MAC Cosmetics It’s a Strike Collection review

MAC Cosmetics It’s a Strike Collection review

The MAC It’s a Strike collection brings together my favourite colour combo, lime green and maroon. I didn’t know it was my fave combo until… well… now.

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MAC Cosmetics Its a Strike Collection review Bowlarama satin eyeshadow

There are six shadows in this collection, all LE except one (I’ll get to that in a minute). I received four, including Bowlarama this gorgeous lime green satin that is swoonworthy.

MAC Cosmetics Its a Strike Collection review Bowl Out eyeshado

Bowl Out is a mid-tone grey matte that is perfect as a crease transition.

MAC Cosmetics Its a Strike Collection review 300 Game eyeshadow

300 Game is a blackened cherry matte similar to the permanent shade Deep Damson only with a bit more red.

MAC Cosmetics Its a Strike Collection review Carbon Eyeshadow

Carbon is, well, Carbon. This is a forever permanent shade that keeps appearing in palettes and collections like it’s something special. Stop trying to make Carbon happen, MAC. It hasn’t been pigmented or impressive for years. *end rant*

MAC Cosmetics Its a Strike Collection eyeshadow swatches

As you can see, 300 Game and Carbon are a bit patchy. I also found 300 Game to be grainy in a way, but it’s very pretty on the eyes.

MAC Cosmetics Its a Strike Collection review Fluidline pen

MAC Fluidline Pens are a fairly new product but aren’t LE. These are felt-tip eyeliner markers that dry down matte.

MAC Cosmetics Its a Strike Collection review Fluidline Pens

I love the warmth of the Brown shade! The Retro Black was a bit disappointing as I need to swipe it twice to show up this dark. I’m used to bold, in your face black liners.

MAC Cosmetics Its a Strike Collection review eyeshadow look

But the Fluidline Pens performed really well for me. I am terrible doing winged liner, so I stuck to a thin line on my lash line, in Vintage Brown. This did not budge all day and was easy to apply.

MAC Cosmetics Its a Strike Collection review eyeshadow look 2

As for the eyes, I created a “spotlight effect” with Bowlarama in the middle, 300 Game in the outer corner and a touch of Bowl Out in the inside 1/3 of my lid.

MAC Cosmetics Its a Strike Collection review Lipstick Liquid Lurex Babes and Balls

I was really excited to receive these two lipstick shades since the press info had no photos of them.

MAC Cosmetics Its a Strike Collection review Lipstick Liquid Lurex

Liquid Lurex is a tarnished gold in a dazzle finish. MAC has mostly ignored their Dazzle finish for a long time, and I am glad it’s back. This is great as a topper to help add sparkle and shimmer to matte of flat shades.

MAC Cosmetics Its a Strike Collection review Lipstick Liquid Lurex swatch

And it even looks pretty on its own! I didn’t find this too gritty either.

MAC Cosmetics Its a Strike Collection review Lipstick Babes and Balls

Babes and Balls is a deep burgundy matte.

MAC Cosmetics Its a Strike Collection review Lipstick Babes and Balls swatch

Like most MAC mattes, this has a hint of creaminess and hydration to it, unlike the Retro Mattes that are more flat and dry. I really, really love this one and it wore all day (6 hours) without really budging.

MAC Cosmetics Its a Strike Collection review Lipstick Liquid Lurex Babes and Balls swatch

Here’s that same lipstick with Liquid Lurex on top. Stunning!

MAC Cosmetics Its a Strike Collection review Lipstick Liquid Lurex Babes and Balls swatches

You can see the duochrome pigments in the Liquid Lurex swatch, but don’t worry it feels super comfortable on the lips.

MAC Cosmetics Its a Strike Collection review Blind Score Casual Color

Last, but most certainly not least, is the Casual Colour in Blind Score. Now I have tried this cream blush formula before with little success. But something about this shade and this particular formulation just worked!

MAC Cosmetics Its a Strike Collection Casual Color Blind Score

Blind Score is a dirty reddish plum that can be worn on the cheeks or lips. It leaves a beautiful sheer tint on the cheeks with a bit of a dewy finish.

MAC Cosmetics Its a Strike Collection review look

Don’t let the deep shade of the Casual Colour fool you, this is perfect even for us fair-skinned folks.

MAC Cosmetics Its a Strike Collection review look 2

And here’s the final look! See what I mean about lime green and maroon/burgundy? It’s perfect.

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My faves from the collection are, obviously, co-ordinating. Will you be picking anything up from It’s A Strike when it launches online Aug 18?

 

*Press sample

 

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  • Face shot is GOLLLLLD! I love the eye look you did. And I’m so glad the liners worked for you!

  • I can’t believe the lipstick isn’t gritty, it looks like it would be a nightmare – that’s awesome!!

    • Not gritty at all. Like you can sort of feel the texture but not really. Temptalia did NOT like it though, but I am a huge fan of glitter lips.

  • Liquid Lurex is like glittery rainbow goodness. And it looks so pretty even on it’s own. I really love the eye makeup look your did with the pop of yellow!