MAC Strength

MAC Strength is a new and somewhat small limited edition collection out right now.

This collection includes two Eye Shadow quads, three Eye Liners (Penultimate, Kohl & Technakohl), two Powder Blushes, two Nail Lacquers, five Lipsticks, two Lip Pencils and two Brushes (168 and 275).

MAC Inner Strength Eye Shadow Quad
Eye Shadow x 4 Inner Strength

MAC Inner Strength Eye Shadow Quad 2
Eye Shadow x 4 Inner Strength

MAC Inner Strength Eye Shadow Quad Swatches
Eye Shadow x 4 Inner Strength (over primer & clockwise)

Ok let’s start off with the worst first this time. The Inner Strength quad is basically pretty awful. The colors are so sheer and patchy! This was my second time trying to swatch them and get decent coverage, but to no avail. Even over a primer the shades barely show up and they are just extremely lackluster.

Lithe Spirit is a pale white/pink satin. It’s basically completely invisible.

Inner Strength is a light matte mauve shade. This had the best coverage and texture, but you can see it’s really light still.

Heatherbelles is a dark grey satin. Uneven and unimpressive.

Fabulous Fit is a is a medium cool grey matte. Can you even see it? I mean I could NOT get it to come off my finger and onto my hand hardly at all. Awful!

MAC Muscle Tone Triumphant Nail Lacquer
Muscle Tone, Triumphant

MAC Muscle Tone Nail Lacquer
Muscle Tone

Muscle Tone is a pale warm beige/nude creme. This was fairly uneven even after three thin coats.

MAC Triumph Nail Lacquer

Triumphant is a milk chocolate creme and I love, love, love it! Amazing huh? The formula was really quite nice, no streaks, and I only needed two coats for complete coverage. I really love this milk chocolate/taupe-like shade.

MAC Absolute Power Firm Form Lipstick
Absolute Power, Firm Form Lipstick

MAC Embrace Me Lip Pencil
Embrace Me Lip Pencil

MAC Embrace Me Absolute Power Firm Form Swatches
Embrace Me, Absolute Power, Firm Form

Embrace Me is a bright pink shade. I assume this would go really well with the lipstick shade Pink Pigeon from this collection. Nice shade and would work well with a variety of bright pinks I have.

Absolute Power is a bright red matte. Well they call it a matte but it’s not a flat matte, It’s got some shine to it and feels more comfortable on than a traditional flat matte. It looks much darker in the tube than it actually applies. Great red!

Firm Form is a deep black/brown matte with gold pearl. Obviously this isn’t my shade per se, but it’s still really rich and nice looking. Again it’s matte but not flat matte.

MAC Absolute Power Swatch
Absolute Power

MAC Firm Form Swatch
Firm Form

Overall: Well obviously I think you know the Inner Strength Eye Shadow quad was a huge pass. Just not good at all. I did really like Triumphant Nail Lacquer quite a lot though, as well as Embrace Me Lip Pencil and Absolute Power Lipstick.

Availability: Now through the end of January.

Pricing: Eye Shadow x 4 ($40), Nail Lacquer ($16), Lip Pencil ($15), Lipstick ($15).

Anything here tempt you at all?


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Written by Kelly
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