Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag ($59.50) includes a travel-sized blush (0.09 oz. vs. 0.21 oz.), full-sized lipglass (0.17 fl. oz.), full-sized lipstick (0.10 oz.), travel-sized #129 brush, and a slim mirror. It is an exclusive set to MAC stores and maccosmetics.com. The #129SE brush felt really floppy; the brush head seemed a lot longer than the full-sized #129, and it was also somewhat scratchy. The mirror works as it should, but it’s all mirror, so it’s easy to smudge and get fingerprints on it when removing it from its pouch. The bag is a good size and will fit several products easily. I liked the lipstick and gloss, and Margin is an old favorite, though it does emphasize pores slightly. The set contains $9 worth of blush, $15 worth of gloss, and $15 worth of lipstick for a total of $39 in color products; then there is some value for the #129SE, mirror, and bag–all of which are hard to value.

Margin is described as a “peach with gold shimmer.” It’s a peachy-brown with a golden shimmer. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and just slightly powdery. There is a slight emphasis of pores with the frosted, metallic finish. It wore well for seven and a half hours. I found this color hard to dupe, actually. MAC Stereo Rose (LE, $23.50) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Pure Sophistication is described as a “gold frost.” It’s a golden-orange-tinted gloss with a ton of gold, copper, and dark gold shimmer. On lips, it warms up the natural lip color but mostly adds a lot of shimmer. It wore well for three hours. MAC Pure Flattery (LE, $15.00) is less gold. MAC Natural Flare (LE, $20.00) is more orange. Bobbi Brown Canary (P, $24.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Night to Remember is described as a “warm red frost [with a Cremesheen finish].” It’s a brightened, medium red with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a soft sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it wore well for five and a half hours, plus it left behind a soft stain. It was neither hydrating nor drying. Givenchy Grenat Initie (307) (P, $36.00) is similar. Maybelline Infra-red (LE, $7.49) is warmer. Milani Cherry Crave (P, $5.49) is more matte. MAC Must Be Red (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Cockney (P, $15.00) is a touch warmer. Guerlain Genna (LE, $49.50) is similar. Guerlain Habit Rouge (P, $35.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches.

The Glossover

LE
palette

Stroke of Midnight/Coral

A-
The #129SE brush felt really floppy; the brush head seemed a lot longer than the full-sized #129, and it was also somewhat scratchy. The mirror works as it should, but it's all mirror, so it's easy to smudge and get fingerprints on it when removing it from its pouch. The bag is a good size and will fit several products easily. I liked the lipstick and gloss, and Margin is an old favorite, though it does emphasize pores slightly.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Margin

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Pure Sophistication

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC Margin Blush

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC Margin Blush

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC Margin Blush

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC Margin Blush

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC Margin Blush

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC Margin Blush

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC Pure Sophistication Lipglass

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC Pure Sophistication Lipglass

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC Pure Sophistication Lipglass

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC Pure Sophistication Lipglass

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC Pure Sophistication Lipglass

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC Pure Sophistication Lipglass

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC Night to Remember Lipstick

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC Night to Remember Lipstick

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC Night to Remember Lipstick

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC Night to Remember Lipstick

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC Night to Remember Lipstick

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC Night to Remember Lipstick

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC #129SE Brush

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC Slim Mirror

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25 thoughts on “MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Are the brush sets worth getting at all?

    • I haven’t seen them this year, sorry! I stopped buying brush sets over the past few years since it’s usually the same on a preliminary test!

    • The only one I’m even pondering is the Mineralize kit, since it’s not something they release often and the price is actually pretty good for what you get. All the other ones are the same kits that get released every year.

  2. This is the only set from stroke of midnight that I would even think about. But at $59 ..idk. I looovr margin blush though!

  3. That blush & lipstick are amazing.. but it’s not worth it for the whole set.

  4. Avatar of Lisa Lisa C.

    I wonder how MAC is doing as a company, as it seems that so many of their longtime customers have been disappointed by recent collections. I used to buy at least one item per collection, but I honestly haven’t purchased anything from MAC in almost two years. The quality and pricing have been insulting.

  5. Will you be doing a review of the pink version of this kit Christine? I prepaid for this one the second I saw it at my local MAC, but I don’t know how I feel about the Nordstrom(USA) / The Bay (Canada) version. The gloss from it is gorgeous, but I feel like the lipstick and blush are really dupable.

    • Hi Kelsey,

      I ordered it, but it takes about a week to get to me, so I won’t have it until sometime next week, plus time to photograph + test.

    • JOANNA

      I was thinking the same thing but i also noticed that the pink version of this bag is not beng shown on mac website as being sold. Hopefully they do sell it cuz ive been eyeing it!

  6. Avatar of Lucina Lucina

    Wow, Christine! Your hair looks so gorgeous!

  7. I really love that lipgloss! It’s gorgeous for the holidays <3

  8. Avatar of Rachel Rachel

    Am I the only one that’s confused as to why this is called the coral lip & cheek bag? Hahaha none of the products are even described as being coral!

  9. I wish they had made the blush Ripe For Love or some other coral colour that was LE.

  10. Did you set your foundation with Guerlain Crazy Meteorites Radiance Powder? Your skin has an ethereal glow in your photos here. Love it! Anyway, I already have MAC Margin blush and I think it’s one of those blushes that goes well with a wide range of skintone. I’ll definitely buy this, not for myself but for my lil sis :)

  11. Audrey

    I loved absolutely everything in this set! I almost never do that with anything. I might have to buy it for once!

  12. zainab

    I’m quite tempted by this, mostly for Margin (I went to buy it and they were out of stock!) and the cute bag. It will probably wind up being really expensive here though… How similar is Margin to Sunbasque when worn? They look different in swatches but I wonder if it’s worth having both.

  13. Zara

    Which do you suggest for nc42? Sunbasque or margin?