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I have a few MAC plushglasses in my makeup collection and due to their small size and simple packaging they tend to get overlooked. I've recently rediscovered 'Girl [heart] Boy' from MAC's limited edition 'Quite Cute' collection in Spring 2011. I've been carrying it around in my handbag for the last few weeks and applying it on an almost daily basis. So I guess it's about time for a review!
BRIEF PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
The plushglass lipglosses make up part of MAC's lipgloss 'family'.
In their permanent, non limited edition line, you can chose from around 12 colours and finishes. The finishes are either 'frost' or 'cream' which are quite self explanitory with 'frost' containing fine glitter to give a shimmery appearance, and 'cream' providing a simple block (although quite sheer) colour.
Colours available range from pale golds up to deep reds, with a lot of different pink and coral variations in between.
These lipglosses are plumping, and aim to give your lips a fuller finish. They're your classic plumping lipgloss formulation where some mysterious ingredient manages to bring more blood to the surface of your lips, making them visibly fuller, and quite tingly feeling! I haven't looked into how these lipglosses work, but I can recognise the scent of whatever the plumping ingredient it is a mile off. Luckily these ones aren't too strong and the addition of a vanilla scent tones it down. The plumping ingredient doesn't have a horrible scent, just a little more 'chemical like' that I would chose to put on my lips.
Along with the plumping aspect, the gloss contains vitamin E which is quite moisturising and soothing. You can easily wear this instead of a lip balm and you'll still save yourself from chapped lips.
A factor worth noting with the plushglasses is the size. These come in 4.2ml tubes which is actually quite small. If you saw the gloss outside of a shop, you'd be forgiven for thinking that it had come from a gift set. I was surprised that these are so small and sold for £16.50 each. That being said, I've never run out of a lipgloss so there's more than enough in there. The small size also makes it convenient to carry with you, especially if you favour a tiny handbag and need the extra space!
The tube is clear so you can see the colour of your gloss. 'MAC Plushglass' is written in black on the clear part of the tube, there is a silver product detail sticker on the base of the tube, and the the handle / lid is a soft feeling black matte plastic. The wand is a classic 'doe foot' shape, slanted at the tip to provide easy application. The opening where the wand goes into the tube to pick up the gloss is neat and the correct size so you don't end up with too much or too little product.
PRICE / AVAILABILITY
These are available from stand alone MAC stores (which are few and far between in the UK, with the majority being in London). You can also purchase them from MAC counters in department stores, or from MAC's own website. I beleive Selfridges and Debenhams also stock MAC plushglasses on their websites.
I wouldn't recommend buying these from anywhere other than the above listed places. MAC is a brand that is often counterfeited. A lot of what ends up on ebay (and similar) is not genuine MAC, and therefore hasn't been made in accordance to cosmetic manufactoring regulations. They can contain ingredients which may harm or irritate your skin.
At £16.50 I wouldn't recommend buying these on a whim. However, if you're in need of a new lipgloss and are likely to stick with the one product until it runs out, then I don't suppose it's too bad an investment.
MY THOUGHTS ON APPLICATION / APPEARANCE WHEN WORN
I have two of these plushglasses; both from the 'Quite Cute' limited edition collection. The other is a pale lilac, but the one I am reviewing is a pale pink. It's a very 'classic' baby pink shade, by which I mean it is exactly the colour you would think of if someone said 'baby pink' to you! A very nice, inoffensive colour! There is no hint of a sparkle or shimmer in this and the colour payoff is subtle, although definitely visable. A cooled toned pale pink like this would suit a wide range of skin tones and is very flattering for the face. Just in general, I'd recommend it as a colour to try out for lipgloss / lipstick.
Because this colour is quite sheer and subtle, you can easily apply it on the go without using a mirror. If you're not going to use a mirror I'd recommend just applying one coat of this gloss. I've layered another coat on top of the first before, and realised that the colour is patchy in places. This is easily rectified by simply blending with your fingertip. Though obviously you'd need the mirror to see where to blend.
As I've mentioned in the product description, the doe foot applicator is a nice shape, and slanted at the tip to easily work with the shape of your lips. The applicator is nice and soft too, so the whole application process feels like and soothing!
After a few seconds, you'll notice the tingling feeling. Unlike some other plumping glosses, this is fairly gentle, and doesn't burn your lips and make the surrounding area all red (this has happened to me before - not a good look!). MAC descripes the tingle as a 'cool-warm vanilla buzz' which pretty much sums it up! Although, unfortunately, it's less 'vanilla' and more chemically when it comes down to the scent. Yes, you can smell the vanilla, but the plumping ingredient has a more overpowering scent. It's a strong, sweet scent, with a hint of something quite artificial. Although I don't think that this can be avoided in a plumping gloss.
