MAC Spring Colour Forecast Review & Round-up

MAC Cosmetics Spring Colour Forecast

MAC Spring Colour Forecast Review & Round-up

Note: I’ve bumped up this post as the official, in-store launch, is NOW UPON US!  Spring Colour Forecast launches today, the 11th, in-stores in North America. 🙂  Share your hauls!!

OVERALL, I think Spring Colour Forecast is so large that you’re bound to find at least one or two things that appeal to you. (If you don’t, kudos to you, and I want some of whatever you’re drinking!) It’s hard to pick must-haves, because it still ends up rattling off like a laundry list of products, so I’m just going to go with it, and you can pick and choose depending on what kind of budget you’re on. I know some of you have been saving up for this collection since last year! I do, personally, think MAC went a bit overboard with this collection–it’s just so, so enormous. There are too many products to look at, and I think the rumor about them releasing one per week may have given people an opportunity to feast and enjoy… rather than feast and DEVOUR!

The release date is officially February 11th, but since it’s already online, it may have been moved up by a week to February 4th.  Call your local store either today (2/3) or tomorrow (2/4) to see if they’re putting it out early.  I’ve asked around, and I’ve only been able to confirm February 11th, but sometimes these are really last minute changes!  But call first, so you don’t waste a trip. 🙂

Temptalia’s Recommendations

Must-haves: Lipsticks — Bubble Gum, Laugh a Lot, Vicotrian, Fresh Salmon; Lipglasses — Electric Fuchsia, ; Eyeshadows — Very Violet, La La, Straw Harvest, Hot Hot Hot; Blush Ombre — Azalea Blossom

Nice-to-haves: Lipsticks — Pink Burst, Colour Me Coral, Bronzilla; Lipglasses — Hush, Hush Rose, Kumquat, Purple Rage; Crush Metal Pigments Stacked 1!, Stacked 2!; Blush Ombres — Ripe Peach; Colour 4 Eyeshadow Quad

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Review Round-up

What are you getting? What’s on your list?

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Truly huge collection!! I’m really impressed with the lipsticks and I think I might cave on Fresh Salmon… but I probably have to go try it on since lustres have a tendency to not show up on my lips. I’m also super lemming the gold quad. Wish the blushes were a bit more impressive though.

i LOVE you! i’ve been waiting for this collecting since i first heard about it on your site. I’m trying to study in the library at the moment, but i just can’t focus knowing that i will have to go to mac after this.

Thanks for the wonderful swatches!

Holy Cow Christine! I can’t read it as fast as you’re writing it, lol! Every time I read a post and comment on it, there are 2 new ones. Thank you very much for all this hard work. Now I have 4 weeks to work out what I want (there’s quite a few, lol). 🙂

wow! it’s amazing that you got through all of those so quickly! the lilyland and the all races all colours collections only just launched in the uk, so i’ve still got those to keep me busy… 🙂
i just placed an order for mostly neutrals…i might get a couple of the lilyland blushes, but it’ll have to depend on how my wallet feels later this month!

i think considering how extensive the spring forecast collection is, its a relief after seeing your reviews, i can probably knock most of the lip products off my list…but that still leaves quite a bit! i was writing a running list as i went through your posts…and it. is. massive.
anyway, thanks very much for these very helpful posts! it will be interesting to see how you incorporate the colours into new looks for spring.

Thanks for the heads up! I’m going to the event tonight here in Sacramento. I think I will be picking up both stacks, the eyeshadows, the lipsticks, and the blush ombres. 🙂

Hi Christine! I was wondering if you know of dupes for the lipsticks and blush ombres from the pink collection and the coral collection? Unfortunetly I am behind on paying bills which all my money will be going to catching up so I wont be able to get anything from this collection..I am so bummed 🙁 so please any dupes from past collections or the permanent line, please let me know.

The blushes have a very interesting texture that makes then unlike MAC’s permanent blush range. They’re more matte, I guess. As far as the lipsticks go, here are the dupes that come to mind, but just know that they’re not 100% similar (not even 80% in most cases)… Pink Burst = Impassioned, Bubblegum = Snob; Laugh-a-lot = Plumful; Phlox = none; Radicchio = Plumful, Rose Maiden = Costa Chic; Fresh Salmon = See Sheer; Victorian = Pink Nouveau; Colour Me Coral = none

Oh my…just as I feared, my haul will be huge.

Colour 1
– Pink Burst l/s
– Laugh-a-lot l/s
– Hush, Hush Rose l/g
– Electric Fushia l/g (maybe)
– Very Violet e/s
– Crushed Pigment Stack 1
– Azalea Blossom ombre (maybe)

Colour 2
– Rose Maiden l/s
– Fresh Salmon l/s
– Colour Me Coral l/s (maybe)
– Perky e/s
– Straw Harvest e/s
– Hot Hot Hot e/s (maybe)
– Crushed Pigment Stack 2
– Ripe Peach ombre

Colour 3
– Hang-Up l/s
– Radicchio l/s
– Purple Rage l/g

Colour 4
– quad

For a grand total of $477.25 CDN. Oh my. Thank goodness I put aside a $100 xmas giftcard and 5 lipsticks worth of B2M, and have a birthday on the way!

