Round-up: MAC A Novel Romance Collection Overview & Report Card

MAC A Novel Romance Collection
MAC A Novel Romance Collection

MAC A Novel Romance Collection will launch online on August 14th and arrive in-stores and at-counters on August 21st (North America); later on in September for international locations. It’s a very large collection featuring eyeshadow quads, lipsticks, lipglosses, blushes, eyeliners, and nail lacquers. ย There were hits and misses with products getting As as well as one product getting a D+. ย Some of the lipsticks, lipglosses, and eyeshadows seem more dupable than not, so you might want to check your stash for similar shades from past launches. ย I was really happy to see that the three eyeshadow quads performed fairly well.

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Any favorites? What’s on your wish list? Are you skipping entirely?

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Getting three lipsticks (Good Kisser, A Novel Romance, and Yield To Love) plus Fun Ending blush. Debating on Bared to You lip gloss…this is already a bigger haul than I expected lol.

Plumful looks a bit different on me, but I know it is one of those shades that can lean one way or another depending on the skin tone/lip color!

I don’t know exactly why, but my best guess is that as a cream product, it may hit a melting point when on its way to me, since it is 100+ degrees where I live. It was an issue when it launched, and it’s something that I have had happen with Dior, Chanel, and Buxom’s formulas (all similar in texture).

The eyeshadows are a repromoted formula called electric cool. They are a hybrid of powder and liquid with a cushiony feel and lustrous finish.

I do like the look of one of the quads, but I am trying to not buy anything makeup wise (except perhaps a tinted moisturizer since I’m trying to lean off the foundation since it’s too humid for it) at least until Christmas so I can make a dent in my collection.

I liked a lot of things from this collection. The dupes are so close though of the ones I liked i’ll just get those.

I think I’ll skipping this collection ,have something similar already and I love it. but may be Good Kisser will add to my โ€to buyโ€ list

The lippies are most appealing to me, if these come here, I will definitely be picking up some of the lipsticks and glosses. Maybe the blush. ๐Ÿ™‚

Such a helpful review (though NOT so helpful for my “no buy”). I really want Water Willow and Yield to Love (actually, there are several of the liners I really like but I’m trying to be restrained, especially since I’m picking up the MUFE palette if it’s in-store on Wednesday). I might have missed this entire collection had it not been for your reviews (and perhaps the lesson for me is that if I truly want to do a “no buy”, I need to STAY AWAY from Temptalia for a month!)

Haha! I would imagine it would be hard to do a no-buy and read beauty blogs! I know that it’s hard to NOT buy new things as I hear about them.

The round ups are such a good short remainder to have, I really like that you do them. It’s a lot easier to look at before going shopping than the in depth reviews, and I need lists as I tend to forget names, and what brand did what. Could be age, or the fact that tere are so many brands doing so many launches. Either way, I think it’s excellent.
So, thank you Christine for all the hard work you do here, it sure is awesome!

I feel like I’m reaalllyyy getting confused on MACs new collections. I keep seeing posts on Instagram about a lipstick called “Romantic Breakdown”, but it’s not in this collection so I’m not really sure what’s going on here! Haha!

Wrong Spell is my all-time favorite MAC lipglass. I got a couple of Modern Lure but it just didn’t have the purple mystery/pop of Wrong Spell.

How would you say Talk Sexy compares? I’d love your fabulous insights.

And of the quads, which do you think is the one you would most recommend? I’m leaning toward Talk Sexy and a couple of quads and maybe another lipglass or lipstick or ….heck not sure. I spent too much on Maleficent and Aquatics…..thank goodness nothing in the Nordstrom #nsale called my name….but there is so much in this new collection I’m salivating over.

Huge fan of your site, first time questioner/commentator ๐Ÿ™‚

Hey DeAnn!

SO sorry for my long, long, LONG overdue response. I have been behind on my comments!

Talk Sexy is more muted – it doesn’t have that real depth of Wrong Spell, IMO.

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