MAC Brunette Blonde Redhead Eyeshadow, Lipstick, Lipglass and Mineralize Skinfinish Swatches

Published in: MAC Makeup, Product Reviews

I. DON’T. CARE that it’s strange. I can’t help that my favorite set in MAC’s new Brunette Blonde Redhead collection is Redhead. Makeup rules were meant to be broken, right?


Here are some MAC Brunette Blonde Redhead swatches, hot and fresh out the kitchen (sorry, I’ve been listening to R. Kelly all day). 🙂

Here’s everything *except* for the three Brow Set gels — Girl Boy, Clear and Show Off. Already part of the permanent collection, the Brow Gels are available for peeping and purchasing at the MAC counter and online.

Brunette Mineralize Skinfinish is the shizz! I wanna take the pan and just rub it all over my bod like a makeup pervert.

I’m also lusting after Quick Tease Lipglass and Deep Shade Eyeshadow…

From left to right:

  • Chignon Lipstick: shimmery plum with pink pearl
  • What A Do! Lipstick: frosty pink coral gold
  • Quick Tease Lipglass: shimmery plum
  • Soft Wave Lipglass: shimmery peach

From left to right:

  • Deep Shade Eyeshadow: shimmery royal blue
  • Henna Eyeshadow: shimmery gold khaki
  • Femme Fi Eyeshadow: shimmery gold beige
  • Brunette Mineralize Skinfinish: shimmery coral

I think most of the Blonde collection shades are too cool for my skin tone, but my pale beauties should have plenty o’ fun with them.

Two colors that did make my heart skip a beat were Strawberry Blonde Lipglass (I can see this pairing perfectly with a classic cat eye) and Top Knot Eyeshadow (hello, smokey eye hawtness!).

From left to right:

  • B-Babe Lipstick: frosty cool pink
  • All’s Fair Lipstick: shimmery purple pink
  • Strawberry Blonde Lipglass: shimmery red pink
  • Peroxide Lipglass: shimmery white pink

From left to right:

  • Pincurl Eyeshadow: shimmery white pink with a touch of gray
  • Knight Eyeshadow: shimmery slate blue gray
  • Top Knot Eyeshadow: shimmery charcoal with purple glitter flecks
  • Blonde Mineralize Skinfinish: shimmery cool pink

Redhead’s my favorite of the three sets. The gold, pink and peach color palette makes a lot of sense to me, but I like the others almost as much.

On my wish list: all the Redhead eyeshadows, Red Devil Lipglass and Redhead Mineralize Skinfinish.

From left to right:

  • Marquise D’: creamy peach
  • Blow Dry: creamy coral pink
  • Live and Let Dye Lipglass: shimmery cool light pink
  • Red Devil Lipglass: shimmery coral orange

From left to right:

  • Flip Eyeshadow: shimmery bronze gold
  • 100 Strokes Eyeshadow: shimmery peach pink
  • French Cuff: shimmery plum burgundy
  • Redhead Mineralize Skinfinish: shimmery peach gold

The Eye Kohls

The three eyeliners are actually members of the permanent collection. I recommend Smolder — it’s a must-have for smokey eyes.

  • Smolder (Brunette): rich black
  • Phone Number (Blonde): gray
  • Teddy (Redhead): shimmery bronze brown

Well, my fellow MAC-aholics, what do ya think? Does MAC Brunette Blonde Redhead make your hair flip? I may be raven-haired, but I fell for Redhead, haaaay! 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Major congratulations to reader Tiffany for winning this week’s MAC Brunette Blonde Redhead giveaway!


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  1. Briana says:

    Lucky Tiffany! 🙂 I think I like the colors in the blonde set best.

  2. lesley says:

    As a fellow Brunette, I have to admit that I like the Redhead set better!! I also can’t wait to see the MSFs from this collection! 🙂

  3. Indian Girl says:

    Same here Karen. I liked the redheads stuff too though I have jet black hair. The shimmery plum gloss in Brunette looks good, right?

    Indian Girl´s last blog post..Gisele Bundchen’s Makeup Must Haves

  4. I LOVE the blonde and the red best but like practically everything in all three. These are really great collections. I am a step ahead because I already have all three eye kohls, yay! Oh how I wish my Sephora gift card was a MAC gift card instead!

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  5. Ling says:

    Thanks for the swatches Karen! I loveee your blog.

    Quick question. I’m a NC25. Which MSF would you recommend for me? Redhead or Brunette? I’ve got too many pink face stuff that I’ll willing skip the Blonde one.


