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I don't think that lipsticks suit me very much but my lips look to plain without anything on them so I tend to lean more towards lip glosses. I chose the Tinted Lipglass by Mac as my latest lip gloss.
What does the product do?
The product has been designed to give the lips a splash of colour with a glossy glass like finish. The lipgloss gives a long lasting shine to the lips and offers buildable colour. It contains Jojoba Oil which hydrates and nourishes the lips leaving them softer and in a better condition.
The product comes in plenty of different shades and there should be a colour to suit everyone's tastes. They each come with a cute name such as Heroine, Pink Poodle, Enchantress and Embrace Me. The colours range from pinks to purples and neutrals to browns. I chose Nymphette which is a pale pink shade with golden flecks.
Packaging and Price
The lip gloss comes contained within a clear tube through which you can see the product inside so you know the exact colour that you are getting. On the side of the tube, Mac LipGlass is written in black lettering. The tube has a black screw top lid and inside the lid there is a applicator wand. The applicator has a slanted sponge to enable you to apply the product easily and accurately. The product will cost you around £13 for each lipgloss and it can be bought from stores with a Mac stand such as Debenhams and also from a range of online websites.
The lip gloss looks really shimmery in the tube and you can see plenty of flecks of gold through the plastic. When you unscrew the lid, the wand comes out with a pop and a good amount of the lip gloss is dispensed onto the sponge being not too much and not too little. The product doesn't have much of an aroma at all and shouldn't be too anyone's disliking which is a good thing because the product is being applied directly beneath the nose. The gloss glides onto the lips easily without pulling or dragging the delicate skin. Two pumps of the gloss is enough to coat the upper and lower lip well. The sponge is soft on the lips and the doe foot shape of the applicator allow s you to carefully apply the product to the lips without going onto the skin.
The consistency of the gloss is really thick and it feels tacky on the lips. It does have a really sticky texture and when the wind blows, your hair will become attached to your mouth. The Lipglass has a lovely glossy finish which makes your lips shiny and eye catching. The colour is more or less sheer which is to be expected as the product is only a tinted one but it does add a lovely pinkness to my lips which make them look healthy. The shimmer and the golden flecks don't really show up on the lips. The product is long lasting, probably due to the thickness of it and it stays on my lips for quite a few hours even when eating or drinking. When the product has come off, my lips feel soft and conditioned so it is hydrating too. The product didn't irritate my lips in any way or cause me to experience any discomfort.
All in all, this is a lovely lip gloss which adds a touch of colour to the lips and gives them a lovely sheer finish. It softens and conditions the lips, leaving them looking great and feeling great. It does have a sticky and tacky consistency which is a bit of a pain but that should be expected with a lip gloss. It has long lasting results and stays on the lips for quite a few hours. The colour may be too sheer for some but I really like it and I would happily repurchase another shade.
MAC produce some of my favourite cosmetic and one of my most trusted, well used products is their MAC tinted lipglass. In my opinion MAC is a very high quality make up company. They have a very distinctive branding look which I think makes it look very upmarket. All of their make up counters and products come in a very sleek black packaging with plain white writing on them. MAC actually stands for "makeup art cosmetics" and their philosophy is to produce makeup and accessories of the caliber of quality that would be expected by todays professional makeup artists.
With this philosophy I feel that if they put this much quality and effort into their products then I am pretty confident that their products will be great and I have always found that they are. I first tried a MAC lipglass quite a few years ago on recommendation from a friend and have had one in my bag every since. A lipglass is basically a lip gloss and named glass by MAC. MAC actually describe it as, "A unique lip gloss available in a wide variety of colours that can create a high gloss, glass-like finish or a subtle sheen." They go on to say that it is, "Designed to be worn on its own, over Lip Pencil or Lipstick, Tinted Lipglass is the perfect product for creating shine that lasts. It's pigmented, very shiny and can impart subtle or dramatic colour. It contains Jojoba Oil to help soften and condition the lips."
