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MAC Me Over collection

Again, another delayed MAC haul post! Sorry guys LOL. I promise I’ll get better at this!

First, I loved the promo pictures for this collection. MAC had an online contest where you could send in a picture of yourself and complete a sentence “MAC me over because………” The 6 winners were hand picked by MAC’s senior VP an featured as part of the official promo images for this collection.

Awesome, yeah? I think it’s great that they got ordinary consumers to be a part of the promo!

Moving on…from this collection I only got 2 things! I used to buy a whole MAC collection back in the days but these days with MAC spitting out limited collections so often (sometimes 3 in a month!), I just get too overwhelmed.

Runaway Red lipstick

rich red blue

MAC Runway Red lipstick

Yes, this is how dark it looks in the tube in real life. I opened it and thought what the heck? Is this right? I googled images the shade and it seems so!

But…when you actually apply it, it’s much MUCH nicer! Looks like a near-perfect red for me. I say near-perfect because I have so many reds that suit me fine hehe


MAC Runaway Red lipstick - natural light

When applied onto my lips, it’s a gorgeous ruby berry-red! Love it. It’s not a bright red but it’s not a vampy red either. It works well to brighten up my complexion and even with a simple winged liner, I still look polished.

The finish is a satin, and while it’s not my favourite finish from MAC, it’s not my least favourite either. It gives a semi-glossy smooth finish and is not drying on the lips.

Bare lips - natural light

MAC Runaway Red lipstick - natural light

As with most (all?) reds, this does leave a stain. A very pretty one at that. I could seriously wear this all day without having to reapply as the stain is nice enough to pass off as a “I meant for it to look like this..” hehe 😉

Mythical eyeshadow

frosty coppery red

Mythical is essentially a copper shade with bits of red shot through it. It’s one of my favourite finishes from MAC – veluxe pearl. It’s ridiculously smooth but it is lacking a bit in the pigmentation department :(

MAC Mythical eyeshadow

When swatched, it’s hard to see the red – looks more orange copper than red copper.

MAC Mythical eyeshadow - natural light

It looks quite similar to MAC Cranberry eyeshadow in the pan but Cranberry when applied is much more purple than MAC Mythical. I love neutrals and I think this is a bit more of ‘step up’ from your boring browns.

MAC Semi-Precious collection

Wow, talk about a delayed post aye? Sorry guys. For some reason, posting about my tiny haul from MAC’s Semi-Precious collection totally slipped my mind. Better late than never!

Let’s get on with it then…

I purchased Gem of Roses lipstick and Feeling Flush mineralize blush.

Gem of Roses – midtone strawberry pink.

MAC Gem of Roses lipstick

The description by MAC is pretty accurate. Gem of Roses does have a slight gold shimmer but nothing too BAM – in your face. It gives your lips a very nice shine. Application – SMOOTH. Wow! I haven’t been wearing my MAC lipsticks as much these days so I have forgotten about how great they can be. Gem of Roses applies sooo smoothly – like applying lip balm.

Bare lips - natural light

MAC Gem of Roses lipstick - natural light

It gives your lips a hint of colour without taking over the show. Such a perfect everyday lipstick. Unfortuntately, MAC likes its limited edition collections so this is unavailable from counters now. You could try your luck on eBay I guess or for the lucky US ladies – CCOs!

Next I got Feeling Flush mineralize blush. This thing is pigmented as pigmented goes so I prefer using my small stippling brush to apply this. MAC’s description is pretty lack-lustre honestly – “pink, deep blue, soft brown, pink”. The double pink = super pink blush, MAC?

MAC Feeling Flush mineralize blush

I love how crazy pigmented this is. And it’s the perfect pink for my cheeks. I tend to have a bit of redness inmy cheeks but this somehow tones it down and gives me a nice flush. MAC Dollymix blush used to be my go-to for pink cheeks but I’ve since sold it and have found an even better replacement!

Feeling Flush mineralize blush, like most, if not all of MAC’s blushes, last an average of 6-8 hours on me.

