The collection features three shades of Lipgelee (each $14.50 for 0.10 oz.) — Budding Beauty (pale coral with pearl pigment), Fashion Flower (pale pink with pearl pigment), and Now in Season (pale yellow with pearl pigment).
Budding Beauty is a coral melon with pink and gold shimmer. It has more of a shimmery finish than the glittery texture of Fashion Flower and Now in Season. When applied, it has a very milky melon look–semi-sheer for sure, though. Love Nectar lustreglass seems like the closest permanent dupe.
Fashion Flower is a pink-tinged gloss with lots of pink and silver glitter. It’s a lot like the previous launches of Lipgelees (Lillyland, Cham-Pale) — super glittery, little color, lots of sparkle. I’d say it’s most like Luxure, but applied, Fashion Flower pulls pinker.
Now in Season is a pale yellow gold with multicolored shimmer of teal, gold, and silver. This felt so sticky, which is uncharacteristic of lipgelees. When worn, it doesn’t deliver much color, just lots of shimmer/glitter. It’s surprisingly similar to Bubble Lounge when worn, since the color base doesn’t show up.
my thoughts on the formula: MAC Lipgelees are moisturizing, easy to apply, and last three to four hours on me. They are a thicker formula, more like a gel, and come in squeeze tubes. They have a non-sticky texture, are vanilla-scented, and a sheer formula, but these are noticeably sticky. There is some glitter migration (maybe four or five flecks), but it didn’t seem like rapid migration nor did it stray into the far reaches of my face or hair or somehow wander to my feet. I have always loved that the Lipgelees come with 0.5 oz. of product–nearly double even large-sized glosses. After they wear away, they can sometimes feel gritty, because of the abundance of glitter.
If you love your lips to sparkle beyond belief, you'll likely enjoy these Lipgelees--they are sparkle-tastic! Though the glitter doesn't seem to travel and migrate throughout the day, it may feel gritty after the gloss wears away and the glitter remains.
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MAC Cosmetics on April 28th, $14.50 each
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MAC Lipgelees: Bubble Lounge, Luxure, Sin-tillation, Straight to the Head
MAC Cham-Pale: Lipgelees
MAC Lipgelees ($14.50 for 0.50 oz.) see four new and limited edition varieties with the Cham-Pale collection: Bubble Lounge (sparkly pink peach), Luxure (off-white with pink pearl), Sin-tillation (sparkly pale icy pink), and Straight to the Head (sparkly bronze brown).
Bubble Lounge is a barely-there brownish pink with silver, white, and pink sparkle. On my lips, it just looks like it adds shimmer/glitter but no real color.
Luxure is a sheer silver and pink glittered gloss with a neutralizing, slightly yellowed base. This is the shade that seems closest to Resort Life (from Lillyland). It doesn’t add a lot of color but plenty o’ shimmer.
Sin-tillation is a sheer silver and pink glittered gloss with a cooler, icy pink base. It’s similar to Luxure, it’s just a cooler version and seems to have more predominant silver shimmer. I was reminded me of She-Zam Dazzleglass (limited edition, no longer available).
Straight to the Head a semi-opaque dirty bronze brown with copper, green, and silver shimmer-glitter. It was the most opaque out of the bunch, and even though it looks a little patchy in swatches, it never came across when I wore it all last night.
Lipgelees are thicker, gel-like glosses that come in squeeze tubes. They are non-sticky and more moisturizing than your average gloss. They still have MAC’s signature vanilla scent, but the formula is unlike their other lip glosses. While the original Lipgelees have tended to be less shimmery and “juicy,” these along with the shades from Lillyland are chocked full of shimmer.
These look better in real life than photographed, because they have so much shimmer/glitter and shine, photographs often show the particles individually rather than the smooth, more cohesive look they sport in person. I liked these when I looked in the mirror, but I think they look rather lackluster in photos (even in just swatches). They are incredibly shimmery, though, and if you aren’t big on shimmer, I would skip these. While I didn’t experience glitter migration to my hair, there were a few stray glitter particles near my lips after three or four hours (which is when it fades).
I like them, but the colors are not my personal style, so I’m not personally enthused over the shade selection–the product itself is moisturizing, easy to apply, and lasts three to four hours on me. There is some glitter migration (maybe four or five flecks), but it didn’t seem like rapid migration nor did it stray into the far reaches of my face or hair or somehow wander to my feet. I have always loved that the Lipgelees come with 0.5 oz. of product–nearly double even large-sized glosses.
MAC Cham-Pale Collection is a limited edition launch (official information and photos here) that is set to launch in-stores on December 26th in North American, January 2011 for international MAC locations. The approximate launch date for online is December 24th. It features color products as well as a few skincare items.
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Ease of Use: 4/5
RECOMMENDATION: For shimmer and glitter lovers everywhere, yes, these may definitely be something you’ll treasure.
AVAILABILITY: MAC Cosmetics, in-stores December 26th, January 2011 internationally