MAC Lipstick Collection

Mac Lipstick Collection Swatches Review thegirlinspired Patisserie Coral Bliss Fanfare Chatterbox Mystical Alluring Aquatics

Today I wanted to share with you my MAC Lipstick Collection. I love doing collection posts! Yes, they take a bit longer to do but there’s something so satisfying once it’s all pulled together! Anyway, if you saw my MAC Experience post you’ll know I picked up 2 more lipsticks and so I thought I would share my very modest but growing collection.

Mac Lipstick Collection

Natural Lips

Let’s start off by showing you my natural lip colour. Whenever I’m looking online for swatches I always like to see what a persons natural lip colour is as that can affect how a lip colour looks.

Mac Lipstick Collection Swatches Review thegirlinspired Patisserie Coral Bliss Fanfare Chatterbox Mystical Alluring Aquatics


Mac Lipstick Collection Swatches Review thegirlinspired Patisserie Coral Bliss Fanfare Chatterbox Mystical Alluring Aquatics
This is one of those My Lips But Better shades that just makes you look a bit more polished and put together, without adding much in the way of colour. Perfect for day-to-day, Patisserie is a Lustre formula so it adds a touch of colour without being drying to the lips.Although this does have a small amount of fine glitter, you can’t really see it until it starts to wear off, which isn’t a problem for me.

Coral Bliss

Mac Lipstick Collection Swatches Review thegirlinspired Patisserie Coral Bliss Fanfare Chatterbox Mystical Alluring Aquatics
This is a Cremesheen formula so it adds a sheer but buildable colour without being drying. Similar to Patisserie’s Lustre formula but with a little more oomph in the colour department. As the name would suggest, this is a coral shade with pink undertones. Unfortunately this does seem to emphasise any dry patches on my lips so it’s not one I reach for as often as some of my other lipsticks, but one I’ll probably get more use out of in the summer months.


Mac Lipstick Collection Swatches Review thegirlinspired Patisserie Coral Bliss Fanfare Chatterbox Mystical Alluring Aquatics
This is one of those classic, mid-toned pink shades with a warm undertone which flatters my skin. It’s become my easy, everyday favourite to throw on when I don’t know what else to wear, and it seems to go with almost anything. Fanfare is another Cremesheen formula so it glides on smoothly whilst having just enough drag to let you know it’s gonna stay on for a while, and can be worn sheered out or built up to a more opaque colour.


Mac Lipstick Collection Swatches Review thegirlinspired Patisserie Coral Bliss Fanfare Chatterbox Mystical Alluring Aquatics
This one is an Amplified formula, meaning super saturated colour for your lips. It’s not quite as glossy as the previous lipsticks, but lovely all the same. This intense, bright-but-somehow-deep pink is what I’ll wear to any weddings/christenings etc. Again, this applies smoothly, and after a while sets to a semi-matte finish.


Mac Lipstick Collection Swatches Review thegirlinspired Patisserie Coral Bliss Fanfare Chatterbox Mystical Alluring Aquatics

Not gonna lie, I bought this one mostly for the packaging, which is absolutely gorgeous and I don’t regret it one bit! Mystical is the deepest shade in my MAC collection, and whaddya know, it’s another Cremesheen.. This is a deep rosy neutral shade that’s lovely for day-to-day wear at this time of year.

So that’s my little collection, what’s your favourite MAC lipstick? Do you have any that you would recommend to me? Let me know in the comments!

Mac Lipstick Collection Swatches Review thegirlinspired Patisserie Coral Bliss Fanfare Chatterbox Mystical Alluring Aquatics
Mac Lipstick Collection Swatches Review thegirlinspired Patisserie Coral Bliss Fanfare Chatterbox Mystical Alluring Aquatics
Mac Lipstick Collection Swatches Review thegirlinspired Patisserie Coral Bliss Fanfare Chatterbox Mystical Alluring Aquatics

My MAC Experience

my mac experience thegirlinspired

For Christmas Ben had gotten me a 1 hour MAC makeover and after months of procrastinating I finally got around to booking my appointment. I was a bit nervous about going as I’d never done anything like this before and wasn’t sure what to expect, so I thought I would share my experience with you in case you are in the same boat.

There was a few weeks wait for an available weekend so I would suggest booking your appointment sooner rather than later, especially if you are wanting your makeup done for a particular event. On the day I went in with clean, moisturised but makeup free skin and was greeted by my makeup artist. She asked me questions about the sort of look I wanted to go for and what I currently used. I decided to go for daytime look using fairly natural colours and a semi-matte finish. Next I picked out the shades of eyeshadow I wanted to use with the help of the MUA. She asked if there was any particular colours I wanted to try and on this occasion I said no, but next time I think it would be great to pick a shade I was interested in to base the look off of. I gave the MUA an idea of the general tone I wanted to go for (i.e. neutral on the eyes, coral on the cheeks and lips) and let her pick out what she thought would suit me best.

