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MAC Cosmetics – Fafi for MAC Review

OVERALL, Fafi offers a lot of bright girly colors, lots of pinks, for this launch. There’s a few surprising colors that popped up, more sophisticated with darker tones or less shimmer, so I think most will find an item or two to pick up. I really liked the lip products, because of the cute, girliness of it all, but I would say that they’re not all unique so you could pass easily on some of them. The paint pots have excellent textures–they are all incredibly creamy, rich, and the color pay off is divine for all of them. I liked the quad with the green and peach-orange shadows, because I feel like you get more for your money, since the other quad has two permanent eyeshadows in it and the other two colors aren’t enough to persuade me to buy it anyway. I loved Sassed Up iridescent powder, and the blushes were lovely, but I’m not sure if I’ll cave for those yet. Oh, and by the way, the designs on the products are stickers, not actually printed on the products, which is a huge disappointment. It just seems cheap to me, and I know it’ll wear off easily (and heaven forbid it gets wet!). I wasn’t completely blown away by the launch personally, but I think it is a fun collection that offers just that, some fun. I picked up only a few items yesterday, because I’m going to a Fafi event on the 10th, so I’ll probably get more then. I just got Fun N Sexy lipstick, Squeeze It lipglass, and Cash Flow paint pot (plus, I had to get some PRO products, of course!).

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  • Flash N Dash is a frosty pink-poppy kind of color with a high shine finish. It’s quite pretty, and I think it’s a wearable color for many skintones, though it is a touch warm.
  • Strawbaby is fairly sheer peachy-nude color with just a touch of pink/fleshy undertones. I think people who found the N lipsticks too pale might enjoy this as a fun, sheer neutral lipstick.
  • Fun N Sexy is a bright pop of pink with purple iridescence. It looks incredibly bright in the tube, but it is misleading – it goes on more as a sheer/lustre texture, so color isn’t nearly as vibrant as it looks in the tube (which may or may not be a good thing in your opinion). I personally was hoping for more brightness and color pay off on the lips myself.
  • High Top is like a duochrome lipstick version of Club eyeshadow–not kidding. It looks exactly the same as Club does swatched, just in lipstick form. I’m not entirely sure how this will look on lips, but it may be incredible under a lipglass to add new dimension.
  • Utterly Frivolous is a pretty medium pink, and I think it is a lustre formula. It’s a touch sheer, but there is some nice color that you can get by building it up. I do like this color, but it isn’t a must-have, since it is not the most unique.
  • Not So Innocent is the sheerest of the six lipsticks from Fafi, and it is kind of like opalescent shimmer – much like Sugar Trance lipglass, but as a lipstick. It would not do much beyond add shimmer to my lips, so it wasn’t something I felt I had to have.


  • Cult Fave is a bubblegum pink with white shimmer that’s not totally sheer, as it does have decent color pay off to it. It’s a fun pink gloss to have, and I know I’ve seen a few others come out in this family–I want to say with a Nordstrom exclusive launch–but it’s a very giry color.
  • Sugar Trance is a cooler white-pink color, very sheer, with plenty of shimmer. Kind of reminded me of Luminary lustreglass, which is one I love, so I do like the color, but this probably isn’t a “must.”
  • Squeeze It is a rich, warm burgundy-plum color with shimmery purple reflects. I found this one to be a deeper, more “sophisticated” color considering there are a lot of bright pinks in this line.
  • Totally It is a bright pink with purple-pink opalescence. Very pretty, and I think it’s this year’s Malibu Barbie lipglass. I think it might have more shimmer than Malibu Barbie, but I’m not positive.

Quad #1

  • Hey Neutral a very shimmery/frosty tan color, kind of like Woodwinked only a bit lighter.
  • Howzat is a rich navy-gray with subtle shimmer, pretty but not essential.
  • Pink Venus is a nice bright pink with lots of frost, and it goes on quite nicely – the texture is great.
  • Vanilla is a bit chalky, more of a white with gray undertones. It’s a popular choice for a highlighter, though.

