Friday, April 27th, 2012

MAC Angel
MAC Angel Lipglass, Lipstick, Nail Lacquer

MAC Angel Lipglass, Lipstick, Nail Lacquer

MAC Angel Lipstick ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) has inspired a new and limited edition variation in Lipglass ($14.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) and Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.). This shade is available online only for North America, but it will launch in Asia Pacific as part of the region’s collection. Angel is described as “light warm pink.”

The two lip products layered creates a glossy, nearly opaque neutral pink with faint silver micro-shimmer. I found the gloss was slightly cooler-toned and has noticeably more shimmer compared to the lipstick counterpart. The nail lacquer doesn’t resemble neither the gloss nor the lipstick when swatched or applied–it’s much darker and yellower. It does, however, look more similar to the color of Angel lipstick in tube-form (but not swatched).

Angel Lipglass is a light-medium neutral pink with subtle silver micro-shimmer. It has a frost finish. It applies mostly opaque, and because of its lightness, it does have a slightly milky appearance. Thankfully, the opacity helps minimize how much it settles into lip lines. MAC Enchantee is cooler-toned, bluer-based. MAC Infinitely Likeable is just slightly gray-tinted in comparison. MAC Splashing is darker and warmer with golden shimmer. (8.5, 10, 8.5, 8.5, 4, 4; B+)

Angel Lipstick is a subtly yellow-toned light-medium pink with soft silver micro-shimmer that translates more into a frosted finish than it does a shimmery one. It yields mostly opaque color coverage. Lancome Love It! is similar but yellower. YSL Opera Rose is darker and yellower. Estee Lauder Mauve Mirage is bluer-based. Clarins Lilac Pink is very similar but a smidgen cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Lilac is a little plummier. (9, 10, 8.5, 8, 4, 4; B+)

Angel Nail Lacquer is a medium yellow-toned pink with a cream finish. It’s nearly opaque after two coats of polish, and it applied evenly and smoothly. I didn’t have any trouble with this one. The consistency was on the thinner side overall, but it wasn’t too thin or watery. Chanel May is lighter and much bluer-based. NARS Trouville is way lighter, but it reads like they’re in the same family. Chanel Morning Rose is the closest, though it’s a little warmer and has gold sparkle. (9, 9.5, 9, 9, 4, 4; B+)

MAC Lipsticks are vanilla-scented but taste-free. Frost finishes like Angel typically wear three to four hours on me, with lighter shades like this one wearing closer to three. This particular finish is not particularly moisturizing, but I don’t find it drying either. 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.

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MAC Angel Lipglass, Lipstick, Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
Angel is the type of pink that works well on most skin tones, because it's only subtly warm, so it will tend to move towards neutral on cooler complexions and stay slightly warm on warmer complexions. It's a very work-friendly color as well.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, March 16th, 2012


2N, Bait, Cult of Cherry, Emancipation, Flash of Flesh, Icescape

MAC By Request – Lipglasses Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC By Request is a collection that’s voted on by the fans–there are 18 shades of lipstick, lipglass, and eyeshadow that MAC has listed for grabs, and your votes will determine the top three from each product type that will go on to be launched in an online exclusive, limited edition collection in August. Voting is open and closes on March 30th and users can vote once per product category per day. Not sure where to cast your vote? I’ve got the goods on the six lipglasses up for a comeback! :) These just arrived from MAC – all the labels just say “sample” on the back, so I don’t know if these were a recent production or if these were from original runs. I’m thinking they’re probably from short runs – perhaps just to ensure the colors could still be made or have the recipes ready to go into production as soon as voting is over.

