MAC Isabel and Ruben Toledo Collection Review

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How to cite: Wong M. MAC Isabel and Ruben Toledo Collection Review. Lab Muffin Beauty Science. April 12, 2015. Accessed May 28, 2024.

I love limited edition make-up packaging, and MAC do spectacular designs. Their Isabel and Ruben Toledo collection has one of my favourite designs so far!


I’m reviewing three items from the collection today:


* Ripe Peach ombre blush ($54) is my favourite. It’s a flattering blend of coral-hued pink and apricot, with gold sparkle. The gold sparkle isn’t all that obvious on the skin. The colours in this blush look amazing on warm skin, and it’s buildable and easy to use.


* Sin matte lipstick ($40) is a reissue from the standard collection. The colour is a spectacularly vampy blackened red that’s super richly pigmented and velvety matte. Unfortunately, it’s very drying and unforgiving if you have flaky lips – you’ll have to break out the lip scrub! The other lipsticks in the collection are supposedly less drying, if you’re feeling a bit lazier.


* Caligrafy Modern Twist Lash mascara ($42) is a navy mascara with light blue microglitter. It’s a bit edgy, but subtle enough to be reasonably work safe, and lasts all day without smudging. I’m not sure what to make of the wavy brush yet – I think I’m still adjusting to the unusual shape.

mac-toledo-mascara-caligrafyThe Isabel and Ruben Toledo MAC collection is available now instore and online.

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4 thoughts on “MAC Isabel and Ruben Toledo Collection Review”

  1. The mascara formula is something I haven’t seen before. I love the idea of a dark blue colour with micro glitters in it! Does the formula hold up a curl/waterproof?

  2. I read your post on non-vegan ingredients and I was very impressed about how detailed it was, it’s a great basic reference for people like me who have a shocking memory. I figured since you knew your stuff in the post that your blog would contain only cruelty free brands, I was heart broken to see you reviewing MAC.
    I’m not saying that you should switch to only vegan products and while I would urge you to switch to cruelty free only brands I don’t feel that I should demand it. It would be good if in your reviews of products you state whether or not the brand is cruelty free and/or vegan. MAC is not only owned by Proctor&Gamble (who are very pro animal testing) but they also sell their products in stores in China. China require by law that any cosmetic product that is “use specific” (for example, lengthening mascara, nail strengthener, hair dye ect.) is tested on animals and subject to random testing by the Chinese government.
    MAC might have great colours and it might be high quality but it is basically cruelty in a tube.

    • Hi Mandy,

      Thanks for your comment! I don’t exclusively use cruelty-free brands – I find it problematic that a brand can market themselves as cruelty-free if they don’t test on animals themselves, but piggyback off the research of more innovative brands which do. In my opinion it’s a much more complex issue than cruelty-free = good and animal testing = bad, so I’d prefer not to specify which products are cruelty-free or vegan because people will inevitably interpret it as my condoning choosing cruelty-free.


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