Review & Swatches: MAC Gareth Pugh Lipglasses

Gareth Pugh Lipglasses

*Update*: I have added pictures of both lipglosses applied. See them, below!

Limited Edition
Release Date: November 23, 2011
Availability: MAC online & MAC stores

Company’s Description

Unconventionally shaded, pearl infused; shades as deliciously cultish and fascinating as any Gareth Pugh design. A square vial with sculpted glossy/matte black cap and the collection’s signature detail adds to the impact.

The Gareth Pugh collection comes with 2 Lipglasses in the colors “Vacant” and “Outrage”:

  • Vacant: Sheer light lavender gray with violet pearl
  • Outrage: Sheer berry with blue pearl

Packaging: 9.25/10

Gareth Pugh Lipglasses come in rectangular tubes and have doe-foo applicators. The handles have embossed “X” designs on the top. The opening on these tubes is smaller than with normal Lipglass packaging.

Quality: 9.5/10

Vacant is a pale pink/lavender with light pink pearls. Outrage is a sheer dirty purple with green pearls.

Both of these lipglasses glide smoothly onto the skin and are not sticky. They coat the skin evenly and are sheer enough to be wearable but pigmented enough to give your lips color. The pearls in both colors give your lips a pretty shimmer without being overbearing.

I’m usually middle-of-the-road when it comes to MAC Lipglasses, but these are quite pretty and definitely more unique colors than we’ve seen with the past several MAC collections.

Ease of Use: 9.75/10

These lipglasses are very easy to use because the formula is thin and not sticky. The glosses glide on smoothly and evenly and their sheer color gives you room to be quick about application. The only criticism I have is that because of the smaller opening, you get less product on the wand when you pull the applicator out, so you’ll have to do 1-2 more swipes than usual.

Price: 8.5/10

Each tube contains 0.16 fl oz of gloss and costs $22. Normally, Lipglasses contain 0.17 fl oz and cost $14.50. Unlike with some of the other Gareth Pugh products (that give you less than half the product and cost much more), this price-to-quantity discrepancy is much lower. The price hike (compared to regular Lipglasses) is expected with special collaboration collections like this one, but at least you’re getting nearly the same amount of product.

Final Grade


Gareth Pugh Lipglass Box Packaging

Gareth Pugh Lipglasses

Gareth Pugh Lipglasses

Gareth Pugh Lipglass Packaging

Gareth Pugh Lipglass Applicator

Gareth Pugh Lipglass in Vacant

Gareth Pugh Lipglass in Outrage

Swatches: Vacant & Outrage

Gareth Pugh Lipglass in Vacant Applied

Gareth Pugh Lipglass in Outrage Applied

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7 Responses to Review & Swatches: MAC Gareth Pugh Lipglasses

  1. soesje200 says:

    These look phenomenal! I lve the packaging and the way they look in the tube but then they are quite wearable as well.

  2. Sarah says:

    Both Vacant and Outrage look so. incredibly. amazing! Probably because they’re unexpected and unusual colours that you can’t get at the drug-store!
    The lipglass applicators are much better than the dazzleglass ones- my friend got a dazzleglass recently and her applicator was stiff too, so it’s not just you!!
    Anyway thanks again for the review, your dedication and in-depth analysises are amazinggggg 😀


  3. Elena T says:

    these are really unique and I like the sparkly glitters they contain it makes me think of Christmas and winter

  4. I like Outrage’s green pearls. Makes it interesting!

  5. Lisa B. says:

    These are strange colors…and I don’t like the packaging…but the duo chrome look of Outrage is so awesome! I want a nail polish in that color…

  6. Marta says:

    Outrage is unbelievable 😀

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