Sneak Peek: MAC is Beauty Collection Photos & Swatches

MAC is Beauty Collection
MAC is Beauty Collection

MAC is Beauty Collection will debut online on March 26th and hit stores on April 2nd (get full information here. I’m working my way through testing everything, but here are some swatches in the meanwhile! I would greatly appreciate it if you held any questions until I’ve had a chance to process, test, and write-up the collection. Thank you! πŸ™‚

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MAC is Beauty Collection
MAC is Beauty Collection

MAC is Beauty Collection
MAC is Beauty Collection

MAC is Beauty Collection
MAC is Beauty Collection

MAC is Beauty Collection
MAC is Beauty Collection

MAC Bouffant Eyeshadow
MAC Bouffant Eyeshadow

MAC Bouffant Eyeshadow
MAC Bouffant Eyeshadow

MAC Yogurt Eyeshadow
MAC Yogurt Eyeshadow

MAC Yogurt Eyeshadow
MAC Yogurt Eyeshadow

MAC Alpha Girl Beauty Powder
MAC Alpha Girl Beauty Powder

MAC Alpha Girl Beauty Powder
MAC Alpha Girl Beauty Powder

MAC Pearl Blossom Beauty Powder
MAC Pearl Blossom Beauty Powder

MAC Pearl Blossom Beauty Powder
MAC Pearl Blossom Beauty Powder

MAC Call the Hairdresser! Lipstick
MAC Call the Hairdresser! Lipstick

MAC Call the Hairdresser! Lipstick
MAC Call the Hairdresser! Lipstick

MAC Call the Hairdresser! Lipstick
MAC Call the Hairdresser! Lipstick

MAC Catty Lipstick
MAC Catty Lipstick

MAC Catty Lipstick
MAC Catty Lipstick

MAC Catty Lipstick
MAC Catty Lipstick

MAC French Twist Lipstick
MAC French Twist Lipstick

MAC French Twist Lipstick
MAC French Twist Lipstick

MAC French Twist Lipstick
MAC French Twist Lipstick

MAC Highlights Lipstick
MAC Highlights Lipstick

MAC Highlights Lipstick
MAC Highlights Lipstick

MAC Highlights Lipstick
MAC Highlights Lipstick

MAC Notice Me Lipstick
MAC Notice Me Lipstick

MAC Notice Me Lipstick
MAC Notice Me Lipstick

MAC Notice Me Lipstick
MAC Notice Me Lipstick

MAC Pure Vanity Lipstick
MAC Pure Vanity Lipstick

MAC Pure Vanity Lipstick
MAC Pure Vanity Lipstick

MAC Pure Vanity Lipstick
MAC Pure Vanity Lipstick

MAC Diva-ish Lipstick
MAC Diva-ish Lipstick

MAC Diva-ish Lipstick
MAC Diva-ish Lipstick

MAC Diva-ish Lipstick
MAC Diva-ish Lipstick

MAC Make Me Gorgeous Lipstick
MAC Make Me Gorgeous Lipstick

MAC Make Me Gorgeous Lipstick
MAC Make Me Gorgeous Lipstick

MAC Make Me Gorgeous Lipstick
MAC Make Me Gorgeous Lipstick

MAC Real Doll Lipstick
MAC Real Doll Lipstick

MAC Real Doll Lipstick
MAC Real Doll Lipstick

MAC Real Doll Lipstick
MAC Real Doll Lipstick

MAC Real Redhead Lipstick
MAC Real Redhead Lipstick

MAC Real Redhead Lipstick
MAC Real Redhead Lipstick

MAC Real Redhead Lipstick
MAC Real Redhead Lipstick

MAC Reel Sexy Lipstick
MAC Reel Sexy Lipstick

MAC Reel Sexy Lipstick
MAC Reel Sexy Lipstick

MAC Reel Sexy Lipstick
MAC Reel Sexy Lipstick

MAC Silly Lipstick
MAC Silly Lipstick

MAC Silly Lipstick
MAC Silly Lipstick

MAC Silly Lipstick
MAC Silly Lipstick

MAC Blacktrack Pro Longwear Fluidline
MAC Blacktrack Pro Longwear Fluidline

MAC Blacktrack Pro Longwear Fluidline
MAC Blacktrack Pro Longwear Fluidline

MAC Blitz & Glitz Pro Longwear Fluidline
MAC Blitz & Glitz Pro Longwear Fluidline

