Vibrant Orange and Coral Storm the Stage in the MAC Hayley Williams Collection

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The MAC Hayley Williams Collection


I can’t guarantee you’ll go completely American Idol on that @ss when you wear the new MAC Hayley Williams collection and blast Paramore’s The Only Exception…but I think the chances of it happening are quite high, especially if you like orange and coral on your lips, tips and lids.

The MAC Hayley Williams Collection

From the left in the MAC Hayley Williams Collection: Sounds Like Noise Lipstick, Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish and Daydreaming Eye Shadow

MAC has long loved collaborating with musicians, and the new four-piece online exclusive with Paramore lead singer Hayley Williams is their latest duet.


It’s also the most wearable one I’ve seen in a while.

I mean, well…Nicki Minaj Viva Glam 2 doesn’t exactly epitomize wearable. I know, like, one person who can pull off pale violet lips without looking totally and completely cray.

This collection sure seems more like music for the masses, and I like it. It sings with rock-n-roll brights, but still manages to stay chic.

And that coral eye shadow? Beautiful! It really surprised me when I got it on my lids.

Today I took the stage — also known as the hallway outside my office — with a sparkly fake microphone to put three of the four pieces to the test.

MAC Daydreaming Eye Shadow

MAC Daydreaming Eye Shadow, a frosted mid-toned coral with a veluxe pearl finish ($15)

Daydreaming Eye Shadow ($15): Man, I thought this bright reddish coral had “zombie girl!” written all over it, but the red relinquishes the spotlight on my NC42 skin. I get more of an orangey pinkish coral from it, and the veluxe pearl finish hits all the right notes to keep things interesting. I’m not usually into colors like this, but I’m feeling this one, especially with thick cat eye liner. No fallout or patchiness, and it only takes one or two layers. Daydreaming is my favorite piece from this release.

MAC Sounds Like Noise Lipstick

MAC Sounds Like Noise Lipstick, a bright true orange with a matte finish

Sounds Like Noise Lipstick ($15): Like a songstress belting out the blues at a gin joint, this bright orange matte has a story to tell. It’s trickier than I expected, but there’s pigment there. I have a tough time getting it to put down smooth color — apply, blot, then reapply — but a liner should help with that. I like the color, but I’d probably like it more if MAC remixed it into an Amplified Creme… Now that would top the charts!

MAC Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish, a soft, candlelit beige with multidimensional shimmer ($29)

Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish ($34): A shimmering beige that whispers on my skin like a breathy intro to a naughty Maxwell slow jam. On me, I think its true potential gets kinda lost, but it should really sing on lighter and medium skin tones.

MAC Hayley Williams swatches

MAC Hayley Williams swatches from the left: Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish, Daydreaming Eye Shadow and Sounds Like Noise Lipstick

MAC Haley Williams Collection Sounds Like Noise Lipstick

Sounds Like Noise Lipstick on my lips

MAC Haley Williams Collection

Daydreaming Eye Shadow on my lids

MAC Hayley Williams

Lightscapade on my upper cheekbones

The MAC Hayley Williams collection arrives online (exclusively) to in North America and internationally April 9.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Agata says:

    I really like the eyeshadow. I love coral pinkish colors. And once again, your hair looks amazing.

    Happy Friday! Any weekend plans?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Agata,

      Happy Friday to you too! Tonight El Hub and I are going to dinner (probably Italian…I love pasta!), and then on Sunday, I might go home to see my parents again. How about you? Are you working?

      • Agata says:

        I’m staying in tonight, still fighting the migraine headache. Its terrible. I do have to work tomorrow and Sunday. Tomorrow me and hubby might go car shopping….

  2. Scarlett says:

    love the lipstick! it looks great on you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Joyce says:

    I have Lightscapade n love how natural it is. It isn’t as frosty as other highlighters n just leaves my skin with a nice glow. <3 Glad that mac is repromoting it.

  4. Marisa says:

    Oh my, I absolutely love the color of Mac’s Daydreaming eyeshadow, soo pretty!
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  5. tricia c says:

    i dont usually comment often but, your pics looks like an ad for a magazine or a billboard. your really great and unique, i love visiting your site.

  6. Those swatches all look great! Sounds Like Noise looks amazing on you! I really had no desire to buy anything from this collection, but now I’m rethinking it.
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  7. Dulcelissa says:

    I love the look, daydreaming eyeshadow seems like the perfect colour for any occasion. For more makeup and fashion tips follow me on

  8. Cherry says:

    Karen, these colours are very lovely, and looks fabulous on you.
    Can’t wait to get my hands on the eye shadow, hope it looks as good on me as it does on you.

  9. Danielle says:

    I seriously LOVE anything orange. I was considering ordering the lipstick in this collection, but I doesn’t really seem unique compared to all of the ones I already own. Great review, Karen!
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  10. Charisma says:

    Hi Karen,

    Love your blogs. You never fail to inspire a beauty blogger like me. Keep in shining!
    I would definitely purchase the lightscapade mineralized skin finish. Thank you!

  11. varsha says:

    Karen,this looks amazing on you and superb hair.Which foundation is that on your face?

  12. Lisa says:

    Wow That lipstick looks great on you.

  13. Wow, I love the way these look on you!! I was sure I wanted the lipstick, but now I want the eyeshadow too. You’re one convincing lady! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Kei says:

    That lip color is vivid but I dunno if my lips would let me deal with another MAC matte. I wonder if it’s worth it though, for the coral-y orange effect.

  15. Shelley says:

    Hi Karen. I think makeup companies should include your photos as part of their promo photos. They are always so much fun! I can always count on a good time reading your blog ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Now onto the makeup… I always thought reddish-colored eyeshadows would make my lids look swollen, but you rocked the daydreaming shadow so effortlessly! Now I am really intrigued. Might have to pick this up!

  16. Olivia says:

    Thanks for a great review, I can’t wait to get these tomorrow!

  17. Kim says:

    I love this color combo on you. Orange and pink/coral have such a summery feel and you wear both of them well!

  18. Jennifer says:

    Orange is such a touchy color for me, I’m light and have blonde hair but you pull it off like it’s a neutral!

  19. Olivia says:

    Love the lipstick. I’m a big morange and vegas volt wearer, so maybe I will snag this with some B2M if they allow that!
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  20. Anusha says:

    Hi Karen,

    I love your blog, your pictures are amazing. I am silently following your blog since many days and have also linked your blog on my blog. I am a beginner, please have a look at my blog, it means a lot ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. I just love the boldness of this collection! It really captures the essence of Halley. I hear she was inspired by in orange crayon . LOL. GO figure.

  22. artemis says:

    Perfect colors! The lipstick would be perfect if it was creamier, indeed ๐Ÿ˜€ I love the eyeshadow <3 All look good on you ๐Ÿ™‚

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