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MAC Fashion Sets: Lipglass Review Round-up

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

Reviews, Photos, Swatches

MAC Fashion Sets: Lipglass Review Round-up


Please note that the photos included in this post are for summary purposes only–there are four additional photos for each lipstick shade that have been excluded in this post but are available in the set’s original post: two product photos, one lip swatch (diffused flash), and one lip swatch (studio lighting).

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MAC Morange Lipglass, Lipstick, Nail Lacquer

MAC Morange
MAC Morange Nail Lacquer, Lipstick Lipglass

MAC Morange Lipglass, Lipstick, Nail Lacquer

MAC Morange 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 Asia Pacific, Europe/Africa, and Latin America/Middle East portions of the collection, but it will be available online for North American buyers. Morange is described as “bright cream orange.”

The three products all coordinate and match very well!  The nail lacquer has just the right mix of orange and red, brightness and depth, to match the lipgloss and lipstick.   When you layer the gloss over the lipstick, you get a really rich, glossy orange lip that’s opaque and lush.  While sometimes the heavier consistency of Lipglass doesn’t play well with other lipsticks, it works well here.

Morange Lipglass is a rich, medium-dark orange with a fair amount of brightness. It applies opaque, and while the thicker consistency of the formula allows some of the product to settle into lip lines, it isn’t very noticeable because of the color’s opacity. The reason why Morange stands out is because this is a truer orange–there isn’t very much red in it. MAC Knockout is darker and redder. MAC Caqui is darker and redder, though not as red as Knockout. Illamaqua Temper is just slightly redder and a touch darker–same with OCC Safety Orange. (9, 10, 9, 9, 4.5, 4; A-)

Morange Lipstick is a vibrant, medium-dark orange with a subtle sheen. It is an amplified creme finish, and it is part of the permanent range. It is very opaque, and it applies fairly evenly and easily. This shade has three close cousins: MAC Good to Go, MAC Neon Orange, and Illamasqua Flare.  It’s a very classic shade by MAC–though perhaps not classic as in timeless!  (10, 10, 9, 9, 5, 4; A)

Morange Nail Lacquer is a brightened, medium-dark orange with a cream finish. It’s was opaque after two coats, and it had a smooth, fluid consistency that applied evenly. MAC Oriele Orange is slightly redder. MAC Kid ORange is redder. Essie Braziliant is darker and redder. Essie Vermillionaire is very similar, perhaps a little darker. (10, 10, 10, 9, 5, 4; A)

MAC Lipsticks are vanilla-scented but taste-free. Amplified creme finishes like Morange typically wear four to six hours on me, with richer shades like this one wearing about five hours. 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.