MAC Me Over Overall & Recommendations
MAC Me Over hits counters on August 25th in North America, following September for international locations (I’m not given exact dates, sorry!). It seems like a major launch for MAC, so they appear to be doing a gradual reveal of products online – some products are available for purchases, others say coming soon.
The highlight of the collection is how wearable the majority of the pieces are across skin tones. When I went to break out products by what would work best for each skin tone, I found that smoky, dark, and vampy tones and shades will be flattering on pale skin tones as well as deeper complexions. Even traditionally cool-toned colors when they reach a certain level of darkness still work well on warmer complexions, when more medium-in-hue shades might not.
In regards to quality, the fluidlines don’t disappoint and is a matter of what shades/colors you gravitate towards, but all four shades were nicely pigmented, creamy, and easy to work with. I do think that while they all have some shimmer to them, much of it gets lost unless you are doing a thicker line or using it as a base. The lipsticks–overall–are also nice, and classic shades like Rebel get a chance at the spotlight. I did have issues with Smoked Purple, which is a PRO shade, as I do find it rather dry.
The individual eyeshadows are also worth taking a peek at, especially if you are a neutral fiend (though, MAC has an excellent permanent range of neutrals). They may be more or less unique depending on what your stash already looks like. I do expect Moleskin to do well, since it is similar to Urban Decay’s Naked. Both Equilibrium and Stunner blushes were nice, but Stunner is clearly a shade more readers are interested in.
There are several brushes in this launch, but by far the most anticipated brush is the 226. Thus far, it is not even listed on MAC’s website, but it is available for purchase Nordstrom. I do not know why it is not listed. The 211 is a great addition, and I think those who frequently line their eyes with liquid or gel eyeliners will find it useful.
From past reader reactions, both Cream Colour Bases are nice and work as they should, but they can be a more difficult product to work for–and a lot of their appeal is dependent on how you see yourself using them. If you’re looking for a quick wash of cream eyeshadow, the formula is not ideal, as they do crease when worn alone. You are better off looking at the Shadesticks for that purpose. Shadesticks swatch decently, but I still find they tug a bit on the eyes–enough that is uncomfortable–and they tend to dry out a bit (but not completely) compared to when you initially use them.
Neither eyeshadow quad really grabbed me, though Lady Grey is infinitely better than Evil Eye, which I could not recommend at all. I am honestly appalled that it was produced and left quality control as it did. The fact that Palace Pedigreed is significantly less pigmented with a drier texture than its original launch in last year’s Fabulous Felines makes it all the more disappointing–as many brands let quality slide when it comes to palettes and value kits.
I wasn’t impressed with the consistencies of the formula on Fatigues or Quiet Time, but Deep Sea and Purple Majesty were nice. There is just something about MAC’s polishes at $15 a pop and only 0.34 fl. oz. that seems hard to believe but it is so. Perhaps Deep Sea is unique enough to warrant the price tag, but I don’t think the latter three are. I had similar issues with the consistency of the lipglasses–a lot of milky, creamy shades that tended to apply unevenly and, as milky shades are wont to do, a tendency to settle into lip lines. I did revise the overall score of the lipglasses up by a third, because the addition of Curvaceous and Plum Fun moved the average scores up.
I’m eager to hear your thoughts — what are you most interested in? What are you hoping to snag? Are you passing?
Photos, Reviews, Swatches
- 211 Pointed Liner Brush
- 226 Small Tapered Blending Brush
- Blushes: Equilibrium, Stunner
- Cream Colour Bases: Seaside, Take Root
- Evil Eye Eyeshadow Quad
- Lady Grey Eyeshadow Quad
- Nail Lacquers