Dazzle Lipstick: Baby’s On Fire, Glaringly Hip, Hellraiser, Hot Sass, Infused with Glam, Liquid Lurex
MAC Dazzle Lipstick for the Glitter Lovers
Twenty lip swatches later… and now it’s time to actually go through and review the new Dazzle Lipsticks! MAC has put out thirteen shades of their newest lipstick formula, which contains micro-glitter to the max. Think Dazzleglass but in lipstick form! These will debut with Nordstrom’s Digi-Pops Collection (officially out on the 15th) and then later hit MAC stores and other department store counters on August 5th. I originally previewed Digi-Pops here.
Dazzle Lipstick ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)
- Baby’s On Fire is a softened ruby red with silver and scarlekt sparkle. It’s a semi-opaque shade that gives a good dose of color without feeling or looking heavy. It’s dazzling and shimmery without being unwearable–the glitter in this one also didn’t seem to slip-slide all over my lips.
- Glaringly Hip is a semi-sheer muted peach with brown undertones and pink and white glitter. It doesn’t look amazing by itself in my opinion–it seems a little clumpy and gritty (even though it doesn’t feel gritty!). There was some glitter shifting, but it wasn’t too bad.
- Hellraiser is a sheer, darkened mauve-plum with bluish-silver glitter. This one looks and feels like a lustre finish, even though it clearly has all the micro-glitter one could ask for.
- Hot Sass is a semi-opaque, brightened orange with reddish-copper glitter. It delivers decent color pay off without too much glitter shift. It’s one of the more pigmented shades, too, and it doesn’t yellow teeth too much, either.
- Infused with Glam is a semi-opaque, warmed-up brown with red undertones and gold and copper-red micro-glitter. You won’t want to smoosh your lips together too much, because the glitter can shift around and look uneven.
- Liquid Lurex is a sheer yellow gray-gold with silver and copper micro-glitter. This is an interesting shade, though I think it’d be better paired with a lipgloss on top.
The formula isn’t gritty, but there is a noticeable texture–it’s like you know there’s glitter, therefore you can feel it when you press your lips together, but it’s not what one would describe as gritty. Even as the lipstick fades, the glitter never transforms into something gritty, but you will likely find glittery bits around your lips and on them by the end of the day. (I think I have enough sparkle to light up Times Square at the moment…)
They are the very definition of sparkling–very glittery, shimmering, and dazzling–but the effect may be too much for some to wear alone. A creamier gloss can help to minimize the effect a bit (but still getting some of it), or you can really amp it up by topping with Dazzleglass or Superglass (if you’re really feeling fun!). The Dazzle lipsticks are going to be something some will love, others will loathe–just depends on your style and preferences.
They wear about two to three hours, though the more pigmented shades run closer to three and a little more than two–which is just below average for MAC lipsticks for me. The glitter stays on for longer but the base color fades in the time frame I mentioned. Like other MAC lipsticks, these are vanilla scented and come in the traditional black bullet.
MAC describes these as “long-wearing” (not the case for me) with “rich, creamy color.” I get creamy–they feel moisturizing and almost like glaze/lustre lipsticks–but the majority don’t seem to have rich color.
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- Product: 25/30
- Value: 8/10
- Ease of Use: 4/5
- Packaging: 4/5
RECOMMENDATION: I like the concept, just because it is fun and different from other lipsticks I have. I did find that some of the glitter can slip-slide and end up looking rather uneven on lips if you’re not careful about application. It’s not a big deal, because you just have to make yourself conscious of it.