I skimmed through your posts, saw what I needed and made an online order– zipzipzip, so easy!

Christine, you are a true necessity for a college girl with no car!

I think you have done an amazing job with the swatches…I am aware of the amount of hard work u have put to it…Although i wont be buyin anything from the collection as i cant afford it at the moment…I just wanted to appreciate your work…

Christine – I rely on your website so much! I hadn’t even realized how much until I was on the phone with MACPro in San Francisco this morning and I WOULD NOT order until I saw the lip swatches on your site. I actually called them back – I needed to wait until I could see them and read what you had to say! So first things first, THANK YOU!

I ended up getting away without spending much money at all. I ordered Electric Fuchsia and Almondine lipglasses (I generally don’t care for lipglasses but I told myself last week I would give them another shot and these seem like a good place to start). The only other thing I grabbed was Hot Hot Hot eyeshadow.

Thankfully (for my bank account) nothing really struck me as “I have to have it!” I’m a lipstick FREAK but I like a lot of color and these just felt so-so to me (but what do I know, I’m wearing blue LipMix on my lips today) LOL!

I’m interested in the Blush Ombres but will wait until the collection launches to take a look at them in person at my local MAC store. They’ve already got two strikes against them: I like PIGMENTED blushes and I don’t like things that have to be kept in compacts (I prefer palettes). So we’ll see, I might just save my money for the blushes in the Too Fabulous collection – If I’m going to buy something JUST because it looks cool, they’ll definitely be on my list 🙂

I am immensely flattered, Dusty! Really! And honored 🙂

Sounds like you did pretty well 😉 Maybe you’ll find another lipstick or two come on-counter date.

Mineralize blushes always do look so lovely in their pots!

Oh you’re welcome but thank you more! 🙂 I’m still interested in some of the products but not enough to want them right now! I will definitely check them out when they show up at the MAC counter here in Oly.

The woman at MAC said that there are a lot of really cool products coming out this summer that are probably more up my alley (bright, opaque colors, etc.) So I’ll be saving… Who am I kidding… I’ll be spending my money on other things until then 🙂

I will say this: the 130 brush that’s coming out this month? Oh yeah, I’m getting AT LEAST two of those puppies! 🙂 I’m hoping it’s the bastard offspring of a 188 and 109 brush – If so I’m all over that!!! 🙂

Haha, I feel ya. Sometimes you just gotta sit on some of the products… see how they work. Well, definitely going to try to lots of looks with them all… so maybe that will help you! 🙂

Can’t wait for the 130!! But I love MAC brushes, so that’s to be expected!

Thanks Christine for all your hard work swatching and photographing! This is definitely helping me get an idea of what I want to check out in person before I hit the counters.

Sorry Christine But i’m not excited by any meanings, i will just 1 item and await for the Summer collection
This Collection Lipglasses 2 shimmery, lipstick 2 frosty, eyeshadows they have better on their line so i will gladly pass

Electric fusia l/g
fresh salmon l/s
radicchio l/s

I would like to have more l/s and l/g and stacked 1 but I am trying so hard to not spend so much on makeup.

Straw Harvest

Colour Quad 4

Lipsticks: (Try then buy!)
Rose Maiden

Lipglasses: Pending Need to try first
Lavender Wind
Hush Hush Rose

I think Im going to get:
-Ripe Peach Blush Ombre
-Eye Quad 3
-Eye Quad 4
-Fresh Salmon Lipstick

thank you so much, Christine! I was totally going to pass until I saw your swatches! 🙂

Thanks for hard work in putting this up Christine! The MAC stores in my area are terrible and I usually hate going in to deal with the terrible service or the crazy crowds. Having your swatches and photos of the pictures let me figure out what is pretty and what to order online, saving me from having to go into the store. It also helps that the canvas you’re using is flawless also- you’re gorgeous! Thanks again.

• L/S in Laugh a Lot Lipstick, Fresh Salmon, Rose Maiden and Radiccio
• L/G in Hush Hush Rose, Electric Fuchsia, Cha Cha and Kumquat
• E/S in LaLa, Very Violet, Hot Hot Hot and Perky
• E/S Quad – Color 3

I’m hoping to do B2M for a couple of these, if I’m lucky….

