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Guilty Passions Lip Gloss kits illuminate lips in shades and finishes too irresistible to resist. Lavish Rose includes Dazzleglass in Boys Go Crazy, Dazzleglass Creme in Demure and two Cremesheen Glass in Going Casual and Colour Saturation.
This review is for the Lavish Rose Lip Gloss Set releasing with MAC’s Holiday Guilty Passions Collection. This post includes photographs and swatches of the following glosses and colors:
- Going Casual: Sheer lilac (Cremesheen Glass)
- Demure: Warm pink with blue pearl (Dazzleglass Creme)
- Boys Go Crazy: Deep amethyst (Dazzleglass Creme)
- Colour Saturation: Dark cool wine (Cremesheen Glass)
This set comes in a cylindrical, hat-box-like container made of very heavy cardboard. The lip glosses themselves come in clear, cylindrical tubes made of plastic but are shorter than your normal Dazzleglasses or Cremesheen Glasses. The Cremesheen Glasses have doe-foot applicators while the Dazzleglasses have brush applicators.
Demure is a yellow-based, translucent, slightly milky pink with blue pearls. The pairing of the color of the pearls and the gloss color is very pretty. The milky quality of the color will cause it to emphasize lip lines, but you can only tell if you’re looking up close.
Going Casual is a soft, translucent rose pink with an almost non-existent milky quality. Like with Demure, this shade settles into lip lines, but the effect is even more subtle than with Demure, and you almost certainly won’t notice it. Technically, this color also has very tiny pearlized pigments in it, but they aren’t perceptible on the lips.
Boys Go Crazy is a semi-translucent purple shade with purple and silver pearls. This was my least favorite shade of the set. It’s too much of a straight-forward purple to be wearable in most situations. And the semi-transparent quality of this deep shade paired with the slight emphasis of lip lines is a bit unflattering.
Colour Saturation is a deep, translucent ruby shade without shimmer. This shade leaves a smooth, glossy finish without settling into lip lines.
The Cremesheen formula has medium thinness and isn’t sticky at all. The Dazzleglass formula is thicker and more tacky, though I wouldn’t quite say it’s sticky.
The Cremesheen and Dazzleglass formulas usually last about two (2) hours on me before needing re-application.
The Dazzleglasses have shimmer in them, and the shimmer particles will travel and you’ll often find them around your mouth area as the gloss wears off. You can also feel the gritty texture of the shimmer particles in Demure and Boys Go Crazy if you press or rub your lips together.
Ease of Use: 8.75/10
The Cremesheen glosses apply quite easily, both because of the small doe-foot applicator and because of the fairly thin formula. The Dazzleglasses take more time and more re-dipping of the wand into the tube to get enough product to cover your lips. One of the Dazzleglasses also comes with a stiff applicator, which actually makes a big difference in how long it takes to cover your lips. It also doesn’t feel very nice.
These are the same price as last year’s lip gloss sets (hooray for the rare no-price-increase from MAC!). You get 2.6 grams in each Dazzleglass and 1.9 grams in each Cremesheen Glass. Regular Dazzleglasses are 1.92 grams each and regular Cremesheen Glasses are 2.4 grams each. So, despite these kits being “mini,” you get more Dazzleglass gloss with this set than you would with a “full-sized” Dazzleglass. Overall, you get more per dollar with this set of lip glosses compared to buying the items individually.