MAC Baroque Boudoir Collection Reviews and Swatches

For this year’s MAC Couture Collection, we have Baroque Boudoir, a nice collection with 3 Lipsticks, 3 matching Lipglosses, 2 Sheer Mystery Powders in the most gorgeous packaging and a Clutch.

The Baroque Boudoir Lipsticks ($22) are all new and limited edition. The Cream formula gives them a buttery and moisturizing texture which I *love*! Pigmentation is semi-opaque and showed up nicely on my lips. While the colors are all very pretty and wearable, they are nothing too different from your regular $14 MAC lipstick.

* Prive – A blue-based baby pink. My favorite out of the three.
* Baroque Boudoir – A dark plum.
* Treasured – A warm nude beige with very gold shimmer. It also shows up more pink on my skin.

The Baroque Boudoir Lipglosses ($22) look *so* pretty in the tube! Again, the colors are new and limited edition. The texture is semi-tacky just like your regular MAC Lipglass. They also show up really sheer so it is best to wear them over a lipstick.

* Preciousness – This comes out almost clear with just a tinge of metallic pink shimmer.
* D’Nouveau – This is the most pigmented out of the three. It is a metallic plummy rose.
* The Lap of Luxury – This is a golden peach with pink shimmer.

The Baroque Boudoir Compact/Sheer Mystery Powders ($60) are just like the Sheer Mystery Powder compacts from the Hello Kitty Kouture and Monogram collections. While the compact is really pretty, I don’t think it’s worth the $60 at all. Not only is the compact smaller than your regular MAC pressed powder, the powder itself is really sheer and will not add any color onto the skin. I also find the texture to be chalky and drying. Why can’t MAC replace this with a different powder?

My hopes were instantly crushed after I saw the Boudoir Clutch ($65) in person. While it looked promising in the promo pictures, the material looks and feels plasticy and tacky. Again, not worth the $65.

For detailed information on the collection, check this out. I will be giving away a brand new Prive Lipstick so stay tuned for more details!

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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