MAC Unsung Heroes: Lychee Luxe Lipglass

Published in: Lips, MAC Makeup, Product Reviews, Unsung Heroes

Question for my coral lovin’ babes: Do you have a favorite coral lipgloss? Hands down, mine’s got to be MAC Lipglass in Lychee Luxe ($14). It’s a shimmery coral from MAC’s permanent line, and if I had to guess I’d bet I’ve gone through a double-digit number of tubes, yikes!


Wish I could say I stumbled upon Lychee Luxe on my own, but I actually heard about it from my mom. She gave me the heads-up about 10 years ago, which is funny to me because she’s never really been into makeup.

Proof positive that Lychee Luxe holds *great* magical powers. πŸ™‚

One day she swung by a MAC counter looking for a gloss with just the right amount of color for her fabulous 50-ish self. She left with her first tube of Lychee Luxe, and a familial makeup obsession was born.

When it comes to coral glosses, I like to be able to see the color on my lips, but I don’t like so much pigment that it turns into a high maintenance mess (color on my teeth, chin, cheeks, etc.)!

Lychee Luxe is the coral lipgloss Goldilocks would have worn because it bears (ha!) a perfect amount of golden pinkish coral. It stands out, but I don’t have to check on it every 10 minutes throughout the day.

And, oooh! — the flexibility. It goes great with so many different eye makeup looks, like all of the seasonal golds, bronzes, coppers, teals and greens of summer.

Colors that play well with Lychee Luxe…

And it’s not all about summer, either. Lychee Luxe looks great year ’round, pairing beautifully with neutral eye makeup, black cat eyeliners and smokey brown shadows for school and/or work.

Another thing I love about it? Staying power. No joke, but I get about five solid hours of good color with it, and that includes my regular lip smacking and all of the water I drink throughout the day.

If MAC ever discontinued Lychee Luxe … heads would roll! Well, not really, but you better believe I’d start stockpiling. πŸ™‚ I LOVE you, Luxe! Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A+

Do you Lychee Luxe? If you do, what do you like to wear it with?

Hark, is that blue…?

Whoa, I think it just stopped raining. Is that a patch of blue sky, I see?


Oh, well, it only lasted a minute, and now it’s gone, but I do feel a little better. It’s amazing how it only took a few seconds of sunshine to cheer me up! πŸ™‚

How about you? Is your week off to a good start?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. NINA says:

    There is this really nifty lady,
    She says she is a crazy cat lady.

    One day she whispered to my ear,
    Her message I strained to hear.

    Lychee Luxe is the bomb, was what she said,
    I said I will buy it, of color I will not be afraid.

    Two skips forward, and I hold in my hand,
    What might be the prettiest gloss in all of the land.

    Lychee Luxe, I do love you, that much is true.
    To Karen, thank you for giving me the clue!!!

    LOL … im goofin off at work. I do <3 Lychee Luxe!

  2. Beena says:

    I love Lychee Luxe too! It was the first Lipglass I ever bought πŸ™‚

  3. Ana V says:

    This is a gorgeous color! Do you think it would work with lighter skin tones. I sometimes find that colourful lip glosses are too colourful for my skin tone…

    • Karen says:

      Yes! Do you wear warm shades well? I’ve seen this on friends with lighter skin and it looks fabulous.

      • Ana V says:

        For the most part I would say yes…I am not huge on color and have just recently started to get out there with my makeup variety. I am one of those people who touches their face alot when reading and writing so I dont wear much except for on weekends!

  4. Francesca says:

    Are you wearing just Lychee Luxe on your lips in the first photo?
    .-= Francesca’s last blog post… he may be gone, but we’ll remember him always. =-.

  5. Katie says:

    I want that gloss, it’s soo pretty. My favorite coral by far is MAC “Red Devil” I love the name of it sassy πŸ˜€
    .-= Katie’s last blog post… Favorite Bronzers =-.

    • Karen says:

      I have a thing for sassy names. Red Devil sounds tempting!

