Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

OVERALL, Neo Sci Fi is much more impressive than the initial addict reaction made it seem. I think many people were thrown off (or turned off) by the bright orange packaging, and it definitely felt like there were plenty who were writing the entire launch off. I have to disagree, because I think this collection comes out with many wearable colors that are fun and friendly to consumers as a whole.

Have we seen some of these colors before? Yes, probably, most likely. But at the same time, there are some great colors that haven’t come out or haven’t been out in awhile. I think as dupe-able as some of the shadows are (three of the five), they still make amazing combinations together.

I originally thought I would love the blushes, but they were just so-so to me. Pretty, but I didn’t feel like I had to get them right away, you know? I’ll give myself some time to think about what else I want. The lipglasses had three repromotes, so those could have been more exciting.

The neon orange packaging (truly, day-glo construction orange) didn’t turn me off as I thought it would. It was just kind of sleek and fun. I admit, I’d have loved to see the orange packaging in October and MAC rocking a terrifying Halloween-esque collection, but alas, we get it now.

All in all, I walked out with Evening Aura, Femme-Fi, Sci Fi Delity, Supreme, and Black Ore (more out of curiosity than “omg, I have to have this!”). What did you get? What were your favorites?

Make sure you check out the swatches here.

Read my detailed review for each product…


  • Pleasureseeker is a sheer, low-level frost (it is a glaze afterall) pink with peach undertones. The color is subtle, and I imagine those with more pigmented lips may find that it doesn’t do enough for them. I loved the color, though, if only because it’s a great “grab and go” summer lipstick.
  • Sunsonic is a gorgeous bronzy gold color, which makes you think “would I ever wear this?” but I can tell you that this is a great color to start with, and then layer lipglasses over. Never rule out a lipstick/lipglass until you try some combos!
  • Sci Fi Delity was my favorite of the five lipsticks, because it is a great raspberry red with gold shimmer. For all my ladies avoiding the red lipsticks, try this for something softer, but still with some punch. I picked this one up!
  • Electro is truly a bright orange, though it’s more of an orange with some burnt red in it. It’s not quite the orange of the packaging, but it’s still “electrifying.” I don’t know if I’d wear this alone, but it might be nice with Naked Space or Soft & Slow lipglasses over it.
  • Astral is a rich, warm brown with bronzy-gold shimmer. The pearlized pigments in it really make it pop, and I think the ladies of color will need to take a peek at this one. To be honest, I don’t own very many brown-based lipsticks, but this one made me consider it.


  • Naked Space is a soft pop of peachy-orange with gold shimmer, which makes a really pretty light lipglass for wearing alone or on top of other lipsticks (like Electro). It does remind me of Orangedescence lipglass from some launches ago.
  • Pink Grapefruit is such a pretty pink-coral with gold/bronze shimmer. It is one of my favorite lipglasses of all-time, and even though it’s come out before, I’m glad they’re repromoting it for those who weren’t able to get one in the past!
  • Supreme is ridiculously rich and pigmented; it is a deep, warm brown with bronze and gold reflects. I couldn’t get over how pretty this looked swatched, and I had to get it. Haven’t owned a brown lipglass before!  By the by, this lipglass did come out some time ago… three of four are repromotes this launch, geez!
  • Soft & Slow has come out before I think (I believe in Smoke Signals?), but it is also a very nice color to see repromoted (rather than a nude or something). If you’re going to repromote a color, I want to see something that was really popular or unique amongst the line. Soft & Slow is a muted, deep pink-berry with gold reflects.


