MAC COLLECTOR OF THE STARS KIT 2019 – In-depth Review and Ingredient Analyses

Lipsticks are one of the most used cosmetic items. Even those who do not wear a lot of makeup or even any foundation, sometimes wear a lipstick! They give us colour, character and can even hydrate the lips!

MAC releases a collector’s kit at the end of each year with a range of lipsticks, lip glosses and liquid lipsticks which is absolutely worth the cash if you use lipsticks a lot. Not to mention that it’s a great “well done gift” for your efforts this year.

The kit I’m talking about is ofcourse the MAC Collector of the Stars 2019 which we will look into more detail but if you missed it’s little sister, the smaller kit which contains mini lipsticks, check out: Great Beauty Gifts – MAC Taste of Stardom Mini Lipstick Kit Starring You 2019 Collection – In-depth Review and Ingredient Analysis

 

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Packaging

The MAC Collector of the Stars 2019 kit comes in a black cardboard box with a rose-gold glittery lid. It’s simple but beautiful and I love that it doesn’t look specifically Christmasy, as it can make a nice decoration or lipstck storage box all year round.

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Once you lift the lid, the front of the black box opens and the lipsticks are revealed sitting on a hard foam insert. They are held in place quite strongly which makes this box very good for transporting lipsticks, but can be slightly annoying when you just want a lispstick fast. What a nice problem to have though!

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The lipsticks themselves come in the same MAC lipstick packaging shape but instead of the normal matte black lipstick packaging, it is actually shiny and a bit darker black. The lids have glitter sprinkled on top of them, of a colour that sort of relates to the lipstick colour but is not perfectly. The glitter on the lids is gorgeous and it makes it slightly easier to pick lipsticks without having to open them and see what colours they are, you can still sort of guess, even if the glitter colour is not spot on.

What I love the most though, which is true for the entire kit, is that the extra decoration, the glitter and the stars, are not Christmas specific which makes these products a joy to use all year round. I have bought lipsticks and other cosmetics before from Christmas collections, because they tend to be so much cheaper when found in kits like this one, but I hated that they were Christmas decorated while I was using them all year round. The glitter and stars are beautiful all year round. Might sound like little details but they are very important. To be honest I wouldn’t have minded if the MAC lipsticks normally came with the gltiter lids!

Back to the kit though, other than the 10 lipsticks there are also 4 lip glasses and 6 liquid lipsticks. I was never a fan of lip glosses because I have long hair and they always stick on but since I discovered the MAC lip glasses I’ve been impressed. They are not as sticky, they last much longer than normal lipsticks and they reflect nicely, almost like glass.

The lip glasses and liquid lipsticks come in their standard packaging, no special decoration which feels a little strange and disconnected from the kit if you think about it but to be honest, I didn’t actually notice until now!

The lip glasses come with a standard angled wand whereas the liquid lipsticks have a flat, tear drop shaped wand.

 

Colours and Finish

As mentioend above, the MAC Collector of the Stars 2019 kit contains 10 lipsticks, 4 lip glasses and 6 liquid lipsticks.

Lipsticks

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Honey Love – A MAC classic, must have, matte light neutral brown colour. Permanent MAC colour.

Taupe – A medium darkness brown with a matte finish. Permanent MAC colour.

CB96 – Frost finish and is a glittery copper-orange colour. Even if you are not a fan of orange like me, this is one of the prettiest oranges you can get. Permanent MAC colour.

Chili – Matte finish and is a dark brown-red colour. Permanent MAC colour.

Cockney – A lustre finish, a blood red with tiny glitter in it. Permanent MAC colour.

Velvet Teddy – Another MAC classic and must have. A neutral, light pinky brown. Permanent MAC colour.

Please Me – A neutral everyday pink with a matte finish. Permanent MAC colour.

All Fired Up – Retro matte finish and is a dark fuschia colour. Permanent MAC colour.

Ruby Woo – Retro matte finish and has a darker wine-red colour with blue undertones. Gorgeous! Permanent MAC colour.

