Quick Look: MAC Stroke of Midnight Eyes – Cool

IMG_2575Made a quick stop at Nordstrom this afternoon, and couldn’t resist playing a little at the MAC counter. I thought I wasn’t interested in MAC’s holiday offerings, but after a little swatching, I may be changing my tune.

L to R: Fair Sex, Deception, Romance Me, Frisco (top), Shadowy Lady (bottom)

L to R: Fair Sex, Deception, Romance Me, Frisco (top), Shadowy Lady (bottom)

Overall, I was really impressed by the shades in this palette. Fair Sex is sheer, but seemingly by design. Deception and Romance Me are lovely (though dupe-able). Frisco is an incredible matte: creamy, opaque, and impressively pigmented, especially for a pale shade. The disappointment was Shadowy Lady–extremely dry, though it still seemed workable.

MAC Stroke of Midnight Eyes (Cool) - L to R: Fair Sex, Deception, Romance Me, Frisco (top), Shadowy Lady (bottom) -- sun

MAC Stroke of Midnight Eyes (Cool) – L to R: Fair Sex, Deception, Romance Me, Frisco (top), Shadowy Lady (bottom) — sun

MAC Stroke of Midnight Eyes (Cool)- L to R: Fair Sex, Deception, Romance Me, Frisco (top), Shadowy Lady (bottom) -- shade

MAC Stroke of Midnight Eyes (Cool)- L to R: Fair Sex, Deception, Romance Me, Frisco (top), Shadowy Lady (bottom) — shade

I was also intrigued walking past the Stroke of Midnight Violet Lip Bag. The lipstick included — Dark Deed (Amplified) — was a beautiful, rich, slightly vampy claret shade. But I noticed while scanning MAC’s permanent collection that the LE (repromoted) Dark Deed was exceedingly similar to another Amplified lipstick from the permanent line: Dark Side. So I’ll probably skip the lip bag, and go for just the lipstick if I decide I desperately need a deep blue-based red.

MAC Dark Side (left) and Dark Deed (right)

MAC Dark Side (left) and Dark Deed (right) , sun

MAC Dark Side (left) and Dark Deed (right), shade

MAC Dark Side (left) and Dark Deed (right), shade

And I have to admit, they’ve got me thinking very hard about the pigment/glitter sets from the Nocturnals collection as well.

What about you all? Anything tempting you from MAC’s Holiday collections?

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