Monday, 15 August 2016

MAC It's A Strike - Review and Swatches

Two weeks ago I posted all the details about MAC's latest bowling-inspired collection, called "It's A Strike".

MAC it's a strike collection review swatches

Today I'm sharing a few pieces from the collection that are sure to bowl you over.

'Bowlarama' ($16.00 US/$19 CAD) is a bright lime greenish yellow with a satin finish.  I was pleased with the pigmentation, and had no problem transferring it to my eyelid with an eyeshadow brush (I didn't even need to use a white base!).

MAC it's a strike collection review swatches bowlarama eyeshadow

To create the look below I applied MAC 'Coquette' in the crease, 'Bowlarama' all over the lid, and 'Carbon' (which is also part of this collection as a re-promote, but I borrowed the shadow from the Brant Brothers quad - review HERE) blended into the outer corner.  The look is topped off with the classic black liquid liner and some black mascara.

MAC it's a strike collection review swatches bowlarama carbon swatch eyes

Next up is one of the two brushes from the "It's A Strike" collection.  The MAC 116 ($35.00 US/$42 CAD) is a flat blush brush.  I'm used to applying blush with a big fluffy brush, so using the 116 was a bit of a change for me.  But I really liked how I was able to target exactly where I wanted my blush.  And bonus, I used the very tip of the brush to dust on my highlighter - two birds, one stone!

MAC it's a strike collection review swatches blush brush 116

Finally, we have the lipsticks.

MAC it's a strike collection review swatches liquid lurex babes and balls

'Babes and Balls' ($17.00 US/$21 CAD) is described as a matte deep burgundy.  It's one of those dark vampy colours that I can't wait to pull out, come sweater weather.  And even though it has a matte finish, I found it comfortable to wear.  And, ugh, it's so beautiful!

MAC it's a strike collection review swatches babes and balls lipstick

'Liquid Lurex'  ($17.00 US/$21 CAD) is a dazzle finish online exclusive that gives a coat of golden yellow glitter.  You can wear it on its own or wear it on top of another lipstick to give it some life.  Even though it contains glitter, you could hardly tell by the feel of it.  If I were to do a blind test between 'Liquid Lurex' and 'Babes and Balls', by rubbing my lips together, I'd only be able to tell the difference because 'Liquid Lurex' has a slightly gritty feel to it, but not enough to steer me away from wearing it.  The only downside to 'Liquid Lurex' is the removal process.  Even after using an oil remover I still found little pieces of glitter that wanted to stay behind.  I had to whip out the old cheerleading trick of removing the glitter by dabbing with a piece of scotch tape.

MAC it's a strike collection review swatches liquid lurex swatch

MAC it's a strike collection review swatches babes and balls liquid lurex lip swatch

MAC it's a strike collection review swatches babes and balls liquid lurex carbon bowlarama arm swatch

The MAC "It's A Strike" Collection is available starting August 18, 2016.

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