about these.

  10. Svetlana

    Athenas Kiss and Emancipation are the two I’ll be getting. Christine, how would you compare Wonder Woman lipglass to Chanels Extrait de Gloss in Exces?

  11. Dawn

    Loving Athena’s Kiss! Am I likely to be able to use it all before it goes ‘off’ though? Wonder Woman is surprisingly sheer, but sometimes that’s not a bad thing, depending on your colouring.

  12. Ryou

    I’m thankful for my huge lips now! I’m probably going to put my name on the waitlist for Wonder Woman lipglass now, even though the price will probably be closer to $30 once it gets here. >:

    At least it’s going to make it to my country at all, the last collection they had here was The Tartan Tale. Yet they’re required to put up the poster to collections such as Cham-Pale that didn’t make it in. >.<

    Thank you for your hard work Christine! We really really appreciate it. =)

  13. jazmin

    what foundation are u wearing?? ur skin looks flawless!

  14. Bernice

    OMG Christine those larger lip photos look even better than usual! They really pop out on the screen!
    Thanks for the reviews, as always & I love how you pointed out that “every time [you] went to pull out the applicator, a dollop of gloss would find its way on [your] desk, pants, or carpet” because it’s super detailed and clear and if I were to purchase these lipglosses, I would know what to expect :)

  15. jenni

    i was going to pass but athena’s kiss looks just stunning on your lips!

  16. Denise

    The pink one is beautiful, but the others, huh! I don´t like the packaging.

  17. JessicaM

    Athena’s kiss looks divine.

  18. I love these swatches with the ‘weird’ camera settings, so much clearer! Athena’s Kiss and Wonder Woman are gorgeous.

  19. Julie

    Wow, Emancipation looks gorgeous on you, Christine! Makes your skin look really sunkissed and beautiful. I hope it’s going to be as flattering on me as it is on you. :) I really like the Wonder Woman shade too! I just always feel awkward when wearing red so I always end up wiping it off before going out, lol. Maybe one should take a chance? :)

  20. I’m loving the pink but I think i’d be too scared to wear it!

    I also kinda like the fact the sheer is semi-opaque, seems more wearable for me personally :) can’t wait!

  21. Cate

    Oh wow! Athena’s Kiss looks GORGEOUS on you, Christine!!

  22. Vijaya

    The size of these makes me want them but the colors are either not-me, or something I have already.

  23. Kenneth Alan

    Did you use a new camera for these pictures or something? They look extra professional and are probably the best lip swatch photos I’ve ever seen anywhere.

  24. Natalia

    Beautiful lip pictures! They somehow look even better than usual :)

  25. Lulee

    *snicker* the last line of your review is practically begging for a that’s what she said. Hehe.
    Btw the lip swatches look really cool! Thank you X 10900009988 for all your work

  26. Stephanie!

    Christine I was wondering if you any trouble with the application, since the applicators are so huge?

  27. Sandrine

    Athena’s kiss is lovely. Christine, how does it compare to Hot House?

  28. Lulle

    Did you change your camera? Your pictures have always been excellent but the quality looks just amazing in your latest posts.
    Or maybe it’s just that Wonder Woman suits you too well :)

  29. Fey

    Okay—the applicator size just won me over. That IS fun. Athena’s Kiss is such a glam color!

  30. llehsal

    I just LOVE Athena

  31. 53

    Secret identity may look good with Drive me Wild l/s

  32. DJ

    I love the new close up of the lips!

  33. Gina

    Those applicators are frightening! Karen from the Makeup and Beauty Blog made a video of these, and it was crazy watching her try to open those glosses. I think I’ll just go for some dupes, because that’s just ridiculous. I have full lips and all, but I feel like the packaging would still make a mess.

  34. leslie

    Hey Christine!
    Can someone with NC42 skin tone wear the Secret Identity?What color family eyeshadows/blushes would i wear with it?I ALWAYS wear plums/purples and i want to step out outside the box for once:)

  35. vickie

    there pretty but i can happily say i have something similar that i like way more then these! thanks for your hard work christine!

  36. NeenaJ

    Wonder Woman lipglass looks exactly like how I envision Dusty’s “porno disco” description of a glossy red lip! Maybe MAC was listening, LOL!

  37. Marcela

    wow, these are all surprisingly nice! I usually have an aversion to red lip products, but Wonder Woman looks really nice! I like the semi-sheerness of it since I’m scared to dive into anything too red. The pics of Athena’s Kiss make it look so juicy! LOL

  38. wonder woman and athena’s kiss are pretty cool! and you’re totally rocking the valiant quad, never thought it could look that good! :)

  39. Steph

    These look great! Did you get a new camera Christine? The photos all look a lot brighter and detailed, very nice.

  40. Annette

    I really like wonder woman lipglass, but I’m going to pass. I’m not liking the messy, supersized tube. I guess mac’s new tatic is to make LE items bigger so they can charge us a few more bucks, but I prefer the regular size items. I know techincally these are a good value, but I’ll never use it up before it goes bad.