From there she sat me down in the chair and got to work on my makeup, starting with base, then moving into eyeshadow, brows, cheeks and lips. She talked me through what she was using, where she was applying it as well as why and how. Feel free to ask any questions you may have about the products or the application – that’s what you’re there for. If there’s something you really want to focus on learning, like the new strobing trend at the moment for example, then definitely mention it.

Once my makeup was done the MUA made sure I was happy with the look and created a face chart for me to refer back to if I wanted to recreate the look in future. To be honest the look she came up with was very similar to what I tend to do anyway, so at least I know I’m doing it right! I think next time I will pick a particular eyeshadow shade to find out how to pair it with other colours to create a look, or focus more on something like contouring to get the most out of my time.

My experience wasn’t over once my makeup was done, you also get to redeem the price of the makeover for products on the day, so I picked up the lipstick and highlighter the MUA had used on me as well as another shade of lipstick. If you want to see what I got you can check out my MAC Haul.

All in all, it was a good hour spent, and the next time I plan on spending £30 in MAC I’ll make sure to book in for a makeover as well – who doesn’t want to get a free makeover when you’re going to be buying the products anyway?!

If there’s anything in particular you want to know, just ask away in the comments and I’ll get back to you!

New Things From MAC

MAC Mineralize Skin Finish MSF Soft & Gentle Cremesheen Lipstick Coral Bliss Fanfare Haul

It feels like it’s been ages since I bought anything from MAC but one of the Christmas presents from Ben was a MAC makeover and since you get to redeem the price of the makeover in products I picked up a couple of things.

I’ll be doing a separate post on my MAC experience as I thought it might be helpful for anyone that’s not had a makeup application done there before to read up on what to expect, but for today I thought I would just share what I picked up.

Soft & Gentle Mineralize SkinFinish

MAC Mineralize Skin Finish MSF Soft & Gentle Cremesheen Lipstick Coral Bliss Fanfare Haul
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish MSF Soft & Gentle Cremesheen Lipstick Coral Bliss Fanfare Haul

Coral Bliss & Fanfare Cremesheen Lipsticks

MAC Mineralize Skin Finish MSF Soft & Gentle Cremesheen Lipstick Coral Bliss Fanfare Haul
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish MSF Soft & Gentle Cremesheen Lipstick Coral Bliss Fanfare Haul

The MSF and coral lipstick were both products the makeup artist used on me and I really liked how they looked so I decided to pick those up. I’m in a bit of a lipstick kick at the moment (just bought 3 lipsticks from Revlon as they had a 3 for 2 deal on plus a free nail polish so I took advantage!) so wanted to get another lipstick. I always tend to get fairly neutral pink lipsticks so wanted to branch out and get something a little different. I was actually looking for Ravishing but they didn’t seem to have in and with indecision setting in I ended up reaching for the familiar pinks and picked up Fanfare.

The MSFs seem to have updated packaging with a magnetic closure which adds that luxurious feel. All 3 products are gorgeous and I’m very happy with them. I do have naturally quite dark lips so I’d like to get a nude lipliner to help the lipstick shades show up more true to colour, so if you’ve got any suggestions please let me know.

MAC Mineralize Skin Finish MSF Soft & Gentle Cremesheen Lipstick Coral Bliss Fanfare Haul

My MAC Eyeshadow Collection

When I first got into reading blogs and watching beauty videos on YouTube one of my favourite things to see was everyones MAC eyeshadow collection, and it still is a favourite. So I thought I’d show you mine, along with swatches and which colours are my most used and loved.. Let’s start with a look at the palette first, shall we?

MAC Eyeshadow Collection in Pink Z Palette, swatches, grand entrance, star violet, brule, naked lunch, all that glitters, honesty, gleam, expensive pink, wedge, patina, woodwinked, mulch, satin taupe, copperplate, shale, stars n rockets, satellite dreams, purple rain, sketch, smut, club, just, gorgeous gold, electra

These are all of my MAC eyeshadows and let me tell you, it’s taken quite a while to build up this collection! I store the majority of them in this pink Z Palette which is so great because it holds so many and the clear lid means I can see exactly what is inside. I have a couple of eyeshadows in the pots but for some reason I just haven’t gotten around to depotting them. All the others I bought in pan form as I knew I wanted to keep them in a palette, and as you can see I’m a fan of the neutrals..

