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MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag ($59.50) includes a travel-sized blush (0.09 oz. vs. 0.21 oz.), full-sized lipglass (0.17 fl. oz.), full-sized lipstick (0.10 oz.), travel-sized #129 brush, and a slim mirror. It is an exclusive set to MAC stores and maccosmetics.com. The #129SE brush felt really floppy; the brush head seemed a lot longer than the full-sized #129, and it was also somewhat scratchy. The mirror works as it should, but it’s all mirror, so it’s easy to smudge and get fingerprints on it when removing it from its pouch. The bag is a good size and will fit several products easily. I liked the lipstick and gloss, and Margin is an old favorite, though it does emphasize pores slightly. The set contains $9 worth of blush, $15 worth of gloss, and $15 worth of lipstick for a total of $39 in color products; then there is some value for the #129SE, mirror, and bag–all of which are hard to value.

Margin is described as a “peach with gold shimmer.” It’s a peachy-brown with a golden shimmer. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and just slightly powdery. There is a slight emphasis of pores with the frosted, metallic finish. It wore well for seven and a half hours. I found this color hard to dupe, actually. MAC Stereo Rose (LE, $23.50) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Pure Sophistication is described as a “gold frost.” It’s a golden-orange-tinted gloss with a ton of gold, copper, and dark gold shimmer. On lips, it warms up the natural lip color but mostly adds a lot of shimmer. It wore well for three hours. MAC Pure Flattery (LE, $15.00) is less gold. MAC Natural Flare (LE, $20.00) is more orange. Bobbi Brown Canary (P, $24.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Night to Remember is described as a “warm red frost [with a Cremesheen finish].” It’s a brightened, medium red with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a soft sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it wore well for five and a half hours, plus it left behind a soft stain. It was neither hydrating nor drying. Givenchy Grenat Initie (307) (P, $36.00) is similar. Maybelline Infra-red (LE, $7.49) is warmer. Milani Cherry Crave (P, $5.49) is more matte. MAC Must Be Red (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Cockney (P, $15.00) is a touch warmer. Guerlain Genna (LE, $49.50) is similar. Guerlain Habit Rouge (P, $35.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches.

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MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC Margin Blush

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC Margin Blush

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC Margin Blush

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC Margin Blush

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC Margin Blush

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC Margin Blush

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC Pure Sophistication Lipglass

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC Pure Sophistication Lipglass

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC Pure Sophistication Lipglass

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC Pure Sophistication Lipglass

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC Pure Sophistication Lipglass

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC Pure Sophistication Lipglass

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC Night to Remember Lipstick

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC Night to Remember Lipstick

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC Night to Remember Lipstick

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC Night to Remember Lipstick

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC Night to Remember Lipstick

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC Night to Remember Lipstick

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC #129SE Brush

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Coral Lip & Cheek Bag
MAC Slim Mirror

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MAC Stroke of Midnight Lip & Cheek Bag $59.50
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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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The only one I’m even pondering is the Mineralize kit, since it’s not something they release often and the price is actually pretty good for what you get. All the other ones are the same kits that get released every year.

I wonder how MAC is doing as a company, as it seems that so many of their longtime customers have been disappointed by recent collections. I used to buy at least one item per collection, but I honestly haven’t purchased anything from MAC in almost two years. The quality and pricing have been insulting.

Will you be doing a review of the pink version of this kit Christine? I prepaid for this one the second I saw it at my local MAC, but I don’t know how I feel about the Nordstrom(USA) / The Bay (Canada) version. The gloss from it is gorgeous, but I feel like the lipstick and blush are really dupable.

I was thinking the same thing but i also noticed that the pink version of this bag is not beng shown on mac website as being sold. Hopefully they do sell it cuz ive been eyeing it!

Did you set your foundation with Guerlain Crazy Meteorites Radiance Powder? Your skin has an ethereal glow in your photos here. Love it! Anyway, I already have MAC Margin blush and I think it’s one of those blushes that goes well with a wide range of skintone. I’ll definitely buy this, not for myself but for my lil sis 🙂

I’m quite tempted by this, mostly for Margin (I went to buy it and they were out of stock!) and the cute bag. It will probably wind up being really expensive here though… How similar is Margin to Sunbasque when worn? They look different in swatches but I wonder if it’s worth having both.

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