I’ve only been into MAC since Dame Edna was released, and I wasn’t really into spending much on makeup way back then, so it’s different now I guess. But this is still the first collection I’ve wanted a huge ton from. The most I have from any other one collection is a lipglass, MSF, brush and 5 eyeshadows from BBR (mostly collected from CCOs). From this? I probably won’t get more than 3-4 items, but I’m gonna have to choose from:

Fresh Salmon, Rose Maiden, Bubble Gum, and Radicchio lipsticks
Purple Rage, Gold Dust, Kumquat, and Ember Glow lipglasses
Rosy Outlook, Very Violet, La La, Hot Hot Hot, Straw Harvest, and Perky eyeshadows

Yikes. Narrowing down will be HARD. I’m *thinking* though: Fresh Salmon, Rose Maiden, Ember Glow, and Straw Harvest…but I’m going to wait until I see it in person next week to finalize.

Hmm…so I want
Bubblegum Lipstick
Radicchio Lipstick
Colour Me Coral Lipstick
Rose Maiden Lipstick
Hush, Hush Rose Lipglass
Electric Fuchsia Lipglass
Kumquat Lipglass
Lavender Wind Lipglass
Ember Glow Lipglass
Cha Cha Lipglass
LaLa Eyeshadow
Very Violet Eyeshadow
Rosy Outlook Eyeshadow
Straw Harvest Eyeshadow
Perky Eyeshadow
Hot Hot Hot Eyeshadow
Crushed Metal Pigment Stack 1
Now if I can actually afford it all, lol

I know what you mean….if I could, I’d get both pigment stacks and all the single e/s….but, I had to comprimise and only do ONE big-ticket item. Good luck with yours…..

Christine, thanks for your wonderful work swatching and providing us with these great pictures. I’m so interested in the quads and crush metal pigments, and your pictures have really helped me narrow things down! What a lot of work for you –this collection is huge! 🙂

Thank you for posting up pictures and the reviews, they are all incredibly helpful! I really appreciate it, now I have plenty of lipsticks to check out. I really like Victorian, Pink Burst, and Laugh a Lot. I also want to check out Ripe Peach and Azalea Blossom as well.

As far as I know, it’s still February 11th, but it is really unusual for it to go online more than a few days before it goes out in-store. I’d probably call your local store this Wednesday to ask. I’m still waiting to hear back from MAC on whether they moved the date up.

Thanks for the great swatches and reviews Christine! This is really helpful:)
Do you (or does anyone) know when this is being released in stores? My local store/counter is not having a release party:( Thanks!

Happy to help! As far as I know, it’s February 11th — I’m still waiting to hear back from MAC HQ about whether the date for in-store has been moved up.

Here’s my list (but then again, I have to see all of them in person for my final decision):
• Laugh-a-lot l/s
• Rose Maiden l/s
• Fresh Salmon l/s
• Radicchio l/s
• Hush, Hush Rose l/g
• Cha Cha l/g
• Kumquat l/g
• Gold Dust l/g
• Purple Rage l/g
• Lavender Wind l/g
• Ripe Peach Blush Ombre
• Colour 4 Eyeshadow Quad
Total = CAD $ 238 + Tax (My poor wallet…)

You’re awesome (and you rock!) for putting this together, Christine!

I think I’ll try to head in to MAC on Saturday morning . . . on my list to check out:

Radicchio l/s
Bronzilla l/s
Fresh Salmon l/s
Rose Maiden l/s
Colour 4 Quad e/s
Stacked 1 and 2
Hush, Hush Rose l/g

I should hurry and depot my eyeshadows so that I can B2M while I am there. I definitely have the fewest lipsticks, and the lippies on my list are a few colors that I have wished I had. Cool!

I’ll probably also pick up a third 15-pan palette, because as soon as I can press all of my pigments, I’ll need three 🙂

I fell head over heels with this collection. Think I might go a bit overboard on this *oops*. My bank account will so hate me once I’m done shopping lol.

Christine!!! I am addicted your website it’s a necessity for a makeup noob like me! I am trying sooo hard not to break bank with this collection because I am so anxious about the Give me Liberty of London collection! So far Im look to get both stacks I have brown eyes so I LOVE purples but for some reason I have to have stack number 2 for a hot Megan fox look. lol.

Stack 1
Stack 2
Fresh Salmon Lipstick
Brush ombre azalea blossom Although it kinda reminds me of tippy from hello kitty collection I dont know why.

But yeah thanks sooo much!!!!

Thanks, Christine! Your swatches are a huge help as always.
I’m going to have at least the following items:
Lipsticks: Bubble Gum, Victorian, Fresh Salmon
Lipglasses: Electric Fuchsia, Kumquat, Ember Glow
Eyeshadows: Straw Harvest, Hot Hot Hot, Perky, Colour 4 Eyeshadow Quad
Blush Ombre Ripe Peach

Christine, you are amazing!
Do you have any idea when it will be released internationally?
Im in South Africa, and was at my MAC store yesterday and Spring Colour was not on display.

