Review & Swatches: MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Lipsticks

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Lipsticks

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

Company’s Description

Lipstick that lavishes lips with everything they love and more. Superior colours with rich creamy texture mold and hold to lips while natural conditioning agents lock in moisture for a soft cushion and comfort. Light reflecting pearls add amazing high shine and shimmer.

This review is for the 8 new Lipstick colors releasing with MAC’s Cremesheen + Pearl Collection. This post includes photographs and swatches of the following colors:

  • Pink Pearl Pop: Frosted mind-tone pink
  • Sunny Seoul: Frosted light warm pink
  • Peach Blossom: Frosted cool nude
  • Pure Zen: Frosted warm nude
  • Shanghai Spice: Frosted neutral pink
  • Japanese Maple: Frosted light beige
  • Coral Bliss: Frosted light coral
  • Saigon Summer: Frosted bright orange

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

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Packaging: 9/10

These lipsticks come in standard MAC packaging. The tubes are made of plastic and can easily be taken on-the-go.

Quality: 8.75/10

Pink Pearl Pop is a bright, slightly blue-based pink that gives off a slight silver sheen.

Sunny Seoul is just like Pink Pearl except that it is yellow-based.

Peach Blossom is a soft nude that gives off a subtle silver sheen.

Pure Zen is a warm-toned, soft nude with a slight peach undertone. This color technically has shimmer in it, but they barely show. Instead, you simply get a glossy finish to the lips.

Shanghai Spice is a nude pink that also technically has shimmer, but only gives off a glossy finish on the lips.

Japanese Maple is a pale, beige-nude that, again, gives off a glossy finish even though it has very small shimmer particles in it.

Coral Bliss is a pink-coral that I’m not even sure has shimmer particles in it. In any event, it has a glossy finish but no sparkle.

Saigon Summer is a mid-toned orange without shimmer. This is the most pigmented of the colors in this collection.

Like with the Cremesheen + Pearl Cremesheen Glasses, this set of Lipstick colors is pretty middle-of-the-road. There aren’t any wild colors. This, on one hand, is good because these shades are very accessible and will work on nearly all skin shades. On the other hand, the collection doesn’t offer any highly-unique shades, so veteran MAC customers may not find any lipstick colors that are worth adding to their collection.

Not comparing these shades to any other collection, these are pretty colors with a good formula. The formula isn’t stiff or overly soft. Some of the shades did need warming up (the neutral shades), but I have no major gripes even with those. The colors last 2-3 hours before needing re-application.

I expected the shades to be more frosty or shimmery, especially since MAC describes every single shade as “frosted.” But Pink Pearl Pop and Sunny Seoul are probably the only 2 shades with obvious shimmer finishes. The rest have only a subtle presence of shimmer or no shimmer at all.

Ease of Use: 9/10

The formula is fairly easy to apply, though some of the shades skip until they’re warmed up.

Price: 8.8/10

These are the same size (3 g) as regular MAC lipsticks, but the price has gone up to $15.00. Will there ever be an end to MAC’s price increases?

Final Grade

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Lipsticks

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Lipstick Swatches

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Lipstick in Pink Pearl Pop

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Lipstick in Pink Pearl Pop Swatch

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Lipstick in Pink Pearl Pop Applied

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Lipstick in Sunny Seoul

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Lipstick in Sunny Seoul Swatch

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Lipstick in Sunny Seoul Applied

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Lipstick in Peach Blossom

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Lipstick in Peach Blossom Swatch

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Lipstick in Peach Blossom Applied

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Lipstick in Pure Zen

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Lipstick in Pure Zen Swatch

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Lipstick in Pure Zen Applied

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Lipstick Swatches

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Lipstick in Shanghai Spice

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Lipstick in Shanghai Spice Swatch

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Lipstick in Shanghai Spice Applied

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Lipstick in Japanese Maple

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Lipstick in Japanese Maple Swatch

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Lipstick in Japanese Maple Applied

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Lipstick in Coral Bliss

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Lipstick in Coral Bliss Swatch

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Lipstick in Coral Bliss Applied

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Lipstick in Saigon Summer

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Lipstick in Saigon Summer Swatch

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Lipstick in Saigon Summer Applied

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4 Responses to Review & Swatches: MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Lipsticks

  1. Iqra Mohammed says:

    I am from Uk London,I really love these shades.
    Are they available in Uk?

  2. Lisa B. says:

    Not bad…nothing too exciting, but I’m glad they’re not really frosty!

  3. Tina says:

    All of the colors seem very subtle when applied to the lips. I thought the Saigon Summer would be too bright an orange for me, but this is the color I am most interested in after viewing your swatches. Thank you for your great review!

    • Allura says:

      Yup, Saigon Summer is the brightest and most pigmented of the lipsticks, but it’s still on the sheer side compared to recent orange colors MAC’s released, so it’s more wearable.

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