  • 2N is a peachy orange with soft white micro-shimmer. It looks darker swatched than it does on the lips, where it turns to a brownish peach with mostly opaque color coverage. MAC Ready or Not is similar but a little peachier. MAC Naked Space is lighter.
  • Bait is a light-medium pink with multi-colored shimer and subtle yellow undertones. MAC The Wee Coquette is lighter, bluer. MAC Casual Air is a bit more plum. MAC Good Times is more mauve. MAC Pink Fade is bluer and a touch lighter.
  • Cult of Cherry is a blue-based pink-red with shimmer with semi-opaque color coverage. MAC DRiven By Love is more opaque, deeper. Chanel Triomphal is a bit redder. Milani Photo Flash is pinker.
  • Emancipation is pink-tinted beige with champagne shimmer. On lips, it tends to look like a milky pink on mine, but it depends on your natural lip color–this shade will definitely change based on the underlying tone of your lips. MAC Fresh Air is similar but a little lighter. Urban Decay Peroxide is similar but sheerer.
  • Flash of Flesh is a pink and copper shimmered peach-orange. MAC Good Lovin’ is a little less pink and lighter. MAC Liqueur is several shades darker.
  • Icescape is a icy pink with multi-colored shimmer. It’s semi-sheer on lips. MAC Going Casual has a similar effect.

MAC Lipglass is vanilla-scented, on the thicker side as far as consistency goes, and has a very tacky texture.  It’s one of the stickier glosses on the market, though it wears three to four hours without a problem as a result, even some of the lighter shades.  Some shades are very sheer while others are completely opaque, so pigmentation can be a mixed bag with this formula.

Of all the comeback products, I think the lipglass category was the most disappointing. Icescape? Really? I didn’t even know that was a big deal! I can see why some of these shades may have been popular, but you can see in the photo above–three of the lipglasses look awfully similar. Here are some shades I think would have made a big splash: Bizaarish (Smoke Signals ’07), Check Please (Tailormade ’05), Greenhouse (‘Fab Florals ’02), Headliner (Diana Ross ’05), Magnetique (Belle Azure ’05), Moonbathe (Moonbathe ’07), She Loves Candy (Hello Kitty ’09), or Tartlette (High Tea ’04).

I hope to do some comparison swatches over the next couple of days for the shades I do have the older/originals of. Of these, I don’t think I have Bait or Flash of Flesh but should have the other four.

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MAC By Request - Lipglasses Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
This is a very tame set of six to bring back--I think having pink and nude is great, but I think they could have had more variety within the six they chose to potentially bring back. MAC puts out numerous nudes and pinks every year, so slightly more original shades would have been great to see return!

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

MAC Budding Love Lipglass
MAC Budding Love Lipglass / Force of Love Lipglass

MAC Chen Man Love & Water Collection: Lipglasses

There are two limited edition MAC Lipglasses ($14.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) in the new Love & Water Collection: Budding Love (pale lavender) and Force of Love (vivid honeysuckle pink). They, obviously, coordinate with the lipsticks–the descriptions are even the same.

Budding Love is a softly blue-based milky pink with soft white and pink shimmer. Because it’s a milkier shade, it does settle into lip lines and doesn’t always look perfectly even once applied. MAC Enchantee is very similar but streakier and has no shimmer. MAC Infinitely Likeable is a yellower pink. MAC Viva Glam Gaga is a bit lighter. MAC English Accents is pinker.

Force of Love is a yellow-based medium-dark pink with white sparkle. It has semi-opaque color coverage with some settling into lip lines. Chanel Pink Pulsion is darker, less opaque. MAC Electro Lush is darker. MAC If It’s Pink… is brighter, more fuchsia. Chanel Pink Teaser is similar but has gold shimmer.

MAC Lipglasses are a sticky, thick gloss, so they have a tendency to wear for four hours.  They’re vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste.  I’m not a big fan of this formula when the shade is more pastel, as it tends to settle or have a streaky application, which was the case with Budding Love, though it’s not the worst I’ve seen.  Force of Love has less coral in it compared to the coordinating lipstick, so if you layer this gloss over the lipstick, you’ll pull out more of the pink tones.

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MAC Chen Man Love & Water Collection: Lipglasses Review, Photos, Swatches

B
Budding Love settles noticeably into lip lines because of its lighter but more opaque color--it would be better over a lipstick than worn alone. Force of Love can be worn alone or paired with another product as there is a lot less settling.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, December 29th, 2011

MAC Naturally Lipglasses
MAC Naturally Lipglasses in Fresh Air, Hot Spell, Naked Space

MAC Naturally: Lipglasses

There are four limited edition shades of MAC Lipglasses ($14.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) in the Naturally collection: Fresh Air (light pink), Hot Spell (bronze with multi-colored pearl), Naked Space (creamy mid-tone nude peach), and The Wee Coquette (naked neutral pink).