DIVA – Matte finish and has a dark purple brown colour. Permanent MAC colour.

 

Lip glasses

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C-Thru – A very light peachy-pink neutral with tiny glitter. Permanent MAC colour.

Nymphette – An every day pink married to the most  gorgeous tiny gold glitter. This one will probably be the most used glass! Permanent MAC colour.

Dreamy – Looks very similar to Nymphette but with purple, than pink, hues. The two look so similar though that there is almost no difference on the lips. Normally this would be dissapointing but given how pretty these are, the more the merrier! Permanent MAC colour.

Oh Baby – A gorgeous coppery-gold! Permanent MAC colour.

 

Liquid Lipsticks

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Back in Vogue – Retro Matte pink that can almost be considered nude, with some brown undertones.

Gemz & Roses – A pinky purple with brown hues and tiny glitter.

Metallic Rose – A pinky fuschsia with tiny glitter.

Fashion Legacy – A matte blood red.

Love Weapon – A dark pinky purple with glitter.

High Drama – A matte dark purple, very similar coloru to the lipstick DIVA.

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The colour range is good and it will suit many skin colours. Of course this kit doesn’t include every must-have MAC shade but it’s a nice start especially if you don’t own many lipsticks.

This kit contains quite a few overlapping colours with the MAC Taste of Stardom Mini Lipstick Kit Starring You 2019 Collection (CB 96, Chili, All Fired Up, Ruby Woo, Diva) and previous MAC lipstick bundles so check carefully before purchasing.

 

Smell and Taste?

These products have a very sutble cosmetic scent that you will likely not smell at all.

I’ve added a taste category here too, but please don’t eat your lipsticks. The category is here simply because practically whether you want to or not, it’s not uncommon to lick your lips or somehow taste the lipstick off your lips while you eat or drink something. These products don’t taste of anything.

 

Longevity

The MAC lipsticks are one of the best in terms of longevity, perhaps because they are so pigmented and not very slippery. This does mean though that they are not the most moisturising out there but neither drying.

Depending on how you eat (whether you touch the food with your lips) these lipsticks and lip glasses can look almost flawless after eating or drinking. Especially the strong reds. Special mention to the lip glasses which stay on for much longer than other lip glosses I’ve tried. I’m also impressed with the liquid lipsticks which slowly fade in colour but at least don’t come off in bits, like many other liquid lipsticks do.

 

Price

One of the reasons why the MAC lip kits and bundles in general are great to buy is because they are value for money.

This kit costs £159 which is a lot of money. However, if you use lipsticks a lot it is worth it. This kit contains 10 full size, 3g, lipsticks, which retail for £17.50 each. This means that the lipsticks alone are worth £175! If we then add the 4 lip glasses, full size 3.1mL, that’s another £16 each, adding £64 and the 6 full size, 5mL, liquid lipsticks for £19 each, another £114. Add all this together, the kit would cost £353 if you were to buy everything individually.

 

Hydration

The MAC lipsticks and liquid lipsticks are neither drying nor moisturising. The lip glasses add a nice optical and physical illusion of hydration but ingredient-wise they are not particularly hydrating.

 

Practicality of use – user experience

These products are very easy to use, like any other MAC lip products.

These lip products don’t feather except from the reds who did sometimes.

 

Skin compatibility

The brand doesn’t specify a specific skin type for this lip kit, it’s very rare for brands to do so for lip products anyways! Nevertheless, I’d say that these lip products are appropriate for all, even for dry lips.

There are also no skin type specific ingredients. However, never use cosmetics on broken or irritated skin.

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Other

These products don’t have a last xM label but it is usually wise to not use lipsticks past the 1-2 year mark, depending on enviromental conditions and formulation.

Here’s what the brand says about this bundle:

A kit of 20 leading shades of lip colour – including lipstick, lipglass, retro matte liquid lipcolour and retro matte liquid lipcolour metallics.

FULL DESCRIPTION

The walk of fame: 20 leading shades of lip colour – including 10 glittery-packaged Lipsticks, four Lipglasses, three Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours and three Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallics. Wrapped in a special-feature glittery rose gold box for full-on cinematic impact.

