Be a Blue Belle With the MAC Good Luck Trolls Collection

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The MAC Good Luck Trolls collection

Preeeetty sure these little trolls came alive last night and were walking around my condo. I thought I heard the pitter-patter of tiny feet going up and down the stairs…

Wait — I guess that could have been Tabs. 🙂


Who knows? Right now, though, it’s time to relive one of my greatest childhood fears.


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Wearing Lipstick in Midnight Troll and Lipglass in Twerquoise

Did anyone else find them terrifying back in the day? There’s just something…eery about those big eyes and that crazy hair, or the fact that they were always butt neked.

I dunno…

But enough about that! Let’s take a look at the MAC Good Luck Trolls collection.

Arriving July 28 to the MAC website and coming to stores and counters August 4 through September 15, it might seem a little out of character for MAC to collaborate with these mythical, cave-dwelling beings of Scandinavian folklore…or it might not! The brand does have a reputation for doing crazy sh*t.

Aaand there’s also a Trolls movie coming out in November.

mac good luck trolls eyeshadows

It’s a 22-piece collection with five Eye Shadows ($17 each), two Beauty Powders ($27 each), four Lipsticks ($18 each), four Lipglasses ($16 each), one pigment ($23), three glitters ($23 each), a Duo Fibre Face Brush ($32) and these two crazy temporary hairspray color thing-a-ma-bobbers called the Chroma Crazes ($20 each).

I feel like MAC misses opportunties sometimes with some of their limited edition collaborative collections, like the MAC Miss Piggy one (it could have been so much more!), but I’m going to go out on a limb and say that this one accurately captures the trolls in all their whimsical cheekiness.

mac good luck trolls beauty powders

So, um, with these colors…first of all, I think it’s important to remember that this is a collection about colorful trolls with gemstones in their bellies. So it’s not a collection about conservative, traditionally pretty, pretty makeup.

I think the pieces are pretty in their own way, but many are also outrageous and playful. If you remember the MAC Playland collection from a couple years ago, it had some CRAZY colors and pastels. Well, Good Luck Trolls is very much along those same lines. We have corals, chartreuses, hot pinks and blues.

There’s a blue lipstick, a blue eyeshadow, a blue lipgloss, a blue temporary hair coloring spray… I’m usually more drawn to neutrals, but for some reason I’m drawn to these blues. They’re BEAUTIFUL.

mac good luck trolls lipsticks

Especially the matte blue eyeshadow, Atlantic Blue. Unlike many mattes that are too sheer or chalky and difficult to blend, Atlantic Blue packs a whollop! One or two layers, and it’s visible and vibrant.

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MAC Good Luck Trolls Eye Shadows in Paradisco, Suns Out Buns Out and Atlantic Blue

As for the blue lipstick…I have no idea where I’d wear it, but if I was an 18-year-old whose cup runneth over with tough girl swagger, I would rock it HARD.

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I may or may not be wearing my pajamas

It’s opaque and also matte. And, weirdly enough, because it is matte, I think it’s more wearable than it would be if it shimmered. Two or three swipes completely covers my lips with opaque color.

mac good luck trolls lipstick-swatches

MAC Good Luck Trolls Lipsticks in Can’t Be Tamed, Sushi Kiss, Dance Off, Pants Off and Midnight Roll

Oh! — I just remembered a really great tip from MBB reader Rachel R (hey, Rachel!). If you love cuckoo crazy colors like this blue but have trouble with your lipstick going beyond your natural lip line when you apply them straight from the tube, look for a matching eyeliner, and use it as a lip liner (since, hello, it’s not easy to find blue lip liner). Trace around the edges of your lips with it to keep your lipstick in place.

mac good luck trolls lipglass-swatches

MAC Good Luck Trolls Lipglasses in Bubble Butt, Twerkquoise, Saint Germain and Glitter Grunge

There’s also a blue Lipglass in the collection called Twerkquoise (Funny name! I want to get another cat now just so I can name her Twerquoise…), which is very sheer. I can see the blue right after I put it on my lips, but it mellows out and looks more like a neutral after a minute or two.

mac good luck trolls pigment-glitter-swatches

MAC Good Luck Trolls Pigment in Chartreuse, Glitter in Fuchsia, Reflects Glitter in Reflects Transparent Teal and Reflects Glitter in Reflects Purple Duo

I also put Twerkquoise on top of the blue lipstick, just for fun, and it gave it a purple tint. Weird!

One more thing of note that I really like in this collection is the Beauty Powder in Glow Rida.

Holy crap!

mac good luck trolls beauty-powder-swatches

MAC Good Luck Trolls Beauty Powders in Glow Rida and Play It Proper

So, um, this is probably the most “normal” thing in the collection…which is probably why I like it, haha. It’s a gorgeous beige with extra fine golden shimmer, and it looks SO pretty, ethereal and heavenly down the bridge of the nose and atop the cheekbones as a soft, glowing highlighter (like one of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders, but even finer).

It sort of balances out all of the craziness happening elsewhere in the collection.

Now about those hair color sprays…

OK, I’m really scared to try them because I used a temporary hair spray color once and ended up with a pink spot that never quite went away. But we’re gonna do it for the sake of experimentation!

