I was able to play with the colors of this collection and it is a very bright group of products, probably to herald the coming year with a big bang. The colors are definitely not for the faint of heart, but if you like to play up your lips, there are some beautiful bold lipsticks from this collection. Cream colour bases (CCBs) also have pretty colors that coordinate with the lipstick shades (basically the same colors as the lippies). CCBs are multi-purpose creams that can be used for the cheeks and eyes (some even use them for the lips), BUT beware, there are some that are not eye and/or lip safe, so do your research accordingly.
Neon Orange, Cockney
Swatches and the rest of the review after the jump
Neon Orange, Something New, Cockney, Style Curve
The lipsticks, pigments and CCBs have four coordinating shades: a bright coral, light pink, red or magenta, and purple. As for the lipsticks, the coral counterpart is Neon Orange, a very bright clean orange in the Amplified formula. If you want your puckers to be the center of attention, this is your color. Because it is Amplified, it glides like butter on the skin, and it's very creamy and pigmented.
Something New is a creamy bright blue pink in the Amplified formula. I can see this as a beautiful lip color for cool-toned gals.
Cockney is a favorite of mine. It is a sheer yellow red with multi-dimensional pearl in the Lustre formula. I think it is similar to Heartless from the Venomous Villains collection, except that the latter is in the Amplified formula.
Finally, Style Curve is a bright clean violet purple in the creamsheen formula. As you can see in the swatches, it is not as creamy as the other lipsticks, and it is because of the difference in formula. I'd wanted to get this at first, until I realized that this is an almost dupe of Violetta which is also from the Venomous Villains collection.
Cream Colour Base:
Tickle Me Pink, Movie Star Red
Tickle Me Pink
Movie Star Red
List of cream colour bases that are NOT eye or lip safe. This paper insert is in every box of CCB from this collection.
Virgin Isle, Tickle Me Pink, Movie Star Red, Madly Magenta
As I said, the Cream Coloured Bases or CCBs are multi-purpose, and can work as either cream blushes, eye bases/shadows, and some even use them on the lips. However, it is very important to check the labels to see if these are eye or lip-safe. MAC was thoughtful enough to include an insert with every CCB in this collection, containing a list of CCBs which are NOT eye or lip safe. It is important, even imperative that this list be read carefully.
Again, just like the lippies, CCBs from this collection come in four shades of coral, light pink, red/magenta and purple. The coral one is Virgin Isle, a vivid bright coral. Tickle Me Pink is a poppy creamy bright pink. Movie Star Red is a pretty medium-toned blue red, and Madly Magenta is a vivid pinkish purple cream.
According to the insert that you can see above, all of them appear to be NON-eye-safe, but appear to be lip-safe. Again, check the insert before using on either eyes or lips.
New Fixation, Follow Your Fancy
Follow Your Fancy
Top: Follow Your Fancy, Madly Personal
Bottom: New Fixation, Violet
My favorite is Follow Your Fancy, a bright coral with small pearl particles. I compared it to Off the Radar pigment and Follow Your Fancy is brighter and more vibrant. This can work as a very nice blush because the pearl particles look gorgeous with the coral shade. Madly Personal is a bright pink that would be great to mix with clear nail polish for a flirty pink nail lacquer, and of course it would also work as a pretty pink blush. New Fixation is a bright fuchsia red with soft pearl, and Violet is a violet purple that I have been using for years now.
Blacktrack, Dark Diversion
Blacktrack, Dark Diversion
Blacktrack is of course your quintessential black and has been around the block a few times. Dark Diversion is blackened plum that is so pretty. If you want to have another nice liner that is not your usual black, you would definitely want to get this.
Too Chic, Play It Proper
I wasn't too impressed with the Beauty Powders because I feel they were too light for my skintone. Even if they do operate as highlighters and would work with my complexion, I still feel that I already have highlighters that are similar to these. However, on the right skintone, this would give the ethereal look. Too Chic is a soft peachy cream with fine shimmer, while Play It Proper is a pastel soft pink with sparkles. This would give a nice fine shimmer that is not as metallic as mineralize skinfinishes, but these definitely give a nice Winter Wonderland look.
All in all, I prefer Cham Pale over Stylishly Yours, mainly because I am more into a neutral kick lately. However, if you are craving for summer or spring colors, this is definitely your color story, as pretty shades of coral, pink, magenta and purple bombard your senses from every product of this collection.
The Shades Of U Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Note: Media samples were provided by a representative of the company for evaluation and consideration. All opinions are 100% mine.