Nothing Comes Between Me and My MAC Brooke Shields Collection

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MAC Brooke Shields Swatches and Review

What 80s teen didn’t love Brooke Shields? The Blue Lagoon, her Calvin ads, those amazing eyebrows… to adolescent me, Brooke and beauty went hand in hand. Somewhere I even I have well-worn copy of On Your Own, Brooke’s book of wisdom and makeup tips. True, MAC’s Icon celebrity collaborations always get my attention, but MAC Brooke Shields – their biggest Icon collection ever at 14 pieces – had me extra-intrigued.


The packaging told me right up front that this collection was elegant rather than flashy. In lieu of MAC’s signature black, we get cool gray with orange accents, a color scheme reportedly modeled after Brooke’s own West Village home.


The centerpiece of MAC Brooke Shields is Gravitas, a 16-shade eye-shadow palette, MAC’s largest ever for a celebrity collaboration. The palette contains a range of finishes and colors that could make your head spin.

While we did not receive it for review, and it sold out immediately, I will be hunting this baby down if it’s the last thing I do! In the meantime, I was thrilled to test a selection of this release’s other lovely products.

MAC Brooke Shields Lipstick ($22)


Gospel – berry plum (Lustre)

Darkish plum billed as sheer, that is actually not sheer at all, just kind of luminous and creamy. A great way to wear Fall’s burgundy trend…and, of course, there’s the pretty square tube featuring Brooke’s signature.

MAC Brooke Shields Lipglass ($22)


Knockout – bright red orange creme


This warm, glossy red orange has great coverage, pigmented enough to wear on its own, but also amazing over lipstick. It’s a little sticky and very long-lasting. Again, love the square signature tube!

MAC-Brooke-Shields-8-knockout-lipglass-swatchesfrom bottomL: MAC Lipglass in Knockout, Lipstick in Gospel

MAC Brooke Shields Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette ($44)


Mortal – champagne, light peach, coral, light bronze and plummy taupe


There are two Veluxe Pearlfusion shadow palettes in this collection, Mortal and Trusted Instinct. Each palette features five complementary shades in matte to highly pearlized finishes.


I tested Mortal, a palette in which all the colors all have frosted finishes and a buttery, blendable formula that can be worn dry or wet. I wore the shadows all day and their microglittering glow did not fade.

MAC-Brooke-Shields-12-Mortal-eye-shadow-swatchesMAC Brooke Shields Shadow Palette in Mortal

MAC Brooke Shields Veluxe Brow Liner ($20)


Brunette – muted mid-tone taupe


As soon as I heard about this collection, I wondered what would be in store brow-wise. My brows are very dark, but this mid-tone taupe looks natural, and fills and shapes like a champ. The powdery formula is, as promised, matte, smooth and easy to blend. Brunette is also available in the permanent collection.

MAC Brooke Shields Cream Color Base Duo ($31)


Cherished – bright peony pink and berry plum

This creamy duo provides multi-purpose color effects that can range from subtle to super dramatic depending on your level of application. Brush, sponge, or fingers… it’s up to you.

MAC-Brooke-Shields-17-cream-colour-base-duo-swatchesfrom bottom: MAC Bronzing Powder in Scone, Cream Color Base Duo in Cherished

My only complaint: it took a lot of rubbing – something I try to avoid – to blend the color. Cherished can be layered over foundation, but looks great over bare skin, too. The color is matte with tons of pigment. Pretty on lips, as well.

MAC Brooke Shields Bronzing Powder ($27.50)


Scone – very light golden brown

A soft, golden tan with light frosted finish, Scone is designed to enhance skin tone or accent a tan. The shimmer is very subtle, giving my pale skin a perfecting glow. I normally wouldn’t use a bronzing powder at this time of year, but Scone brightens me up just enough.

MAC Brooke Shields Nail Lacquer ($17)


Pricey – deep burgundy red (cream)


Pricey is a high-gloss, dramatic, warm dark red. It applied smoothly, with no streaks, and is wearing well. I think it’s interesting that these bottles contain the same amount of polish as MAC’s regular bottles but cost $5 more. Is the special packaging worth it? Just look at that chunky ice-cube of a bottle – so cool!


