Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

Sneak Peek: MAC Cosmetics In High Def Collection

Launching on September 10th, MAC’s In High Def Collection (see full collection details here) contains several hand-picked products from the existing line as well as some new products that are designed to work well in the high definition environment. There are four new shades of lipstick: Close to Real, High Def, Resolutely Red, and Sharp Focus.

Lipstick ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)

  • Close to Real is a pale, frosty peach. Despite having a lustre finish, it doesn’t feel like one to me. It feels much more like a frost lipstick, and it definitely looks like it on the lips. I found this one to seem to grab onto every imperfection on your lips–even after I had exfoliated–it just didn’t look very flattering. The color is really pale, so I’d vote on using this more as a layering shade than standalone.
  • High Def is a creamy, opaque pinky-coral color. It has a slight sheen, but it doesn’t contain any shimmer. On my lips, it doesn’t read very much coral (unfortunately, as MAC lacks corals!), but it’s still pretty. It looks more like my-lips-but-better with a bit more pinky-brown.
  • Resolutely Red is a mostly opaque, lightly creamy shade of reddish-wine. It’s not super bold or bright, so it’s more of a wearable red. It’s not too cool or warm, either, which I definitely like. It has a glossy look to it when applied.

Of the three I tried, none of them really jumped out at me as must-haves. High Def and Resolutely Red are flattering shades, while Close to Real may be more difficult for some to pull off (it is for me, at least!).

  • Product: 8/10
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 8/10
  • Packaging: 7/10

Recommendation: If you’re a fan of lustre finishes but have always wanted a bit more color… you might like these, because they pack a lot more pigmentation than your average lustre!

Availability: MAC Cosmetics (August 27th)

See swatches


MAC Close to Real Lipstick


MAC High Def Lipstick


MAC Resolutely Red Lipstick

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39 thoughts on “Sneak Peek: MAC Cosmetics In High Def Collection

  1. Hannah

    High Def looks beautiful!

  2. Anna

    A surefire dupe for Resolutely Red in both shade and finish (cream with subtle gloss) is Maybelline Moisture Extreme in “Desert Sunset”. It has a similar toned down, wearable red shade with a hint of wine (no brick, brown or terracotta). It looks like the Maybelline might even apply more evenly.

    Thanks for the clear swatches – good to know I won’t need to be picking any of these up.

  3. Christy

    I didn’t plan on getting anything from this collection, but I think I’ll pick up High Def. Great review & swatches!

  4. Wilcoa

    High Def on your lips, reminds me of Hug Me on mine; except Hug Me would a be a bit darker. How do they compare?

  5. Mikki

    Veeeeerrrry nice!

  6. Lindsey

    how comparable are hug me and brave new bronze?

    and dubonnet and resolutely red?

  7. baybee415

    i thought i was going to buy Close to Realbut now i think imma go wit high def

  8. Amy

    I think I will have to pick up High Def, I never noticed that colour. It is so beautiful.

  9. Caroline

    I’m not really feeling anything here. That’s okay, it will leave me money to pick up a few things from Style Black.

  10. wasn’t suppose to come on on Sep 10th?

  11. Nora

    You probably ought to know the link to the collection’s information doesn’t work. :)

  12. JerryDazzlepants

    Close to Real looks TERRIBLE on the lips :(

  13. charlieee

    close to real looks so different than what i had imagined to be! :( but high def looks really good! :)

  14. Hmmm, I’m not really feeling these either. Close to Real looks pretty in the swatch but it looks way different on your lips! High Def looks a bit lighter than Hug Me… so I prefer Hug Me and Resolutely Red while pretty, I’m sure has many dupes.

  15. I love how they look. The colors are just awesome and the lips looks a bit shiny :)

  16. Emma

    I usually don’t like many red lipsticks, but Resolutely Red looks amazing! Very wearable.

  17. margot

    I want High Def. I’ve been waiting for a nice NON shimmery coraly colour.

  18. Tori

    High Def is so pretty i have to have it when the collection comes out(:

  19. Veronica

    Resolutely Red looks like a must have! I want to get back into red lipstick and this will look gorgeous for every day. Thank you so much for the swatches! Might have to get High Def as well, although I think I own too many dupes already.

  20. Victoria

    hi def is so pretty, i think i’m going to get that one.

  21. Jessica

    Close to real kind of reminds me of Myth in the tube, but not swatched on the lips. I might just try it, I like pale lippies with a gloss on top :)

  22. Iris

    What would be a good dupe for high def? Is it similar to ravishing?

  23. Al

    Wow, Hi Def looks amazing on your lips!

  24. Carmen

    I love the way hiqh def looks :) i MUST have :p lol

  25. I love how people are bashing Close to Real and I bought 2 =P. It’s very much like myth but a little better, and with more pink. I definitely wouldnt wear it as heavy as the picture but that’s for color purposes =]. If you’re into nudes, definitely check it out!