With the gloss I can see that my lips appear a bit fuller (but in a nice way, not too obvious!). The pale colour works well with this plumped up look. Since the plumping ingredient brings more blood to the surface of your lips, it can make your lips look quite bright and red! A pale, cool toned colour will balance this out very effectively.
The 'buzz' doesn't last for long, although the plumping effect will last longer than the actual sensation. If you apply another quick coat, you'll feel the instant buzz again straight away.
My plushglass application will last me a good few hours before I need to reapply. I can get away with having a drink or two, but if I were to eat a whole meal, it'd be gone, except for a hint of a softness / sheen to my lips. It's more long lasting than a lot of lipglosses, but nothing exceptional.
OVER ALL THOUGHTS
If, like me, you love the idea of plumping lipglosses, but have sensitive skin, then this one COULD work for you. It's the only plumping formulation that I've tried and been able to wear. Most 'burn' my lips straight away, make them swell uncomfortably, and leave red marks round my mouth! Luckily this one doesn't do any of that, and just provides a subtle plump with a little tingle.
For most, the price will be too much of a negative factor to warrant purchasing any of these. On the whole I have to say that it's unlikely I'll purchase another. These would be lovely to receive as gifts though, or if you had any gift vouchers for department stores where there's a MAC counter.
On the whole, a lipgloss worth having in your collection. Not something that you'd necessarily purchase for yourself, but something that would be greatly received as a gift! The price is the only negative aspect here, so if you have the money and are curious, then I'd say try one of these out and see what you think :)
A recent MAC convert when my boyfriend flew off on a trip without me I despatched him off to the MAC shop at Manchester airport with a list as long as his arm of things I wanted, and bless him, he came back with it all - and this little lip gloss besides as a sorry I went on holiday without you present.
Now as he bought it at the airport I know it was cheaper (I think between £9-10) but I wouldn't like to say for definite as I wasn't the one who bought it.
Unlike mascara and eyeliner I tend to only wear lip gloss when I am going out somewhere and usually stick to vaseline in the day. Previous lipglosses I have owned tend to rub off fairly quickly and lose the shine and sparkle after a couple minutes talking, drinking or smoking. Not so the plush glass!
Although it is a relatively small tube - great for pockets and small bags, tends to get lost when I use a bigger bag - it has lasted me for 6 months now at least and I know there is still plenty in there! A little really does go a long way, the applicator is sponge and unlike other lipglosses where the sponge tends to disintegrate after a while, my applicator sponge is still as good as new!
I tend to wear the nude shade, which also vamps up darker lipstick shades as well as looking lovely when you do dark eyes (I find dark eyes and lips can be a bit overwhelming!). It is lovely and thick so coats your lips evenly without being sticky, and it tastes nice too - kind of fruity vanilla (I know you aren't meant to eat it but it happens!)
It stays on well while you are drinking - I find it averages about 2 glasses of wine, not so well for kissing, but then that is to be expected! The main problem I have with it is when I am smoking (which will no longer be a problem seeing as I am in the process of quittin!) I used to find that all the qualities that make it such a great lipgloss, ultimate staying power, lovely and shiny, thick, mean that the second you pop a cigarette into your mouth it pops straight back out again and is coated in the lipgloss - not a good look while you are standing there with random cigarettes popping out of your mouth onto the floor!
A fantastic product which really plumps up your lips, leaves them looking shiny and kissable and I also find that when mine are chapped in the winter it helps protect my mouth while I am out and I still look good.
Fantastic product - when I run out I will not be waiting to go to an airport to make it cheaper I will get online to MAC and have it delivered to my door!
We all want fuller, more kissable lips; right? Well when I bought MACs Plushglass I was under the impression I would have lips that would make Angelina Jolie jealous, well almost.
I've long been a lover of all things MAC and have used some of their lipglass before, but never the Plushglass. I bought 'Wet, Wild, Wonderful', a neutral pink/brown shade that would be suitable for everyday wear. I spent my £14.50 and went home with my new MAC purchase giddy to try it out so that I could feel my lips tingle and become fuller.
So on it went, and yes, my lips did tingle.
The application went on really smoothly, and the colour on my lips is what I expected it to be considering the colour in the tube. I would say though that it is really important to exfoliate and moisturise your lips prior to applying any of MACs lipglass products as they show up all the little bits of dry skin you really don't want to show!
My lips did appear fuller, but if your expecting to have a pout like Angelina's then I think surgery may be the answer!
Would I buy it again? I'm not sure I'm convinced to be honest. Although there was the feeling that my lips were fuller, I think I will just stick to my regular lipglass and lippy.
I love Mac make up, and without a doubt Mac Plushglass Lip Gloss has to be my lip wear of choice. Well saying that I think I'm slightly addicted as I own at least 6 or 7 different colours and if I really like a colour I tend to buy more than one (I have 3 tubes of Bountiful!).
