— June 10, 2016 —

MAC Vibe Tribe Collection


MAC released their newest collection Vibe Tribe on May 16, 2016 online and May 19, 2016 in-stores. The collection featured 35 items ranging from lipsticks, lip pencils, eye shadow palettes, blushes, cream color bases, bronzers, nail lacquers, brushes and makeup bags. All of the products are housed in special edition packaging, so there is a slight price increase.

"Sound and self-expression converge in the vast canvas of the desert. Lose control and imagine yourself in lips painted reckless shades of red and coral, or a flash of gold. Let your eyes escape reality in teal, cobalt, mandarin and charcoal, as free-spirited nails glisten in succulent tangerine and the perfect, buttery nude. Abandon control in online-exclusives Rio Grande Romance and Painted Canyon. Feel the vibe."
Here's what I picked up from the collection... 

Lipstick $18 USD / $22.50 CAD (0.10 oz.)
  •  Arrowhead is described as a bare nude. (Matte) [LE]
  •  Hot Chocolate is described as a dirty plum. (Satin) [LE]

Arrowhead is a light, pink-beige nude with warm undertones and a satin finish. This shade had a thicker and drier consistency which caused the color to separate in lip lines and give a drier, cracked appearance. It had great, opaque color payoff and felt lightly drying over time. Arrowhead wore well for +3 hours before fading. (4/5)
* Bite Beauty Retsina (DC) was darker, warmer, more beige. OFRA Sao Paulo was darker, more peach. Too Faced Melted Sugar was warmer.




Hot Chocolate is a medium-dark, muted rose plum with warm undertones and a satin finish. Unlike the previous shade, it had a smoother creamy texture that applied very easily without tugging or dragging at lips. It had nice color payoff, wore evenly and felt comfortable throughout wear. Hot Chocolate lasted +4.5 hours before fading. (5/5)
* ColourPop Frick 'N Frack was darker, more rose toned. Kat Von D Lolita was lighter, more pink, matte. Nudestix Purity was lighter, less muted. OFRA Mocha was darker, warmer.


Powder Blush $23 USD / $27.50 CAD (0.21 oz.)
  •  Modern Mandarin is described as a red orange. (Satin) [P]
  •  Painted Canyon is described as a mid-tone coral. (Satin) [LE]

Modern Mandarin is a medium-dark orange with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. The texture was very soft, silky and blended out smoothly across the skin. It had nice pigmentation that was easy to build and the frosted sheen never accentuated the look of imperfections. Modern Mandarin wore well for +8.5 hours before fading. (5/5)
Becca Snapdragon was warmer, more red. NARS Luster was lighter, more golden, orange. Too Faced I Will Always Love You was lighter, less orange.


Painted Canyon is a medium-dark coral pink with hints of gold sparkle, warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. Once again, this shade had a silky smooth texture that was very easy to blend out on the skin. It had great pigmentation and the slight flecks were noticeable. Painted Canyon lasted +8.5 hours before fading. (5/5)
Becca Snapdragon was more coral, frosted. Clinique Fig Pop was lighter, more orange. Clinique Peach Pop was lighter, more pink.


Gleamtones Powder $33 USD / $38.50 CAD (0.25 oz.)
  •  Dunes at Dusk is described as a multi-color. (Satin) [LE]

Dunes at Dusk is a combination of a subtle golden white, a pearlized lilac, a golden peach and a dusty mauve. The sections can be used individually or mixed together to create a light-medium, muted dusty rose with a soft, frost finish. While they can be built and layered to intensify the color, they do lean more on the sheer side which is actually ideal since this product is geared towards illuminating—it adds a touch of warmth and glow to the face. The texture is extremely soft, smooth and easy to blend across the skin. Dunes at Dusk wore well for +8.5 hours and didn't emphasize pores or imperfections. (5/5)


Overall, despite the rather large controversy, with all of the issues revolving culture appropriation and culture insensitivity aside, this was a well put together collection—the packaging, colors and shade names suited the theme nicely. There were some permanent items as well as some re-promoted shades, but there was still a great selection of new colors to choose from!

Available May 16, 2016 online, May 19, 2016 in stores at MAC Cosmetics!

MAC Vibe Tribe Collection

MAC Vibe Tribe Collection

MAC Vibe Tribe Lipsticks

MAC Vibe Tribe Lipsticks

MAC Vibe Tribe Lipstick in Arrowhead

MAC Vibe Tribe Lipstick in Arrowhead

MAC Vibe Tribe Lipstick in Arrowhead

MAC Vibe Tribe Lipstick in Arrowhead

MAC Vibe Tribe Lipstick in Hot Chocolate

MAC Vibe Tribe Lipstick in Hot Chocolate

MAC Vibe Tribe Lipstick in Hot Chocolate

MAC Vibe Tribe Lipstick in Hot Chocolate

MAC Vibe Tribe Blushes

MAC Vibe Tribe Blushes

MAC Vibe Tribe Blushes

MAC Vibe Tribe Blush in Modern Mandarin

MAC Vibe Tribe Blush in Modern Mandarin

MAC Vibe Tribe Blush in Modern Mandarin

MAC Vibe Tribe Blush in Painted Canyon

MAC Vibe Tribe Blush in Painted Canyon

MAC Vibe Tribe Blush in Painted Canyon

MAC Vibe Tribe Gleamtones Powder

MAC Vibe Tribe Gleamtones Powder

MAC Vibe Tribe Gleamtones Powder in Dunes at Dusk

MAC Vibe Tribe Gleamtones Powder in Dunes at Dusk

MAC Vibe Tribe Gleamtones Powder in Dunes at Dusk
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MAC Vibe Tribe Gleamtones Powder in Dunes at Dusk
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Disclaimer: All product(s) featured were purchased by me for personal use.