May 272013


In the earlier part of this millennium, I used to wait for the May releases of MAC collections with anticipation. I loved D’Bohemia way back when, and more than a few others. These days, I don’t buy from many MAC collections, but the Temperature Rising collection (just released last week) is the exception. We bought a few items, and took a (very) few (very) quick pictures to put together a sketchbook of our first impressions so that you can see our favorites before it runs out. 

Some of the products are still online at, and other MAC sources like Belk, Macy’s and even some at Mac (there’s always hope for a restock, but who knows?).  I had the best luck at counters and MAC stores, however.

First up, the packaging is a rubberized bronze color that is a nice change from MAC’s usual black. Unfortunately, it seems to have bumped up the price of the products a bit but it’s still far from Chanel territory. The quads are Temperature Rising and Bare My Soul ($44 each).

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Bare My Soul is a collection of shimmery neutrals that are highly pigmented and beautiful when applied.

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I haven’t seen a quad this good from MAC in years. The two light colors are pretty washes. The bronze is a nice crease color. The green is an outstanding liner color. Swatches:

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Temperature Rising is a quad of shimmery, satiny mauves and purples. 

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Because I don’t love many strong purples, I liked the sheer, glowy effect of this one.

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On Liz, direct on (she’s wearing the same Temperature Rising quad in the blush pictures, below (she’s also wearing Hot Nights blush):

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The blushes are Ripe for Love (a pink coral) and Hot Nights (a vibrant pink-violet) ($23 each). Both are very richly pigmented.

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Ripe for Love applies with more pink than the pan suggests:

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Here are swatches next to Nars Rotonde, MAC Modern Mandarin (discontinued, more orange), MAC Hipness, and Chanel Frivole. As you can see, Ripe for Love is quite pink–it’s a far more pigmented cousin of MAC Hipness.

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Ripe for Love on Liz (with MAC Strobe Liquid in Golden Elixir on upper cheeks):

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Liz is also wearing the Temperature Rising quad, above. Hot Nights blush is really, really pigmented.
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Hot Nights blush is a gorgeous summer color. It’s more plum than MAC Prom Princess (which has a touch of candy pink), and Burberry Hydrangea Pink (which is also pinker and less shimmery):

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Here is Hot Nights on Liz, with the Temperature Rising quad, and MAC Strobe Liquid Golden Elixir on upper cheeks.

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The surprise of the collection is MAC Strobe Liquid in Golden Elixir ($31/1.7 oz.). Unlike some liquid highlighters, this is very sheer and shimmery (in some light, sparkly).  It’s a nice mixer with foundations, can be used on shoulders to add a little glow, and on the upper cheek to add a little extra shine.  It’s an all-purpose product that adds some subtle warmth and shine (check out The Makeup and Beauty Blog’s review here-Karen’s going to stockpile these).

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Mac Strobe Liquid in Golden Elixir is far sheerer than Tom Ford’s Fire Lust, Rouge Bunny Rouge Sea of Showers, or Tan de Chanel in Sunkissed (this Chanel version is from a few years ago):

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Finally, MAC released four Powerchrome Pencils ($21 each). I picked up Rich Glance, a shimmery champagne, and Life’s Luxury, a deep shimmery brown:

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These are shorter and fatter than a typical eye pencil, and the wear is extremely long and tenacious.

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I found that Rich Glance worked best as an inner corner highlight or an under-eye highlight. I did not like it as a wash, it applies a bit sheer and fairy-sparklish to wear all over the lid (Chanel Moon River is a far better shimmery wash–review coming soon).

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Life’s Luxury is a dream eyeliner for me for a smudgy effect. Sometimes I add Nars Mekong over my standard brown liners for extra oomph.  Life’s Luxury can be used on its own for emphasis, and its roughly the same deep-brown, shimmery shade.

We skipped the lip products in this collection (except for Altered Beige lipstick, which is pretty but quite sheer).

We hope you enjoyed this little short sketchbook. Although it’s not as in-depth as some of our reviews, we did try to give you a feel for this lovely collection–our favorite from MAC in quite some time. As usual, it’s a “blink and you’ll miss it” situation, so if anything captures your attention, it’s best to move forward quickly.

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  6 Responses to “Our Thoughts: MAC Temperature Rising”

  1. I love the blushes from this collection, but I already have a blush obsession that I can’t make myself buy them! Hah! The quads look gorgeous too!

  2. Unlike Macy, my blush obsession is only just beginning! I may have to get these. I think everyone is in agreement about the decreasing quality of recent MAC collections, fortunately most of the permanent collection is excellent (in my opinion).

  3. hi amy!! i have never worn anything from MAC. you recommended the neutral quad to me and, i should schedule an appointment to try this on. i’ve been unhappy with summer collections so far. i’m very pale and i need a pretty but, understated look especially, for work. i’ve been reading about a MAC collection coming up in june. not sure of the name? all about orange? anyway, i hope you’ll be able to give your thoughts on this collection. it looks like they’ll have a variety of corals to suit many different skintones. i value your opinion greatly as everything you recommend has been “right on the money”! i pass the MAC counter all the time at my local nordstrom. i’m amazed at all the large variety of foundation shades they have lined up from one end of the counter to another. i think it’s time i stopped and took a more detailed look! xo.

    • I do recommend the Bare My Soul quad, of course! The foundations–I’m not sure. I’m using one (Pro Longwear) that is pretty good, but I’ve not had good luck with all of them. I haven’t seen the All About Orange collection yet. I understand that it’s going to repromote a smokey black/gray eyeshadow quad. The Bare My Soul quad is more neutral, applies with a lovely shimmer/glow.

  4. I’m an early MAC fan, but it’s been a while since I grabbed something from the line. I’m glad you shared this. I really like Bare My Soul collection. I should say Temperature Rising is beautiful on Liz.

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