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MAC Illustrated Bags (2013) by Anja Kroencke and Indie 184 Review & Photos

MAC Illustrated Bag 1 by Indie 184
MAC Illustrated Bag 1 by Indie 184

MAC Illustrated Bags (2013 Edition) ($36.00 each) were designed by Anja Kroencke and Indie 184 (each with two bags). For more background, see the original press release. Each bag is 8″ wide and 6″ tall with a 1″ depth. They felt like vinyl/plastic on the outside, and still like vinyl but not as plastic-like on the interior, which is lined with a different pattern.

The bags designed by Anja Kroencke are black and white drawings, and the interior is the same for both bags. The bags designed by Indie 184 are in “graphic street style,” and each bag as the other bag’s exterior as its interior (which I thought was cool). They’re large enough to hold your lipglosses, lipsticks, eyeshadows, quads, and some of the shorter-handled brushes. The size of these would work best as a makeup bag inside a purse for everyday or as one of many makeup bags for travel.

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MAC Tropical Taboo Mineralize Rich Lipsticks

MAC Midnight Mambo Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Tropical Taboo Mineralize Rich Lipsticks

MAC Tropical Taboo Collection’s Mineralize Rich Lipsticks ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.) come in five shades: Divine Choice, Glamour Era, Lady at Play, Luxe Natural, and Midnight Mambo. The latter is the only limited edition (and new) shade, which is the only shade I’ll have reviewed in this post, because the other four are permanent and were just reviewed this past March. 🙂

Midnight Mambo is described as an “intense violet.” It’s a fuchsia-shimmered magenta with cool undertones. It as semi-opaque coverage that was buildable from semi-sheer to semi-opaque–most of my lip freckle is hidden but there is some translucency across the whole lip. Given that it’s a Mineralize Rich lipstick, which is supposed to have “medium shine” and “buildable coverage,” it felt a lot like the others in the range, but it did seem slightly sheerer (even if you only compare to the other four featured in this collection). It lasted six and a half hours and left a slight stain behind, and it was lightly moisturizing while I wore it. Revlon Lollipop is more muted. Maybelline Hot Plum is less shimmery. MAC Show Orchid is more iridescent but is very similar. See comparison swatches.

The Mineralize Rich Lipstick range was released in March, so please refer to these links for reviews of: Divine Choice, Glamour Era, Lady at Play, Luxe Natural.  For reference, I have included the photos for all of those shades within this post but for reviews, ratings, dupes, and so on, please read their respective posts 🙂

MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick Midnight Mambo
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

MAC Smokeluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Smokeluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Smokeluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Smokeluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as shades of “frosty pink white, deep bronze, carbon black, deep grey and platinum.” #2 was the sparkliest shade, so it was the only one that seemed like it might be prone to fall out. I’ve been wearing this palette together for just over four hours, and there’s very little sparkle underneath my eye thus far, so hopefully there’s not too much more between now and the eight-hour mark. Based on my experience with the wear of these eyeshadows to this point, I expect the others to wear without creasing and might show some signs of fading after nine hours or so. The texture of this palette was slightly less silky compared to the others.

Smokeluxe #1 is a subtly warmed-up, pale beige with a pearly sheen. It’s a bit dry, so the payoff was about the same both wet and dry–semi-sheer to semi-opaque at best. Brownluxe #1 and Greenluxe #1 both have very similar beige shades in them. Urban Decay Broken is lighter, less shimmery. theBalm Promiscuous Pearl is similar. Urban Decay Skimp is warmer. MAC Dew is similar. MAC Sahara Dust is similar. MAC Preferred Blonde is more shimmery. MAC Shroom is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

Smokeluxe #2 is a dirty olive brown with hints of green and then flashes of taupe. It was a very interesting color, and it was one that I swatched three times while getting everything together, because it never looks the same. It also swatches darker than it looks in the pan. Greenluxe #4 is darker. theBalm Lead Zeppelin is greener, lighter. Giorgio Armani #14 is warmer. Giorgio Armani #24 is less shimmery. bareMinerals Speaker Box is warmer, lighter. See comparison swatches.

Smokeluxe #3 is a warm, brownish-plum with a frosted finish. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and applied wet, it was mostly opaque and appeared slightly darker. Disney Rococo is darker. Disney Chateau is warmer. theBalm Blink 1982 is similar. Urban Decay Roach is darker.
MAC Star Violet is warmer, redder. MAC Prettified is lighter, less warm-toned. Guerlain Turandot #4 is darker. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #2 is lighter. bareMinerals Euphoria is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Smokeluxe #4 is a medium-dark gray with a light silver shimmer. It was semi-sheer applied dry and mostly opaque applied wet–a little drier than other shades. theBalm Matt McDonald is cooler-toned. Chanel Gris Exquis is more neutral, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Smokeluxe #5 is a deep, dark black with a satin finish. It is a softer black applied dry, but it is quite dark and rich when applied with a damp brush. Sugarpill Bulletproof is matte. Urban Decay Blackout is matte. Milani Pitch Black is similar. Illamasqua Zeitgeist is similar. See comparison swatches.