I always wear mine on its own as the colours I tend to choose have quite a lot of colour in them so do not need to go over anything else however these do come in sheer colours and so are perfect as just a lipgloss that will go over another lipstick. I find the lipglasses incredibly shiny and shimmery. They are a bit sticky when you first apply them and I do find sometimes that my hair sticks to them but I have to say the shine and shimmer does make up for this. The lipglass lasts for a very long time as well which I like, I generally apply in the morning and the lipglass tends to last for most of the day.
The lipglasses come in a plastic tube with an applicator at the top which screws in to close it. At the end of the wand is a sponge tip which holds the colour and lipglass well and makes applciation onto your lips really easy and smooth and covers well without coating your lips with too much product. What I love about these lipglasses is the variety of colours they come in from clear to light pinks, reds to a darker purple. Some names of the lipglasses include Lust, Lovechild, Pink Lemonade and my personal favourite colour Explicit. Each tube is 4.8g and costs £12.
One other great thing I like about MAC is that they are a very ethical company. They run a recycling program with their plastic products where you can bring back your finished product and I believe you get a discount although it has been so long since I have needed to buy a lipglass as they last so long that I can't remember if you get a discount or not!
A nice lip product!
To set the record straight from the get-go, I am a big lip gloss fan - I have at least 20 on the go at any one time with colours ranging from reds, through pinks, to browns. Much as I am a massive fan of nearly all things MAC, I just can't quite bring myself to say that I love their Lip Glass.
The one thing that annoys me about lip gloss is the stickiness of it - we've all been there, walking down the street one blustery Autumn morning, when the wind sweeps a chunk of your hair onto your perfectly applied lip gloss and smack! Both hair and lips are ruined in one fell swoop! Aside from the wind disaster potential, I dislike the constant feeling that there is something on your lips that you get with sticky glosses, and MAC's Lip Glass is one of the stickier high end products I've come across.
All credit to MAC , the colour range is superb - currently around 30 shades from subtle washes to bright neons, pinks to reds, frosts to metallic, any shade you are after you won't have much trouble finding a good match in a Lip Glass. The colour when applied is great - slightly more subtle than it appears in the tube, but the tube colour is a fairly accurate representation so no horrible surprises on application. The colour goes on evenly and is highly pigmented so looks nice and strong on the lips and means that you only need to apply a little to get a really strong look. It also has a slight sweet vanilla scent to it which is lovely but not at all overpowering.
The packaging is typically MAC and very cute - a small 4.8g tube with a black screw top lid which contains the sponge tipped applicator. I don't actually like the sponge applicator very much as it feels a bit cheap and scratchy on the lips, not what you'd expect from a product in this price range. I tend to prefer a brush applicator, but I've used other glosses with sponge applicators that did not have the scratchiness and felt lovely and smooth to apply.
The texture for me is the biggest downside to the Lip Glasses - it's surprisingly thick for a gloss and feels very sticky on the lips when you press them together. It's a major offender for grabbing your hair which is very irritating for anyone with mid-length or long hair and although the uncomfortableness of the stickiness does die down after a little while, it is still noticeable as long as the colour stays on your lips. Despite the stickiness though, I find these don't dry out my lips as much as other sticky lip glosses do - it contains jojoba as a moisturising agent and although I wouldn't say it moisturises my lips, it doesn't make them too dry either.
However, the Lip Glasses definitely do have staying power, which comes partly from the stickiness. I guess it's impossible to have everything you want - either the gloss is lovely and smooth but has weedy staying power, or it lasts all night but leaves you feeling like you've applied glue to your lips. The length of time this stays on the lips is definitely impressive for a gloss - I would say it lasts a couple of hours before showing signs of needing reapplication.
For me, these are just too sticky for me to really love them - if you really love MAC but like me you can't take the stickiness, the sparkly Lustreglasses or the Juicy Tube style Lip Gelee's are a little bit less sticky and work much better for me. At £11.50, these aren't especially cheap and in my opinion there are better glosses around for that price.