SHADE DESCRIPTION

  • Frost Lipstick: CB 96 (Bright pinky-orange w/ pearl)
  • Matte Lipstick: Velvet Teddy (Deep tone beige)
  • Matte Lipstick: Please Me (Muted rosey pink hue tinted pink)
  • Retro Matte Lipstick: All Fired Up (Bright fuchsia matte)
  • Matte Lipstick: Honeylove (Light beige toned with rose)
  • Matte Lipstick: Taupe (Muted reddish-taupe brown)
  • Matte Lipstick: Chili (Brownish orange-red)
  • Lustre Lipstick: Cockney (Sheer yellow red with multidimensional pearl)
  • Retro Matte Lipstick: Ruby Woo (Very matte vivid blue-red)
  • Matte Lipstick: Diva (Intense reddish-burgundy)
  • Lipglass: Oh Baby (Golden bronze with sparkling glitter)
  • Lipglass: Nymphette (Sunny golden pink)
  • Lipglass: Dreamy (Gold-glittered pink)
  • Lipglass: C-Thru (Peachy beige with shimmer)
  • Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour: Fashion Legacy (Intense fire truck red)
  • Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour: Back In Vogue (Peachy nude)
  • Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour: High Drama (Deep dark plum)
  • Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallic: Love Weapon (Deep blue-red)
  • Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallic: Gemz & Roses (Bronze rose)
  • Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallic: Metallic Rose (Rose gold)

KEY CLAIMS AND BENEFITS

LIPSTICK

  • Matte: creamy matte finish
  • Retro Matte: completely matte finish
  • Lustre: lightweight lustrous finish
  • Frost: high pearl, semi-lustrous finish

 LIPGLASS

  • Glass-like shine
  • Conditions

RETRO MATTE LIQUID LIPCOLOUR

  • Long-wearing, eight hours
  • Non-feathering, non-bleeding

RETRO MATTE LIQUID LIPCOLOUR METALLICS

  • Long-wearing metallic colour, eight hours
  • Non-feathering, non-bleeding

USAGE

Apply directly from the Lipstick bullet or use a 316S Brush for more precision

Ethics

It wouldn’t be ethical if we didn’t talk about the credibility of this section. It is very hard to impossible most of the time to verify the information or credibility of the sources, so please take this section with a pinch of salt unless stated otherwise. This section is not meant to be definitive and is most likely more about reputation around those subjects than credible information. If you have additional or more correct information please email: bondsofbeautymail@gmail.com

I love that these products are not specifically Christmas decorated as this respects everyone’s beliefs, of whatever religion, even if you just don’t believe in one.

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Ingredients

These lip products are not meant to be skincare worthy but they do contain vitamins C & E! The ingredients mentioned below are for the avereage MAC lipstick, lip glass and liquid lipstick, of course each shade will have slightly different pigments but the general formulation tends to be very similar.

In general, given that these are lip products, the ingredients are very good.

To keep this article short, I am only listing the ingredients that are skin or hair nourishing or positive/negative, while ignoring the ones that only play formulation or dye purposes. For the full list of ingredients scroll down to the “full list of ingredients” section.

 

Ingredient positives:

Ingredient positives for a MAC lipstick:

  1. Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil – Moisturiser and skin conditioner.
  2. Tricaprylyl Citrate – Skin conditioner.
  3. Isononyl Isononanoate – Skin conditioner which leaves a silky feeling on the skin.
  4. Paraffin – Skin conditioner.
  5. Phenyl Trimethicone – Skin conditioner.
  6. Ethylhexyl Palmitate – Skin moisturiser.
  7. Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride – A skin conditioner and replenisher. Can enhance the delivery of vitamins, pigments and other ingredients.
  8. Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Cera Carnauba/Cire De Canauba – Skin conditioner and protector.
  9. Ascorbyl Palmitate – Form of Vitamin C. Anti-oxidant, helps bind other vitamins. This form of vitamin C penetrates the skin faster. Collagen builder and free-radical scavenger. Anti-ageing. Works synergistically with vitamin E. For more details see post “Vitamins C & E – do they work in skin care?”
  10. Tocopherol – Refers to a class of compounds with similar activities to vitamin E. A skin conditioner, anti-oxidant and fragrance agent. Check out: Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?
  11. Vanillin – A fragrance and anti-oxidant.
  12. Stearyl Stearoyl Stearate – Skin conditioner.

