MAC Make-Up Art Cosmetics Collection Pictures, Swatches and MORE First Impressions

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Dagnabbit! I was supposed to start my laundry and go running this afternoon, but has any of that happened yet? No, of course not. My internal MAC Monster demanded I feed her swatches and pictures instead.


And who could blame her? — four stinky loads of laundry versus MAC’s upcoming Make-Up Art Cosmetics collection?

Well, you know how that went. 🙂

Within the humungo collection (34 pieces in all) are three different sets, each one with products designed by a different contemporary artist (painter Richard Phillips, illustrator Maira Kalman and photographer Marilyn Minter).

The artists of the MAC Make-up Art Cosmetics collection

Today I took a look at nine of the items, a few from each of the three sets.

Product shots

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Eye Shadow X 4 Quad in Notoriety ($36)

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Eye Shadow in Crest the Wave ($14.50)

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From left to right: Pigment in Push the Edge, Glitter in Gold ($19.50 each)

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Technakohl Liner from top to bottom: Obviously Orange, Full of Fuchsia ($14.50 each)

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Lipglass from top to bottom: Personal Paste, On Display ($14 each)

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Lipstick in Hold the Pose, $14


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Eye Shadow X 4 Quad in Notoriety from left to right: Skintone 1, Rich & Earthy, Skintone 3, Notoriety

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From left to right: Technakohl Liner in Obviously Orange, Technakohl Liner in Full of Fuchsia, Eye Shadow in Crest the Wave

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From left to right: Pigment in Push the Edge, Glitter in Gold

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From left to right: Lipglass in Personal Taste, Lipglass in On Display, Lipstick in Hold the Pose

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Lipglass in On Display

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Lipglass in Personal Taste

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Lipstick in Hold the Pose


A few thoughts…

  • Personal Taste Lipglass and Hold the Pose Lipstick apply super sheer; I really have to pack ’em on to get the colors to show.
  • Regarding the eyeshadows in the Notoriety quad, Skintone 1 (the shimmery pink) applies chalky and gritty on me with very little pigmentation; Rich & Earthy (the shimmery coral) and Skintone 3 (the warm, shimmery gold) apply smooth with rich color; while Notoriety (a shimmery, dark brown with golden sparkles) applies smoothly but surprisingly sheer.
  • Both the Skintone 3 and Crest the Wave eyeshadows look similar in swatches (shimmery gold), but once applied Crest the Wave looks cooler and more yellowish gold, while Skintone 3 appears warmer and more bronze.
  • Push the Edge Pigment (a shimmer purple) bears a striking resemblance to one of Urban Decay’s new fall shadows, Deluxe Eyeshadow in Freakshow.

I know it’s hard to draw conclusions about the full collection from such a small sampling (more on the way), but from what I’ve seen so far, I see a lot of pretty things, but nothing particularly breathtaking (except maybe On Display Lipglass, LOVE!).

The collection is expected to hit counters next Thursday — I wonder if MAC is planning another early release…

What do you think of these colors? Are any jumping out at you?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Apple Diva says:

    I am in like w/ the “Push The Edge” pigment. 😀 Thanks for listening the Swatch Monster within.
    .-= Apple Diva’s last blog post… Urban Decay’s Family and Friends Sale – Summer Edition =-.

  2. Kitty says:

    I’m loving Full Of Fucshia and Push The Edge.

  3. Tami says:

    I made my mind up that I was going to be good and only get the Photorealism quad and Off the Page shadow. But after seeing your swatches I just may have to add Obviously Orange liner and On Display lipglass:)

  4. shontay says:

    I went to the special preview of this. I bought on display and personal taste glosses, notable blush and off the page shadow. Personal taste actually shows up nicely on my pigmented lips. I’m happy with all I purchased. I’m mad I didn’t have enough money for the photo realism quad. I also want the orange liner because the color is so unique. I think I will get two lipsticks, also. One of them will look great with personal taste. This collection has something for everyone.

  5. i’m lovin’ this! IT’S LIKE MAC OVERLOAD. there’s everything! brights, neutrals, smoky colors… gotta go check it out!
    .-= ines + cha cha’s last blog post… Introducing the Ballroom Beauty Mascot – Cha Cha the Kitty =-.

