July 9, 2008

MAC Neo Sci-Fi Review

I’m really late pumping out my review for MAC Neo Sci-Fi! I was on vacation when this popped into stores which ended up in a delay getting all the pieces I wanted and thus my very late review to you!

Bad Muse!

Sadly, by now you’ve read the reviews, seen the swatches, and brought the T-Shirt on MAC’s Summer trio release however you haven’t heard my thoughts on the topic and those are by far the most important of course…maybe…sorta….kinda……….

Upon Neo Sci-Fi’s original release I wasn’t doing cartwheels through the aisles as I’ve been known to do when a new MAC color story pops up! Last year’s Summer Collection wasn’t anything I was too excited about either so Neo Sci-Fi found it’s way to the bottom of my list of Must Have Summer Makeup.

However, upon getting my hands on some of the collection I quickly realized that many of the items released with it are truly gems and I’m happy that I grabbed a majority of the collection!

As you know the color story was released in three seperate parts. Neo Sci-Fi which includes all the blushes, eye shadows, and facial cosmetics, Solar Field which included the bronzers and a new pigment product called Solar Bits (review to follow on those shortly), and finally Future Earth which included some very interesting skin care items!

So I think I personally got the best of the best that was offered with this particular collection!

I ended up with four out of the five shadows released. Femme-Fi which is a frosty golden cream, Evening Aura which is golden peach, Magnetic Fields which is a black brown, and Expensive Pink which is a golden orangey shade.

Out of the four shadows Expensive Pink is most definately a must have in my humblest opinion. Although the title says pink and the MAC website says it’s pink I see it as more of a flattering golden, burnt orange. It’s sincerely a beautiful shade for Summer when you’re sporting some great golden bronzer or some beautiful peach or coral blush! Evening Aura is about three shades lighter but it compliments Expensive Pink beautifully and makes for a great lid color while using Expensive Pink in the crease of your eye! If you’re just looking to buy one shadow from this particular collection definately don’t miss out on Expensive Pink (even though it’s actually available all the time it’s still nice to have in the cool neon packaging!). Magnetic Field was a spur of the moment purchase. It’s a dark black brown and I thought it would go great with one of the Solar Bits I picked up plus it looks wonderful as an upcoming Fall Shade. Femme-Fi is a creamy golden beige that works great as a highlighter and in conjunction with Expensive Pink and Evening Aura you can do a nice eye look combining the three!

Speaking of packaging….at first I was a little dismayed at the really gaudy neon orange packaging but turns out it’s rather funky once you get used too it! I’m actually liking the unique look of these particular compacts and not minding the glow in the dark effect at all!

Now blushes I might have made a tiny mistake on. I got both but I’m a bit scared of X-Rocks. X-Rocks is a very deep dirty mauve that appears almost brown. With a light hand I may be able to work this well but I am quite frightened I’ll just look dirty with it on so I need to practice with this before stepping outside the door! The star of the blushes is definately Spaced Out which is a shimmery summer peach shade that looks stunning on! If you’re sporting a tan you’ll look simply gorgeous wearing this!

And finally I nabbed a few of the lip items. Pink Grapefruit lipglass was my number one product in this collection! It’s simply too yummie and it made it’s way onto my Summer Must Have List very quickly! I ended up purchasing a backup since it’s truly a unique shade. If you haven’t already, I highly recommend tracking this one down! It’s has shades of orange, gold, pink, and peach all combined into a unique and simply stunning shade! I originally only purchased one item from the lip stuff released but I later went back after a reader pointed out that Soft and Slow was a must have lipglass! Turns out she was right as it’s a rather beautiful shade of creamy plum that works well with all the shadows and blushes in the collection! Finally I couldn’t keep my hands off of Electro Lipstick. It’s a bright true orange that I’ll probably look ridiculously sporting but I don’t have any shades like it so I absolutely had to have it!

All in all Neo Sci-Fi has some serious winners and I’m happy I did manage to score some of it. At first I wasn’t going to bother to head into store to swatch but I’m happy I did as the collection has some terrific finds!

Must have Hits from this Collection:
Lipglass in Pink Grapefruit
Eye shadow in Expensive Pink
Blush in Spaced Out

Face of the Day I created this morning using the following from MAC Neo Sci-Fi:

MAC Eyeshadow in Femme-Fi
MAC Eyeshadow in Expensive Pink
MAC Eyeshadow in Evening Aura

MAC Blush in Spaced Out

MAC Lipglass in Pink Grapefruit

What did you haul from Neo Sci-Fi?

What was a hit for you? What was a miss?

Loved this collection?

