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Round-up: MAC Nocturnals Collection

MAC Nocturnals Collection
MAC Nocturnals Collection

This post signifies the conclusion of our coverage of MAC’s Nocturnals collection! 🙂 This collection is available online now and in-stores on November 7th.   You can also see our round-ups for MAC’s holiday color collection, Divine Nights, and their kits/palettes collection, Stroke of Midnight.

MAC Nocturnals Collection
MAC Nocturnals Collection

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MAC Nocturnals Lipgloss/Pink Set

MAC Nocturnals Lipgloss/Pink Set
MAC Nocturnals Lipgloss/Pink Set

MAC Nocturnals Lipgloss/Pink Set ($32.50 for 4 x 0.08 fl. oz. or 0.32 fl. oz.) contains one Dazzleglass and three Cremesheen Glasses. Both Dazzleglass and Cremesheen Glass a pricey formula, because they don’t contain a lot of product (0.06 oz. and 0.08 oz. respectively), but the holiday kits are an excellent way to snag them for much, much less than they would be individually. The Dazzleglass in the set actually contains 33% more (0.08 oz. compared to 0.06 oz.), so the value of that shade alone is $26.67, while the three Cremesheen Glasses are, essentially, full-sized and are a value of $60. The tubes are slightly wider and shorter than the full-sized versions. All of the shades in this set are repromotes (meaning they’ve been released previously in some capacity).

Dressed to Dazzle is described as a “pink tinted with silver sparkle.” It’s a pale, neutral-cool light pink with lighter pink and pale gold sparkle. On lips, it was semi-sheer and tended to lighten lips and give a milky quality to the color. It did apply fairly evenly and wore for three and a half hours.  MAC Demure (LE, $20.00) is similar. Guerlain Rose in Bloom (LE, $32.00) is sheerer. Bobbi Brown Firefly (P, $24.00) is more shimmery. Bobbi Brown Bellini (P, $24.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Fashion Scoop is described as a “clear pink.” It’s a pale, light-medium pink with very fine white shimmer. It was semi-sheer when applied, and it had a milky quality that made it slightly uneven at times (especially if you pressed your lips together). It lasted less than two hours.  It’s part of the permanent range. Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $19.00) is very similar. NARS International Velvet (LE, $26.00) is a touch cooler-toned. MAC Fashion Fanatic (LE, $20.00) is similar. MAC Fresh Air (LE, $15.00) is similar. Chanel Imaginaire (P, $32.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Petite Indulgence is described as a “bright blue-pink.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned, blue-based pink cream. It had semi-sheer color coverage, and this shade tended to “bunch” up so it was hard to keep even once applied It wore for just over two hours.. L’Oreal Florid Pink (LE, $7.99) is similar. Edward Bess First Kiss (P, $30.00) is more opaque. MAC Next Fad (P, $19.50) is shimmery. MAC Viva Glam Nicki (LE, $15.00) MAC Petite Indulgence (P, $20.00) is less blue-based, more opaque. MAC Going Casual (LE, $20.00) is slightly cooler-toned/lighter. See comparison swatches.

Colour Saturation is described as a “dark cool wine creme.” It’s a cool-toned, berry-red with a cream finish. It settled slightly into lip lines but yielded semi-opaque color coverage. It’s not an easy color to keep even at all. It lasted three hours on me. Marc Jacobs Beauty Studded Kiss (310) (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, redder. NARS Penny Arcade (LE, $26.00) is similar. MAC Real Posh (LE, $15.00) is shimmery, less red. See comparison swatches.

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Dressed to Dazzle

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MAC Nocturnals Lipgloss/Nude Set

MAC Nocturnals Lipgloss/Nude Set
MAC Nocturnals Lipgloss/Nude Set

MAC Nocturnals Lipgloss/Nude Set ($32.50 for 4 x 0.08 fl. oz. or 0.32 fl. oz.) contains one Dazzleglass and three Cremesheen Glasses. Both Dazzleglass and Cremesheen Glass a pricey formula, because they don’t contain a lot of product (0.06 oz. and 0.08 oz. respectively), but the holiday kits are an excellent way to snag them for much, much less than they would be individually. The Dazzleglass in the set actually contains 33% more (0.08 oz. compared to 0.06 oz.), so the value of that shade alone is $26.67, while the three Cremesheen Glasses are, essentially, full-sized and are a value of $60. The tubes are slightly wider and shorter than the full-sized versions. All of the shades in this set are repromotes (meaning they’ve been released previously in some capacity).

Phiff! is described as a “light beige nude.” It’s a pale, peachy beige with gold and white sparkle/glitter. It’s sheer on the lips and adds a hint of warmth and moderate sparkle. The consistency is on the thicker side, and this shade wore for two and a half hours.  I also felt some of the grit of the sparkle as it wore away.  Chanel French Toffee (83) (LE, $27.00) has finer shimmer. MAC Soft Serenade (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy (P, $19.00) is similar. MAC Boundless Beige (P, $19.50) is lighter. MAC Moth to Flame (P, $20.00) is a touch warmer. See comparison swatches.

