It took me a while to get through M.A.C.’s Fall Color Collection even despite the fact I either own or have used many of these products in the past. I consider many of the products to be staples, while others are great products with simply limited use for me. Let’s start with the staples: Pigments in Tan, Golden Olive, and Violet are gorgeous and are wonderful to work with. There are a bizzillion black eye liners to choose from but Feline & Blacktrack are two of the very best. I still prefer Smolder kohl liner to Feline for a smokey eye, but I know Smolder reads a bit blue on many people, so Feline is a good substitute in that case. Blacktrack is hands down my favorite gel liner, so to say it is a staple would be an understatement. To see my swatches and additional thoughts on the products keep reading below:



Lip Erase in Dim, Chromagraphic Pencil in Process Magenta , Kohl Power Eye Pencil in Feline, & Fluidline in Blacktrack
Lip Erase is a useful tool, especially to those of us who have pigmented lips. It certainly is a much better alternative than using concealor on your lips which can be cakey. I however, wouldn’t really recommend it if you have dry lips as I did when I was testing. It is a slightly drying product in its own right, but it stays put, so that is the trade-off.


I was really impressed with the Chromagraphic Pencils. They go on so smooth and have great color pay -off. They will work wonders for face & body painting on Halloween! As for everyday use, Process Magenta looks phenomenal on the lips. 

Pigment swatches: Later  (Alice + Olivia collection, similar to Starless Night) Wet, and then Dry, Blue Storm, Emerald Dusk, Tan, Neo-Orange, Magenta Madness, Golden Olive, & Violet
My three favorite pigments of this group all have similar shimmering finishes that I love. I was impressed with Blue Storm as well, largely because of the finish. I found it to be beautiful color I could really get sucked into using a ton. I was a bit surprised by how much I loved it. Emerald Storm is lovely, but feel it should have been called Emerald Dusk instead because it was just a tad dark for my taste. Emerald Storm looks to be the offspring of Antique Green and Deep Blue Green (see my comparison swatches below).

I didn’t purchase Starless Night because I own Later, a very dark pigment with blue and purple overlay, and I found them to be very similar & I honestly don’t use Later that much. Later truly is gorgeous when applied wet, although my swatch above doesn’t really do it justice. (there are better swatches of Later on the blog if you’re interested)

Neo-Orange, Magenta Madness, Golden Olive, & Violet Pigments
Neo-Orange & Magenta Madness swatches are useful if you like to mix your own lip color. Beyond that I don’t see many every day uses for them. Both seemed a bit chalky and applied unevenly.
Later  (Alice + Olivia collection, similar to Starless Night) Wet, and then Dry, Blue Storm, Emerald Dusk, & Tan Pigments

Chromagraphic Pencil in Process Magenta , Kohl Power Eye Pencil in Feline, Kohl Pencil in Smolder & Fluidline in Blacktrack (far right)
{top} Antique Green pigment, & Deep Blue Green pigments {bottom} Later , Blue Storm , & Emerald Dusk pigments

Full face swatch: Lip Erase in Dim (please excuse dry lips)

Full Face Swatch: Lip Erase in Dim with M.A.C. Hibiscus lipstick on top (see earlier swatch on Hibiscus)

Products can be purchased at maccosmetics.com or at a M.A.C. Pro shop.

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