A Face of the Day With MAC Lightness of Being

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Wearing the MAC Lightness of BeWearing the MAC Lightness of Being collection

Knit, purl, knit, purl, knit, purl…


Once upon a time, I was a mediocre knitter. Then I knitted and knitted and knitted until I’d created a scarf! — and after all that knitting, and all that yarn…I was still a mediocre knitter. πŸ™‚

I haven’t quite figured out what the knitted pattern on the new Mineralize Eye Shadows and Skinfinishes in the MAC Lightness of Being collection has to do with the overall theme of the release, but I dig it.

The names of some of the pieces have a dance motif, like Beautiful Moves, and Leap and Modern Movement, but then there’s that knitted pattern on the pans… And all the pastels? I haven’t figured out what they’re doing here either.

Perhaps the collection was designed for a troupe of dancing knitters, or maybe it was inspired by the pastel pink leg warmers I so desperately wanted back in second grade.

Or maybe I’m just reading entirely too much into it, which is probably the case.

MAC Lightness of Being collection

A bird’s eye view of the MAC Lightness of Being collection

The new MAC Lightness of Being collection metaphysically materializes on the MAC website Dec. 23, and then arrives on MAC counters a few days later on Dec. 26, the day after Christmas.

With shimmery lemon, peach, blue, gray, lavender, mint and brown colors, it’s a fresh break from more serious and weighty winter mattes.

Wearing the MAC Lightness of Being collection

If you’re into MAC Mineralize products and/or pearly pastels, you should totally check it out.

For my makeup here, a look with gray eyes, pink cheeks and nude lips, I started with the light gray Mineralize Eye Shadow in Uninhibited, which reminds me…

Do you see how the pan is actually split in two?

It’s not easy to notice. It’s very subtle, but all six of the Mineralize Eye Shadows in the collection are like that, with a frost on one side and a pearl on the other.


MAC Mineralize Eye Shadow in Uninhibited

Mineralize Eye Shadow in Uninhibited

I like that idea because you can play with the different finishes to create dimension. For this look, first, I applied the pearly gray side, which is not quite as shiny as the frost, all over my lids. Then I patted the frosty shade on the center of my lids with a finger for dimension.

Wearing the MAC Lightness of Being collection

I chose a satin finish eyeshadow from the MAC permanent line, golden brown MAC Cork, to use as a transition color in my crease, instead of going for a straight matte.

Now, I usually prefer mattes in the crease, but I opted for a slightly shimmery satin this time because I thought it might transition a little more smoothly into a frost. A matte would have worked, too, but it probably would have taken a little more effort.

After that, to give my brow bone a lift, I lightly dusted the pearl side from Natural Vigor, a champagne peach (also from MAC Lightness of Being), along the brow bone.

MAC Mineralize Eye Shadow in Natural Vigor

Mineralize Eye Shadow in Natural Vigor

Natural Vigor, by the way, is one of my favorite pieces in the collection. Buffed on lids with a 217, it just glows. Super pretty.

To finish the eyes, I lined my water lines and lash lines with Slate, the collection’s dark gray eye pencil.

MAC Eye Pencil in Slate

Eye Pencil in Slate

Understated but totally beautiful, Slate should do a lot of great things for brown, hazel and green eye colors.

MAC Lightness of Being

So, now let’s talk about the cheek situation…

Not gonna lie, I almost panicked for a second the first time I tried on Please Yourself, the highly pigmented, super glittery pinkish plum blush and its borderline crazy-pants shimmer.

Picture a rollicking twenty-first birthday party that coincides with New Year’s Eve.

Yeah, shimmer.

MAC Mineralize Blush in Please Yourself

Mineralize Blush in Please Yourself

It took a few tries with it, but I eventually found a way to make it look passably natural. I think.

I barely loaded my blush brush with the tiniest amount, then lightly tapped it ever so gently on the apples of my cheeks, which resulted in a pinkish plum tint with the faintest essence of glitter.

Of course, you could go all mega glittery with it if you want to. Ain’t no shame in that game. Just buff the living crap out of it, because that seems to really boost the shimmer.

I could have skipped the highlighting at this point, but I couldn’t resist golden peachy pink Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade’s pearlescent glow.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade

Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade

Opalescent powders get me every time, and this highlighter looks like pure opal powder on the skin. I love it on my upper cheekbones and down the bridge of my nose. If you’re a ho for highlighting (like yours truly!), don’t miss Lightscapade.

My lips look pretty boring here compared to the rich reds and plums I normally wear in winter, but I wanted to stay true to the whole “light and fresh” theme, so I’m wearing tannish brown Mineralize Lipstick in Touch the Earth (super moisturizing!), with pearly champagne pink Mineralize Glass in Poetic on top.

