Sunday, April 29th, 2012

MAC Russian Red Trio
MAC Girl About Town Lipglass over Lipstick; Nail Lacquer

MAC Fashion Sets: Lipglass Review Round-up

Of the sixteen Lipglasses in this launch, it ended up being a mixed bag. A lot of the common problems seen from the thicker formula of Lipglass came up, and these tend to be seen more often in lighter, milkier shades. These lighter shades tend to apply unevenly and settle into lip lines. Darker shades tended to be more opaque and less problematic, though the less opaque they were, the more unevenly they applied.

Lipglass is a heavier, thicker, and very sticky formula (it is often my benchmark for how sticky a gloss is–many readers have experience with the formula, so it often works as a global reference point), which doesn’t mean that it’s bad, but I know that it specifically does not appeal to some for those very reasons. I think the thickness could probably be improved upon as more and more glosses have come out and have a lighter feel that’s more comfortable and wears just as long and as well–it’s more a sign of improved and more refined formulas in the past decade. MAC has shown it themselves with their gloss extensions and limited edition formulas.

This opinion does not change or have any impact on the overall rating, which is about the product and its quality and relevant metrics in relation to quality. I don’t think the lipglosses are necessary if you own or love the lipstick version and do not typically wear gloss alone or are only really seeking out the gloss to pair with the lipstick. The lipsticks are very opaque on their own, so they do not need a semi-opaque or opaque gloss on top to help it along. What the glosses really do is add glossiness, which can be achieved with clear gloss. If you want to mix your favorite lipstick-now-gloss shade with other lipsticks or wear it on its own, then some of the shades can certainly be worth purchasing.

The top-performing shades were: Girl About Town, Impassioned, Morange, Russian Red, and Spice (A- — no lipgloss received an A). Good but not great shades were: Angel, Please Me, Rebel (B+). The most under-performing shades were: Saint Germain (C); Chestnut and Myth (B-).

Availability: Based on the information I have received from MAC, the distribution of these shades is regional. I cannot confirm the extent of non-regional shades being available online for your region (e.g. whether all of these will be available on the UK website). I can confirm only that for North America, all shades are available for purchase online. Only the North America-specific shades will be available in-stores on May 3rd, 2012. Select Macy’s will also carry Latin America & Middle East region-specific shades.

North America: Chestnut, Girl About Town, Myth, Rebel, Russian Red, Snob, Spice; only Russian Red is permanent
Asia Pacific: Angel, Morange, Impassioned, Peachstock, Ravishing, Razzledazzler, Saint Germain; all shades are limited edition
Europe & Africa: Impassioned, Morange, Myth, Rebel, Russian Red, Saint Germain, Spice; only Russian Red is permanent
Latin America & Middle East: Girl About Town, Impassioned, Morange, Pink Nouveau, Please Me, Russian Red, Snob; only Russian Red is permanent

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MAC Fashion Sets: Lipglass Review Round-up

B
I would stay away from some of the lighter, milkier glosses that are on the opaque side (sheerer is better for lighter shades), but the more opaque, darker shades may be worth checking out if you want to wear it over non-matching lipsticks or on its own.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, April 27th, 2012

MAC Pink Nouveau
MAC Pink Nouveau Lipglass, Nail Lacquer, Lipstick

MAC Pink Nouveau Lipglass, Lipstick, Nail Lacquer

MAC Pink Nouveau 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 Latin America/Middle East region of the collection, so it will only be available online for North American buyers and at select Macy’s. Pink Nouveau is described as “mid-tone cool pink.”

Both the gloss and lipstick are very similar in color, but the lipstick appears a bit lighter because of the creaminess. The coordinating nail lacquer is similar, but it is a little darker and brighter; it’s not quite as blue-based. When you layer the gloss on top of the lipstick, the result is a brightened blue-based pink (with almost a hint of lilac) with a glossy finish and opaque color. The two work well together, so there aren’t any concerns with the gloss causing unevenness.

Pink Nouveau Lipglass is a just slightly lightened medium bubblegum pink with cool, blue undertones. It has a creamy, partially milk-like finish, so it doesn’t apply as evenly as I’d like it to for a gloss worn on its own. There is some minor settling into lip lines. NARS Coeur Sucre is actually very, very similar to this–it has faint silvery-white sparkle, though. MAC Style Packed is in a similar vein but much deeper and more intense. MAC Sassy Lassy is pinker, more vibrant. (8.5, 9, 8.5, 9, 4, 4; B)

Pink Nouveau Lipstick is a cool-toned, blue-based light-medium pink. It reads a little cotton candy pink to me, though it’s cooler than that. It has opaque color coverage and a creamy finish with a subtle shine. It has a satin finish, and it is part of the permanent range. MAC Pink Popcorn has a similar feel but because it is so sheer, it looks quite different on. MAC Naughty Saute is glossier and a wee bit cooler-toned but just barely. MAC Viva Glam Gaga is lighter, not as purple-ish. MAC All Styled Up is lighter and not as bright. MAC Pink Friday is similar but not as pink. (9, 10, 9, 8.5, 4.5, 4; A-)

Pink Nouveau Nail Lacquer is a medium-dark pink with blue undertones. It’s opaque in two coats, and the formula was pretty good–it wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it applied evenly and fluidly across the nail. It’s not as blue-based, so it reads pinker and lacks that almost lilac-like edge of color. OCC Palare is darker, more fuchsia. MAC Ice Cream Cake is lighter–it’s more of a match than this shade. Ms. Perfectly Pink is more fuchsia, a bit darker. Zoya Jolene is a touch lighter. Zoya Lara is pretty close, perhaps a smidgen darker. (10, 10, 9.5, 9, 5, 4; A)

MAC Lipsticks are vanilla-scented but taste-free. Satin finishes like Pink Nouveau typically wear four to six hours on me, with lighter shades like this one wearing closer to four hours. 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 Pink Nouveau Lipglass, Lipstick, Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
I wish the nail lacquer was just a little bluer in tone, so it would be a better match to the lipstick and lipgloss, which both match each other very well! The gloss was just so-so, but the lipstick and nail lacquer were much better quality.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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