Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

MAC Freehand Cremestick Liner
MAC Illustrated Red x3 Lip Color & Bag

MAC Illustrated: Freehand, Totally Fab, Must Be Red!

MAC Illustrated Red x3 Lip Color & Bag ($39.50) includes three products plus a small makeup bag: Freehand Cremestick Liner (new and exclusive), Totally Fab Dazzleglass Creme (repromote), and Must Be Red! Cremesheen Lipstick (new and exclusive).  This set is limited edition and exclusive to Nordstrom for their anniversary sale, but it is available in-store and online.

Freehand Cremestick Liner is a medium yellow-based red that’s not too blue-based. It has good color coverage. The Cremestick Liner formula is fairly creamy without being something that would slip and slide–it will stay in place on its own or help your favorite lipstick last just that much longer. When I tested Freehand on its own, it lasted for an impressive eight hours, but my lips were noticeably parched after that.

Totally Fab Dazzleglass Creme is an ornage-red with pink and white sparkle. Chanel Triomphal is blue-based and darker. MAC Russian Red is more opaque and blue-based. MAC Sonoran Rain has mor gold shimmer. YSL Golden Red is comparable but the gold shimmer is larger. MAC Wonder Woman is similar. Dior Little Red Dress is also comparable. It has semi-opaque color coverage. It wore for four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. There was some settling into lip lines, but the color coverage helped to hide it.

Must Be Red! Cremesheen Lipstick is a subtly yellow-toned red with barely-there gold micro-shimmer. MAC Ruffian Red is a little more orange-toned. MAC Red Racer less yellow-toned, but they are similar. CoverGirl Hot is similar but more opaque. Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood is also comparable. It’s mostly opaque, but you can still see a hint of my lip freckle peeking through. This applied more easily than a lot of other Cremesheen lipsticks–it seemed a bit creamier. It wore for six hours and was slightly drying.

Whenever MAC releases lip kits like these, it’s actually one of the few true value sets they launch. You’re getting three full-sized products for $39.50, and if they were available individually, would set you back $48.50.  This set was definitely better than the pink set, though Must Be Red! was still a little drying (not as bad as Vivid Imagination, though!).  Even though all three reds are lovely shades, they seem rather dupeable, so you may already have similar reds in your stash.

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MAC Illustrated Red x3 Lip Color & Bag Review, Photos, Swatches

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This set was definitely better than the pink set, though Must Be Red! was still a little drying (not as bad as Vivid Imagination, though!). Even though all three reds are lovely shades, they seem rather dupeable, so you may already have similar reds in your stash.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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MAC Freehand Cremestick Liner
MAC Illustrated Red x3 Lip Color & Bag

MAC Freehand Cremestick Liner
MAC Illustrated Red x3 Lip Color & Bag

MAC Freehand Cremestick Liner
MAC Freehand Cremestick Liner

MAC Freehand Cremestick Liner
MAC Freehand Cremestick Liner

MAC Freehand Cremestick Liner
MAC Freehand Cremestick Liner

MAC Freehand Cremestick Liner
MAC Freehand Cremestick Liner

MAC Freehand Cremestick Liner
MAC Freehand Cremestick Liner

MAC Freehand Cremestick Liner
MAC Freehand Cremestick Liner

MAC Totally Fab Dazzleglass Creme
MAC Totally Fab Dazzleglass Creme

MAC Totally Fab Dazzleglass Creme
MAC Totally Fab Dazzleglass Creme

MAC Totally Fab Dazzleglass Creme
MAC Totally Fab Dazzleglass Creme

MAC Totally Fab Dazzleglass Creme
MAC Totally Fab Dazzleglass Creme

MAC Totally Fab Dazzleglass Creme
MAC Totally Fab Dazzleglass Creme

MAC Totally Fab Dazzleglass Creme
MAC Totally Fab Dazzleglass Creme

MAC Must Be Red! Lipstick
MAC Must Be Red! Lipstick

MAC Must Be Red! Lipstick
MAC Must Be Red! Lipstick

MAC Must Be Red! Lipstick
MAC Must Be Red! Lipstick

MAC Must Be Red! Lipstick
MAC Must Be Red! Lipstick

MAC Must Be Red! Lipstick
MAC Must Be Red! Lipstick

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Nordstrom, $39.50.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

See individual reviews!

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: MAC Brilliantly Lit Eyeshadow, MAC Fashion Circuit Eyeshadow, MAC Switch to Blue Eyeshadow, MAC Highly Charged Eyeshadow, Burberry Trench Eyeshadow, Tarina Tarantino Cute Robot Eyeliner (on waterline). On cheeks: Bobbi Brown Bahama Brown Blush.

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30 thoughts on “MAC Illustrated Red x3 Lip Color & Bag Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Blake BlakeNorwood

    wait… are these products designed to be worn together or not?

  2. maybe I’m liking it because of the bag…but that red is looking good

  3. yellow based reds and me do not get on well together.. we despise each other actually!

  4. corallista

    I rarely try yellow based reds but these look so gorgeous esp the dazzleglass creme!

  5. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Marian Marian57

    I love it! Yellow based reds are for me!

  6. esmaltecorrido

    omg the eyes christine! is amazing

  7. *o/* Hurray for not-terrible lip sets! These look so cute on you, Christine :) 

  8. This seems like an amazing set for all those obsessed with red lips! This does not include me….yet. I’m workin on it!

  9. My favourite part of this post was YOUR SUPER DUPER AWESOME EYESHADOW LOOK!!!  So pretty! :)

  10. Joanna

    why why why don’t they make dazzleglass creme’s permanent? they look so pretty

  11. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Rebecca BeckBeck

    Ooh. I’m a big fan – I only recently figured out that warm reds work on my coloring, and I don’t have many to work with yet.

  12. blueraccoon

    Honestly, I’m not all that interested int he products, but the bags are really cute. I’m considering picking one up by itself, if they’re still available. 

  13. Do you know how close Must be Red is to Cockney?

  14. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of artemis artemis

    pretty
    the dazzleglass looks sooooo perfect in the tube but wish it looked perfect on the lips. mac glosses settle so much in the lip lines :/

  15. Nicola

    Not very impressed with the products but wow, Christine! I love your eye makeup in this! You look fabulous!

  16. Sigh, I want the bags…and this red lipstick is really nice. I’m tempted! 

  17. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Abbi AbbiPemberton

    I’m def picking this up now but I had been waiting for your review :) I think the bag is ugly but I LOVE red lips and I bought the Hey Sailor red racer along with the liner and gloss to match, LOVE THEM (don’t know the names off the top of my head) So this looks like a fun addition, a little diff with the sparkle in it but the value makes it hard to pass up!!!!

  18. pleinair

    Which foundation did you use in this make up? You look fascinating in these photos:)

  19. XGhoulinaX

    Darn! Really don’t need more red lippies but I want this! Ahh!

  20. CandMakeUp

    What is the measures of the bag?

  21. Dominique

    Any dupes by mac ???

  22. Renee

    I have the set, bought it immediately, but unfortunately I didnt try it on till later, and unfortunately, all the reds came out pink on my skin.. that happens a little too often..