MAC Mineralize Lipstick in Touch the Earth

Mineralize Lipstick in Touch the Earth

Mineralize Glass in Poetic

Mineralize Glass in Poetic

The MAC Lightness of Being collection includes…


  • Be Fabulous, a washed-out pastel pink
  • Luxe Natural, a light beige cream
  • Dreaminess, a soft cool pink cream
  • Style Surge, a neutral coral cream
  • Touch the Earth, a light wood brown
  • $22 US, $26 CAD each


  • Poetic, a pale champagne pink with pearl
  • Loose & Lively, a peachy orange
  • One Cue, a golden pearl
  • Boundless Energy, a violet pink
  • Beautiful Moves, a pale mint with pearl
  • $22 US, $26 CAD each


  • Spiritual Life, a shimmery pale lemon with a half pearl, half frost finish
  • Natural Vigor, a shimmery champagne peach with a half pearl, half frost finish
  • Just Breathe, a shimmery light blue with a half pearl, half frost finish
  • Uninhibited, a shimmery light gray with a half pearl, half frost finish
  • Leap, a shimmery lavender with a half pearl, half frost finish
  • Force of Nature, a shimmery brown with a half pearl, half frost finish
  • $22 US, $26 CAD each


  • Taupe, a dark brown
  • Slate, a dark gray
  • $16 US, $19 CAD each


  • Lightscapade, a shimmery off-white with light pink, blue and yellow marbling
  • Perfect Topping, a shimmery pale peach with lavender marbling
  • $32 US, $37 CAD each


  • Uplifting, a peach with bright orange marbling
  • Please Yourself, a light pink with plum marbling
  • $27 US, $32 CAD each

MAC Studio Nail Lacquer

  • Lightness of Being, a pale beige
  • Modern Movement, a pale lavender
  • $12 US, $14 CAD each


  • 287 Duo Fibre Eye Shadow, $32 US, $38.50 CAD
  • 159 Duo Fibre Blush, $35 US, $42 CAD
  • 187 Duo Fibre Face, $42 US, $50.50 CAD

Available online December 23, 2014, and in stores December 26, 2014, through February 6, 2015.

MAC Lightness of Being Swatches Mineralize Eye Shadows from the left: Natural Vigor, Just Breathe, Uninhibited, Leap and Force of Nature

Mineralize Eye Shadows from the left: Natural Vigor, Just Breathe, Uninhibited, Leap and Force of Nature

MAC Lightness of Being Mineralize Skinfinishes in Lightscapade (left) and Perfect Topping (right)

Mineralize Skinfinishes in Lightscapade (left) and Perfect Topping (right)

MAC Lightness of Being Mineralize Blush swatches in Uplifting (left) and Please Yourself (right)

Mineralize Blush swatches in Uplifting (left) and Please Yourself (right)

MAC Lightness of Being Eye Pencils in Taupe (left) and Slate (right)

Eye Pencils in Taupe (left) and Slate (right)

MAC Lightness of Being Mineralize Glass Swatches from the left: Poetic, Loose & Lively, On Cue and Boundless Energy

Mineralize Glass swatches from the left: Poetic, Loose & Lively, On Cue and Boundless Energy

MAC Lightness of Being Touch the Earth Mineralize Lipstick swatch

Mineralize Lipstick in Touch the Earth

What do you think of the collection? It’s interesting for winter, but I’m liking it so far.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Agata says:

    I was expecting a little bit more from this collection. I think the only product I’d consider getting is the Perfect Topping MS. I love the pattern on the products though.
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  2. I have been eying only lightscapade since I saw these on MAC fashion show used by Victor. But the collection has some more mazing things. . I really liked those blushes.. Wish they get launched in India soon..!!

    Btw loved ur look .. Looking gorgeous. :-*.. Happy Friday
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  3. Dovey says:

    Hi Karen,

    I love, love, love the light feeling of this collection. I so tempted by MAC Uninhibited here, though I’m trying to figure out whether it’s because of the color or how good it looks on you! I’m really tempted by Lightscapade as well, the blue lavender marbling is such a nice touch.

  4. Efrain says:

    I keep saying I’ll buy a MAC blush but after thinking my budget I’m going to buy first one of the blush palette of Sleek.

  5. Jennifer says:

    Maybe it’s saying people want to keep warm during the cold months and so movement and thick knit sweaters are options? Reminders of those? I don’t know, haha.

    As usual, beautiful look you’ve done!

  6. Jen. says:

    As an obsessive knitter, I definitely got excited when I saw some of your photos and noticed the pattern on this collection. There might not be an explanation, but I’m happy either way!

