MAC Venomous Villains Maleficent Collection Reviews and Swatches

Just like Maleficent herself, this collection is about “a lot of crazy purples, blackened shades and beautiful pearlized nails”. So dark, mysterious and right up my alley!

The Mineralize Eyeshadow Duos ($21) are the first to catch my eye. My Dark Magic is a deep pink with dark plum and She Who Dares is a dark navy with deep forest green. When applied dry, the eyeshadows are very glittery and will barely show up with much color. But once you apply them wet, the color is very intense and simply gorgeous. I have always loved MAC’s Mineralize Eyeshadows and these are definitely some of my favorites.

My Dark Magic Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo

She Who Dares Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo

Top to bottom: She Who Dares, My Dark Magic

The Briar Rose Beauty Powder ($25) is a very pretty cool-toned violet pink and makes the perfect blush to go with these dark eyeshadows.

As for the lips, there are two Lipsticks ($15.50) in the Amplified formula with two new, matching Lipglasses ($15.50). Violetta, a gorgeous bright magenta from the Pro line is matched with Revenge is Sweet, a sheer purple. Dark Deed, on the other hand, is a new, limited edition burgundy plum that goes with Wrong Spell, a dark brown.

Revenge Is Sweet Lipglass and Violetta Lipstick

Top to bottom: Revenge Is Sweet, Wrong Spell, Violetta and Dark Deed

Finally, there are three new Nail Lacquers ($13). While the colors look really cool, they apply on the sheer side and will take several layers to get that color you see in the bottle.

Overall, I am really liking the Maleficent collection (it is my favorite out of the four!) and below are my picks:

* My Dark Magic and She Who Dares Mineralize Eyeshadow Duos
* Briar Rose Beauty Powder
* Violetta Lipstick
* Revenge is Sweet Lipglass

Like what you see? Read about the whole Venomous Villains collection here and stay tuned for a giveaway and more reviews!

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. hi! love your reviews! I was looking for the Urban Decay Naked Palette, and found your blog! Great makeup tips. I’m reading every day now! Do you know where I can find the Urban Decay Naked Palette? I’d definitely pay you for it. :)

  2. the lipsticks are really cute! I think the eyeshadows look gorgeous in the pan, but they look a little sheer to me (actually I don’t know how heavily you swatches them, so maybe I’m wrong there).

  3. The Maleficent collection is my favourite of the four as well. I picked up all the nail polishes and I am still debated on getting Briar Rose.

  4. i am going there in a week, so i thought we could meet up. T.T;; do u know any good japanese clothing stores there?

  5. Linda,

    The last time I saw the Naked Palette was at my local Ulta store back in August. You might want to call and ask?

  6. makeup morsels,

    The eyeshadows are indeed glittery and sheer when applied dry but the color turns really intense when applied wet. I will post swatches of them wet as well.

  7. Steph,

    Aww maybe next time =) Are you looking for a specific Japanese brand? If you are just looking for Japanese clothing in general, there are lots of Asian-style malls in Causeway Bay, Mongkok and Tsim Sha Tsui that carry them.

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