MAC Starlit Lip Bag Starring You – In-depth Product Review and Ingredient Analyses

As annoying as the winter holiday retail season is, it also comes with some advantages. One of them is the gift bundles that pop up at this time, which often contain many products at a cheaper price than if you were to buy them individually.

One of those, save your money and feel great bundles, is the MAC Starlit Lip Bag which comes in 3 different versions: nude, plum and red, and contains 1 lipstick, 1 lip liner, 1 lip glass all of which are full size! Plus a makeup bag to put them in.

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It retails for £39 but if you were to buy the lipstick (£17.50), lip glass (£16) and lip liner (£15) individually it would come to £48.50 therefore, saving you £9.50! Not to mention that these bundles often also go on sale for £33, saving you even more. Plus lets not forget you also get a makeup bag for free.

So it’s a great value for money, high quality makeup and it’s an amazing excuse to get another lip kit. Why? Because you’ve worked hard this year and you deserve it. Not to mention that some of the shades contained, like for example the red lipstick in the MAC Starlit Lip Bag Red, is a season shade called Fireballer which you can’t get normally.

In terms of quality of the products contained, the MAC lip products in general are top quality in terms of longevity. If you want lipsticks, liners or glosses that last long on your lips, these are one of the best choices in the market right now.

Let’s have a look at the products in a little more detail. I’m using the Red kit here as an example for the post but the Plum kit is also great. I haven’t tried the Nude yet, mainly because I was concerned it might be a bit patchy and too light. If  you’ve tried it let me know in the comments below!

 

Packaging

The three products come in a festive makeup bag made of 90% Pet and 10% Polyester with the lining being 100% Polyester. It looks nice and simple, not Christmas specific and small enough to be easily carried in your daily hand bag.

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The products themselfs come in the normal MAC packaging, no Christmas decoration at all which I actually really love because it gets annoying when you use them after the holidays are over.

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Colours

This kit comes in three different versions: nude, plum and red and contains an appropriately coloured lip stick, lip liner and lip glass.

The red kit shown here contains:

Lipstick – Fireballer (unique shade, cannot buy alone)

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Lip liner – Cherry (you can buy this individually from the normal MAC range)

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Lip glass – Maraschino Star (unique shade, cannot buy alone)

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Texture and Finish

The red lipstick has a matter texture and although it doesn’t feel drying it neither feels moisturising.

The lip glass trully has an almost glass reflection and gives the lips a very, very shiny gloss texture. It’s not sticky and it actually helps hydrate the lips a little so feels great in combination with the lipstick.

The lip liner has a matte texture but is buttery and easy to use.

 

Smell and Taste?

These products have a very sutble cosmetic scent that you will likely not smell at all.

I’ve added a taste category here too, but please don’t eat your lipsticks. The category is here simply because practically whether you want to or not, it’s not uncommon to lick your lips or somehow taste the lipstick off your lips while you eat or drink something. These products don’t taste of anything.

 

Longevity

The MAC lip products are one of the best in terms of longevity, perhaps because they are so pigmented.

Depending on how you eat (whether you touch the food with your lips) these products can look almost flawless after eating or drinking. The longevitiy of the MAC lipsticks is known for a while now but I was impressed with how long the lip glass also lasted, given that lip glosses tend to dissapear very quickly.

 

Price

As mentioned above, one bag retails for £39 but if you were to buy the lipstick (£17.50), lip glass (£16) and lip liner (£15) individually it would come to £48.50 therefore, saving you £9.50! Not to mention that these bundles often also go on sale for £33, saving you even more. Plus lets not forget you also get a makeup bag for free.

All three products are full size: lipstick 3g, lip glass 3.1mL, lip liner 1.45g.

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Hydration

The MAC Fireballer lipstick is matte which means it is neither hydrating nor drying. However, adding the lip glass on top not only took the look to the next level but also helped with hydration. If you have dry lips you will love the gloss on top.

 

Practicality of use – user experience

These products are very easy to use, like any other MAC lip product. Nothing strange or annoying here.

 

Skin compatibility

The brand doesn’t specify a specific skin type for this lipstick range, it’s very rare for brands to do so for lip products anyways! Nevertheless, I’d say that these lip products are appropriate for all, even for dry lips.

There are also no skin type specific ingredients. However, never use cosmetics on broken or irritated skin.

