MAC Alice + Olivia Collection Pigments Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Alice + Olivia Collection
Pigments: Partylicious, If it Sparkles…, Later.

MAC Alice + Olivia Collection: Pigments

Pigment fiends–I don’t know if I’d pass on these new shades from Alice + Olivia. They have excellent textures, and both Partylicious and Later are beautiful.  If It Sparkles would be the only one I’d think about skipping, since it’s less unique.

Pigment ($19.50 U.S. / $23.50 CDN)

  • Later. needs moisture to look amazing.  Do not just swatch it dry and forget about it, because you’re really not giving it a chance then.  When applied wet, it’s a blackened-gray base with flashes of violet and deep blue-purple shimmer and sheen.  About a million times prettier wet than dry.
  • If It Sparkles… is an iridescent icy pink with a frosty finish.  It reminded me of a smoother–but frostier–version of Pink Opal, actually.
  • Partylicious is an aqua-teal with flashes of pearly green and green-teal.  This is ridiculously lovely.  If you’re even remotely a fan of aqua/teal, this is a total must-have.  Like don’t let this one pass you by!  It almost feels like a duochrome.  At first, I thought it was similar to Parrot–except it’s greener, lighter, and tealer.  It’s not nearly as blue as Parrot.  It is GORGEOUS!

See photos & swatches!

MAC Alice + Olivia Collection
Pigments: Partylicious, If it Sparkles…, Later.

MAC Alice + Olivia Collection
Pigments: Partylicious, If it Sparkles…, Later.

MAC Alice + Olivia Collection
Pigments: Partylicious, If it Sparkles…

MAC Alice + Olivia Collection
Pigments: Partylicious, If it Sparkles…, Later.

MAC Alice + Olivia Collection
Pigments: If it Sparkles…, Later.

MAC Partylicious Pigment

MAC Later Pigment

MAC If It Sparkles… Pigment

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Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Thank you so much for these swatches! 🙂
You completely changed my mind about buying these pigments, I probably will only get the white one.

OK, I think I can resist If It Sparkes (plenty of other pink duo chromes out there) and Later could easily be recreated by layering a blue/violet duo chrome over basic black. Partylicious will be my big temptation!

Hm, perhaps the settings on my screen are off… (which makes me wonder how I’ve not noticed that before haha) but I thought it looked pretty blue. I’ll have to take a look from another computer I suppose or fidget with my own.

How does Partylicious compare to UD Flipside?

also, on the topic of pigments, a question I’ve been meaning to ask is if you know of any substitutes for MAC mixing medium? thanks!!

Actually, kind of similar!

I’ve heard Visine works. Prior to buying it, I used 1/4 tsp of glycerin and 3/4 tsp of water, mix it up, and voila. That served me well for years (err, many batches over time, but same recipe, lol)!

thanks Christine… I’m definitely going to go on the hunt for some glycerin (and will most likely skip out on Partylicious because I’d like to save money right now [and by save money, I mean save up for the new cremesheens, lol!])

Christine, if possible could you do a look with either later or partylicious? I like them but idk if I would actually wear them but if i see a look using them that i like I might change my mind! lol

July 8 – I will be standing outside my MAC store, just waiting for the cage to go up. hahaha.

I’m definitely getting all 3 pigments, and probably all 3 DG Cremes, although I imagine Sparklicious DG is pretty dupeable, as well as If It Sparkles Pigment.

I just used water here, but normally, I would use mixing medium.

I don’t think Partylicious is like Shimmermoss at all, actually!

Hey Christine! Thank you so much for everything you do on temptalia it is truely one of my most favorite websites ever! (: I was wondering if you thought that “Later” is anything like “Dark Soul” and if i already own dark soul, it is worth getting both. Thank you!

Thanks, GinaB! 🙂

Dark Soul is sooo different – we’re talking more like a charcoal gray-black vs. a bluish-purple.

oh, i knew i’d love the whole of alice and olivia! i think i’m getting partilicious, the teal nail polish, and all of the dazzleglass cremes =D

“Later” is very gorgeous in person and pictures don’t do it justice! I find it swatches on wonderfully dry, but maybe the pigments are slightly different in Canada then the States.

i’ll pass on this collection! nothing exciting about it! the pigments are nice but i have colors like them!
Like when it sparkles, to me it looks just like universal mix!

This is most likely the millionth time I’ve said this, but I’m SO pissed these aren’t coming to Europe! I love pigments and these are so pretty!

omg I just need to keep repeating “i don’t have money to spend right now” otherwise i’m sooo going to get all these pigments. ughhhhh!!!!

Partylicious looks UH.MAZE.ING! wowza! I’m going to absolutley force myself not to buy it, just because I think its crazy that mac wants to make the pigments so much smaller and jack up the price to boot! Maybe I can get a sample from somewhere down the line, because realistically I’d never use that much teal in this lifetime, lol

if i get “Later” and i apply it, how do i make it wet other than applying it with water? because if i use water, it’ll dry up somehow too right? how do i make it vibrant throughout the day?

I’m very disappointed in Later. In the jar it seems so gorgeous, but it doesn’t seem to come out very black. It’s like a hardcore shimmery dull grey. I’m still going to buy it though, and definitely will be getting partylicious… I don’t think I need if it sparkles though.

Do you think “later” is similar to “young punk” from style black. I have young punk, but later looks more silver, but I can’t really tell. Just don’t want to buy ‘later’ if I don’t need it! Thanks!

Hi Christine! Thanks for the photos 🙂 Two questions, I’m completely in love with the shade “Birds and Berries”, you think I love it too Partylicious?
How do you compare with Teal pigment?

I think you would 🙂

It’s not really like Teal pigment – it’s a lot greener and has more golden-green flash.

I’m normally not too partial to teals, but Partylicious (insipid name aside) is gorg. Looks like a great girlfriend for Undercurrent :p

I can’t believe parylicious isn’t sold out online! I thought it would be the first of the 3 pigments to be sold out! Maybe they haven’t seen swatches! Definitely getting!

OHH MY!!! I can`t believe all three of these sold out in like a day online. This is crazy, I didn`tthink they would be this popular.

Hey Christine, I was considering about getting vanilla pigment before this collection came out. Do you think it’s worth getting If It Sparkles instead?

They’re pretty different, so you could grab either one – I think Pink Opal is closest to If It Sparkles from the permanent range.

A little late to this party, but I think that Partylicious looks much like Waternymph when swatched, however changing the base color makes the pigment have a completely different life! I love it over the Otherworldly paint pot.

I live in Alaska, and we don’t have a MAC store up here. Since Nordstrom did not receive the Alice & Olivia collection, and was all sold out by the time I checked my email, I had my mother (who was on VACATION in Oregon) purchase all three pigments the day before they launched at a MAC store in Portland, so of course she had to make an extra trip the next day to pick them up. I’m SO glad I was able to do this, and that my mom and the girls at the MAC store were nice enough to help me with it! They are AMAZING!!! Definitely a worthwhile investment!

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