MAC is (as anyone who reads a few of my reviews will know) my absolute favourite brand of makeup. In fact, it is now the only brand I use apart from for mascara, primer and highlighter. So it was almost inevitable that at some point I would try one of their lipglosses - or lipglasses as they are called. I have to admit, albeit grudgingly given my inherent MAC bias, that it really isn't all that great. I couldn't say anything that is hugely awful about this lipgloss, it is basically a middle-of-the-road makeup product...which is unusual for a company whose products, in my experience, are usually head and shoulders above the other makeup brands.
One of the best things about it is that it is not tacky or sticky when you apply it, and it glides on well for a smooth finish.
One of its worst faults is the fact that it just falls on two close to 'glittery' on the shimmer-ometer. It is a bit too sparkly for my liking, but unfortunately this does not become apparent until you actually apply it - it doesn't look shimmery at all in the tube. It is described by MAC as pigmented and 'very shiny', but I found it to be less glossy and glass-like (the way it claims to be) and actually just too shimmery and glittery. It seemed more suited to a teenage girl in all honesty, rather than giving a chic glossy finish as I would expect from a premium brand lipgloss.
It costs £11.50 for a 4.8g tube, which is not hugely expensive when you consider that brands such as YSL are around the £20 mark. Mine did last a long time as well, as its staying power is pretty decent.
It comes in a massive array of colours, so you are bound to find the shade you are looking for.
It comes with a sponge-tip applicator, which gives easy application, although personally I would have preferred a brush tip. It contains Jojoba Oil to help soften and condition the lips, and I found that it did leave my lips feeling smooth and silky after application, which is a bonus.
MAC Tinted Lipglass in C-Thru
~About the Company~
MAC was founded in Canada by Frank Toskan and Frank Angelo in 1985. MAC opened their first standalone store in the United States in 1991.
MAC is a highly reputable company loved by celebrities, models, make up artists and us alike.
MAC is also a keen charity donator to AIDS.
MAC believe in high quality cosmetics and skincare that work, are quick, easy and last a long time.
~About the Product / What the Product Says To Do~
On MAC Cosmetics official website they have 28 different shades in different textures. In their actual stores they have more colour choices.
Online though their colour range goes from daring red, purple, and brown to more wearable colours such as light pink, shimmers, nude colours, there is even some pretty pearl colours. There is something to suit everyone.
This lipglass creates high gloss, glass-like finish or a subtle sheen, which ever you chose.
It is highly pigmented, very shiny and perfect for any occasion and where you want to make a statement.
This product contains ingredients such as Jojoba Oil to help soften and condition the lips.
Application of this product is very easy; it comes with a sponge applicator inside that helps to provide a quick, smooth and even application. The applicator is very soft and the right size for your lips without going over the lip line.
Normally if I am wearing a lipgloss alone I would use a lipliner to stop the lipgloss from bleeding but with this product I feel I don't need a lipliner so that is one less product to use.
This product comes in a 4.8g clear tube so you can see the colour and how much you have left. On the side of the tube you will see in black writing MAC Lipglass, the lid itself is black.
The texture of this lipglass on the lips can feel sticky, but also has staying power that will last a long time. The thing I don't like is when it is windy outside your hair sticks to your lips but you will find this with a lot of lipglosses.
Their lipglasses come in cream and frost finishes.
This lipglass is soft peached-beige colour with shimmer partials for light reflection.
Because I am reviewing the colour C-Thru the smell is more of a light vanilla not to power powering but a lovely smell.
You don't need a lot of this product, it glides on so smooth and because it is highly pigmented a little goes a long way.
I love my lipglosses and lipsticks but I wanted a nude colour and something a bit more upmarket than the other ones I have in my collection. I searched many forums and a lot of people came up with MAC products.
I went into Debenhams as I wanted a professional recommendation and not just looking on their website and hope for the best. The lady there recommended C-Thur Lipglass to me (I have fair skin). When it is applied to the lips it is a lovely soft peached-beige with shimmer partials. Looks absolutely beautiful one and great with eyeshadow or not. Defiantly makes the lips stand out, look fuller and so shiny.
