The MAC Fall Colour Collection Makes It Easy to Smile for the Camera

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mac fall colour collection

Photography geek alert! Everyone please remain calm, but this is kind of a big deal, especially if you’re a fellow photography geek and/or major MAC fan.


When I heard a while back that acclaimed New York photographer Cindy Sherman was going to be taking pics for the new MAC Fall Colour collection, I nearly dropped my DSLR!

Sherman’s probably best known for her self-portraits, where she gets into a specific character and does the whole kit and caboodle herself — everything from her own makeup, to styling, to modeling for the shoots and, of course, taking her own pics — and her work often tackles topics like women in society, media and art.

FUN FACT: Last May, Untitled $#96, a Cindy Sherman original, sold for $3.8 million, making it the world’s most valuable photograph.

Cindy’s pics for the collection look kinda kooky and fun, don’t ya think? A great fit for a brand like MAC.

Coming to counters, stores and online September 29 in North America and internationally this October, MAC Fall Colour features new and repromoted makeup and brushes for eyes, lips, cheeks and face. It’s a pretty hefty release, with 48 pieces spread out among three sub-collections — the first features dark, smoky colors; the second spotlights a bevy of brights; and the third directs our attention to soft neutrals.

I took a look at 8 of the 48 pieces yesterday afternoon — before the server took a nap — and so far I’m really loving the lipsticks and Mineralize Skinfinishes.

mac fall colour collection all

The Lipsticks in bright Neon Orange, vivid pink Show Orchid and bright coral Fusion Pink all come in MAC’s Amplified finish, which is one of my favorite lipstick finishes from the line. These particular shades are intensely pigmented and advertise a subtle sheen. Their color lasts for hours, too, yet they don’t dry out my lips, as many other long-wearing lipsticks do.

Simply put, if you’re trying to get someone’s attention, you’ll get it with any of these shades.

Lightscapade (the soft candlelit beige) and Porcelain Pink (the soft pinky coral) bestow a soft, gentle glow to my skin. I like both of them, but dynamic Porcelain Pink is probably my fave between the two. It appears to shift from pink to coral to gold, depending on the light, and I bet it would look brilliant paired up with peach, pink and coral lipsticks and glosses (can’t wait to see what it looks like with MAC Evolution Revolution). πŸ™‚

Have a look at a few pics and swatches here, and let me know what ya think.

mac fall colour collection quad
Parlor Smoke Quad, $38

mac fall colour collection fluidline
Fluidline in Ash Violet, $15

Mineralize Skinfinish in Porcerlain Pink, $28

mac fall colour collection lightscapade msf
Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade, $28

mac fall colour collection lipsticks
Amplified Lipsticks from the left: Neon Orange, Fusion Pink and Show Orchid ($14.50 each)

mac fall colour collection lipglass
Lipglass in Orange Tempera ($14.50)

Swatches from the left: 1) Parlor Smoke Quad and 2) Fluidline in Ash Violet

3) Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade and 4) Mineralize Skinfinish in Porcerlain Pink

Amplified Lipsticks in 5) Neon Orange 6) Show Orchid and 7) Fusion Pink; and 8 ) Lipglass in Orange Tempera

Wearing Parlor Smoke Quad and Fluidline in Ash Violet on eyes; Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade and Porcerlain Pink on cheeks and Lipstick in Show Orchid on lips

Wearing Neon Orange on lips

Wearing Fusion Pink on lips


Wearing Lipglass in Orange Tempera on lips

See anything you like? What do ya say we all dress up like Cindy Sherman and submit our pics to MAC?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



P.P.S. I’m glad to report that the server’s firing on all cylinders again and that the missing posts have been restored, but we did lose some of our comments (ones left between 9/5 – 9/8). I apologize for that, but these things do happen from time to time. Luckily, not that often.


