MAC Tropical Taboo Cremesheen Glasses Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Calypso Beat Cremesheen Glass
MAC Tropical Taboo Cremesheen Glasses

MAC Tropical Taboo Collection’s Cremesheen Glasses ($20.00 for 0.09 fl. oz.) come in four shades: Calypso Beat, Fever Isle, Japanese Spring (repromote), and Narcissus (repromote). All four are limited edition.  If you love the Cremesheen Glass formula, you’ll no doubt love at least three of the four here. I’m not the biggest fan of the formula due to how quickly it wears away coupled with how little is actually in the tube (0.09 fl. oz. vs. 0.17 fl. oz. in Lipglass), so one tube can go rather quickly.  The other is that they tend to be milky or creamy and settle into lip lines, which these do to an extent but a much lesser extent (except for Japanese Spring) than ones in the past have.  The formula is almost creamy but not terribly thick (not like Lipglass), vanilla-scented, and non-sticky.

Calypso Beat is described as a “pale neutral peach.” It’s a light-medium peach with warm, beige-y undertones and a soft, white shimmer. This was semi-opaque applied to lips, and for as light and milky as it is, it applied very, very well and evenly. There is some settling into lip lines, but the opacity helps to minimize the visibility of that. It’s one of the better milky Cremesheen Glasses I can remember trying. The big downside was that it lasted two and a half hours on me. Chanel Zephyr is sheerer. MAC Boundless Beige is very sheer in comparison. MAC Summer Sweetheart is more beige. MAC On the Scene is less shimmery. MAC Fashion Whim is a touch lighter. MAC Kiss Me Softly is less pigmented. See comparison swatches.

Fever Isle is described as a “bright red coral.” It’s a medium-dark, coral-red with fine gold shimmer. It was semi-opaque with some translucency but a lot of color. It applied fairly evenly across the lips, though there was some settling of the color into lip lines–however between the shimmer, glossiness, and color coverage, it was hardly noticeable. This gloss lasted three hours on me. Revlon Papaya is warmer, more orange. MAC Kiss Don’t Tell is lighter, pinker. MAC Star Quality is also pinker. See comparison swatches.

Japanese Spring is described as a “pale dirty pink.” It’s a sheer, milky, pale pink with subtle cool undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It’s very sheer and just adds a milkiness to my natural lip color more than anything. Because it’s so light, it does settle into lip lines noticeably. It lasted an hour and a half on me. Urban Decay Obsessed is similar. NARS International Velvet is also similar. MAC Petite Indulgence is more pigmented. MAC Going Casual is pinker. MAC Pagoda is more pigmented and shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Narcissus is described as a “dirty eggplant.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark purple-magenta with a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly overall and didn’t settle too noticeably into lip lines. It wore three hours when I tried it. Urban Decay Crush is pinker. MAC Style Packed is much pinker. MAC Heroine is less purple, more magenta. See comparison swatches.

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MAC Calypso Beat Cremesheen Glass
MAC Calypso Beat Cremesheen Glass

MAC Calypso Beat Cremesheen Glass
MAC Calypso Beat Cremesheen Glass

MAC Calypso Beat Cremesheen Glass
MAC Calypso Beat Cremesheen Glass

MAC Calypso Beat Cremesheen Glass
MAC Calypso Beat Cremesheen Glass

MAC Calypso Beat Cremesheen Glass
MAC Calypso Beat Cremesheen Glass

MAC Calypso Beat Cremesheen Glass
MAC Calypso Beat Cremesheen Glass

MAC Fever Isle Cremesheen Glass
MAC Fever Isle Cremesheen Glass

MAC Fever Isle Cremesheen Glass
MAC Fever Isle Cremesheen Glass

MAC Fever Isle Cremesheen Glass
MAC Fever Isle Cremesheen Glass

MAC Fever Isle Cremesheen Glass
MAC Fever Isle Cremesheen Glass

MAC Fever Isle Cremesheen Glass
MAC Fever Isle Cremesheen Glass

MAC Fever Isle Cremesheen Glass
MAC Fever Isle Cremesheen Glass

MAC Japanese Spring Cremesheen Glass
MAC Japanese Spring Cremesheen Glass

MAC Japanese Spring Cremesheen Glass
MAC Japanese Spring Cremesheen Glass

MAC Japanese Spring Cremesheen Glass
MAC Japanese Spring Cremesheen Glass

MAC Japanese Spring Cremesheen Glass
MAC Japanese Spring Cremesheen Glass

MAC Japanese Spring Cremesheen Glass
MAC Japanese Spring Cremesheen Glass

MAC Japanese Spring Cremesheen Glass
MAC Japanese Spring Cremesheen Glass

MAC Narcissus Cremesheen Glass
MAC Narcissus Cremesheen Glass

MAC Narcissus Cremesheen Glass
MAC Narcissus Cremesheen Glass

MAC Narcissus Cremesheen Glass
MAC Narcissus Cremesheen Glass

MAC Narcissus Cremesheen Glass
MAC Narcissus Cremesheen Glass

MAC Narcissus Cremesheen Glass
MAC Narcissus Cremesheen Glass

MAC Narcissus Cremesheen Glass
MAC Narcissus Cremesheen Glass

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About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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I absolutely love the texture and feel of Cremesheen (I know not everyone feels that way!) I’ll definitely be getting Narcissus. Thanks as always for fabulous photos!

Fever Isle is definitely right up my alley. Might have to purchase Narcissus too, I can’t believe how pretty it is! I bet it’ll look great over Feel My Pulse and Heroine. 🙂

I LOVE Narcissus. I’m really worried that I’m not going to get my presale items, as my Nordstrom counter insists that the launch date is July 4th, not this coming Thursday. Did anyone else who normally gets their items at a counter as opposed to a PRO or free-standing store get told the same date??

That was the original date, but it was pushed up by a week – there may be stores who haven’t fully informed staff OR some might not have gotten the memo (LOL, you would be surprised at how inconsistent info can be throughout MAC – just look at the way B2M policies apply!), so your best bet would be calling the day of.

How similar is calypso beat to boy bait? I know calypso beat has shimmer where boy bait doesn’t but as far as color on the lips & opacity?

I’ve never tried this particular formula, but if I come upon Calypso Beat, I may check it out. If the comments here are any indication of it’s popularity (or lack of, LOL), there’s a chance it may be available.

your foundation looks flawless!!! what are you wearing if you don’t mind me asking?
and I love the way the Narcissus look on u !

Fever Isle is definitely my favorite out of the bunch. I have the Revlon gloss that looks almost exactly the same, so I probably won’t pick it up though.
Well, maybe. I can never resist!

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