I did think the price tag for this lipglass at £11.50 was a bit much and it is easy to get carried away with their products but you get what you pay for and because it is good quality and lasts a long time I think the price can be justified.
It does come off on coffee cups and glasses, which you would expect from any other lipgloss. So afterwards you will have to re-apply. Otherwise this product lasts a long time on the lips.
I also find throughout the day it dries my lips out and I have to apply a thick layer of lipbalm before going to bed otherwise I wake up with horrid lips.
~Price and Where to Buy~
On MAC's official website http://www.maccosmetics.co.uk it is priced at £11.50, but this is also the same price as in store. You can get it cheaper from auction sites such as eBay but please be aware there are a lot of fake MAC products on there and you may not be getting the real deal.
~Would I Recommend/Purchase Again~
Yes it is a beautiful lipglass, I would like more colours now,
I'm not a huge fan on lipglosses in general, but I have tried a few and MAC's Lipglasses fall somewhere in the middle when it comes to my thoughts on them.
Although you have a large selection of shades and finishes, unfortunately they only come in one texture - Sticky!
I do not like the heavy feeling they give my lips, or having to worry that my hair may stick to my lips if I'm not careful.
They do last a long time once applied to the lips though, and as we know, they need to be sticky to do so.
They have a doefoot applicator that allows for easy, smooth application of colour. There is quite a lot of product in there and as they do not need reapplying all that often they are a good deal at £10.50 in my opinion.
Although I much prefer MAC's Lipgelee's or Lustreglasses (both a little less sticky in comparison) I would still recommend these to others.
Some favourite shades: Russian Red (Great pin up red), C-Thru, Florabundance and Underage (Creamy nudes with great coverage) and Viva Glam V (Everyday shade that works for everyone and is a charity product too!)
MAC tinted lipglass are excellent lip glosses that give beautiful shiny effects and don't feel heavy or sticky on the lips.
I own about 5 of these tinted lipglass and other glosses from MAC that have different names. They also have glosses called plushglass, which makes your lips tingle to help boost their plumpness. I've only got one of these, as I wanted to try it but the tingling is slightly irritating to me and since my lips are pretty full as they are, I don't really have the need for plumping lip products anyway. They also have lipgelee's which come in a tube and feel more like a jelly. Another lip gloss in the MAC collection is the lustreglass, these are shimmery glosses which I also love.
Compared to say Lancome's Juicy Tubes, these glosses are more pigmented and feel a lot less sticky. Though I love Juicy Tubes and own quite a few of them, when I want a nice intense night look and don't want my gloss to budge, I'll always opt for a MAC gloss. They're great on their own for a nice sheer shimmery and glossy effect or add depth and dimension to any MAC lipstick.
MAC are a well known and reputable Make Up brand, providing make up and their services to many celebrities and models. MAC have always been dedicated to helping people with AIDS, and have raised more than $95 million for the M·A·C AIDS Fund since 1994, so it's nice to know that some of my money is going to a worthy cause. They are so dedicated to this fund that 100% of the retail selling price of their Viva Glam Lipsticks is donated to this charity.
About the Lipgloss
The colour I use and am reviewing is Prrr, which is a baby pink type colour. Prrr is a lipgloss, but is actually called Lipglass by MAC due to its glass like shine finish on your lips. It is a unique lip gloss available in a wide variety of colours ranging from bright reds to nudes. It is designed to be worn on its own, over lip pencil or lipstick. It's pigmented, very shiny and can impart subtle or dramatic colour. It contains Jojoba Oil which helps soften and condition the lips, whilst also giving you a lovely long lasting colour, it also helps to prevent your skin loosing precious water.
MAC Lipglass has won 'Best Lipgloss' in the most recent In Style Beauty Awards.
Why I purchased this lipgloss
Ok, I'm going to sound really sad and shallow now but the reason I purchased this lipgloss is because Paris Hilton uses it! I know, I know, a very sad thing for me to do! Her lips always look so lovely and the colour she wears suits her, and I have very similar colouring to her, wear similar clothes and have the same hair so I knew this would suit me as it looks fantastic on her.
