July 02, 2013

MAC Tropical Taboo | July 2013

Another week, another MAC collection... but it's another good one, promise.

At least once a year, MAC like to come out with a collection that focuses heavily on their Mineralize products, which to me are some of the brand's strongest. I usually end up buying something from the annual Mineralize roll-out; last year it was Solar Ray blush, and the year before was the year of the amazing eyeshadows, Golden Gaze and Smoked Ruby. This year, Tropical Taboo appears to be something of a continuation on from the Temperature Rising which was out earlier this summer - it's all about hot, tropical climates, with plenty of colour, pulling inspiration from Brazilian carnivals and jungle landscapes. 

We've two products from the collection to show you today, and you know what? They're both very, very good!

First up, we have a Mineralize Eyeshadow in Cha-Cha-Cha* (€22.50). It's described as a deep blue green with green pearl - to me, it's acid green and deep blue. Now, I will not pretend that I would pick this for myself, but I do adore the colours. Somebody a lot more creative and talented than me (I'm thinking Heather!) could create something absolutely amazing with this, but I am a little too reserved and, well scared to use the two colours together - the blue is great alone, though.

I know from the other Mineralize eyeshadows that I have, though, that they are brilliant for creating a foolproof, easy smokey eye. Pop on a good primer, blend this all over the lid, and blend a matte, neutral colour like MAC Wedge into the crease to stop it from being too messy and harsh.

 Cha-Cha-Cha swatched dry (L), and wet (R)

Sweet Samba Blush* (€26) is a standout product - it's highly pigmented and the shade will suit a lot of people. I've worn this a lot over the last couple of months, both with and without a tan, and I loved it both ways. The left side works as a neutral bronzer, and the right is a hot pink - they work equally well alone or mixed together.

There is shimmer in this, but not too much. I do tend to wear it towards the back of my cheekbones to avoid the risk of the shimmer highlighting the massive pores on my cheeks, but that is partially down to my own paranoia! All in all, this is a fantastic, versatile blusher that will last forever and a day, which does take some of the sting out of the price tag - same goes for the eyeshadow.

Sweet Samba Blush swatched - the bronze and pink sides separately, and then the two mixed

Tropical Taboo is out this month!


  1. The blush is gorgeous:) Love love it!


  2. How gorgeous are the shades. xx

  3. Wow, love the colours!!

  4. Ooh wow, what a nice collection! Definitely investigating once it's out!


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