The latest collection to hit the counters at MAC is the Cremesheen + Pearl Collection for Fall 2012- a totally girly set of eight lipsticks and eight lip glosses. I think the paper background I used above was totally appropriate- the whole collection is just so pink and feminine, I had to! Click here to see the full collection.
This collection features the Cremesheen formula from MAC (which, FYI, is my absolute favorite texture of lipstick), only with a pearly, frosty twist. Each lip product has a frosted finish (it’s very subtle in some of them) to give a hint of shimmer and reflection for a bit more of a radiant look.
The MAC Cremesheen Lipstick ($14.50 USD / $17.50 CAD), as I just mentioned, is my favorite formula from the brand. To me, it’s a hybrid, combining the glossy finish of a Lustre lipstick with the buildable color of a Satin lipstick (both very comfortable, but each lacking the super power of the other). Lustre lipsticks are usually quite sheer, and Satin lipsticks can look a little flat to me sometimes, so the Cremesheen texture simply combines the best of both worlds. My favorite lipstick in the whole world, MAC Creme d’Nude, is a Cremesheen finish.
These lipsticks, as I mentioned, have a hint of pearl to them so they each give off a hint of shimmer. It’s so subtle though, you might not even realize it in some of them. The colors in the collection are beautiful- all quite wearable, pretty and mostly pink. The colors I’ve been playing with are:
- Pure Zen: A gorgeous warm nude that reminds me a lot of my beloved Creme d’Nude, only a little more neutral (Creme d’Nude is quite pink in comparison). It’s a lovely lipstick if you’re in need of a nude lip that own’t make you look lifeless, because it goes with pretty much every look imaginable! I love the hint of shimmer too- I know I’m going to get a lot of use out of this shade.
- Peach Blossom: Described by MAC as a “cool nude”, I would consider it more of a mid-tone nude pink. It’s almost a my-lips-but-better shade, but with a bit more pink. A very safe and wearable shade.
- Sunny Seoul: My total favorite… this light warm pink is so pretty! It almost has a coral tone that looks absolutely gorgeous on the lips. Because the color is buildable, you can just do a hint of color or build it up for a full coverage look. So fun!
The MAC Cremesheen Glass ($19.50 USD / $22.50 CAD) is a very different formula from the tradition Lipglass. It’s not sticky at all, so it definitely appeals to all those people that want to love MAC Lipglass but just can’t stand the tacky factor. They have the signature MAC vanilla scent, but they come in a much longer, elongated tube. The gloss, while visible, is in an inner tube surrounded by clear plastic (I think I love the look of these ones better than the originals).
The added pearly shimmer in these lipglosses is a bit more noticeable than in the lipsticks, but these glosses are also super sheer. I wish that MAC was able to retain the creamy, silky texture of these lip glosses but provide more coverage because I think I’d love them even more! They feel nice, but don’t last too long and I have to wear them on top of a nude lipstick (or similar colored lipstick) to get the effect of the gloss.
The colors I’ve been wearing lately are:
- Double Happiness: A light nude gloss with gold pearl- very pretty, but also quite simple. Practically looks clear on the lips unless you’re wearing a nude lipstick underneath.
- Pagoda: A gorgeous cool pink with silver pearl- this is definitely my favorite out of the two glosses! It has a bit more pigmentation than Double Happiness, so it’s more noticeable on the lips on its own. It does have a bit of a milky texture to it (ie. it settles into lip lines), but it doesn’t look to bad in real life (it looks worse in the macro photos for sure). It reminds me of my favorite Lipglass from MAC, Viva Glam Gaga!
I must say I’m more impressed with the Lipsticks than the Cremesheen Glasses in this collection, just because I love the texture of the lipstick but I still prefer the original formula of Lipglass to the Cremesheen Glass (these are the type of glosses I’d keep in my purse just in case).
- Price: $14.50 USD / $17.50 CAD for 0.1oz / 3g (Lipsticks) and $19.50 USD / $22.50 CAD for 0.08oz / 2.4mL (Cremesheen Glasses)
- Availability: MAC
- Selection: See the entire collection here
- Overall: The MAC Cremesheen lipstick texture is my favorite one out of them all because it combines a comfortable glossy finish with buildable color, and these beautiful lipsticks with a hint of pearl really look amazing! The MAC Cremesheen Glass is also nice, but less pigmented than the original Lipglass due to its creamy (non-sticky) texture.
- Rating: A (Lipsticks) and B+ (Cremesheen Glasses)