MAC Cult of Cherry On Sale Now: Product Shots, Swatches

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MAC counters nationwide are under constant attack today by crazed MAC fans (like me) dying to get their grubby, makeup stained hands on the new Cult of Cherry and Overrich collections. It’s total mayhem! πŸ™‚


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I’m late for work and have to zip out the door, but here are swatches for now. I’ll post updates later today with more detailed reviews. Enjoy! πŸ™‚

Eye Shadow Palettes ($36)

Shadowy Lady

Spiced Chocolate


Lipsticks ($14)

Mattene Lipsticks ($14.50)

Tinted Lipglass ($14)

Powder Blush ($18)

Plum du Bois



Nail Lacquer ($11)

Illegal Purple


Hey, wipe that drool off ya chin! Oh, wait, that’s my chin, LOL!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


UPDATE: 8/21/08, 8:40PM PST
MAC Cult of Cherry did not disappoint. I love almost everything in the collection — the Lipglasses and Lipsticks, the quads, blushes and Kirsh Mattene. The Lipglasses are my favorites.

The only products I’m not crazy about are the other Mattene shades — Bing, Chock-Ful and Rapturous — and the Nail Lacquers. I think the Mattenes look interesting and pretty, but ultimately I feel like they’re too dark for my lips. To make them wearable, I’d have to pop on a lighter lipgloss, for sure.

I dig the Nail Lacquers, too, but similar shades are available for less. Sally Hansen’s Night Divinity ($6) is a dead ringer for MAC’s Silverstruck, and I think Sally’s Alchemy ($6) resembles MAC’s Illegal Purple.


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  1. Glosslizard says:

    Mmmmmm, pretty! I went this morning and got the Shadowy Lady quad (smudged violet is soooooo pretty!) and Kirsch mattene! I tried on Plum du Bois blush, and I liked it, but I’m trying to save a little for my Chanel adventure next month! I love Jampacked too, but I have a Smashbox gloss that’s almost a dead ringer! Overall, amazingly gorgeous stuff and I didn’t break the bank! Yay! πŸ™‚

  2. Dao says:

    Drool! :)~

    I have lots of similar eyeshadows already so I’m not going to get any of the quads. The lippies are tempting though and I’m on a no-buy policy until the end of this month. Can you hear my cry already? T_T

    Daos last blog post..My Makeup Blog Poll

  3. Elle says:

    I think this is the first time I’ve ever wanted every single lipglass in a collection…maybe even a few backups. LOL, my credit card is going to cry! Thanks for the swatches, Karen…I’m delaying the mayhem until this weekend at Nordstrom’s. I’ll report back with some tips from my awesome MAC MA πŸ™‚

    Back to drooling on my keyboard…

  4. Karen says:

    Hi Glosslizard,

    Yay for the mini haul. Isn’t Kirsch pretty? I think it might be my favorite Mattene of the bunch.

    I wanted to wear Cherry Blossom Lipglass to work today but I was in such a hurry to get out of the house that I left her sitting on my desk. *tears*

  5. Karen says:

    Hi Dao,

    Be strong, girl! You can hold on until the end of the month. Are you saving for something special?

  6. Karen says:

    Hi Elle,

    The Lipglasses are TO DIE FOR! Seriously just so beautiful. They are the stand outs from the collection for me so far.

    Have you looked at the face charts yet on the site? Will your MA be doing one of the Cult of Cherry the looks on you?

  7. Amanda says:

    oh wow. I thought I was going to be immune to this collection….but nope. i usually don’t do the quads, but they are extra gorgeous this time. I think I can resist though. but I don’t think I can resist jampacked!!! wow. hotness.

  8. Karen says:

    Hi Amanda,

    You gotta get your hands on Tempting, at the very least! It’s probably my favorite so far.

    Yeah, Jampacked = smoking hot! All the Lipglasses are super pretty…

  9. Jeanne says:

    Ohhhh, gorgeous! Thank you so much for all of these swatches!! Jampacked and Rich & Ripe and the quads… aiiiyeee.

