MAC Cremesheen + Pearl: Cremesheen Glasses Review, Photos, Swatches (Part 2)


MAC Cremesheen + Pearl

Three More Sheer Glosses that Remind Me of Spring

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl is a new collection now available online (and will hit stores on August 9th) that features eight lipsticks (all with Cremesheen finishes) and seven Cremesheen Glasses. All fifteen lip products are new, but here’s the surprising news: they’re also permanent! This post features these three Cremesheen Glass shades: Pagoda (frosted cool pink), Paper Lantern (frosted soft warm pink), Rising Sun (frosted bright orange).

  • Pagoda is a cool-toned, lilac pink with white shimmer. It doesn’t have too milky of a base, but it does settle into lip lines a bit and doesn’t apply as evenly as I’d like. Because the color coverage is semi-sheer, it doesn’t read as cool-toned as it looks in the tube. MAC Enchantee is cooler-toned and more opaque. MAC Japanese Spring is more opaque, milkier, no shimmer. MAC Going Casual is lighter. MAC Lavender Wind is more iridescent.
  • Paper Lantern is a sheer pink=beige with soft white shimmer. It’s virtually colorless on my lips–it just adds some shimmer and shine. As a result, it looks like any number of sheer lipglosses.
  • Rising Sun a semi-sheer tangerine orange with soft golden orange shimmer. It warms up my natural lip color while giving it an orange-brown kind of tint. MAC Secret Identity is darker, more orange. NARS Hopi is darker, more opaque. MAC Kumquat is lighter and more opaque.

As mentioned earlier, I’m not finished testing the wear of these shades and will make more progress as the day continues.  From the Cremesheen Glasses, I’ve tested Paper Lantern (two and a half hours), Rising Sun (two hours), and just finished wearing Double Happiness (hour and a half).  These glosses typically wear between an hour and two hours on me–sometimes a little longer, but usually between one and two hours. It’s a rather short-wearing formula for me, as I usually average three to four hours on gloss.

I’m not someone who likes to reapply often, but I know that it’s not a deal-breaker for a lot. I do want to point out that these contain less product than the average gloss: these only have 0.09 fl. oz. To contrast, MAC Lipglass has 0.17 fl. oz., while it is an improvement over Dazzleglass, which has a mere 0.06 fl. oz. Combined with frequent reapplication, you’re likely to go through a tube far faster if you use it regularly.

Cremesheen Glasses have a creamy, not quite gel-like, but close, texture that’s thin without being too thin. It’s non-sticky, and it’s a nice alternative to those who find Lipglass to be too heavy/sticky. It is vanilla-scented but has no noticeable taste. They come with a doe-foot applicator inside a clear plastic tube.

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl: Cremesheen Glasses Review, Photos, Swatches (Part 2)

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8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
83%
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MAC Cremesheen + Pearl

MAC Pagoda Cremesheen Glass
MAC Pagoda Cremesheen Glass

MAC Pagoda Cremesheen Glass
MAC Pagoda Cremesheen Glass

MAC Pagoda Cremesheen Glass
MAC Pagoda Cremesheen Glass

MAC Pagoda Cremesheen Glass
MAC Pagoda Cremesheen Glass

MAC Pagoda Cremesheen Glass
MAC Pagoda Cremesheen Glass

MAC Pagoda Cremesheen Glass
MAC Pagoda Cremesheen Glass

MAC Paper Lantern Cremesheen Glass
MAC Paper Lantern Cremesheen Glass

MAC Paper Lantern Cremesheen Glass
MAC Paper Lantern Cremesheen Glass

MAC Paper Lantern Cremesheen Glass
MAC Paper Lantern Cremesheen Glass

MAC Paper Lantern Cremesheen Glass
MAC Paper Lantern Cremesheen Glass

MAC Paper Lantern Cremesheen Glass
MAC Paper Lantern Cremesheen Glass

MAC Paper Lantern Cremesheen Glass
MAC Paper Lantern Cremesheen Glass

MAC Rising Sun Cremesheen Glass
MAC Rising Sun Cremesheen Glass

MAC Rising Sun Cremesheen Glass
MAC Rising Sun Cremesheen Glass

MAC Rising Sun Cremesheen Glass
MAC Rising Sun Cremesheen Glass

MAC Rising Sun Cremesheen Glass
MAC Rising Sun Cremesheen Glass

MAC Rising Sun Cremesheen Glass
MAC Rising Sun Cremesheen Glass

MAC Rising Sun Cremesheen Glass
MAC Rising Sun Cremesheen Glass

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I like Cremesheens quite a bit, but I may wait until I finish off some of the sheer glosses I already have before I pick any of these up. They’re tempting, because the names are cute and I know that I like the formula, but they’re just not worth splurging on right now if I already have a million sheer glosses that give a similar effect.

