Wearing the New MAC Aaliyah Collection (VIDEO REVIEW)

Wearing Eye Shadow X 9 in Age Ain’t Nothing, Bronzing Powder in Baby Girl and Lipglass in Li Li’s Motor City from the new limited edition MAC Aaliyah collection, coming June 20th to the MAC website and select stores June 21st.

You know what I just realized? I just realized that I can tie different eras from my teens and 20s to Aaliyah’s music. Like, Jen, Cindy and I played Back and Forth so much in the summer before I left for college, and then in the spring of my senior year at Davis, Are You That Somebody was almost constantly on the radio whenever Eleanor, Mary Anne, Christine and I drove anywhere (In-N-Out after class, to the city late at night to go clubbing, house parties, the library, to go rollerblading all over town, to the gym).

And then around the time El Hub and I met, Rock the Boat was THE JAM.

Aaliyah’s legacy lives on through her music, and her fans lobbied hard for a MAC collection.

mac aaliyah collection
Feelin’ this packaging

I wore my first look with it today (I plan to do at least one more with a lip), and here are pics, swatches (NC42) and some thoughts (in the video). First impression: holy shimmer!

mac aaliyah age aint nothing eye shadow x 9
Eye Shadow X 9 in Age Ain’t Nothing ($32)
mac aaliyah bronzing powder
Bronzing Powder in Baby Girl ($27)
mac aaliyah lipglass
Brooklyn Born, Li Li’s Motor City, At Your Best You Are, 1 in a Million ($17 each)

The MAC Aaliyah Collection

Coming June 20th to the MAC website and June 21st to select stores

LIPSTICK ($17.50 each)

  • Try Again: soft muted beige (matte)
  • Hot Like…: creamy fire-red (amplified)
  • More Than a Woman: cool deep red (amplified)
  • Street Thing: pure black with shimmer (frost)

LIPGLASS ($17 each)

  • Brooklyn Born: sheer nude with pearl
  • Li Li’s Motor City: coral with shimmer
  • At Your Best You Are…: warm berry
  • 1 In a Million: deep rich purple

LIP PENCIL ($17.50 each)

  • Nevermore: pure black
  • Follow Your Heart: intense violet purple


  • Creative Copper: metallic gold (lustre)
  • That Somebody: gold brown with gold shimmer (satin)
  • Princess of Soul: muted golden brown (matte)
  • Gingersnap: muted pinky coral (frost)
  • Deception: cool medium brown (frost)
  • Dance in the Dark: deep cool brown (matte)
  • Lovesmoke: sterling silver (veluxe pearl)
  • Magic Moor: mauve plum with subtle shimmer (veluxe pearl)
  • Care 4 You: black with silver sparkle (lustre)


  • Baby Girl: pure golden with soft pearl
mac aaliyah lipsticks
Try Again, Hot Like, More Than a Woman, Street Thing ($17.50 each)
mac aaliyah swatches
Bronzer, Lipglasses, Lipsticks and Lip Pencils
mac age aint nothing
Age Ain’t Nothing Eye Shadow X 9
mac hot like
Hot Like…
mac try again
Try Again

mac more than a woman

mac street thing
Street Thing
mac 1 in a million
1 in a Million
mac at your best you are
At Your Best You Are…
mac li lis motor city
Li Li’s Motor City
mac brooklyn born
Brooklyn Born
mac aaliyah collection
Blush is MAC Melba, and the foundation is Benefit Hello Happy Soft Blur in 6.

No frosty beige lipstick? I’m surprised. There is a dark lip liner, and I would have worn that in the late ’90s, but I wouldn’t have worn it with the matte beige they included in the collection… I would have done it with a frosty beige or a frosty pale purple. 😂

See anything you like?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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