    • I believe it goes with the WW theme, not exclusively to make more money or anything – like they do have a theme-related reason that makes sense to enlarge some of the products:)

      • Annette

        Good point, I had not thought about that. I was just thinking that first they made the tartan tale and peacocky shadows larger than normal shadows and then this collection has a bunch of jumbo sized items in it. I still bought some peacocky shadows, and I probably would have bought wonder woman lipglass if it was just more product but the applicator was not so big. I have thinner lips and I know it’s going to be more trouble than it’s worth. Too bad, because I love the gold sparkles in it.

        • I think MAC may be test-driving a new formula or perhaps printing those patterns (like Tartan Tale and Jeanius, not Peacocky) is more feasible on larger eyeshadows. No real idea, though, and I do think MAC needs to be careful not to price themselves out of mid-end budgets.

  41. I want Athena’s Kiss, but I’m sure I have some similar glosses. I did want Secret Identity, but liking it as much now.

  42. I really wanted to love wonder woman (the gloss) :(

  43. Love the fisrt : Athena’s kiss !!!! Want it so much……

  44. Sara

    oooh Athena’s Kiss is sooo pretty! but I hate the look of bright lips on me.

  45. Whitney

    These photos are awesome!

  46. Arlee

    These are gorgeous, and Athena’s Kiss looks amazing on you :)

  47. jan

    christine! these glosses ALL look absolutely stunning on you!

  48. Andrea

    wow. Wonder Woman (shade) was MADE for you! Looks great. Thank you for the size comparison too, I had no idea how much bigger it was!

  49. Courtney

    Cute! I didn’t realize the red lippie had gold sparkles. I’ll definitely have to check these out.

  50. Tiffany S.

    I’m only interested in Athena’s kiss. I’ll pass on the others. I like that they are jumbo though because I go through lipglasses pretty quick.

  51. Isabela

    out of all of them, I think Secret Identity is the one that looks better on you Christine, it looks great on your lips! If I were to choose one for myself I’d go with Wonder Woman. But these lipglasses are too expensive.. and yes, I know they’re bigger than normal, but I can never finish up one bottle of regular lipgloss, let alone a supersized one like those!

  52. Eliza

    Is it just me, or has everyone seen past the packaging and actually are thinking about purchasing a LOT of the collection?

  53. Karen

    wow your swatches are incredible!!

  54. Megan

    wow….didn’t think I would like the glosses…but the purple is very pretty.Can’t wait to see what possible dupes there are.

  55. Valene

    Aww, like yourself I was looking forward to the red glass, but you’re right, it’s disappointing. Not as opaque as I would have liked, shows the lines in the lips far too much for me to purchase. I love the gold in the red, wish they had gone for full coverage opaque on this one. My fav would have to be Athena’s Kiss, maybe not unique, but very pretty.

  56. Catherine

    My first thought was that you got a new flash for the camera. Love the pictures with the accidental new settings :)

  57. Soley

    Is athenas kiss similar to Funtabulous dazzleglass?

  58. Laura

    argh i’m so frustrated with mac, they pump out all these collections back to back but they all seem so been there, done that, just eh quality, or tacky (jumbo lipglass is just obnoxious imo). for the amount they cost they should be phenomenal, i would rather they do like 5 collections a year but knock them out of the park

  59. Rebecca

    Hi Christine,
    Do you personally like Emancipation and Athena’s Kiss? They both look really nice and I love the idea of the jumbo size! I mean, I know you give everything an honest review, but are they nice enough that they would be something you would personally reach for on a regular day? Thank you!!

  60. ashley avocado

    so at first i didn’t think i wanted any… now i want them ALL!

  61. Viridiana

    Hi Christine, thanks for the great reviews. Is Emancipation comparable to Baby Sparks Dazzleglass?

  62. I LOVE!!!!! 😀 I wish that somebody could give them all to me for my birthday .p

  63. Jess

    Hey Christine! Thank you so much for your hard work! I swear, I never make a purchase unless I know you’ve reviewed it. I always trust your opinion and expertise when it comes to matching products with the right skin tone.. so with that, I do have a question with “Athena’s Kiss”! I’m into nude lips and have only really ventured as far as using “Lady Bug” lipstick. I love “Athena’s Kiss” and have been interested in using more bolder shades.. I’m an NC42, how bold can I really go with my skin tone? I was looking at “Spitfire” and I’m so drawn to it too! Thank you for your help in advance!

  64. matt1991

    how does emancipation compare to devilishly stylish? they look like theyre really similar but i love devilishly stylish and i dont wanna run out so if theyre similar i really wanna know!

  65. woah what is UP with that athena’s kiss swatch- looks insane like an official promo pic!

  66. Hannah

    Oh my, I want all of them except Secret Identity. Do you think these will be available until april? At least online?

  67. Becca

    I don’t tend to buy lipglasses from collections, and this collection is no exception. Athena’s Kiss is beautiful, but the jumbo applicator is scary!!!