  6. Erin says:

    “Brunette Mineralize Skinfinish is the shizz! I wanna take the pan and just rub it all over my bod like a makeup pervert.” ROFLMAO

    I LOOOOVE your swatches. One problem with them though- you make me want a lot more of this than I did before!!!! I only wanted Redhead MSF, Flip, and Red Devil. Now I also want Henna e/s and maybe French Cuff and 100 Strokes, and also Quick Tease l/g!

  7. Erin says:

    Ohhh also, question… If I am definitely getting Red Devil, do I need Strawberry Blonde? It looks very similar, just not as nice as RD.

  8. Archelle says:

    I want them all! Just not the blue eyeshadows. Pincurl looks gorgeous!

    I’ve had my hair blonde, brunette, and red this year so I feel entitled to all of them, lol.

  9. Daya says:

    Thank you for the swatches Karen!! Most all the colors are beautiful. 🙂 A lot of the the lipglasses are going home with me!!!

  10. Tavia says:

    I love all the swatches from the Blonde collection. My skin tone is pale so I usually use pink shades. These colors are really nice.

    Tavia´s last blog post..Review: Clinique Turnaround – 15 Minute Facial mask

  11. Brenda says:

    I’ve died….and gone to makeup heaven.

    Brenda´s last blog post..FOTD: Half a geisha

  12. Jeanne says:

    Oh man, Brunette and Redhead!! (Hilariously enough, I’ve been platinum blonde since May, but I’m nearly done growing it all out and going back to brunette.)

    Thank you for the swatches! So much lovely eyeshadow!

    Jeanne´s last blog post..Highlights from a New Year’s Battle Royale

  13. Courtney L says:

    I’m usually a lurker, haha. But I was just wondering…
    Is it just me, or do both Blonde and Redhead look like the full Blonde line would go with the full blonde line, and the full Redhead would go with the full redhead line, but the Brunette line looks like you couldn’t wear any of them together?
    Just wondering, as someone with brown hair who alsoo likes redhead best- but I’ve got paler skin so yeah maybe thats why (i’m so freaking pale in the winter, haha)

  14. Vivien says:

    i. love. you.

    would you say that knight is comparable enough to knight devine to skip it? thank you! 🙂

  15. Grace Kutney says:

    Ugh, why’d I read this post? All I really wanted were the 226 and brunette MSF. Now I want the redhead msf AND All’s Fair l/s AND possibly 100 Strokes e/s. Aacckkk. =)

  16. Sanna says:

    thanks for the awesome swatches:)

    Sanna´s last blog post..brunt

  17. Wendy says:

    Blonde, Bruntte, Redhead, I don’t mind. I just want them all! 😉

  18. Tiera says:

    I like the Brunette lippies and the Blonde shadows/powder! I’m missing Phone Number Eye Kohl, but I don’t think I’m in a rush to pick it up!

    Tiera´s last blog post..Look: Copper and Teal for New Year’s Eve 2008

  19. Beth says:

    As I’m naturally a redhead, but have my dair dyed blonde do you think it means I can have both collections? 😀

    There isn’t much in either of the collections which I don’t want, which could prove to be expensive. I think I’ve got a bit of time before it comes out here – we’re still on the Dame Edna/Chill ones, so I probably ought to start saving!

    Beth´s last blog post..Hello 2009!

  20. Susanne says:

    Awesome swatches, thank you!! I got Chill and Dame Edna yesterday and start being excited for BBR now 😉

  21. Karen4 says:

    As a redhead, I love the entire collection for redheads, but I’m also feeling the love for the Brunette’s Quick Tease lipglass. Can’t wait for the collection to be released!

    Thanks for the preview!

  22. Karen B says:

    Redhead’s my fave out of the three too. I do like the blonde lipglasses and the darkest brunette lipstick.

    Karen B´s last blog post..Feel the love!!!! wheeee!

  23. Yarisse says:

    Hm… They are all nice, but I think that the promo poster says everything – the Brunette is meant for the darker skin tones ladies. Well, at least according to my opinion.
    I am the real brunette, but I have very fair skin with a warm undertone and also a light eye color. And here we are – I need the Redhead collection! I fell in love with it on the spot!
    Well, all of them has great shades of lip things and eyeshadow but the Brunette is too dark and really not my cup of tea and the Blonde is too cool for my skintone.

  24. Holly says:

    Oh no this is sooo going to be bad news for my holiday wallet!!
    I realllyyy hope it is all still available when I get to NY, I have a strong feeling that MAC is going to be my first port of call when I land!

  25. Adriana says:

    thanks for the swatches! Everything looks gorgeous, and I agree the redhead is DA BOMB! brunette is also cool, I like henna and the lippies. My bday is Friday so I guess I will head up to a makeover and buy the whole collection!