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  1. Cathy says:

    Orange Tempera is calling to me, but I already have Porcelain Pink and Lighscapade MSF’s, so I don’t know if I’ll end up with much of a haul from this collex. But, I’m going to an event at my MAC store on the 20th, so I’m sure I’ll be seduced by all the products when I see them in person πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Hi Cathy,

      I totally know what you mean. Before I go to those events I usually make a to-buy list… I try to stick to it but I never do, LOL!

      What do you think of the Fluidline? It’s another one of my favorites from this one so far.

  2. Jessi says:

    I mist want to try the Mineralize Skinfinishes. They look gorgeous! And I’m glad you got your server issues worked out; I thought something was wrong with my computer!
    Jessi recently posted … Estee Lauder Peach Nuance Blush Swatches and Review

  3. Styrch says:

    Yes! Lightscapade again!!!! HG product for me for sure. I may need a backup. That fluidline is so mine!

  4. Melody says:

    Can’t wait for this. Loving the look of Ash Violet. I’m surprisingly not interested in the lipsticks. Bright pinks somehow manage to look awful on me and I’m kinda orange-d out.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Melody,

      I wore Ash Violet yesterday and loved it! It has these really cute sparkles that I think take it to the next level.

      Also — what brush do you use to apply your Fluidlines?

      • Melody says:

        I’ve just been using an angled brush from one of those Ecotools sets lol. I hear that I need to check out the 211.

        • steph b says:

          I love the Ecotools angled brush for gel liners. I get much more control than my MAC 266.

          • Melody says:

            Hmmm. I always feel like the Ecotools brush is slip sliding around, but I think it has to do with my eye shape. I have trouble with all kinds of liner lol. I do love the Ecotools for brows.

  5. Emma says:

    I love this collection!

  6. Krystle says:

    I’m eyeing Porcelain Pink and Orange Tempera! This is going to be bad for my wallet if I actually go in the store to look at the collection!

  7. Jessica Leigh says:

    Love it all!!!! Wow! I haven’t been this excited about a MAC collection in a while πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jessica Leigh,

      SO many cute pieces! What products are you looking forward to the most?

      • Jessica Leigh says:

        Hi Karen,

        I am probably most excited about the MSFs – but the Ash Violet fluidline is gorgeous! I hope that they make some of the recent LE fluidlines permanent. Hope you and tabs have a great weekend and that the server is back in working order!

        • Karen says:

          I agree — they’ve been releasing some really gorgeous Fluidlines lately! I’ve been collecting them for a couple years and the ones in the last few collections have been very special. πŸ™‚

          Things on this end are slowly getting back on track. Yesterday I was really stressed out over the server stuff, but today I feel about a million times better!

          What are you up to this weekend? Got any plans?

          • Jessica Leigh says:

            I’m going to see The Kills tonight at the Fox Theater in Oakland! That will definitely be the highlight of my weekend πŸ™‚

  8. Heidi says:

    The Porcelain Pink MSF, the Orange Tempera Lipglass, and the Fluidline in Ash Violet have my name written all over them!

  9. Nina says:

    youre back! yayyy!

    that quad — thats exactly what i think of when i think “fall” …

    • Karen says:

      πŸ™‚ It’s been a rough 24 hours, but it looks like the worst is over (knock on wood).

      I get the same feeling when I look at this quad, too. Smokey purples make me want to bust out the boots and turtlenecks!

      Do you think you might pick anything up from this launch?

  10. Liz says:

    I think I *need* Ash Violet.
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  11. Vonvon says:

    I NEED Lightscapade! And now from the way you described Porcelain Pink, I think I might NEED it too! πŸ˜€

    And all the lipsticks are so PRETTY!!!!
    Vonvon recently posted … Jemma Kidd Make Up School Hi-Shine Silk Touch Lipglosses: Coral 15, Petal 17, Perfect Red 18 – Swatches & Reviews

  12. lexi says:

    I think I will only pick up the new fluidline and the MSF in Porcelain Pink – the budding art geek in me is excited over this collaboration!
    lexi recently posted … Moon Fleet

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lexi,

      Sooo Porcelain Pink is all sorts of amazing. I love the way the colors flash — it’s very dynamic and complex.