Quad #2

  • Bold as Gold is a lovely shade of yellow gold with some antique-color to it. I like the levevl of frost/shimmer, because it is there, but not overwhelmingly so.
  • You’re Fresh is a bright pastel green, like a warm minty green. The texture is the best, but it is definitely workable.
  • Shockwave is a bright peachy-orange color, kind of like what I always wanted Paradisco to be. I like the color pay off and the low shimmer.
  • Prankster is a very dark, dark gray with blue undertones (it’s darker than Howzat). It’d make a nice smoky eye, but it isn’t terribly original.

Paint Pots

  • Layin’ Low is a soft warm brown, creamy textxure, and it looks fairly matte/satin to me. It would make a nice all-over lid color for those opting for quick morning looks, as well as a great base for browns.
  • Nice Vice is a very rich, creamy purple-burgundy color with opal shimmer. It was a nice color, but I find it isn’t as versatile because of how dark it is; it’ll make an awesome smoky eye, though.
  • Girl Friendly is a cool, mauvey-pink. It is kind of a “dull” color in the sense because there’s no shimmer and it’s very flat, but it is also a great pink color that you don’t see come up very often. It’s easy to add shimmer with shadows, it’s harder to find a good base that looks matte.
  • Rollickin’ is a bright, shimmery teal, kind of like Aquadisiac eyeshadow. Unlike the paint pots from McQueen, which were fairly matte, this has a good bit of shimmer.
  • Cash Flow is a gorgeous antique gold color, so you know it’s right up my alley. Really subtle shimmer with good color pay off. This is one of my favorite items from the launch.
  • Perky is a warm rosy pink with slight shimmer, very smooth and good color pay off. This would make a great blush in addition to being used on the eyes. I think this is a good shade of wearable pink, too.

Powder Blush

  • Hipness is a warm coral-peach blush with some pink in it and very little shimmer (if any). It would make a great everyday blusher for a lot of people. It reminds me of Springsheen without all of the shimmer.
  • Fashion Frenzy is a brighter cool medium pink, very bold and the pay off is excellent. It would be easy to get heavy handed with this blush, but it can be wearable if you opt to go lighter and build up to your desired intensity.

Iridescent Pressed Powder

  • Sassed-up was definitely my favorite, because it’s a soft golden pink kind of color. It would make a great subtle blusher as well as a highlighter. I also feel like this will work on more skintones and is more versatile than the other two.
  • Verve-acaious is a very pretty bronzy gold color, warm on me, and I know it would do well on my skintone (NC30), because it has some warmth and yet shimmer, too.
  • Belightful is just a little cooler, more gold with a touch of “antique gold” in it. Pretty, not too frosty, kind of a subtle shimmer.

Nail Lacquer

  • Girls Will Be Girls is a really pretty medium pink polish with gold shimmer, and I think I will end up picking up one of these soon.
  • Boom! is a bold burgundy with pink shimmer, and it reminds me of Wild ‘Bout You lipstick! It’s very pretty, and it makes a great color for the nails.
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About the 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 information, please check the FAQ.)

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Hey Christine! Thanks for the review! I can’t wait to check everything out. I’m definitely picking up the polishes and a couple of the paint pots. Probably the peach/green quad too.

OHHH very exciting! Stickers? wow that is sooooo lame! BOOOO!!!

I am still excited about the lippies, the blushes, maybe one or two paint pots, and the face shimmers. As I don’t buy combo eye colors I am really not interested in those.

I hope Fashion Frenzy is not too similar to Dollymix.

I know, isn’t it? Ugh! I keep going back to the products I bought and yep!

No, it’s not, it’s much cooler with a different texture.

I rethought my list and I only want sugar trance & utterly frivolous. Because I dont have alot of lip products. I love the looks of the palettes but I dont think I would use them alot. Ill just save the 36 bucks and make my own quad 😀

I want a pressed powder too but Ive never used them before and I dont know what one is for me.

