MAC Manish Arora Collection Review, Swatches, Photos

OVERALL, the packaging is what sets Manish apart from some of the previous launches. The intricate design is plastered over each product, and there are no stickers to deal with–like Fafi. The eyeshadow palette is sturdy, a yellow-gold, and the front cover is decorated in pretty jewels. The colors are all stunning and worth getting if you don’t already have them. The worst part about the launch is it utilized so many permament colors rather than creating limited edition shades. With such a limited release, it almost makes sense to further add exclusivity by having those unique must-have shades. But then again, it sold out within the first day it went up online, so obviously they did something right!

Did you get your hands on Manish? What’d you get? Why’d you pass?

Find swatches here, product photos here.

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Eye Palette

  • Nylon is a frosty white-gold color, the gold being subtle and more like an undertone. It’s a permanent color, and I do use it regularly as a highlighter.
  • Going Bananas is a shimmery lemony yellow color; it’s very pretty, and it’s one of my favorite shadows. For those who have always wanted it, Bright Sunshine eyeshadow is part of the permament PRO line and is the same, if not better.
  • Playful is a pigmented, medium pink, which originally came out with Barbie Loves MAC launch, over a year ago. I don’t remember it being this pigmented, actually, so that was a pleasant surprise. I never owned this color–it’s actually the only one that I don’t have from the palette.
  • Bitter is an almost matte lime green color that borders on chartreuse. It reminds me a lot of True Chartreuse pigment, though a little more green.
  • Electric Eel is a bright blue–electric indeed–and is part of the permanent line. I know this one tends to swatch chalky, but it works well during application for sure.
  • Deep Truth is a shimmery, dark navy blue. It’s one of those colors that we seem to have an overindulgence of in the past year!


  • Girl About Town was one of my very first lipsticks, believe it or not! It’s a creamy, bright deep pink. It’s definitely a bold color, but it is not to be missed. It is part of the regular line, though, so if you missed Manish, you can still grab it.
  • Kiss Manish is an orangey-red color, subtle shimmer in it which seems to reflect a rich, reddish copper color. It’s very opaque and pigmented, which is always a plus in my book.


  • Pink Manish is a shimmery, opaque hot pink/fuchsia color. To be honest, while it looks pretty, MAC releases plenty of hot pink glosses. Totally It! from Fafi is similar, though probably a bit brighter. This actually might be quite close to Pink Poodle, which is permanent to the regular line.
  • Shine Manish is quite orange, very bright and shimmery. It is also opaque, like Pink Manish, and I imagine it would definitely bring out the orange in Kiss Manish lipstick. We’ll see how to wear this one!


  • Devil is an intense, more orange than coral blush. It is part of the permanent line at PRO stores, and I saw this last year when I went to PRO for my birthday haul. I skipped it, because it was just much too intense and orange for me to see myself wearing it.
  • Pink Swoon is a cooler, chalkier pink. It’s about medium in tone, but there’s the chalkiness to contend with, which I’ve never liked. I actually just unearthed it today, thinking I didn’t own it! Reason why I didn’t think I owned it? I’ve used it once!