MAC Unsung Hero: Nymphette Lipglass

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MAC Nymphette Lipglass and I met at a MAC counter some 10 years ago when a friendly MAC makeup artist introduced us.


You know how it went — SPARKS! We had great chemistry from the start, and the shimmery golden pink lipgloss went on to become one of my all-time MAC favorites. To this day it’s a staple in many of my looks with smokey eyes.

mac cosmetics nymphette review swatch


mac cosmetics nymphette swatch review

Because Nymphette packs a lot of pigment, I can use it without layers of lipstick and/or lipliner beneath.

For me, the result’s an easy, breezy, neutral lip look that stands the test of time. πŸ™‚

Have you met Nymphette?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. I can’t believe Nymphette and I have never met! It is so beautiful and this color is right up my alley! This baby is getting added to my “test drive during next trip to MAC” list.
    .-= Kajal Couture’s last blog post… Loose powders making a mess? Here’s what I do =-.

  2. Susan says:

    It reminds me of a discontinued Clinique lipgloss that I used to love… “Sunshine”, I think was the name. I can’t find it anywhere, but I loved it in the summertime. Maybe I’ll have to check this out and see how it compares πŸ™‚

  3. Merylynmagic says:

    Hey Karen!
    Yes, in fact I even tried to invite Nymphette home but I guess the chemistry between us was just not right so we decided to part ways at the MAC store!!! However I did get introduced to Viva Glam VI lip glass and lipstick. Now that’s the kind of sparks I like! πŸ™‚ Enjoy your weekend!!!

  4. TUPRNUT says:

    One of my favorite MAC lipglasses!!!

  5. Kelly says:

    Hi Karen, TGIF! I have met Nymphette, but she’s a little too warm for me, unfortunately so I rarely wear her. Looks fabulous on you though!
    .-= Kelly’s last blog post… Rimmel Nail Polish =-.

  6. Lina says:

    Hi Karen! This looks awesome on you! I have this but need to dig it up again. Can I ask you for some recommendations on what blushes you use with this shade?
    .-= Lina’s last blog post… Chanel White Whisper Quadra Eyeshadow & Blanc Petale Nail Colour =-.

  7. Michelle says:

    I love Nymphette! I just got it this summer. I think it looks fab paired with Peachykeen blush. The funny thing is, years and years ago I went into MAC and asked the MUA about it, and she didn’t think it would look good on me. Finally I picked it up and loved it. It is one of my faves along with Love Nectar lustreglass. πŸ™‚

    • Marina says:

      How similar is this to Love Nectar? I know they are different formulas and have different applicators but color wise…? I bought Love Nectar for a friend recently and it looks pretty similar from this picture….

  8. Dao says:

    You know, the wonderful thing about Nymphette is it matches everybody’s skin tone, regardless how pale/dark you are. I’ve seen a lot of my friends to use this lip glass and their skin range from alabaster to mahogany. It’s still in my to-buy list and I’m going to get it one day πŸ™‚
    .-= Dao’s last blog post… MAC 168 Brush: Fabulous for Contouring =-.

  9. Monica says:

    Sadly, this lipglass did not agree with my skintone. My sister benefitted from this fact… πŸ™‚

  10. it’s too gold for me… turns up too orange πŸ™

    i have MAC prrr on my list of things to buy though – have you tried it?
    .-= ines, felix and kitten (the office kitties)’s last blog post… Recessionista Beauty Tip of the Day – Investing in a Neutral Palette =-.

  11. cutie_pie says:

    oooh nymphette was my first mac lipglass!! i got it for christmas in 8th grade, and it was love. i need to get another one! <3

  12. Tavia says:

    Is not exactly my color, but I have to admit it looks great on your lips. I love the shine:)
    .-= Tavia’s last blog post… Dior-JazzClub Collection Γ’β‚¬β€œ Makeup trends fall-winter 2009-2010 =-.

  13. Kelly says:

    I do have Prrr, in fact been through a few tubes of it, which is rare for me πŸ™‚
    .-= Kelly’s last blog post… Rimmel Nail Polish =-.

  14. Lehea says:

    Yes, we’ve met! Haven’t used it much though. I have Prrr too. I actually use that one more.

  15. Aleksis says:

    I LOVE nymphette on darker skins…as a matter of fact what made me buy it was I saw a friend wearing it while she was talking to me in the sunlight and I was so mesmerized…she was your exact skintone too! I ended up swapping mine away because it didn’t look the same on me at all!

    .-= Aleksis’s last blog post… This is what a Makeup addict does when they’re bored….FOTD: Neutral with bright lips! =-.

  16. Alison says:

    Nymphette looks like one of those colours I would love to be able to wear but unfortunatly don’t suit my very pale skintone. It looks amazing on you, I’m not surprised it’s one of your favourites.

  17. Arianne says:

    Nymphette is so pretty! This looks like Smashbox lipgloss in Candid, which I own. Pink with gold shimmer is gorge, and I agree with everybody that it looks better with darker skin tones.
    .-= Arianne’s last blog post… Go Ahead, Sign Up for that Rewards Card. =-.

  18. Anika says:

    Looooove Nymphette! I got married in her! Lips were looking O SO lucious!

