Ah the lure of MAC limited editions...If you are makeup obsessed, you understand, how big of a deal limited releases are and how quick you have to be to grab yourself the bits you like, before they sell out. There's a lot of hype around them & it was no different with MAC Vibe Tribe. The allure of MAC packaging is well known to beauty enthusiasts. Professional & chic are two words that come to mind. The allure of certain limited editions packaging is stronger as designers come together to create something different, special yet still well made. I personally love the MAC Vibe Tribe packaging for the mixture of greta quality plastic with a fun design taken from the tribes. Beige, peachy orange, turquoise and brown come together surprisingly well in my eyes. The question remains, were they worth the hype?
There were few bits I wanted from the collection, but trying to stay strong I chose only two. MAC Vibe Tribe Hot Chocolate Lipstick & MAC Vibe Tribe Call of The Canyon Eyeshadow Quad. One is a clear winner in my heart and it's the lipstick. From it's original bullet form with great new design to the satin formula and shade, everything about it works. It follows the 90s beauty trend to the dot whilst adding the modern feel to it. I can't see how this shade works on almost any skin tone. I'm super pale and it looks incredible, showcasing a strong mauve dark nude lip against my complexion. For medium tones, it gives that perfect nude effect and for dark to deep tones a flush of colour. It's fairly cool toned, yet it doesn't wash out the complexion. I really like the satin finish, it's super comfortable to wear, it stays put for several hours with pigment on the lip surviving even a small meal and litres of water. It is not matte and it won't last as long, but the wearability is decent, the formula glides on the lip and it just works.
MAC Vibe Tribe Call of The Canyon Eyeshadow Quad consists of 4 shimmery shades. I bought it purely for the gorgeous peachy shade. They swatch nicely on the hand with two shades (Call of The Canyon and Summer Sun) being the clear winners in the pigmentation department. They're all described as warm shades but both Fool's Gold and Thunderbolt are clearly more cool/neutral toned. I took my time with this review and I apologise if this find you too late to get your hands on the collection as it's mostly sold out now, but I wasn't that impressed with the palette using it first time and I took my time to ensure I give you my honest opinion instead of just trashing it based on my first impressions. I haven't got much experience with MAC eyeshadows. I've never seen the point of spending £10 plus per one shade. Has this opinion changed now? I can see the positives. There's virtually no fallout to these. They stay put for hours even on basic primer. The main con for me is the formula, they don't seem buttery at all, super powdery to touch in my opinion. I understand now this is the way for the shade to be,so no fall out is experienced, but it also makes it a lot harder to work with. Thunderbolt is a nightmare to get any pigmentation off on the lid and proved the most tricky to work with. It takes ages to blend properly. Summer Sun is a gorgeous shade but unless applied by finger it only gives you a wash of colour on the lid, so it's not that easily transferable. Same with Fool's Gold. The winner in transferring to lid category is the Call of The Canyon and it's just a beautiful highlight shade, one of the best in my vast collection.
Call of The Canyon - is a gorgeous shimmery off white with a hint of champagne, great pigmentation, veluxe frost finish
Fool's Gold - is a shimmery olive gold, ok pigmnetation, frost finish
Summer Sun - is a shimmery peach, ok pigmentation, frost finish
Thunderbolt - is a dark charcoal with a gold shimmer, weak pigmentation, lustre finish
Despite the cons the palette itself is a gorgeous design and definitely an eye catcher. The highlight and peach shade win the palette for me, as they are truly gorgeous on the lid. The charcoal shade is completely useless in my opinion and I have plenty of olive golds in my collection that are just easier to work with despite being not the kinda of gold shade I usually go for.
I created a quick Glam Daytime Look to showcase the shades in the palette and the lipstick for you. I like the finished effect a lot and hope you'll enjoy it too.
For my face I primed my skin using MAC Prep & Prime Skin Base Visage and applied L'Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation in 01. I've only started to test it so I'll leave my opinion for later, but so far I'm impressed. I concealed my undereyes and gave the face some definition using my Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer. I gave it all a little swirl of Lush Emotional Brilliance Transparent Powder to set. For my contour I chose NYX HD Blush in Taupe, which is my new favourite when it comes to daytime contour needs . For highlight I opted for my brand new Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop. To add a little colour to my cheeks I opted for Clinique Cheek Pop/Blush Pop in 14 Heather Pop.
I started by priming my lids with MAC Paint Pot in Painterly and set it with Lush powder. I then defined the lash line with Clinique Quickliner for Eyes Intense in 01 Intense Black. This is currently my fave black kohl as it's convenient being automatic, super black and creamy but also says put. I smudged the line, not wanting it to be anything other than just a darkening of the lash line so I set it with Thunderbolt shade and smudged out even further. I highlighted the inner corner and blended it outwards toward the mid lid with Call of The Canyon. I then started smoking out the outer corner and taking it into the fake crease with Thunderbolt and blending it out with Summer Sun. I went back many times as the pigmentation of the shade is quite poor and blending was a drag as well. I topped off the look by adding Summer Sun on the mid lid, first by brush and then by finger as the colour was disappearing when I blended. For the lower lid I sticked to highlighting the inner corner with Call of The Canyon and I defined the waterline using Clinique Quickliner. I smudged it out on the lower lid using first a Thunderbolt and then Summer Sun to lock the upper and lower lid together. I added one coat of L'Oreal False Lash Sculpt Mascara and then full strip of lashes to add a little glam to this shimmery look.
For my brows I defined them using my new Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pomade in Taupe and brushed the access off with the brush. I set it with clear brow gel from Eye of Horus.
I kept lips simple to truly showcase the beautiful MAC Tribe Hot Chocolate Lipstick and I'm in awe how well it worked with the eyes and Clinique Pop Blush.
I hope you enjoyed the review of the MAC Vibe Tribe collection as well as the look I managed to pull off using it. As per usual let me know what you think and I'll see you here again on Monday with a brand new post :) Don't forget to follow me on all of my social media and Bloglovin' to stay in touch :)