I already pre-sale ordered at Nordstrom’s last week, but your swatches made me smile even more, since they confirmed my choices. Thanks Christine! I was practically living on your site but couldn’t wait to order.:X Now I want more, but I’ll wait to see them in person. 🙂

I ordered:
Laugh a Lot l/s
Electric Fushia l/g
Crushed Metal Pigments Stacked 1!
Radiccio l/s
Lavender Wind l/g
Vintage Grape Blush Ombre
Springshine Blush Ombre

Thank God I had a $150 Nordstrom Giftcard from my BF. I only spent $12. 🙂

I have enough for 4 B2M’s, but I think I’ll wait to use them for the Too Fabulous Collection. 🙂

Hey Christine! Loved your review! Went to the release party last night and left with both quads, nanogold, hot Hot hot, and cha cha. The purple quad is going back. It was an impluse purchase. Nice colors but not unique. Instead I’m picking up straw harvest and maybe hush hush rose.
I agree it’s way too much for one collection. I felt overwhelmed!

Im definitaley considering picking up the bubble gum lipstick,the colour 4 eyeshadow quad that seems to be the only color appealing to me from that collection

What a gigantic collection! I don’t know how you did it. THANK YOU! I’m scheduled for a makeup event at mac next week so I’ll pick up a few things there. I see 4 glosses that I think I want for now 🙂 thanx again

So far my serious candidates are

Eyeshadows-Lala, nanogold, hothothot, straw harvest,

Blush-the Peach one, or Azalia(depending which looks better on me)

THe stack 1 crushed metals.

The lipsticks, i really haven’t started thinking about too much, since they always look so different on, it’ll just be “whichever one jumps out at me most”. I also don’t use a lot of lip glasses, but could be tempted if it looks really awesome.

I doubt I’ll buy ALL of that, i’m sure some of them I will dislike the texture, or they won’t be as easy to work wtih as I want, or something. But those are the ones i know i want a serious look at!

Both? Its the anniversary, so the boy promised to get me some stuff from it. i haven’t asked what his budget is, but I’m assuming I may end up putting my own money into it too, and thats OK.

I honestly could just use a pick me up right now, so a huge haul sounds awesome! Particularly since I placed my first order with Fyrinae and that has another 3 weeks till it comes(they custom MAKE the makeup after you order, it looks really cool).

Instant gratification FTW though!
Side note-do you know anywhere that sells medium quantities of the little metal pans for pressing pigments? Like, 30-50? THe one site I found had them either 15, or 100. I just want somewhere in between that, heh.

Hey, Christine, I have a question:

Would you mind if I used some of your swatch/applied photos of some products as long as I link you as the source at the end of my post? Some of the stuff I really have an interest in, I can’t really afford to buy all of the stuff….so I was wondering if that would be cool with you 🙂

i’m already going crazy!!! it’s such a massive collection and I want so much! btw Christine, do you know what the international launch date will be? I hope i won’t have to wait too long!

Thank you for all the swatches =)

I will be getting the following:
Lipstick: laugh-a-lot
Eyeshadows: Rosy outlook for sure and maybe lala * very violet.

I love all the lipsticks but seeing as how most have warm/gold tint to them I can’t get away with it. I am very fair and teeth are NOT very white *blushes* so it’s very hard for me to find a lip color that doesn’t bring out the yellow in my teeth.

I picked up the Warm me Up lipstick and it’s not working because of that =(

I’m thinking I may need to go with cooler toned lipsticks.

Lol – as is mine!! I got fresh salmon and laugh a lot l/s, electric fuchsia l/g, nano gold and straw harvest e/s, and azalea blossom blush ombre. Cannot wait to play with it all!!!

This collection is crazy! I want SO MUCH in it, and there’s never been a time when I was more poor and unable to buy any. It’s so hard! Why do they do this to us? Why such a HUGE collection and one right after another? They know there’s die-hard collectors out there that’ll pay whatever to get it all and it’s hard times right now. I know they’re trying to make money, but damn! It sucks for the rest of us.

But it IS awesome that they sent it all to you! At least because of that, we all get good swatches (you’re the queen ‘o swatches, girl!) and get to see things close up!

But I have to ask, it seems like in the past you always had to buy the stuff, is this the first time they sent you the whole collex gratis? If so, it’s nice to see a good blogger getting free samples so that we get a chance to see all this stuff! (unlike when they send to beauty magazines and it just gets wasted)

I don’t know why! I really think they could have split it up a bit more so everyone had more time to save their pennies, LOL!

I do typically purchase the collections myself as well as any [MAC] contest prizes!

I want to thank you for keeping your readers in the loop! Thanks to you and your wonderful reviews and swatches I was able to chose the items I wanted before everything was sold out. I have never seen a collection sell out that quickly. The items that I changed my mind on I just called the store and got them to hold it.
You are the best!!! Thank you!!!

just thought i’d let you know that ombres means “shade” in french, so its not called blush ombres. just blush.

on a different note, damn this collection is HUGE. too bad im on project 10 pan. 4 down!

