Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Are you ready for MAC’s Colour Ready Collection?

MAC Colour Ready launches in North America on April 2nd, but here’s a little preview of two of the three new products to MAC. Colour Ready is primarily about prepping the face to be able to take on bold, intense color (hence the two wickedly intense hot pink lipsticks, the bright chartreuse eyeshadow, and so on).

Update: MAC has created three new Prep + Prime products, and it has now been confirmed that all three products are part of the permanent collection.

Temptalia’s Recommendations

Must-Haves: Prep + Prime Line Filler

Nice-to-Haves: Show Orchid, Rapid Black

Skip: White Frost

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The first in the line-up is the Prep + Prime Line Filler ($19.50). It comes in a small tube, but a little will get the job done. I imagine it’s pretty much designed to be used around your facial expression lines, like the ones by your eyes and smile. What the Line Filler does is it plumps up the skin to minimize the appearance of the wrinkles.

I tested it by putting it on the back of my hand, and you can definitely see a difference between my regular skin and where the Line Filler was spread out. The product itself is like a silicone-gel texture, but it looks white initially. Once you sheer it out, though, it’s completely clear. So far, it seems like it really does work to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

For those of you who are concerned with wrinkles, I’d definitely suggest checking out this product. For those not so concerned, you may want to pass–if only because you may like how you look with it, but it does add one more step to your routine.

The second product in the line-up is the Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder ($21.00). For me, it really does feel quite a bit like MAC’s Invisible Set (PRO product), though you do get a lot less of it. It felt a little bit silkier in texture, but I didn’t notice any huge differences in terms of texture, look, etc. The Transparent Finishing Powder does what a finishing powder does: sets your makeup, reduce oil/shine, and help improve the wear time of your face makeup. It contains corn starch, silica, and mica. For those of you who love Make Up For Ever’s HD Powder, you might want to check this out. It definitely reminded me of it!

The last product is the Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone ($19.50), which I’ve heard a ton of MAC makeup artists rave about already. I didn’t get a chance to try this out yet, so stay tuned for a review on it when the launch hits stores next week.

Lipstick ($14.00)

  • Show Orchid is a hot pink with a little bit of fuchsia-purple sheen to it. It’s richly pigmented, creamy, and opaque. It has a naturally glossy-sheen finish (though not overly so). It’s permanent at PRO stores.
  • Impassioned is a bright hot pink with no shortage of pink. It’s creamy, intense in color, and opaque. It has just a little bit of glossness, but it’s mostly just creamy in finish. It’s permanent at MAC stores.

Eyeshadow ($14.50)

  • Bitter is a velvety chartreuse yellow-green with just a touch of shimmer. It’s not really chalky, but it doesn’t have the greatest color pay off.
  • White Frost is a frosty, shimmery white. It could be used as a highlighter, but I do find it has quite a bit of shimmer, which doesn’t make it ideal for my skin tone (as a highlighter).

Penultimate Eye Liner ($16.50)

  • Rapid Black is a rich black felt-tipped pen liner. It works well for creating cat-eyes and lining the upper lash line. It does make lining easier than usual, because the felt-tip gives you more control than more traditional liquid liner brushes.

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41 thoughts on “MAC Colour Ready Collection Review & Photos

  1. Rachael

    Nothing here I want, good for my wallet!

  2. DevilishDoll

    Only thing I want is White Frost, but I’ll probably get it later. I already have Bitter, and I don’t like hot pink lips very much. Plus I don’t like getting skin care if it’s limited edition.

  3. I know I’m blaspheming now, but for those who adore MUFE HD powder and this Prep + Prime powder, you’ll love the $5 Silica powder from Coastal Scents!! Omg I can’t believe how good it is! AND cheap. And the jar is HUGE. It’s definitely a try-out! (And for those how complain about the bulky packaging for the CS one, my god, just buy a jar with a sifter while you’re at it; it’s only 59 cents.)


    • You definitely need a sifter with it! I can’t get with it so much, just because I feel like every time I open the jar, a cloud of PUFF! occurs. (This is why I tend to set with pressed powders, LOL.)

  4. elle

    I’ll probably just end up getting the PP Line filler, can’t hurt to have something like that, and the PP Skin Refined Zone. I already have Bitter and the Penultimate liner and none of the others are a must have for me.

  5. Chrystia

    Hi! I just wanted to let you know out of the three new items, only one is limited.

    The refined zone is limited edition, which is a shame as this is my favourite of the new products. This product makes pores shrink to 2/3 of their original size.

    The Line Filler and the transparent powder are both great products and permanent as well. The transparent powder works great on all shades and is more fine than any powder I’ve ever used. The Liner filler is a great diffuser on lines on the face. I think people will enjoy these products.

  6. Lucy

    I will definitely buy the PP Line filler and the Refined Zone

  7. Tanya

    big fat nothing that I want from this collection :) Patiently waiting for the next collection to come out and dazzle us all.

  8. kat

    I can hold off on this one… interested in rose romance though!

  9. GJ

    If something shrinks pores, i totally want it!

    When is double dazzle coming out? I am dying to get new dazzleglasses!

  10. Nicole15

    I have also heard good things about P&P Skin Refined Zone & am dying to hear how it really is from someone who actually tries it. Love the pore shrinking aspect & heard it keeps your t-zone oil-free which is exactly what i need. BUT, will it make you break out…..dying to know.

  11. lizzii

    hmm, i’ll stick with show orchid. my stand has impassioned so i’ll get that with my back to mac. i’m debating whether or not to get another bitter because my closest mac store is 4 hours away and they don’t carry it at the stand. hmm, maybe the penultimate. i skipped out on it last time. i’m not too thrilled for rose romance aside from the lipglasses [but just because i love obscene pinks]. We’ll see.

  12. Sanderlees

    I picked up the Skin Refined Zone treatment from our annual MAC warehouse sale today in Toronto for only $10CAD! I haven’t tried it yet, but i was super excited to see this was available at the sale before it has even launched! I also got my hands on the Fix + Rose ! =D

  13. I only want the line filler and Show Orchid.. hate Rapidblack with a passion!

  14. shontay

    omg hon, why do u hate rapidblack? I adore it! the best liquid liner i’ve ever had. I’m thinking about the line filler and show orchid but i don’t know. i’m so so about this collection. Like most people here i’m waiting for rose romance and dazzleglass.

  15. Edna

    hey christine- is the prep and prime liner filler similar to too faced’s wrinkle injector? let me know :)

    • Sorry, Edna, I don’t have Too Faced’s Wrinkle Injector to compare it to. If Wrinkle Injector helps to plump up lines, then they’re probably similar!

  16. Anastasia

    I’m in love with promo pic but this look is not for real life.. You should have a perfect face features to wear it. So I’ll wait for Double Dazzle to get this summer’s brights!:)

    BTW..what is the Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone? A pore minimizer?

    • I definitely don’t think it’s really a look to wear everyday, but it’d be fun to see someone mimic it!

      I think it’s mostly a primer, but perhaps it does minimize the look of pores, too, while it primes?

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  18. anna

    I just spent a million dollars in mac (and sephora) idk how I will handle this.

  19. Celeste

    So did you tried the t-zone product after all?

  20. Can I use the line filler on lips???