MAC It’s a Strike! Collection: Quick Look and Swatches

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The MAC It’s a Strike collection (available Aug. 18 – Oct. 13)

Grab your favorite balls!

Wait… That sounded weird.


Grab your favorite bowling balls. That’s what I meant. 🙂

Is it bowling balls, or bowling ball? Heck, I don’t know. I’m so not into bowling.

I don’t hang out in bowling circles or bowling alleys, mostly because I was always being dragged to bowling alleys when I was a kid, and I was deathly bored the entire time. But perhaps if they’d had a MAC counter…

At any rate, the 26-piece MAC It’s a Strike collection (available Aug. 18 – Oct. 13) is all about bowling alleys, babe. It’s heavy on lip products, but there’s also a smattering of eyeshadows (mostly mattes), a few liquid liners, a highlighter (which looked very cute before I dropped it…and now it looks like it got run over by a bowling ball), nail polishes, cream blushes and some brushes, too.

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The MAC It’s a Strike Lipsticks

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MAC It’s a Strike Cremesheen Lipglasses

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MAC It’s a Strike collection Casual Color in Blind Score

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MAC It’s a Strike collection Pearlmatte Face Powder

You know, I’m not quite sure how I feel about this collection yet…

I gotta be honest, I don’t know if it’s just because I’m not a big bowing fan (did I mention that I’m not into bowling AT ALL?), but I’m…on the fence about it.

I think some of the lipsticks are beyond beautiful, though, particularly light beige matte Honeylove (also has a touch of rose). What a breathtaking nude.

Bright fuchsia matte All Fired Up Lipstick is also absolutely gorgeous and plump and juicy like a perfect strawberry ready to be devoured right now…

And matte burgundy Babes and Balls and sparkly Liquid Lurex are also super cool. I mean, the lippies are definitely the stand-outs for me.

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MAC It’s a Strike Lipsticks in Honeylove, Flat Out Fabulous, All Fired Up, Perfect Score, Bowl Me Over (online exclusive), Liquid Lurex and Babes and Balls

I’m totally on Team MAC Cremesheen because of how hella hydrating and comfortable they are, and any time I go on a flight anywhere I keep one in my pocket and reapply it throughout the day.

From among this batch, Right Up My Alley is…right up my alley? Haha. It’s my favorite one. It kind of mellows out a little when you get it on your lips, but I think it’ll be a really pretty option in the fall on the days when I want to wear red lipstick but don’t want to deal with an opaque red lipstick.

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MAC It’s a Strike Cremesheen Glasses in It’s a Strike, King Pin, Throw a Spare, Right Up MY Alley and Spare Me ($21 each)

Everything else in this collection, though — the eyeshadows, liners and face powder — just aren’t inspiring me to stop, drop and paint every inch of my face. Or take up bowling, for that matter.

For me the most exciting non lippie in the release, weirdly enough, is the soft and smooth matte off-white gray eyeshadow, Gutter Gal, a perfect matte dove gray.

But the other items? Just alright, at first blush. I’ll try a few looks with them and see if anything changes my mind.

Oh, and about that swatch of MAC Carbon? I think I may have gotten a wonky pan, because Carbon is a re-promote from the permanent line, and I’m usually cool with Carbon. It’s a dependable matte black, but the pan I have from this collection looks uncharacteristically sheer and patchy.

Don’t know what’s up with that…

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MAC It’s a Strike Eyeshadows in Gutter Gal, Bowlarama, Bowl Out, Game and Carbon ($16 each)

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MACT It’s a Strike Fluidline pens in Vintage Brown, Retro Black and Indelibly Blue ($23 each)

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MAC Pearlmatte Face Powder in Trophy, $27

I wish I hadn’t dropped the Pearlmatte Face Powder in Trophy because it was super cute… When I mix it all together I get a pinkish, beige-ish highlighter-type business with a touch of green.

I know that sounds a little weird, but it’s pretty in an “under the neon lights” sort of way.

When these arrive on the 18th, give the lipsticks a swatch, for sure. I think they’re definitely worth your time.

On that note…

Funny story (well, it makes me laugh) — the one time I went bowling as an adult was years ago for a work event. I’d managed to avoid any actual bowling, and just sort of lurked in the corner sipping a Coke while everybody else bowled and had a good time, until the end of the night, when everybody was getting ready to go and somebody pointed out that “Karen hasn’t bowled at all!” so they gave me the last ball.


