MAC x Charlotte Olympia Cream Colour Bases Reviews, Photos, Swatches

MAC Golden Age Cream Colour Base
MAC Golden Age Cream Colour Base

MAC Golden Age Cream Colour Base ($23.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “metallic antique bronze.” It’s a shimmering, golden bronze with warm undertones and a fine, pearly shimmer-sheen finish. Unless heavily layered, it had a much more subdued sheen than overtly shimmery. On eyes, it lasted for five hours before creasing, and on cheeks, it lasted for six and a half hours before migrating noticeably. The texture is creamy, highly emollient, and never fully sets, so it retains a dewier finish overall. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage, as described. There was something about the base color that seemed harder to even out on the skin, though. This shade did include a warning that it is “not for use in the lip area” (Cream Colour Bases are multi-tasking products). Laura Mercier Seduction (P, $44.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Paradise Cove (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Candyman (P, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar). Fenty Beauty Sand Castle (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is warmer (85% similar). NARS Casino (P, $36.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Sepia Cream Colour Base ($23.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “dirty chocolate-brown.” It’s a muted, dark taupe brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a dewy sheen. It had semi-sheer, buildable color payoff with a lightweight, emollient texture that never fully dries down, so it has a wetter finish on the skin but doesn’t look greasy. On eyes, this lasted for five and a half hours, and on cheeks (I used it as a contour), it lasted for six and a half hours. LORAC Deep Contour (P, ) is less glossy (90% similar). NYX Hollow (P, $5.00) is warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Kat Von D Subconscious (PiP, ) is less glossy (90% similar). Tarte Contour Deep (Tarteist) (LE, ) is lighter, more muted, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Coffee Walnut (LE, $20.00) is warmer (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Medium (PiP, ) is warmer (85% similar). LORAC Medium Contour (P, ) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Medium (P, $44.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Dior Independent (823) (LE, $44.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). Smashbox Contour (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The MAC x Charlotte Olympia collection arrives online on March 17th.

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MAC Golden Age Cream Colour Base
MAC Golden Age Cream Colour Base

MAC Golden Age Cream Colour Base
MAC Golden Age Cream Colour Base

MAC Golden Age Cream Colour Base
MAC Golden Age Cream Colour Base

MAC Golden Age Cream Colour Base
MAC Golden Age Cream Colour Base

MAC Golden Age Cream Colour Base
MAC Golden Age Cream Colour Base

MAC Golden Age Cream Colour Base
MAC Golden Age Cream Colour Base

MAC Golden Age Cream Colour Base
MAC Golden Age Cream Colour Base

MAC Golden Age Cream Colour Base
MAC Golden Age Cream Colour Base

MAC Golden Age Cream Colour Base
MAC Golden Age Cream Colour Base

MAC Golden Age Cream Colour Base
MAC Golden Age Cream Colour Base (Blush/Bronzer) & Sepia Cream Colour Base (contour)

MAC Sepia Cream Colour Base
MAC Sepia Cream Colour Base

MAC Sepia Cream Colour Base
MAC Sepia Cream Colour Base

MAC Sepia Cream Colour Base
MAC Sepia Cream Colour Base

MAC Sepia Cream Colour Base
MAC Sepia Cream Colour Base

MAC Sepia Cream Colour Base
MAC Sepia Cream Colour Base

MAC Sepia Cream Colour Base
MAC Sepia Cream Colour Base

MAC Sepia Cream Colour Base
MAC Sepia Cream Colour Base

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Product Availability

MAC Charlotte Olympia Cream Colour Base $23.00/0.16 OZ.
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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Aqua Foundation
  • Guerlain Les Voilettes Loose Setting Powder
  • MAC Golden Age Cream Colour Base
  • MAC Sepia Cream Colour Base
On eyes:
  • Anastasia Stone Eyeshadow
  • Anastasia Fawn Eyeshadow
  • Anastasia Smoke Eyeshadow
  • Anastasia Blanc Eyeshadow
  • Zoeva Rock 'n' Rock Bride Eyeliner
On lips
  • MAC Leading Lady Red Lipstick

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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Skip for me. I love to use MAC cream base under powder blushes, but they will too greasy to use on my oily lids, and these are too dark to use on my cheeks. Plus, the packaging looks kind of cheap for a Hollywood retro theme collection

Just have to make a rant about MAC because I just this minute received an email where they are retracting the advertised ‘sale’ price they placed on the Dusky Rose palette from an email yesterday. That is such bullsh*t. Choke it back and stand by your original communication. Seriously. Such bad form. Tacky.

Christine, this look you did totally suits you! Makes you look like a movie star! Then again, we know how I love me a red lipped, pin-up neutral eye, bronzey cheek look!
As for these Cream Color Bases, I use them thinly under flakey Lustre type or other glittery, flakey eyeshadows to make them stay all day, and they work well for that. The Maria Moretti one I bought last summer works great as a facial highlighter or slightly sticky eyeshadow base.

Hi Christine, would love if you can tell me what the ‘right’ skin tone would be. i dont have it available in my city and our returns policy is non existent if i were to take a gamble and buy online 🙁 im about an nc20-25 (super warm), would this not be suitable?

thanks so much

I don’t think this is in the permanent line. The one listed online is called ‘Midtone Sepia,’ not just ‘Sepia.’ Do you know from MAC it’s the same?

Thanks for pointing that out, Allie – I could have sworn it was just Sepia and I even checked – just shows you how dumb I can be! I will update my post to reflect that.

I find it really hard using products that doesn’t set. I keep touching and feeling so they get moved around by myself. On my eyes the Cream Color Base I’ve tried don’t last long at all, and I ruin the product when used on my face, as I said. I haven’t tried it on the lips but I might just have to.
So in short, I’ll pass on these, though I like the look of Golden Age.

I’ve been eyeing sepia as a cream contour option as i like the cream colour bases; and what better time to get it than in cute Charlotte Olympia packaging. they also seem to be better value? the standard ones are 0.12 oz for $22

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