MAC Sophisticate Face Kit Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Sophisticate Face Kit
MAC Sophisticate Face Kit

MAC Sophisticate Face Kit ($49.50 for 0.43 oz.) includes six eyeshadows, two blushes, and two lipsticks. Worth pointing out right away is that the back of my palette says the second blush on the left is Simply Bliss, whereas Nordstrom’s product listing had Cream Soda in its place; I checked both of them, and the blush in this palette is slightly more pink-tinted and a little lighter but not by much.

Linda is described as a “peachy tan shimmer.” It’s a muted, medium-dark orange-copper with hints of brown and warmer undertones paired with a pearly sheen. It was slightly powdery with semi-opaque coverage that wore for eight hours. Becca Songbird (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Becca Rose Gold (P, $41.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Becca Blushed Copper (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, lighter, darker. Illamasqua Expose (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker, more pigmented. MAC Coppertone (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. MAC Blazing Haute (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter. NARS Soulshine #2 (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, cooler. NARS Gina (P, $30.00) is darker. MAC Eternal Sun (P, $23.50) is darker, more muted. ColourPop Bonus (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter. MAC Seduced at Sea (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker. NARS Frenzy (Right) (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $25.00) is darker. MAC Bad Girl Gone Good (LE, $21.00) is darker. View dupes side-by-side.

Simply Bliss is described as a “light neutral coral.” It’s a muted, light-medium peachy-coral with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It darkens as it is applied to the bare skin, so unless you have very dry skin and/or powder prior, it may do the same. The texture was slightly powdery but blendable with good pigmentation. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. MAC Ripe Peach (LE, $32.00) is darker. MAC Ripe Peach (LE, $32.00) is darker. Illamasqua Flirtatious (LE, $26.00) is darker, glossier. MAC Cream Soda (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer. Illamasqua Flirtatious (LE, $26.00) is darker, glossier. MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Corol #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Corol #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Bliss (P, $9.99) is darker. Makeup Geek Bliss (P, $9.99) is darker. bareMinerals The Spring Fling (LE, $22.00) is lighter. Chanel Caresse (180) (LE, $45.00) is darker, more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dance in the Dark is described as a “deep blackened plum.” It’s a very dark brown with subtle, cooler undertones and a mostly matte finish. It is firm, stiff, and hard to work with and lasted for seven hours. Zoeva Beans are White (P, ) is darker. Too Faced Risque (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler. Tarte Ice Cream Cone (LE, ) is . Tarte Dim the Lights (LE, ) is warmer. Hourglass Infinity #5 (P, ) is darker, less pigmented, more shimmery. Giorgio Armani #08 (P, $32.00) is darker. Tarte Wind Down Brown (LE, ) is . Anastasia Deep Brown (P, $12.00) is warmer. LORAC Espresso (Mega Pro) (LE, ) is darker. Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick #4 (P, ) is warmer. Urban Decay Undone (LE, $18.00) is darker, more pigmented, less shimmery. Chanel Charming #5 (LE, ) is lighter. NARS Bali (P, $24.00) is darker. Guerlain Calligraphy #4 (LE, ) is lighter. theBalm Matt Ramirez (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. View dupes side-by-side.

Sun Tweaked is a light-medium, peachy-beige with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that wore for eight hours. Viseart Orange Topaz (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. NARS Outer Limits (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker, more pigmented. Makeup Geek In the Spotlight (P, $9.99) is less shimmery. bareMinerals Shazam (LE, ) is lighter. MAC Mortal #2 (LE, ) is cooler. MAC Jest (P, $16.00) is darker. bareMinerals In the Buff (LE, ) is lighter. Too Faced Marzipan (P, $16.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Cinderella (P, $5.99) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Moonflower (P, $18.00) is darker, warmer. LORAC Light Bronze (P, ) is lighter. MAC Sweet Heat (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler. NARS Nepal (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, lighter. View dupes side-by-side.

Wedge is described as a “soft muted beige taupe.” It’s a muted, medium yellowed brown with a matte finish. It seems a bit lighter than the permanent version of Wedge to me. It had sheerer coverage with a dusty texture. The color lasted for seven hours on me. Urban Decay Naked (P, $18.00) is less pigmented, more pigmented. Jane Rock Star (DC, ) is lighter. Kat Von D Harlow (P, ) is darker. Ulta Sable (, ) is less shimmery. theBalm C3 (LE, $16.00) is darker, less pigmented, more muted, lighter. View dupes side-by-side.