 

Ingredient positives for a MAC lip glass:

  1. Petrolatum – A moisturiser, skin conditioner, skin protector and soother. Despite the large negative publicity, there isn’t as much scientific evidence to support that this ingredient is negative for the skin.
  2. Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2– A lipid-based synthetic skin conditioner that can bind water and adhere to the skin, creating a glossy finish.
  3. Microcrystalline Wax\Cera Microcristallina\Cire Microcristalline – Skin conditioner, good for dry skin.
  4. Tocopherol – Refers to a class of compounds with similar activities to vitamin E. A skin conditioner, anti-oxidant and fragrance agent. Check out: Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?
  5. Ascorbyl Palmitate – Form of Vitamin C. Anti-oxidant, helps bind other vitamins. This form of vitamin C penetrates the skin faster. Collagen builder and free-radical scavenger. Anti-ageing. Works synergistically with vitamin E. For more details see post “Vitamins C & E – do they work in skin care?”
  6. Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract– Skin conditioner, locks moisture in (=humectant). Some consider it to have anti-flammatory properties and protects against UV-damage. This is not a sunscreen and you still need SPF. Some have reported it to stimulate collage production and therefore, reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
  7. Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil– Anti-oxidant, skin conditioner and fragrance.
  8. Caprylyl Glycol– A skin conditioner.
  9. Hexylene Glycol– Skin conditioner.

 

Ingredient positives for a MAC liquid lipstick:

  1. Isododecane – A humectant that makes products more easily spreadable.
  2. Dimethicone – Can protect the skin and even act as a conditioner. It has a smooth and silky feeling and can even fill in fine lines and wrinkles temporarily to result in a plumper look. It forms a barrier on the skin that can lock in moisture.
  3. Trimethylsiloxysilicate – A mild adhesive that makes things stick to the skin. A humectant that can enhance the product’s spreadability and give some shine to the skin.
  4. Petrolatum – A moisturiser, skin conditioner, skin protector and soother. Despite the large negative publicity, there isn’t as much scientific evidence to support that this ingredient is negative for the skin.
  5. Cyclohexasiloxane – A skin conditioner that gives the product fluidity and spreadability.
  6. Kaolin – A drying agent that can limit cakeyness and control oil production.
  7. Beeswax\Cera Alba\Cire D’Abeille – A skin conditioner and fragrance. It issaid to help heal inflammation, bruises and burns and can also help temporarily with itching. It is particularly beneficial for dry skin as it can help moisturise and create a waterproof barrier on the skin. It can also be a source of Vitamin A.
  8. Tocopherol – Refers to a class of compounds with similar activities to vitamin E. A skin conditioner, anti-oxidant and fragrance agent. Check out: Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?
  9. Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil– A yellow-green oil high in vitamin A,C, D, E and might also contain omega 9 fatty acids which aid skin healing and regeneration. It also contains lecithin and it has antibacterial and anti-wrinkle properties. It can protect against UV light and pollution (not as good as a sunscreen) and even has anti-ageing effects. It is a skin conditioning agent and while it is suitable for all skin types it is particularly good for the dry types. It can also moisturise, soothe and soften the skin. It penetrates the skin to a higher degree than a lot of other oils.
  10. Cyclopentasiloxane – A hair and skin conditioner. Temporarily fills in wrinkles or crease lines to give a more “plump” look. It enhances fluidity, making the formulation more silky spreadable and it can also “lock in” water by forming a “protective barrier” on the skin (=humectant).
  11. Caprylyl Glycol – A skin conditioner and anti-microbial agent. Also a good moisturiser.
  12. Hexylene Glycol – Skin conditioner.