  • Femme-fi is a frosty cream with gold sheen, and it comes in my favorite finish: veluxe pearl. Even though I have plenty of highlighters, and I tend to fall back on favorites (like Ricepaper or Shroom), this one caught my eye. It is just so smooth, rich, and pigmented–it would look great on the lid, on the brow, or even as an eye-opener on the inner tearduct.
  • Expensive Pink is another veluxe pearl (can we say yay for four VPs in this launch?) that’s a lovely melony-pink color. It is permanent, so you can pick it up any time you wish (and available in regular black packaging for those who loathe the orange).
  • Evening Aura is a pop of peachy-orange with nice pearl shimmer. I thought this one was quite lovely, and though it did remind me of Orange Tangent (or at least C-Squeeze shadows), but I long ago swapped that away, so I couldn’t tell you just how similar they were (I want to say it may have been more orange, rather than peach-gold).
  • Time & Space is so rich in pigment it’s insane–it is a deep copper brown with a lot of warm in its gold sheen. It is a lot like Woodwinked eyeshadow, but with a little more of a copper edge and gold feel to it. Surprisingly, this is a frost finish, despite feeling and looking like a veluxe pearl.
  • Magnetic Fields is a cooler, deep, dark brown with low level shimmer. It’s similar to Satin Taupe, but darker, more of an ashy tone to it.

Sheertone Shimmer Blush

  • X-Rocks is a shimmery mauvey-brown with lots of gold sheen. It is quite pigmented, so those who lust after blushes with punch will enjoy this one.
  • Spaced Out actually reminds me a bit of Pleasureflush mineralize skinfinish (someone who owns Pleasureflush will have to compare for us!) with more pigmentation/orange base. If not Pleasureflush, then Motif eyeshadow, which is a lovely color, and I have used it as a blush/highlighter before. It is a soft, peachy color with pink duochrome undertones.

Nail Lacquer

  • Phosphor is a bright pop of yellow with gold shimmer, very in-your-face.
  • Neon 8 is a coppery red with low level shimmer and gold sheen.
  • Plasma Blue is a bright sky blue (well, a little deeper and neon) with shimmer.
  • Metalist is a softer cool, taupe brown with less shimmer than the others. Obviously, this one is probably the most wearable out of the four.

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119 thoughts on “MAC Cosmetics – Neo Sci Fi Launch Review

  1. Brooke

    thank you for the reviews! I ordered a ton of this yesterday and with seeing the swatches I’ve added 4 more items to my want list – hopefully they’ll still be around next week when I can get them!

  2. Evangelia

    You didn’t review the Solar Bits! Thank you so much for the thoughtful reviews…you have me lusting after Femme-Fi and Pink Grapefruit. Soft and Slow seems similar to Shisheido Ruby Lustre l/g, one of my faves, so I’ll check that one out as well. xoxoxoxo

  3. Evangelia

    2 questions:
    How would you compare Femme-Fi to Retrospeck, and Time and Space to Tempting?

    • Retrospeck is darker, IMO, and it’s not nearly as smooth/rich as Femme-Fi. Tempting is similar, I would say, but I don’t think it has the same level of pigmentation.

  4. springhappy

    Thanks for great reviews&swatches! 2 questions: How does Evening Aura compare to Amber Lights, and is Time & Space too warm for a cool, pale girl (leaning towards neutral)?
    Thanks again, I love your blog sooo much!

    • No problem! OMG, not at all like Amber Lights!! So different. Amber Lights is way bronzy and coppery.

      Time & Space is not too warm, IMO. I think you could pull it off, even if you were totally cool rather than leaning toward neutral.


  5. Liz

    I need an opinion! Do I need Time and Space if I have Bronze? Also, is Magnetic Fields a must if I already have Satin Taupe and Woodwinked? I’m trying to save for upcoming launches too! Thanks!!

  6. springhappy

    Thanks, Christine! Looking at the pics, I realize you`re absolutely right! But does Evening Aura have anything in common with Melon pigment? *tries to save money, LOL*

    • LOL! It’s less frosty, more orange (no real pink undertones like Melon pigment). Do you wear colors like it a lot? I liked it enough to buy it, especially because you don’t see this type of color launched by MAC too often either.