  68. Jennifer

    Wow, I don’t know if I could ever pull it off, but Athena’s Kiss looks absolutely GORGEOUS on you, Christine!!!!!

  69. Shannon

    I love your eyes, they look beautiful!!! could you tell me the whole eye look? Thanks

  70. HautePJ

    Thanks for taking the time to do these reviews! The new camera settings suit you well. It really showcases the color. I’ve been looking for a dupe for Kumquat for some time, so I’m def checking out Secret Identity!

  71. Ida

    I really like the colour of Wonder Woman but dislike the fact that it’s not as opaque as I thought.. just like you wrote. I might just get it anyway and wear it on top of a lipstick.

    The photos looks AMAZING! I actually prefer these settings. Can I ask what camera you use? I apologize if this is off topic and I’m guessing this question has been asked many times before but I’d really, really appreciate if you could tell me. I’m looking for a system camera for proffesional use and would love to have a closer look at this model.
    Thanks in advance!

  72. Wendy

    athena is so pretty! the pictures/settings are gorgeous!!

  73. Jennifer G.

    I love your eye makeup! Can you share the colors you used to create this look? Thanks.

  74. Mia

    omg there huge! haha. btw ur picture quality is absolutely AMAZING. u look flawless!

  75. Those colors are so gorgeous!

  76. Rebecca

    It was funny during your video when you said that you had each colour on your pants…haha!

  77. pia

    I can’t get over the fact how amaaaazing your WW photos are. Until you decide on a better setting, stick to this one :)

  78. Mel

    Oh Christine, why do you do such awesome swatches. You make my lemmings go through the roof! LOL. Also do you have a comparison sot of these jumbo lipglasses vs.a normal sized one?/ I’m sorry if you’ve already done a shot and I haven’t noticed.

  79. BeyondtheBath (Stephie)

    Yep. Confirmed. I need all of the lipglasses. To me, Secret Identity looks like a burnt, brown sugar color, w/ a hint of gold. :)

  80. I am in love with Athena and Wonder Woman looks tantalizing too!

  81. Dianna*

    Aw, I really wanted to love Wonder Woman too! That’s okay – Athena’s Kiss is GORGEOUS.

  82. Oh my! How awesome! O_O
    When I saw the first picture of Athena’s Kiss I was like “WHOA! Didn’t expect that!”
    It’s amazing, so pigmented and the shimmer looks so dense!

  83. Hannelore

    Do you have a different camera? :) pictures look different!

  84. G

    OMG, Emancipation looks ridiculous on you! Ridiculously good!

    • so

      Why do you always smile so big in the ‘full face’ pictures? We want to see your lips, not your lower teeth…

      • That’s my normal smile – I apologize if you do not like it and advise perhaps finding a blogger more to your liking :)

        • Karen

          I actually really like the full smile picture. It gives me a better picture of how the lipglass translates to a full face of makeup and how subtle or in your face it will be.

        • Tina

          i actually really like your full face pictures! You’ve got such a nice smile it would be a shame to hide it, and beside that it’s not realistic to show “just the lips” because people have this weird tendency to talk and smile in real life LOL.

      • harita

        why are you being rude? she has a beautiful smile and if you don’t like it don’t read her blog!! we appreciate what she does!! there is a close up and a smile one why is it a problem for you?

      • kary

        because she can and she has pretty teeth do u????

  85. rosa

    Love the wonder woman lipglass!

  86. I have really big lips & don’t mind being patient pulling the applicator out, so I think this packaging will work well for me if I can find room in my budget for Wonder Woman. =]

  87. Jumper

    How does Wonder Woman lipglass compare to Totally Fab dazzleglass creme?

  88. joanne w

    Hey just letting you know that the lipglasses are actually $20. So here’s to hoping that emancipation looks as pretty on you as it does me, cause returning it would be a pain.

  89. Eliza


  90. Sam

    I noticed that the lipglasses smell a little bit like plastic not really vanilla. Did you notice that too Christine?

  91. Sam

    Hey Christine. I have been having this problem with all of my MAC lipglasses and lustreglasses recently. There are cracks at the “neck” of the lipglass tubes. One of my 3d glasses completely broke at the neck of the tube. Now I do not know what to do! Nothing seems to work, but if I do not do anything about it, it will not fully tighten, and it will leak!!! Have you ever had this problem??? And if you have, do you have any suggestions to fix it?

  92. laura

    look an awful lot like someone is “borrowing” your images.
    [link hidden]

  93. perfectself

    Wonder Woman collection was launched in Russia today. I bought a new Wonder Woman lipglass and it was Lychee Luxe. I couldn’t find anything about this shade as a part of WW collection. But it has an original box and i bought it in official MAC store. Could MAC sell different shades in Europe? Shades sold in Russia completely different from the ones in WW collection on

  94. Julia

    The lipglass in Wonder Woman was my very first (and currently only) upscale makeup item. AND I LOVE IT! ♥