  7. Sarah Barry says:

    I’m not too sure how I feel about the collection yet. I like the look of the highlighting Skinfinishes, but other that that… Hmm. I think I want to see the lipsticks in action first, I could use a few more nudes in my (already extensive) collection.
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  8. Erin says:

    Uninhibited is my favorite from this collection!
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  9. Dawn says:

    Do you have the descriptions of Lightscapade and Perfect Topping the wrong way round? Lightscapade is definitely the lighter one.

  10. tirurit says:

    I am seriously eyeing that lipstick! I really like how comfortable the mineralize lipstick formula is on my lips and that colour looks like an effortless nude

  11. Casey says:

    I am a sucker for all things soft and pretty and I love these colors. Hands up if you a ho for highlighting!

  12. I have to get Lightscapade this time.
    It is its third reprobation and it always escaped me!
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  13. Rachel R. says:

    I like the blushes and glosses, and the slate pencil. The shadows are pretty, but not terribly unique. The rest is just kind of “blah” to me.

    I’m a knitter, and I do really love the knit designs.

  14. Stephanie says:


  15. I got the Be Fabulous Lipstick (which I love) and the Leap eyeshadow. The eyeshadow was a bit of a disappointment to be honest. The colors look a bit bland and lavendar apparently isn’t my color…
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  16. gio says:

    The highlighting Skinfinishes are beautiful, but the other shades aren’t doing anything for me. Love the knitted pattern though.
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  17. Kim says:

    Happy Friday (and my last day of work until 1/5/15!). Yay!

    I think this looks great on you. I have dinner tonight with friends and you’ve just inspired me to step it up a bit. πŸ™‚

    I had bright pink and white thin, horizontally striped leg warmers in grade school that I absolutely adored. I’d forgotten all about that! HAHA!

    • Karen says:

      Lucky you! Have fun on your winter break. πŸ™‚

      Where are you and your friends going out tonight? I think you should bust out the false lashes…

      So, circa 2nd grade I would’ve been crazy jealous of those leg warmers!

  18. Kelly says:

    I really love the embossing on this collection! It’s perfect for the season!
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  19. Alison M says:

    I am with you on not understanding the embossing patterns for the name of the collection. But I do love the soft shades for the look you created. Have you ever tried crochet? I haven’t given knitting a whirl, but I am super happy with one hook instead πŸ™‚
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  20. Allison C says:

    I usually do like pastel metallics for January and February when things are white and icy outside. But I feel like this collection could use a little more oomph.
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    • Karen says:

      Hey Allison,

      It’s super subtle, but I think that’s what they were going for. Not too much contrast in terms of color but lots of shimmer and shine.

      Anywho, happy Friday to you! It’s pouring buckets again here.

  21. I like the look of the highlighters and the patterns on the pans are pretty, but nothing stands out to me from this collection unfortunately.
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  22. fancie says:

    I love how you put these pieces together! I think Perfect Topping and Touch the Earth will be coming home with me. I really like the way the orange blush looks but it’s too glittery for me. Which is shocking because I love glitter lol. But I prefer to get that kind of glow from a highlight though
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  23. Debra says:

    Gorgeous soft look!

    I’m thinking Ski Bunny (knit sweaters, light reflecting off snow, firelight reflecting off face).

    This collection looks to be for either paler skin or darker skin with the mid-tones a bit left out. Still, I might try the Mineralize lipstick in Touch the Earth!

  24. lisa says:

    I have such a hard time with these limited edition products that look so lovely in the pan. I rarely buy them, because I can’t bear to use them and wreck the design. πŸ™

  25. Estefania says:

    This is honestly the first collection that has inspired me since probably Alluring Aquatic. The whole feel of light, airy, pastel shades has me like :D.
    I’m grabbing Perfect Topping, Touch The Earth, Leap, Just Breathe, Force of Nature, Natural Vigor, Slate pencil, and Uplifting blush.

    I don’t think I’ve ever bought so much at once from a collection! I just find this whole theme so beautiful and right up my alley.

  26. Christina says:

    There is so much frost in this collection. I guess it’ll be a past for me, even if the colour style and texture are very much my style. I just can’t do frosty eyes!

  27. Lulle says:

    I like the ethereal shades of this collection but I wish everything was a little less frosty. That’s my biggest problem with MAC Mineralize products in general.
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  28. Allison says:

    Karen I feel like we have similar skin tones which is why I love reading your blog. You always know how to make the best of every collection and they look so beautiful on you! I thought this collection would only look good on fair skin/blonde hair types but this post has definitely inspired me to try a few peices. Thank you!

  29. Karen, you look so downright gorgeous, it’s unbelievable. I had zero intention of buying an eyeshadow from this collection until I saw this post. Uninhibited is on it’s way to my house as we speak! πŸ™‚
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