This gloss is packaged in the typical, distinct Mac packaging, plain matt black lid, clear tube with logo, which I love, it sends butterflies to my stomach when I see the Mac counter, sad I know, but thats how much I love it. The plushglass is available currently in 13 colour ways, with either a cream or frost finish, so there is a colour available to suit everyone. The assistants are extremely helpful and will assist in choosing the correct products and colours to suit the individual.
I find that the cream finish is more suited to day time wear, with the lovely frost finish being perfect for evening wear. It has a very sheer colour to the lip gloss, so if you are looking for more depth of colour I don't think this will fit the bill for you, if it is more to enhance your lips and give a light colour and gloss it will be perfect.
What sets this appart from other glosses it that it enhances your lips giving a 'plumping' effect. This gloss feels quite tingly on your lips, its a pleasant fizzy type of feel which I love. It lastes delicious too, a little like vanilla but I can detect a slight almond type of flavour to.
I dont think it exactly plumps my lips, as it claims to do, I just think that it gets the blood circulating giving a healthy glossy appearance. The gloss contains vitamin E to care for your lips too. It feels like a luxurious product too which is just as well considering its not cheap, £14.50 from department stores with Mac counters.
I love the look of my lips with this gloss, and I wouldn't buy any other as I'm very happy with Mac Plushglass lip gloss and would recommend you give it a try.
I'm not a lover of lipstick, mainly because it's just too 'faffy' for me - messing about with lip liners and brushes and all that malarkey. So I'm very much in the gloss camp when it comes to my lips. I have very specific requirements for my lip gloss. It needs to be shiny and it needs to be sparkly. It needs to stay on whilst I drink a full glass of wine because I don't want to be running to the ladies every 15 minutes to re-apply. It does NOT need to be so 'in your face' that you can see me coming from 20 yards away on a starless night.
And so my love affair with MAC began with MAC Plushglass, shade 'Pretty Plush', in the duty free shop at Terminal 3 of Manchester Airport. I tried it on and was hooked. I got so carried away (probably fuelled in some part by several pre-flight gin and tonics) that I ended up spending well over £100 there and then...all on lip glosses (and one facial primer which I'm also getting round to reviewing on here).
I've now been wearing MAC products for a couple of years. Whilst I have tried several different lines in their gloss ranges I haven't found anything that I prefer to Plushglass. It smells pleasant - kind of like vanilla. It looks brilliant on my lips; sheer, shiny and pearlised but still quite subtle. It's easy to apply - the applicator is sponge-tipped (or doe-footed) as opposed to a brush, and is attached to the black plastic cap which screws on over the gloss tube. It's tacky without being too 'sticky'. It stays on my lips far longer than other premium brands I have tried. And, the tube is small and discreet enough to keep in my pocket if I'm going out without a handbag.
The Plushglass line comes in a wide variety of shades so there is something to suit all skin tones and all lip pigments. I tend to go for the frosted pinks/peaches as I am quite dark. The colour in the tube is extremely representative of what I see on my mouth, therefore I am happy to order from the MAC website with confidence (we don't have MAC in any stores where I live, unfortunately).
The packaging is simple but stylish and is instantly recognisable as MAC. MAC is a Canadian company, and an extremely ethical one. It donates a lot of money to AIDS foundations, and does not test on animals which is very important to me when choosing products.
I haven't found a noticeable difference in the 'plumpness' of my lips when I wear it, but I haven't been looking. I didn't buy it because of its lip plumping qualities, however I have to say that I find the slight tingling sensation, that lasts for about a minute upon application, quite pleasant!
One thing I have noticed is that it can dry your lips out a little. So I exfoliate and apply a little lip balm prior to first application and that seems to do the trick for me. The gloss does contains vitamin E for added environmental protection.
Unfortunately, the logo has a tendency to rub off the tube very quickly, sometimes in a matter of weeks. Whilst it's not the be all and end all, it is a detail that has been overlooked and I think that more care should have been taken by MAC, as it is a premium priced product at £14.50, and this shouldn't happen really.
Overall a fantastic product which I am more than happy to recommend. I buy this product as gifts for friends and they are always delighted with it too.
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If you believe eveything you read in magazines, then the ever gorgeous Cheryl Cole is reportedly a fan of Mac LipGlass.
What's not to like? The simple yet elegant packaging? The range of colours available to suit every taste? Or could it be the stickyness that makes you feel like your lips have been glued together?
Sadly, this is one of my least favourite brands of gloss. Normally I am singing MACs praises for all their products, but this leaves me feeling not too inspired. I just don't like the way it feels so sticky on your lips, and makes mine feel dry when I take it off.
However, the plus point of the consistency of this is that it has staying power, and you will not be constantly applying it to top up the colour.
Granted the colour range is amazing. You could choose a colour to suit any outifit, and they look as fabulous on the lips as they do in their bottles.