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Oh, gosh…wish me luck! *spray, spray* Uh, oh. I just sprayed it on the wall.

WHOOPS! Now I sprayed it on my sleeve.

OK, just be really careful with it.

mac good luck trolls chroma craze swatches

Chroma Craze in Good Luck Locks (left) and Tease and Thank You (right)

It actually shows up. Kinda… I have really dark hair, and tinted products don’t always show up well on it, so that’s something.

I think I’d need half the bottle to REALLY get it to show up, but if you have lighter hair, it should make a bigger impact.


Gosh, I can’t wait until Connor is older and I can rope her into fun experiments (her hair is lighter like her dad’s)!

mac good luck trolls packaging

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. What’s your stance on trolls? Cute or terrifying?


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  1. Michelle says:

    I love this post and this collection seems absolutely amazing! Also, your pictures are of such great quality, what camera do you use? I just started my new blog a while ago and I want high quality pics as well! Thanks in advance love, keep up the great work! x

  2. Lauren says:

    OMG TROLL DOLLS!!!! You just brought me back to my childhood!! I don’t know why i looooved these dolls back in the day! Now when I see them, I think of serious gamblers in Vegas that have them lined up on their slot machines! I do need some of this collection just for the packaging! Maybe I can sneak into the movie too if I can be guaranteed not to be recognized! 😄

    • Karen says:

      OK, when you mentioned the gamblers in Vegas I started cracking up. I’ve seen that same scenario many, many times, LOL! Also at church bingo. The hard core bingo ladies always had trolls!

      Did you ever collect the trolls? What ever happened to them?

  3. I actually used to like troll dolls as a kid… I wonder why, though. They’re pretty ugly and creepy.
    Have you seen the recent video Lisa Eldridge made with Jen Atkin? She’s wearing a dark blue lipstick and I love it. It’s one of Kylie’s lip kits, though, and I vowed I wouldn’t get any of those… So I’m looking for a dupe!
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  4. Amy says:

    Troll dolls: neither creepy nor cute. Just…weird. Unless you’re Scandinavian or German, then I guess the concept and history are part of your cultural heritage? My son and I did get a total kick out of the movie “Gnomeo and Juliet.” You’ve got to see it!!

    Blue lipstick: I’d also totally rock this in a different context than I now live in (and no complaints about that). Will appreciate it on others, or on myself at Halloween. The glitter eye stuff is cute! I’m always suspicious of movie marketing products, though. But I guess if you’re gonna do it, do it right, huh?!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Amy,

      How crazy is that blue lipstick? I like that it has a bit of edge.

      Oh, and the title to that movie is hilarious. I’ll put that one on my list. 🙂

      I hope you, your son and your hubby are having a great summer so far. Do you guys have any trips lined up?

  5. Rachel R. says:

    I always thought troll dolls were just plain ugly.

    I love the blue lipstick on you! And thanks for the shout-out. 🙂

  6. Chris25 says:

    I think the blue lipstick is my fave.
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  7. Christina Tran says:

    Yup, I never liked trolls either. It’s their hair, all crazy and wild. Haha! And I couldn’t get past their…unusual…facial features. LOL!

  8. Leah Rose says:

    You actually managed to pull off the blue pretty well! I don’t know if I would wear many of these products but the packaging is super cute.

  9. Savannah says:

    Lol, my great aunt always had so many of these and she would constantly be giving them to me. She was also big on the bingo scene. That blue lipstick actually looks really great on you, and I’d totally rock it for Halloween or a party.

    • Karen says:

      Trolls are MAJOR in the bingo world, it seems, haha!

      And thanks for saying that about the blue… I feel like I look insane.

      Happy (almost) Friday!

  10. Becky says:

    I am completely freaked out by Trolls. You’d just find them lying around (my sister collected them) with their bare wee butts and freaky glassy eyes staring at you from the shelf/drawer/plant pot.. Euuuggghhh!

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  11. It’s definitely a fun and unusual collection! But whether it’s for me… hmmmmmmIdunno, still undecided.
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  12. Tatiana says:

    Trolls are major creepy! That said, I will want to take a peek at Paradisco when it come out. Also those beauty powders look really nice. Will have to try both to see which one plays better with my fair neutral skin.

  13. Kim says:

    Yes, totally with you on the unappealing nature of those Lucky Trolls! Though I get more of a Heebie Jeebie vibe from them. HAHA! I agree that the makeup seems to fit the theme but you’re not fooling anyone – we all know how you love/rock the blues – at least in eye makeup. 🙂 I’m certainly not judging your pajamarama photo – your jammies are fancier than my t-shirt!

  14. Gina B. says:

    EEEGADS!! I wish I had the money that they wasted on this collection!!! Goodness what a waste! Love your post, that was adorbs – but blue lipstick? Really? I mean even for a 16-17 year old, it’s down right gross! Halloween maybe?
    My favorite thing with the trolls was fixing their hair!! I love putting them in cute little buns, or braiding their hair!!! I guess I never saw them as scary – but they could be, I suppose.
    Conner Claire is so precious Karen, I cannot express how it delights my heart to see her grow!!! What a little angel…. you are so blessed girl, and I’m so happy for you and el hub!!
    God’s grace and peace to you and yours!!!

  15. HappyCat says:

    Do the troll dolls come with the makeup?

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