The MAC Reel Sexy Cremesheen Glasses Whisper AND Shout

Published in: Lips, MAC Makeup, Product Reviews

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Wearing MAC Cremesheen Glass in Cinestyle

There must be something in the air, because Tabs has been acting strange all day long.


Well…stranger than usual. He’s been grumbling to himself, staring at me for bizarrely long amounts of time, clawing at the carpeting on the stairs (BAD TABBY!) and suddenly taking off like a firecracker in random directions.

And he hasn’t been mugging for camera like he usually does. I got him all set for a few shots with the four new Cremesheen Glasses from the MAC Reel Sexy collection ($19.50 each), but he was like, “Not in the mood for it. Come back later.”

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Cremesheen Glasses from the bottom to the top: Private Screening, Cinestyle, Star Quality and Color Saturation ($19.50 US; $22.50 CDN each)

I don’t know… Maybe it’s spring fever. I know he hates being cooped up in the house. I’m sure he would have preferred to shoot on location today, maybe in the city because it’s sunny. Last week he even asked if we could do a photo spread this month (and have lunch) down at Fisherman’s Wharf. Maybe also swing by the Embarcadero.

I didn’t think much of it at the time because it was raining, but I like the idea of a kitty modeling session somewhere on location. Maybe I could bring along one (or maybe all four) of the limited edition Cremesheen Glasses. My lips have been feeling a little dry lately, and MAC’s moisturizing Cremesheens usually hit the spot.

As luck would have it, Reel Sexy includes some good ones. Colorful lips play a big part in Reel Sexy, and some of that color carries over into the Cremesheen Glasses from the release.

But there are also a couple of sheerer shades in the mix, which I like because it offsets the saturated colors. Without them, the lineup would have been like listening to a song in which the singer SHOUTS THE ENTIRE TIME!

Sometimes, it’s the quiet moments that make me appreciate the louder ones even more.

Here are some thoughts on each of the four colors…

Star Quality: And it has it, too. This one’s my favorite of the bunch. When I wear this intensely pigmented bright orange coral, I want to bust out the blender, make frozen pineapple drinks and salsa dance on the lanai. It’s bright, fun and easy to wear, and I think it looks great on its own or layered on top of Watch Me Simmer. LOVE! love

Colour Saturation: I was really surprised by this dark and creamy cool-toned wine (in a good way). I feared it would feel too fall-ish before I tried it on and was ready to pooh-pooh it, but it’s fresher than I expected it to be. Color traditionalists might still find it too dark for their tastes, but I hope they (and you) give it a try. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Private Screening: This almost transparent milky mid-toned peach does for lips what Essie Ballet Slippers did for nails. Take care not to over-apply. When I did, it settled into the fine lines on my lips, and the coverage didn’t look uniform. I like the color for quick hits of shine, but I would have liked to see a little more pigment — not much, just a tad. As it stands, it’s great for adding shimmer to lippies like Watch Me Simmer and Reel Sexy Lipstick.

Cinestyle: MAC describes it as mid-toned blueish gray-violet, but I don’t really see any of the gray on me, and truth be told, I’m relieved; the thought of gray lips was freaking me out! This shade, like Private Screening, applies sheer and milky, and because my lips are rather pigmented, both shades look quite alike. On its own, I think it’s just okay, but I bet it would great atop Pink Popcorn Lipstick (to enhance the shine and bring out the purple tones).

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Star Quality

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Colour Saturation

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Private Screening

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Cremesheen Glass swatches from the left: Private Screening, Cinestyle, Star Quality and Color Saturation

Look for MAC counters and stores to get Reel Sexy tomorrow. πŸ™‚ But if you can’t wait that long, you can get Reel Sexy lips online right now.


I skipped out on my run yesterday, so I’m off to log a few miles on the treadmill.

Gosh, remember being a kid and only running around for fun? Those were the days…

Hide and Seek was like doing wind sprints!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Appu says:

    Color Saturation is just a fab color! You look great, Karen πŸ™‚
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  2. Tiffany says:

    Star Quality and Color Saturation are right up my alley. I love Cremesheen glasses, they are my favorite MAC glosses

  3. Angel says:

    I love Star Quality!! I didn’t think much about Color Saturation before because I thought it was too dark… but I think I might go check it out tomorrow! Those colours look amazing on you!!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks! You might be surprised by Color Saturation. It has a brightness to it that’s very refreshing. Let me know if you end up getting it. πŸ™‚

      • Angel says:

        I actually gave Colour Saturation a try and I love it! I ended up picking up both Star Quality and Colour Saturation.

        Colour Saturation is definitely not a summer colour… but it’s so gorgeous I just had to get it! Fall always comes after summer… so I will get some use out of it eventually! πŸ™‚

  4. I think I need Star Quality!

    I’ve tried to put some things on Tango to make him model, but he always manages to stand right up after I’ve placed the last item and before I could actually snap a decent picture! When I DON’T want him around however, he manages to poke his kitty head into the picture sniffing around. Humph.

  5. Marina says:

    I actually really love Cinestyle. And the photos of Tabs of course πŸ˜‰
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  6. corallista says:

    I’m definitely picking up Star Quality, it reminds me of Double Dare! Loved Color Saturation too.
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  7. Nina says:

    My fave formulation! Im still thinking if I need them but I want them (of course!) …

    • Karen says:

      I hope you pick up Star Quality! Or at least give it a looksy. I’m going to try to stop by the counter (hopefully) today. I need to do some re-stocking and check up on some other colors from the launches. πŸ™‚

      • Nina says:

        I got my Extra Dimension order today and im really really impressed! Yep, im going to the MAC store tomorrow. Ill check things out then!

  8. laura says:

    You look stunning in these photos!

  9. Maria says:

    I love Tabs, anything Tabs does is great with me, even when he’s not thrilled about doing it!!! Sorry Tabs, sometimes you have to suck it up for fame!!! πŸ˜‰

  10. Sophie says:

    About Tabs’ moodiness: Mercury is retrograde, and will be until about the middle of the month. It affects people and cats (and lots of other things, too, like communication and electronics). It’s not a good time. πŸ™

  11. artemis says:

    they look pretty ;D

  12. artemis says:

    omg, tabs looks so cute in the first pic of the second row! :)) hehehe

  13. Alison says:

    An old friend of mine calls this behaviour “cat-o’-clock” – its when both the cats in her house go ballistic, running around with arched backs and bolting off random directions for no reason at all in a world of their own. Apparently they both do it at the same time at specific times of day!

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