Adventurous*: (Ornamentalism collection, 2005) This is a beautiful shimmery neutral pink shade, it reminds me of Pink Clash from the Rebel Rock collection but a shade darker. It's almost the same color as my lips and gives them this ethreal glow - the way it reflects light actually makes my lips look slightly bigger too. Since it's fairly neutral and not overly pigmented it would suit a range of skin tones, plus it would be great to layer over lipsticks to give them a little extra sparkle.
Adventuresome*: (Icon Raquel Welch collection, 2007) I was pleasantly surprised by this shade - it looked a little blah in the tube but I bought it anyway hoping it would be prettier on the lips, and it is. It's a shimmery neutral rose with the slightest hint of plum that would suit pretty much any skintone. I could see wearing this to a job interview since it's so subtle, but I also love it with Vanilla pigment on eyes and Nars Oasis on cheeks for a more fun look.
All Woman*: Another great lip shade from the 2006 Nocturnelle collection. It's a pale cool shimmery pink with a tiny bit of lavender. I gave this a four out of five because it's a bit frosty on my lips, but a really gorgeous color overall. It looks pretty cool-toned to my eye so I'm not sure it would work if you're very warm, but for neutral and cool skin tones it's lovely. It looks especially nice paired with pink cheeks and light grey or silver eyeshadow.
Beauté*: (D'Bohemia collection, 2005) I was very pleasantly surprised by this. In the tube it looks identical to Pink Lemonade, but on it's much more sheer and has more shimmer. It gives bare lips a gorgeous shimmery glow and you can mix it with other lipsticks or glosses to add some extra shine. This actually made my lips look fuller too, which I was really happy with. I also think this shade would work on everyone - sheer, subtle coral is pretty much universally flattering.
Boldheart*: (Untamed collection, 2006) I was afraid this may be too dark on me and would make my already thin lips look even tinier, but I was happy to see it doesn't go on as deep as it looks in the tube. It's a gorgeous, unique violet-plum that isn't too dark next to my fair skin, and would be excellent on medium and dark skin too. It looks scary in the tube but goes on more sheerly, yet still packs lots of pigment. I think it would look great with neutral eyes and cheeks, but could also be paired with plummy cheeks and gold or silver eye shadow. Overall it's a beautiful shade for fall and would be pretty on a variety of skin tones.
Coral Grade*: (Nordstrom Patternmaker, 2006) There is glitter in this but for some reason I don't mind it, and normally I hate any lip product with glitter. I think it has to do with the fact that this gloss has a ton of shimmer so the glitter doesn't really stick out so much. In any case, this is a light coral pink that may not show up on pigmented lips. It gives my very pale lips a nice amount of color, but I think if you have a lot of color in your lips already this may not do anything for you. I do wish the color were more corally and bright, but overall I really like this shade. Plus I swear all the shimmer/glitter makes my lips look bigger, always a good thing for me!
Corps de Ballet*: (Danse collection, 2006) This is basically my natural lip color (which I HATE) so that's why I'm not crazy about this. It's an odd, pale nude-mauve with shimmer. It does give my lips a nice pearly shine but since it's essentially identical to my lip color I look washed out - much the way I'd look if I weren't wearing any gloss, so this wasn't a good buy for me. However, I would recommend it if you've got pigmented lips and are looking to tone them down.
Crescent*: (Moonbathe collection, 2007) I was a little afraid this may be too warm for my NC20 coloring, but my fears were put to rest when I tried it on. It's a gorgeous bronzey nude that looks just as pretty on my lips as it does in the tube, without being overly brown and no weird orange undertones. Since it works on me I'm certain it would be flattering on medium and dark skintones, and because it's not so warm it would work on cool-skinned ladies as well.
Cult Fave*: (Fafi, 2008) This reminds me of a slightly less frosty, cooler version of MAC Prrr. It's not the greatest on me (a little too bubblegummy for my taste) but it does look good with a grey smoky eye, and I can make it work for a daytime look if I layer it over a darker lip color. I wouldn't recommend this for those with very warm-toned skin as it may wash you out, but for fair, cool/neutral skin it's a nice pink.
Damzel*: (Naturally Eccentric, 2005) This is a slightly mauvey pink with a pearly finish. It nice with cool pink cheeks and silver or grey on eyes, but it's subtle enough to work with lilac eye shadow or even green. Since it's on the cool side I think it would look better on pale, cool-toned ladies, but I'm neutral/warm and it looks great. I particularly like the slightly pearly effect, it's gives your lips a glow without being frosty.
Elegant Peach*: (Icon Catherine Deneuve collection) This is the perfect shimmery peach with beigey undertones, no pink in it at all. It's not too bright or too brown, just a nice natural peach. I think it looks particularly good with dark greens, coppers and browns on eyes but I bet it would work with plums too. Since it's a fairly neutral shade this would work on a lot of different skin tones. Love it!
