Vibrant Mineralize Skinfinishes, Blushes, Eye Shadows and Lipsticks Simmer, Shimmer and Shine in the New MAC Tropical Taboo Collection

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MAC Tropical Taboo Collection

The MAC Tropical Taboo Collection bursts through the jungle canopy onto MAC counters June 27! — but you can already snag it online.

Dear MAC Tropical Taboo,

Let’s dance!


Mambo? Samba? Cha-Cha-Cha? I can hang, even in three-inch heels, as long as I have a strong partner, and I get the feeling that partner is you. πŸ™‚

Twirl me, dip me, toss me in the air! Just don’t ask me to do the Lambada (“The Forbidden Dance”). It would be — I dunno — too taboo, and this show is PG-13.

The only thing I ask before we set fire to the dance floor is that you indulge me with shimmer, sparkle and shine from your chorus of new Mineralize Skinfinishes, Blushes, Eye Shadows and Lipsticks…because I want my eyes, lips and cheeks to sizzle as we samba!

Of course, we mustn’t forget to twirl the Cremesheen Glasses, Lip Pencils, and Kohl Power Eye Pencils that come with this launch (there’s also a mascara and three brushes). They deserve their time in the spotlight, too.

Why no, I don’t mind sharing you at all. If you’d like to ask my friends to dance, feel free to show off your sauciest, most seductive moves…

Shhh! What follows are pictures and swatches of 28 of the 33 forbidden (not really) pieces in the MAC Tropical Taboo collection…

MAC Exotic Ember Mineralize Blush

Exotic Ember Mineralize Blush, $25

MAC Simmer Mineralize Blush

Simmer Mineralize Blush, $25

MAC Sweet Samba Mineralize Blush

Sweet Samba Mineralize Blush, $25

MAC Adored Mineralize Skinfinish

Adored Mineralize Skinfinish, $30

MAC Gold Deposit Mineralize Skinfinish

Gold Deposit Mineralize Skinfinish, $30

MAC Lust Mineralize Skinfinish

Lust Mineralize Skinfinish, $30

MAC Rio Mineralize Skinfinish

Rio Mineralize Skinfinish, $30

MAC Soft and Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Soft and Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish, $30

MAC Bossa Blue Mineralize Eye Shadow

Bossa Blue Mineralize Eye Shadow, $21

MAC Caribbean Mineralize Eye Shadow

Caribbean Mineralize Eye Shadow, $21

MAC Cha-Cha-Cha Mineralize Eye Shadow

Cha-Cha-Cha Mineralize Eye Shadow, $21

MAC Dare to Bare Mineralize Eye Shadow

Dare to Bare Mineralize Eye Shadow, $21

MAC Time to Tango Mineralize Eye Shadow

Time to Tango Mineralize Eye Shadow, $21

MAC Tropica Mineralize Eye Shadow

Tropica Mineralize Eye Shadow, $21

MAC Divine Choice Mineralize Rich Lipstick

Divine Choice Mineralize Rich Lipstick, $22

MAC Glamour Era Mineralize Rich Lipstick

Glamour Era Mineralize Rich Lipstick, $22

MAC Lady At Play Mineralize Rich Lipstick

Lady At Play Mineralize Rich Lipstick, $22

MAC Luxe Naturale Mineralize Rich Lipstick

Luxe Naturale Mineralize Rich Lipstick, $22

MAC Midnight Mambo Mineralize Rich Lipstick

Midnight Mambo Mineralize Rich Lipstick, $22

MAC Calypso Beat Cremesheen Glass

Calypso Beat Cremesheen Glass, $20

MAC Calypso Beat Cremesheen Glass wand

Calypso Beat Cremesheen Glass wand

MAC Fever Isle Cremesheen Glass

Fever Isle Cremesheen Glass, $20

MAC Fever Isle Cremesheen Glass wand

Fever Isle Cremesheen Glass wand

MAC Japanese Spring Cremesheen Glass

Japanese Spring Cremesheen Glass, $20

MAC Japanese Spring Cremesheen Glass wand

Japanese Spring Cremesheen Glass wand

MAC Narcissus Cremesheen Glass, $20

Narcissus Cremesheen Glass, $20

MAC Narcissus Cremesheen Glass wand

Narcissus Cremesheen Glass wand

MAC Ablaze Lip Pencil

Ablaze Lip Pencil, $15

MAC Heroine Lip Pencil

Heroine Lip Pencil, $15

MAC Hip 'N' Happy Lip Pencil

Hip ‘N’ Happy Lip Pencil, $15

MAC Have To Have It Lip Pencil

Have To Have It Lip Pencil, $15

MAC Orpheus Kohl Power Eye Pencil

Orpheus Kohl Power Eye Pencil, $16

MAC Tropical Taboo Swatches Mineralize Blush

Mineralize Blush from the left: Exotic Ember, Simmer and Sweet Samba

MAC Tropical Taboo Swatches Mineralize Skinfinish

Mineralize Skinfinishes from the left: Adored, Gold Deposit, Lust, Rio and Soft and Gentle

