Swatches: MAC #Throwbacks Collection

MAC #Throwbacks Collection
MAC #Throwbacks Collection

MAC #Throwbacks Collection consists of seven lipsticks and four eyeshadows that have been brought back from the brand’s vault. Most of the lipsticks I know by name but don’t personally own, so I’m quite useless in commenting on how they differ from the original version. The eyeshadows seemed fairly consistent with their predecessors, though Goldbit seemed warmer and drier. From what MAC has listed on their website, all of these shades have been brought back permanently.

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The eyeshadows had the LE triangle next to them on the website so I went ahead and ordered Tete-a-Tint and Uninterrupted. It would be nice for them to be kept permanent. Uninterrupted was missed in the line, I think.

There are no triangles next to the eyeshadows when I wrote this post (and still aren’t at this moment – noon PST!).

I’ve always wanted Kid, but it was discontinued before I ever had a chance to get it, so I’m definitely picking it up! None of the lipsticks appeal to me, though. What’s with Icon?

That’s where I am with Uninterrupted, LOL! Every time I’d pass the MAC counter at my local Macy’s, I’d look at it, and swatch it, but then talk myself out of it, as I didn’t wear such warm-toned eyeshadow at the time. After a while, I sort of forgot about it, but came across a mention of it while looking up online swatches of something else, but by then it was DCd… I’m going to the mall tomorrow, so hopefully they’ll be at the MAC store!

I loved Skew. I was so disappointed when they discontinued it. I had it replicated by the 3 Customer Color Specialists…..I may have a little bit of the original left and I could compare this new version to the original, but it is very old now, so not sure how reliable it is. I have it in a sealed jar, kept in a dark place….

I just picked up Goldbit yesterday and I’m so thrilled with it. It’s amazingly good for a Lustre finish and is such a delightful colour to wear. The lippies, with the exception of Rocker, don’t really excite me but I’ve also decided that I have to start finishing up some lipsticks, especially some of my older “HG” ones as a few of them are just starting to smell like they’re on their last legs (if I can use that simile for lipsticks!)

I am an NC-15. The only lipsticks that looked good on me were Marakesh, and Rocker, Spanish Fly was doable as well as Skew but I did not like them enough to purchase.

The shadows, for me, the only ones worth purchase was Tete and Uninterrupted. They were the most pigmented. Kid was awful, like wearing nothing.

I was so glad to see they offer the eyeshadows in both pots and as pans!! All lovely colors! 🙂 Thank you I was hoping you’d put up swatches!!

Nice. May be time to re-get Icon, Marrakesh. Others look great, too. Iirc, Icon was a bit grayer, back in the day, but same finish. Word was, back then, that Marrakesh was Gillian Anderson’s (x files) go to. Maybe she will re-rock it, now that x files is back, too. Viva revival! To us oldies, you can’t be too retro.

Ooh, Marrakesh looks like a less intimidating version of Chili! I’ve always been worried Chili will look too bright on my super muted skin, but Marrakesh looks gorgeous!

I always like it when Mac brings back some old favourites, but this grouping seems a bit dull. With the exception of Spanish Fly, I feel like they’re shades that can be duped fairly easily.

Hot dayum! My friend up at our MAC Store wasn’t joking when she said that I would love Spanish Fly! That is a stunna!!!
So, I was supposed to go there last night to get all 4 e/s’s, but was too worn out after doing my food shopping at that 38th St. Walmart. Today, I am. And getting SF, too!

“Kid” eyeshadow is back! Kid is one of the best transition eyeshadows ever IMHO. When I heard it was being discontinued a few years back, I bought three! I guess the joke is on me… I have enough for a lifetime.

I had a huge crush on Jean Shrimpton in the 60’s and probably owned that color, which was way to pale for me. I am not going there again.

This is a little anticlimactic for me. I wish the lipstick shades were more unusual or varied. Good colors though. I still have Icon, and Bronx and Rocker are shades I owned and loved. I would LOOOOVE to see them bring back Folio, the old Retro Matte that Angelina Jolie supposedly wore in Tomb Raider and as her signature color back when she was wild. I never got to try it and it would be a fun, on-trend blast from the past.

I love Rocker! I hope it’s the same formula. I still have mine from when it first came out but it might be time for a fresh one. What this photo doesn’t show is that it has the tiniest bit of shimmer in it (or at least my old one does).

Was this a sneak peak, Christine? Skew looks pretty but a bit sheer; which for me isn’t necessarily always a bad thing. I just wonder what it’s supposed to be so of course I’m curious about your take.

Any information when These will be available in Germany. From the Swatches there is nothing I like very much but I have to Try the lipsticks in Store on my lips. Spanish Fly Could Look very good I think. Shrimpton Looks also good but as I am very Pale I have to See colours like this on me because it can Look like my Skin Tone.
Thank you very much.

Is it just me or does Spanish Fly look like the lipstick version of Club eyeshadow? I’m kind of loving it, I have nostalgic pangs about a similar Maybelline lipstick that I had (and loved) back in high school.
I might need to check this out in person.

Thanks for the swatches! I’ve only started using MAC within last 4-5 years, so I’m curious about these fan favorites that they brought back. Marrakesh and Uninterrupted are calling me

I feel like the colors in this release are so on point right now! I’m loving Skew and Spanish Fly, but I’ll wait to see how they look on you.

YES! They brought back Kid! Now they need to bring back my HG brow bone, Vanilla (not to be confused with the Vanilla pigment, which is more sparkly) and Samoan Silk! I STILL haven’t found a good dupe for it.

are u kidding me? I JUST bought a Bobbi Brown dupe for Uninterrupted. I would’ve bought the Mac one if it wasn’t discontinued because it’s what I really wanted, for so long, and now it’s back?! I feel betrayed lol. and dang it Mac is cheaper too.
also, why no Copper plate eyeshadow or Mattesquared eyeshadow finishes?

I was really hoping Dearly Beloved would be in this mix. I discovered this blog looking for a shade just like it and spent about six months trying to locate it in MAC stores across a bunch of different countries, showing salespeople the swatches on here and all. Then I realized I should’ve read the description a bit more carefully. 🙁 Some day, perhaps.

Spanish Fly looks like Urban Decay Conspiracy…easy pass for me. And I have the original Rocker. The rest of these I think I have dupes for…so, money saved!

Permanent?! YAY!! Skew was the first MAC lipstick I ever purchased and was so disappointed to discover (years later) it had been discontinued. It has not been possible for me to find a dupe for it so i will most assuredly be purchasing another! It’s such an easy colour and finish to wear – I’m a bit colour shy on my lips – but this works for me!

Bronx is my usual style, muted brownish. What can I say. 90’s teen years were all about brown lips LOL!

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