Review & Swatches: MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Cremesheen Glasses

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Cremesheen Glasses

Availability: MAC Stores & Online
Release Date: August 9, 2012 (U.S. / Canada); September 2012 (International)

Company’s Description

A lip finish that fuses the creamy, sheen-filled nature of Cremesheen Lipstick with the shine of M∙A∙C Lipglass. Soft, comfortable, non-sticky. Applies with a doe-foot applicator. Use as a top layer to its namesake Lipstick or on its own.

This review is for the 7 new Cremesheen Glass colors releasing with MAC’s Cremesheen + Pearl Collection. This post includes photographs and swatches of the following colors:

  • Imperial Light: Frosted light peach
  • Dynasty At Dusk: Frosted neutral pink
  • Double Happiness: Frosted light nude
  • Pagoda: Frosted cool pink
  • Paper Lantern: Frosted soft warm pink
  • Rising Sun: Frosted bright orange
  • Floating Lotus: Frosted soft rose

These colors are Asian-inspired and will be added as permanent colors to MAC’s line.


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Packaging: 9/10

These glosses come in standard MAC packaging and have doe-foot applicators. The tubes are made of plastic and can easily be taken on-the-go.

Quality: 8.75/10

Imperial Light is an orange-gold with soft gold and pink flecks. The color warms the color of your lips.

Dynasty At Dusk is a neutral pink at its base and has a ton of coral-pink shimmer. The color ends up emphasizing the pink in your lips and gives them a strong serving of gold shimmer. This is the color I envision getting if NARS’ Orgasm Blush were translated into a gloss and amplified x10.

Pagoda is a very blue-based, baby pink with silver shimmer. This is the milkiest of the shades in this collection and does show a little bit of unevenness.

Double Happiness is a light peach with gold shimmer. It only gives slight color to the lips and subtle, pale gold shimmer.

Paper Lantern is quite similar to Double Happiness. It ends up looking nearly clear on the lips with some silver shimmer.

Rising Sun is a very sheer orange with gold shimmer. The very sheer quality of this shade makes this a wearable orange.

Floating Lotus is a pale, baby pink with gold and silver flecks. It gives a slight pink tint to the lips and slight shimmer too.

As is expected with the Cremesheen Glass formula, all of these colors are transparent and give off sheer color. The formula is fairly thin (though not quite “watery”) and not sticky. Although all of these colors have shimmer in them, you won’t feel any grittiness from the shimmer particles. I only get about 2 hours of wear from these before wanting to re-apply.

My favorite is Dynasty At Dusk because it gives a good amount of color and a healthy serving of gold iridescence to the lips.

Overall, this collection has extremely wearable colors that will be easily accessible to a wide range of buyers. The colors are not only mid-range (meaning there are no crazy colors like blues or greens) but also sheer, making them very easy to wear.

Ease of Use: 9.5/10

The small doe-foot and formulation make application easy. The light pigmentation also makes precise application unnecessary.

Price: 7.25/10

These are the same size (2.7 ml) and price ($19.50, up from $18.50) as MAC’s other Cremesheen glosses. Other MAC glosses, though, contain not only much more product but also cost less.

Final Grade

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Cremesheen Glasses

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Cremesheen Glasses

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Cremesheen Glasses Swatches

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Cremesheen Glasses Swatches

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Cremesheen Glasses Swatches

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Cremesheen Glass in Imperial Light

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Cremesheen Glass in Imperial Light Swatch

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Cremesheen Glass in Imperial Light Applied

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Cremesheen Glass in Dynasty At Dusk

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Cremesheen Glass in Dynasty At Dusk Swatch

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Cremesheen Glass in Dynasty At Dusk Applied

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Cremesheen Glass in Pagoda

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Cremesheen Glass in Pagoda Swatch

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Cremesheen Glass in Pagoda Applied

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Cremesheen Glass in Double Happiness

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Cremesheen Glass in Double Happiness Swatch

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Cremesheen Glass in Double Happiness Applied

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Cremesheen Glass in Paper Lantern

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Cremesheen Glass in Paper Lantern Swatch

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Cremesheen Glass in Paper Lantern Applied

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Cremesheen Glass in Rising Sun

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Cremesheen Glass in Rising Sun Swatch

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Cremesheen Glass in Rising Sun Applied

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Cremesheen Glass in Floating Lotus

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Cremesheen Glass in Floating Lotus Swatch

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Cremesheen Glass in Floating Lotus Applied


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One Response to Review & Swatches: MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Cremesheen Glasses

  1. Lisa B. says:

    Very pretty and pearly…but I was hoping for a bit more pigment. It’s good they’re not gritty! I think Dynasty at Dusk looks best, too!

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