Now onto the individual shadows!

Grand Entrance

MAC Grand Entrance Eyeshadow Swatch thegirlinspired

My one and only eBay purchase but this colour was too gorgeous to not buy it. It came out in the Star Flash collection before I was aware of MAC. After stumbling upon the beauty community on YouTube and seeing people talk about this little guy I knew I had to have it! Super pigmented and almost metallic in finish, it has a little bit of fall out if you’re not careful but makes a great lid colour or inner corner highlight.

Star Violet

MAC Star Violet Eyeshadow Swatch thegirlinspired

I picked up Star Violet whilst in Australia – it was my treat around Christmas time over there as we didn’t have many funds spare to spend on frivolous things at the time. I wore this a lot whilst on that trip but haven’t touched it much since (probably because it’s in a pot in a drawer and gets forgotten about!). This is a deluxe pearl finish which gives it that lovely sheen and I always get compliments when I wear it.


MAC Brule Eyeshadow Swatch thegirlinspired

My only matte highlight shade from MAC, which means I use it a hell of a lot. You can just about see it in the swatch, it’s a touch lighter than my skin tone making perfect to use on the brow bone and to blend out any harsh edges on crease colours.

Naked Lunch

MAC Naked Lunch Eyeshadow Swatch thegirlinspired

This is a frost finish eyeshadow and probably my favourite shimmery highlight colour. It’s a pinky champagne that looks great when applied with a fluffy brush to the brow bone to add a subtle sheen. I also like wearing this on the lid with a little bit of Wedge in the crease for a very simple, easy every day look.

All That Glitters

MAC All That Glitters Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired

One of my very first MAC eyeshadows and as you can see, it’s very well loved. Veluxe pearl in finish, this is a fantastic lid colour that compliments lots of different skin tones. The pinky-tan shade helps to bring out lighter coloured eyes and make them pop. I also like using this in the inner corner when using a more bronzy shade on the eyes.


MAC Honesty Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired

I like this eyeshadow but it’s not one of my favourites. The lustre finish means it has a lot of chunky glitter in it, and although the copper tones bring out blue eyes you don’t really want to be getting flecks of that glitter in your eyes or half way down your cheeks.. so I don’t reach for it all that much.


MAC Gleam Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired

Another one that I don’t find myself reaching for much is Gleam. It’s a pretty enough colour but doesn’t seem to have great colour payoff and I have trouble finding ways to wear it.

Expensive Pink

MAC Expensive Pink Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired

I love this colour in the summertime, blended through the crease to create an almost sunset effect. This veluxe finish shadow is very much a golden peachy-pink so it’s a little more wearable than Gleam but again, one I don’t wear very often.


MAC Wedge Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired

This is another matte colour I wear a lot. If I’ve got my MAC palette out you can almost guarantee that I will use this shade in the crease. It’s the perfect soft, mid-toned brown to put down to help blend crease colours. I also love using it in the crease on it’s own to add soft definition on days when I don’t want to do much with my eye makeup.


MAC Patina Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired

I picked this up on Tanya Burr’s recommendation as she talks about it quite a lot and I have to be honest, I don’t really reach for it much. It’s a beautiful colour but I just prefer All That Glitters a little bit more than this. It works great as a lid colour and is a pearl finish which gives it this lovely sheen.


MAC Woodwinked Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired

Another one of my very first MAC purchases, this has a beautiful metallic finish that when blended out creates a two-tone effect and makes it look like you’ve used 2 different colours and put a lot of effort into your makeup when really you haven’t. This looks amazing on blue eyes and is perfect in the summer time or the autumn.


MAC Mulch Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired

This was the 3rd MAC eyeshadow I ever bought but I wasn’t that fond of it to begin with. Not really sure why, I think maybe the reddish undertones put me off, but now I love it! It’s great in the crease, blends like a dream and I get a lot of wear out of it in the Autumn months. This velvet finish eyeshadow is also great for use in smoky brown looks.

Satin Taupe

MAC Satin Taupe Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired

This is the cool-toned version of Mulch. After purchasing Mulch and not being a fan I decided to pick Satin Taupe up instead and instantly fell in love. Strangely enough I haven’t reached for it much recently as I’ve been preferring the warmer toned browns…. This is a frost finish with a grey-toned purple undertone. Another great colour for the crease but I’ve also been known to wear this all over the lid for a darker everyday look.


MAC Copperplate Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired

This is a matte finish, brownish grey. I think I’ve only worn this a couple of times just because I’m not really too sure how to wear this. It’s not highly pigmented but if anyone has any recommendations of what to do with this eyeshadow please let me know!