Haha, Im only 13 so my friends all get jealous that I have M.A.C.!! 😀
I reallllyyyy like the 1st forecast (Pink). But from the whole collection I’m going to pick up
Victorian Lipstick
Culterclash lipglass
Pink Burst Lipstick
Phlox Lipstick
Rosy Outlook shadow
Cha Cha lipglass (soooo pretty!)
Crushed Metal pigment stacks 1+2
Very Violet eyeshadow
HotHotHot eyeshadow
perky eyeshadow
LaLa eyeshadow
Fresh Salmon lipstick
Purple Rage Lipglass
Hush, Hush, Rose Lipglass
Azalea Bloom Blush Ombre
Electric Fuschia Lipglass
Bubble Gum Lipstick
and the Straw Harvest eyeshadow.

But hey, in the past 3 months from m.a.c. I’ve only gotten 1 pigment (rich life from all colors are races all sexes), the lilly pulitzer eyeshadow trio, a replacement foundation, mac wipes, and well….. all 7 colors from the pop of color spring pro pans and also 2 lipglass sets from holiday 09′.

But I’ve been looking forward to this collection forevveeerrr!!!!!!!!!!

this collection is so huge,im so overwhelmed!! i have no idea what to get since i cant have them all =/
LOL.Thank you so much for all this information,you have helped so much.

Thank you for reviewing this collection! I am surprised at what I ended up liking and not liking from your reviews.

I have definatley narrowed my list down to under $100… as long as I don’t fall for other products in the line up when I’m there 🙂 I have 5 B2M and a $30 gift card.

Is this collection insanely popular or what?? All four Forecasts are COMPLETELY sold out on the Canadian website. I have never seen anything like that before. Does anyone know if it is in store yet? Thanks!

I think there’s gotta be a glitch… that is bizarre. I don’t even know if *anything* has sold out on the U.S. site yet! I went through the first two parts on the website, and everything said “add to bag!”

Should hit stores February 11th, but I’d probably double-check and call today just in case!

I remember this happened before. Basically, if the items aren’t in stock when they’re placed on the web site, they are always listed as “sold out”. They seem to be OK now. (Although they won’t be in physical stores until the 11th.)

I was shocked to see the CND website sold out too. I called MAC in Scarborough and spoke with the MAC in the underground mall at RBC Tower in Toronto and they said launch is still February 11. Not sure why they are teasing us with this online SOLD OUT business… 🙁

I think it is because it has not officially launched yet? that was my guess when I was looking at it yesterday, that they have all the product on the site for you to look at, but will not make it available to buy on the site until the 11th??

Thanks for the photos and swatches! The blushes (ripe peach/springsheen) got my interest and the crush metal pigments would have but I’m so annoyed by the cheap-looking stackable sample jars

Im trying to be good and not buy anything …but since Im taking my GREs today AND its my birthday month that may not happen. I want the purple lipglass , but I generally hate the formula of the lipglass ( actually I hate all of macs lipglosses ). I still want the pigment stacks , but I doubt if I use them

Erm….not to be a horrible *old* person, but I am a bit uncomfortable that a 13 year old has so much makeup and is buying more…as in a few comments above this one. I can’t help it..i’m a social worker.

I’m new to Mac but the site is confusing me. It says that ChaCha is Mid-tone pink with gold pearl and Hush Hush is Mid-tone blue pink with pearl.

However from yr swatches it seems the opposite? ChaCha looks more cool tones with pink and fuscia while hush Hush more goldenish?

Do I have to go to the eye doctor again?

I just made my order on line. Normally I wait for the in store shopping, but thanks to the swathes this time I didn’t have to. I couldn’t wait till 11th and since I did my on line order before 11 am it will be delivered by tomorrow! YAY! I got:
Blush Ombre in Shade: Vintage Grape, Colour 3: Eye Shadow Quad, Crush Metal Pigment : Stacked 1! & 2!, Blush Ombre in Shade: Springshine, Nanogold e/s, Harvest e/s, Perky e/s, Hot Hot Hot e/s, Colour 4: Eye Shadow Quad, Blush Ombre in Shade: Ripe Peach, Blush Ombre in Shade: Azalea Blossom, Rosy Outlook e/s, Lala e/s, Very Violet e/s, Pink Burst L/S, Bubblegum L/S, Rose Maiden L/S, Fresh Salmon L/S Total with shipping and tax came out to US $445.22 so I am feeling quite guilty right now. I hope my hubby won’t get a heart attack when the bill comes, LOL! As for L/G and other L/S I’ll wait to go to the store. I got some BTM to get those with for free! After that all I want is a 130 brush.

I did get my order and I love it all!!! I was afraid that since I shopped on line I wouldn’t like some of the stuff, but it is all very nice! All the blushes are very pretty and very unique, the shadows are so very pigmented and versatile, and lipstick are very nice. This is probably the first mac collection where I liked almost all lipsticks and lip glasses. I am very happy!