      Question for you: what brush do you use to apply your MSFs? I’m a fan of the skunk brush, myself.

  13. Trisha says:

    I find it strange that a makeup company would do such terrible makeup in their promotional images. I mean, it’s beyond hideous.

    But you look lovely. πŸ˜‰ And I love the colors for the Amplified Lipsticks.
    Trisha recently posted … Smooth Sailing With Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture for Eyes

    • Karen says:

      Hi Trisha,

      It’s kinda kooky, but I like that MAC pushes the boundaries when it comes to their artwork.

    • Maria says:

      I was wondering if someone was going to say it. I don’t usually trip on the pix when the models looks starved and like cats, etc – LOL but this one is pretty hideous! The blush looks like ash and it’s kind of “Working Girl” style! That’s one of my favorite movies but damn, we don’t need to bring that style back!!! Defintely agree, Karen, you’re a better promo for these colors!!

    • Dana says:

      I agree! I think it looks so tacky.

  14. JoJo says:

    The Fusion Pink looks a more red to me. But I am liking the Neon Orange πŸ™‚

  15. Brian AKA Roulette says:

    OK, in the pic of the quad I see silver, brown, navy, and black…but when I look at the swatches, I see silver, brown, black, and the 3rd swatch looks…like nothing? Was that the navy shadow that looks all sheer and chunky on your arm?

    PS OMG U look SOOOOOO good in that Neon Orange lippie.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Brian,

      That’s the dark purple. It’s a little sheer in the swatch, but easily builds up.

      Not gonna lie — I feel a little crazy in that orange lip! I still love it though. πŸ™‚

      Hope you had a great Friday! What are you up to this weekend?

      • Brian McD aka Roulette says:

        It has been a crazy week, but a decent Friday. I was planning on spending all day tomorrow in a friends pool but my local MAC called me about an hour ago to come fill a freelance shift for tomorrow so I am thrilled!!

        So if anyone is in Phoenix, AZ, come to MAC@ Biltmore Fashion Park tomorrow and say Hi!

        What are you up to this weekend?

        PS, I feel the same way when I wear Morange! But something keeps me coming back…I think my brand of crazy likes it πŸ™‚

  16. Christina says:

    I didn’t expect the Porcelain Pink MSF to be so wearable! I guess that’s something I’m adding to my list for when this collection is out… So far, I definitely have my eye on that Fluidline and those bold lip colors, too!

  17. Priscilla says:

    Feline is coming back with this collection. Totally snatching up one or two.

  18. Caroline says:

    Hmmm can’t decide if I should wait for Ash Violet or go for Dark Diversion…

  19. Chris25 says:

    Ash Violet fluidline looks awesome!

  20. Marina says:

    All three lipsticks are totally hot!!!
    Marina recently posted … Illamasqua The Theatre Of The Nameless.Review Photos and Swatches

  21. Saffron says:

    I don’t especially want anything from this set, but I’m SOOOOO in love with the Cindy Sherman images I just want to walk up to the MAC headquarters and give everyone a great big hug!

  22. Crystal says:

    That Ash Violet is callin my name!
    Crystal recently posted … Chanel Lagons Eyeshadow Quad #29

  23. solowolf says:

    I think the promo pics are absolutely hideous. I won’t be buying anything from this collection. Its about as unflattering as makeup can get. I think I will stick to Chanel’s new releases and some YSL lipstick.
    It looks pretty on you Karen. I have different coloring than you though…. this stuff would make me look like a clown…. a VERY SCARY CLOWN!

  24. Soo says:

    Ash Violet and Show Orchid look lovely! I like how the latter looks on you too
    Soo recently posted … Sun Moon Stars Trio Eyeshadow in Paradise Love from Vincent Longo

  25. Prerna says:

    TOTALLY loving those lipsticks and MSFs! Except that quad – what the chuck is that? A lustre? /loads gun/

    I have to admit, I wasn’t a fan of the collection thus far, but the promo pics really don’t do them justice. And those lipsticks look fab on you! I’m losing my tan (sobsobsob) so I feel like I won’t be able to pull them off this season… but may just pick one of them up for when summer comes around!