  10. Karen says:

    Hi Jeanne,

    You’re welcome!

    I feel the same way about Rich & Ripe. What do you think of the Mattenes?

  11. Jeanne says:

    Hi Karen! (Since I’m still here, hee.)

    I haven’t actually tried the Mattenes yet, because I’m more of a gloss than a matte girl (I have Russian Red and if you’ve got that as a matte red, well, then you are pretty much done looking, no?), but I love the Slimshines. I will have to take a closer look at the Mattenes when I stop by the counter, because Rapturous sure is pretty too.

    Jeannes last blog post..Following the Project Runway Pattern

  12. Karen says:

    Heya Jeanne,

    Rapturous is my second favorite (right behind Kirsch)! I know it sorta defeats the purpose to put gloss on it but I am dying to put a layer of Cherry Blossom on it when I get home from work. Wheee!

    I have only two Slimshines, believe it or not. I like them too, but they sure seem to disappear quickly!

  13. Tatiana says:

    hey karen,

    Whats a better red for us caramel skin gals, Russian Red or So Scarlet? I like the So Scarlet better, just judging from pictures. Are they both office wearable?

  14. Karen says:

    Hi Tatiana,

    Depends on how much blue you like. I think Russian Red has a bit o’ blue in it, but it does work for the tanned skin ladies! Try them both on and see which one makes your heart flutter more. πŸ™‚

    Regarding office wearability — depends on your environment and of course, how you work it. You can wear both with a neutral cat eye and still look professional, me thinks!

  15. Lehea says:

    I copped me a Spiced Chocolate quad (My first MAC quad ever. Yeee!) and Lightly Ripe lipstick. Didn’t get a chance to see the Liqueur lipglass because the MUA was using it on a customer. It’s a nice color, so I might use my paycheck on that tomorrow. Gah, so addicting! >:P

  16. Daya says:

    Hey Karen!

    What is your opinion on the Lightly Ripe vs. Mellow Mood? I went in for MM, hoping it would be a little lighter than my Brave (which is the perfect plummy neutral for me! :)). Got to CoC lipglass but am going back for Jampacked. The colors are so pretty!!

  17. Tatiana says:

    I think I’ve decided on Plum du Bois. Blooming might make me look ashy. Still deciding on a lip color, the eyeshadow quad will have to wait because I’m low on scrilla scrills. MAC trip after work tomorrow, yaay!

  18. Faye says:

    A few weeks ago, I gave myself a big lecture about not needing more makeup. I have two Sterilite carts filled with it. Hundreds of glosses, lipsticks, dozens of eyeshadows, etc. There is really nothing I need. Just because I can afford to buy more doesn’t mean I should, I said.

    So why did I find myself buying the Shadowy Lady quad, So Scarlet and Lightly Ripe lipsticks, and Cult of Cherry, Jampacked, and Rich & Ripe lipglosses today? Oh MAC, you vixeny temptress :).

  19. Tami says:

    OMG! I’m in love…

  20. Miss QQ says:

    Hi Karen. Glad to finally be able to see it from you. Hope to hear and see more about this collection here. CanÒ€ℒt wait to see a FOTD. πŸ˜‰

  21. Laurie says:

    I really love this collection! I picked up Spiced Chocolate, Kirsch and Jampacked. I’m so digging the lippies.

    Think you might be doing an EOTD with Spiced Chocolate for us all to see?! I am wondering how to wear the Brash color – thinking a tiny smudge in the crease, but I always love your tips!

    Lauries last blog post..Spreading the Puppy Love

  22. Elle says:

    Hey Karen!

    I have taken a look at the looks–I might have her do the Lightly Ripe look. She also said she was going to show how to make everything more day-wearable, so I’m psyched! πŸ™‚

    Ugh, those lipglasses seriously look so freakin’ beautiful!