Thank you so much for all your hard work. It’s so helpful. Now I made my list for the 11th. I wonder it will come out early since it is online alreday (hoping Thursday) I can’t w

Oh Em Gee!! Only just went through all of this stuff, I want so much of it soo bad, made a list of all I wanted and calculated the cost of it on my lunch break today… its almost an entire months rent!! good lord!! Pinks, bronzes and purples are my biggest weakness… so this collection really knocks that on the head!! I haven’t decided if the fact that the collection launches the same day I get my wisdom teeth pulled is a good thing or not… not being able to go and spend money = good, not being able to go play with it = bad… :S

Thank you for all your hard work. This series of posts is impressively comprehensive, and your swatches are really clear.

By the way, you totally saved me from buying Phlox. I love the colour of the lipstick itself and the name is awesome, but if it doesn’t have any colour payout then what’s the point?

My revised list is:
1. Radicchio l/s
2. Laugh-a-lot l/s
3. Fresh Salmon l/s (you totally talked me into this one)
4. Azalea Blossom blush ombre
5. and either Bubblegum or Rose Maiden l/s (I need to try them first)

I wish I could get the plum quad, but it’s not a good deal for me as I would only use two of the colours (Mink Pink and Bruised Plum).

OMG i think i just had a heart attack i need everything!! I’m a sucker for pigments and pink lipsticks though so i couldn’t even put up a fight lol! I just saw a pic of the summer collection and almost died do you know when that’s coming out?

I wandered over to the Mac counter in Macys in NYC last week (ok, it wasn’t wandering I went there with a purpose! lol) and one of the makeup artists told me that the 3-day event is starting this Thursday (2/11). Needless to say I will be there b/c the best way to keep from buying stuff is to swatch them on my skin. Then again, the stuff may look great on me and I’ll be in real trouble!

Christine, went to the unveiling at Nordstrom last night and really pigged out. I got all the coral and pink collection shadows, lipsticks and blushes. I also bought the 4 stack pigments. Awesome Awesome Awesome! I wasn’t too impressed with the purple and amber quads but the Ombres left me yearning. It was so much fun!

Good morning Christine!
Do you think a backup of any of the lipsticks or lipglasses is neccesary? I was thinking victorian and maybe ember glow.

It really depends on whether you’re going to use it a lot, you know? I’ve learned to not really buy backups unless it’s a HG… and even then I rarely do so–just because I know that it’s sooo unlikely I’ll get to a back up.

AHH!! I REALLY want Purple Rage, Hush Hush Rose and Cha Cha, but I literally just got six new lipglasses like last week…

Some of those lipsticks are nice, too, but I know I’d never wear them if I bought them since I’m prejudiced against lipsticks, haha. I like the colour 4 quad too, but I feel like I already have similar dupes for every single one of the colours.

Oddly enough I am totally meh about the blushes, and I normally love blushes.

Thanks for such an awesome review! It really helped make this collection a lot less overwhelming 🙂

My wish list is Purple Rage lipglass, Lala eyeshadow (loved my sample jar of Brash & Bold, but wasn’t willing to commit to a whole jar of it – this looks perfect!) and either Rose Maiden or Bronzilla lipstick.

I have a makeover appointment on Sunday – I feel much more prepared now!

Ahhh I got my products this morning 🙂

I used 4 B2M products (apparently that’s the limit of four for one day – who knew?) and spent some money…. I loved so many of the products but ended up getting only ones that were more natural and ones that I can use every day. Plus, seeing the Summer collections made me want those eye shadows more!

– Ripe Peach blush (wasn’t planning on this but couldn’t resist)
– Perky e/s
– Hush, Hush rose lipglass
– Victorian l/s
– Fresh Salmon l/s
– Pink Burst l/s
– Viva Glam Gaga
– Viva Glam Cyndi (wasn’t planning on this but YUMMY)

– and Sketch e/s to go with Perky since I didn’t have it!

Ahhhh… what a good idea! I will wait to use my other returns this w/e when I take my mom.

I went to the MAC again at 1230 PM as my friend at work wanted to see the collection and so many products were already sold out – in the spand of hours!!!!! Amazing! So glad I went at 8 AM!

ordered online:

pink burst l/s
radiccio l/s
fresh salmon l/s
laugh-a-lot l/s
almondine l/g
very violet e/s
azalea blossom b/o

and must check irl:

hush, hush rose l/g
electric fuchsia l/g
rose maiden l/s
ripe peach b/o

so excited! thank you again, christine, for getting the swatches to us before this collection is available internationally ^^

lucky for me – i only want the blush ombre – either in Azalea or Ripe Peach. I may take a look at some lipsticks…holding out for the Cyndi Viva Glam…

What I hauled @ the MAC PRO store launch on 2/2: Stacked 1!, Very Violet e/s, Hot hot hot e/s, Vintage Grape blush

What today’s plans are: Purchase Ripe Peach and Azalea Blossom blushes

Returns: Stacked 1! (they’re too d*amn CHUNKY!)