      • Iliana says:

        Red Devil looks a lot like Lychee Luxe, only brighter and pinker πŸ™‚ Unfortunately I don’t like how LL looks on me… I think it’s too orange. And I’m almost the same skintone as you, Karen, maybe a shade darker… Any other ideas how to wear it? I’m trying to love it because it’s so pretty! Would you know how Pink Lemonade compares to Lychee Luxe? πŸ™‚

  6. Devs says:

    Thanks for letting me know about this color! I am so obsessed with corals and this looks like the perfect addition to my collection!

  7. Casey says:

    I am heading to Macy’s after work to try this out!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Casey,

      Gotta love the post-work MAC drive by (perfect for a quick pick-me-up). Did you end up getting the gloss?

      • Casey says:

        I picked it up! What a great color – thanks for the post. I was so excited I forgot to pick up my blot powder…I guess I’ll have to make another trip to the MAC counter.

  8. OMG what a fab-tastic color. Next stop, MAC for sure honey…
    .-= Polish Earthgirl’s last blog post… China Glaze Up, Up, and Away (3 colors) =-.

  9. Sarah says:

    Hi Karen! I’ve been reading your blog for a while now, and I really like it! It’s actually become a daily getaway for me, lol.
    Anyway this lip gloss looks gorgeous! I’ve been on the hunt for a coral lipgloss anyway, and this is perfect. How much is it?
    Oh yeah, that look of yours using the Lychee Luxe has a Blair Waldorf vibe–don’t worry, thats a good thing πŸ™‚ thanks!

    • Karen says:

      Ha ha, I’ve watched a few eps of Gossip Girl… I’ll take the compliment, ’cause the girl can dress! πŸ˜‰

      This gloss is $14, which is pretty affordable for a department store gloss. You don’t have to use a lot, either, so it should last you a long time.

  10. Toni says:

    I’ll have to definitely check this out. I have been avoiding MAC lipglasses for years after my experience with one about 10-12 years ago – way too sticky. I bought a lipglass from the CCO last weekend to try out and really liked it with lip balm underneath, so I have been looking into other MAC lipglasses. This will be the first one I look at purchasing! Thanks for the heads up about this!

    • Karen says:

      So true — having a balm underneath makes a big difference in comfort.

      Hopefully you’ll like the texture of Lychee Luxe. Let me know if you end up getting it.

  11. DonnaN says:

    Adding Lychee Luxe to my list for when Pret a Papier launches at MAC…..

  12. Babybubblz says:

    I have this lipgloss and love it too! Still haven’t finished my first tube though! What makeup are you wearing in this look? You are radiant!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks, Babybubblz! I did a simple cat eye with LORAC Front of the Line Pro Liner on the upper lash line, MAC Technakohl in Graphblack to tightline and MAC Powersurge along the lower lash line. One the cheeks that’s MAC Ripe Peach Ombre Blush. That’s basically it…

  13. Kianna says:

    Is MAC Mahogany Lip Pencil on the website somewhere cohs I don’t see it . LOL . :PP

  14. Eileen says:

    I don’t have this lipglass but I’ve steered clear of mac lipglasses. way too sticky! BUt this gloss looks super pretty!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Eileen,

      Yah, the texture seems to be very polarizing. If you like non-sticky glosses, you might want to try Tarte’s or the Chanel Aqualumieres.

  15. TaniaN says:

    i find MAC oh baby to be my favorite coral gloss

  16. Tracy says:

    I’ve never bothered with gloss- I’m mostly a lip balm gal. But lately I’ve been getting into gloss and lipstick-I’ll be putting this one on my list to get!
    .-= Tracy’s last blog post… Laura Mercier MIneral Powder Foundation is a No No For Me =-.

  17. Maggie says:

    You’re making me have an undying urge to get Lychee Luxe now…
    .-= Maggie’s last blog post… A Kiss of Cherry! =-.

  18. sarina says:

    i love your blog, i have it bookmarked πŸ˜‰

  19. TJ says:

    Mmm hmm. That’s purdy. Added to my MAC dash list πŸ™‚
    .-= TJ’s last blog post… TodayÒ€ℒs deep thought =-.