  26. kate says:

    I have and love all three of these lipsticks and Lightscapade is my all-time favourite highlighter. That quad makes me scratch my head, though. One of the colours looks a little… invisible…

  27. DalaLuz says:

    I’m not getting too greedy over the MAC collection, but you are sure looking good wearing them!

  28. Lilit says:

    OMG I die. The lipsticks, I want all three of them. That is all.

    PS: glad server’s back up and running!
    Lilit recently posted … What’s a girl to do after a hard day at work? Haul some makeup of course!

  29. Brody says:

    LOVE Cindy Sherman!! It really does seem like a natural pairing! I MUST have the MSFs!! The lipsticks are lovely too, but I need to prioritize.

  30. Staci says:

    I like the look of Ash Violet, but I’m so in love with Essences’ gel liner that I can’t bring myself to purchase another fluidline right now. (I own 5)

  31. Queenie says:

    I have a feeling the MSF’s are gonna be sold out super fast! They’re so gorge! I have Show Orchid (when it was released with a previous collection) and it’s pretty amazing. I sometimes mix it with MAC Red to make it a bit more fuschia, since Show Orchid has some pretty strong blue undertones (at least on my cooler-toned skin).

  32. Joyce says:

    The MSFs look gorgeous on you. I think Lightscapade is gonna be one of the most coveted item in this collection. =)
    Joyce recently posted … Huge Collective Haul (Sephora, Mac, and Drugstore)

  33. Dana says:

    Those MSFs are gorgeous!

  34. Adrienne says:

    Wow, this collection really suits you!!
    And in loving how MAC is going all “art-world” lately, with this and the modern art inspired palettes…makes me crave a museum day πŸ™‚ Cindy Sherman, WOW!
    What kind of camera do you have? My baby is my Nikon d5000 that I got for Christmas last year πŸ™‚

  35. Noga says:

    I wasn’t planing on buying anything from that collection, but now… damn you Porcelain Pink MSF πŸ˜€

  36. Amanda says:

    Love the fluidline and MSF colors!
    Amanda recently posted … Giveaway – Win 6 Bottles Of Essie Nail Polish!

  37. saby says:

    Gee, the colors are to die for, but the makeup on Cindy, a butch work. Too much foundation, I see where they were going with the black contouring but not blended, anyway, bad !
    Karen you are a bombshell !

  38. noemii says:

    i just want the promotional pictures. Cindy Sherman is amaaazing. i don’t think the average consumer will appreciate these images.. Just saying.
    you look lovely in these images πŸ™‚

  39. Mindy M. says:

    Show Orchid is gorgeous and so is the fluidline!

  40. Holman says:

    Cindy Sherman is my idol, so in love with her. She’s not using make up to be ‘pretty’, but to become another person. She just so fully embodies every persona. I must buy from this collection on art principle alone. Even my non-make up loving art friends are excited about this.

  41. MimiG323 says:

    Hey Karen,

    Was one of the colors in that quad really that bad? It looks like it hardly left color at all! Was that the navy? If so, that was the one I was really excited about πŸ™

  42. Ms. Z says:

    Great Photos & Swatches. Thanks!

  43. Cristina says:

    Fusion Pink Looks great on you! The best!!

  44. Viva says:

    I loved snow orchid and fusion pink!
    Viva recently posted … Fall-Winter 2011-12 Makeup Trends !

  45. Zowye says:

    I was trying my best to stay away from limited edition in MAC because I know once they are gone they are gone. But I found out that Fusion Pink can be found through MAC Pro alas I am not a makeup artist. Yet you manage to convince to get me a limited edition shade… fusion pink will be my hot pink.

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