Feeling tribal: MAC Vibe Tribe collection for spring 2016

MAC vibe tribe title Too bad Coachella is already over because one of MAC’s May collections would have been perfect to rock for the festival.

Launching in stores and online in North America on May 19, 2016, Vibe Tribe is probably the coolest MAC collection I’ve seen in a while.  What’s make it so stellar? The packaging of course! Complete with tons of reds, corals, and gold, this collection is the ultimate makeup collection to prep you for summer. Think free-spirited teals and mandarins mixed with charcoals to up the edge factor.  This massive collection of 27 items includes lipsticks, bronzing powders, makeup bags and brushes, eyeshadows, and more!


I got three items from the collection, one of their bronzing powers, a lipstick, and a Patent Polish Lip Pencil.

There are five lipsticks (C$22.50) in the Vibe Tribe collection: Tanarama (pale beige with golden shimmer, frost), Arrowhead (bare nude, matte), Painted Sunset (bright orange-red, amplified), Pure Vanity (pale peach nude, lustre), and Hot Chocolate (dirty plum, satin). I received the colour Hot Chocolate, which is probably the least summery one of them all, but still really wearable.  This is like a Kylie Jenner kind of shade, which makes it equally as office appropriate as it does for a night out.  Although I did find it to be “just meh” in the tube, once applied, I learned to appreciate it a lot more. I think this would also look amazing if you have a dark skin tone. Regardless of the colour though, I am dying over the packaging. I’m usually not a sucker for MAC packaging, but since tribal is so in right now, this lipstick looks so cute sitting on my desk at work or in my clutch. You must pick up a shade just for the case alone.

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Another lip product I got, which is new for me, is their Patentpolish Lip Pencil (C$25.50). I’ve never seen these before, but they offer the lightweight feel of a gloss with the coverage of a lipstick. At first glance I thought this was just a tinted lip balm, but they do go on quite opaque, with tons of shine. Also, unlike their Lipglass, they aren’t sticky at all, which makes them quite comfortable to wear.

This collection features five shades: Tumbleweed (soft nude), Teen Dream (bright pinkish coral matte), Caravamp (reddish-orange), Desert Evening (clear with pearl – online exclusive), and Rio Grande Romance (bright fuchsia). I received the colour Caravamp, which if you are a beauty blogger like me and receive a million red lipsticks, I wasn’t super excited about at first glance. This does tend to lean towards more of a tomato red, but it looks amazing with a tan.

Hot Chocolate Caravamp

The last item I got was one of their bronzing powders. These come housed in the same theme packaging, so the compact looks amazing just lying on a countertop. Since this is a spring/summer collection, MAC has three bronzers (C$32.50) to choose from, Matte Bronze (bare-shouldered bronze), Refined Golden (finely spun golden with soft pearl) and Firebrush (reddish bronze with golden sparkle).  They also offer their Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powder (C$38.50) in two shades: Dephic (coppery bronze with gold sparkles) and Golden Rinse (light brick reddish bronze with fine shimmer).

I received the colour Refined Golden, which is pretty jaw dropping when opened. This isn’t a matte bronzer, but instead has flecks of gold shimmer in it. It’s also part of their permanent collection, so if you miss this you can pick it up anytime (although it won’t have the gorgeous packaging).  I’ve used this a few times and it really gives you the most beautiful glow. I’ve used it for adding colour, as well as contouring, and I feel like it’s soon to be my new favourite.


Since this collection is so beautiful (and really the perfect summer collection), I do foresee a lot of items selling out fast. Make sure you stop by your local counter right when they open on May 19 to get the items you want!

What are you going to be picking up from the MAC Vibe Tribe collection?

Please note, I was sent these products from PR. All opinions are my own.

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