Thursday, September 24th, 2009

MAC Style Black Collection: Overall

OVERALL, Style Black puts out an interesting mix of products all that take inspiration from shades of black. There’s such a wide mix of different types of products — from mattenes to mineralize eyeshadows to the new greasepaint stick. I think some will love it, others will be leery of it, and still others will be unimpressed. I’m kind of in the middle; I appreciate the collection for its uniqueness amongst prior MAC launches, and I do like seeing a variety of products. I also like how a lot of the colors coordinate across product types (e.g. Glimmerglasses and Nail Lacquers). If you like mineralize eyeshadows, you’ll likely fall for these (I recommend using them wet!), and if you like jelly-esque glosses, Glimmerglass might catch your eye. My favorite part of the launch was easily the two new nail lacquers (Seriously Hip and Baby Goth Girl)!

Edited: If you want something from this collection, I think you can make it work for you.  Not every product is perfect right out of the box/tube, so if something about it calls to you, don’t be afraid to see how it works for you.  Use a concealer base (or MAC Lip Erase) to help combat some of lipstick unevenness/application issues; lip liner to prevent intense lip colors from bleeding; sheer glosses over more intense lip color to add dimension; and so on.  It’s just a matter of what you’re looking for, whether you want to experiment to see what works best, etc.  Personally, I like things to work well with little effort, but that’s just me. :)

Temptalia’s Recommendations

Must-Haves: Seriously Hip Nail Lacquer, Bling Black Glimmerglass, Volcanic Ash Exfoliator, Black Greasepaint Stick
Nice-to-Haves: Baby Goth Girl Nail Lacquer, Night Violet Mattene, Midnight Media Mattene, Blackfire Glimmerglass, Volcanic Ash Thermal Mask
Skip: Black Knight Lipstick, Nocturnelle Nail Lacquer

Reviews, Photos, Swatches

P.S. – I will do a review of the Volcanic Ash Exfoliator and Thermal Mask after using both for a week or two :) I LOVED VAE when it first came out, so if it’s the same stuff… I will love it equally as much. I would recommend snatching both up if you’re leaning towards yes, because I know a ton of people are stocking up on both so sell-out risk seems high!

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99 thoughts on “MAC Style Black Collection: Overall Review & Round-Up

  1. amy

    I am most excited about the Volcanic skin care from the style black collection, anything else I am either bleh or in the middle. I might just stock up on the volcanic stuff and get some dazzle glass cremes instead.

  2. I want Nocturnelle lacquer 😀

  3. I’ve never done a major haul from MAC before, but I think I will with this collection.

  4. kacy

    Well i don’t like the lip sticks or glosses like i thought i was, but now i must have everything else, im starting to get into dark colours, so so bad for my wallet. thanks MAC….

  5. I want the volcanic stuff, and was surprised to find out that I didn’t want the rest, really. Saddened by the fact since I thought I was going to buy everything… At least that’s more money for me.

  6. I’m hoping to get the Volcanic Ash Exfoliator and Volcanic Ash Thermal Mask when I go to Las Vegas at the Pro store or at a freestanding store.

  7. baybee415

    skipping cuz i could buy cheaper black lipsticks… uhhh
    i dont like mineralize eyeshadows either they are crazyyyy falling out
    plus i dont like glittery eyes.

  8. The lipsticks look pretty sheer in the pictures :( Did you really apply them straight from the tube, Christine? 😮

    • Yep, straight from the tube! If you use a lip brush, certainly it’s better, but it takes quite a bit of product to get to opaque.

      • girlwithasecret

        using a lip brush for application really does make a difference, but to get the opaque look, start with a natural lip pencil, then a very dark one, building gradually, then you can layer on the black lipstick until you feel satisfied with the result but you won’t have to apply as much. it takes half the effort and also with the pencil you eliminate your chances of making the black look messy as it will define the shape of the lips. i hope this has helped!

  9. carol

    hello i was wondering if i can know the music you used for the background of the youtube video?? thank you!!

    i think im going to get the violet lipstick..looks so pretty

  10. Thanks for your complete review, I always look forward to reading them when a new collection comes out!

  11. scarlettholly

    going to get the eye shadows and exfoliator and a gloss and nail varnish. I bought the mask last wk at a promo launch and I dont think its really made any improvements to my skin :/

  12. cloudburst

    Christine, can you tell me what music you used for the video? I love it! I love the video too!

