MAC Brunette Blonde Redhead Collection Reviews & Swatches

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So I finally went to MAC and checked out their latest Brunette, Blonde, Redhead collection and I’m so glad to see that MAC has redeemed themselves and did a great job with this collection (sorry but I still think Dame Edna was a mistake!) The promo pic is totally hot and there is a really nice selection of colors with good quality. Read on for the reviews and more pictures.

The Lipsticks ($14) are new colors, except Marquise D’, which is a repromote from the Royal Assets Coral Lip Palette in the Antiquitease collection and the perfect nude pink lipstick for me. The colors are all very wearable and leave behind a glossy sheen.

Brunette: Chignon, What a ‘Do!
Blonde: B-Babe, All’s Fair
Redhead: Marquise D’, Blow Dry


The Tinted Lipglass ($14) are all new and limited edition colors. Red Devil is my favorite.

Brunette: Quick Tease, Soft Wave:
Blonde: Strawberry Blonde, Peroxide:
Redhead: Live and Dye, Red Devil



The Eyeshadows ($14.50) are all limited edition. While most colors are new, some are from previous collections.

Deep Shade – Dusty blue (Frost). While this looks like a shimmery navy blue in the pot, it did not come out as pigmented as I expected.
Henna – Dark gold (Veluxe Pearl). This looks more like an olive gold on me and is so beautiful! The Veluxe Pearl formula also makes it super pigmented and smooth to apply. This is definitely one of the more unique colors in this collection!
Femme-Fi – Frosty golden cream (Veluxe Pearl). This repromote from Neo Sci-Fi looks more like a creamy beige than gold. It highly resembles MAC’s Dazzlelight and Shroom eyeshadows.
Pincurl – Dusty white (Frost)
Knight – Dark grey (Veluxe Pearl). This is a repromote from the Royal Assets Smokey Palette in the Antiquitease collection and although it is very similar to MAC’s other gunmetal eyeshadows, I do like that it is silky and pigmented.
Top Knot – Deep black purple (Velvet). This dark purple with glitter is the *hottest* color out of the bunch but like most Velvet eyeshadows, the quality and pigmentation is blah. What a shame!
Flip – Bronze gold (Frost)
French Cuff – Ice pink (Frost). This is no where near an ice pink. It looks more like a warm medium pink on me just like MAC’s Expensive Pink eyeshadow. Pretty but not unique enough.
100 Strokes – Burgundy purple (Lustre). This is a repromote from the Tailormade collection that was released in 2005. It shows up as a chocolate brown with red undertones on me and despite the Lustre formula, it is one of the more pigmented eyeshadows in this collection. Not bad!



* Please note I got 100 Strokes and French Cuff mixed up in this picture. French Cuff is the one in the middle and 100 Strokes is on the bottom.

The new Mineralize Skinfinish ($28) are totally gorgeous! Unlike the regular MSFs, they each have four stripes of colors and they all have superb pigmentation.

Brunette: Soft coral to copper bronze degrade. This is a little too dark and warm for my NC30 skin. It could work as a bronzer if you apply with a light hand.
Blonde: Soft pink to rose degrade. This is a really nice quad of frosty pinks that would make the perfect blush!
Redhead: Gold to salmon pink degrade.
This set of beiges is gorgeous and can be used to highlight and contour.



The Eye Kohls ($14.50)are repromotes from the permanent line. They go on really creamy and are great for smudging.

Smolder: Intense black (Brunette)
Phone Number: Smudgy charcoal (Blonde)
Teddy: Dark-eyed bronze (Redhead)


Left to right: Smolder, Phone Number and Teddy

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, Glamour.com, 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 the beauty editor for Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.

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