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MAC A Novel Romance swatches and review

It was with a heaving bosom that I opened that signature black box filled with the latest MAC release, A Novel Romance. Though to be honest, my bosom is always heaving when a MAC box shows up. But this time it was noticeably more so…

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I mean, a collection that draws its influence from romance novels – what’s not to love? And much like the books themselves, this launch may just get you all hot and bothered. Like the imagery will…

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It’s a predominately cool toned launch. Which made my warm self a bit sad at first. But I found some chameleons in here – shades I normally wouldn’t even try that worked beautiful for my skin. See, romance is for everyone!

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One of my favorite parts of the launch (besides that male model) are the names. Lingering Kiss, Bared for You, Reckless Desire; can’t you see them on a paperback cover in a script font? They just beg to be said in a breathy voice (and I recommend you do so, it’s fun.)

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So, slip into something comfortable and get ready for some steamy swatching!

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A Passionate Quest is one of three eye shadow quads in the launch. Have a passion for purple? You’ll be pleased. The shades are beautifully pigmented and silky smooth. Really, one of the nicer quads in terms of quality that I’ve swatched in a while. (That’s the Fluidline Pencils peeking in there too, we’ll get to them in a minute.)

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(left to right, by row)
Stay Sultry – (satin) Described as a violet navy and that’s spot on. Such a gorgeous shade, a deep blackened purple with blue violet shimmer.

Brazenly – (veluxe pearl) Burgundy grape

Serenade – (veluxe pearl) It’s like Pantone was looking at this when they picked their 2014 color of the year, this is 100% radiant orchid, with a beautiful blue duochrome for bonus points.

The Wrong Man – (satin) Cool slightly greyed pink with a matte finish, despite being listed as a satin.

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A new product for MAC, Fluidlines Eye Pencils have the smoothness of the fluidlines in pots, but with the ease of a pencil. They’re creamy, long-lasting and apply like a dream. There goes that heaving bosom again…

No built-in sharpener on these twist up pencils though, and the tip is rather small. So sharpening may be an issue. I fear once that point is gone, it’s gone for good.

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Black Brilliance – Rich inky black

Water Willow – Blackened shimmering teal

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From left: A Passionate Quest Quad: The Wrong Man, Serenade, Brazenly and Stay Sultry, Black Brilliance and Water Willow Fluidline Eye Pencils

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Electric Cool Eye Shadow is a relatively new product and this is my first time trying them. They’re little bouncy shimmer explosions, and that’s a very good thing!

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Packaged in a screw top pot, the shadows would be best described as a cream, but not really. They’re almost cool to the touch with a bouncy consistency and mega shimmer. The wear time is really impressive. I got about six hours with no creasing and no sign of fading on that mega shimmer.

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Superwatt– Golden light brown

Pure Flash– Champagne

Gilded Thrill – Bronzey orange, this had the chunkiest consistency to it. More glitter, less shimmer.

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Fun Ending Blush was a surprise for me. In the pan it looks rather cool and light. But applied, it’s a warm pink with a hint of peach that gives great color pay off. It’s a beautiful shade that I can see reaching for a lot.

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I got to check out two a-typical nail lacquers that I’m super excited for (I will add swatches soon!)

Midnight Sky – Deep navy with a silver sheen

Sunset Sky – Red plum with a magenta sheen

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As for the lipstick portion of this tale, you’ll have to hunt for them a bit as they flew off the shelves online (as their lipsticks always do. Really, you have to stalk the launch date if you lust for a shade.) Some are still left online at Nordstrom, but hurry!

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But as for the lipglass, you’re in luck. They’re still online and they’re really pretty.

Bared for You – Rose gold nude with silver shimmer. The shimmer borders on glitter, really. I think it dominates the delicate base shade and ends up making it look too frosty.

Wanting More – Cool, creamy lavender. This was the biggest surprise of the launch for me. This is the type of shade that I can never get away with, just too cool for my warm skin tone. Or so it seemed. But on my lips, it has such a pretty creaminess to it that it reads almost as a neutral. LOVE this!