  13. DJ

    I don’t have any mineralized shadows, but will buy the 4 from this collection. I love applying shadow wet, and these just look like fun (also ordered the grease stick thingy to go with the shadows).

    The nail varnish looks cool, but I never paint my nails 😉

    thanks for all the swatches and reviews!

  14. Alexis

    I’m counting down the hours till Thursday…looks like I’ll have to check out some of the nail polishes and I thought I was done buying nail colors for the fall!

  15. Christy

    I just placed my overnight order in! So excited! I’m waiting on the lipsticks though to try those out in store. I’m also picking up the CCB’s and extra VAE when it does get released in store.

  16. I love MAC like everyone else here, but this one is so so. I must say I will definitely grab the the VAE and the nail polishes (I have Nocturnelle and loving it). Must check out the rest in person. But great swatches and pictures.

  17. Elise

    I absolutely HEART the Volcanic Ash Thermal Mask!!!

    I got a couple samples about 2 weeks ago and have used it every 3 days. It is ideal for anyone with problematic and/or sensitive skin. Both of which I have.

    The VA Exfoliator has granulated particles and is just a tad too harsh for my skin.

    On the other hand, the VA Thermal Mask goes on smooth with an extra fine grit, providing a touch of manual exfoliation. I leave it on my skin for 5 – 7 minutes. Then when you go to wash it off, water activates the mask. It becomes super warming and soothing, releasing the mask from your face and any gunk in your pores. The only downside is black residue in your sink…

    In two weeks time I can see an improvement to the texture of my face and it has helped keep it clear. Love it Love it Love it!

    Don’t hesitate to ask your MAC counter for a sample to give it a try.


    • So happy to hear you’re enjoying the mask! :) Thank you for sharing, Elise!

      • Karla


        I have dry and sensitive skin, will the VAE or the mask work for me? I asked the MA but she wasn’t very helpful.

        • Hey Karla,

          Not sure if I replied yet, but just in case, I’ll do it again!

          I think they will, but you just need to use it less (once a week). The mask has a warming sensation, which I found fine, and the grit of the exfoliator isn’t too heavy. If you can, I might ask for samples!

          • Karla

            Thanks Christine. I think I will ask for samples, since I will be there today to buy the 165 brush and feline, which are two products that everyone raves about and I dont have.

            • No problem! :) It’s always worth a shot!

            • Karla

              Last night, I stopped at my favorite MAC counter at Bloomindales to pick up the much-talked-about feline eye kohl. I fell in love with Cinderfella, even though I do not like MES, but it looked sooooooooooo pretty. I wasn’t expecting to pick that up, but I did and I can’t wait to use it. Since I was buying a few things, I asked for a sample of the VA mask and exfoliator. I tried the exfoliator last night and I LOVE it!!!! LOVE it! So far, I haven’t seen a reaction or anything on my sensitive skin, so I can’t wait to try the mask. I hope both work for me, so I can I get them before they sell out.

              Thanks Again Christine.

            • I’m so glad you picked up samples, Karla! I hope both work well for you… good luck! Yay! 😀

  18. Megan

    I’ll be skipping this collection..except for the volcanic ash exfoliator. Im not really interested in anything else which is good!

  19. Andrea

    What lipstick do you think the girl is wearing in the promo photo?

  20. Gretchen

    I did a live chat w/ MAC and they said it was Brave lipstick that the model is wearing in the promo photos.

  21. aMy

    i cant believe the VAT Mask is already sold out on the website! ive gotta get a couple tomorrow at my local counter or i know ill regret it!

  22. Kimberleigh

    I don’t know. I am trying not to buy into the hype of the VAE. It is pricey and pretty small. Plus, why don’t they just make it perm if everyone likes it so much, kwim?

    I am anxiously awaiting lip swatches of the Dazzleglass Cremes though! That will help me decide if I need anything. Some of the DG cremes look so darn pretty. I really appreciate your swatches they help out so much!

  23. aisha

    I got VAE but the mask is already SOLD OUT on the website but now it says COMING SOON, how soon?

  24. Rebecca

    I thought I was going to get a lot of the collection (lipstick, both Mattenes, plain black gloss, greasepaint stick, etc.) But I went at lunch to swatch and play and was totally disappointed. My wallet is thankful, as I will probably only want the plain black polish (which is totally dupable anyways). *Maybe* the dark purple Mattene.