Wow all these look great! How would you compare rubenesque and cash flow paint pots? i just bought rubenesque but cash flow looks so great too!

Way different. Cash Flow is just an antique gold, Rubenesque is warmer and more of a true gold with peach undertones.

Thanks so much!

I have got my list down to half the things I wanted in the first place..I feel much better about that now! The #2 quad sounds really fun and I cant wait to see it!

after reading your reviews I think I might just get only Totally It and Fashion Frenzy do you think Fashion Frenzy is similar to Barbie Don’t Be Shy blush?
I might end up getting Squeeze it & Strawbaby

i love your reviews! because i’m in the UK and the collections get released later here, i always have time to make up my mind as to what i want and then save up for it! your reviews let me do that! (we’re still waiting for the N collection to come out…!) thanks a lot!

Bummer! that totally sucks about the stickers! Why on earth would they do that anyway, great swatches and info. by the swatches I am a little bit disappionted, but still are many great things in this collection. maybe that’s a good thing! my wallet wont get hit as hard. Did you happen to see any of the dolls, cosmetics bags, totes, scarves??

I know! I have NO idea why it is. I can’t imagine why MAC would cheapen out later on.

I saw the bags and dolls, not the totes or scarves.

What did you think of the Dolls and bags? Don’t tell me there’s stickers on the cosmetics bags too! Heatherette looks like stickers too, now that you mention it. I really hope their not cheaping it out. Off the subject- Do you know if MAC is coming out with more kohl power eyeliners? I have raven, orepheus, jealous, feline, but would love more color selection. My MAC SA has no clue, just thought I’d ask. TIA

Hey Stephanie!

The dolls were okay, and the bag seemed all right. To be honest, I didn’t pay TOO much attention to them as they came out last minute.

I have heard that Heatherette does not have stickers.

I haven’t heard any rumors about more kohl powers, but I hope they return!

I love you for getting this up so early. :D:D:D Thank you so much for your review and the swatches! You have no idea how helpful these are for us. Thankfully, my wishlist has remained what it was before. However, it was huge before so that doesn’t really help. 😉 Damn this collection.

I cannot believe the designs are stickers! How lame is that?! My god. What a huge disappointment. *shakes head* I wonder what the hell made them think that was a good idea. I am genuinely disappointed. Wow.

Nooo problem! I would have had it earlier, but I got caught up and didn’t get back in time to do it.

I still can’t figure out the sticker thing, really.

hey christine, in your opinion, what is the difference (in colour) between “pink poodle” and “totally it” lipglass. i’m finally ready to by a fuschia but want to know if i should hold out for fafi.

I’m intruiged by your description of “High Top” lipstick. I looked at the swatch, I looked at my Club eyeshadow here, and I can see where the brown comes from… but does that mean that there’s green shimmer in the lipstick too?

Stickers MAC? Stickers? You should be ashamed of yourselves. *scolds* You don’t cheap out on projects that are supposed to be your crowning jewel of coolness. Oh well. The products are spiffy.

oh my.. cash flow is attracting me and my money! I love colour like that, a lil bit shimmer and champange golden like. I never use paint pot before though… is the texture buildable?

It is gorgeous!! I love it, but I love anything that color. It’s buildable 🙂 It’s just very creamy, much like MAC paints.

you’re so lucky getting to see fafi way earlier. i might just get a beauty powder, just bummed about the stickers. but that’s okay because i can save for heatherette. can you get an early swatch for heatherette too????

Hey christine you’re the best and your friend Karen we share the same taste girl I’ve choose the sassed-up powder and the girls will be girls polish all with the utterly lipstick.

Oh my goodness, I’ve just discovered paint pots and want all of these! The colors look very wearable, even for everyday, even the blue. Do you think these will all be pretty wearable colors? And as for the blushes, I’m nc20/nc25 and usually go for ultra cool pinks (think bobbi brown pale pink) but I just love the look of both of them! What do you think?