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Yield to Love – (creamsheen) Raspberry rose cream

Good Kisser – (matte) Hot fuchsia

MAC’s new matte formula is one my favorite lipstick formulas. Though at this point, it’s really not new anymore. Should I call it non-retro? It’s long-lasting, extremely pigmented and creamy with minimal dryness. It makes me want the throw every other matte away. But that’s crazy talk…

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From left: Yield to Love and Good Kisser Lipstick, Bared for You and Wanting More Lipglass

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Time to bare your soul, what shades in A Novel Romance have you breathing heavy?

Get it HERE (and hurry!)

Lipstick
Myself – soft shimmery nude beige (lustre)
A Novel Romance – light cool dusty pink (cremesheen)
Good Kisser – mid-tone fuchsia (matte)
Hearts Aflame – mid-tone brick red (matte)
Lingering Kiss – deep plum red (matte)
Yield to Love – mid-tone rose (cremesheen) Online Exclusive
$16 US/$19 CAD

Lipglass
Bared for You – soft rose gold
Reckless Desire – sheer pearlescent lavender grey
Pure Fiction – mid-tone violet pink
Wanting More – washed-out lavender
Talk Sexy – dark purple
$15 US/$18 CAD

Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash
Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash – black
$22 US/$26 CAD

Powder Blush
Fun Ending – soft neutral peach (satin)
Animal Instincts – shimmering plum ( frost)
$22 US/$26 CAD

Brush
213 Fluff
$24 US/$28.50 CAD

224 Tapered Blending
$32 US/$38.50 CAD

242 Shader
$25 US/$30 CAD

A Novel Romance Quad
My Fantasy – pale neutral olive (veluxe pearl)
Fall in Lust – mid-tone cool grey mauve ( frost)
Dance in the Dark – deep blackened brown (matte)
Rising Passions – greenish charcoal with gold pearl (velvet)
$40 US/$48 CAD

An Amorous Adventure Quad
Sable – gold plum with bronze pearl ( frost)
Sex & The Oyster – mid-tone seafoam green (veluxe pearl)
Brawn – mid-tone plum brown (satin)
Black Tied – black with silver sparkle (velvet)
$40 US/$48 CAD

A PASSIONATE QUEST QUAD
The Wrong Man – light cool dusty pink (satin)
Serenade – mid-tone orchid pink with blue duochrome pearl (veluxe pearl)
Brazenly – rich eggplant (veluxe pearl)
Stay Sultry – deep violet navy (satin)
$40 US/$48 CAD

Studio Nail Lacquer
Before Dawn – green grey
Midnight Storm – deep magenta
Sunset Sky – mid-tone crimson
Midnight Strata – dark violet
Midnight Ocean – dark royal blue
Midnight Sky – deep charcoal
$12 US/$14 CAD

Fluidline Eye Pencil
Atomic Ore – gold
Earth Sign – deep brown
Deep Blue Sea – deep ocean blue
Metropolis – deep metal gray
Water Willow – deep khaki green
Evil Twin – blue purple
Black Brilliance – black
$16 US/$19 CAD

Electric Cool Eye Shadow
Pure Flash! – pale champagne
Love Power – soft shimmering rose
Superwatt – light shimmering taupe
Coil – copper bronze
Gilded Thrill – gold ( frost)
Switch to Blue – rich cobalt
Highly Charged – rich purple with pink pearl
Blacklit – black with multidimensional pearl
$21 US/$25 CAD

Author

  • Stef Andrews

    Stef is a plethora of things. Amongst them: co-founder of we heart this, photographer, condiment connoisseur, Philly girl in the California desert, borderline hoarder and a hardcore beauty junkie. She also has a touch of wanderlust and, arguably, the cutest dog in the whole world... skin tone: NC 25/30 skin type: oily with a fear of rosacea favorite beauty product: high end skincare and lip products

5 Comments

  1. AWESOME collection!! I normally don’t like everything but in this case.. all is lovey, including the male model in a skirt.. love…

  2. That Yield To Love lippie is STUNNING!

    I’m with Irene, digging the male model in the kilt. *swoon*

  3. Liners and shadows and lipsticks, Oh My! Such pretty colors! It’s off to MAC I go.

  4. This collection is so pretty!! I am pumped to try Yield To Love. What a pretty lip color!! And all of the shadows are gorgeous!! Hope it doesn’t sell out in a hot minute.

  5. It’s definitely a fun theme for a collection, especially with the fantastic names for the colors! I’m interested in trying the Electric Cool eye shadows too… I wonder if they’re kind of like those L’Oreal Infallible eye shadows?

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