Enchantress: My go-to shimmery peachy pink. Since it's sheer and somewhere in the middle between peach and pink, it can be paired up with a ton of looks - peach or pink blush, bronzer, and almost any color smoky eyes. It's a pale shade so it might not show up if you have very pigmented lips, but it would work on most skintones.
En Pointe*: (Danse collection, 2006)I was afraid this color would wash me out but I was relieved to see it was pigmented enough for my pale lips and not frosty. It's a slightly milky pink with shimmer that looks great with cool colors on eyes and cheeks. I'm not sure how flattering this would be on warm skintones, but since it's sheer I'd say it's wearable for most.
Fashion Pack*: (Barbie for MAC, 2007) Overall I'm pleased with this but I was disappointed to see it wasn't as pigmented on my lips as it looks in the tube. It's a very sheer peachy pink that looks almost identical to Prrr. Once applied though it's much sheerer and not frosty like Prrr. On my unpigmented lips this shade doesn't do much, but I do like to have it on hand for a subtle look or to pair with smoky eyes.
First Bloom*: (Strange Hybrid collection, 2007) This is a nice shimmery nude with a hint of pink. It doesn't do much for me besides tone down my mauve-y lips, but it's a good shade to have on hand in case I need a more neutral lip, plus it's good to pair with smokey eyes. Since it's a subtle shade it should work on most skintones/lip colors.
Flurry of Fun*: I think this is my favorite product from the To the Beach collection. MAC put complementary colors (orange and blue) to good use! It looks like a bright scary orange in the tube but goes on a very sheer warm peach. Yes, blue glitter isn't subtle but it sure makes for a fun color to wear. The only problem I had with it is that it stays on well after the color wears off. Other than that it's a great summery gloss.
Illicit*: (Smoke Signals collection, 2007) I was afraid this would wash me out, but it's a lovely opaque peachy nude with the slightest hint of pink. It's not overly warm or cool so I've found I can wear it with a range of smoky eye shades - blue, silver, olive green, plum all look great with it. Plus I imagine any skintone could pull off this shade. Very pleased with this!
La La Libertine*: (Untamed collection, 2006) I'm pretty happy with this gloss, an opaque creamy pale pink. It's cool and shimmery without being Barbie-ish or overly bright. It reminds me a bit of Damzel lip glass but maybe a shade or two paler and is especially flattering on light skin tones. Not the most unique shade, but a very pretty color nonetheless and a great buy if you love pale but pigmented pinks.
Magnetique*: (Nocturnelle, 2006) This is definitely one of the most fun glosses I own - bright magenta with minimal shimmer. I was wary of it being over-the-top and sort of juvenile-looking, but it's much more wearable than it looks in the tube. Since it's on the cool side I'm not sure if this would suit very warm-toned skins, but I'm pale and somewhat warm-toned and it works great on me. In my opinion it looks best with simple taupe or grey eyeshadow and a cool pink or lavender blush.
Majestic*: (Antiquitease, 2007) I thought this would be too sheer or warm by itself next to my fair skin, but it's the perfect nude beigey gold to balance out a smoky eye. It would also make a lovely neutral/beige lip for medium and dark skintones.
Malibu Barbie*: (Barbie for MAC, 2007) I was afraid this would be a dupe of Pink Poodle since they look so similar in the tube, but it's sheerer and not as bright so it's more wearable. While it's a cool pink I think most skintones could wear this since it's on the sheer side. I don't think it's the most unique shade so I took a lipstick off, but it's worth getting if you like cool pink shimmery glosses and cute packaging.
Pink Clash*: I was enamored of this gloss even before I saw it in person - the name and the fact that it was part of the Rebelrock collection was enough for me to buy it. Fortunately it also turned out to be one of my favorite pink glosses. It's a very shimmery neutral pink shade. It's not glittery but very sparkly, and I honestly think it makes my lips look bigger! This color could work on everyone, it's sheer enough and not overly warm or cool. It's comparable to Flash of Flesh lip gloss (from the D'Bohemia collection) in terms of the shimmer, but the underlying pigment isn't nude/beige - it's definitely pink.
Pink Grapefruit*: (Neo Sci-Fi, 2008) I'm not sure why I didn't buy this when it was originally released with the C-Squeeze collection in 2005 - it's so pretty! It's a coppery reddish pink with lots of gold shimmer. I was afraid this would be too warm on my pale skin, but the red and pink balance out the orange, plus the natural mauvey color of my lips makes it a notch cooler. I think this would work on every skintone and lip color. I'm so glad MAC re-released it.
Pink Poodle: This is a gorgeous cool pink shade with a bit of shimmer. It looks scary neon-pink/fuschia in the tube but goes on a sheer cool pink, almost lavender but not quite. It has the perfect amount of pigment. I'm not sure if the color would work on everyone - I think it looks best on cool-toned ladies, but warmer tones could probably pull it off.
Pure Vanity*: (Rockocco collection, 2006) This isn't the most unique red I've come across, but it's a pretty red nonetheless - opaque, creamy, slightly cool and no shimmer. I think it's a dramatic shade no matter what your skin tone, so I'd recommend keeping the rest of the face very natural. It's great on its own or over a red lipstick for a little extra shine.