  26. Sara says:

    I like shades from every collection. I’m drooling over henna, deep shade and knight eyeshadows.

  27. Karen says:

    Hi Briana,

    I like them too. I just wish they’d work with my skin color (sigh)!

  28. Karen says:

    Hi Lesley,

    The MSFs are hawt. I’ll probably end up snagging two, LOL. Are you a big MSF fan?

  29. Karen says:

    Hi Indian Girl,

    Oh yah, Quick Tease is *beautiful* in person. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. 🙂

  30. Karen says:

    Hi Vampy Varnish,

    Yay! Don’t you love Smolder? Gotta have it for smokey eyes!

    What do you think you’re going to get?

  31. Karen says:

    Hi Ling,

    I’d probably go with redhead if you’re very fair. You could probably also pull off Brunette if you used a skunk brush or a fan brush to apply. 🙂

  32. Karen says:

    Hi Erin,

    I’d stick with Red Devil. I do like Strawberry Blonde but Red Devil has that *wow* factor, ya know?

  33. Karen says:

    Hi Archelle,

    Props to you for rocking so many hair colors in one year! 🙂 I wish I could pull that off!

    Lemme know what you end up getting!

  34. Karen says:

    Hi Daya,

    You’re welcome! Which Lipglasses are you excited about?

  35. Karen says:

    Hi Tavia,

    They are very pretty. You’re lucky to be able to pull ’em off. I wish I could!

  36. Karen says:

    Hi Brenda,

    LOL! 🙂

  37. Karen says:

    Hi Jeanne,

    Is it true that blondes have more fun? 🙂

  38. Karen says:

    Hi Courtney L.,

    Yah, I thought the same thing when I saw all the colors in a row. I think the eyeshadows in the Brunette set throw off the flow.

  39. Karen says:

    Hi Vivien,

    I think there’s a difference. Knight has deep purple flecks and the black has a purple tint to it. It’s *very pretty* in person. But honestly, if you already have Knight Divine then you probably don’t need it unless you’re a hard core smokey eye person.

  40. Karen says:

    Hi Grace Kutney,

    LOL! I’m kinda lusting after the 226, too.

  41. Karen says:

    Hi Sanna,

    You’re welcome!

  42. Karen says:

    Hi Wendy,

    Girl! Are you going to spring for the entire thing? Woot!

  43. Karen says:

    Hi Tiera,

    Let me know if you end up getting the Blonde shadows! I wanna see how you work ’em. 🙂

  44. Karen says:

    Hi Beth,

    Yes, it does!

    I had red streaks in my hair ten years ago… maybe that’s why I want Redhead so badly, LOL.

    BTW, what do you think of Dame Edna?

  45. Karen says:

    Hi Susanne,

    You’re welcome! What do you think you’re going to pick up?

  46. Karen says:

    Hi Karen4,

    Sure. 🙂 You will love Quick Tease. It’s so pretty!

  47. Karen says:

    Hi Karen B.,

    Ahhh, yes homie. We’ve come so far in the land of lipsticks and lipglasses, haven’t we?

  48. Karen says:

    Hi Yarisse,

    Redhead looks like it’s going to be the darling out of the three collections. 🙂 It sounds like it’s going to look great on you!

  49. Karen says:

    Hi Holly,

    When are you leaving for NY? It’s soon, yah?

  50. Karen says:

    Hi Adriana,

    What a nice birthday present! You will have to let me know what you get. 🙂 Are you doing anything for your birthday?

  51. Karen says:

    Hi Sara,

    Knight is very pretty in person. I literally went “OooOOOoo” when I swatched it!

  52. Karen B says:

    We do dear, we do. I’ve seen the light 😉

    Karen B´s last blog post..Feel the love!!!! wheeee!

  53. Karen says:

    Hi Karen B.,


    Funny, but I’m the same way about blush… before 2002 I never wore it! Now I can’t imagine life without it. 🙂

  54. CoCo says:

    Egh… the brunette eyeshadows are kind of strange… I’m a little disappointed. The blonde eyeshadows look awesome though!

  55. I am totally dead serious when I say I see myself getting almost everything! Ok maybe not REALLY but I want: Soft Wave, B-Babe, All’s Fair, Peroxide, Marquis D and Live and Let Dye for lips. Then I want Henna ES along with all ES from Blonde (except maybe Top Knot) and all ES from Redhead! WOW. I am hoping I don’t like at least some on me so I spare my poor, poor bank account some pain!