  • Fresh Air is a sheer light pink with white micro-shimmer. On my lips, it adds a touch of pink and lightens my natural lip color. It’s rather sheer, so it looks like a lot of sheer lipglosses. MAC Right Image is a bit pinker. Urban Decay Peroxide is similar in color but doesn’t have shimmer.
  • Hot Spell is a subtle, rusted brown with beige and gold shimmer. It has semi-opaque color coverage. MAC Spree is a bit less red and has a lot more shimmer. MAC Bright & Perky is a touch browner, sheerer, and has more copper shimmer.
  • Naked Space is a peach with off-white shimmer. The texture of this felt extra thick, even though Lipglass is already on the thick side, so it was difficult to apply it evenly. It just didn’t want to even out for me. It’s a little lighter compared to MAC Illicit.
  • The Wee Coquette is a milky, pale blue-based pink with white shimmer. It tends to settle into lip lines. This was just out in MAC Me Over, so I don’t know why they’ve brought it back so quickly (and why do they seem to bring back random products, rather than ones everyone fussed over?). It’s similar to MAC Enchantee.

MAC Lipglasses are thick and sticky, which means they have a tendency to last longer on lips (I usually get an average of four hours). The thicker texture doesn’t always work, though; in some of the lighter shades, this increases how likely the color is to settle into the natural lines on the lip and often makes it difficult to smooth out the gloss so it appears even in color. MAC Lipglasses are vanilla-scented but have no distinct taste. For whatever reason, Naked Space (which I just bought) smelled like plastic, which was odd but felt like I had to disclose that.

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MAC Naturally Lipglasses Review, Photos, Swatches

B
Fresh Air and Hot Spell apply the nicest, while Naked Space and The Wee Coquette tend to bunch up and look uneven on lips. Even if you are able to--by some miracle--make it appear even, the second you press your lips together, your work disappears.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

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Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

MAC Tour de Fabulous Collection Lipglasses
MAC Lipglasses in Rich & Witty, Rich Bounty, Style Packed, Tour de Fabulous

MAC Tour de Fabulous – Lipglasses

MAC Tour de Fabulous includes several limited edition shades of MAC Lipglass ($14.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.), and this post features these shades: Rich & Witty (neutral dirty pinked beige), Rich Bounty (deep red-brown with pearl), Style Packed (bright, vivid fuchsia), and Tour de Fabulous (clean/bright yellow pink with pearl).

  • Rich & Witty is a darkened peach with soft warm white shimmer. It’s much darker and has much less pink compared to It’s a Wow. The color coverage is opaque and very even. It’s similar to MAC Orange Tempera but with shimmer.
  • Rich Bounty is a rusted red with an orange-copper shimmer. This shade had good color payoff, but it applied a bit unevenly, and it was the hardest to apply of the ones I’ve tried so far. It reminded me of Chantecaille Glaze, which also had unevenness issues.
  • Style Packed is a brightened fuchsia-magenta with a creamy finish. It’s bright but doesn’t read quite neon on lips. The color coverage is pretty much opaque. It’s very, very blue-based, so it is a cool-toned shade. MAC Athena’s Kiss is pinker and darker. MAC Sassy Lassy and MAC True Babe are pinker.
  • Tour de Fabulous is a white-shimmered pink-coral with mostly opaque color coverage and an even application. MAC Strange Potion is a little less pink. Chanel Confidence is fairly similar but a little pinker.

Lipglass is a tacky, thick product that tends to wear longer than the average lipgloss because of that thicker, tackier texture. It seems to be a formula that readers either love or avoid with little middle ground! These are definitely some of the best performing Lipglasses I’ve come across in the past year or longer. They apply evenly, and if you’re a fan of opaque color, you’ll get that, too!