Raquel*: (Icon Raquel Welch collection, 2007) This is a sheer true coral with subtle shimmer. It's not overly warm or bright so it'll work on most complexions. I especially love this with gold eye shadow and peach blush. Perfect shade for warm weather!
Rule of Plum*: This was part of the Patternmaker collection for the 2006 Nordstrom Anniversary sale. It's a gorgeous, deep berry shade, not too blue and not too red, and is quickly becoming my go-to berry shade for fall. It doesn't have shimmer but the color is so rich that shimmer would be overkill. It's very dramatic and bold with my fair skin so I have to pair it with neutral or pale gold eyeshadow and neutral cheeks to avoid looking like a clown. I think medium- and dark-skinned ladies would be able to pull this color off a bit easier. All in all it's a beautiful fall shade that would suit a variety of skin tones, plus it's got cute limited-edition packaging to boot. Now I just need to find its lipstick equivalent and I'll be all set!
Sock Hop*: (Heatherette, 2008) Love this color! It's a muted sheer juicy orange, no shimmer. It looks a little blah in the tube but on the lips it's transformed to a glossy orangey peach. Since it's sheer I think it would on anyone except those with very cool-toned skin. I love pairing it with golds, greens or bronzes on eyes and peach or beige cheeks. I will say that I think the Heatherette packaging is super-ugly, and this is coming from someone who loves MAC LE packaging as it's nice to take a break from their regular design. Still, Sock Hop is a great color so I will shield my eyes from the hot pink tube and happily apply.
Standing Ovation*: (Danse, 2006) Wow. I didn't realize how bright this was when I bought it. For some reason I thought it would be a bit sheerer when applied than in the tube, but it's a very bright neon pink with shimmer, even brighter than Pink Poodle. I feel comfortable wearing loud colors but this was a bit much even for me so I took a lipstick off. No matter your skintone I think it's necessary to keep the rest of the face VERY toned down so as to avoid looking like a circus performer or a 12-year-old (not that there's anything wrong with either, but it's not the look most of us are going for.)
Budding*: (Culturebloom collection, 2006) This looks like a very bright neon fuchsia-pink with a tiny bit of coral in the tube. On the lips though it's much more sheer and wearable. On me it looks very cool, very close to Pink Poodle lip glass, but on others it may show up warmer. Good amount of pigment and shimmer, and overall it's a nice color for spring. I did give this only a four out of five though because the color isn't all that unique. Still, a good buy if you like lustreglasses.
Ornamental: This is a shimmery sheer warm red shade with brownish undertones. On my lips it shows up a bit cooler than it does in the tube but I think that's because my lips have a lot of mauve in them. I like wearing it with Nars Taos on cheeks and a gold eyeshadow, but it would be pretty with a bronzey look as well. I'm not crazy about the texture of the lustreglasses (I actually prefer the lip glasses) so I took off a lipstick for that, but overall it's a nice color and suitable for lots of skintones.
Tinted Lip Conditioners
Aquamelon*: (Lady Sol collection, 2005) This is a shimmery warm pink shade, looks dark in the container but applies sheerly so I think it would be flattering on many skin tones. On my lips it appears cooler than it does in the container but I think that's because my lips are naturally mauve - if you have darker or warmer pigmented lips, this may appear more reddish than pink. Since it's sheer it can be paired with a good variety of colors. I especially love wearing this with Nars Cactus Flower cream blush. The texture is great as well, very smooth and moisturizing.
Baumy Bronze*: (Lady Sol collection, 2005) This is a great tinted lip balm, not sticky and relatively long-lasting. The color is gorgeous too, a sheer shimmery bronze with nude undertones (not orange or pink). My only gripe is that it's a little bit too sheer, I would have liked more pigment. Nevertheless it's a nice color overall and perfect for the summer months.
Cleo's Coral Kiss*: Who doesn't want a great lip conditioner with a cute little goldfish on the top of the jar? I think this is my favorite out of the Disney TLC's - it's a sheer coral with just the slightest bit of shimmer. Feels great and smells like vanilla, not to mention it's got SPF.
Miss Bunny*: The packaging is a little juvenile, but don't let that stop you from getting this lip conditioner! Miss Bunny is a cool, mauvey pink with just the right amount of pigment. It's a difficult color to get perfect - too little pigment and it won't show up, too much and you look like Barbie. This is the perfect cool pink shade though, and possibly the most moisturizing lip color I've tried. I found that all the Tint Toons are more pigmented than the other MAC TLC's, so these are great for people who need some color on their lips.
Tempting Tillie*: I love this balm, it's a perfect nude for me. It's opaque enough so that it shows up but sheer enough so that the pink of my lips shows through. No shimmer either to distract from the lovely color. As with all the TLCs it's lightweight and feels great on the lips.
*Limited-edition item - no longer available at counters/MAC website.