Hey Ann! I think they are all wearable. The blue is semi-sheer, so you can build the color up, plus it isn’t super bright on its own.

Hi, Christine!!! I went to my first launch party this past Sunday for the Fafi line and it was a lot of fun, but definitely made me grateful for having made friends with one of my favorite store’s managers – no way i was going to wait in that line! She set my picks aside and my partner went to get them for me today after work 😉

Anyway, I ended up getting Eyes 2 and Girl Friendly… I have *no* matte e/s bases (besides UDPP which perfectly blends with my skin tone) so I was psyched to see one in this line. When it came to the shadows, the girls at the store who had used eyes 2 sold me on the quad; they had some killer looks. BUT, none of the looks on the MAC site use the colors the same way! Do you have any pics or tutorials for looks that use a similar color scheme that I could try out and modify to work with my facial structure?

Thanks, doll, you’re the best! I thought of you the whole time I was at the launch, btw – I’d come to your site earlier that day for a preview so I knew exactly what to try first 😉

Hey Kirsten! I’m so glad you were able to go to the event 🙂

Unfortunately I don’t have the quad yet (I may get it…), so I don’t have any particular looks. Eyes 2 is the one with orange, correct? You could try going to looks > orange to see what I have there.

Thank you!

Hi Christine, thanks for the review! I love you! 🙂
I ended up buying Sugar Trance and Cash Flow. I’m torn on Sugar Trance now, as it is super sheer, though giving the lips good shimmer. Does MAC accept returns when you already use it? Cash Flow, on the other hand, looks so versatile, I couldn’t get my hands off it!

Hi Ava! My pleasure 🙂 Yes, MAC should take returns no matter what, as long as you have the receipt, but they will throw away products that are returned, regardless of whether you say it’s new or not!

hi christine, thanks for the review,

I have uppity fluidline (holliday collection) and otherwordly paint pot from the (mcqueen). Do you think i need to get cash flow and rolickin paint pot? im in the uk and the collection is going to be released on thursday 6th of march.


No problem, Nunu!

Cash Flow is different from Uppity, but Rollickin’ is really close – it’s just sheerer and has shimmer.

We just got this collection here not too long ago. I just saw it in person over the weekend. MAC has turned me into a sucker for Fafi!

I had previously bought Fun & Sexy and High Top on Ebay. At MAC Frankfurt I bought: Flash N Dash, Strawbaby, and Totally It. Then I ran out of spending cash, but when I got home, I purchased both nail polishes, Utterly Frivolous, and Nice Vice. I’m still searching for the second quad, Squeeze It and Cult Fave, and the Iridescent Powders. I also want a shirt and all the little Fafinettes. I might also get both blushes…

I wish we could order online from our German MAC site! I don’t live anywhere near a place that sells MAC. I’ve found when I actually do make it to a store/counter, I am put off by the price, because I know how much MAC costs in North America and end up not buying anything.I mostly just get everything from Ebay. MAC is too expensive here anyway.

Thanks for the reviews and swatches! They’re really helpful for me since I can’t go into a store and see the products in person (usually).

Your site is my new substitute for mac_cosmetics! All the same good stuff, without the multitude of sales 😀

Hey Charlotte!

LOL, I love how you ran out of spending cash, and when you got home, got more! Squeeze It is sooo pretty, I hope you can track it down though 🙂

Have you tried CPs? Tons of gals in the US do it 😉 I did a lot of CPs for someone in Singapore, and even with insured & priority postage, it was still less than buying locally for her. You might find that helps you get more bang for your… euro/pound!

Hey Christine,
I was wondering what kind of paint pot you think would make an ideal neutral base for NC 35 skin?
Also, what do you think of the irridescent powder? Is the glitter gritty like in their normal ones, or is it more like MSF? Thanks!

Any paint pots or a Fafi paint pot? Cash Flow is a good one from Fafi, but Soft Ochre is my favorite out of all the PPs. I’m not a fan of the iridescent powders – they are glittery and chunky, not as fine as MSFs.

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