MAC Blitz & Glitz Pro Longwear Fluidline
MAC Blitz & Glitz Pro Longwear Fluidline

MAC Blue Peep Pro Longwear Fluidline
MAC Blue Peep Pro Longwear Fluidline

MAC Blue Peep Pro Longwear Fluidline
MAC Blue Peep Pro Longwear Fluidline

MAC Brassy Pro Longwear Fluidline
MAC Brassy Pro Longwear Fluidline

MAC Brassy Pro Longwear Fluidline
MAC Brassy Pro Longwear Fluidline

MAC Copperthorn Pro Longwear Fluidline
MAC Copperthorn Pro Longwear Fluidline

MAC Copperthorn Pro Longwear Fluidline
MAC Copperthorn Pro Longwear Fluidline

MAC Ivy Pro Longwear Fluidline
MAC Ivy Pro Longwear Fluidline

MAC Ivy Pro Longwear Fluidline
MAC Ivy Pro Longwear Fluidline

MAC Lowlights Pro Longwear Fluidline
MAC Lowlights Pro Longwear Fluidline

MAC Lowlights Pro Longwear Fluidline
MAC Lowlights Pro Longwear Fluidline

MAC Macroviolet Pro Longwear Fluidline
MAC Macroviolet Pro Longwear Fluidline

MAC Macroviolet Pro Longwear Fluidline
MAC Macroviolet Pro Longwear Fluidline

MAC Siahi Pro Longwear Fluidline
MAC Siahi Pro Longwear Fluidline

MAC Siahi Pro Longwear Fluidline
MAC Siahi Pro Longwear Fluidline

MAC Silverstroke Pro Longwear Fluidline
MAC Silverstroke Pro Longwear Fluidline

MAC Silverstroke Pro Longwear Fluidline
MAC Silverstroke Pro Longwear Fluidline

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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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Yay! I’ve been hoping you’d review some of these! I’m surprised by how much I like the fluidlines – I was going to get one lipstick and otherwise skip the whole collection, but I really like the looks of those! I think I need Blue Peep in my life. πŸ˜‰

Hmmm. Aside from three colors of lipsticks and the fluidlines, this looks like a collection of mostly sheer colors. I am half-hearted about this collection.

Divaish and Make Me Gorgeous are the only 2 lipsticks that I would want. Powders and shadows are too light. I don’t know what happened to MAC, imo, it seems they are all about releasing “gimicky” collections than turning out quality product.

I honestly don’t remember a year when MAC didn’t release 40-50 collections a year, but I’ve only been following them for ten years now.

I bought my first MAC products (lipsticks and some brushes) when I was pregnant with DD in 1996! I have been buying MAC ever since, and at the beginning, they did 2-3 big collections a year and about two or three other mini collections, such as the launch of a new product.

The quality was outstanding, and the collections used to be so special! None of the same regurgitated stuff they do these days.

Gosh I started wearing MACback even before that, maybe the early 90s as a good friend was a MUA there. The first really big campaign I recall was the first Viva Glam one, but then again that was the very early days of the Internet so maybe we just didn’t realise they were releasing at least a few more collections than we realised? But def not as much as now!

DUH I meant my friend was a MUA at the NY Flagship store which at the time was only one of a few places you could buy it. (Maybe Bloomingdales had it too back then?)

I so wish the copper fluidline swatch looked a little better.. and the Yoghurt eyeshadow for that matter.. Other than the silver and maybe copper fluidlines, I can’t see much that is a must have for me in this collection.

If it helps, the swatch seems to indicate that Copperthorn is basically the same as when it was released as an LE. I have the LE one and it’s not great as a liner, to be honest. If you try to build it to get it properly opaque, you’ll be caked in glitter. That said, I didn’t buy it to use as a liner! I usually pat it over top of a light shimmery eyeshadow for a glitter topper that wears like iron. Much love for it used like that, but I don’t even bother trying to use it for liner.

Is is just me of this version of Siahi doesn’t look as a opaque.

I really appreciate this because the lipsticks I was interested in are luster and I was sure how sheer they were going to be. It’s a pass.

I applied all of the Fluidlines with 266s brushes for the swatches. I turned the brush for the wider swatch (easier to SEE the color than in a line), but I was surprised that I couldn’t get crisp lines.