  20. Lindsay says:

    Lookin purdy as usual! What foundation are you wearing?
    .-= Lindsay’s last blog post… Marshalls- I love me a bargain =-.

  21. christine says:

    might have to try this one….as soon as my other liipglass runs out! I hate buying new colors when I still have a lot left in my current tubes, because then they just get really old and I have to throw them out. I LOVE coral and this looks like a perfect color.

  22. darcey says:

    I just ordered this (and 4 other other:::sigh:::) off the website b/c my store didn’t have lyche luxe. I hope it turns out as nice on me as it does on you! I also ordered spring bean, enchantress, rags to riches and Love Nectar. Yes, I am out of control with lipgloss and lipstick lately. Have you tried any of those colors? I trusted by website view alone…very scary!!!!

  23. heyhey says:

    Oh. My. Gravy. I was looking for a drugstore shimmery coral lipgloss, but this is verrrrrry tempting. Might be my first MAC purchase (yah, I know. Give me my late pass, plz).

  24. Sylvie says:

    Lychee Luxe was also my first lipglass from MAC. It had a lot of gold shimmer, but was a lot brighter and slightly more orange on my lips than in the pictures that you’ve posted. I liked it so much that when I ran out of it, I was trying to look for a lipstick in the exact same colour. Back then, Fafi had just been released and Utterly Frivolous’ description matched Lychee Luxe and I was thinking score! The colour without the stickiness! (But the MAC noob I was… their descriptions rarely match their colours.) Utterly Frivolous was a bit too cool somehow, and even until now, I have half a tube of it left. It just takes a lot of effort to want to use it because it’s garish, and I’m somebody who’s not afraid of colour. And since I’ve gotten onto the LE train, I’ve been neglecting permanent items a lot. The thing is, I feel that with all the items MAC constantly deluges the world with, it’s really quite a pity to repeat using certain products cuz life is too short for that! I never have backups for anything except Port Red which I sincerely believe to be *the* red for me. But it doesn’t stop me from snapping up every LE red lipstick that they release πŸ˜€

  25. Ada says:

    I love Lychee Luxe too. It’s great to wear when I’m heading out to the playground with the tot and haven’t put any makeup on. And it’s also fab when I’m wearing browns, neutrals, etc.

  26. lexi says:

    I wish I looked cute in a bowed headband – I just look like a dork playing dress up with my daughter!

  27. Jessica says:

    Another fab coral is MAC Pink Lemonade!

    Great for my pale-as-they-come skin!

  28. PJ says:

    Cute look! I may need to stop by MAC tonight to try Lycee Luxe out. Do you think it is too similar to Kumquat as far as the orange-y-ness?

  29. Ithfifi says:

    I just purchased this baby (May I add, thanks you and Tabs!) and am totally loving it! I love how this look on you πŸ˜€ Gonna have to drag out my much neglected woodwinked and my overused orgasm now!

  30. sunmom says:

    i seem to be posting comments whenever i see that your fotd is beautiful…and you’re very beautiful here! love the cheekbones!

  31. Daya says:

    I tried Lychee a little while ago. Your beautiful pic has changed my mind! Pretty!!

  32. S says:

    somewhat unrelated to the post, but you look gorgeous in the photo, karen! it had to be said πŸ™‚

  33. Marisol says:

    That’s so pretty. I am going to have to get that one with a B2M. Lately I have been loving Love Nectar.
    .-= Marisol’s last blog post… Europe here I come! =-.

  34. diane says:

    The last photo is amazing! It must be great to live there!

    .-= diane’s last blog post… From the series of great youtubers I give you JulieG 713 =-.

  35. Phalia says:

    Thank you for a detailed review! I love the color going to check it out today :]

  36. Courtney says:

    Wow, you’ve brought back memories. This was my first ever MAC product. One summer my mom and I wandered into the store at Colombus Circle, and I convinced her that every 13 year old needed a MAC lipgloss to start high school. .*sigh*

  37. Theresa says:

    I know what I’ll be choosing next time I recycle… Thank you for the review!
    Theresa recently posted … Rock &amp Republic Makeup 75 off on hautelookcom today!

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