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I picked up a few items from MAC’s A Novel Romance Collection, a large Fall collection that had a few neutrals with a twist that seemed pretty and fun. I’m going to post these pictures here quickly, rather than doing a full review which could take more time that I have before sellout. This collection is currently for sale at Nordstrom, Macy’s and Bloomingdales.

This time around, the eyeshadow quads struck me as both interesting and high-quality. For the $40 price point, I found these original, pretty neutrals-with-a-twist with good pigmentation and a lovely, soft formula.

novel romance quad

 MAC A Novel Romance Quad ($40) is a mix of deep colors and a soft shimmer yellow-gold as a highlight. This seems to favor cooler skin tones, but not exclusively. Swatches:

Novel Romance MAC swatches


The taupe in the upper right is a pretty all-over lid color.

MAC Novel romance03 copy

I think I will get the most use out of Amorous Adventure. Swatches:

A novel romance

The above swatch include the two blushes, Fun Ending and Animal Instincts ($22 each). These actually look nice together on the cheek (the deeper Animal Instincts in the cheek hollow, and Fun Ending on the upper cheekbone area). Fun Ending will work on most lighter skintones.


Although MAC’s lipsticks are always popular in these limited edition collections, I passed on them this time around. Did you get anything?

This collection is available at Nordstrom, Macy’s and Bloomingdales.

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  3 Responses to “A Quick Look: My Picks from MAC’s A Novel Romance Collection”

  1. I was very impressed with the eyeshadow and the new fluidline pencils – got the Novel Romance quad and 4 of the pencils and the lighter blush – the pencils go on like butter – loving them!

    • I went back and got Amorous Adventure after looking at your swatches and the green fluid line….Just too beautiful !

  2. Wasn’t everything in this collection just lovely? The quality of the eyeshadows were wonderful, which is a refreshing change for MAC! I had to resist picking up the quads as the shades aren’t all that unique to my large stash, but oh how the temptation calls to me, especially after seeing your swatches. The Amorous Adventure looks great next to Fun Ending. I ended up purchasing just Fun Ending and Reckless Desire lipglass (out of this world blue shimmers!).

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