  23. jessie says:

    OMG these are so beautiful. Do you think you can find a dupe for Sweet Chestnut from the Spiced Chocolate quad from any of MAC’s perm singles? I only like this colour from that quad

    jessies last blog post..Beauty Test: GNC Women’s Ultra Nourish-Hair

  24. cloudburst says:

    This collection blows me out of the water. Fall is always my favorite because I prefer intense, rich colours. I bought the 3 quads, So Scarlet (which I am convinced will look amazing on everyone), Creme Cerise, Liquer, Jampacked & Cult of Cherry.

    Unbelieveably I will be going back for Lighty Ripe, Rapturous & Kirsch or Bing.

    I will be swimming in makeup.

  25. Denise says:

    Wow! First off thank so much for the amazing pictures! Fabulous!

    Thanks to you I have discovered that I have a dupe for all of the mattene lipsticks, three of the lip glasses and 4-5 of the shadows. I’ll be doing a video about it next week and crediting your blog:)

    I love this collection and I’m so happy I have almost all of it already:)

    Thanks so much and enjoy your products.

  26. kia says:

    silverstruck is actually pretty nice!!!

    kias last blog post..Yummy411: Beyonce’s 5 Beauty Must Haves!

  27. Karen says:

    Hi Lehea,

    Yay for Spiced Chocolate! You’ll be a lot of use out of that, because you can use the shades as basics for other looks. πŸ™‚

    Lightly Ripe is very pretty! I think I’m going to use it a ton for day looks!

  28. Karen says:

    Hi Daya,

    Hmm, I don’t own Mellow Mood so I can’t really say. I can say, though, that Lightly Ripe is very beautiful and super wearable for day. It’s going to be a great go-to shade…

    I agree, the Lipglass shades in particular are super gorgeous!

  29. Karen says:

    Hi The Fashionable Housewife,

    Right? Me too!

  30. Karen says:

    Hi Tatiana,

    If we’re similar shades then you’ll be able to wear Plum du Bois easily. Blooming is nice, but I found today if I put too much on it looks to obvs. It’ll look more natural in mid winter, when I lose the summer tan. Have fun during your trip after work… be sure to check out Overrich too (dunno if you’re a pigment girl?) cause it’s a BEAUTY!

  31. Karen says:

    Hi Faye,

    LOL! Girl, you and me both. Seriously, though, there are worse habits to have. At least makeup is creative and artistic and it doesn’t hurt anybody!

    Oh, and yay for your haul!

  32. Karen says:

    Hi Tami,

    It happens with the collection. πŸ˜‰

  33. Karen says:

    Hi Miss QQ,

    Got a few of those lined up! Have you checked out the face charts? Some of them are really pretty!

  34. Karen says:

    Hi Laurie,

    Sure! I am going to try the “Cherry Blossom” look from the face charts, I think. I was looking at the looks last night and this one might be easy enough for me to pull off before I go to work in the mornings, LOL.

    You picked up the most useful quad, for sure! You can use that with so much…

  35. Karen says:

    Hi Elle,

    I know! I took one look at them and was like, “Uh ohhhh.”

    Lightly Ripe is very pretty! I wonder how she’s going to change up the look for day. You’ll have to report back. πŸ™‚

  36. Karen says:

    Hi Jessie,

    Sweet Chestnut is described as a “frosted cranberry,” so from the MAC descriptions on the website here are a few that might work: Cranberry, Trax, Sketch and Plum Dressing. I may be able to pop by the counter tomorrow to do a swatch comparison if I have time after work… I’ll try!

  37. Karen says:

    Hi Cloudburst,

    I know! I am loving it too. It’s just really pretty and so wearable.

    Have fun at the counter tomorrow… I vote for Kirsch over Bing!

  38. Karen says:

    Hi Denise,

    You’re welcome! And thanks for the video credit, woot!

  39. Karen says:

    Hi Kia,

    I like the shade but find that MAC polish chips really quickly on my nails. My hands take a beating at work. Did you end up picking up any shades?

