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MAC Lipglass Picks and Swatches

June 15, 2017

MAC Lipglass New Packaging Review and Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Earlier this spring MAC repackaged their Lipglass ($17 for 3.1 ml/0.10 fl oz). They merged a few of the formulas such as the regular tinted lipglass and lustreglass into one. There are some new shades but a few of the original colors have also made their way into the new packaging, but they aren’t all the same – for example the original Love Nectar isn’t the same as the new one. The packaging itself is larger however it appears product weight has dropped quite a bit. Weight may vary per tube depending on when you got them, but I have a few that say 0.16 fl oz/4.8 ml. This isn’t the first time MAC has repackaged a product and reduced product size/weight – I’m still a little irked about when they redesigned their Pigment packaging with less product, but it hasn’t stopped me from buying new shades. Also they do last a long time so it’s not a deal breaker, more just the principle of price per weight.

I hauled 13 shades but luckily I had quite a few B2M empties to exchange for new glosses. Quite a few had sold out by the time I made my way to the counters and I checked back a few times and many were sold out for weeks. By now I think all the colors have restocked (at least online). A closer look at the packaging. The new tubes have a sleeker more modern look to them.

MAC Lipglass New Packaging Review and Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

The shade I picked out are listed and swatched in alphabetical order:

MAC Lipglass New Packaging Review and Swatches | The Beauty Look Book MAC Lipglass New Packaging Review and Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Color descriptions from left to right. They have the same signature MAC lip scent with has a tinge of vanilla but isn’t overly sweet. Sticky level is medium to high but it’s not so tacky that it bothers me as long as I wear an even semi-thin layer.

  • Beaux is a warm tan beige with a fine pearl, this one has sheer to medium coverage
  • Candy Box is a cream medium pink, coverage is medium
  • Cultured is a light pink with a slight pearly lilac tinge, coverage is medium
  • Love Nectar is a semi-sheer light peachy pearl, it’s lost it’s iridescent quality that it had with the Lustreglass formula, but the new version has slightly more pigment/coverage, this one has sheer to medium coverage
  • Lust is a peachy pink brown cream, coverage is medium
  • Nymphette is a frosted pink gold with a lot of gold, coverage is medium
  • Oh Baby is a sparkling bronze with visible shimmer sparkles, coverage is medium
  • Oyster Girl is a light opal pink pearl, coverage is sheer-medium
  • Pinkarat is a shimmering pink with gold, more pink in this one, coverage is sheer-medium
  • Prrr is a frosted pink with white pearl, coverage is medium to full
  • Spice is a warm brown caramel cream, coverage is medium to full
  • Spite is a cool mauve with slight taupe, coverage is medium
  • Steel Kiss is a silvery mauve with silver sparkles, coverage is medium

Lip swatches below on bare lips. Note that some of these are on the sheer side so quite a few of them look similar on me. Of course they will look different on you depending on how dark/light your skin is and also what your lip tone is. On the face I’m wearing the Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion in No. 25 Deep Beige with NARS All Day Luminous Powder Foundation in Laponie (I also wear Punjab).

All of them side by side:

MAC Lipglass New Packaging Review and Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Some thoughts about the new packaging and the color options:

  • Formula of the Lipglass seems to be the same in texture and pigment. They’re semi-sticky for high shine and on me they do adhere well to the lips which makes them last a decent amount of time.
  • The Lustreglass shades seem to be more like Lipglass formulas now. Previously the Lustreglass was a thinner lighter texture with a tiny brush tip applicator and sheer coverage. Beaux and Love Nectar are both slightly different in color compared to their original versions. I haven’t had time to swatch the old vs new. I know I have owned 8 of the shades in the old formula – if you want a comparison I’ll try to see if I can find them (if I didn’t B2M them) and do side by sides. Let me know in the comments.
  • Shade wise there are a couple that are really similar. Nympette has more gold than Pinkarat, I prefer Pinkarat just because sometimes I can’t wear a yellow gold easily with my olive complexion. Lust vs Spice depends on your undertone preference, I prefer Lust because Spice pulls orange on me.
  • Shades I didn’t like include Steel Kiss and Spite. Both look ok in photographs, especially with a flash. But they have too much mauve/grey undertone to be ok in natural light on me. I can adjust them with a liner or lipstick to warm them up though.
  • Prrr is still as frosty as it was in the original formula, but for some reason I find the new one more wearable.
  • Oh Baby is a lot more sparkly than I could show in photographs.
  • If you want a neutral pinky brown color Lust is your best option. However Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss in Caramel and Caresse have way better formulas and smoother coverage. Swatched side by side here next to both Lust and Spice.
  • I try to do all the lip swatching in a post in one session for lighting consistency. Sometimes my lips can get super raw from all the wiping and reapplying. This round I decided to use the Bioderma Hydrabio Cleansing Water and the following days my lips were 100% fine. Disclaimer is that the bottle says it’s for Face and Eyes. No mention of whether or not you can use on the lips so I’m not sure if it’s safe. It worked for me though. Just a tip in case you want to try it.
  • Top two picks are Beaux and Cultured for the best color.