Boy Bait is described as a “light neutral beige with pearl.” It’s a pale, light-medium peach with subtle warm undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage and applied mostly evenly with light settling into lip lines. It wears short of two hours.  This is part of the permanent range. MAC Flair for Finery (LE, $20.00) is slightly pinker. Bobbi Brown Air Kiss (LE, $19.00) is sheerer. MAC Summer Sweetheart (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC You’ve Got It (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery. MAC On the Scene (LE, $20.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Over Indulgence is described as a “neutral brown.” It’s a medium-dark, orange-brown with a cream finish and warm undertones. It had semi-sheer color coverage with minimal settling into lip lines (seemed more prone to it on my upper lip than my bottom). It applied smoothly and evenly, though. It wore well for two and a half hours. MAC Show Me (P, $19.50) is darker. MAC Strictly Plutonic (LE, $20.00) is a bit darker. MAC Kiss Don’t Tell (LE, $20.00) is browner. Chanel Impertinence (P, $32.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Richly Revered is described as a “vampy blue red.” It’s a muted, dark plum with subtle, cool undertones and a glossy, slightly creamy, finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it did settle into lip lines somewhat. It managed to wear for almost three hours. Guerlain Madame Batifole (860) (LE, $30.00) is lighter. MAC Looks Like Sin (LE, $20.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

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MAC Nocturnals Lipgloss/Coral Set

MAC Nocturnals Lipgloss/Coral Set
MAC Nocturnals Lipgloss/Coral Set

MAC Nocturnals Lipgloss/Coral Set ($32.50 for 4 x 0.08 fl. oz. or 0.32 fl. oz.) contains one Dazzleglass and three Cremesheen Glasses. Both Dazzleglass and Cremesheen Glass a pricey formula, because they don’t contain a lot of product (0.06 oz. and 0.08 oz. respectively), but the holiday kits are an excellent way to snag them for much, much less than they would be individually. The Dazzleglass in the set actually contains 33% more (0.08 oz. compared to 0.06 oz.), so the value of that shade alone is $26.67, while the three Cremesheen Glasses are, essentially, full-sized and are a value of $60. The tubes are slightly wider and shorter than the full-sized versions. Three of the shades in this set are repromotes, while Night is Young is new.

Moth to Flame is described as a “sheer neutral beige with violet pearl.” It’s a peachy beige with white shimmer and sparkle. On lips, it adds some warmth but primarily sparkle/shimmer. It wore well for three hours.  The texture is slightly thick and fairly tacky.  It’s part of the permanent range. Chanel French Toffee (83) (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Zephyr (377) (LE, $29.50) is paler. Revlon Peach (P, $7.49) is more pigmented. MAC Sublime Shine (LE, $20.00) is similar. MAC Satin Slip (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Aurore (LE, $29.50) is similar. See comparison swatches.

On the Scene is described as a “pink with pink and white pearl.” It’s a pale, pinky-peach with a cream finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it does tend to settle into lip lines, and if you press your lips together, you’ll see lines appear. It lasted for two and a half hours on me. MAC Flair for Finery (LE, $20.00) is slightly lighter. MAC Calypso Beat (LE, $20.00) is warmer. MAC Summer Sweetheart (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Orange Tempera (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Fashion Whim (LE, $20.00) is lighter. MAC Kiss Me Softly (LE, $20.00) is similar. Chanel Insouciance (P, $32.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Night is Young is described as a “bright red cream.” It’s a cool-toned, blue-based bright red with a cream finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage, and it didn’t settle into lips noticeably. It lasted for almost three hours (which is on the longer side for this formula!). NARS Norma (P, $26.00) is more opaque. Chanel Emoi (P, $32.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Star Quality is described as a “bright orange coral.” It’s a light-medium coral-pink with a cream finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage and applied evenly for the most part. It lasted for almost three hours on me.  MAC Drawn in Chic (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Fever Isle (LE, $20.00) is shimmery. NARS Viva (LE, $26.00) is more orange/brown. MAC Kiss & Don’t Tell (LE, $15.00) is pinker. Hourglass Nectar (P, $28.00) is more orange. See comparison swatches.

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MAC Nocturnals/Tastitints Set

MAC Nocturnals/Tastitints Set
MAC Nocturnals/Tastitints Set

MAC Nocturnals/Tastitints Set ($32.50 for 4 x 0.27 fl. oz. or 1.08 fl. oz.) is a set of four Tastitint Lip Conditioners, and each has a different scent/flavor. On the lips, all four of them look exactly alike, and I don’t have really pigmented lips and normally can see some sort of tint across sheerer lip colors, but with these, they look virtually clear (not surprising, as they’re described as “barely-there.” They’re supposed to be hydrating lip balms with a glossier shine.  The value of the kit is quite good, though as the set seems to have a value around $52 worth of Lip Balm (compared against Suntint pricing).

