Saturday, February 7, 2009

Review: MAC Cream Team

Ok so it has been forever and a day since I last posted - so sorry about that! It's been a hectic couple of months with the holidays and a new (and may I add, my very last) semester of school. I've got tons of new makeup to share, so that's good news, and Hello Kitty launches this week as well, so it's going to be a good week I think. :)

This week, MAC released Cream Team, a line that includes new Creamsheen lipsticks and Cremeglass, a newly formulated lip gloss that's less sticky and more milky than traditional lipglass.

Here are my thoughts and swatches (which P.S. I am really frightened by lip swatches, so I apologize if they gross you out too. Seeing my lips up close is frightening. But find solace in the fact that I'm doing this for the greater good of humanity, lol):

I picked up four of the eight (I think) new lipsticks: Lavender Whip, Creme Cup, Shy Girl and Cream in Your Coffee.

Creme Cup:

I was really intrigued by Creme Cup before I even saw it in real life, because I love nude lippies, and this looked like the perfect amount of pink and peach. In reality, it is a bit more pink than peach, so it's like your natural lips but slightly more pink. I like its subtleness, and  the fact that it can be worn without lipgloss because of its shiny finish.

Lavender Whip:
A pretty pastel lavender as the name implies. When applied to my highly pigmented lips this color appears more pink than straight up lavender, making it a bit more wearable for everyday. However, I bought it because it was lavender, so by applying a purple liner like Velvetella underneath (see next photo), the color is more true to that in the tube.

(see how happy Lavender Whip w/Velvetella makes me! lol)

Shy Girl:
Honestly, this color wasn't initially on my list, but when I got to see them in person, I was pleasantly surprised. As you can tell, it's similar to Creme Cup, but not as pink. It is a perfect perfect nude lip- in fact I'm thinking it might become my HG lipstick! I love that it's allegedly permanent as well. Oh, and it's not as orangey in real-life, I promise.

Cream in Your Coffee:
I'm not going to lie, the name of this one makes me slightly uncomfortable. I'm not an avid coffee drinker, but if I were, I definitely would not want anyone to cream in my coffee. Can you blame me? :) But nonetheless, I kinda like this color. I wouldn't usually select it, and in a way it kind of reminded me of the 90's dark tan lipstick that everyone used to wear. I definitely don't want that trend to come back, so don't worry, this really doesn't look like that! It's like just a nice mauve, if that's even right. In the words of my MA, she says the colors are very "forgiving" :) and I do agree with this. In any other finish, this color would not look nice on me, but it's this pretty, buildable finish with a sheen, and so therefore it just works well. Except I think this photo of my lips is grotesque. *shudders*

So here's an overall swatch of the lipsticks on my hand (L to R): Creme Cup, Shy Girl, Lavender Whip, Creme in your Coffee >:P

And now, for the Cremeglass. I was a very avid boycotter of these because I think the amount in the tube + the rid-damn-diculous pricetag = a RIP OFF. I personally find it shady and dishonest that MAC came up with an idea to make it look like more product but actually is less than a mini lipglass from the holiday sets. They know it looks like more to the average consumer, and therefore the $17.50 pricetag sounds do-able, when in fact you get like 2 drops of gloss. Nonetheless, I somehow caved and got Lavender Whip's companion, Ever so Rich.

Here it is on my bare naked lips:

In the tube:

I like the milky look of the glosses- they kind of make me hungry! The texture feels like slightly less tacky than normal lipglass, but not by much. They are also pretty sheer, but allegedly buildable. I honestly just wanted it so I could apply it over Lavender Whip, but I am still not really sold on these as some people are. Frankly I think it's just a glorified lipglass, in my opinion.

But, speaking of new lipglass, in case you didn't hear, there are two newly formulated lipglass being released in the Hello Kitty collection! They are Nice Kitty (hot pink) and Fast Friends (neon purple) and are allegedly a mix between lipglass and lip gelee so they're smoother, sheerer, more cellophane like. So make sure to check those out Feb 12!

Ok and that's all for now folks, more another day! :)


Barbie.Doll said...

Hi! I'm also from specktra! :D

Oh my goodness, I was at a Mac counter last night and tried Shy Girl on with Boy Bait lip glass on top... and they are so amazing. They really are very creamy and moisturizing. I'm dying to get them both... especially the ligglass because it's LE!

But I think that Shy Girl is the perfect nude lip. It was so stunning. :D

Abby Q. said...

Yea, Shy Girl is the PERFECT nude, not too death-like (hello, myth speaking!) and just healthy looking. Hope you got your hands on some of them! :)