MAC Illustrated Red x3 Lip Color & Bag Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Freehand Cremestick Liner
MAC Illustrated Red x3 Lip Color & Bag

MAC Illustrated: Freehand, Totally Fab, Must Be Red!

MAC Illustrated Red x3 Lip Color & Bag ($39.50) includes three products plus a small makeup bag: Freehand Cremestick Liner (new and exclusive), Totally Fab Dazzleglass Creme (repromote), and Must Be Red! Cremesheen Lipstick (new and exclusive).  This set is limited edition and exclusive to Nordstrom for their anniversary sale, but it is available in-store and online.

Freehand Cremestick Liner is a medium yellow-based red that’s not too blue-based. It has good color coverage. The Cremestick Liner formula is fairly creamy without being something that would slip and slide–it will stay in place on its own or help your favorite lipstick last just that much longer. When I tested Freehand on its own, it lasted for an impressive eight hours, but my lips were noticeably parched after that.

Totally Fab Dazzleglass Creme is an ornage-red with pink and white sparkle. Chanel Triomphal is blue-based and darker. MAC Russian Red is more opaque and blue-based. MAC Sonoran Rain has mor gold shimmer. YSL Golden Red is comparable but the gold shimmer is larger. MAC Wonder Woman is similar. Dior Little Red Dress is also comparable. It has semi-opaque color coverage. It wore for four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. There was some settling into lip lines, but the color coverage helped to hide it.

Must Be Red! Cremesheen Lipstick is a subtly yellow-toned red with barely-there gold micro-shimmer. MAC Ruffian Red is a little more orange-toned. MAC Red Racer less yellow-toned, but they are similar. CoverGirl Hot is similar but more opaque. Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood is also comparable. It’s mostly opaque, but you can still see a hint of my lip freckle peeking through. This applied more easily than a lot of other Cremesheen lipsticks–it seemed a bit creamier. It wore for six hours and was slightly drying.

Whenever MAC releases lip kits like these, it’s actually one of the few true value sets they launch. You’re getting three full-sized products for $39.50, and if they were available individually, would set you back $48.50.  This set was definitely better than the pink set, though Must Be Red! was still a little drying (not as bad as Vivid Imagination, though!).  Even though all three reds are lovely shades, they seem rather dupeable, so you may already have similar reds in your stash.

MAC Illustrated Red x3 Lip Color & Bag Review, Photos, Swatches

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Product
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Pigmentation
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Texture
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Longevity
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Application
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MAC Freehand Cremestick Liner
MAC Illustrated Red x3 Lip Color & Bag

MAC Freehand Cremestick Liner
MAC Illustrated Red x3 Lip Color & Bag

MAC Freehand Cremestick Liner
MAC Freehand Cremestick Liner

MAC Freehand Cremestick Liner
MAC Freehand Cremestick Liner

MAC Freehand Cremestick Liner
MAC Freehand Cremestick Liner

MAC Freehand Cremestick Liner
MAC Freehand Cremestick Liner

MAC Freehand Cremestick Liner
MAC Freehand Cremestick Liner

MAC Freehand Cremestick Liner
MAC Freehand Cremestick Liner

MAC Totally Fab Dazzleglass Creme
MAC Totally Fab Dazzleglass Creme

MAC Totally Fab Dazzleglass Creme
MAC Totally Fab Dazzleglass Creme

MAC Totally Fab Dazzleglass Creme
MAC Totally Fab Dazzleglass Creme

MAC Totally Fab Dazzleglass Creme
MAC Totally Fab Dazzleglass Creme

MAC Totally Fab Dazzleglass Creme
MAC Totally Fab Dazzleglass Creme

MAC Totally Fab Dazzleglass Creme
MAC Totally Fab Dazzleglass Creme

MAC Must Be Red! Lipstick
MAC Must Be Red! Lipstick

MAC Must Be Red! Lipstick
MAC Must Be Red! Lipstick

MAC Must Be Red! Lipstick
MAC Must Be Red! Lipstick

MAC Must Be Red! Lipstick
MAC Must Be Red! Lipstick

MAC Must Be Red! Lipstick
MAC Must Be Red! Lipstick

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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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Honestly, I’m not all that interested int he products, but the bags are really cute. I’m considering picking one up by itself, if they’re still available. 

 @+RYOU+0013+ That would be fantastic! I would of course pay you for shipping and whatever else you think is reasonable 🙂 Christine has my email (at least I think she does) so she can please pass it on to you (Christine, please help me out? 🙂 )

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the dazzleglass looks sooooo perfect in the tube but wish it looked perfect on the lips. mac glosses settle so much in the lip lines :/

I’m def picking this up now but I had been waiting for your review 🙂 I think the bag is ugly but I LOVE red lips and I bought the Hey Sailor red racer along with the liner and gloss to match, LOVE THEM (don’t know the names off the top of my head) So this looks like a fun addition, a little diff with the sparkle in it but the value makes it hard to pass up!!!!

I have the set, bought it immediately, but unfortunately I didnt try it on till later, and unfortunately, all the reds came out pink on my skin.. that happens a little too often..

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