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  56. Music_Is_Freedom says:

    I’m definitely lemming Quick Tease and Chignon, and I’m curious about Red Devil and Strawberry Blonde. Can’t wait until Thursday to see them!

  57. Tiffany says:

    yay for swatches! and yay for me being a winner for once in my life, lol! I have passed on almost all the recent MAC collections (or bought like only 1 item), but I am really excited for this one! I am going to buy all 3 skinfinishes, and maybe femme fi eyeshadow. french cuff looks great on your skin, but I have a feeling it would make me look bruised? and everything else that I wanted is being given to me by the lovely Karen 🙂

  58. Madeleine says:

    As a rare – these days – real blond (lucky me,platinum blond – last time I got a haircut the hairdresser called me “a bitch” because of my nice hair color – still not sure,whether it was a complement or what ?!) I will be definitely getting the Blonde set .Somehow I just don’t see myself wearing colors from other sets 🙁 Pitty 🙁

  59. Elle says:

    The inner wanna-be redhead in me (wish I could pull it off!) wants most of the redhead collection too! Sad news for my wallet, but at least I have my $20 Nordstrom Note coupon to (somewhat) soften the blow. Love the brunette lip and eye colors, but at least I already have Femme-Fi, and the blue looks a bit too Deep Truth-y to me…we’ll see what happens when I get to the counter. I’m also an official MSF junkie, so bad, bad news… 🙂

    I hope you had a great holiday season, Karen! Hope you have a wonderful ’09 too! 🙂

  60. Karen says:

    Hi Vampy Varnish,

    LOL, I think we are all in the same MAC lust boat.

    I am still going back and forth on Henna… I have a Shu shade that’s very similar.

    Anyhoo, happy Monday!

  61. Karen says:

    Hi Music_Is_Freedom,

    Yay, me too! Let me know what you end up getting. 🙂

  62. Karen says:

    Hi Tiffany,

    Ahh, French Cuff has lots of purple/red in it… it’s one of those colors that’ll either look really great or really fab, me thinks.

    🙂 LOL, I never win anything, either. I did win the slot machine once at Vegas ($400!) but that’s about it, ha ha!

  63. Karen says:

    Hi Madeleine,

    I really like the colors in the Blonde set! You’re so lucky to be able to pull ’em off (and to have such an amazing hair color).

  64. Karen says:

    Hi Elle,

    I thought the same thing when I saw the blue shade.

    Eek, I think I’m getting on the MSF junkie train…

  65. Karen B says:

    Oh I hear you. Blush is a gift, especially for the pale like me 🙂

    Karen B´s last blog post..Feel the love!!!! wheeee!

  66. Beth says:

    Hey Karen

    I went and had a look at the Dame Edna collection yesterday and I was a little disappointed. It all seemd a little garish (although I was tempted by the eyeshadow trios) so I didn’t get anything. I got Mont Black and Wintersky eyeshadows from the Chill collection though. I wore wintersky on its own today, just with some mascara and I really love the colour. Its pretty and seems like a good “wear to work” sort of shade so I’m pretty happy!

    Do you have anything from Dame Edna? I’ve missed a month or so’s worth of posts, busy December!


    Beth´s last blog post..Hello 2009!

  67. pia says:

    oooo…what a relief not to want anything from this collection. (unless it’s a freebie, of course :D)

    pia´s last blog post..Nail Color – December 2008

  68. Diva Style says:

    Oh Jesus, I’m loving the brunette colors…I should just go to Mac and give them my paycheck now. DAMN DAMN DAMN!!!! LOL.

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  69. Jen says:

    I will be getting most of Redhead and the lipglasses from Brunette for sure!

    Jen´s last blog post..FOTD – Fave Soft Smokey Gray

  70. Jamie says:

    Hi Karen!! I am so glad I found your website, you amazing tutorials and reviews! Just wondering if the lipglass from BBR – soft wave is similar to lipglass – Oh Baby! from the permanent collection???

  71. xoxon says:

    I fell for the Brunette and Red Head 😀

  72. Kayla says:

    Hi Karen! I know this post is almost 3 months old but I have been looking for a gorgeous plum gloss and have found Quick Tease! I have already ordered Quick Tease but am wondering if I should have ordered Strawberry Blonde as well. I have cool ivory colored skin and light ash blonde hair. I have heard conflicting things about Strawberry Blonde’s undertones. Do you think Strawberry Blonde would look good with my cool undertones?

  73. Trayceeee says:

    I seriously wish Mac would come out with this collection again! I am lucky to own Brunette MSF but would LOVE a backup AND the eyeshadows! *sigh*

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