MAC Shale Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired

Another colour that’s not hugely pigmented so I don’t tend to reach for it a whole lot. It’s a satin finish but pulls a little frosted. If I wear this it’s usually either as a lid colour or to blend out other purples in the crease but it always comes off a little bruisey looking when I do that. Again, if you have any suggestions for how to wear this let me know in the comments!

Stars n Rockets

MAC Stars n Rockets Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired

This is quite possibly my favourite colourful MAC eyeshadow. Stars n Rockets is a deluxe pearl finish and has a iridescent violet sheen which gives it a duo-chrome effect. If you apply this over a darker base it turns into a beautiful, much darker purple with that violet gleam. I’ll use this as a lid colour, to blend out other purples in the crease to give a glowy effect, or I’ll apply it over the top of a black eyeliner for something a little different.

Purple Rain

MAC Purple Rain Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired

My first ever matte eyeshadow from MAC and it kinda put me off them as it was so chalky and had little pigmentation. What you see swatched is several swipes of the colour. I’ve maybe only worn this a couple of times, I think I keep holding on to it cause I’m hoping I can make it work somehow but I never reach for it.

Satellite Dreams

MAC Satellite Dreams Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired

This is the veluxe pearl counterpart to Purple Rain. It’s a very similar shade of purple but much more pigmented and wearable. It’s warmer in tone, blends beautifully and I love using this in purple looks or on the outer corner to brighten up brown looks.


MAC Sketch Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired

Sketch is one that I picked up after hearing Elle from allthatglitters21 go on and on about how it was her favourite eyeshadow, and I’m glad I did. This has a velvet finish so it’s a little softer but can be built up. It’s a burgundy brown which works great in the autumn and I love using it to darken up smoky brown looks or as a liner on the lower lash line. It’s great for lighter coloured eyes too as the reddish undertones really brings out those eye colours.


MAC Smut Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired

Another velvet finish that I love for darkening up the outer corner or as a powder eyeliner. This deep colour is softer than a black so it’s not a harsh making it perfect for every day looks. I’m not sure if you can really tell in the pictures but this eyeshadow has a burgundy shimmer which really warms up the colour. It’s lovely to blend and works great with browns.


MAC Club Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired

Club is such an interesting eyeshadow and I’m so glad to have it in my collection as I haven’t seen anything similar to this anywhere else. It’s a satin finish eyeshadow that initially looks green but where you take a closer look at it or swatch it you’ll see it’s actually a brown with red undertones and a green sheen. I’ve found if you pat this on you can get it to pull more green and if you blend it the brown really comes through. I use this in the crease, as a liner and even all over the lid, particularly in the autumn months.


MAC Juxt Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired

Such a pretty bright colour but I don’t find many occasions to wear this. It’s a green with a definite yellow tone to it. I like wearing this satin finish eyeshadow more in the spring and summer as a little something different on the lid or to line my lower lash line as it has a real brightening effect.

Gorgeous Gold

MAC Gorgeous Gold Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired

I picked this one up at the same time as Juxt as I was doing a makeup tutorial inspired by a flower and needed a pretty yellow eyeshadow to represent the centre of the flower. Gorgeous Gold has a veluxe pearl finish and a slight green tint to it. If you pair it with other greens it definitely pulls more green, but otherwise it’s a very pretty light yellow-gold shade.


MAC Electra Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired

Electra is my most beaten up eyeshadow and I don’t even wear it all that much! I did take it travelling with me though so in fairness it’s lasted quite well! This has a frost finish but comes off more metallic as you can see and has fantastic pigmentation. It’s great when creating silvery, black smoky looks, perfect for the party season.

Phew, that’s a lotta swatching! Out of that small army of eyeshadows I would have to say I reach for Brule, All That Glitters, Wedge, Mulch and Club the most. They’re great colours that work really well together from the simplest of everyday looks to smokier, more sultry eye makeup. As you can see I still have a little bit of space left in my palette so tell me, which shades do you think I should pick up next?

MAC Eyeshadows are £13 in pot or £10 in pan

Face Of The Day: Soft Smoky Neutral Eye

Face Of The Day

I am a huge fan of this neutral, soft smoky eye for every day. It’s so simple to get this look and I have a trick for making it look really soft and blended. I’m not particularly great with video tutorials so I thought I would share it with you on here and tell you what I’m wearing on the rest of my face whilst I’m at it.