      • springhappy

        No, I usually only wear Melon in the summertime, with Bronze e/s. It *can* look sorta garish if I overapply, so if Evening Aura is more orange, I think I can safely pass. Wow, that`s some brigt colored packaging – no trouble locating those items, LOL! I think I only want Magnetic Fields for now – I have Satin Taupe, but this looks darker to me – how much darker would you say it is? Just a notch? Or would I be able to tell them apart on my eye if I used the together?

        • LOL! Yes, they scream CONSTRUCTION ZONE!

          It’s just made one or two shades deeper — not terribly darker. I mean, if you really wanted to save money, just mix a deeper brown (like Smut) with Satin Taupe. You can definitely see a shade difference, though, with your eye.

  7. Kella

    omg, the colour of the packaging is SO OFF on the site!!! It looks like a creamy bright orange.. but it’s WAY darker and brighter. Not what I thought it was at all. I like the way it looks on the site better.

    • Hey Kella! You know, I’m not into bright neon orange whatsoever, but it wasn’t at all as bad as I thought it would be. At least with the shadows, you can always depot 😉

  8. traca

    this was very helpful. when you first posted pics of this collection. the colors seemed lush. when you look at them on the mac website. they all seem pale. thanks again for posting these. i was disappointed b/c ive been wanting the browns.

    • Hey Traca!

      I think they are quite lush, you don’t think so? I was more impressed than I thought I would be (but I also go in with no real expectations, so I don’t leave disappointed!).

    • Evangelia

      Same here! Your swatches sre so different from the MAC site

      • MAC swatches are notoriously off. Seriously, everybody complains about them, lol. I find it amusing because they never do their products justice–which doesn’t make ANY sense!

  9. Heather

    Thank you so much for the swatches!

    How does Spaced Out compare to Alpha Girl (Heatherette) or Joyous (Beauty Powder Blush)? I really don’t know if I need another blush!!

    Is Naked Space similar to Sock Hop (Heatherette)?

    Also, how does Femme Fi compare to Nanogold (N Collection)?

    Thanks so much!!

    • No problem! Um, I wouldn’t compare them at all. Spaced Out is like Motif if I could compare it to something!

      Naked Space is way different from Sock Hop – this is a light, peachy orange, whereas Sock Hop was a muted orange-coral.

      Femme-Fi is more peach-gold, Nanogold had more frost and I think pink undertones.

  10. trojanchick99

    I am so going broke this weekend. I love this collection so much and these swatches make me want more!

    Damn you MAC.

  11. Ericka

    Thanks for the great swatches! I was waiting for your post b4 I headed out to MAC to try myself!! What did u think of the solar bits? are they messy? glittery? Out of everything they seem the most unique …..tx again!

  12. jesstooimpress

    Christine, how do you feel about the charged waters? The clear one was repromoted.. I have fix plus but I never got into the waters..

  13. Ericka

    Hmmm…I scrolled thru again…can’t find the Solar Bit reviews??

  14. Ericka

    THANK U! :)

  15. Alexa

    oh my god
    this is seriously my favorite collection to date
    i want so many of the products
    but i can’t get to the mall until saturday :(

    • Oh, wow, Alexa!! I’m sure there will be plenty left on Saturday :)

      There’s always online! Free shipping! And 2-day shipping is only $5, which is not bad at all 😀

  16. gracee

    wow christine. your reviews are making me want soo much more!
    i want both blushes, pleasureseeker, possibly electro and sunsonic, magnetic fields, and pink grapefruit.

    maybe one solar bits when i try them out!

  17. Sanayhs

    I went to my MAC today and did an initial haul: Spaced Out blush (GORGEOUS), evening aura eyeshadow, electro lipstick, sci-fi-delity lipstick, pleasureseeker lipstick (totally a MLBB shade for me), pink grapefruit lipglass and solar riche bronzer from the solar field collection. They didn’t have Future Earth out yet.