This limited edition release is only available in stores and online through the end of October, so don’t miss your chance to experience Brooke’s “easy, modern and beautiful” collection.

we heartsters – What is your favorite Brooke Shields moment on film? And is one of these MAC products soon to be your endless love?

photos: we heart this, swatches shown on NC25/30 skin tone

MAC Brooke Shields Collection:

Excite – bright orange-red (cremesheen)
Gospel – sheer rich burgundy (lustre)
$22 US/$26 CAD

Artful – soft mid-tone coral
Knockout – bright orange-red
$22 US/$26 CAD

Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow
Trusted Instinct
$44 US/$53 CAD

Top Row
Pretty – soft golden peachy beige (satin)
Soft Brown – soft golden peachy brown (matte)
Expensive Pink – pink with duochrome (veluxe pearl)
Clove – mid-tone golden brown (satin)
Satin Taupe – taupe with silver shimmer (frost)
Middle Row
Canter – soft neutral gold (frost)
Luscious – neutral bronze (frost)
Antiqued – ash brown with bronze (veluxe pearl)
Psyche – shimmering golden olive (frost)
Carbon – intense black (matte)
Bottom Row
Shroom – soft beige with shimmer (satin)
Persuade – mid-tone cool grey brown (matte)
Plummed – shimmering dark plum (veluxe pearl)
Lofty – cool blackened brown (satin)
Pepper – dark charcoal (velvet)
$85 US/$102 CAD

Brow Set
Clear – colour-free
$17 US/$21 CAD

Veluxe Brow Liner
Brunette – muted mid-tone grey
$20 US/$24 CAD

Opulash Optimum Black
Optimum Black – intense black
$27 US/$20 CAD

Cream Colour Base (Duo)
Cherished – bright coral pink/soft burgundy rose
$31 US/$37 CAD

Bronzing Powder
Scone – neutral tan
$27.50 US/$33 CAD

Nail Lacquer
Dignity – soft coral (cream)
Pricey – deep burgundy (cream)
$17 US/$19.50 CAD


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  1. At first glance, I would never think this to be a MAC collection. But I think that’s what I really like about it. It has a cool woman vibe about it. Perfect for someone like Brooke Shields. I think the color story is wonderful and very wearable. This will also stand out in a sea of black product packaging in our makeup drawers. Loving the lip products and the nail polish is gorgeous for fall.

    1. I agree, @mandabear, on both points–it’s not your typical MAC collection, but it is so perfect for Brooke Shields! It’s a great collection full of wearable neutrals.

  2. Oooh, I have my eye on that brow pencil, I really like the color, and that red gloss is absolutely stunning!!!

  3. I loved the Calvin Klein ads & wore my Calvin’s proudly. These colors look so gorgeous! I’m really loving the lipstick in Gospel and oh, that blush!!!

  4. This line looks soooo nice! I loved growing up with Brooke Shields. Wore those CK Jeans with pride and for years! The ad display is huge at the MAC store at South Coast Plaza. But I really don’t like the way they did her eyes. Really too dark!

  5. Yes, Brooke Shields was my favorite model as a kid. I wore my Calvin Klein Jeans almost every day and of course the hair and makeup just like her! MAC sure knows how to get great faces to showcase their line! I would love to get my hands on some of this!

  6. The lipstick Gospel looks gorgeous!! I love Plums!! The eye shadow palette is also gorgeous. I agree that this was a great and unexpected collection. But I do truly appreciate it. She is a one of a kind beauty and I love that she has full brows. Represent!!

  7. I really love the Mortal palette. It seems like it would be a great everyday palette. It’s subtle, so you can do some beautiful vampy lips with it too. And the texture of the shadows is amazing, really creamy.

    I love the Veluxe Brow pencils SO much. It’s a powder pencil so it’s super easy to use and doesn’t looks as harsh as a cream pencil does. But none of the shades match my brows and that bums me out. The blonde shade is really red and the lightest brown is too dark. MAC – please make a true blonde in these!

    1. You’re right, the powdery Veluxe Brow pencil is a game changer for me– so natural-looking and easy to blend! I hope MAC expands the range of colors. And yes, the Mortal palette is so lovely. I can’t stop experimenting with it!

  8. I’m on a budgt right now, so I had to behave and only get Gospel—it is a stunner! I’m lamenting that I didn’t get the Cream Color base duo in Cherished–I heart cream blush to excessive levels.

    I also coveted that Pricey nail polish, but it was too, uh, pricey. $5 more for the same amount? Nope.

    1. I love Gospel more every time I wear it! Good choice!

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