MAC Strength Collection

Holy MAC collections, you guys. Seriously.
So recently, several new collections and items have launched from MAC (basically all at the same time, as usual) that I'm excited to share my thoughts on with you all.  I received them the day after Christmas, when most of them actually launched in-store, so I'm just now getting around to getting them all photographed pretty and swatched for you all on here.
Today, I'll be posting info on two of these collections... Strength (in this post), and Apres Chic (click here to see that post).   The rest will be posted in the next few days, so look out for those!

As these posts usually go, I'll share with you a bit of my personal thoughts on the collection overall and then it's on with the photos and swatch-y goodness.

So lets get it going with the MAC Strength collection.

This collection was honestly a little confusing to me when I first saw the colors individually as I pulled them each out of the bag. Flesh-toned neutrals for nails and cheeks, cool-toned greyed shades for eyes, and super vivid and dramatic lips.  Then, when I saw the collection together as a whole, it all came together and made sense.  The eye shadows, which at first glanced seemed a little drab and boring, make for really bold and dark eye looks. Then paired with lip colors that are more vivid and cheek colors in more tan-flesh tones, makes for a balanced combo.  I will say, the lip colors are what stands out (BY FAR) in this collection. The eye quads, nail polishes, and blush seem a bit repetitive not only from past collections, but from what's already available anyway in the permanent line. Out of the products I have, I think the Embrace Me lip pencil is really unique and something I would recommend. The shade is a beautiful vivid fuchsia that isn't too dark. Perfect for bright pink lips.

MAC Strength
December 26, 2012 through January 30,2013

*Keep in mind, this is not the whole collection, just the products I received.

 Lipsticks (l-r): Firm Form, Absolute Power

 Lip Pencil in Embrace Me

Eye Shadow Quad in Inner Strength

Nail Lacquer in Triumphant and Muscle Tone

Have you guys picked up anything from this collection? Anything you have your eye on?

Products provided for consideration by MAC Cosmetics with no agreements or obligations for me to feature on YouTube or on my blog. All opinions are unbiased and 100% genuine.


  1. @tiffanyD, I love your reviews. Happy new year girlfriend!

  2. And happy NY to mr Waylon and brad too!

  3. Love the lipliner and the quad! Such gorgeous colors. I can't ever imagine being drawn to lipstick as dark as the first one shown but hey, I won't knock a Mac product. :)

  4. I can't wait to get my hands on some of these! The Mac quad shadows will definitely be on my shopping list.

    - Jacqueline xx


  5. I have just put my mac in for repair. They told me repair will take up to 14 days, so I called on the 10th day to ask how the mac repairs was going. They said 7 more days. I really need my computer back, as I have a project to finish. Do they give a replacement, i have apple care.