Mintessence is a milky white, but it is clear on lips. It has a mint scent and taste.

Sugared Vanilla is a peachy-orange, but again, it’s almost clear on lips–if I make a reach, it warms up lips slightly. It has a sweet, vanilla scent and taste.

Taste of Paradise is a coral-orange that looks virtually clear once applied. It has a fruit punch kind of scent and taste.

Dash of Lavender is a slightly cool-toned pink that is nearly colorless applied to lips. It had an herbal, very lightly sweetened, lavender scent with a sweet taste.

They have a gel-like consistency that’s very much like a lot of the lip balm tubes on the market.  They each smell like their name (so not all of them are MAC’s traditional vanilla scent), and there seems to be a slightly similar taste that’s weaker in flavor than the product is in scent.  I don’t really see the point of tinting these if the tint is so sheer that the tint doesn’t actually show up on the lips.  I think it would be a more interesting set if there was a subtle, but noticeable, tint, otherwise it’s really just a variety of scents/flavors more than colors.   The consistency is medium-weight, non-sticky, and slick.  The finish is definitely shinier and glossier than the average lip balm.   They last between one and two hours, so you may find yourself reapplying often. They’re hydrating while worn, with a little bit of lingering hydration, but I didn’t get long-lasting hydration.

MAC Nocturnals/Silver & Violet Pigment & Glitter Set

MAC Nocturnals/Silver & Violet Set
MAC Nocturnals/Silver & Violet Set

MAC Nocturnals/Silver & Violet Set ($32.50 for 0.55 oz.) contains three pigments and two glitters. Each pigment contains 0.09 oz. of product, while each glitter vial contains 0.14 oz. of product. None of MAC’s glitters are listed as eye safe, and these two glitters are listed as “not safe for the eye or lip area.” This set contains $37.80 worth of pigments and $39.20 worth of glitters for a total value of $77.00. You could try using the glitters in nail polish, in the hair, and on the body. These are loose glitters, so you will need some sort of adhesive base or mix to have them stick to skin. I applied the glitters over Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy for swatches. I wish MAC would test or use a grade of glitter that was eye safe, especially if they’re going to include them in consumer kits like this.

Vanilla is described as a “soft ivory white.” It’s a pale, white gold with warm undertones and a golden yellow sheen. It had good color payoff both dry and damp, though it was more metallic in finish when applied damp. It wore well for seven and a half hours before I saw some faint creasing. It’s part of the permanent range. There’s no shortage of dupes for this shade, though Vanilla has been a long-time fan favorite for years, but you may already have something like it if you haven’t come across it before. Tarina Tarantino Taurella (LE) is warmer. Too Faced Snowflakes (LE) is similar. Bobbi Brown Sunlight Gold (P, $28.00) is a cream product. Disney by Sephora Charming (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Illusion (LE, $18.00) is similar. MAC Carefree (P, $21.00) is less frosted. MAC Short Shorts (LE, $15.00) is similar. Guerlain Calligraphy #1 (LE) is less metallic. bareMinerals Carte Blanche (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Kitschmas is described as a “shimmering pink mauve pearl.” It’s a pinky-lavender with subtle cool undertones and a frosted finish. The texture of this is slightly chunky, so it is best applied with a damp brush as this will help it smooth out and apply with more color payoff (and less fall out!). It wore well for seven and a half hours, and after eight hours, there was some slight creasing. It’s part of the permanent range. Urban Decay Grifter (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Cheers My Dear (LE, $21.00) is similar–more metallic. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur #1 (LE) is darker, less metallic. Bobbi Brown Cool Lilac (P, $24.00) is cooler-toned and a cream product. See comparison swatches.

Push the Edge is described as a “deep bright purple with pearl.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned violet purple with pink-ish-red tones and a pearly sheen. It was fairly pigmented applied dry, but it was more intense when applied with a dampened brush and tended to look a bit darker/richer. It lasted for eight hours on my lid without creasing, but it did stain. It’s limited edition but has been repromoted several times. Urban Decay Vice (LE, $18.00) is more muted. NARS Trash (LE, $24.00) is a cream product. MAC Pink Union #2 (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. Inglot #439 (P, $6.00) is slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Grey is described as “sparkly chunky grey.” It’s a dark gray small-sized glitter that flashes to a gunmetal silver and gray as the light hits it. It is not lip or eye safe. I don’t have another glitter in this color that I can recall, though I’m sure it is something dupable by brands with full glitter ranges (Lit, OCC, etc.).

Pink is described as a “bright pink.” It’s a medium pink glitter with small-sized particles that flash from light pink to coppery-pink. It’s not lip or eye safe. It’s part of the permanent range. I don’t have another glitter in this color that I can recall, though I’m sure it is something dupable by brands with full glitter ranges (Lit, OCC, etc.).

Note, there are no ratings for glitter because it’s not a product that really fits the criteria we use in The Glossover at this time.

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