Hey HC,

Did you try smoothing the pigments on the back of your hand? I found that’s what worked best for me (though I normally dump pigment onto my hand to apply, so it wasn’t a big deal for me!).

Just picked up Ripe Peach blush ombre, Kumquat lipglass, Radicchio lipstick, Fresh Salmon lipstick, …..and Feline Kohl Power & Viva Glam Cyndi! Love EVERYTHING! 😀

Ugh – I just hauled purple rage, rose maiden (LOVE and am contemplating a back-up), and pink burst. And I also got VIva Cyndi. When I go back I’ll probably get bronzilla, hush hush rose, and try out fresh salmon and raddicio… I am not quite sure whether the stacks are worth it for me because I already have somewhat duplicable colors – but I really like them. The makeup artist said that they don’t crease all day… but everything creases on me even with UDPP so I’m not very optimistic.

The pigments don’t crease? I haven’t heard that before, LOL.

I would expect them to crease unless you used/applied them with mixing medium (whether by MAC or homemade).

Yeah, I didn’t know that would be a selling point on the stackables. She could just be one of those lucky people nothing creases on 🙁
And FYI, on the MAC website, a couple of your ‘must-have’ recommendations are sold out – bubblegum and electric fuschia. I guess they could just be the standout colors anyways but I think your recommendations did it 🙂 I would have been lost looking at everything in store without your review first! I doubt I’m the only one 😛

I hauled. Thank goodness the boy was buying some, otherwise i couldn’t have done as well as I did.

Stack 1 crushed metals,
Raddichio lipstick
Phlox lipstick
Perky eyeshadow
Hothothot eyeshadow
Azalea blossom blush Ombre.

Glad I swatched. Straw harvest was too yellow on me, wasn’t thrilled with nanogold. the Peach blush was WAY too orange on my pink paleness. Decided very violet is similar to the vibrant grape that isn’t limited edition, and lala is similar to a few of the pinks I already own from other lines.

I just went with tones I had the least of.

I also loved laughalot lipstick, and rose maiden(?) lipstick. Really tried to weed though. I totally broke my budget!

I actually behaved myself today 🙂
Only got the purple quad, Ripe Peach blush ombre, and Viva Glam Cyndi. I did try Gaga, but I’m still on the fence with it as I’m not sure it’s something I would wear very much.
I might end up going back for more since my boyfriend decided to make these my V-day gift. That’s if I don’t end up getting my LV Speedy this weekend 😛

Thank goodness the snowstorm has let up. I was determined to go out and get this haul today!!! I ended up getting Laugh A Lot l/s, Fresh Salmon l/s, Victorian l/s, Ember Glow l/g, Kumquat l/g, Cha Cha l/g, LaLa e/s, Hot Hot Hot e/s. I might go back to take a second look at the rest of the collection I had the rugrats with me and couldn’t concentrate. I also got Lady Gaga l/s and Brush 219. I’m so excited. Oh by the way my BF surprised me and bought everything as an early V-day gift!!!

I got Ripe Peach, Straw Harvest, Perky, Nanogold, Cultureclash and Ember Glow. I’m also waiting for Phlox, Radicchio and Laugh A Lot to arrive in the mail. I’m thinking about getting Fresh Salmon and Azalea Blossom before they’re sold out. I would’ve gotten Colour Me Coral, but it sounds so similar to Costa Chic.

OK I got all 8 single e/s, both quads, both pigment stacks, all the coral and purple l/s, 2 pink l/s, all the l/g and 3 n/l, 3 blush ombres….. WOW

Truly an overwhelming collection =O! Thank you so so much for all your hard work to help your fellow makeup addicts haul bigtime!
Since i am a coral lover, i will be hauling Fresh Salmon l/s, Color Me Coral l/s,all the l/g in the coral collection, Straw Harvest eyeshadow and Quad 4, because I also love bronzes and golds!

today I picked up Bubblegum, Electric Fuchsia & 2 of Viva Glam Gaga!
I’m still thinking about getting Azalea Blossom. & I was going to get Victorian, but I didn’t really like how it looked on me. Maybe I’ll have to go back and check it out again, lol!

Just picked up electric fuschia, fresh salmon, straw harvest, perky, hot hot hot, quad 4, kumquat, gold dust, ripe peach and VG Cyndi!!! Didnt expect to pick up VG Cyndi but that is usually what happens when I go to mac 🙂

Went to the store twice and got the following:

Rosy Outlook
VG Gaga
VG Cindy

It was cute that the SA rang a bell when a VG is purchased.


Shouldn’t we wait for your Friday Haul to post what we got? 😉

Going to MAC was the only good thing that happened today (super late bus = late to class = almost the weekend – anticipation of 2week Olympic break = tired).