  25. liz

    If your tweet means what i think it does, i cant wait for some style black giveaways on monday! its sure to relieve some midterm tension lol. early happy birthday!

  26. kpenn

    Thanks for the amazing swatches! I actually thought I would be passing on most of this collection, but the swatches changed my mind.

    Hopefully Santa will be bringing all 4 mineralized eyeshadows, Night Violet, and all 3 nailpolishes!

  27. I’m curious about the Volcanic Ash skincare but not in the least tempted by the other products. I peeked at them today at my local counter. I’m just not goth. Not in the slightest. Not even a closet goth. :)

  28. Melissa

    Hi Christine,
    I just bought the VAE earlier today and used it right before I showered. I love it!!!!!!! Just want to thank you for always praising and recommending this product. I wouldn’t have bought this if it wasn’t for Temptalia! =) Thanks~!

  29. love

    just got black fire glimmergloss and Night violet mattene…it’s the sexiest color I’ve used on my lips in a while, I’m truly happy with it!!
    I also got Gilt be Association MES only because I love the color combination :). How do you make fix +?
    Would water suffice?
    My 2 must haves I also got is the T. exfoliator, and the mask. YEP…I did some damage, but my consolation is I’m worth it :)

    thanks Christine for the your reviews etc, it helps :)
    Keep up the good work!

  30. autumntrinity

    i was actually really disappointed in the glosses; i thought they would be more opaque, more black colored. i also thought that the sparkles were not very noticeable.

  31. Jody Brown

    I just got blue flame and young punk. I can’t seem to figure out a way to use them. I tried to foil but then had a problem getting the crease color to blend right. I guess I will have to keep playing around. The colors are amazing.

  32. Patty

    The only thing I got from this collection was five tubes of VAE based on others reviews. Am so glad I did. I love this stuff. I may try to buy more if I Can.

  33. Virginia

    Played with Style Black yesterday! love the eyeshads, lip glosses are a bit funny, I am the worlds biggest fan of Mattene Lipsticks and these are a must have! VOLCANIC ASH! need i say more???? I think if u want to get super involved with this Colour Story, i would recommend getting some good brushes and mixing medium for getting a strong black look :)

  34. Candi

    I love this collection…its so bold for fall. And I was going to go darker for fall myself. I want to get Night Violet and layer it with Black fire gloss (I think that would look hot..thoughts?) and I want to get Young punk and Gilt by Association and I have heard many good things about the VAE so I’ll be getting that as well! I’m so excited!!

  35. This collection comes out in england in 2 days… I still don’t know what to get! At first I was going to get young punk and baby goth girl. Now I may just get the volcanic ash exfoliator and the nail polish… but what if I regret not buying the eyeshadow!? Ohhhh mac. Why do you do this to me?

  36. Angelique

    Something of a question: on MAC’s site, it lists the Volcanic Ash mask as being LE, yet on the Volcanic Ash exfoliator, LE hasn’t been applied. Everywhere I go on the internets, people seem to believe that VAE is an LE. But is it really? I adored VAE the first time round–it was one of the only things I could use on my skin without having an allergic reaction, for my skin is ridiculously-sensitive–and I would adore it if MAC decided to bring it back indefinitely instead of LE. It seems almost stupid to do a LE skincare item. Colour’s one thing, but skincare?

    • Hey Angelique,

      It’s limited edition as far as I know. I checked with MAC directly a week or so ago after seeing that myself, but as far as they know, it’s limited edition.

      I totally agree with you about LE skincare, though. It sucks!

  37. I bought 2 tubes of VAE today on the MAC Canada website. It was sold out at pretty much all of the stores/counters and online too, so I was really disappointed because I hadn’t realized the wonderful-ness of this product. And then today I checked again online, and it was in stock!! I immediately bought 2 tubes. I wondering if I should buy more though… what do you think Christine? How many did you end up getting?

    Also, I was reading another online blog, they said that they were looking at the ingredients list and the formula had changed… did you notice a big change since you’ve started using it?

    • Hey Sheila,

      My VAE review is actually going live this morning! Anyway, I ended up with 4 tubes. They added silica, which changes the exfoliant properties, but I didn’t really notice any changes other than that. It feels, smells, and works the same on me!