MAC Me Over: Basics

MAC Me Over, MAC Basics, displaySome months ago, MAC held a massive casting call, asking makeup lovers to complete the sentence “MAC Me Over because…”

Just as the Bloggers’ Obsessions collection was a nod to beauty bloggers, MAC Me Over was a “we love you back” to fans — one part celebration of street style and one part celebrity makeover.

Makeup lovers sent in their answers, with photos and videos, and the company selected six winners. These winners became the face of fall trend — they’re the folks you see on the displays.

The fall collection is truly enormous, and I realized I had to break it up into three posts (or risk putting you all to sleep). I thought we should tackle the largest section first, “MAC Basics.”
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MAC Me Over features six individual eyeshadows — all “basics” — and they are all fantastic.

Creamy Bisque is a gently shimmering, crystalline satin beige-white. Moleskin is a warm, pink-brown, nude, neutral matte (it reminds me of Bobbi Brown Woodrose or Naked).

RachelOutre is a matte mustard yellow, and every MAC makeup artist I know always gets so excited about these ochre/mustard/camel colors. I asked one of them why they consider it such a must-have. He said, “it looks good on basically every skintone. On dark skin it can be a highlight; on very fair skin it works in the crease. Basically, with very little effort, it looks like you did a lot.”

Satin Taupe is a regular permanent color, a shimmery purple brown. Why does Mythical feel so familiar? You’re probably confusing it with Mythology, like I did. Mythology is a Lustre, and more orangey/coppery. Mythical is a frosty, pinked, bricky red. Carbonized is a dark, shimmery, warm (red-) brown.

All six of these shadows delivered great pigmentation and fabulous texture — even the mattes. Buy with confidence — though the price of eyeshadows has gone up to $15.

There are also two repromoted Eye Kohls ($15): warm, shimmery, chestnut-brown Teddy and black Smolder.
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Ian Marc

I think this guy actually has a future in modeling

Secret Lover is a sheer, milky white-pink with tiny, invisible sparkles. Peachstock is permanent to pro, a satin/matte pale peach that always looks good on my arm… but is a bit too nude for my lips (I’m not usually ready to commit to the amount of eyeshadow I would need to offset it). Offshoot is a blue-rose-mauve. And I think Oh, Oh, Oh is meant to evoke permanent Frost lipstick O (burgundy/crimson-red-with-gold-shimmer). Oh, Oh, Oh is a Lustre, a mauvey-rose-with-gold-shimmer.

Illicit lipglass… is 2007′s Smoke Signals really the last time this color came out? It’s cream peach — basically Kim-Kardashian-perfect. Social Light is rose quartz with dense silver sparkle/shimmer. Curvaceous is a very blue pink creme. Plum Fun is berry rose with a few subtle sparkles. Lipsticks and Lipglasses are still $14.50.

There are two permanent, repromoted lip pencils: muted mauve-rose Spice and dark brown Chestnut. Both are $14.
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There are two Cream Colour Bases (or Cream Color Bases, or CCBs) and two powder blushes, so I swatched them first lightly (to simulate on-cheek application), then heavily (to better demonstrate color).

Cream Color Bases are multipurpose products that can be used on eyes, cheeks, or lips — though Take Root and Seaside are not lip-safe. Take Root is a contour-a-licious brown with silver sparkles. Seaside is a very shimmery warm beige pink with dense silver shimmer/sparkle. Both CCBs are $17.

Equilibrium is a warm, slightly peachy, neutral beige-brown with a sheen. Stunner is cool, blue-pink with a sheen. Both are Satin finish; both are $19.50.
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And finally, this collection also repromotes a few permanent collection “basics”:

  • Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 foundation, $26.50
  • Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation, $26.50
  • Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer, $17
  • The 116 small blush brush, $34 (I personally like the 129, which has a slightly larger head)
  • The 190 foundation brush, $32

Of course, this is only part 1, so tune in tomorrow for more of MAC Me Over.

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11 Responses to “MAC Me Over: Basics”

  • I’ve been looking forward to Stunner blush and Seaside CCB, but I somehow can’t help but feel disappointed :( The eyeshadows look fab though! :)

  • Anitacska says:

    I like Oh, oh, oh and Social light, and maybe Stunner.

    That boy is certainly very good looking, I do like him better without make up though. :)

  • Joyce says:

    ahhh..I love your swatches. They’re so clear and neat. =)

    I can’t wait for swatches of the Lady Grey Quad. The colors look gorgeous, but I’m afraid they lack in pigmentation. =(

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  • Icedcaramellatte says:

    Thanks for the tips on how to use Outre. I have Ochre Style and have barely touched it. Maybe I should give it another try.

  • MichelleChefNYC says:

    Is this still launching on Aug 25? This is the first collection in a while that really has me interested

  • KarlaSugar says:

    Yes! August 25th!

  • Pang says:

    Hi Karla, I’m diggin her lips. Can you tell me what she has on?

  • Jess says:

    I have a question about carbonized. Is it like any of the perm shades? It looks kind of like Buckwheat.

  • Mary Ann says:

    Love your reviews and swatches… but it seems these shades can be found somehow similar to their permanent line though… sad, they don’t have MSFs :(

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    thanks :)

  • Lindsay says:

    I really hope you swatch Posh Paradise and Styledriven! :)

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