  40. Marisol says:

    I think you are disappointed in me. I went to MAC and checked out all the new goodies and walked out with nothing. I really wanted two of the three quads but thinking about it, I realize that I have dupes of these colors so I decided to save my $$.

    I too was in shock when I walked out without any MAC goodies.

  41. Dao says:

    Hi Karen,

    Actually I’ve been over my budget and there’s something I should have bought already but I didn’t get a good deal. Can’t tell you anything for now, you’ll know about it hopefully next month.

    Today I cleaned my room and found a whole lotta makeup everywhere! So I really need to be strong because I have a whole bunch of stuff to play with already.

    Daos last blog post..My Makeup Blog Poll

  42. Karen says:

    Hi Dao,

    That sounds very mysterious. Tabs and I are very curious now!

    Yeah, there’s a whole lotta makeup on my desk right now, so I feel ya. It was clean this morning, and then Cult of Cherry hit!

  43. Karen says:

    Hi Marisol,

    Wow, not one Lipglass, nothing? Nada?

  44. Marisol says:

    Nothing… not even a sample of any MAC.

    Marisols last blog post..…And Now You Know

  45. Asta says:

    I got the quads since I didn’t have any MAC until today, and I’ve been wanting deep truth anyway…so I just went for it. I’m in love with the lipsticks and lipglasses. I’m usually just a gloss and out the door girl (I focus on my eye looks), so I’m really excited that I found a bunch of shades that look and feel great on me. I got Lightly Ripe l/s, and Jampacked and Rich and Ripe lipglasses. I want to go back and try all the other l/s but today too many people were trying everything.

    I am in LOVE. I don’t think I could buy another brand’s lipstick after this. Although I really like some of the new Urban Decay shades…

  46. Roxy says:

    I’m kind of disappointed in this collection because of the e/s quads! like half o them are repromotes or others are dupable [like sharp = bitter?] but idk the MUA will probably change my mind when i go in tomorrow LOL but i am definitely getting half of the lip glasses & a few of the lipsticks! creme cerise and lightly ripe look sooo juicy!

    Roxys last blog post..Silk Naturals Swatches

  47. Heids says:

    I think I will be going for the lipsticks and glosses with this collection. I am saving my eyeshadow pennies for most of the overrich collection! LOVE them. I cannot believe that we UK ppl have to wait another month. super boo huh!

    Heidss last blog post..La Roche-Posay now available in the UK

  48. Holly says:

    Oh my goodness I have to have the Tempting quad those colours are beautiful!! And the lipsticks…allllll the lipstick *must stay away from MAC, must stay away from MAC* this is not going to be good news for my poor poor (in ever sense of the word) bank balance!!

    Not loving the nail varnishes though, im not a big fan of MAC varnishes anyway I think they are overpriced for the quality and those colours are too similar to ones I already have from better quality brands!

  49. Karen B says:

    I think I’ll go for blooming blush (looks like a fun girly colour) and maybe the tempting quad, but that depends on how much of the overrich collection I’ll be getting…

    Karen Bs last blog post..Picspam: Valerenga – Liverpool FC August 5th 08

  50. Music_Is_Freedom says:

    Mmmm…the Cult has me in its thrall! I checked it out yesterday, and while I’m not such a fan of the brownish shades the collection offers, I do have my eye on three items in the collection: So Scarlet lipstick and the lipglasses Cult of Cherry and Cherry Blossom. (I would have added Russian Red to that list, but then I remembered I already own it.) I’m looking instead at the Pro Longwear Lustre in Gypsy Rose/Shimmer It to add to my makeup collection as well.

  51. Erin says:

    I can’t decide between the Tempting quad and Spiced Chocolate…. I don’t think I should get both LOL. I definitely want the Jampacked lipglass though.

  52. cloudburst says:

    I have to agree with you Karen, I find MAC polish chips instantly. After I bought & returned the Nautical Navy shade I sort of decided I wasn’t going to buy their polish anymore.