I was so excited today. My MAC counter had a Warm&Cozy event (2 months after the release is weird) so the place was buzzing.

So anyways I got: Straw Harvest Eyeshadow & Rose Maiden Lipstick

I plan on going back for: Victorian Lipstick, Lala Eyeshadow and Colour 4 quad

I went yesterday to macys and got the Electric fushia lipglass . Nothing else really caught my eye. I originally wanted the pigments , but I felt that the packaging is something that I would get from walmart . The Electric Fushia lipglass truly is flattering , its so cute on my brown skin with naturally pink lips

OK, so my wallet hates me now. did a huge haul last night and am pretty happy all around. thanks again christine for so many detailed notes and recommendations- it really helped me figure out what i wanted. (and, in fact, i was right in all cases but one- the victorian lipstick just looked awful on me, seemed to go very organe-y for some reason *sob*.) trying out the colour 4 quad today with the viva glam cyndi lipstick.

i know! i even went back and tried it on again today w/ my boyfriend (he’s surprisingly god with the opinions), in the hopes that it was just the lighting. no go. picked up the two viva glams instead.

Do you ever take into consideration darker skintones when creating these posts? i.e. NC/NW 40 or darker?

Seems like the recs are all for the pale/medium tones.

I recommend products that are high quality – well pigmented, deliver where they should, and/or creative/different etc. – I don’t think about skin tones at all when I make recommendations.

Just bought Laugh-A-Lot, Purple Rage, and the bronzey warm eyeshadow quad! Thank you for the swatches — they help narrow the search and focus when it’s such a big collection!!!

Great collection! I picked up Electric Fuchsia l/g, Bubblegum l/s, Cyndi l/s, Colour 4 Quad, and Pink Burst l/s. I’ll be picking up Victorian and Hush Hush Rose tomorrow.

Wow, what a collection. Loved it all, but held off from going overboard!
My haul:
Da Bling (didn’t have it already)
Blush ombre – azalea blossom
Lipglass – hush, hush, rose and culture clash
Crush metal pigments in Staked 1
Both quads
Beigeland, Bubblegum
And Lady Gaga Viva Glam in Gaga – so pretty!
Cannot wait for the Liberty of London collection – I love the LE stuff!

So far, I got LaLa and Very Violet eyeshadows, Bubblegum, Radicchio, Rose Maiden and Colour Me Coral lipsticks, and Hush, Hush Rose, Electric Fuchsia, and Cha Cha lipglasses.
I still plan on getting Straw Harvest, Perky and Hot Hot Hot eyeshadows, Victorian and Fresh Salmon lipsticks, and Culture Clash, Kumquat, Purple Rage and Almondine lipglasses. That is assuming I can find them all once I get the money.

I happily ended up with Hot, Hot, Hot – Fresh Salmon and Radicchio lipsticks. I also exchanged an eyeshadow for Da Bling. I was on the mad hunt for Azalea Blossom or Ripe Peach blush. everyone is sold out making me want it even more…actually my yearning will die down soon.

So I actually didn’t get as much as I thought I would. I ordered (and just got today) Perky, Rosy Outlook, Nanogold and Straw Harvest e/s, Gold Dust and Culture Class l/g and Phlox lipstick. I swatched everything else in store and nothing really appealed to me. I tried on Colour Me Coral and it was WAY to frosty, a lil’ TOO early 80’s!!! Maybe if i was more tanned. I disliked the blushes, I prefer much more clear colours so I passed.
I did like Laugh a Lot and Raddichio (sp?) but I don’t wear that much medium to bright coloured lipstick so I passed.
I really do like Phlox for that reason (being a glaze) and layered with Culture Clash it’s a beautiful clear spring pink 🙂

I am so getting Phlox, Lavender Wind and Cultreclash lip products. Yes, yes, I know phlox is super sheer, but it has red, purple and blue reflects glitter in it! But this collection is just too big, good thing I don’t wear eyeshadows. Thanks for all the swatches and everything, keep up the good work 🙂

This is what I ended up with from this collection:
Ripe peach blush ombre
Azalea blossom blush ombre
Colour 4 quad
Colour me coral lipstick
Ember glow lipglass
I wanted victorian lipstick but it was all sold out. I also pick up the new Viva glam gaga along with Pink plaid lipstick and Nymphette lipglass. I’m loving everything I got and would definately recommend. Thanks Christine! Without your help my selection would have been more complicated. Have a great weekend!

This was a good week for me and MAC!

I was really drawn to the purples of Forecast 3, but when I checked them out in the store, the pinks were better for me.

I ended up buying Blush Ombre in Azalea Blossom; Lipglass in Electric Fuchsia; Crush Metal Pigments Stacked 1; Mineralize Foundation; and from last year’s Rose Romance, Beauty Powder in Blush of Youth.

Does anyone know when/if this collection is going to be released in Australia/New Zealand? I’ve been waiting for so long!

Thanks 🙂

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