I walked up to the front of the lane and just sort of, like, dropped the ball in front of me and turned around, thinking, whatevs, it’s just gonna go into the gutter, but then all of my coworkers started to smile and clap and cheer, and I heard the ball strike the pins, and everyone freaked the crap out!

Wouldn’t ya know it? I bowled a strike.

Best bowling story ever from someone who absolutely doesn’t like to bowl, haha! 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


The MAC It’s a Strike Collection includes…


  • Honeylove, light beige toned with rose (matte)
  • Flat Out Fabulous, bight plum matte (retro matte)
  • All Fired Up, bright fuchsia matte (retro matte)
  • Perfect Score, deep red (matte)
  • Bowl Me Over, deep burnt brown (retro matte, online exclusive)
  • Liquid Lurex, tarnished gold (dazzle)
  • Babes and balls, deep burgundy (matte)


  • It’s a Strike, soft nude pink
  • King Pin, deep chocolate brown mauve
  • Throw a Spare, fuchsia with pearl
  • Right Up My Alley, deep red
  • Spare Me, dark purple


  • Gutter Gal, off-white gray (matte)
  • Bowlarama, bright lime green (satin)
  • Bowl Out, mid-tone gray (matte)
  • 300 Game, blackened cherry (matte)
  • Join My League?, dark espressio (matte)
  • Carbon, intense black (matte)


  • Vintage Brown, deep dark brown
  • Retro Black, black
  • Indelibly Blue, deep navy blue


  • Trophy, multi-color (pearlmatte)


  • Rack ‘Em Up, cool deep khaki (cream)
  • 5 Pin, deep wine (cream)
  • Baby Split, a sheer lime green (cream)


  • Have a Lovely Day!, neutral nude
  • Blind Score, a dirty reddish lilac


  • 166 Brush, $35
  • $213 Fluff, $25


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  1. Jaclyn levy says:

    That’s an awesome bowling story!

  2. Karen says:

    Nothing against bowling, but has MAC just given up? Bowling is an awfully random concept to build a collection around. Pretty lipsticks though!

  3. Lulle says:

    Bowling is a weird theme, what’s next in the MAC collection lineup, karting? Dave and Busters?
    I’m on team Cremesheen too though, so I’ll probably take a look at these.
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  4. Efrain says:

    Karen did you swatch the Casual Color? That dirty lavender is saying my name because my skin takes really well purplish blushes but I don’t see a picture of the swatch.

    I like bowling but at least here is really expensive so I prefer going to the cinema or eating in a cute place.

  5. Erin says:

    All the lip stuff and the eye pens seem nice. Those powders are all disappointing. I feel like MAC and Dior just don’t have enough QC these days.
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  6. breyerchic04 says:

    I already have All Fired Up and Flat Out Fabulous, which I love and wear a lot, so I may pick up Bowl Me Over and Liquid Lurex because I don’t have anything like them, but yeah that’d be it.

  7. Haha, yeah, that intro DID sound a little weird 😉 I like bowling though! I’m fairly good at it (though I really don’t know what I’m doing, I just DO). I like that there are some matte eye colors in the collection.
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  8. Erin says:

    Haha I don’t think I’ve ever heard of someone who truly dislikes bowling! I mean, I don’t go very often and I’m not good at it, but whenever I have been, it’s been a good time.
    I think I might get the powder, Right Up My Alley, Throw a Strike and Babes and Balls. Skipping the eyeshadows for sure though
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  9. Tatiana says:

    That has to be the best bowling story ever. Sitting here reading this with my daughter and we both like the lip colors. My daughter did say the eye shadows would be great for creating fake bruises for stage.

  10. gabis says:

    I also find bowling an unusual theme for a make up collection but given in most MAC collections the theme is only there for the nice advertising pics and to be the next excuse for them to release new limited products it doesn’t come as a surprise.
    What I don’t understand is why include in this collection products that are stars in the permanent range already.
    Babes and balls lipstick reminds me of NARS No Shame from the Steven Klein collection. Do you agree, Karen? Xoxo

  11. I don’t know why, but this collection leaves me cold, except the Pearlmatte Face Powder in Trophy and Honeylove lipstick. I think I’ll skip this one.
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  12. Kelly B. says:

    I think Mac may be starting to run out of ideas…I can online image what they have lined up next! This collection was a really…sad miss for me, I just don’t find the color palette all together exciting enough to make me feel like I need one of these products. Sad, but I think I’ll wait and see what their next one has to offer!
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