MAC Added a Pinch of Pastel, a Spoonful of Sparkle and a Dash of Cream to the MAC Baking Beauties Collection

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MAC Baking Beauties Collection

What’s for dessert? The new MAC Baking Beauties collection, om nom nom…

Now where’d I put my KitchenAid…?

Don’t let me catch you dipping into the frosting again. 🙂 These products aren’t for tummies. They’re for eyes, lips, nails and cheeks.


The recipe calls for pastel colors and 24 cups of sugar. Definition: it’s sweet, sweet, sweet.

Step into the kitchen! Here’s a taste of 10 of the 24 pieces from the MAC Baking Beauties collection, which comes out of the oven April 18 in North American MAC kitchens, stores and online (and internationally this May).

The MAC Baking Beauties collection

Ya know, I’m lovin’ the idea of this release (because I’m a sugar fiend). Cupcakes and I — we roll deep! But I don’t know… From what I’ve seen so far, these pieces seem more Splenda than C&H.


I was expecting ecstasy with these — the same visceral, intense reaction I get when I bite into a real life red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting (yum!) — but I’m actually on the fence. A lot of these colors look similar on my NC42 skin.

MAC In For a Treat Pearlmatte Face Powder

MAC In For a Treat Pearlmatte Face Powder, a champagne base with a matte coral flower and mint leaves on the pan ($29)

Like In For a Treat Pearlmatte Face Powder and the pretty design (the white edges are an overspray, but I don’t think the design in the center of the pan is). It has all the makings of an award-winning dessert! Normally, I’d want seconds of something like this, but I find myself craving more oomph! Less frost and more coral.
MAC Pink Buttercream Pearlmatte Face Powder

MAC Pink Buttercream Pearlmatte Face Powder, a light silvery pink base with dark pink flowers and periwinkle leaves ($29)

MAC Pink Rebel Lustre Drops

MAC Pink Rebel Lustre Drops, a blueish pink with golden pearl ($21)

MAC Pink Rebel Lustre Drops

MAC Pink Rebel Lustre Drops

MAC Lavender Whip Lipstick

MAC Lavender Whip Lipstick, a light cool lavender with a Cremesheen finish ($15)

MAC Pure Decoration Lipstick

MAC Pure Decoration Lipstick, a light white peach with a Creamsheen finish ($15)

Creamy pale baby blue Glace on the left and creamy light peach Baking Beauty Tinted Lip Balm on the right ($19.50 each)

Creamy pale baby blue Glace on the left and creamy light peach Baking Beauty Tinted Lip Balm on the right ($19.50 each)

MAC Dangerous Cuvee Pro Longwear Paint Pot

MAC Dangerous Cuvee Pro Longwear Paint Pot, a frosted cool gray ($18.50)

MAC Fancy Frosting Pro Longwear Paint Pot

MAC Fancy Frosting Pro Longwear Paint Pot, a frosted white ($18.50)

Oh! — and we’ve got chunky glitter here. I had to spend some time with these Paint Pots because they were very easy to go overboard with at first (looked very chunky and metallic). A good policy with these seems to be using just a pinch.

MAC Baking Beauties Swatches

Pure Decoration Lipstick, Lavender Whip Lipstick, Baking Beauty Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm, Glace Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm, Pink Rebel Lustre Drops blended and unblended

Oh, and the glosses? Based on these two here (Baking Beauty Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm and Glace Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm), they look the same on my lips! Even though one of them looks blue in the tube. They’re both that sheer. Super moisturizing, though, which is cool. I’d probably use them more by layering on top of lipsticks than by themselves.
MAC Baking Beauties Swatches

From the left: In For a Treat Pearlmatte Face Powder, Pink Buttercream Pearlmatte Face Powder, Dangerous Cuvee Pro Longwear Paint Pot and Fancy Frosting Pro Longwear Paint Pot

MAC Baking Beauties Lavender Whip

Lavender Whip Lipstick on my lips Dangerous Cuvee and Fancy Frosting on my Paint Pots on my lids, and Haute & Naughty Mascara on my lashes