    I still want Magnetic Fields (at least!). And, seriously, I freaking ADORE the packaging – no depotting this time around!

    • Haha, I love how you say “initial” haul. 😀 That’s me, too.

      I always go back for more!

      Glad you’re enjoyin’ the packaging, hun!

      Let me know what you love the most out of your haul!

      • Leslie

        Does is naked space l/g compare at all to freckletone l/s? Thanks!

      • Sanayhs

        Oh, my, I love it all. Sci-Fi-Delity seems like a really easy to wear red that isn’t as out there as some of my others, pleasureseeker is, as mentioned, a my lips but better shade, electro is bloody hot and pink grapefruit is BEAUTIFUL. I LOVE electro and pink grapefruit paired together. Evening Aura is a lovely shade (works really well over rubenesque paint pot) and spaced out blush is absolutely wonderful. I’m madly in love with the bronzer compact. I’ve never been much of a bronzer girl, but I figured I should have some colour to me for summer, you know? And oh, the packaginggggg… 😀

        I know I’ll be back for Magnetic Fields. And, at that point, I’ll have to see how much pink grapefruit I have left because I’m in love with it.

        On me, Naked Space is straight up beige. I also wasn’t overly fond of sunsonic just because it is SOOOO frosty on me. Pretty, but a bit more frost than I would wear regularly.

  18. Ross1977

    Christine what do you think of expensive pink paired with femme fi? :-)
    Which lipstick and lipglass would you pair with them?

    I am writing down a list of these beautyful products and I can’t choose! I’d like to buy the whole collection 😀
    Kisses :-*

    • It’d be really lovely! I’d probably toss in a brown color in the crease, too.

      Did you want me to pick a lip combo from Neo Sci Fi? If so, I think if you went with such a light eye, Sci Fi Delity & Naked Space would be gorg.

      • Ross1977

        Thank you so much, I think that I need to add a darker color in the crease, maybe time and space or coppering.

        I love this lip combo, thank for your suggestion!
        OMG this collection is driving me crazy :-D, I want every single product 😀

  19. lala

    Thanks for the swatches..I got spaced- out blush, because I loved it!! the MA was telling me it remind alot of them of moonbath (sp?) collection whiched she loved…I didn’t go to crazy..I did get all of the e/s …since I really don’t have alot of the frost browns etc…overrall it was all love…ok bring on coolheat 😉

  20. Evangelia

    I think I’m going to have to add Bronzescape and Sci-Fi Deity to my wishlist.

  21. jesstooimpress

    oh kay! Just placed my order online 225$ & over night shipping, the only thing that wasn’t from the collections was melon pigment, what can I pair with that? I skipped the blushs for now, but I got a bronzer… Counting down the hours till ups gets here ahhhh!

  22. Ariele

    Darn you Christine!!! I had my list all made out until I saw these swatches!! Hehe… I wasn’t planning on getting any of the lippies; but now I have to have Sci Fidelity & Pink Grapefruit (I was debating this because I’ve missed it before). Sci Fidelity looks gorgeous! All of the shadows look gorgeous! I’m undecided on the blushes… think I like X-Rocks best. I’m really REALLY undecided on the Solar Bits. *scratches head* I think I’m going to get either Black Ore or Bronzescape just out of curiosity :) As always, thank you for the earliest & best swatches on the ‘net!!

    • Hey Ariele :) Pink Grapefruit is a must, if you don’t have it already! I also adore Sci Fi Delity :)

      I think Black Ore is the prettiest, though probably the LEAST wearable in terms of wearing it in multiple places (Scatterays and Sunpower are lighter, therefore more wearable).

  23. Sandy

    thank fot your review Christine. I will be picking up Expensive Pink e/s, Evening Aura e/s, Pink Grapefruit l/g, Soft and Slow l/g, Sci-fidelity l/s and Electro l/s. Can’t wait till my trip to the store on saturday :)

  24. carriespooner

    Thank you. I can’t wait to get this collection. I have been looking forward to this for so long!

