Giambattista Valli Crystal Glaze Gloss
M.A.C. Cosmetics teamed up with fashion designer Giambattista Valli to create a highly buzzed about collection of limited edition lip products, including Crystal Glaze Gloss whose chief selling point is that it can “transform” any lip color by adding a glossy, opalescent sheen. That’s not exactly a ground-breaking concept for a gloss—nevertheless this one does it well by coating lips in a ultra-plush layer of clear moisturizing shine.
Housed in a pot, it only takes a dab of Crystal Glaze Gloss to moisturize lips with its rich, “glaze”-like texture. For those who don’t like the idea of dipping their fingers in to get the product, the packaging may seem like a bit of nuisance, but in tradeoff there’s no denying that lips are left feeling soft and smooth to the max. (We also suspect its thick texture wouldn’t work as well in a wand or tube applicator.)
It is lightly scented with the brand’s trademark vanillin, which is a non-sensitizing fragrance derived from vanilla. However, those who do not care for this scent should take note.
True to claim, Crystal Glaze Gloss pumps up the volume of shine and imparts an understated opalescent sheen over any lipstick or on bare lips. We want to stress how very subtle the opalescent sheen is so you don’t get the impression—it’s not as noticeable as it appears to be in the packaging, and that’s a good thing if you ask us. Think less sci-fi and more refined, which makes it all the easier to pair with any lip color, including the collection of Giambattista Valli Lipsticks it was launched with.
All told, Crystal Glaze Gloss does what it promises with a luxurious feel for oh-so smooth lips. It’s on the pricey side for a clear gloss and the light hint of sweet smelling vanilla flavoring and jar packaging may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if those aren’t deterring factors for you, it’s a pucker-worthy purchase.
- Ultra-plush, glaze-like texture moisturizes lips, leaving them smooth and soft.
- Clear formula and understated opalescent sheen pair nicely with lipstick or on bare lips.
- Some may find the jar packaging a nuisance when it comes to time to apply.
M.A.C. Cosmetics At-A-Glance
What more can one say for this long-standing makeup line whose products have spoken eloquently for themselves for years? In many ways, M.A.C. Cosmetics is a pivotal line not only for makeup artists but also for any in-the-know cosmetics consumer. Although M.A.C. has several singularly outstanding products, they generally excel by virtue of the range of choices offered. The color selection for everything from lipsticks to foundations is exceptional. Most of the makeup brushes are beautiful, full, and soft, as well as properly sized to fit the contours of the face and eyes.
When it comes to skincare you may be tempted to dismiss the small assortment M.A.C. offers and skip right to their makeup with its well-earned positive reputation. But doing so would mean missing a handful of beautifully formulated products that are worth trying. By no means is M.A.C.'s skin-care line one-stop shopping (at least not if you have blemishes, skin discolorations, or require more than a couple options per category), but you'll find more than just the color products impressive here, and the prices aren't unreasonable either!
M.A.C.'s salespeople are often trained makeup artists, too. This is especially true in the freestanding M.A.C. boutiques, where the staff tends to be true makeup artists.
Note: M.A.C. sets itself apart from other beauty brands by staying ahead of the curve by launching a seemingly-constant rotation of impressive limited edition products, usually with fashion-forward themes. Though it's impossible to review every limited edition product, many of M.A.C.'s are as impressive as those in their permanent collection.
Strengths: Some impressive moisturizers; praiseworthy foundations in a mostly gorgeous range of shades; good concealers; several great powder-based products including blush, bronzer, and eyeshadow in various finishes; dizzying array of lipstick shades in mostly sumptuous formulas; several very good mascaras (regular and waterproof); top-notch makeup brushes; many of the Prep + Prime products work as claimed.
Weaknesses:A few products with high levels of potential skin irritants.
For more information about M.A.C. Cosmetics call (800) 588-0070 or visit www.maccosmetics.com.
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