I keep reminding myself of that old adage: “If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”  I’m trying hard to follow it….

I’m a Cremesheen Glass lover, but I have to say that none of these new shades look very attractive to me :(I don’t think their addition to the range brings much, nothing new here!

I’m boycotting MAC, and collections like this don’t exactly make it difficult.Even if I were still buying MAC, I’d skip this one!Has MAC missed the bright lips thing, or are they just chosing to ignore it?

Again, while I have nothing against the product itself, I’m just wondering why they *all* look the same when applied? It seems like such a waste of a collection, but I’m still willing to bet these fly off the shelves, and MAC knows it.

Reapplying is (i feel) par for the course when you are wearing a lip gloss. Stains, sticks, sure they are expected to hold up. Three hours seems actually like a long time for a gloss. So you put it on in the morning, its faded by lunch, which is fine because it would have come off by eating lunch, then you reapply after eating. This is normal for myself and Im sure a lot of other women out there. Glosses arent supposed to wear for more than 3 hours at most, so its interesting you docked so many points on ‘longevity’ when a gloss really isnt supposed to have any of that in the first place. 

HoneyJade With glosses and lipsticks that don’t specify a time, I look to what I typically see out of a quality lip product, since I have tested quite a few over the years! For me, glosses usually last 3-4 hours – so anything that lasts a mere hour is a rather drastic difference. I quite understand that wear time can certainly vary from person to person, so while I might get four hours, you might only get two hours for your own personal average – but I can’t go off of yours, I have to go off of mine. Longevity is based on either what the brand explicitly states or the average (as I just described) – it doesn’t mean it has to wear 12 hours (unless a brand stated such).  Even with your generalization (could you reference where this claim came from? I’ve never heard that glosses are only supposed to last for three hours – I’ve seen certain formulas indicate a wear time, but the majority do not), these glosses don’t make it to three hours – some not even close so I don’t know why you think they should have earned more points in that area.

HoneyJade LOL, right? I would give a lipgloss a 400/10 for longevity if it lasted ‘only’ 3 hours. Lip gloss lasts on me for like… 20 minutes, whether it’s 1 dollar or 20 dollars.

@Abra I’m so sorry to hear that, Abra! 🙁 Do you bite, lick, or press your lips together by any chance? When I first started wearing lip products, I used to press my lips together a lot and move them around, and when I stopped doing that, I saw great improvement in wear :)I definitely sympathize – I know that we can’t all have the same wear time on some products. I just have to go and rate based on my experiences and my averages, since that’s what I’m experiencing. I’m so sorry for upsetting you both!

HoneyJade Could you suggest a better way to test? I want to be as objective as I can when I’m testing products – e.g. maybe you drink one day and not the other! Like I wouldn’t want to now commit myself to making sure I took five sips every time I tested a product. I drink my morning coffee while testing, but I drink slightly differently so that I do not press the exterior of my lip along the rim (it is kind of weird, but I started doing this because I hated the way red lipstick looked on the edge of a glass at dinner). It’s almost like you’re cupping your lip around the edge.I talk, move my mouth, and certainly do more than just sit here, LOL! I just make a point to time tests before and after eating – as you mentioned you wear your lip products similarly as well, since you apply sometime before lunch and reapply after. 🙂 I apply after breakfast, test, then eat lunch, apply something else, then eat dinner, and apply one more color after dinner and remove at bed time. It never occurred to me that other people would wear the color much differently. I’d love to hear your suggestions on how I could better review and test lip color for wear!Though ultimately, as long as it’s being tested similarly each time, the wear should still average out.  The rating is then based off of that average – and then you can take it for what it’s worth. If you normally get two hours, and I normally get four, and I get four here, then you should feel comfortable that you’ll get your normal two, which is really the point of all the testing. 

Rising Sun is pretty but there’s barely any color there 🙁 So disappointing. I’ll probably check it out at the store – but idk if I’ll purchase anything from the glosses

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