MAC A Rose Romance Plays It Cool

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This afternoon I had my way with 11 of the 23 pieces from MAC’s upcoming A Rose Romance collection (arrives April 23), and judging from these plums and pinks, the collection looks hella cool — as in tones. πŸ™‚


Most of these shades draw from the cooler end of the color spectrum. With my coloring that means I may have to inject some warmer colors into the mix to pull them off, but pale beauties who look good in cooler colors could easily rock these shades in a heartbeat.


See Thru Lip Colour

mac a rose romance tender tryst see thru lip colour
Tender Tryst tube

mac a rose romance tender tryst see thru lip colour wand
Tender Tryst wand

mac a rose romance tender tryst see thru lip colour lip swatch
Tender Tryst on lips

mac a rose romance secret crush see thru lip colour
A Rose Romance tube

mac a rose romance secret crush see thru lip colour wand
A Rose Romance wand

mac a rose romance secret crush see thru lip colour lip swatch
Secret Crush on lips


mac a rose romance steal my heart lipglass
Steal My Heart tube

mac a rose romance steal my heart lipglass wand
Steal My Heart wand

mac a rose romance steal my heart lipglass lip swatch
Steal My Heart on lips

mac a rose romance virgin kiss lipglass
Virgin Kiss tube

mac a rose romance virgin kiss lipglass wand
Virgin Kiss wand

mac a rose romance virgin kiss lipglass lip swatch
Virgin Kiss on lips


mac a rose romance way to love lipstick
Way to Love lipstick

mac a rose romance way to love lipstick swatch
Way to Love on lips

mac a rose romance a rose romance lipstick
A Rose Romance lipstick

A Rose Romance on lips



mac a rose romance et tu bouquet eyeshadow
Et Tu, Bouquet? eyeshadow

mac a rose romance of summer eyeshadow
Of Summer eyeshadow


mac a rose romance circa plum pigment
Circa Plum Pigment


mac a rose romance swatches of summer et tu bouquet circa plum
Swatches from left to right: Of Summer, Et Tu, Bouquet?, Circa Plum


Beauty Powder

mac a rose romance summer rose beauty powder
Summer Rose Beauty Powder

Gel Blush

mac a rose romance just a pinch gel blush
Just a Pinch Gel Blush



mac a rose romance swatches just a pinch summer rose
From left to right: Just a Pinch, Summer Rose

mac a rose romance swatches just a pinch summer rose et tu bouquet of summer circa plum
From left to right: Of Summer, Et Tu Bouquet?, Circa Plum, Just a Pinch, Summer Rose

A few notes…


  • Lipsticks: Both Way to Love and A Rose Romance apply very sheer and look almost identical on my lips.
  • Lipglasses: Steal My Heart and Virgin Kiss pack a ton of silver glitter and apply with medium pigmentation.
  • See Thru Lip Colour: Of the lip products I tried these are my favorites. Both Tender Tryst and Secret Crush are lip stains, with a watery yet highly pigmented formula that imparts a subtle, cooling sensation upon application. Ahh…


  • Eyeshadows: Et Tu, Bouquet? feels gritty to the touch, while Of Summer feels velvety smooth.
  • Pigment: Circa Plum is a super cool-toned plum — pretty, but almost too cool for my tan.


  • Beauty Powder : Summer Rose applies a lil’ chalky and sheer. It may not work for me, but I bet it looks gorgeous on my pale-skinned beauties.
  • Just a Pinch Gel Blush: This is one of my favorite items so far… It’s highly pigmented yet easy to apply and blend, YES!

What do you think of these colors? Is MAC’s A Rose Romance stealing your heart?

I’m reserving judgment until I’ve seen the remaining items up close and personal, but I’m getting the feeling there’s a lot here I may not easily be able to wear. Hmm…

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Marisol says:

    You hussy… I can’t believe you had your way with these products. LOL

    I am really looking to the beauty powders & the Fix+Rose. And now that I am getting a tax refund (whoo hoo!) I may splurge.

    Marisol´s last blog post..I really want to go to this show

  2. xtina says:

    I’m verrry tempted to get a few See Thru Lip Colors πŸ™‚

  3. L says:

    I love how the beauty powder has a rose outline on it. Do you think they’d work well as a blush?

  4. Citrine says:

    Ooooh, I think I might get that cheek stain after reading the muse’s review as well as yours.

  5. Jessica says:

    I love your notes at the end…very helpful and honest- exactly what we all need! I want one lipstick, the gel blush and MAYBE a see through lipcolor πŸ™‚ I’ll have to go play!

    Jessica´s last blog post..Peach and Purple Look

  6. Paris B says:

    The pigment caught my eye – I can do cool purple yay! πŸ™‚ The beauty powder print reminds me of the print on the blushes and eyeshadows of The Body Shop Moroccan Rose collection!

    Paris B´s last blog post..Pink-ing of the Shu Uemura Pink Collection

  7. Glosslizard says:

    I’m crushing on Tender Tryst, and Of Summer looks like a lovely wash of iridescent pink! Sign me up! πŸ™‚

  8. Shiny says:

    Yeah this looks to be too cool for me, probably for the best… I need a new foundation, bronzer, a fluidline and tanner so I need to save my dollars.