  19. Michelle says:

    Ooops — I said I paired it with Peachykeen blush — I meant Pinch O’ Peach blush πŸ™‚ There was someone who asked what blush to pair with it . . .
    I have dark brown hair/eyes/medium skin tone (cool tones) and it works great for me! If it turns out too gold for some people — it is really pretty if you fill in your lips with MAC Subculture lipliner and then put the Nymphette over — brings out a little more of the pink πŸ™‚

  20. Katherine says:

    I got Nympette a few months ago – at your urging, Karen! πŸ™‚ I do love this gloss, particularly paired with NARS Orgasm blush. I try to keep everything else light because as others have said, it can get a bit iffy/orangey with my pale, freckled skin. But it looks fresh with just a bit of blush, a few coats of mascara and a crisp white t-shirt & jeans!

  21. gio says:

    I can’t believe Nymphette and I haven’t met yet. I’ll have to check it out next time I’m in a MAC store. It looks gorgeous on you!
    .-= gio’s last blog post… Looks: Orange =-.

  22. goldforever says:

    Karen— look! You’re number 46 on the list of 99 most influential style blogs; congrats!!
    .-= goldforever’s last blog post… you and me and the devil makes 3 =-.

  23. styleezta says:

    one of my favs til i lost it πŸ™
    will have to redeem one when i turn in my back to mac!

  24. Kypris says:

    That *does* look a perfect go-to shade – I can’t believe I haven’t seen/noticed it before! I will have to check it out next time I am at the counter…

  25. alice says:

    My skin tone is lighter than yours, but my lips are darker. Nymphette looked my face look wash out. Too whitish and unnatural on me.

  26. Tami says:

    No I haven’t met Nymphette but after hearing the wonderful things about this color I may have to see if we are compatible:-D

  27. TUPRNUT says:

    Karen – I picked up In the Gallery & Photo Realism. I had to pick only those things that I knew I would use regulary & these were the only two that did that for me. Love them both – my favorite quads for quite a while from MAC!!!

    Happy weekending!

  28. Megan says:

    I haven’t tried Nymphette but it looks kind of like a lipgloss version of Nars Orgasm blush! Really gorgeous. Thanks for the great swatch pics!
    .-= Megan’s last blog post… Nail of the Day-Essie Rock the Croc =-.

  29. Kizzy says:

    This happens to be my favorite MAC lip glass! (nr. 2 is Oh Baby). It’s so pretty!

  30. Karen B says:

    Nymphette and I have met (you introduced us by the way) but she hasn’t visited my home yet though πŸ˜‰

  31. aleia says:

    I have met her, she gives me a little spark on the dull days! and we met by accident, I picked her up off the counter and noticed something special about her lol

  32. Javi says:

    Nymphette was my very first MAC product. My cousin gave it to me when i turned 15 and it’s the one responsible for my MAC addiction…jajaja. It’s actually the only lip gloss i’ve bought twice since i use it so much that it doesn’t last me to long. I love that it looks good with practicly anything and upgrades anything that you are wearing. So yeah.. I LOVE IT!!

  33. Hey Karen,
    We must be on the same wavelength this week. I just started a series on my blog called Unsung Heros! I love Nymphette gloss – it is a staple in my makeup arsenal.
    .-= Michelle (Lipstick Rules)’s last blog post… Fave New Blog (that I follow) of the Month: Fresco Phyrra! =-.

  34. Marisol says:

    Nice to meet you Nymphette. Wonder why I haven’t ever seen this before? It’s totally a color that I would like.
    .-= Marisol’s last blog post… Products I am Using =-.

  35. ParisB says:

    Nope we haven’t met but then I find MAC lipglasses a bit too sticky for me. If you know of any non sticky dupes I’d love to hear it coz the colour’s pretty!
    .-= ParisB’s last blog post… Saturday Duty Free deals and shopping steals =-.

  36. Catherine says:

    Ooooh, this looks like my kind of color! Gotta put this on my list. Thanks for the introduction, Karen. =)
    .-= Catherine’s last blog post… FOTD + Home Improvement =) =-.

  37. wat a sexy lip color, another item to add to my ever expanding wish list πŸ˜›
    .-= Blovet Beauty’s last blog post… Hime Gyaru and Gothic Lolita Inspired Makeup Part 1 =-.

  38. reesa says:

    I just picked up Nymphette after longing after it for a very long time. LOL. I love this gloss…very wearable.

  39. Denny says:

    Karen, I had to have this color once I read this post. I bought it today and I love it! I hope to use Nymphette ALL the time, after my Oh Baby. lol I love MAC’s lipglass.

  40. Regina says:

    Hi Karen,

    I love how great Nymphette looks on you. What lipstick would you suggest to go with this? (My colouring is the same as yours)

  41. I agree with you, my chemistry with MAC Nymphette is so strong
    .-= stealing beauty’s last blog post… This Season’s Most Wanted =-.

  42. Yelena says:

    gosh this is a gorgeous lipgloss!

  43. Danielle Balas says:

    Jest Lipstick with cork or chesnut lipliner and nymphette pair wonderfully! especially on darker skintones such as NC50 and darker!

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