  53. Megan says:

    I like parts of it…but some of it I could do without…I’m so not a MACaholic yet…I like the plummy blush a lot…:) and the chocolate eye palette.

  54. lexi says:

    yes i did buy the shadowy lady pallette yesterday – loving it because i don’t have too much violet shadows in my collection – can’t wait to really play with the colors. I also bought “O” lipstick and even the silverstruck nailpolish. I was at the Pro shop today and I bought the studio fix mist foundation (love!) and i brought back 6 old MAC containers and got my free lipstick – the “lightly ripe”. I’m still trying to get use to the color. I tried the So Scarlet – still scared of it even though I wore blue red lipsticks in high school. Traumatized I guess.

    Yeah, I’m going back fo pigment and maybe even the Tempting palette. I have a makeup addiction problem, I know!

  55. Tiera says:

    I can’t wait to get out of this office and get my hands on some Cult of Cherry. Thanks for the swatches. I think I’ll skip Plum Du Bois and the Mattene lippies.

  56. Betsy says:

    I’m loving what they have for lips!

  57. Michelle says:

    Wow i’m really loving this collection. I think i’m going to pick up the Tempting quad, the lightly ripe lipstick & the Liplass in Cherry Blossom, Rich & Ripe, and Liquer. Thanks for the swatches!

  58. Karen says:

    Hi Marisol,

    Wow! Well, if they didn’t call to ya then that’s good for your wallet. Plus, you know that MAC will roll out 23454759696 more collections by the year’s end so there’s always more stuff to look forward too.

  59. Karen says:

    Hi Asta,

    Oh! When you go try Creme Cerise with Cherry Blossom Lipglass on top. It’s very pretty. πŸ™‚

    What did you think of the Mattenes?

  60. Karen says:

    Hi Roxy,

    Both are really pretty and would look really nice you. Don’t forget Cherry Blossom Lipglass…

  61. Karen says:

    Hi Heids,

    Aww, shucks! Well, until then you will at least have your lipsticks and lipglasses to tide you over.

  62. Karen says:

    Hi Holly,

    The lip products are the real stunners! Be ready to be tempted by more than the quad. πŸ˜‰

    Yeah, I feel the same way about the polishes. I find they chip really easily. I need stuff that’s tough, ya know?

  63. Karen says:

    Hi Karen B.,

    Blooming is pretty… I hope you like the Tempting quad! That gold/green looks a bit scary but it totally isn’t.

    Yay, Overrich!

  64. Karen says:

    Hi Music_Is_Freedom,

    Cherry Blossom is really pretty! I played with it this afternoon — looks super pretty on top of Creme Cerise.

  65. Karen says:

    Hi Erin,

    I vote for both! You’ll be able to wear ’em for day and night looks… gotta love the flexibility. πŸ™‚

  66. Karen says:

    Hi Cloudburst,

    Yeah girl! I am really shocked at how chip happy those polishes are. I almost always love all things MAC but I gotta say Sally Hansen got them beat in the nail polish department!

  67. Karen says:

    Hi Megan,

    LOL… “yet.” πŸ˜‰

  68. Karen says:

    Hi Lexi,

    You gotta snag the Tempting palette! It’s so lovely. πŸ™‚

    Ha, I was traumatized in high school too by fuschia lipstick and blush. I couldn’t wear it for years.

  69. Karen says:

    Hi Tiera,

    What did you end up getting?

  70. Karen says:

    Hi Betsy,

    Me too! The lipsticks and lipglasses are so pretty!

  71. Karen says:

    Hi Michelle,

    You’re welcome! Can’t wait to hear about your haul. πŸ™‚

  72. Karen B says:

    Is it more green than yellow? because on the promo pic it looks very yellowish…

  73. Jakay says:

    So glad I still have some Chanel Vamp left over from the ’90s. πŸ˜‰

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