MAC Baby Be Cool Look in a Box Lip Kit Review, Photos, Swatches

Baby Be Cool

MAC Baby Be Cool Look in a Box Lip Kit ($26.50 for 0.28 oz.) includes travel-sized lipsticks and lipglosses (two of each) in shades of pink. In the past, MAC has released lip kits that featured full-sized products at a higher price tag, and I’m digging the travel-sized shades with the more palatable $26.50 price tag. Each Lipstick is 0.06 oz. (full-sized is 0.10 oz.) and each Lipglass is 0.08 fl. oz. (full-sized is 0.10 fl. oz.), which puts the value of the set at $47.60: $20.40 worth of lipstick and $27.20 worth of lipgloss.

Not Too Sweet

Not Too Sweet is a soft, medium-dark lavender pink with warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied evenly and did not show visible streaks, but there was slight color that had gathered in my lip lines, though the shine in the finish camouflaged that from a normal viewing distance. The consistency was lightweight, a touch tacky but not thick, and comfortable to wear over the four hours it lasted for. The formula was non-drying.

Formula Overview

$19.50/0.1 oz. - $195.00 Per Ounce

MAC Lipstick comes in a variety of finishes, and the pigmentation and wear tend to be dependent on the finish. The sheer finishes, like Lustres, tend to wear for only a couple of hours and have sheer coverage (as designed) and are non-drying. Some of the original Matte shades have a stiffer, drier formula, while newer ones have a more velvety, silicone-feel to them, and the latter are creamier, more comfortable to wear, and easier to apply, but most Matte shades are quite pigmented and long-wearing, though some are drying. The Amplified and Satin finishes tend to have good pigmentation, lightly creamy to moderately creamy consistencies with a bit of shine, and moderate to long wear with deeper, richer shades wearing longer. The Frost and Metallic finishes have the most variance between shades with coverage ranging from semi-sheer to opaque with average wear and non-drying to slightly drying formulas. All MAC lipsticks are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste.

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Smoked Rose

Smoked Rose is a rich, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a semi-matte finish. The lipstick had a smooth, velvety feel, so it did not tug, but it did not feel slippery or emollient either. It yielded nearly opaque color coverage that covered the lips even color. There was a very slight amount of color that seemed to sit in my deeper lip lines. This shade was still going strong after six hours of wear, though it was lightly drying after four hours of wear.

Formula Overview

$19.50/0.1 oz. - $195.00 Per Ounce

MAC Lipstick comes in a variety of finishes, and the pigmentation and wear tend to be dependent on the finish. The sheer finishes, like Lustres, tend to wear for only a couple of hours and have sheer coverage (as designed) and are non-drying. Some of the original Matte shades have a stiffer, drier formula, while newer ones have a more velvety, silicone-feel to them, and the latter are creamier, more comfortable to wear, and easier to apply, but most Matte shades are quite pigmented and long-wearing, though some are drying. The Amplified and Satin finishes tend to have good pigmentation, lightly creamy to moderately creamy consistencies with a bit of shine, and moderate to long wear with deeper, richer shades wearing longer. The Frost and Metallic finishes have the most variance between shades with coverage ranging from semi-sheer to opaque with average wear and non-drying to slightly drying formulas. All MAC lipsticks are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste.

Browse all of our MAC Lipstick swatches.

Baby Be Cool

Baby Be Cool is a soft, very light pink with warm undertones and fine golden pearl. It lightened my natural lip color, added milkiness and fine pearl, as well as a glossy shine. The texture was light-medium in weight with moderate tackiness, which helped the gloss last longer (three hours). It had semi-sheer coverage that applied more evenly than anticipated, though the milky quality of the color made it more prone to visibly sitting in my lip lines.

Formula Overview

$17.50/0.1 oz. - $175.00 Per Ounce

The Lipglass formula is supposed to be “pigmented, very shiny and can impart subtle or dramatic color” that can be worn “on its own, over lip pencil or lipstick” and will “condition lips.” MAC could use an update on the description as some shades are more pigmented than others but several are sheerer and likely intended to be that way. The formula has a very glossy, high-shine finish with a light-medium weight and moderate tackiness.

I have found that newer Lipglasses (over the last couple of years) are smoother and not quite as tacky as the formula was many years ago. They wear from three to six hours on me and are usually lightly hydrating. MAC recently updated the shade range and packaging for the range (though the formula was said to be unchanged), so worth noting is that with that packaging change came a reduction in quantity to 0.10 fl. oz. (was 0.17 fl. oz.), which may matter for some but not everyone.

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Berry Behaviour

Berry Behaviour is a brighter, medium bubblegum pink with cool, blue undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on somewhat evenly, though there was a bit of streaking along the edges of my lips as well as color that settled into my lip lines. The texture was thicker and moderately tacky. It wore well for four hours and was lightly hydrating.

Formula Overview

$17.50/0.1 oz. - $175.00 Per Ounce

The Lipglass formula is supposed to be “pigmented, very shiny and can impart subtle or dramatic color” that can be worn “on its own, over lip pencil or lipstick” and will “condition lips.” MAC could use an update on the description as some shades are more pigmented than others but several are sheerer and likely intended to be that way. The formula has a very glossy, high-shine finish with a light-medium weight and moderate tackiness.

I have found that newer Lipglasses (over the last couple of years) are smoother and not quite as tacky as the formula was many years ago. They wear from three to six hours on me and are usually lightly hydrating. MAC recently updated the shade range and packaging for the range (though the formula was said to be unchanged), so worth noting is that with that packaging change came a reduction in quantity to 0.10 fl. oz. (was 0.17 fl. oz.), which may matter for some but not everyone.

Browse all of our MAC Lipglass swatches.

MAC Baby Be Cool Look in a Box Lip Kit (2017)

MAC Baby Be Cool Look in a Box Lip Kit (2017)

MAC Baby Be Cool Look in a Box Lip Kit (2017)

MAC Not Too Sweet Lipstick

MAC Not Too Sweet Lipstick

MAC Not Too Sweet Lipstick

MAC Not Too Sweet Lipstick

MAC Not Too Sweet Lipstick

MAC Not Too Sweet Lipstick

MAC Smoked Rose Lipstick

MAC Smoked Rose Lipstick

MAC Smoked Rose Lipstick

MAC Smoked Rose Lipstick

MAC Smoked Rose Lipstick

MAC Smoked Rose Lipstick

MAC Baby Be Cool Lipglass

MAC Baby Be Cool Lipglass

MAC Baby Be Cool Lipglass

MAC Baby Be Cool Lipglass

MAC Baby Be Cool Lipglass

MAC Baby Be Cool Lipglass

MAC Berry Behaviour Lipglass

MAC Berry Behaviour Lipglass

MAC Berry Behaviour Lipglass

MAC Berry Behaviour Lipglass

MAC Berry Behaviour Lipglass

MAC Berry Behaviour Lipglass

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MAC Look in a Box Lip Kit (2017) $26.50/0.28 OZ.
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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Dior Star Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
  • Charlotte Tilbury Bronze & Blush Glow Set
On eyes:
  • Kat Von D Glimmer Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette
  • Urban Decay Scorch 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil

About the Reviewer

Reviewer

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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Very pretty shades that have a bit of a sweet romantic flare to them! This one is a definite “maybe” for me. But I’ll wait to see how the other set(s) fare first.

I like the concept (of a small size kit) but for some reason these kits always have one total fail (like Baby be Cool) that makes you feel you are not getting your money’s worth.

I’d love to purchase this but I cannot find when clicking on the links provided. Can you post a direct link please? Thanks so much! 😍

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