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More MAC gripes


Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Tuesday, September 12, 2006 1:20 PM (Eastern)

I realize I haven't had many positive things to say about MAC as of late. Well, here's another gripe.

Why is it that MAC keeps cranking out so many Lustre lipsticks? Mind you, I happen to adore the Lustre formula. The three MAC lipsticks in my current stash are all Lustres (Sophisto, Spice It Up and Strawberry Blonde). I'm not dissing the formula; I've been a great fan of it for years.

What peeves me is the notion that there doesn't appear to be much research & development going on down at the MAC lipstick lab. It appears as nothing quite so much as a company where a brilliant employee once worked. Said employee pioneered the Lustre formula, which was sheer (at a time when there were not many sheer lipsticks on the market)--that lasted, and moisturized, and just plain looked great.

Once said employee invented this formula, and it became something the lesser-talented employees at the MAC lipstick lab could copy, said employee got the sack.

Now, the people who kept their jobs simply keep replicating the Lustre formula. There is no brilliant employee there to come up with anything new of that caliber.

I could be totally wrong in this assessment of MAC but that is what it looks like these days.

Oh yeah, the Viva Glam VI stuff. The lipstick is a Lustre (as was Viva Glam V). The cause is still as good as ever, and I loved my Viva Glam V enough to use it up, down to the little plastic rim that held the lipstick...but somehow I don't find myself rushing out to scoop up VGVI. I was expecting something...different. Like a sort of deep rich plum of some sort, an Asian color really, a sort of...brilliant innovation.

People are still talking about Viva Glam IV as a grail lipstick and I'm wondering...can we bring back the old MAC employees? Or if they're still there, can we stand back and let them perform their wizardry once again?


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