Product Type: MAC makeup
Newest Review: ... 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 ... more
Just enough shine and colour, with a hint of a tingle!
Member Name: debbie41176
Advantages: Provides gentle plumping in a range of pretty colours.
Disadvantages: Very expensive for what it is!
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 :)
Summary: Ticks all the boxes apart from the price! If you have money to treat yourself, then go for it!