Face Of The Day
So to get a really soft, blended look I took my lid colour across the lid and up a little higher than I would usually go with my crease colour. I used a matte, light beige shade from Maybelline that I don’t think is available any more. Applying this eyeshadow in the crease and a little above helps when it comes to blending out the crease colour. For the crease I used MAC’s Mulch eyeshadow, which is a gorgeous warm brown with golden flecks, on a fluffy blending brush and sweeped that into my crease. Like I said that first colour really helps to blend out this darker shade and using a blending brush to apply it just makes the whole process quicker. I then went in with a little bit of MAC’s Smut eyeshadow, a deep charcoal shade with red/purple undertones, on a smaller tapered blending brush and applied that to the outer crease to deepen up the colour. The final step was to go back over Smut with Mulch on the larger blending brush and this is what is going to make the eyeshadow look softer and more blended. I’m sure most of you already knew that trick but I wanted to share this for those that didn’t, plus I just really liked my makeup today!
Face Of The Day
For the rest of my makeup I have on the following:
Foundation – Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + in shade 30
Concealer – Maybelline Instant Anti-Age Eraser in Light
Powder – Rimmel Stay Matte in Translucent
Blush – NYX Blush in Natural
Cheek Highlight – Benefit Moon Beam
Eyeshadows – as above
Eyeliner – L’Oreal Contour Khol in Black
Mascara – L’Oreal Clean Definition Telescopic in Black
Lips – Revlon Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie
What’s your go to makeup look?

Face Of The Day


MAC Haul & Swatches

I recently bought a few things from MAC and since I rarely shop at MAC I thought I would share with you what I got along with swatches of each. Some of these things I have been wanting for a very long time – as in 3 years long!! Like I said, I rarely shop at MAC so have to build myself up to purchase something, which usually results in a wishlist as long as my arm! I also like to watch videos on other people’s top MAC eyeshadows and lipsticks, so after watching Tanya Burr’s video a few of the colours she recommended ended up on my list as well.

I filmed a haul of what I purchased so if you want to see that you can watch this video:


MAC Eyeshadow in Patina £10:
    MAC Haul
Patina is one of the shades I heard Tanya Burr talking about. It’s an absolutely beautiful, soft, taupe brown shade with a golden pearl and a frost finish. Perfect as an all over the lid colour for everyday looks, or if used in the crease it will blend out darker bronze and brown shades to create a smoked out effect. It is quickly making its way into my top 5 MAC eyeshadows.
MAC Eyeshadow in Copperplate £10
MAC Haul

Copperplate is a brownish-grey or a greyish-brown. This muted matte squared shade will work lovely to blend out smoky eyes or just all over the lid as a simple everyday colour for those that prefer a lighter look.

MAC Eyeshadow in Smut £10
MAC Haul
Smut is a soft charcoal with a hint of red shimmer and a velvet finish. I use this as a powder liner, and in the crease and outer corner to give definition to the eye. I haven’t tried it yet, but I bet this would look gorgeous on the lid over a dark base to create a smoky eye. If you have any suggestions for bases that might work well with this let me know!
MAC Eyeshadow in Club £10
MAC Haul


An interesting one. Club has a definite, almost bottle green, sheen to it in the pan but not so much once applied. It’s a reddish-brown with a green pearl and a satin finish. It’s a bit of a chameleon, adapting to whichever colour family you put it with – as a crease colour to browns it looks more brown, however add it as a liner to green looks and it pulls more green. I definitely want to experiment with this one and play about with different colour combinations. 
MAC Eyeshadow in Sketch £10
MAC Haul


This is one I have wanted for several years, ever since I first heard Elle Fowler going on about how this was her favourite MAC eyeshadow. It’s a lovely velvet burgundy shade with red shimmer that makes lighter coloured eyes pop. I like using this to line my lower lash line, just to add something a little different than a brown or black. This will be lovely in the autumn/fall as a crease colour.

All of these eyeshadows have lovely pigmentation, and are so easy to apply and blend. 
MAC Blush in Peaches £18
MAC Haul
When I first got this I worried it was going to look too orange on my cheeks but its a sheertone blush so it just adds a lovely sheer wash of peach, which really compliments my light olive toned skin. The colour is buildable so I can apply just a little bit for daytime, or layer it up for a brighter pop on nights out. 
MAC Lipstick in Chatterbox £15
MAC Haul


Chatterbox is described as a bright red-pink. I feel like this is a Barbie pink kind of colour and I don’t have anything else quite like this in my collection. It’s an amplified finish and has a creamy application.
MAC Haul

So that’s everything that I picked up at MAC recently. I hope you’re enjoying my new blog. I find it quite therapeutic to type up posts so expect to see lots more in the near future.

x~ Jenna

MAC Haul
My MAC Eyeshadows looking so pretty
together in my Z Palette
Products purchased from MAC Cosmetics