MAC Semi-Precious swatches - natural light

MAC Wonder Woman Haul

I only let myself cheat on my no/low-buy for this collection cos I am a collector of awesome pretty things 😛

When this was released a couple of weeks ago in the US, I got my friend to get me both the mineralize skinfinishes, both blushes and a lipstick.

Spitfire lipstick – Bright creamy magenta (Satin) $15.50usd/$37.00aud
Mighty Aphrodite blush duo – Warm peach coral with gold pearl/Bright coral pink with gold pearl (Satin/Frost) $24.00usd/$45.00aud
Amazon Princess blush duo – Bright yellow pink/Deep blue pink with gold pearl (Satin/Satin) $24.00usd/$45.00aud
Pink Power mineralize skinfinish – Peachy rose with pink shimmer/Soft rosy bronze/Soft shell pink with fine shimmer $35.00usd/$58.00aud
Golden Lariat mineralize skinfinish – True coral with fine gold shimmer/Soft suntanned bronze/Soft gold with fine shimmer $35.00usd/$58.00aud

I am so glad I have such a great friend in the US who’s willing to help me get all these cosmetics so I don’t have to pay the Australian retail. All up, I saved ~$88!

Stay tuned – swatches and reviews are coming up soon :)

Quick Review: MAC A Tartan Tale

I swatched everything but the eyeshadow cos I don’t want to ruin that pretty pattern! :(

Glamora Castle is a very nice grey blue with some really fine shimmer. The surface has a really cute plaid pattern which unfortunately does not go all the way through (as discovered by BritishBeautyBlogger).

Dark grey with teal tartan striping (Limited Edition)

They cost more than MAC’s usual eyeshadows ($19.50USD) but they are bigger (3grams).

The MAC A Tartan Tale eyeshadow (middle) compared with a typical MAC blush (left) and MAC eyeshadow pot (right).

Now, the pigments – I acquired samples of The Family Crest, Moonlight Night and Jigs & Jives. The Family Crest and Moonlight Night, along with Later, were released as full sized pigment jars. MAC also released holiday sets of the pigment vials and I think each set had at least one limited edition shade. I’ve been trying to get my hands on the others – Cheers My Dear, Gilt O Glamor and Most Darlingbut it has been difficult!

Moving on… both Moonlight Night and The Family Crest were swatched wet seemed like their full potential would be released only when swatched wet lol. Jigs & Jives, I swatched dry as usual as well as wet.

First impressions – all the pigments went on smoothly and no chunky glitter yay! A darker base is suggested for The Family Crest and Moonlight Night.

Jigs & Jives – Naked taupe

Moonlight Night – Blackened teal with teal pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)

The Family Crest – Blackened bronze with pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)

Jigs & Jives – pinkish tan
Moonlight Night – black base with blue and green shimmer
The Family Crest – plum base with gold shimmer

The Faerie Glen, is essentially a sheer nude-pink-brown mix. I like the fact that it’s a lustre finish cos when it’s applied, it’s semi-sheer with a slight sheen.

MAC Venomous Villains Collection – Toxic Tale and Heartless lipsticks

Toxic Tale – looks like neon orange highlighter in the tube and yet when I applied to my lips, it was very wearable. Not bright at all!

Bright coral (Satin)

Heartless – haven’t worn this yet but it looks like the perfect deep ruby red :) I don’t know why I purchased it when I have other reds in my collection which I have barely touched!

Cherry red (Amplified)

There’s a slip over the normal packaging :)
Shiny black lipstick bullets with a picture of the villain :)

Swatch (that’s one swipe per lipstick! Love the payoff.)

MAC Venomous Villains Collection – Bite of an Apple blush

Front and back of box

This was part of the Evil Queen collection.

I’m sucha sucker for corals and peaches. I need to branch out!

When I swatched it, it wasn’t very pigmented at all. Definitely a bright blush but because it’s sheer, it means you won’t end up looking clownish.

Soft coral pink (Matte)

Smooth application and quite sheer so you can build up the colour.


Without flash


MAC Venomous Villains Collection – I’m So Vain mirror

>There’s not much to say about this mirror. It’s a nice size, compact and very sturdy.