    I’m getting mine this weekend! Cannot believe how gorgeous these are.

  25. Laura

    FYI Supreme is a repromote as well, it came out a few years ago. It seems like this version is pretty true to the original, based on your photo. I have it and it is an awesome brown lipglass!

    Love your detailed reviews and swatches! 😀

  26. Sarah

    Are you familiar with the Sorbet (LE) lipglass that came out about four years ago in the summer collection? I think it sounds li Sci fi Delity? I sure hope so because I am just about out and it was a great “starter” red w/gold flecks!!!

  27. I just picked up the Pink Grapefruit l/g, which I’m really glad is isn’t as pick as I thought it’d be. I have enough pink lipgloss to last me a lifetime. :) I was SERIOUSLY tempted by the Sci Fi Delity though. I just don’t wear enough lipstick to really justify it.

  28. Hi Christine! I too, waited for your reviews and headed out to my MAC store on my home from work. Ended up with Expensive Pink, Time + Space and Magnetic Fields – LOVE the texture on all of these, and Sci-Fi-Delity which is absolutely gorgeous. Between SFD, Party Mate and Port Red, I am set on lipstick for quite awhile!

    • Hey Meagan! Awww 😀 I am really just blown away when people say that!

      At least you have three fabulous shades, all perfect for summer! And so different.

  29. Sara

    time and space looks soooo gorgeous and rich! i wasn’t too interested in this collection, but youre swatches always draw me in! the orange lipstick seems really interesting and i’m definitely debating checking it out. the peachy eyeshadow is also nice. and the blush! i’ve been looking for some new blushes! aah i wish i had money lol!!

  30. Leeanne

    Is evening aura similar to melon pigment?

  31. Monica

    Evening Aura is Orange Tangent because I remember it saying that on a tester at update and I thought to myself ooo they are repromoting it

    • I believe that sometimes MAC puts sample names on products, even though they’re different… Sometimes they’re the same, but not always.

  32. Charlotte

    I want those nail polishes so bad!!!! Spaced Out does sort of look like a darker, more orange version of Pleasureflush. For those looking for a Pleasureflush dupe, the best I’ve seen is Goldenaire over Pink Opal. I swatched them side-by-side just now and they look identical in color. Goldenaire is really frosty, so don’t use too much.

  33. natasha

    ok ladies, IYO would these be dupes

    1) femme fi = ricepaper
    2) magnetic field = smut
    3) sci fi deity = VG 4 or solar plum (fm moonbathe)

    ANNNDDDD … did you experience fallout with the solar bits? we don’t get mixing mediums in singapore :(

    thanks much *muaks*

    • Hey Natasha! Solar Plum is similar to Sci Fi Delity–maybe plummier? This one is a good raspberry kind of color. But I think those would be decent dupes.

  34. claudine

    hi does anyone know how femme fi compares to Hey eyeshadow from the fafi Quad 1?
    thanks :)

  35. pompam


    Christine, if i already have “sock hop”+”lollipop loving”, “not so innosent” and “she gold” from dresscamp…would you think “sunsonic” and “naked space” will be dupeable??
    Im expecting that “sunsonic” will show that gold-BRONZE color on my nc20asian skin. Otherwise I have to pass on it. Please help!

    ps.Im also hoping that i can make electro work on me!

    • Hey Pompam! Naked Space may be dupeable if you can brighten up Sock Hop. Sunsonic is similar to Not So Innocent, but I think it’s more bronzy.

  36. amy

    i love everything SO MUCH. it’s absolutely gorgeous! thanks for the review and swatches :)
    how does electro compare to morange?

  37. Ashlee

    Thanks Christine. I think I might go to mac on monday, but I love reading your reviews. And I know some people get rather annoyed with them using the same shades as past colors, I love it. I’ve only been wearing MAC for about a year & a half so I love the older colors comming back.

