MAC Showing Skin, Primordial, Fashion Punch Lipglasses Reviews & Swatches

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Showing Skin

MAC Showing Skin Lipglass ($17.50 for 0.1 oz.) is a light-medium beige with soft, warm undertones and faint pearl. The color was much less shiny/glossy compared to the majority of Lipglasses I’ve tried–I almost thought this was a lipstick when I was editing the photos! The texture was smooth, lightweight, sticky, but a little thinner and less tacky than the average Lipglass. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that went on somewhat evenly, but it definitely sat in my lip lines to a noticeable degree, which isn’t uncommon for shades in a creamier finish that are this light. It lasted for four hours and was hydrating while worn.

  • MAC Body-con (LE, $17.50) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).
  • Maybelline Tease (P, $7.99) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar).
  • Chanel Insouciance (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar).
  • NARS Guyane (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar).
  • NARS Stripped (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar).

Formula Overview

$17.50/0.1 oz. – $175.00 Per Ounce

The Lipglass formula is supposed to be “pigmented, very shiny and can impart subtle or dramatic color” that can be worn “on its own, over lip pencil or lipstick” and will “condition lips.” MAC could use an update on the description as some shades are more pigmented than others but several are sheerer and likely intended to be that way. The formula has a very glossy, high-shine finish with a light-medium weight and moderate tackiness.

I have found that newer Lipglasses (over the last couple of years) are smoother and not quite as tacky as the formula was many years ago. They wear from three to six hours on me and are usually lightly hydrating. MAC recently updated the shade range and packaging for the range (though the formula was said to be unchanged), so worth noting is that with that packaging change came a reduction in quantity to 0.10 fl. oz. (was 0.17 fl. oz.), which may matter for some but not everyone.

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MAC Primordial Lipglass ($17.50 for 0.1 oz.) is a muted, yellowy brown with warm undertones and a cream finish. It was a more unusual shade with the stronger (but muted) yellow undertone, and as there were so few glosses that even were within the realm of similar, I pulled lipsticks as possible dupes. The texture was smooth, moderately tacky, and thicker but not heavy. The color went on fairly evenly, but the product itself settled into my lip lines noticeably. Between the color, finish, and formula, some of the settling wasn’t a surprise, but it may be a deal-breaker for some. It stayed on nicely for four and a half hours and was moisturizing while worn.

Fashion Punch

MAC Fashion Punch Lipglass ($17.50 for 0.1 oz.) is a medium, peachy-coral with warm, gold shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that did not apply as evenly nor did it sit as well on my lips as would be ideal–it pulled into lip lines and there were a few areas that didn’t seem to have as much coverage as other areas. The consistency was smooth, medium in thickness, and tacky, though I didn’t find it to be on the bad side of heavy/gluey! It wore well for four hours and was hydrating over time.

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