    Note that I said ‘need’ not ‘want’ haha.

  9. Kate & Zena says:

    Y’know, I have a blush that’s nearly the same shade as the Summer Rose beauty powder. Besides the See Thru and some of the lipglass colors, the other colors look a bit too cool for your skine tone like you said. I have to go out and get some new blush soon.

  10. Shivotra says:

    I really want the see thru lipcolor but I get a feeling that a rose romance color is exactly like the one from the emanual unagro collection last fall? can you please confirm, Kare?

    I am definitely gonna get at least one of the see thru lipcolors. I (heart) those a lot. And I also want the Fix+Rose.

  11. Catherine says:

    Woooo… I agree with you, those lip stains look awesome. Will have to check them out in person. And here I thought I was gonna skip the entire collection. lol…

    Catherine´s last blog post..Yesterday’s Mermaid Eyes FOTD

  12. sylvia says:

    i think i might have to get the gel blush .. it looks gorgeous and blushes are my number one makeup pleasure

  13. Stephie says:

    Woo! I am so excited you approved of the gel blush. Wah! That makes me excited too πŸ™‚

  14. wenvers says:

    Whow, thank you so much for the swatches Karen! I love this collection! I cant wait until my goodies arrive!

  15. Miss QQ says:

    Hi Karen. I’m excited for this collection! Thanks for the pics!

  16. Tali says:

    Im going to buy pretty much everything but only 2 eyeshaddows!
    Im looking foreward to this one.. in particular Fix+ rose

    Tali´s last blog post..Elizabeth Arden, Neal’s Yard and more..

  17. Bisbee says:

    I think the 2 See Thru lip colors and the gel blush will be coming home with me!

  18. Rachel says:

    This collection is beautiful, so romantico! Is it just me or does the gel blush look condensation-y?

  19. Stacie says:

    Circa Plum looks pretty–I think I could rock it! πŸ™‚

  20. Nicole15 says:

    I really want to love the lipsticks because they look like such beautiful colors, but the color pay off in your picture totally stinks. They don’t show up much. Me sad πŸ™

    Circa Plum looks like a dupe for Mauvement pigment in the picture. Karen, could you tell in real life what the difference was in the two?

    I would love to see the Beauty Powder on your cheeks. That color swatched on your hand looks really pretty.

    I am warm-toned as well so am not too sure how much i can pull off from this collection but am definitely willing to try. It is just so darn pretty! πŸ™‚

  21. Nicole15 says:

    Karen – Hope that didn’t come across wrong regarding your picture of the lippies. I don’t mean your picture stinks, just the way the colors show up. I thought they would’ve been more pigmented. Sorry if that sounded bad. Whoops!

  22. Nicole15 says:

    Stacie – Circa Plum looks to me to be similar to Mauvement pigment and if I am right and it is, then I can assure you that you will definitely be able to rock it & you should. I use Mauvement pigment in a lot of my looks & it is just a beautiful color that can be played up and/or toned down. You will get a lot of use out of it. I think you should put Circa Plum on your definite “maybe” list & surely try it out at the MAC counter when it debuts next week. Would love to know if it works out for you. *fingers crossed* πŸ™‚

  23. Amanda says:

    hm-I’m a pale, cool girl so these would probably work for me…..BUT nothing is really calling out to me. (except for the blue pigment!!!) Steal my heart is really, really pretty to look at, and I love me a good stain-both super pretty too. Do they *ACT* like stains? I mean, really stain and leave behind color for hours? I’ve been wanting to check out the dazzleglasses eventually so maybe I’m browse these too, but really, nothing I can’t live without I think.

  24. Dao says:

    I love See Thru lip colors! My first encounter is Not So Shy! from the Ungaro LE and I have to say it’s been overutilized lately. I need to get these 2 new ones as well πŸ™‚

    Dao´s last blog post..She’s a Doll FOTD

  25. cloudburst says:

    Ummm I love tender Tryst, Way to Love, Rose Romance, steal my Heart…damn I thought I wasn’t going to be spending that much money ont his one!

    How do you like the beauty powder, is it pigmented enough to be used as a blush?

  26. lesley says:

    I’m kind of on the fence on this collection. Though I love the colours, the colour play off doesn’t seem to be as good as I hoped so I guess the final decision for me will have to be how it goes on me when it comes out in stores. I am looking forward to the gel blush though, but I’ll still have to see how it goes on me in real life πŸ™‚

    Hope you’re having a good day!

  27. AnneMarie says:

    I really like pinks – but I was wondering if anyone could tell me if I’m a “pink person” — I have blonde hair, blue eyes, light complexion. I’ve never quite caught on to the cool/warm tones and how that works with my complexion. Thanks for any help!

  28. Michelle says:

    I really like the See Thru Lip Colour’s and gel blush, I’m definitely going to check those out.

  29. Danielle says:

    I am really enjoying the look of this collection all the way around. I want both beauty powders– all three LE e/s AND maybe the gel blush, AS MUCH AS I WANT THE LE L/s and l/s an l/g I have to refrain somewhere. πŸ™‚

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