    • Sure thing, Ashlee! I may gripe about it from time to time, but ultimately, there are tons of new addicts to MAC, so it is great that they can get old colors :) And you know what? My wallet is QUITE happy, too!

  38. Hey Christine :)

    Is Magnetic Fields anything like Moth Brown? And Evening Aura – anything like All That Glitters?


  39. mercedes

    I just came back with my stash. I purchased electro, astral, soft and slow, supreme, sci-fi-delity, magnetic fields, and evening aura. I must have overlooked time and space. Shame on me!

  40. missjewell

    Can any one tell me if Naked Space is like C-Thru? Also can you recommend any of the lip colors for nw20/25? I can’t get to a counter at all! boo! TY!!

    • Naked Space has more oranginess to it, IMO! I think most of the color would work for you, but you’ll probably love Pleasureseeker and Sci Fi Delity for the lipsticks; Naked Space and Pink Grapefruit for the lipglasses.

  41. carriespooner

    Miss Jewell: I’m NW20 and I think this whole collection is PERFECT. I think you must get Pink Grapefruit for sure.
    This is the first collection where I could wear all the colors. Electro is too vivid for my taste but NW20 could def wear it if you’re brave.

    My haul:
    Spaced Out
    Evening Aura
    Femme fi
    time and space
    Pleasure seeker
    Pink Grapefruit

    I own Expensive Pink already.

    Heading back to pick up Neon 8, Magnetic fields

    I substituted Moth Brown for Magnetic fields and it was really pretty but I think I’ll go on and complete the collection.

  42. mercedes


    Is the mixing medium you refer to a MAC Pro product?

  43. Candace117

    I got the Pink Grapefruit l/g and the Metalist, Neon 8 nail polishes. I’m getting the other two soon 😀 I also got some stuff from the future earth and solar rays lines. All in all, I like this collection. I found naked space to be similar to Bonus Beat.

  44. JackA.

    If you had to pick either Femme Fi or Shore Leave, which one would you say is more universal or versatile?

  45. I am loving Pleasure Seeker, Naked Space, Magnetic Fields, and Time & Space.

    A MAC MUA did the PleasureSeeker look from the site and I fell in love.

    The only reason I didn’t get Femme Fi is because I thought it looked like Shore Leave (which is my lover!)

    I love the feeling of Time & Space and I was surprised to see that it is a frost shadow. I’ve never owned a nude shade, but there was something about Naked Space that just made me say “oooOooo”.

    I was very happy with this collection. :)

  46. lucyzombie

    STILL waiting for this to be released uk side.
    i DID just want electro.
    but solar bits look amaze.
    my pro card came about 2 weeks ago.YAYYYYY.

  47. DreamerChan

    Hello Christine :)

    OMG I love your swatches. I’m so surprised how accurate they are :0

    Anyways, I’m planning on buying Sci Fi Delity l/s, Pink Grapefruit l/g, Evening Aura e/s, Magnetic Fields e/s, and Spaced Out blush.

    I swatched my entire lipstick collection, a while back and I realize I had so many neutrals/light pinks/midtone pinks >> I need more darker colors XD I just got Port Red, and I’m still on the borderline with Sci Fi Delity. Which one do you prefer Christine? If I got one, should I get the other? Or is one just enough?

    Thanks in advance :)

    • Thank you so much! I try really hard to get them as accurate as possible, LOL.

      Sci Fi Delity is gorgeous, you will love it for sure!! My collection is lacking in some of the deep colors, as well as some plain pinks actually.

      Sci Fi Delity is so different from Port Red! It’s a raspberry-pink, and I would say they’re so different you can easily have both.

  48. Brenda

    By favourite collection yet (since the start of my addiction in early 2008)

  49. Promise

    Any idea where I can grab myself some Pink Grapefruit? I REALLY want to try it, and all I can find are some minis on a few websites!!