3. We wanted to see what the collection would actually look like IRL — and on every skin tone — so we asked a bunch of people from our office to test out the products before they hit the market.
Because different makeup shades can look wildly different on different people, we tested out the products on 16 women and men with a diverse range of skin tones, textures, and face shapes.
4. First up, we tried the lipsticks.
From left to right the shades are Dance Off Pants Off, Midnight Troll, and Sushi Kiss.
All of the lipsticks will cost $18.
5. The shades come in a range of textures from matte to creamy to shimmer. They’re all really, REALLY pigmented, so they showed up true to color on each person.
Midnight Troll has a matte finish (so it’s a little tricky to apply but the color payoff is insane), Dance Off Pants Off is a frosted lipstick (so it stays on FOREVER), and Sushi Kiss is a satin finish (so it goes on smooth).
There’s a fourth lipstick in the collection called Can’t Be Tamed, and it’s a sheer lime yellow with a creamy finish. It’s meant to be used mostly as a transformative color on top of others shades.
Pro tip: Because the colors are so rich, applying them with a lip brush instead of straight from the tube will give you that precisely defined line that makes the shades look so sharp.
6. Next, we went for the lip glosses.
From left to right the shades are: Glitter Grunge, Twerkoise, and St. Germaine.
All of the glosses will cost $16.
7. The finishes range from pastel shades to iridescent colors with fine glitter. Because they’re just a sheer hint of color, they change very slightly depending on each person’s natural lip shade.
I know, I KNOW. I wasn’t a believer in blue lip gloss either. But then everyone put it on and I saw the light. Twerkoise is this magical color that actually winds up looking like this ethereal lilac shade on. St. Germaine makes lips look like this perfect bubble gum pink situation. And Glitter Grunge shows up as a little more pink than purple with this beautiful shimmering finish.
Pro Tip: Use these glosses to slightly alter the finishes and/or colors of the lipsticks in the collection…or any lipsticks you already own!
8. And finally, we tested these stupidly pretty eyeshadow colors.
From left to right the shades are Paradisco, Atlantic Blue, Suns Out Buns Out, and Black Tied.
Each of the eyeshadows will cost $17.
9. In general, the shadows read as brighter on lighter skin tones and deeper on darker skin tones, but CAN. WE. JUST. TALK. ABOUT. COLOR. PAYOFF?!?!??!
Even though we tested each shadow solo, they can easily be mixed to get a more ~expert-level~ look. Atlantic Blue is has a smooth, bright texture that really lends itself to blending. Suns Out Buns Out is a light metallic that could easy go into any smoky eye. Paradisco is somehow a pink eyeshadow that actually looks GOOD on people (instead of making them look sick). And Black Tied can work as stand-alone smoky eye, a liner, or as a dark shadow in a more elaborately blended eye look.
10. Pro tip: To make the brighter colors more wearable, use the main color on your lid from the lash line up to your crease, then blend it into the crease with a neutral shade like light brown or gray.
You’ll get that ~blended~ effect and it’ll be just enough to balance out the bolder color.
11. The verdict: If you want to experiment with colorful makeup and you’re looking for formulas that perform really well on a wide range of skin tones, the MAC Good Luck Trolls collection has some really sick options.
Makeup Lead Artist: Keri Blair, MAC Cosmetics
Makeup Assistant: Jonny Polizzi, MAC Cosmetics
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