MAC Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette Smokeluxe
Smokeluxe
Smokeluxe
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
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MAC Pinkluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Pinkluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Pinkluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Pinkluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as shades of “frost white pink, bright frosty pink, deep violet, blackened purple with purple pearl and blackened plum.”  The first two shades seem too similar to have included both in this particular palette–if they had been really cool and really warm-toned, rather than closer to the middle, it would have worked better.  #1, 2, and 4 were sparkly enough to have some fall out issues.  I’ve only been wearing this palette for three hours now, but there is some minor fall out currently (and based on the wear of the other four palettes, I would expect moderate fall out after eight hours but no creasing).  #4 was also hard to apply with even, opaque coverage, even though I used it damp.

Pinkluxe #1 is a light-medium pink with a high-shine, frosted finish. It has subtle cool undertones (almost looks neutral to warm against my warmer complexion). It had mostly opaque color payoff both wet and dry, but applied wet, it was smoother and less loose. Pinkluxe #2 is just warm-toned, but it’s also a light-medium pink. Urban Decay SWF is less shimmery. MAC Heartless is lighter, less shimmery. MAC Cheryl Chic is less shimmery. MAC Love Power is a cream product. See comparison swatches.

Pinkluxe #2 is a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a frosted, sparkling finish. Applied dry, it’s semi-sheer and less smooth, while it is more intense and smoother when applied wet. Pinkluxe #1 is cooler-toned. Urban Decay SWF is cooler, lighter. MAC Cheryl Chic is less shimmery. MAC Love Power is lighter, a cream product. MAC Rose Light is a smidgen warmer. See comparison swatches.

Pinkluxe #3 is a medium-dark, pink-plum with a frosted, slightly metallic finish. It had softer, semi-opaque color payoff applied dry, which was intensified to mostly opaque color when applied wet. Urban Decay Last Call is darker. MAC Pink Union #1 is also darker, less warm-toned. MAC Neo Nebula is similar. MAC Swish is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Pinkluxe #4 is a blackened purple with purple sparkle and shimmer. Applied dry, it was very sheer and stiff, with the sparkle sliding off of the underlying color. Applied wet, it was smoother and held together better but was still a bit dry and uneven in application. theBalm All the Way Annie is lighter (no blackened base). NARS High Society #3 has a lot less shimmer and is lighter. MAC Young Punk is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches.

Pinkluxe #5 is a deep, dark purple with subtle brown undertones and a satiny sheen. It looks a bit dry and uneven when applied dry, but it is very smooth and intense when applied wet. NARS Arabian Nights #1 is darker. Giorgio Armani #3 is more shimmery, lighter. Estee Lauder Cyber Lilac is lighter. See comparison swatches.

MAC Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette Pinkluxe
Pinkluxe
Pinkluxe
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
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MAC Pastelluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Pastelluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Pastelluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Pastelluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as shades of “bright champagne with pearl, peach pink with pearl, light pink, bright lavender and dusty grey.”  This was the hardest palette to use of the six MAC launched, because four of the five shades had incredibly crumbly, almost gritty, textures that were just so filled with sparkle that the sparkle got everywhere during application, after, and really stuck to the skin.  I initially applied these shades this morning, and after nine hours of wear, most of what was applied on the lid seems to be underneath my eye and on my cheeks.  Even applying all of the shades with a damp brush didn’t give great results on the lid from the get-go.  The only shade that wasn’t a pain to use was #5.  The eye that I wore this palette on was watering all day (and the other one only started watering towards the end).

Pastelluxe #1 is a sparkling, pale gold with a muted quality. It was sheer both wet and dry, and it was difficult to smooth out, so it looked uneven applied. MAF Flicker is lighter. Bobbi Brown Bone is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Pastelluxe #2 is a pale peach that looks more beige applied than it does in the pan. Like #1, it was sheer whether applied wet or dry, and the consistency was very sparkly and kind of crumbly to the touch. Urban Decay Sellout is darker, less glittery. NARS Delphes #1 is less glittery. MAC Light Touch is smoother. MAC Blonde Streak is cooler-toned. MAC Ice is darker. Bobbi Brown Bone is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Pastelluxe #3 is a pastel pink with warm undertones and a metallic finish. Applied dry, it’s mostly just a sprinkling of sparkle, and then applied wet, you can see more color but it is still semi-sheer. MAC Pinkluxe #2 is darker. theBalm Safe Bet Annette is slightly cooler-toned. Urban Decay SWF is darker. Maybelline Inked in Pink is darker, cream product. MAC Cheryl Chic is a bit darker, less metallic. MAC Tuapeless is cooler-toned. MAC Love Power is a touch darker and a cream product. MAC Good Fortune is lighter and a cream product. Chanel Harmonie du Soir 4 is similar. See comparison swatches.