Compact inspired by collaboration; interior contains standard mirror on one side and magnifying mirror on alternate side.

Front and back design of the box

My MAC Venomous Villains Haul

Don’t you hate it when you’re expecting something in the mail, it takes its time to arrive??

I got:
Bite of an Apple blush
Heartless lipstick
Toxic Tale lipstick
I’m So Vain mirror

The packaging is awesome. I know there’s been drama about the packaging and design of it but I don’t mind it.

What did you haul from this collection? Anything? Nothing?

I’ll being doing separate posts on each product cos I went a bit snap happy and didn’t want to upload all the pictures at once 😀

Upcoming MAC Collections + My Wishlist

>Back into blogging, I go! :)

So, yesterday, Temptalia updated with 3 new upcoming MAC collections for the holiday period – December & January. So what did I do? I complied a wishlist of items I want! Of course, after seeing swatches, the list would probably be smaller (hopefully…)

This is what my list looks like at this moment (I didn’t calculate how much the pigment samples might cost me so the total is excluding pigment sample prices haha)

*Samples of:
Moonlight Night pigment
The Family Crest pigment
Golden Crown eyeshadow – Light gold with bronze tartan striping $19.50
Glamora Castle eyeshadow – Dark grey with teal tartan striping $19.50
My Highland Honey blush – Bright coral with soft gold pearl $18.50
Reelers & Rockers eyeshadow palette $36
TOTAL: $93.50 before tax & shipping

CHAM-PALE (December)
Chilled on Ice paint pot – Frosted white gold $16.50
Vintage Selection paint pot – Frosted mid-tone peach $16.50
Dangerous Cuvee – Frosted cool grey $16.50
Let Me Pop – Frosted light copper $16.50
TOTAL: $66 before tax & shipping

Too Chic beauty powder – Soft peachy cream with fine shimmer $26
*Samples of:
Madly Personal pigment
New Fixation pigment
Follow Your Fancy pigment
TOTAL: $26 before tax & shipping

PEACOCKY (January)
Woo Me kissable lip colour – light pink nude $18.00
Exxxhibitionist kissable lip colour – red-toned coral $18.00
So Vain kissable lip colour – muted mid-tone coral $18.00
TOTAL: $54 before tax & shipping

*faints* MAC, my bank account is crying!

What’s on your wishlist?

MAC Stylishly Yours
MAC A Tartan Tale
MAC Cham-Pale
MAC Peacocky


Pictures of Alice+Olivia Pigments

These are the pigments which are available from the MAC Alice+Olivia collection which was released a month ago in the USA. Apparently, this collection was only available in the USA, Japan and Korea.

The three newest (limited edition) pigment offerings from MAC are If It Sparkles…, Later and Partylicious. Initially I was only going to get Partylicious but then a lady I usually get my MAC pigment samples from were offering a great deal for a sample of all three! And who’s to pass up a good deal? 😛

If It Sparkles… is described as

White with transforming pink pearl (Limited Edition)

It’s so finely milled – even the pink shimmer is finely milled.

Here it is compared to my other “white” MAC pigments:

Pink Opal: If It Sparkles…has less of a yellow-white base compared to Pink Opal. Also, the pink shimmer in Pink Opal is more visible to the eye than the pink shimmer in If It Sparkles…
Your Ladyship: Your Ladyship is definitely more pinky-peach compared to If It Sparkles…
Vanilla: Pink Opal and Vanilla seems to have the same base shade with Pink Opal only having some pink shimmer added to the mix. So again, Vanilla has more yellow in it compared to If It Sparkles…
Frost: Compared with Frost, If It Sparkles…is definitely more finely milled. Frost is chunky has has white shimmer.

Later is

Black with transforming purple pearl (Limited Edition)

And last but not least, Partylicious – my favourite of them all! It is described as

Turquoise with silver pearl (Limited Edition)

Compared with other blue-ish MAC pigments:

Blue (Rebel Rock): A deeper blue than Partylicious.
Teal: Definitely more green in Teal.
Bell Bottom Blue: Dark blue and grey compared with Partylicious.