MAC Monogram Collection Reviews

After MAC Couture and The Stylistics, comes MAC’s third annual couture collection, Monogram. Like the previous collections, all products are limited edition and come in a super luxe, over-the-top packaging. The collection is available at all MAC stores, Saks locations, select Nordstrom locations and Henri Bendels and

Overall, I am pretty disappointed with the collection. It seems to me that MAC has been spending a little too much on designing the packaging (and it’s not even that cute by the way) and neglected the quality of the products.

The Lipsticks ($22) come in a new formula and are probably the only products that are worth getting. The texture is very smooth and they all glide on really easy. The pigmentation is medium and the finish is non-drying and slightly glossy.

* Flourish – Frosty mid-tone red (frost)
* Status Symbol – Warm mid-tone reddish brown (frost)
* Marque – Soft light neutral pink (frost)
* All Mine – Creamy mid-tone blue pink (frost)

The Lipglosses ($22) also come in a new forumula that are different from MAC’s regular Lipglass or Lustreglass. They are super high-shine and infused with glitter. The colors tend to go on pretty sheer.

* Posh Life – Mid-tone bright pink with gold pearlized pigments (not shown)
* Identity – Pale baby pink with gold pearlized pigments
* Distinguished – Sheer yellow beige with gold pearlized pigments
* Monodramatic – Bronzy brown with gold pearlized pigments

The Sheerspark Pressed Powders ($26) are new shimmery pressed powders that can used on both the eye and cheek. They are all really glittery and chunky with barely any pigmentation.

* Commemorate – Frosted pale gold with gold pearlized pigments
* Personal Touch – Frosted light peach with pink pearlized pigments
* Keepsake – Frosted pale pink with gold pearlized pigments
* Old English – Frosted light bronzed with gold pearlized pigments

The new Sheer Mystery Powders ($50) come in a round gold compact slightly smaller than MAC’s regular powder compact. They have a very fine and soft texture that gives a velvety finish but the product barely gives any color. I really do not see the purpose of this product.

* Light Medium – Pale Ivory
* Medium Plus – Tan beige
* Dark Secret – Deep Caramel

The Fragrance Set ($75) comes with two 15 ml glass flacon with a gold cap, featuring the collection’s name and monogram. They are both packaged in a pouch made of faux patent with a metallic finish. The fragrances are Turquatic Heat and Air d’Style.

Clutch ($65)
This is a medium-sized, glossy patent makeup bag with a front flap closure and a Monogram logo.


* 129 Monogram SE ($45)
* 224 Monogram SE ($35)

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.


  1. MAC knows that's the only way to get people to buy new stuff is new packaging:)

    Hope you & yours have a beauty full Thanksgiving!

  2. Hey Phyllis,
    I’ve posted up my initial thoughts on Barbie and I also have a swatch of the Sheer Glow Foundation. I will be making my trip to the post office in a week or so after I get my other packages ready, so I apologize that it won’t get to you sooner tho =p

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