 

Other

These products don’t have a last xM label but it is usually wise to not use lipsticks past the 1-2 year mark, depending on enviromental conditions and formulation.

Here’s what the brand says about this bundle:

FULL DESCRIPTION

Three steps to red-carpet colour: line, colour in and shine on. This lip kit in neutral, red or plum shades includes a Lip Pencil, Lipstick and Lipglass in shiny black packaging. Each set is housed in a special-feature glitzy pouch with star-accented zipper for full-on cinematic impact.

SHADE DESCRIPTION

  • Lipglass: Maraschino Star (Muted red)
  • Lipstick: Fireballer (Bright true red)
  • Lip Pencil: Cherry (Vivid bright bluish-red)
  • Bag: Black fabric bag with pink lattice

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Ethics

It wouldn’t be ethical if we didn’t talk about the credibility of this section. It is very hard to impossible most of the time to verify the information or credibility of the sources, so please take this section with a pinch of salt unless stated otherwise. This section is not meant to be definitive and is most likely more about reputation around those subjects than credible information. If you have additional or more correct information please email: bondsofbeautymail@gmail.com

I love that these products are not specifically Christmas decorated as this respects everyone’s beliefs, of whatever religion, even if you just don’t believe in one.

 

Ingredients

These products are not meant to be skincare worthy but they do contain vitamins C & E! Let’s have a look at the ingredients contained in more detail.

It is worth noting that these ingredient analyses are applicable to almost all MAC lipsticks, lip liners and lip glasses as the ingredients are mostly the same, with the exception of the different dyes contained to make-up the different shades.

To keep this article short, I am only listing the ingredients that are skin or hair nourishing or positive/negative, while ignoring the ones that only play formulation or dye purposes. For the full list of ingredients scroll down to the “full list of ingredients” section.

 

Ingredient positives:

Ingredient positives for the MAC lipstick:

  1. Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil – Moisturiser and skin conditioner.
  2. Tricaprylyl Citrate – Skin conditioner.
  3. Isononyl Isononanoate – Skin conditioner which leaves a silky feeling on the skin.
  4. Paraffin – Skin conditioner.
  5. Phenyl Trimethicone – Skin conditioner.
  6. Ethylhexyl Palmitate – Skin moisturiser.
  7. Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride – A skin conditioner and replenisher. Can enhance the delivery of vitamins, pigments and other ingredients.
  8. Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Cera Carnauba/Cire De Canauba – Skin conditioner and protector.
  9. Ascorbyl Palmitate – Form of Vitamin C. Anti-oxidant, helps bind other vitamins. This form of vitamin C penetrates the skin faster. Collagen builder and free-radical scavenger. Anti-ageing. Works synergistically with vitamin E. For more details see post “Vitamins C & E – do they work in skin care?”
  10. Tocopherol – Refers to a class of compounds with similar activities to vitamin E. A skin conditioner, anti-oxidant and fragrance agent. Check out: Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?
  11. Vanillin – A fragrance and anti-oxidant.
  12. Stearyl Stearoyl Stearate – Skin conditioner.

 

Ingredient positives for the MAC lip liner:

  1. C10-18 Triglycerides – Skin conditoner.
  2. Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil – A skin conditioner.
  3. Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride – A skin conditioner and replenisher. Can enhance the delivery of vitamins, pigments and other ingredients.
  4. Tocopherol – Refers to a class of compounds with similar activities to vitamin E. A skin conditioner, anti-oxidant and fragrance agent. Check out: Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?
  5. Ascorbyl Palmitate – Form of Vitamin C. Anti-oxidant, helps bind other vitamins. This form of vitamin C penetrates the skin faster. Collagen builder and free-radical scavenger. Anti-ageing. Works synergistically with vitamin E. For more details see post “Vitamins C & E – do they work in skin care?”

