Gloss + Liquid Lipstick + Stain = MAC Versicolour Varnish Cream Lip Stain

Creamy, shiny, slick! The new $22 MAC Versicolour Varnish Cream Lip Stains are available meow

Not once, but twice over the past week have I wondered aloud, “What is this exactly?”

The first time I was out getting dinner with the family.

Actually, it was during dessert (I got spumoni ice cream, which, who’d a thunk that cherry, pistachio and chocolate would go so well together?).

The second time was the first time I was trying the new MAC Versicolour Cream Varnish Lip Stains.

mac versicolour varnish 2
I wonder… What’s the plural of doe-foot??

These creamy, shiny glosses are kinda different and cool. They have a non-sticky formula, and they fade over time to a matte lip stain. They come in a whole bunch of colors, too, for $22.

I think one of the reasons I like them so much is because they feel like my favorite MAC glosses…which I can’t recall the name of right now.

Dangit! What are those called again? I’m having a brain fart… They’re the moisturizing ones that feel thinner than a Lipglass? Something-something glasses?

Not Lipglass. Not Dazzleglass


The Versicolours feel just like them, only thinner.

“Captivate with a lip colour hybrid that’s glossier, higher coverage and harder impact than ever before. Its watery-light formula glides on creamy and comfortable to impart long-wearing, saturated full coverage and an always-fresh wet finish. Find entrancement in its 12-hour, intense staining power – promising to last far into the day and night.”

When they go on, they’re VERY pigmented and shiny. It’s like, BAM! — color and shine. And that goes for all of them.

Over the next 10 minutes or so they start to feel thicker — almost like a liquid lipstick — and fade into a stain.

Even though I’m more drawn to the dark pinks and reds in the collection, I think the best shade of the whole bunch is rosy nude Bitten Babe because it doesn’t stain my lips unevenly like the other colors do to where I get a dark or bright spot in the middle of my lips, which then fades into a lighter stain toward the edge of my lips.

I guess that’s a high fashion-y lip look, but I’m partial to evenly stained color, a la Bitten Babe, which I’ve been wearing a ton. It starts as a glossy, rosy pink but turns into a nude pink stain by midday, where it lasts for about four hours.

mac bitten babe before
Fresh coat of Bitten Babe
mac bitten babe after
After two hours…

More deets…

  • They aren’t particularly moisturizing or drying…so they’re somewhere in the middle in terms of moisture.
  • Unsurprisingly for MAC, they smell like vanilla, and I don’t detect a flavor.
  • They don’t settle into my lip lines (yay!).
  • The darker stains last longest — like 6-7 hours.
  • The reds all kinda look alike on me… Go figure.
mac try to stop me
Try to Stop Me
mac crushing it
Crushing It
mac varnishly red
Varnishly Red

mac bitten babe
Bitten Babe
mac peach aflush
Peach Aflush
mac effervescent swatch
mac shock it to me
Shock It To Me
mac stuck in love
Stuck in Love
mac serial stain
Serial Stain
mac plexipink
mac like candy
Like Candy
mac to the extreme
To The Extreme

If I had to go with just one of them, it would be Bitten Babe, babe. It’s a winner.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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