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MAC Tour de Fabulous Lipglasses Review, Photos, Swatches (Part 2)

A-
Though having a collection full of Lipglass seems kind of boring, I actually think the quality of these particular Lipglasses is better than many of the recent iterations of Lipglass we've seen in the seasonal collections. If you like your lipgloss sticky and opaque, I think you'll like these.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

MAC Tour de Fabulous Collection Lipglasses
MAC Lipglasses in Casual Air, Comfort & Joy, It’s a Wow, Knockout, Real Posh

MAC Tour de Fabulous – Lipglasses

MAC Tour de Fabulous includes several limited edition shades of MAC Lipglass ($14.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.), and this post features these shades: Casual Air (frosted pale pink), Comfort & Joy (mid-tone frosty dirty mauve), It’s a Wow (mid-tone blue-pink), Knockout (red with pearl), and Real Posh (deep berry, slightly pearled).

The formula is true-to-form as far as Lipglass goes. They’re on the thicker side, and they’re tacky–they’re one of the tackier lipglosses on the market, which may or may not be a good thing. On the plus side, the tackiness means that these tend to last longer than other non-sticky lipglosses; I typically get three to four hours with these. I trialed Casual Air, Knockout, Rich Bounty, and Tour de Fabulous for wear, and they lasted four, five, four, and four hours respectively. Like all MAC lip products, these are vanilla scented but have no taste. They come in a plastic see-through tube with a doe-foot applicator.

I was really lucky, and several months ago (when Glamglass was closer to debuting), I received a single press sample of Glamglass, in the hue Rich Bounty, so I was able to test out the formula a bit. It’s a bummer that MAC wasn’t able to get these out in their anticipated form, just because the formula is very different from Lipglass. Per the original press release, Glamglass was supposed to have a brush applicator (it did), high shine (moderately true, not too much more than Lipglass), and non-sticky texture (very slick with no tackiness).

The downside to Glamglass was the slickness of the texture tended to mean the color would slip around a bit, and I found it getting on my teeth several times (which is not the norm for me). I did like the overall texture, though, which was lightweight, non-sticky, and fairly even. I like Lipglass, too–it’s a solid formula and wears longer than some other glosses–but I think fans of the Cremesheen Glass formula who desired more pigment might have found these to their liking. They actually reminded me more of the texture of 3D Glasses or Chromeglass.

  • Casual Air is a pale white-pink with lots of white shimmer but also some multi-colored shimmer, as it reflects a little teal and copper at certain angles. It’s fairly opaque, even though the color base seems rather colorless, there’s enough shimmer to make up for it. The color is kind of like MAC Good Times or MAC Pink Fade but with shimmer.
  • Comfort & Joy is a mauve-pink with just a hint of mauve in the actual color but with lots of lighter pink and mauve shimmer, so it tends to have a more semi-opaque effect on the lips. MAC Gone Romancin’ was the most similar shade I could think of, though it is a touch lighter. MAC Vacant is more lilac.
  • It’s a Wow is a slightly coraled pink with white shimmer. It’s nearly opaque in color coverage. MAC Perennial High Style is less pink and creamier. MAC Orange Tempera is peachier but similar in lightness. YSL #19 is also similar, though it has golden shimmer.
  • Knockout is a bright, intense orange-red with very, very faint orange micro-shimmer. It’s pretty much opaque on lips, and it applies surprisingly evenly for this kind of shade. Illamasqua Temper is very similar.
  • Real Posh is a darkened raspberry that leans more berry than pink with lighter pink shimmer. It’s mostly opaque on lips, and it applies fairly evenly, too, without settling too heavily into lip lines. MAC Indigo Pink is redder and darker. Lancome Untamed Plum is sheerer and plummier.

Though having a collection full of Lipglass seems kind of boring, I actually think the quality of these particular Lipglasses is better than many of the recent iterations of Lipglass we’ve seen in the seasonal collections.  If you like your lipgloss sticky and opaque, I think you’ll like these.  The color range has a good selection of lighter shades that don’t become milky and uneven on lips, but it also has a few deeper hues that will work well for winter and be able to transition into spring.

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MAC Tour de Fabulous Lipglasses Review, Photos, Swatches (Part 1)

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Though having a collection full of Lipglass seems kind of boring, I actually think the quality of these particular Lipglasses is better than many of the recent iterations of Lipglass we've seen in the seasonal collections. If you like your lipgloss sticky and opaque, I think you'll like these.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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