With Flair is a muted, coppery-brown with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had nice pigmentation with a fairly soft, blendable texture, but it was a smidgen dry, which made it a challenge to work with on bare lids. It wore for seven and a half hours on me. Make Up For Ever D708 Pinky Copper (P, $21.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Roulette (P, $5.99) is darker. MAC Red Alert (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Chanel Laurier Rose (127) (LE, $34.00) is darker, more muted, cooler. YSL Steamy Coral (05) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker. Viseart Melonie (P, ) is darker, cooler. NYX Fireball (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Leila (416) (P, $28.00) is more shimmery. Maybelline Caramel Cool (100) (LE, $6.99) is more shimmery. MAC Gingersnap (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Beautifully Charred is described as a “deep brown with pearl.” It’s a slightly muted, dark brown with warmer undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. It had great color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that was easy to apply and lasted for eight hours. Tarte Bastille in the Night (LE, ) is warmer. Inglot #409 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Charlotte Tilbury Mona Lisa (P, $32.00) is more shimmery. Anastasia Baby I’m a Star (LE, $12.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Embellish (LE, ) is more shimmery. Too Faced Obsessed (P, ) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #3 (P, ) is more shimmery, warmer. Too Faced Hot Fudge (P, $16.00) is darker. NARS Ursa Major (LE, $29.00) is lighter. Burberry Gold #1 (LE, ) is lighter. Guerlain Petrouchka #5 (LE, ) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Reign (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #4 (LE, ) is darker. Make Up For Ever ME614 Graphite Brown (P, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Hey is described as a “nude shimmer.” It’s a light peach with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had fairly good color payoff with a blendable texture but wasn’t quite as soft in the pan (almost firm, but it worked okay). It wore well for eight hours on me. Too Faced Cherish (P, ) is lighter. Dior Ambre Nuit #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery. Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #1 (P, ) is cooler. MAC A Natural Flirt (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer. Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever S516 Sand (P, $21.00) is darker. Tarte Rose Champagne (LE, ) is cooler. Stila Kitten (P, ) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Eyeshadow #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Sin (DC, $20.00) is darker. Kat Von D Precious (LE, ) is lighter, cooler. Stila Kitten (, $18.00) is . Disney by Sephora Splendid (LE, ) is more shimmery. MAC Summer Haze (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #2 (P, ) is more shimmery. View dupes side-by-side.

Love Happens is described as a “warm light nude.” It’s a light-medium peach with a hint if pink and warmer undertones paired with a satin finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that felt a little dry and clingy on the lips. There was some color that settled into lip lines within the first half hour, and it worsened over the three hours it wore for. It was slightly drying. Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is darker, warmer. MAC She’s a Peach (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Antonio’s Girls (LE, $16.00) is darker. NARS Biscayne Park (P, $25.00) is darker. Maybelline Barely Bloomed (700) (P, $7.49) is lighter, brighter. Bite Beauty Amaretto (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer, better quality. Tom Ford Beauty Beau (LE, $32.00) is lighter, brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Pout (142) (LE, $30.00) is glossier. MAC What’s Haute? (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Close Contact (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Pretty Natural (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

True Red is described as a “vivid bright coral red.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark orange-red with warm undertones and a satin finish. It seems more matte here, which may just be due to the format of the lipstick in a pan compared to a tube. It lasted for five hours and was on the drying side. MAC Barbecue (LE, $16.00) is . Clinique Poppy Pop (P, $18.00) is brighter, warmer. Estee Lauder Fierce (P, $30.00) is brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Flame (06) (P, $50.00) is lighter, brighter. Maybelline Rose Rush (735) (P, $7.49) is lighter, brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Rafael (LE, $32.00) is lighter, more muted. Kat Von D Countess (P, $21.00) is glossier. MAC Excite (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Bobbi Brown Lady Ruba (P, $26.00) is glossier. NARS Lana (P, $32.00) is brighter. MAC Fashion Trip (LE, $22.00) is lighter. Dolce and Gabbana Fire (610) (P, $33.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Mangrove (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, more muted, less glossy. MAC Dangerous (P, $16.00) is less glossy, less shimmery, darker. Givenchy Carmin Escarpin (306) (P, $36.00) is darker. View dupes side-by-side.

