MAC Life’s Luxury and Sweet As Cocoa
review and swatches.

MAC Life's Luxury eye swatch.

MAC Life’s Luxury eye swatch.

On my recent trip to the mall I was drawn into the MAC store by an unknown force.  My husband calls it obsession, I call it Amore….The items that beckoned me were MAC Life’s Luxury Powerchrome eye pencil ($21 US/1.6 g) and MAC Sweet As Cocoa powder blush ($21 US/6g).

Life’s Luxury Color/Formula:

Life’s Luxury Powerchrome eye pencil was part of the Temperature Rising collection that came out three weeks ago. There are four colors offered in the Powerchrome line:

  1. Rich Glance: Light gold.
  2. Copper Stripe: Frosty Mid tone copper.
  3. Life’s Luxury:  Deep Bronze brown (my choice that warranted further investigation).
  4. Polished Jet:  Charcoal with pearl.

I was hoping the formula of these Powerchrome pencils would not resemble the dreaded paint sticks from the past.  Breathe a *sigh* of relief….these are fabulous!!!

MAC LIfe's Luxury.

MAC LIfe’s Luxury.

Life’s Luxury is a pencil form of Bobbi Brown Chocolate Shimmer Ink gel liner (CSI).  This beautiful bronze brown shade with varying sizes of red pearl, far surpasses CSI.  Life’s Luxury lasts longer, the red pearl is more visible, and the portability aspect cannot be beat.  Life’s Luxury glides on the lid smoothly, there is a certain density in its texture which ensures longevity and vitality.  I wore this pencil on a hot and humid day, sitting pool side (sans cabana boys and margaritas) without any fading or smudging in sight. Impressive!

MAC Life's Luxury vs. Bobbi Brown Chocolate Shimmer Ink swatches.

MAC Life’s Luxury vs. Bobbi Brown Chocolate Shimmer Ink swatches.

This Powerchrome pencil also layers very nicely.  Life’s Luxury can be manipulated before it sets, however once it sets it will not budge.  I use my beloved Billy B #12 & #8 brushes (reviewed here)  to blend out each layer until I reach my desired intensity. Removal is effortless with any facial cleanser/makeup remover.  MAC should consider making these pencils part of their permanent line.

In a perfect world, it would have been ideal if MAC would have had the foresight to design these pencils with a twist-up mechanism, rather than the traditional pencil sharpening method.

Sweet As Cocoa Color/Formula:

Sweet As Cocoa is a powder blush in MAC’s permanent line.  With all the limited edition collections MAC puts out, their permanent line does not get the recognition it deserves.  This blush is what I wanted Fiery Impact (FI) to be, from the Extra Dimension Collection.  FI hardened in the pan, was flat and non-dimensional on my light olive skin tone.

MAC Sweet As Cocoa.

MAC Sweet As Cocoa.

Sweet As Cocoa (SAC) is a beautiful rosy bronze color, infused with a delicate pink sheen.  The more you blend out this blush, the more luminous it becomes.  SAC is very dark and pigmented, a light hand and/or a dual fiber brush would be required.  This particular color is always recommended for darker skinned beauties, however I could not help but see a resemblance (in tone) to my beloved Laura Mercier Ritual bronzer.  The colors are very similar but not exact.  SAC has more of a pink pearl in its formula and Ritual has a prominent brown base.

L-R:  Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer vs. MAC Sweet As Cocoa swatch.

L-R: Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer vs. MAC Sweet As Cocoa swatch.

The wear time of Sweet As Cocoa (SAC) blush was stellar.  It paired perfectly with Life’s Luxury on the eye and Laura Mercier Ritual as a bronzer.  I also use SAC to blend out any harsh edges and enhance the red pearl in Life’s Luxury. Some may say this look is too dramatic for the daytime/Summer, I say, “Do what you like.”

On the eyes: MAC Life's Luxury. On the cheeks: MAC Sweet As Cocoa.

On the eyes: MAC Life’s Luxury.
On the cheeks: MAC Sweet As Cocoa.

Comparison of Blushes/Swatches:

Comparison/Swatches: MAC Fiery Impact, MAC Sweet As Cocoa, MAC Warm Soul, Laura Mercier Ritual.

MAC Fiery Impact, MAC Sweet As Cocoa, MAC Warm Soul, Laura Mercier Ritual.

Swatches:  MAC Fiery Impact, MAC Sweet As Cocoa, MAC Warm Soul, Laura Mercier Ritual.

Swatches: MAC Fiery Impact, MAC Sweet As Cocoa, MAC Warm Soul, Laura Mercier Ritual.

MAC cosmetics are sold at Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Saks, Neiman Marcus, and maccosmetics.com, etc..

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you to follow this link (MAC) and buy all the Powerchrome pencils.  Life’s Luxury’s lasting power is a welcomed reassurance this time of year.  Depending how it is applied, Sweet As Cocoa is an overlooked blush that will suit many skin tones.  Use these products any way you wish, be it on lighter skins, darker skins, as eyeliner, as eyeshadows, daytime, nighttime, any season, any reason..you get the point.  I will take Icona Pop’s stance:

I DON’T CARE…I LOVE IT…

For a little boost, dance around to this song (ICONA POP) and enjoy your health; Life’s true luxury.  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

MAC Life's Luxury and Sweet As Cocoa ingredient list.

MAC Life’s Luxury and Sweet As Cocoa ingredient list.

 

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About Maria Pia

A blog about beauty (what else), what makes me smile and life with two boys and a dog. This blog is about positivity and inspiration sewn in with a little humor. Makeup is not serious, but how we feel after we apply it, is no joking matter!!! I'm here to share my tips and tricks I have learned on my own for the past %&^$% years :) Enjoy my lovelies.

Comments

  1. WOW…..there is a lot of data here…… I think I need to sit and really study this over a cup of Cocoa reading about all this Cocoa….thanks for sharing your review and findings.

    • m@ifmakeupcouldtalk.com says:

      Sit back and enjoy a cup of cocoa, better yet, pour me one too darling…it’s a long post for sure. Do get the power chrome pencils they are fabulous!
      -M-

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