And as always, MAC's packaging is simple and elegant, and instantly recognisable. MAC are also a wonderfully ethical company, donating money to AIDS foundations, and they don't test on animals - always a plus point in my book.
The price tag for these is pretty average in line with other lip glosses. Obviously not as cheap as high street, but you are getting a much higher quality products (despite the stickyness).
Whilst in my local MAC store, i was waiting for the assistant to find my usual shade of foundation in the back and i noticed these 'Lip Glasses' - the fact that they referred to themselves as Glasses and not Glosses intrigued me.
PlushGlass is just one of the many 'types' that MAC have introduced their lipglosses in. The others are GlimmerGlass, Tinted LipGlass, DazzleGlass and LustreGlass - which are all designed to give different looks.
I love it. For me, i dislike the gunky feeling of a lipgloss that makes you scared to go out into the wind for fear of your hair sticking to your lips! This, however, does nothing of the sort. It is a lovely consistency (sort of like butter at room temperature) and doesn't feel at all sticky.
A big factor for me when buying lipglosses is definitely the longeivity of them, which i was assured by the assistant that this PlushGlass would certainly last a lot longer than other leading brands.
As the consistency isn't sticky, i thought that it wouldn't last that long - but it surprised me! I applied it ONCE before going out one night, i put it in my bag so i'd have it handy, but i didn't even have to reapply it! It lasted a good 4 or 5 hours.
The one i have (a deep pink one called Power Supply) smells nicely of vanilla and cherries. The description of the range states that there is vanilla in them all, so i think that all of them will smell yummy.
Right, now to the aesthetics. It is in a little 4.8g tube that has a screw on lid with the applicator brush attached to it. The brush feels really good against your lips and gives a lovely coverage. There are 13 shades of the LipGlass available and they range from a creamy colour to a plum colour, with light and dark pinks in between.
It cost me £14.50 from a MAC store but you can order it online too from their website. It might only be small and quite expensive, but you'll only need to apply it 2-3 times if you want it on for the whole day, unlike a lot of others that need constant reapplication! They also contain Vitamin E, so you get lovely, healthy lips at the same time as looking amazing!
I recently added a 2 new lipglosses to my MAC collection and wanted to reveiw them straight away.
MAC Cosmetics is a premium brand of makeup, they use high quality ingredients and their colours are highly pigmented and longwearing. The range of colours is brilliant, more than I have seen with any other brand and the different finishes mean you will find something to suit the occasion and your needs.
The Lipglosses (or lipglasses as they are known) come in many different varieties including, plushglass, lustreglass, dazzleglass, tinted lipglass, glimmerglass amongst others. Today I will be reveiwing the Pretty Plush Plushglass.
Mac claims this to be a gloss that makes the lips feel fuller whilst providing a high shine pearlised creamy gloss finish. All of MAC lip coours smell fantastic and this glass smells like vanilla and and tingles once applied, this will be the irratants added which irritat the lips giving them a plumped up look. I feel that the effect doesn't last long but the tingling does continue for a while, and after the first application the tingling doesn't seem as shocking. I personally didn't see any obvious changes in the fullness of my lips, however this would definately work better on someone who had thinner lips where the change would be more notieable. The vanilla smell, although not overbearing gave a nice scent and made a nice change to the glosses that don't add this.
I bought the Pretty Plush Plushglass, which is a creamy beigy pink which works brilliantly on bare lips and gives new life to my old lippy colour, out of the lipgloss ranges plushglass is my favourite as the colours are brilliant and they feel and look great.
Currently MAC have 13 shades of plushglass ranging from you beige/ligh pinks through to your bronze/purples. With such a selection you can achieve many looks and wearing over a lipstick can give your usual colour a boost and a different look, ideal for an evening out with the girls or just a bit of pampering and 'me' time.
Plushglass is available instore or online at £14.50, a bit pricey but you are paying for high quality products. I would be wary buying them elsewhere due to the amount of counterfeits available and sometimes it needs a trained eye to spot the difference. I wouldn't recommend risking buying a counterfeit when it comes to any makeup or skincare products as you may not know what is in them and the colours are not very well pigmented, which is what MAC are all about.
If you are already a devoted MAC fan you will already know all about these glasses and how brilliant they are, if you haven't discovered how brilliant MAC products are yet and you can add this into your makeup budget you will be pleasantly surprised.
MAC Plushglass / Sheer lip colour with a pearlised high-shine gloss finish / Formulated to make lips look and feel like more / instantly! Comfortable to wear: lush / multi-dimensional / Sensational in application: gives a cool-warm / vanilla buzz to the lips / Moisturises / soothes and visibly plumps the lips to make them look luxuriously healthy and well-conditioned / Contains vitamin E for added environmental protection / To keep lips looking full and lush / use it on an ongoing basis.