Hey

PiPPermanent in Palette. $17.00.
B+
B+
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
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MAC Sophisticate Face Kit
MAC Sophisticate Face Kit

MAC Sophisticate Face Kit
MAC Sophisticate Face Kit

MAC Sophisticate Face Kit
MAC Sophisticate Face Kit

MAC Sophisticate Face Kit
MAC Sophisticate Face Kit

MAC Sophisticate Face Kit
MAC Sophisticate Face Kit

MAC Sophisticate Face Kit
MAC Sophisticate Face Kit

MAC Sophisticate Face Kit
MAC Sophisticate Face Kit

MAC Linda Blush
MAC Linda Blush

MAC Linda Blush
MAC Linda Blush

MAC Linda Blush
MAC Linda Blush

MAC Simply Bliss Blush
MAC Simply Bliss Blush

MAC Simply Bliss Blush
MAC Simply Bliss Blush

MAC Simply Bliss Blush
MAC Simply Bliss Blush

MAC Dance in the Dark Eyeshadow
MAC Dance in the Dark Eyeshadow

MAC Dance in the Dark Eyeshadow
MAC Dance in the Dark Eyeshadow

MAC Sun Tweaked Eyeshadow
MAC Sun Tweaked Eyeshadow

MAC Sun Tweaked Eyeshadow
MAC Sun Tweaked Eyeshadow

MAC Wedge Eyeshadow
MAC Wedge Eyeshadow

MAC Wedge Eyeshadow
MAC Wedge Eyeshadow

MAC With Flair Eyeshadow
MAC With Flair Eyeshadow

MAC With Flair Eyeshadow
MAC With Flair Eyeshadow

MAC Beautifully Charred Eyeshadow
MAC Beautifully Charred Eyeshadow

MAC Beautifully Charred Eyeshadow
MAC Beautifully Charred Eyeshadow

MAC Hey Eyeshadow
MAC Hey Eyeshadow

MAC Hey Eyeshadow
MAC Hey Eyeshadow

MAC Love Happens Lipstick
MAC Love Happens Lipstick

MAC Love Happens Lipstick
MAC Love Happens Lipstick

MAC Love Happens Lipstick
MAC Love Happens Lipstick

MAC Love Happens Lipstick
MAC Love Happens Lipstick

MAC Love Happens Lipstick
MAC Love Happens Lipstick

MAC True Red Lipstick
MAC True Red Lipstick

MAC True Red Lipstick
MAC True Red Lipstick

MAC True Red Lipstick
MAC True Red Lipstick

MAC True Red Lipstick
MAC True Red Lipstick

MAC True Red Lipstick
MAC True Red Lipstick

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MAC Sophisticate Face Kit

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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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I love the eye look you did, but this palette has too many misses for me. I like some of the colors, but the lipstick Love Happens would make me look sick or dead and the 2 shadows (Dance in the Dark and Wedge) aren’t up to snuff

Calling all you MakeUp Mavens on Temptalia-
My 18 yr old niece in India is starting her own little bridal makeup service.
She would like me to buy her some MAC makeup in the US for her kit.
She has never owned or tried MAC products but thinks MAC is the bomb diggety.
(I have bought her a couple of Lancome palettes, a Sigma brush set, & she has some L’Oreal, ELF & Maybelline stuff but that’s it.)
Most of her bridal clients are fair to medium with warm undertones and ask for a ‘natural look’ (we’d probably call it ‘nude’ I suppose).
Anyway, do you think I should buy her this palette from MAC? or should I buy her one of the MAC eyeshadow palettes from Nordstrom? or are there any other palettes you can suggest that would be better?
I tried showing her the UD palettes, Inglot, & some others but NO she wants MAC.
Thank you for your answers in advance!

I like that there’s a cover for the lipsticks. That’s something we should see more often in mixed palettes!

Whoa, this palette is all over the place quality wise. Wedge doesn’t even look like Wedge, Dance In The Dark looks awful. On the other hand, the other 4 eyeshadows are lovely and very wearable, True Red looks beautiful on you, as do both blushes. Such a mixed bag!

I was supposed to give this to my mum but can’t give her a B- . She wants an all encompassing one with lip,blush and shadows but this is turning out to be a tough challenge. This ones not a total disaster as the other one but dunno.

Just got mine in the mail! Dance in the dark is definitely a dud. I guess I’ll use it as liner and see if that works. Wedge is a little disappointing but it’s workable. Since I didn’t get the original Linda blush, I was excited to see it was included in this palette at first place. Christine, what’s the difference between the original Linda and this one, since it got a B from the original A?
Overall I do like it (not love though) because I would actually use every color in the palette.

The blushes are lovely and so is the Truly red lipsticks. Most of the colours are good, except for a few. Love your eye look Christine – it is stunning.
Overall though, this is another average neutral palette from MAC.

I’m not much for the contains all kind of palette, with eye, blush and lip products in them. There’s always some parts that I don’t use, and the lipsticks need a brush, so there are more to carry around, as if a big palette wasn’t enough.
This palette doesn’t change my mind. 🙂

Same here! Mega palettes aren’t my friend, lol! I think the only ones I tend to like are ones that feature more permanent products – e.g. MUFE!

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