 

Ingredient negatives:

Ingredient negatives for the MAC lipstick:

N/A

 

Ingredient negatives for a MAC lip glass:

N/A

 

Ingredient negatives for a MAC liquid lipstick:

  1. Cyclohexasiloxane – Can harm aquatic life.
  2. Flavor (Aroma) – This ingredient represents an undisclosed mixture of compounds that give the product scent. There’re more than 3000 molecules that fall under this category and I personally do not like that there are some ingredients that are undisclosed and hidden under this general name. Fragrance also does not offer any skin care benefit, in fact there is some evidence that it can damage the skin.

 

Ingredients that can cause irritation to some:

This is actually really case specific, as different people have different sensitivities and allergies. Just because a compound has been reported by some to cause sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you will have an issue. “Sensitizer” compounds being present is not a negative in my opinion, as this is the case with pretty much everything out there and funnily enough I’ve seen products that are targeted specifically for sensitive skin, containing some compounds that have been reported by some, or are known to be, sensitizers.

If you have sensitive skin or you are prone to skin sensitisation and unwanted reactions, try a little bit of this at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned.

Check out: What is sensitive skin? What are the causes and what can we do?

The following compounds present in a MAC lipstick have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Octyldodecanol, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Ethylhexyl Palmitate (might cause irritation around the eyes if you use the lipstick as a liner or shadow),Acrylates Copolymer.

The following compounds present in a MAC lip glass have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Octyldodecanol, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Acrylates Copolymer, Hexylene Glycol, Saccharin, Flavor (Aroma), Phenoxyethanol.

 

The following compounds present in a MAC liquid lipstick have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Hexylene Glycol, Flavor (Aroma), Phenoxyethanol.

 

Bear in mind that although most of the MAC lip products contain the same ingredients, they do differ in the dyes they contain. As a result, if you use a lip product that is fine for you and another that gives you sensitisation, it will be worth looking into the dyes and their amounts contained as well (which are ignored here to keep this post shorter), not just the above listed irritants.

 

Full list of ingredients: 

MAC lipstick:

Octyldodecanol, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Silica, Tricaprylyl Citrate, Ozokerite, Isononyl Isononanoate, Paraffin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Microcrystalline Wax/Cera Microcristallina/Cire Microcristalline, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Cera Carnauba/Cire De Canauba, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Vanillin, Acrylates Copolymer, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Stearyl Stearoyl Stearate (May contain: Mica, Titanium Oxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxide (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Carmine (CI 75470), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 21 Lake (CI 45380), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Red 33 Lake (CI 17200), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Yellow 10 Lake (CI 47005)).

 

MAC lip glass:

Polybutene, Octyldodecanol, Petrolatum, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Microcrystalline Wax\Cera Microcristallina\Cire Microcristalline, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Acrylates Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Silica, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica Silylate (Nano), Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Saccharin, Flavor (Aroma), Phenoxyethanol, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Carmine (Ci 75470), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Red 30 Lake (Ci 73360), Red 33 Lake (Ci 17200), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985)]

 

MAC liquid lipstick: 

Isododecane, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Polybutene, Petrolatum, Cyclohexasiloxane, Kaolin, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Beeswax\Cera Alba\Cire D’Abeille, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Tocopherol, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Glyceryl Behenate/Eicosadioate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Silica, Tin Oxide, Propylene Carbonate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Flavor (Aroma), Phenoxyethanol, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Bronze Powder (Ci 77400), Carmine (Ci 75470), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Red 28 (Ci 45410), Red 30 (Ci 73360), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Red 22 Lake (Ci 45380), Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Red 30 Lake (Ci 73360), Red 33 Lake (Ci 17200), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985)]

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Verdict

This kit might sound expensive but if you use lipsticks a lot, it is a steal. Not only price-wise but also quality-wise. I recommend it especially as an end of year treat!

Can you use it all before next year’s kit is out? I’m definetely taking the challenge and will update you then!

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