MAC x Aaliyah Collection

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MAC Aaliyah Collection ReviewThe customer-requested and long-awaited MAC x Aaliyah collection is almost here!

This limited edition collection is a tribute to iconic R&B artist Aaliyah, who left this world too soon. When I was in middle school, I begged my mom for baggy pants like Aaliyah would wear. Her voice was beautiful and her style was just so cool. This MAC collection is a great way to showcase what a mark she left on her fans and music in general.

Today I’m sharing swatches and some thoughts of the collection (received as a PR gift from MAC). The collection will be available online starting June 20 and in stores June 21.

*The collection is now available for Obsessed and Pro members! Click here to shop!

MAC x Aaliyah

Aaliyah’s brother had a lot of input in the collection. There are 4 Lipsticks, 4 Lipglasses, 2 Lip Pencils, an eyeshadow palette, and a bronzer, all in metallic burgundy packaging with silver lettering.


What it is: A special-edition Lipstick in four hues and three textures.

There are 4 lipsticks in 3 different MAC finishes:

Hot Like… – creamy fire red (amplified)

More Than a Woman – cool deep red (amplified)

Street Thing – pure black with shimmer (frost)

Try Again – soft muted beige (matte)

MAC Aaliyah Collection Review - Lipsticks

MAC Aaliyah Lipsticks Review, Swatches

MAC x Aaliyah Lipsticks Swatches, L-R: Hot Like…, More Than a Woman, Street Thing, Try Again

Overall, the lipsticks are comfortable to wear and last for a few hours. Street Thing goes on a little patchy, but it layers up without issue for more even coverage. It’s not really a pure black though; starting with the Nevermore lip pencil is best for deeper color.

I really enjoy all of the shades, but I don’t find them to be very special.

→Available for $18.50/0.1 oz at MAC, Nordstrom, Ulta, Macy’s, etc.


What it is: A unique lip gloss available in four colours that can create a high-gloss, glass-like finish or a subtle sheen.

There are 4 shades of the lip glasses:

1 in a Million – deep rich purple

At Your Best You Are… – warm berry

Brooklyn Born – sheer nude with pearl

Li Li’s Motor City – coral with shimmer

MAC Aaliyah Collection Review - Lipglasses

MAC Aaliyah Lipglasses Review, Swatches

MAC x Aaliyah Lipglasses Swatches, L-R: 1 in a Million, At Your Best You Are, Brooklyn Born, Li Li’s Motor City

I think the glosses might be my favorite part of the collection. The color is opaque, except with Brooklyn Born, which is supposed to be sheer. It’s super shiny though (with sparkle), and works well on its own or as a lip topper.

At Your Best You Are… is my favorite shade. It’s a beautiful dark berry for a vampy look! Li Li’s Motor City will be one of my go-to shades for summer too.

→Available for $17.50/0.16 oz at MAC, Nordstrom, Ulta, Macy’s, etc.

Lip Pencils

What it is: A pencil in two shades designed for shaping, lining or filling in the lip.

There are 2 lip liner shades:

Follow Your Heart – vivid bright bluish red

Nevermore – pure black

MAC Aaliyah Collection Review - Lip Pencils

MAC Aaliyah Collection Review - Lip Pencil Swatches

MAC x Aaliyah Lip Pencils Swatches, L-R: Follow Your Heart, Nevermore

Follow Your Heart provides strong base color and lasts very well – it’s gorgeous! Nevermore isn’t quite as magical. It feels a little dry and I struggle to get perfectly opaque, dark color.

→Available for $18/0.05 oz at MAC, Nordstrom, Ulta, Macy’s, etc.

Eyeshadow x 9

What it is: A palette of nine Eye Shadows in a moody deep neutral shade wave.

There are 9 shades in the palette, called Age Ain’t Nothing:

Creative Copper – metallic gold (lustre)

Deception – cool medium brown (frost)

Lovesmoke – sterling silver (veluxe pearl)

That Somebody – gold brown with gold shimmer (satin)

Gingersnap – muted pinky coral (frost)

Magic Moor – black with silver sparkle (veluxe pearl)

Princess of Soul – muted golden brown (matte)

Dance in the Dark – deep cool brown (matte)

Care 4 You – mauve-plum with subtle shimmer (lustre)

MAC Aaliyah Collection Review - Age Ain't Nothing Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Aaliyah Collection Review - Age Ain't Nothing Eyeshadow Palette Swatches

MAC x Aaliyah Age Ain’t Nothing Eyeshadow Palette Swatches, L-R: Lovesmoke, Magic Moor, Care 4 You, Creative Copper, Princess of Soul, That Somebody, Deception, Gingersnap, Dance in the Dark

I really like this palette! The cool colors are paired with neutrals to make it a little more versatile. I’ve been able to do a mix of everyday looks and smoky looks for evening – this is a great palette for both day and night.

The mattes are really nice – better than the older formula that was kind of stiff. Care 4 You is purple perfection. Ugh, I just love it.

All of the shimmers are gorgeous and show up easily, with the exception of Deception (inadvertent rhyme), which is kind of a dud. For my swatches, I needed three passes, while all other shades just required one.

→Available for $32/0.18 oz (0.02 oz x 9) at MAC, Nordstrom, Ulta, Macy’s, etc.

Bronzing Powder

What it is: A special-edition powder in a pure golden shade with soft pearl that gives skin sheer, natural colour and bronzes the face.

This highlighting bronzer, simply called Aaliyah, is a sheer, warm golden color with pearly shimmer. Her autograph is embossed in the powder, making it feel really special.MAC Aaliyah Collection Review - Bronzing Powder

MAC Aaliyah Collection Review - Bronzing Powder Swatch

MAC x Aaliyah Bronzing Powder Swatch

I’m kind of disappointed by this though. I’ve been using it all over my cheeks for a sun-kissed glow. I think it looks pretty on me, but I don’t see how this could work for most people. Maybe it works as a highlighter for darker skin tones? I’m not sure why this would be part of a collection inspired by a woman of color when it is barely dark enough for my ~NW13 skin.

The powder feels a bit dry in the pan, but it picks up easily on my brushes, applies well, and lasts all day. So, if there’s a chance you may be able to work with it, I do like it.

→Available for $28/0.35 oz at MAC, Nordstrom, Ulta, Macy’s, etc.

My favorites from the collection are the Lipglasses and the eyeshadow palette. Although I really enjoy the bronzer for myself, I’m sad that it won’t work for many others.

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