I think this is pretty interesting for a spring collection; there are some deep colors in those liners! Wants: Alpha Girl blush, Make Me Gorgeous lipstick, and Call the Hairdresser! lipstick. I don’t think there is anything really new/unique that M.A.C. doesn’t already have.

LOL! I’m not looking forward to testing them. I have to put them off until tomorrow (swatching 30+ lip products in a day means no thank you on immediately testing formulas that probably will be drying).

Ooh, thanks for posting the pictures, Christine! Some of those seem great, some of them seem like misses would be just fine. So uneven. I have to register my surprise again that they are rolling this *and* P Treacy out in a week. And it’s just past 9 EST, and half the J Petit collection is sold out. I would be curious to know just what their runs on some of these things are. Do they realize the effect is to create a secondary ebay market?

Probably a few thousand depending on the shade! The reality is MAC has been doing this for five years or longer, so it must work for them to sell out in an hour vs. make more stock. I mean, I don’t get it, and it seems like they leave money on the table. My only guesses are 1) they underestimated demand every time, 2) they would rather sell out 85% of the time than have leftover stock 40% of the time.

Ahh, Copperthorn’s back?! I hope it performs better this time! Some of these look really nice–Diva-ish looks gorgeous. Really looking forward to your reviews, Christine!

The ultimate tease! I have been begging for more Fluidlines for years, and instead they re-release all the old ones!? C’MON! You’re killing me, MAC!

Sorry, I wish I could get you full reviews faster πŸ™ I’ve been working on just readying the photos since 10AM yesterday!

Oh I didn’t mean you! I meant that MAC teased us by announcing more Fluidlines…only to give us the same ones some of us (me, because I have an eyeliner obsession) already have! Grateful to be able to re-stock, but I was hoping for new colors!

You are doing a great job getting these up so fast, I’m always impressed!

I was so looking forward to this collection, but there really isn’t anything that’s calling out to me. Maybe the Alpha Girl powder, but that’s it.

I can’t wait for your review on the fluidlines Christine, they have my interest piqued!

I included Royal Wink in the product photo thinking it was in this launch, but it isn’t. It is part of the Philip Treacy collaboration.

Oh my stars thanks for ALL YOU DO…SAVE ME SO MUCH MONEY…This stuff looks like glamorized lip gloss and $5 shadows…

WOW I am super excited for this collection. I usually don;’t get that hyped about MAC limited edition, Alpha Girl, Call the Hairdresser and Make Me Gorgeous. And Silly and Diva-ish and Reel sexy and Real Doll (why is real spelled differently in each? lol gotta wonder with Mac’s names sometimes) Wow that’s a lot on my wish list!!!

Make Me Gorgeous looks gorgeous! I hope the review is good… Call the Hairdresser! also looks good, but seems a bit sheer…

Copperthorn fluidline is gorgeous! I didn’t expect it to be that packed with glitter! I also love the Alpha Girl blush – perfect for spring! πŸ˜€

Hm… The things that I like most from this actually seem rather dupe-able. Diva-ish is right up my alley, but I feel like I have a ton of those colours. I bought Siahi and Ivy the last time they came out and wasn’t thrilled with either (one didn’t work on me, one didn’t work at all). And I still have Alpha Girl from the last time it came out. Most likely for me, I think, are Call the Hairdresser and Pearl Blossom, so I’m really looking forward to the reviews on these. Beyond that, I think my wallet is safe, at least from Mac.

Could you remind me which one didn’t work at all for you? Like it was just bad? I’m positive I asked you years back πŸ˜‰

The one that didn’t work for me was Ivy. It looked lovely and vibrant in the pan, but I could only get it to medium opacity and if I tried to layer it, it moved around and became uneven. Here’s hoping this version is better!

These swatches were so helpful! My original list was Notice Me, Real Doll and a couple fluidlines but it looks like I can skip the lipsticks. They’re way too sheer for my taste

Man…I really like Make Me Gorgeous but I feel like its going to be another thing I buy and then realize it looks almost exactly like something I have… ie: Toying Around//Toxic Tale//Burmese Kiss//Ablaze lol

Maybe I should get a back up of SIlly ^^

…Am I the only one who thinks the fact that Notice Me is a sheer, light pink is hilarious? I mean, yes, pretty, but so discordant! πŸ˜€

YES!! I was thinking the same thing – it should be called PLEASE DON’T Notice Me! πŸ˜‰ (Kind of like 5-Alarm should be called False Alarm . . .)