MAC Baking Beauties Collection

Wearing In for a Treat Pearlmatte Face Powder on the apples of my cheeks with Pink Rebel Lustre Drops on my upper cheekbones

MAC Baking Beauties Pure Decoration

Pure Decoration Lipstick

Cute packaging and dainty colors, but I think I was expecting a little more Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory and a little less Easter Sunday. Still, you can’t go wrong when you’re talking about cupcakes and MAC.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Amy says:

    It’s unfortunate they didn’t send you some of the darker colours! I’d love to see Eclair (paint pot) and Devil’s Food (lipstick) on you. Both are bold and beautiful. I’ve been itching for a good review so I can get my fix before launch! Thanks for this. Your photos are adorable.

  2. Really cute presentation Karen! I was expecting more from this collection also. This couldve been a really cute collection (MAC had cute names…ughh the design). Thinking about the lustre drops and maybe pink buttercream. Nothing is really WOWing me.

  3. Jenny says:

    These are all so spring-y and wonderful! The eyeshadow with the floral design looks like it would smudge all of those colors together, so I wouldn’t be to excited to get that…However, the lipstick looks really fun and so lovely on you!

  4. Agata says:

    This post is so cute, you always come up with the best ideas Karen. Great pictures. Too bad the collection is disappointing though.

  5. Lauren says:

    I was hoping for cuter packaging, maybe like macaron packages of blush? Something cute! But these really do just seem ‘Splenda’. Meh.
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  6. Joyce says:

    The pearlmatte face powders r cute, but not as cute as MAC’s previous collection. The collection sounds so fun n the promo picture shows cakes, but the products just don’t remind me of sweets or bakery food. =/

  7. Danielle says:

    Haha Karen, these pictures are adorable. I was expecting a bit more from this collection. I will still go to MAC and look at everything, but I don’t have any one item in-mind to buy.
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  8. Gina says:

    Thank you SO much for doing these swatches!!!!!! I have been checking your blog every day hoping for these (I love to see swatches before I buy and I trust your opinion). Thank you again (and again and again)

  9. Gina says:

    How similar is Pure Decoration to MAC Innocence Beware?

  10. Nicole says:

    Is it just me, or do these Lustre Drops look completely different from the Pink Rebel in the permanent collection?

  11. Jaye Brown says:

    I get what you’re saying about more Splenda. So far, this collection isn’t much my bag. But your apron sure is. Would you mind sharing where you found that? I’m kind of in love with it.

  12. Marie says:

    The face powders are so pretty! Thanks for posting this. Now I wanna get me some of that lavender whip!

  13. Annie says:

    I have been waiting for someone to swatch this upcoming line! And I have two words for your post: super adorable!

  14. Amber says:

    Karen, I love the pictures of you and the post! You are always so creative. The MAC collection is just meh to me. You look adorable though! 😄
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  15. April says:

    Karen, great photos! Do you have he original Lavender Whip from 2008? In your opinion, is this new one any different at all?

  16. Jennifer says:

    I don’t like that pink on you Karen, I’m so sorry! Your face is phenomenal as always but that pink doesn’t do your beauty justice!

  17. Olivia says:

    These pictures are so cute. I’m not a fan of this, though…just so lackluster!
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  18. Amy says:

    The lustre drops look like an update of a liquid bronzer they had years ago. Too subtle for blush purposes but love the idea of a liquid blush. Cremes don’t blend and powders emphasize fine lines. Karen, if you have any ideas about which blush options are kindest to fine lines and crow’s feet, please let us know! Chanel, maybe, or another MAC product? Adorable presentation as usual!

  19. Great pictures as always! You really tell a story with your posts which is so unique and fun! I had no interest in this collection at first, but after seeing Pink Buttercream swatched on another NW 20 blogger, I was in the tank for it! I love the super cool pinky-ness of it! I picked up Pink Buttercream and the MSF Lightscapade repromote from the Hayley Williams collection. I guess it’s a good thing that I’m not in deep for Baking Beauties since I went a bit inter-gallactic on Archie’s Girls, lol!

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