MAC Stroke of Midnight/Pink Lip & Cheek Bag

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Pink Lip & Cheek Bag ($59.50) includes a travel-sized Beauty Powder 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. 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. 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.

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MAC Stroke of Midnight/Pink Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC Stroke of Midnight Lip & Cheek Bag Stroke of Midnight/Pink
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
87%
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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.

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MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC Stroke of Midnight Lip & Cheek Bag Stroke of Midnight/Coral
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
91%
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MAC Stroke of Midnight/Nude Lip Bag

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Nude Lip Bag ($39.50 for 0.198 oz.) features a full-size lipstick and Cremesheen Glass, plus a miniature-sized lip pencil.  Each lip bag contains $15.00 worth of Lipstick, $20.00 worth of Cremesheen Glass, and $5 worth of Lip Pencil, bringing the total value of the set to $40–plus there is a zippered bag that comes with the products. Note, Creme d’Nude and Boldly Bare are both part of the permanent range, while the Cremesheen Glass is a new, limited edition shade–but MAC has released many peachy-beige glosses in the past. The lip pencil drastically changes the way the gloss or the lipstick look, as it is significantly darker and browner than either (this is just a note, whether that’s a good or bad thing is up to you!). I’m not really enamored over this set (or the value proposition of the lip bags this year), and you can consider buying two of three separately.

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MAC Stroke of Midnight/Nude Lip Bag
MAC Stroke of Midnight Lip Bag Stroke of Midnight/Nude
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
86%
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MAC Stroke of Midnight/Viva Glamorous Lip Bag

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Viva Glamorous Lip Bag ($30.00 for 0.27 oz.) includes a lipstick and lipgloss, both the original edition of Viva Glam. Do you know the best part about this bag? Every single cent of the price goes towards the MAC AIDS Fund. Not $1, not proceeds, but the whole thing. If neither of these colors are up your alley, consider one of the other shades in the Viva Glam family if you haven’t. Both of these shades are also available individually. Every single cent of every single Viva Glam product goes towards MAF.

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MAC Stroke of Midnight/Viva Glamorous Lip Bag
MAC Lipglass Viva Glam I
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
91%
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MAC Stroke of Midnight/Warm Face Palette

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Warm Face Palette ($49.50 for 0.295 oz.) is a warm-toned palette with products for eyes, lips, and face. It contains three eyeshadows (0.028 oz. each), two lipsticks (0.024 oz. each), one iridescent powder (0.176 oz.), and one eye pencil (0.015 oz.). The products represent a a total value of $44.09 –$16.80 worth of eyeshadows, $7.20 worth of lipsticks, $15.09 worth of iridescent powder, and $5 worth of eyeliner. Over time, as more and more brands churn out mega palettes for the holidays all around $50 or so, and I wish MAC would step-up the value (or reduce the cost) of their holiday sets and kits.  Golden and Showstopper were the major misses here, as neither performed well; while Myself wears away quickly and Coffee is uncomfortable to use.

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MAC Stroke of Midnight/Warm Face Palette
MAC Stroke of Midnight Face Palette Stroke of Midnight/Warm
C
Product
7
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
7.5
Application
4
Total
76%
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