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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.
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.
Bowl Out is a mid-tone grey matte that is perfect as a crease transition.
300 Game is a blackened cherry matte similar to the permanent shade Deep Damson only with a bit more red.
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*
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 Fluidline Pens are a fairly new product but aren’t LE. These are felt-tip eyeliner markers that dry down matte.
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.
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.
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.
I was really excited to receive these two lipstick shades since the press info had no photos of them.
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.
And it even looks pretty on its own! I didn’t find this too gritty either.
Babes and Balls is a deep burgundy matte.
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.
Here’s that same lipstick with Liquid Lurex on top. Stunning!
You can see the duochrome pigments in the Liquid Lurex swatch, but don’t worry it feels super comfortable on the lips.
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!
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.
Don’t let the deep shade of the Casual Colour fool you, this is perfect even for us fair-skinned folks.
And here’s the final look! See what I mean about lime green and maroon/burgundy? It’s perfect.
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?
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