A Novel Way To View Fall Lip Color: The Five New MAC A Novel Romance Lipglasses Skip Fall and Fast-Forward to Late Winter

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MAC Lipglass in Talk Sexy, a dark purple

Hey, baby, it’s dark purple MAC Lipglass in Talk Sexy

Winter is coming… Looking at the Lipglasses in MAC’s new A Novel Romance collection, I can almost feel the socks on my feet (toe oppression!), the leopard-print cat lady gloves on my hands, the chill in the air and the extra 10 pounds of holiday chocolate in my belly. These colors sure don’t seem like typical fall colors.

No wines, reds or berries here. Instead, they remind me of colors we’d see in an early winter collection released after the holidays.


Yeah, as in January.

MAC Lipglasses in Bared for You, Reckless Desires, Pure Fiction, Wanting More and Talk Sexy

Lipglasses in Bared for You, Reckless Desires, Pure Fiction, Wanting More and Talk Sexy

Perhaps MAC is playing with the notion of novel and looking at it as something other than a book. Like something new, a new way to think about fall lip colors.

These five new limited edition Lipglasses ($15 U.S., $18 CDN each) have the same super sticky texture, vanilla flavor and scent, and 3-5 hour wear time I’ve come to expect from MAC Lipglasses.

Three of the five are different takes on pale lavender, but don’t be scared! Surprisingly, they’re very flattering and wearable. They almost function as nude neutrals, and all three should look great with any of the collection’s three quads, particularly when worn with intense smokey eye looks.

MAC Lipglass in Wanting More

Lipglass in Wanting More

MAC Lipglass in Wanting More, a washed-out lavender

Lipglass in Wanting More, a washed-out lavender

MAC Lipglass in Pure Fiction

Lipglass in Pure Fiction

MAC Lipglass in Pure Fiction, a mid-tone violet pink

Lipglass in Pure Fiction, a mid-tone violet pink

MAC Lipglass in Reckless Desires

Lipglass in Reckless Desire

MAC Lipglass in Reckless Desire, a sheer pearlescent lavender grey

Lipglass in Reckless Desire, a sheer pearlescent lavender grey

I have to admit, though, that none of the lighter lavender shades, with the exception of sparkly purple Reckless Desire (ooh, glitter!) are triggering that aching flutter in my loins…

About the other two shades (the ones that aren’t lavender)…

  • Bared For You: I don’t really feel like this shimmery rose gold is memorable on its own, but I love it on top of creamy nude beige lipsticks, where it adds that extra something-something to nude lips.
  • Talk Sexy: A deep purple with golden glitter and fine golden pearl, Talk Sexy should look amazing on darker skin tones…although a darker lip liner (I’m thinking Nightmoth) may be necessary to corral the edges in place.
MAC Lipglass in Bared for You

Lipglass in Bared for You

MAC Lipglass in Bared for You, a soft rose gold

Lipglass in Bared for You, a soft rose gold

MAC Lipglass in Talk Sexy

Lipglass in Talk Sexy

While none of these colors leave me feeling lusty, I like that MAC took such a radical direction. For fall lip colors, these seem different to me, and as a group, they’re like the motherlode for cooler-toned ladies/gents.


Crazy flattering.

That said, don’t let that keep you away from them if you have a warm skin tone. If you get a chance, try a couple of them on for fun. You just might find yourself lovin’ on lavender. 🙂

The five A Novel Romance Lipglasses begin kissing lips later this month (August 14 online at maccosmetics.com, August 21 – October 2 in stores, and internationally this September).

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. fancie says:

    Reckless Desire is so pretty! The shimmer is to die for!
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  2. Bree says:

    Bared for you is a must have – the book is pretty good too!
    I wish reckless desires was a pretty on as it is in the tube. I like talk sexy too!

  3. Chris25 says:

    I love your eye makeup, Karen!
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  4. elysia says:

    karen! this eye makeup is so so so pretty and the lashes work really well wow i just really love the look ^^

  5. Laurissa says:

    I. Don’t. Need. This. Quad…. Must… look away…. The quad looks fabulous on you. I hope you make a post on a few lipstick and lipglass combos again!

  6. Sylirael says:

    I love sparkly purple things, and Reckless Desire is no exception! Talk Sexy is quite nice too! 🙂
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  7. Divya says:

    The first picture is very pretty and polished! Love the purple eyes with the dark lips pair! 🙂
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  8. Bared for you looks great on you, Karen!
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  9. Lancy says:

    Talk sexy is fantastic! It will definitely look good on my dusky-dark skin tone. And which lens are you wearing? Your eyes are damn sharp and beautiful Karen!
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  10. Martha Nelson says:

    “Talk sexy” reminds me “modern lure” from the summer ’14 collection

  11. Brooke says:

    Karen, you look incredible!! That first picture – wowzers. The glosses are pretty, and I absolutely love your eye makeup <3

  12. carol says:

    Hi Karen. Can you tell us what eye makeup you are wearing. Looks great!

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