MAC Culturebloom Collection Reviews

MAC’s newest collection, Culturebloom, just hit stores on 2/16. Read on to see what I picked up!

Iris Print Eyeshadow ($13.50)
MAC describes this as an “indigo blue with low-level frost”. To me, it seems more like a periwinkle color with lots of gold glitter. It is kind of like a fusion of Cornflower pigment and Trax eyeshadow. When I saw it, I knew I had to get it. The texture is a little gritty and it goes on pretty sheer too but the color is definitely buildable and it looks gorgeous.

Overgrown Eyeshadow ($13.50)
Described as a “vibrant yellow/green fusion”, Overgrown is a highly pigmented shimmery greener version of Bitter. Compared to Bitter, Overgrown is a lot more wearable and blendable – Bitter is a little too matte and chalky for my taste. It is also similar to Lucky Green but somewhat more yellow. I really like this color – it is very unique and very springy.

Botanical Eyeshadow ($13.50)
Unlike the “leafy greige with frost” shade as shown on the picture on the left, Botanical is more like a taupe brown with tons of silver glitter. Some people say it is similar to Moth Brown but I do not see the similarities. Botanical is a lot browner and taupey compared to the grey-blackish Moth Brown. It is a very pretty color and I will be wearing this a lot.

Lavender Sky Eyeshadow ($13.50)
Described as a “bright lavender with pearl”, Lavender Sky looks a lot more warmer than the color shown in the picture. I was a little skeptical at first (I was scared it would give me the “pink eye” look) but my roommate insisted I get it and I am so glad that I did – thanks Brian! It turned out really pretty and it makes my brown eyes pop. Some say it is similar to Stars ‘n Rockets but I think Lavender Sky goes on a little sheerer and it does not have the duochrome effect Stars ‘n Rocket does.

Other products
Love-Bud Eyeshadow ($13.50) – described as a “light coral/peach with frost”, I find it very similar to Say Yeah.

Spring Up Eyeshadow ($13.50) – this is a “light neutral yellow with frost” and very similar to Pollen except it is a lot smoother.

Blushcreme Pearls ($17.50) – these looked really pretty, especially Sweet William. They are also very blendable and easy to work with but since I do not use cream blushes that much, I passed on them.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


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