They should call this the “Comeback Colllection” lol i just wish they would of made better choices because the lustres are just so not for me and i think for a lot of ppl in general…it is one of the drier formulas Mac has. It’s a shame bc it seems like the whole collection is really about the lippies and it would of been nice to see some opaque spring colors! hopefully they made some improvements to Alpha girl and some of the non lustre lippies….Cant wait to see your reviews! πŸ™‚

I wonder what lipsticks would look the best for my skin tone. I love most of the colors but I don’t want to buy just cause it looks cute lol

Ooooh!!! Reel Sexy and Diva-ish ( although I HATE that name, what are they trying to say? That it’s the baby sister of Diva? Lol), Pearl Blossom Beauty Powder, Siahi and especially Blitz and Glitz! I eagerly (but patiently) await your reviews on what appears to be a halfway decent collection!

Oh, my, there are some beauties in this collection. The fluidlines are so gorgeous. I’m liking the non-sheer lipsticks a lot, too. And the beauty powders.

Before my wallet breaks…are the lipsticks permanent? I know it days LE in the description but I’ve heard some say LE, permanent..

I really like the alpha girl beauty powder. Not sure what a beauty powder is supposed to be used for. It looks like it would make a beautiful blush. Would it be acceptable to use it as a blush?

Favorites: Make Me Gorgeous, Reel Sexy, Real Redhead. Looking forward to seeing how these perform!

It depends on your skin tone – the majority of beauty powders wouldn’t work as a blush on half of the skin tone spectrum.

Hmmmm….with all this sheerness I’m left wondering what the point of all this is. I think I can pass on everything except maybe that sparkly copper eye stuff. Sparkles get me every time!

Some of the fluidlines were definitely released previously. Macroviolet was the very first “real” makeup I bought my daughter about 3 years ago (I recall it distinctly because she was about 12.5 but being bullied terribly, so we had a mum/ daughter night out on the town & to make her feel more “grown up I allowed her to pick her own eyeliner.) And I have Brassy from a few years ago as well. But I’m loving Ivy big time! Not impressed with the lipsticks, more of a matte kind of gal.

Almost all of the Fluidlines were released previously, but MAC has changed the formula to “Pro Longwear Fluidline.” I’m not sure if they tweaked it at all, but it is technically different now πŸ™‚

Thanks, I thought some of the others looked familiar too, but they aren’t my colours so I would never have purchased. I guess we’ll just have to wait to find out what sort of “tweaking” they did to them!

I’m not totally disappointed in this collection in general but I feel a little underwhelmed. Not because of the colors but because a LOT of the lipsticks are lustres so they probably wont wear well. Make Me Gorgeous looks stunning though, so you can bet that I’m gonna go out of my way to get it!

I hear ya, Alana! They released a LOT of Lustres. I don’t know why it isn’t more of a mix – some Cremesheens would have given some of that shine with more coverage.

Hmm half and half on this collection! But the loving-it half is really loving it! Definitely need Make Me Gorgeous & Reel Sexy, not got anything like those in my collection. And also drawn in by Copperthorn – I don’t have any Fluidlines – but interested to see how you find it wears.

Fingers crossed I don’t miss this in the UK!! πŸ™‚ xx

Alpha Girl powder and Make Me Gorgeous lipstick are maybes. I love the look of Diva-ish but I have EstΓ©e Lauder’s Reckless for that ;-).

From the promo pics, I’d thought Ivy might be more like Sassy, the lovely LE green from last spring I think, but not even close. It’s a very ordinary green and the heavy pearl suggests it will be a pain to use.

Blue Peep is lovely; a bit lighter and more true blue than the NARS eye paint I have (forget the name). Might get that. Silverstroke, Brassy, and Macroviolet are the definite buys. But since the new Fluidlines are permanent, I won’t bother with immediate purchases!

Looks like a very pretty collection, can be because so much is on the sheer side. That said I do like quite a fess of the lipsticks and also the fluidlines.
I’m looking forward to the reviews, as always.
I do hope the silve fluidline will perform excellentlyas I fell for it. I can see it doing a lot of fun for my eyes πŸ™‚

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