Pastelluxe #4 is a cool-toned lilac purple with gold and white sparkle. It had a very chunky, crumbly texture that was apparent both wet and dry–it went from very sheer to sheer. MAC Dynamic Duo 2 #1 is less metallic. MAC Fresh Ice is lighter, less metallic. MAC Silverwear is lighter, less metallic. MAC Digit is quite a bit lighter and less metallic. See comparison swatches.

Pastelluxe #5 is a dirty taupe with subtle warm undertones and a multi-colored sparkle. This one was particularly pretty as it caught the light and twinkled. Applied dry, it’s a softer, semi-opaque color, while applied dry, it is a bit darker and more opaque, as well as smoother. Urban Decay Midnight Rodeo is warmer. MAC Romance Me is less frosted. MAC Shale is warmer. Bobbi Brown Stormy Grey is warmer, less frosted. See comparison swatches.

MAC Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette Pastelluxe
Pastelluxe
Pastelluxe
6.5
Product
7
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
69%
Total
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MAC Greenluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Greenluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Greenluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Greenluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as shades of “light peach, bright champagne with pearl, dark olive, blackened green with gold pearl and deep forest green with pearl.” Greenluxe is not really as green as you’d expect, so if you were wary, you might still like this but if you are a fiend for green, you’ll be missing those.  #2 and #4 were the two that were very fall-out prone.  I wore this palette on one eye, and after nine hours of wear, there is no creasing, but there is a noticeable amount of fall out–the sparkles in this are finer, so they’re not as large or as visible as glitter would be. I did experience fading with #4 and #5 that was noticeable after seven and a half hours of wear.

Greenluxe #1 is a warm-toned beige with a pearly sheen. It was semi-sheer applied dry and semi-opaque applied wet. This shade is also very similar to the palest shades in Smokeluxe and Brownluxe. MAC Dew is more shimmery. MAC Sahara Dust is similar. MAC Glamour Light is also similar. MAC Preferred Blonde is lighter, more shimmery. Benefit Call My Bluff is darker, less shimmery. Inglot #355 is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Greenluxe #2 is a pale, light gold with a sparkly, metallic finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff when applied dry but was very loose/crumbly; applied wet, it smoothed out better but would do best with a pressing and crushing technique.
Disney Charming is lighter. Disney Sand in the GLass is warmer. Giorgio Armani #18 is a touch darker. Make Up For Ever #101 is less metallic. MAC Flicker is lighter. MAC Femme-fi is lighter, less metallic. Dior Golden Savannah #3 is cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Gold Bar is less metallic. See comparison swatches.

Greenluxe #3 is a dirty gold, kind of pewter-like, but I’d say it’s a little warm to be a true pewter. I’m a total sucker for shades like this, though, because they can look warmer or cooler, depending on what you pair them with. Dry, it had fairly opaque color payoff but was somewhat powdery. Wet, it was smoother, sparkly without being too glittery. Chanel Moon River is darker, cream product. Urban Decay Maui Wowie is warmer, lighter. MAC Hazy Day is darker. MAC Antique Diamond is similar but a cream product. MAC Modern Pewter is darker. Guerlain Calligraphy #3 is slightly darker. bareMinerals First Class is a touch darker. bareMinerals Gold Medal is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Greenluxe #4 is a blackened green (more like a tint of green) and forest green and gold sparkle and shimmer. Dry, it’s a little gritty from the high sparkle content, and applied wet, it does apply more smoothly with a richer base color, but it still needs to be layered and packed on a bit to get good coverage. Giorgio Armani #25 is greener. Urban Decay Snare is lighter. Milani Melange is warmer, browner. MAC Smutty Green is greener. Estee Lauder Cyber Green is similar but less sparkly. See comparison swatches.

Greenluxe #5 is a reddish brown with a teal duochrome finish. Dry, it looks warmer and browner, while wet it takes on a more dominant teal coloring. MAC Woodsmoke is darker. MAC I’ve Got a Crush On You is slightly lighter. Shades like MAC Blue Green pigment and MAC Club are also similar. See comparison swatches.

MAC Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette Greenluxe
Greenluxe
Greenluxe
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
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