MAC Tropical Taboo Swatches Mineralize Eye Shadow

Mineralize Eye Shadows from the left: Bossa Blue, Caribbean, Cha-Cha-Cha, Dare to Bare, Time to Tango and Tropica

MAC Tropical Taboo Swatches Lip Pencils

Lip Pencils from the left: Ablaze, Have To Have It, Heroine and Hip ‘N’ Happy

MAC Tropical Taboo Swatches Orpheus

Orpheus Kohl Power Eye Pencil

MAC Tropical Taboo Swaches Mineralize Rich Lipstick

Mineralize Rich Lipsticks from the left: Divine Choice, Glamour Era, Lady At Play, Luxe Naturale and Midnight Mambo

MAC Tropical Taboo Swatches Cremesheen Glass

Cremesheen Glasses from the left: Calypso Beat, Fever Isle, Japanese Spring and Narcissus


Not pictured from the collection: the Kohl Power Eye Pencil in Feline ($15), Zoom Lash Zoomblack Mascara in Rich Black ($16), 287 Duo Fibre Eye Shadow Brush ($32), 159 Duo Fibre Blush Brush ($35) and 187 Duo Fibre Face Brush ($42).

The MAC Tropical Taboo collection drifts ashore, evading the treacherous reef and hungry sharks that encircle our tiny island, and into MAC stores and counters Thursday, June 27, but if the rhythm has already hit you, and you can’t resist popping your hip on the dance floor and exclaiming, “Aye-yai-yai!” just direct your best moves at, because the collection’s available now online. πŸ™‚

I’ll be testing (and dancing) with these pieces over the next few days. I’ll let you know if I discover any gems.

Those Mineralize Skinfinishes sure look like excellent dancers, don’t they?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Xuvious says:

    I’m liking Fever Isle a lot! Pretty summer gloss.

    I think the blushes are perhaps too shimmery for my liking.
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  2. Chris says:

    I can’t wait to see your looks with this collection.
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  3. Jeanen says:

    Omg all of your swatches are amazing I’m definitely loving the MSFs in this collection I have my eyes on Rio and Lust.

  4. musical says:

    I must be obsessed with a certain husky feline…I read “Tropical Taboo” as “Tropical Tabs”. πŸ˜€ =^.^=

    “Lady at Play” and “fever Isle”= coralicious nomz!!

    • Karen says:

      Hee hee! I’ve been calling him that lately. Tropical TABS-boo. ;D

      How funny that you mention both Lady and Play and Fever Isle. I’m going to try that lip combo today!

  5. Shalini says:

    Entire collection is breathtakingly beautiful .. Can’t wait to get my hands on Soft & Gentle + Lady at Play
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  6. Icaria says:

    Oh Glamour l/s and Simmer blush… Yum! I think they are calling my name!
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  7. Kim says:

    What was I saying yesterday? That summer is the perfect time to trot out the shimmer? MAC seems to share that sentiment! πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      For sure. πŸ™‚ Have you tried the Mineralize Skinfinish highlighters yet? They have a cult following. I have friends who obsessively collect them!

      • Kim says:

        No, I know this is awful to say but, aside from Ev Rev, I don’t have a single MAC item in my collection. I tried some of their blushes/liners/mascara many years ago and didn’t love them so I’ve just never gotten around to trying anything else. I know it’s the brand of choice for die-hard makeup fans, though. I might be inspired after you use the Skinfinish highlighters in your upcoming FOTDs. πŸ™‚

  8. Sunny says:

    Oh wow, did Lady at Play melt? I should pick it up finally. I’ve been eyeing it since it came out πŸ™‚ Everything else is unfortunately a bit too shimmery for me.
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  9. Agata says:

    First of all, your writing style is so great! I admire you for your creativity! Secondly, this collection is beautiful! Your swatches make me want everything! For some reason I am really tempted to get Lady at Play lipstick although it’s not a color I’d ever go for…And I love the Simmer blush and all MSFs, lol. I cannot wait for your detailed reviews!

  10. Jas says:

    So pretty!!! M suddenly in a mood to dance.. πŸ™‚
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  11. Sydney says:


    So excited about this collection! Which skinfinishes do you think would be best for NC50? I have soft & gentle. Love! Thinking Rio but night pick up another! πŸ™‚

  12. Cindy says:

    I am loving the skin finishes. I already have the soft and gentle which one do you think is a better choice lust or rio?

  13. Danielle says:

    Okay I wasn’t planning on getting anything from here, but now I see a couple of cute things!

  14. Nothing from this collection really *calls* to me. Lust and Rio are pretty though. The only one I might really want is Orpheus because it’s so subtle but different! I just wish it weren’t in the Khol formula–my oily lids need super waterproof powers!!! πŸ˜› haha
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  15. mia kim says:

    hi! im asian girl : )
    by seeing this, i really impressed by color especially simmer blush!
    do you think that color is fit on asian?

  16. Olivia says:

    I just got Rio and Adored MSFs and they’re sooo pretty. I also bought time to tango eyeshadow and was thinking about returning it, but after seeing your swatches, I think i’ll keep it, I love the sparkles. πŸ™‚ Thanks for doing all these swatches!!

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