  6. Glosslizard says:

    I’m just not feeling this collection. It’s nice and all, but it’s not thrilling me! Of course, my wallet is happy, and whispering to me in dulcet tones… “now we can wait for Style Black…”

  7. Shivotra says:

    i am developing some strong feelings for the lipglass on display…hmm. <3

  8. Tavia says:

    I like the Notoriety quad, it has all my favorite colors. I usually like to use brown and bronze shades for makeup. I think they are great colors for everyone.
    .-= Tavia’s last blog post… Trend: discreet shine with Lancome Juicy Tubes =-.

  9. Catherine says:

    Oooh, I’ve been waiting for this post lol. Sadly, I had much higher expectations for Notoriety… hoping Photo Realism is prettier. On Display is really beautiful and that fuschia liner has me drooling even though I have no clue what I’d ever do with a bright fuschia liner lol. Thanks for the swatches & thoughts Karen!
    .-= Catherine’s last blog post… NOTW – Zoya Sylvie Gradient w/ Gems & Glitter =-.

  10. Marina says:

    I just have to agree about “I see a lot of pretty things, but nothing particularly breathtaking”.I can’t wait for the Dazzleglass Cremes Collection. Luscious Spark and Amorous are so beautiful!!!
    .-= Marina’s last blog post… Promo Photos and Information About ALL Fall 2009 Makeup Collections =-.

  11. Luinae says:

    I can’t wait for Style Black, not this stuff. However, the lip liners looked really cool and in such fun shades.
    .-= Luinae’s last blog post… Walking around the World =-.

  12. Marmar says:

    I LOVE crest the wave.. I’m actually heading over to the mall this morning for some casual shopping. I’m not sure I’m feeling the lip glassese on this one though.
    .-= Marmar’s last blog post… My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2009-8-9) =-.

  13. gio says:

    I agree with you Karen, it’s a nice collection, but nothing wowed me. On Display lipglass is beautiful but I’m not feeling anything else.
    .-= gio’s last blog post… Know Your Ingredients: Menthoxypropanediol =-.

  14. I love the MAC pigments from this line… so prettY!

  15. Lily says:

    omgomgomg I think I’m in love with Full of Fuchsia, me want!
    .-= Lily’s last blog post… Nail Tutorial: Summer Citrus! =-.

  16. Rae says:

    On Display and Push the Edge are gorgeous, but I agree on the rest — kinda blah, right?
    .-= Rae’s last blog post… Black breakdown =-.

  17. Vonvon says:

    Yes, Karen, more please……….

    I am so into Maira Kalman but somehow Crest the Wave doesn’t really catch my eyes as the Bright Future from Style Warrior did! May be when I see the real thing and swatch it, I might change my mind. And the quad palette is actually quite similar in colors to some of Stila’s eyeshadow quads, in my personal opinion, of course.
    .-= Vonvon’s last blog post… FOTD: Nude And Meeeoooowww =-.

  18. Maggie says:

    I want that quad! 😀
    And On Display lipglass!
    .-= Maggie’s last blog post… Yay for Hello Kitty! =-.

  19. TUPRNUT says:

    I think this is my favorite collection so far for ’09! I visited my MAC girl last week and she pulled out all the pretties from this collection… I was so giddy – giggling, clapping my hands, oohing and ahhing!

    The quads are amazing and The Perfect Blush (I think that’s what it’s called) will be a perfect neutral blush for my NW20 self.

    Can’t wait for the release – I plan to be banging down the doors at 10 am! 🙂

    Looking forward to reading what you think about the rest of the collection. Happy Saturday!

  20. Daya says:

    I am still trying to figure out what I want..there is so much pretty stuff! 🙂 On Display is beautiful!!

  21. Megan says:

    On Display is sooo gorgeous but it’s too bad you really have to layer it on to get that gorgeous color to show up. Thanks for the swatches, they are great.

  22. Marisol says:

    Nothing is jumping out to me which I guess is a good thing 🙂
    .-= Marisol’s last blog post… Shopping is my middle name =-.

  23. Vero says:

    I’m in love with the piggies! I need more Heritage Rouge because I only have a sample of it.
    First I was looking forward the quads but now I don’t think I’ll buy any of them…let’s see…
    I looove the fuchsia tecnakhol, On display lipglass, Violet trance single eyeshadow…

    So many things hehe

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