In the Groove was a pretty big collection which included 6 Lipsticks, 6 Lipglosses, 9 Eyeshadows, 4 MSFs, and 5 blushes, not counting the other permanent stuff like the eyeliners and mascara. Althought the items I picked up were Limited Edition, I’m reviewing them just in case MAC re-releases them (as they are wont to do). Some of them have actually been re-released already.
Comfort (golden bronze with a frost finish)
Stereo Rose (coral with golden bronze shimmering nuances with a frost finish)
Petticoat (pale rose with gold and amber veining with a frost finish)
By Candlelight (golden pink with a frost finish)
Mineralize Blush (Duo)
Band of Roses (satin blue pink/pearly light plum)
Hang Loose (satin bright pink/pearly lavender)
Comfort is a shimmery tan (yellow-brown) that looks beautiful on the cheeks, especially the way it catches the light when you move. I tried contouring with it once before but it’s too shimmery to be used in that way, which is why I prefer using this as a bronzer. This can easily turn frosty on you if you over do it so a light hand is needed when applying it. On fairer skin, this can pull a little orange. On my sallow skin, this is incredibly flattering that I reach for it every time I go out. I don’t know if you can tell or not from the pictures but the dome is completely flattened (yeah, I’ve shown it a lot of love).
Everyone went crazy for Stereo Rose when it was first released so I made sure that I managed to get one of my own the next time it was re-released which just happened to be in this collection. It’s been re-released in other collections since but it seems they’ve messed with the formula. The one I have is a gorgeous shimmery coral whereas the ones that have been re-released recently are more of a frosty pink. I use this as a blush but because of the shimmer, I don’t even need to use a highlight over top of it because Stereo Rose has a gorgeous sheen to it. This would look lovely on anyone.
Petticoat looks so pretty in all it’s baked glory but unfortunately the pretty doesn’t translate well as I find this too frosty and I’m not a fan of frosty pinks at all. It just clashes horribly with my medium-dark arab complexion. How pretty does it look in the pan, though? It looks like some kinda’ freakin’ planet! I use it on it’s own as a blush but I’m still experimenting with it to figure out what works with it and what doesn’t. This would look better on someone with light to medium skin.
Candlelight to me, evokes images of a beautiful couple having a romantic candle-lit dinner. My reasoning for purchasing this was that I wanted to be bathed in that same beautiful soft glow that the couple (that do not exist, mind you) had er… had. I’m happy to report that it does exactly that! I mainly use this a highlight but I’ve used it as an eyeshadow before and liked the outcome. Regardless of the fact that By Candlelight is described as a golden pink with a frost finish, it actually looks like a lovely peachy nude on my Arab skintone.
Here’s a swatch comparison between Comfort MSF and Gold Deposit MSF (which I’ve reviewed in this post here). Comfort is golden, and Gold Deposit is the coppery one. As you can see, Comfort is lighter and has more yellow in it as opposed to Gold Deposit which is glittery and looks more orange.
Next is a swatch comparison between Stereo Rose (coral) and By Candlelight (peachy nude). Stereo Rose is a coral that looks darker in comparison to By Candlelight which is more of a subdued peach. I’ve included swatches of Petticoat in the last 3 photos so you can see how much darker and pinker it is in comparison with the other 2.
One side of the Band of Roses Mineralize Blush duo is a matte blue pink and the other is a pearly plum. You can use either one on it’s own, or mix both together to get a berry pink with a slight sheen to it. I realized after a little experimenting, that I could customize the my own blush shade (how fun!) for example I’d use more of the pink side if I wanted a magenta pink, or the pearly plum would be the dominant shade in the mix if I wanted more of a reddish pink. If you missed out on this, Milani’s latest Baked Blush offerings (Delizioso Pink and Bella Rosa) seem like they could be dupes for each of the shades in Band of Roses.
I picked this up because I just could not resist the cuteness of this duo (pastel pink and lavender, I die!). Hang Loose has a matte pink side and a pearly lavender side and when you swirl them together, you get an adorable cotton candy pink with a slight sheen. Again, as with the previous mineralize blush I mentioned, you can customize your blush by mixing a little more of whichever side you wish to be the dominant side. You can wear the matte pink as a blush but the pearly lavender can’t be worn as a blush on it’s own as it’s too metallic so it has to be mixed in with the other shade. You can use the lavender side as an eyeshadow if you like or if you’re really adventurous (or cray), as a highlight.
Hope you enjoyed this post!