Use & Effects
My lips are quite large but are not outlined very well, and I have a faded white lipline, which looks awful. Lipsticks and lip pencil doesn't really suit my facial colourings, they tend to look too harsh. My lips are naturally quite pink in colour, so just emphasising that is the best thing I can do too my lips. The lipgloss isn't too dark, it just gives my lips a nice even colour and gives them dimension.
Prrr is a pale shimmery pink colour which is great for a natural look or when you have more dramatic eye make up on. It is the perfect baby pink with shimmer. A real girlie colour, but even if you're not a girlie girl, it can suit you. It also smells gorgeous, it has a hint of vanilla without being overpowering, it lasts good enough to eat. It is perfect for a day or night look, it doesn't look too dressed up in the day and too dressed down at night. The colour and the shimmer are just right to be suited for both occasions.
The lipgloss is packaged in lovely smart looking box with MAC written subtly across it. The box looks professional and worth the money, you definately wouldn't be ashamed to purchase it and carry it around. The lipgloss comes in a convenient bottle with a sponge tip applicator that provides a quick, smooth, even application. Throughout uses, the applicator remains clean, it doesn't clog up at all, saving you the hassle of trying to clean it without ruining it.
You don't need to apply too much, as a little goes a long way, it is a lovely thick lipgloss and isn't water based so you can just apply it to your bottom or top lip and then put your lips together to spread it. When you've applied it to your lips, it instantly looks smooth, shiney with a lovely finish. You can really feel it moisturising your lips but I do find it a little sticky and tacky. If you go out and it's windy, your hair will blow right into your lips and get stuck - very annoying! To overcome the stickyness, if you apply a lip balm like vaseline underneath.
If you have very dry and chapped lips, I find you can't put this on as it sticks to the dry bits and highlights them even more, so I tend to apply something like Vaseline and let that relieve my lips of the dry bits then apply the lipgloss. The colour and shine lasts for several hours, but it won't be as shiney and intense by this time. If you drink or eat, the lipgloss does wear off a lot quicker than if you didn't. When the lipgloss has been on for several hours, I have noticed that it can start to feel a little grainy, so I wipe it off and reapply. Even when the lipgloss is no longer on your lips - that you can see your lips feel lovely and moisturisered and smooth still. The lipgloss feels soft and smooth on your lips, it doesn't sting or irritate, even if you do put it on sore or chapped lips. I have found I am allergic to so many lipglosses and other lip products, my lips just balloon up and put Angelina Jolie's to shame but luckily this lipgloss has never done anything like that to my lips and I have had no problems with it. The lipgloss is easy to remove at the end of the day, it can be removed with facial wipes, water or cleanser, you can remove it with a tissue but I do find you are still left with some residue.
Price & Availability
For a 4.8g tube, you will be looking to pay £10.50. It can be purchased directly from MAC's website and most department stores, I purchased mine from Selfridges. Although this is quite expensive for a lipgloss, I think it is worth it and it does last a long time. I have had mine for over 6 months now, use it several times daily and I haven't even got through half of the tube yet, so it really does last. Throughout this time, the lipgloss doesn't start to go funny, it remains in the same state as it was when it was purchased.
I would recommend this lipgloss, it is available in a huge variety of colour so there will be a colour to suit everyone. It has strong lasting power and moisturisers your lips while making them look luscious and although it is expensive, it lasts such a long time that it is worth it. It does have a few disadvantages, but that can be expected with majority of lipglosses and the problems are easily overcome.
MAC Tinted Lipglass / A unique lip gloss available in a wide variety of colours that can create a high gloss / glass-like finish or a subtle sheen / Designed to be worn on its own / over Lip Pencil or Lipstick / Tinted Lipglass is the perfect product for creating shine that lasts / It's pigmented / very shiny and can impart subtle or dramatic colour / It contains Jojoba Oil to help soften and condition the lips / Tinted Lipglass is packaged in a convenient bottle with a sponge tip applicator that provides a quick / smooth / even application.