MAC Red, Red, Red: Eyeshadows

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Last Thursday, MAC launched a collection called Red, Red, Red, which was inspired by, of course, shades of red: "Set the scene for a scarlet seduction with this smoking-hot collection... Let inhibitions fall by the wayside with this sizzling collection that turns the heat all the way. Sometimes, more really is more." This collection sees the launch of 18 products, nine of which are new and limited edition, five of which are re-promotes, and four of which are permanent. Red, Red, Red includes the release of three shades of eyeshadow. Each eyeshadow comes in regular black packaging, contains a total of 1.5 grams of product, and retails for $19. These are applicable for the Back to MAC recycling program at MAC Stores.

Clockwise from left: Give Me Fire, Red Alert, and Strike While Haute

Give Me Fire, Red Alert, and Strike While Haute

Give Me Fire is a light-medium warm muted pinked beige-brown with gold sparkle in a Lustre finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, silky texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has medium-high pigmentation and semi-opaque buildable colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is more pink than Honesty, darker and more brown than All That Glitters, and lighter and more brown than Mythology.
Red Alert is a medium-dark warm muted rusted copper-red in a Veluxe Pearl. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, silky texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is more muted and more brown than Coppering.
Strike While Haute is a medium vibrant warm red in a Matte finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, silky texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is more red than Red Brick, and warmer and more orange-toned than Passionate.

All three shades here have great textures, soft and smooth, while giving excellent colour pay-off and blendability. Give Me Fire actually performs exceptionally well given that it's a Lustre finish; I experienced minimal fall-out and smooth, even application (Lustres are known to go on sheer and patchy). It's become a go-to transition colour for me, as well as a great lazy-day all-over shadow. To me, Red Alert is the star of this collection — it's reddened but extremely wearable and looks good on almost everybody. It has a muted, rusty quality to it that keeps it more sultry rather than in-your-face, but still gives plenty of colour without looking sickly. Strike While Haute is definitely the wild card in this collection, but it's also the most unique; the most similar colour I can think of in MAC's permanent collection is Frankly Scarlet blush, but obviously, this one is safe for use in the eye area (many reds are not). I know this colour will appeal more to those with darker skintones (indeed, I have many Indian brides asking me to use red or red-toned eyeshadows), but those with fairer skintones can still rock it (like using it as an accent colour around black eyeliner, or as a pop of colour just in the centre of the lid of a black smoky eye, or blended in the outer corner with a shade like Red Alert). Okay, so I know red eyeshadow is scary to a lot of people, but I think it can be quite wearable when worn in the right combination and with the right placement, and I think that these three shades actually work beautifully together to create a gorgeous sunset eye look. As MAC says, "Don't hold back — when you go red, go red!"
7 comments on "MAC Red, Red, Red: Eyeshadows"
  1. I want Red Alert. *CRY* I so hope they have it here. I haven't seen interesting shades of eyeshadow lately. So these look a bit more unique than the regular taupe shades that every single brand seems to be coming out with.

    I've actually gone back to using regular MAC permanent eyeshadows lately. Bronze, Antiqued, Amber Lights, Espresso, Brown Script, Brun, .. *happy sigh* I find that a lot of the new eyeshadows are not rare anymore. I guess that's what happens when you've OD-ed on eyeshadow for a few years. *cough* But, I did get a pressed pigment (purple) from the holiday collection. The only thing I got in that collection. Oh and Nordstrom had Coil in stock. The one with the electric cool formula. Haven't used it yet.

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    1. Red, Red, Red will be launched internationally next February! :)

      And yes I agree, so much more interesting than the multitudes of neutrals we've been bombarded with!

      I've been using a lot of these reddened warm shades recently, especially Amber Lights, Soft Brown, Texture, and Antiqued. Glad you're making use of your old shadows. ;) It's easy to forget we have them sometimes, especially with all the new stuff coming out. How are you liking the Pressed Pigment and the Electric Cool?

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  2. Oooh, pretty. When I went to pick up Toxic Tale, it didn't seem like any of the shadows were left...so I didn't look.

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    1. I feel like shadows are rarely sold out; it's always the lipsticks that go first! Think Red Alert would look great on you, though. Still worth seeing if it's in stores!

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    2. That's what I always thought, but there were just empty spots or other random shadows there. And they are so pretty!

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  3. I have an old MUFE that looks just like Strike While Haute. Now I want to track down Red Alert to go with it. :)

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    1. I think I remember you featuring that MUFE shade in one of your old posts! You should definitely look into getting Red Alert -- it looks so good with vibrant reds!

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