Guide to MAC Lipstick Finishes: Lustre vs. Glaze

For years, I've been trying to get a concrete understanding of the differences between Glaze and Lustre lipsticks. When I go to the counter, these are typically the colors that I really love, but have to avoid.  Because they are so sheer, they don't last  too long.  In this post, I'll do a comparison. Click on each image to make it larger!


Read on for swatches, descriptions, and more...

What MAC Says: Low-colour impact with sheen-style finish. Glazes the lips, makes them shine!

What ErinScandalous Says: Very sheer.  With shimmer?

The two colors highlighted are Not So Innocent (bottom) and Fun 'N Sexy (top) lipsticks from the Fafi Collection in 2008.  Each of the colors is packed with shimmer and effect, but little color.

Moving Right Along to Glaze's cousin, Lustre. I am more fond of this finish.


What MAC Says: Demi-sheer with wet-look lustre finish. Very slick. Makes lips look soft, smooth, ultra-moist.

What ErinScandalous Says: Still sheer but with more color, a little creamier than Glaze.

The two colors are Jubilee (top) and 5N (bottom).  Very easy to wear colors that I rely on.

Stay tuned, I'll be doing more finish comparisons throughout the week!

Note: Some products were provided as samples for review.