 

Ingredient positives for the MAC lip glass:

  1. Petrolatum – A moisturiser, skin conditioner, skin protector and soother. Despite the large negative publicity, there isn’t as much scientific evidence to support that this ingredient is negative for the skin.
  2. Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2– A lipid-based synthetic skin conditioner that can bind water and adhere to the skin, creating a glossy finish.
  3. Microcrystalline Wax\Cera Microcristallina\Cire Microcristalline – Skin conditioner, good for dry skin.
  4. Tocopherol – Refers to a class of compounds with similar activities to vitamin E. A skin conditioner, anti-oxidant and fragrance agent. Check out: Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?
  5. Ascorbyl Palmitate – Form of Vitamin C. Anti-oxidant, helps bind other vitamins. This form of vitamin C penetrates the skin faster. Collagen builder and free-radical scavenger. Anti-ageing. Works synergistically with vitamin E. For more details see post “Vitamins C & E – do they work in skin care?”
  6. Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract– Skin conditioner, locks moisture in (=humectant). Some consider it to have anti-flammatory properties and protects against UV-damage. This is not a sunscreen and you still need SPF. Some have reported it to stimulate collage production and therefore, reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
  7. Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil– Anti-oxidant, skin conditioner and fragrance.
  8. Caprylyl Glycol– A skin conditioner.
  9. Hexylene Glycol– Skin conditioner.

 

Ingredient negatives:

Ingredient negatives for the MAC lipstick:

N/A

 

Ingredient negatives for the MAC lip liner:

N/A

 

Ingredient negatives for the MAC lip glass:

  1. Saccharin – Can cause irritation to some.
  2. Flavor (Aroma) – This ingredient represents an undisclosed mixture of compounds that give the product scent. There’re more than 3000 molecules that fall under this category and I personally do not like that there are some ingredients that are undisclosed and hidden under this general name. Fragrance also does not offer any skin care benefit, in fact there is some evidence that it can damage the skin.

 

Ingredients that can cause irritation to some:

This is actually really case specific, as different people have different sensitivities and allergies. Just because a compound has been reported by some to cause sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you will have an issue. “Sensitizer” compounds being present is not a negative in my opinion, as this is the case with pretty much everything out there and funnily enough I’ve seen products that are targeted specifically for sensitive skin, containing some compounds that have been reported by some, or are known to be, sensitizers.

If you have sensitive skin or you are prone to skin sensitisation and unwanted reactions, try a little bit of this at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned.

Check out: What is sensitive skin? What are the causes and what can we do?

The following compounds present in the MAC lipstick have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Octyldodecanol, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Ethylhexyl Palmitate (might cause irritation around the eyes if you use the lipstick as a liner or shadow), Acrylates Copolymer.

The following compounds present in the MAC lip liner have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: N/A

The following compounds present in the MAC lip glass have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Octyldodecanol, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Acrylates Copolymer, Hexylene Glycol, Saccharin, Flavor (Aroma), Phenoxyethanol.

Bear in mind that although most of the MAC lipsticks, liners and glosses contain the same ingredients, they do differ in the dyes they contain. As a result, if you use a lip product that is fine for you and another that gives you sensitisation, it will be worth looking into the dyes and their amounts contained as well (which are ignored here to keep this post shorter), not just the above listed irritants.

 

Full list of ingredients: 

MAC Lipstick

Octyldodecanol, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Silica, Tricaprylyl Citrate, Ozokerite, Isononyl Isononanoate, Paraffin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Microcrystalline Wax/Cera Microcristallina/Cire Microcristalline, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Cera Carnauba/Cire De Canauba, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Vanillin, Acrylates Copolymer, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Stearyl Stearoyl Stearate (May contain: Mica, Titanium Oxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxide (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Carmine (CI 75470), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 21 Lake (CI 45380), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Red 33 Lake (CI 17200), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Yellow 10 Lake (CI 47005)).

MAC lip liner

C10-18 Triglycerides, Talc, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Rhus Succedanea (Japan) Fruit Wax, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Carmine (Ci 75470), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Red 21 (Ci 45380), Red 30 (Ci 73360), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985)]

MAC lip glass

Polybutene, Octyldodecanol, Petrolatum, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Microcrystalline Wax\Cera Microcristallina\Cire Microcristalline, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Acrylates Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Silica, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica Silylate (Nano), Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Saccharin, Flavor (Aroma), Phenoxyethanol, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Carmine (Ci 75470), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Red 30 Lake (Ci 73360), Red 33 Lake (Ci 17200), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985)]

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Verdict

The MAC Starlit Lip Bag is great value for money and contains MAC lip products of very high quality. I highly recommend you treat yourself to one of these!

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I am not affiliated with any company or brand. These are my views and experiences.
Beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa. Have you ever tried these products? Did they work for you? Let me know your experiences below!

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