August 27, 2015

MAC Vamplify Lipgloss Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

MAC Vamplify Lipgloss

MAC Vamplify Lipgloss ($20) arrives in time for Fall 2015 in an array of gorgeous, pigmented colors. MAC Vamplify Lipgloss is a new lipgloss formula infused with colour-boosting technology that’s loaded with pigments. According to MAC, Vamplify is there most dramatic lipgloss to date and includes natural oils such as coconut, almond, sesame, and avocado to keep lips moist and hydrated through the wear.

Let’s take a look!

MAC Vamlify Lipgloss has one major problem. It’s limited edition! Well, let’s face it, when it comes to MAC nothing is every REALLY limited edition and if Vamplify sells well I’m sure we’ll see a new line up of shades in a new collection in the next several months.

For now, you’ll have to haul these gorgeous glosses hard to keep your stocked until the next round pops up!

MAC Vamplify swatches

MAC Vamplify Lipgloss Swatches (Push Some Buttons, Modern Drama, What’s Going On?)

What a great job MAC did with these and I hate to say that surprises me but it does. Lately, MAC has been on a crash course of really bad limited edition launches in my humblest. And some of the MAC magic has worn off for me and I’m not quite as eager to jump on everything they launch for fear of disappointment. I think Vamlify redeems that problem considerably as this collection is a solid release of shiny, pigmented glosses that, in my opinion, aren’t to be missed.

I will say that these glosses are a bit expensive at 0.16 oz in size for $20 each versus a regular Lipglass at $15 with a larger size of 0.17. If you can get off being ticked off about the $5 and less product issue you’re in for a treat, I promise!

These come in a long tube with a flocked slightly slanted sponge applicator for application. I will say the first time I swiped a shade on I was disappointed. It applies rather patchy and separated. This seems to be an isolated issue because the next several applications I did were flawless!

The formula is considerably different compared to Lipglass. I find it thicker yet looser than Lipglass with a lot less tackiness and stickiness. The wear is longer for me as well at around five hours where as with Lipglass I can get 4 sometimes 5 hours of wear if I’m lucky. At first swipe you’ll get fully loaded color on lips but not much shine. As you build the shine factor becomes more and more prominent and I’d say at around layer 2 to 3 you’ll have a lacquer-like finish. The colors, as promised, are loaded with pigment and provide opaque color with a single application. This was the case with all three shades I tried across the board. I not only loved the high shine finish but adored how I could get a gorgeous, full color pout from the shades. It’s kinda like have wearing a lipstick with your favorite gloss on top. The shine does temper off at around the 2 hour mark but color remains strong for the next three without migrating, feathering, flaking, or drying out. That’s also something I loved about this formula, the moisture factor! I didn’t feel like the texture every become dry and it felt pleasantly moist through the wear and my lips felt nicely hydrated.

MAC Vamplify Modern Drama

MAC Modern Drama Vamplify

MAC Vamplify Lipgloss (Modern Drama)

MAC What's Going On Vamplify

MAC Vamplify What's Going On

MAC Vamlify Lipgloss (What’s Going On?)

MAC Push Some Buttons Vamplify

MAC Vamplify Push Some Buttons

MAC Vamlify Lipgloss (Push Some Buttons)

MAC Vamplify Lipgloss is an exemplary offering that displays why MAC is such a beloved brand by millions. When MAC gets it wrong they get it really wrong but when they get it right, well, they get it really right! I think Vamplify is all right! Great texture, wonderful shine, and above all else intense pigment.

I like!

Muse Approved.


MAC Vamlify is available now at and September 3rd on counters.

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Cindy

    How close are these to a liquid lipstick formula? Do they really have that staying power or are they closer to a true lip gloss? I have trouble with bleeding on glosses 99.99999% of the time, even if I use a good lip primer. If they were similar to a liquid lipstick formula I’d be in – but if it’s just another gloss, not so much.

    • Isabella Muse

      I wouldn’t say liquid lipstick formula. More a thicker gloss consistency, Cindy. They wear for around five hours without any issues of migrating, feathering, or bleeding.

  • Cindy

    Thanks! They are probably nothing like those old Bare Minerals Pretty Amazing lip glosses either. THOSE had staying power!!

    • Isabella Muse

      mmmm no those are creamier Cindy! They were lovely I agree. Vamplify def has good wear though! Five hours at least 🙂

  • Christy

    …why is there a pentagram on this chicks arm? will not be buying anymore Mac.

  • Rachel R.

    I wasn’t going to get any of these, but Modern Drama and What’s Going On look fantastic.

  • Jay

    Yes!!! I ordered 1 to try out the formula…thankfully they didn’t sell out in .5 seconds so I was able to take my time. I agree, MAC has lost its mojo lately with their regular collections. I’ve seen some new debuts being tested by makeup artists that look promising, so hopefully they’ll get back on track with us regular folks!

    • Isabella Muse

      yay! 😀 Glad you got one Jay! Hope you like! Let me know what you think ;-D

  • Katherine T.

    I got Tuned In! If I didn’t have so many glosses to go through, I would grab more