MAC Lipglass New Packaging Review Picks | The Beauty Look Book

Overall I really like the new packaging style (with the exception of the weight drop). Out of all the other color options the only other one I had on my list is Love Child which I love in the original formula. I may pick that one up in the fall as right now I’m not that into plums for summer. Quality and pigment wise I found these consistent with the formula in the original packaging. Colors have changed a bit though. Overall a thumbs up.

You can find the MAC Lipglass at all MAC counters now. Online at MAC, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and Ulta Beauty.

Have you tried the new ones yet? If so which colors?


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  • Candice Petersen June 15, 2017 at 7:35 am

    These all look so pretty

    Beauty Candy Loves

    • BeautyLookBook June 19, 2017 at 12:38 pm

      Thank you Candice, I think they have some great shades. Wish they brought back Nico though πŸ™‚

  • Vanessa Buttino June 15, 2017 at 10:31 am

    I would love to see you do a similar post on your top picks of the Cremesheen glosses. That’s my favourite gloss formula of all time! As far as the new Lipglass formula/packaging goes, I like it but I’m not wild about the decrease in weight. Nymphette was always my favourite Lipglass shade — I think I might have to re-purchase it in the new packaging πŸ™‚

    • BeautyLookBook June 19, 2017 at 12:39 pm

      Hi Vanessa, I’ll see if I can pull some out for the Cremesheens – it’s been a while I’m not sure which colors are still around! Nymphette is such a great color though πŸ™‚

  • Kyla Ewing June 15, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    Wonderful review, as always! I had the older version of Nymphette, Prrr and Love Nectar, but I will have to check these out for sure!

  • Rebecca ZH June 15, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    They all look great on you. I’m surprised you didn’t get Soar, the most pigmented ylbb in the bunch IMO. That’s the only one I got!

    • BeautyLookBook June 19, 2017 at 12:40 pm

      They were sold out everywhere near me! I tried ordering online and it was on backorder but I think it’s back now. Otherwise I would have definitely bought it.

      • Rebecca ZH June 19, 2017 at 12:55 pm

        That makes sense! As a makeup nerd myself, when I saw they had the new shade, I got so excited!

  • World Inspires You Create June 16, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Candy box is soo pretty!
    p.s. I always read your blog, it’s soo good and swatched are really helpful even my skintone is different. I finally fixed my profile so I can comment:D

  • Kiran June 16, 2017 at 8:23 am

    I actually genuinely love them all! I would wear every single shade but Spite is my favourite. Gorgeous post xxx

    Skin biopsy showing features of a benign epidermoid cyst.



  • Chevonna June 16, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    I love that you do swatched!! These lipglasses are so pretty!

  • Lisa Vonli June 17, 2017 at 5:47 am

    so pretty!

  • Verity Yeates June 17, 2017 at 7:22 am

    Wow, these look lovely! I like the look of Beaux, Cultured and Prr. I’d like a new lip gloss but there are so many to choose from – do you think Dior and Chanel are better than the Mac ones? Mac are cheaper but perhaps quality is better with Dior and Chanel? Decisions, decisions… You always look so lovely with the glosses on and I have a feeling my lips won’t look so luscious!

    • BeautyLookBook June 19, 2017 at 12:42 pm

      I think Dior, Chanel and MAC are all just as good in quality. The difference is in formula finish and texture so it really depends on what you prefer and also color options.

      MAC is the most sticky.
      Chanel’s new formula is thicker than the original glossimer, colors vary in pigment.

      Dior has the most luscious shine without the tacky feel, colors tend to be sheer.

      Thanks for the sweet comments on my lips – I think you can definitely get luscious lips with the Dior glosses πŸ™‚


  • julia June 17, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Steel Kiss is really beautiful. It looks grey in the initial photo in the tube but it seems to mesh really well with your lip color. Do you think on a paler complexion you’d look washed out with it?

    • BeautyLookBook June 19, 2017 at 12:43 pm

      Steel Kiss is one I have such mixed feelings on. It’s definitely grey/steel. Check out Temptalia she is a bit fairer than me in skin tone so you might get a better look at it there.

  • Joyce Belfort June 17, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    I am not a fan of MAC lip glass, but you certainly made them look fab. I love the layout of your blog. It is so clean and sleek!

    • BeautyLookBook June 19, 2017 at 12:43 pm

      Thanks Joyce! I can see how they might not be for everyone!

  • Nicole Merza June 18, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    These look so pretty and pigmented! I’m definitely going to be picking some shades up!

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

    • BeautyLookBook June 19, 2017 at 12:43 pm

      Hi Nicole – hope you find a few shades you love!