MAC Graphic Garden Collection Review & Thoughts

Fresh Cut Palette: Fresh Cut, Sun-Shy, Part Peony, Floral Inc., Bloomcycle, Poppy Noir*
Graphic Garden Palette: Linear Lilac, Botanical Blue, Wild Wisteria, Graphic Garden, Straight Hedge, Social Climber*

MAC Graphic Garden Collection (Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Exclusive)

OVERALL, Graphic Garden offers some pretty colors for the summer season with some colors that will definitely catch your eye. The packaging is has a vinyl look, with a miss mash of black and white floral imagery. The Look Boxes ofer a chance to nab some popular favorites from the permanent line at just a little under retail when items are purchased separately.

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Fresh Cut Palette

  • Fresh Cut is an iridescent opal-ish shade of pink-white with violet sheen. It reminds me of Pink Opal pigment, but a bit chunkier, or Rite of Spring eyeshadow.
  • Sun-Shy is a pop of slightly cool-toned orange with low shimmer. I can’t think of an exact dupe for this, so it does seem to be more original than other shades in the palette.
  • Part Peony is a coppery-red shade with a frosty sheen and more of a pearl finish than shimmer. It reminded me of a redder Coppering.
  • Floral Inc. is a smooth pop of medium pink. It’s feels like a fairly neutral pink, perhaps just a touch cool. It’s similar to Da Bling, but it is a little darker and cooler.
  • Bloomcycle is a smooth, violet-white shimmer shade. It has a nice pearl sheen to it, and the color is fairly pigmented. This is quite similar to Part Peony, but it runs more purple than pink, and it is smoother since it isn’t a lustre.
  • Poppy Noir is a dark brown-black with a little bit of purple in it. It’s a velvet finish, so it can be a bit chalky. It’s similar to several other dark, velvety browns MAC has put out (how unique can you make a dark brown, right?!).

Graphic Garden Palette

  • Linear Lilac is a smooth, pigmented shade of purple-fuchsia. It’s very similar to Stars ‘n Rockets, but it has less of a duochrome nature to it. It does seem to run a bit more purple, too, whereas Stars ‘n Rockets has more of a fuchsia cast.
  • Botanical Blue is a rich shade of blue with just a hint of teal and green-gold shimmer. As soon as I swatched it, it reminded me a lot of Parrot. It is likely a bit lighter than Parrot, but the two are similar.
  • Wild Wisteria is a light aqua with gold pearl. It’s very pretty, but it’s hard for me to justify getting the palette for just one color (since Linear Lilac and Botanical Blue are so dupe-able).
  • Graphic Garden is a deep black with a blue cast to it. Again, it is a velvet like Poppy Noir, and so it can be chalky or hard to deal with for some.
  • Straight Hedge is a grayish-white with green-gold pearl. Very pretty, and it is tempting to get, since it is more unique. I would say that it is similar to Vex, but without any purple sheen.
  • Social Climber is a whitish highlighter kind of color with just a bit of a pink tone.

Summer Crop Lip Bag

  • Summer Crop lipglass is a semi-sheer, pale gold base with brighter gold shimmer. It reminded me of a slightly more pigmented She’s A Star lipglass.
  • Semi-Annual lipstick is a soft, pale beige with a soft gold sheen. Not terribly unique from what I can tell, but it is a nice color.
  • Garden Bed lipstick a semi-sheer muted bronzy shade with gold shimmer/sheen. I’m not sure how this would look on me, because it seems like it would wash me out.

Baby Blooms Lip Bag

  • Baby Bloom lipglass is a bronzy-pink with golden shimmer. It’s kind of like a lighter Ornamental with less red.
  • Spiceflower lipstick is an opaque shade of soft, muted raspberry-pink. This was my favorite lip product out of the two lip bags.
  • Soft Illusion lipstick is a semi-sheer frosty pale, baby pink with an almost silver sheen.

Graphic Garden Palette: Linear Lilac, Botanical Blue, Wild Wisteria, Graphic Garden, Straight Hedge, Social Climber*
Summer Crop, Semi-Annual, Garden Bed; Baby Bloom, Spiceflower
Soft Illusion

Summer Crop, Semi-Annual, Garden Bed; Baby Bloom, Spiceflower
Soft Illusion

* Unfortunately, the palettes are glued into the displayer, which makes it difficult to read any labels with names of the shadows in the palettes! Collection information does not provide any color descriptions, so the names are approximate and our best guesses. If you know for sure of an error, please let us know!

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