Tell the Muse!

Read my mad ravings about MAC Lipglass in Pink Grapefruit!

Click here to read about the trio of MAC Summer Color Stories released last month!

Click here
to find out why I am loving MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator released with Future Earth!

Check back soon to see my review on MAC Solar Bits and MAC Cool Heat!


About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • *Jen*

    I’ve been vacillating since the release on the Pink Grapefruit since I feel like it may be similar to Chanel’s Big Bang which I already have, plus it looked a little orange to me which I’m not a huge fan of. But I ma have to pick it up today because it looks so pretty on you!

    P.S. I e-mailed you. I know you’ll get to it one of these days 😉

  • Laurie

    I liked this collection – I only brought home Expensive Pink though! Funny that you say it’s the must have item – I agree:)

  • the Muse

    Thanks jen 🙂 I really love it and for me it’s simply a must have. It’s really a gorgeous shade. It kinda sorta reminds me of a gloss version of expensive pink!!!!!!!!

    It’s orange, coral, peach, pink, gold all mixed up into a fab color! Really heart this one majorly!

    You DID!?

    Gotta go look! i’m behind on emails!

    Forgive me?

  • the Muse

    hiya laura 😉

    Expensive Pink is def a must have 🙂 You have to try out Pink Grapefruit..at the very least swatch it..it’s yum!

    Love ya!

  • Elaina

    Simply GORGEOUS, Miss Muse!! Loving the FOTD, I’m gonna head over to Macy’s and be a copycat!! I want my skin to be as radiant as yours! *hugs!*

  • ~*MC*~

    I love, LOVE Expensive Pink!!! I have incoperated into many different eye looks since I’ve bought it…in fact, I am wearing it right now as an inner eye colour with Scatter rays and Black Ore pigments as highlight and contour respectively.

    As for lips, I bought Sci Fi Delity, Pink Grapefruit, and Soft and Slow as I mentioned in other posts.

    I love everything I selected from Neo Sci Fi..but that orange packaging is such an eyesore in my make up case lol. XD

    …I’m off to wander the MAC counters today for their new mineral shadows and blush lol. XD

  • melanie

    I would be so happy if the pink grapefruit tasted like that, lol. I think that would make it sooo much more enticing!

    Is X-Rocks at all similar to Fab from the Barbie release? I ask because it looks that way in the photo… and I really love Fab, even on my pale skin!

  • the Muse

    hi mc!

    Me too! I used it four times this week 😉

    Mmm I didn’t think to pair it up with BO! I’ll have to try it. Got a pic? Would love to see!

    AHA! I was trying to recall who rec’ed me soft and slow and it must have been you! It’s a gorgeous shade!

    At first the packaging sorta took some getting used too but now I kinda love it 😉 It literally glows lol!

    pssttt I tested out the blush yesterday and it’s ridiculously gorgeous! Will be blogging in tomorrow 😉

  • the Muse

    hello there melanie!

    Oh my gosh yes please instead of the yucky vanilla taste 😛

    Nooooo Fab was much better! Fab kinda showed up peachy gorgeous on me where as X-Rocks looks like mud! I have an FOTD of it to post.

    Fab is a fav for me too!

    thanks for the comment 😉 Hope to talk to you again soon melanie!

  • the Muse

    aw shucks elaina thanks for the gorgeous comment *hugs*

    You’re too too kind =-)

    Glad you like the colors! At first I really wasn’t too excited but once I seen and swatched I was in love 😉

    Definitely get pink grapefruit and expensive pink those are a must!

    Thanks again for the comment 😉 Hope to talk to you again soon!

  • Toya

    You look very cute! If you find you don’t want the X Rocks blush, I’ll buy it off ya!

  • Laura

    The only thing I bought from this collection was expensive pink as none of the other products were really me. On the other hand I was practically drooling over cool heat today!
    Though I resisted and only got one of the new mineral e/s.


    Hope you are having a lovely day gorgeous.

  • sarahPUFFY

    the only shadow I wanted was expensive pink; it was most unique. I liked some of the solar bits as well, I think two, but…that was it. :\

  • the Muse

    hey toya!

    I tried it this morning and it’s ok…still debating if it’s me 😉

    I’ll let ya know!!!!!!


  • the Muse

    ‘ello miss laura 🙂

    Cool Heat was simply divine! I’ll be reviewing shortly. Great collection of stuff 😉

    You obviously practiced major restrain lol! I hope I can be as good 😉

    Hope you’re doing great too lovie!

    Many hugs!

  • the Muse

    sarah I still have to try the solar bits..very curious how I like these 😉

    Expensive pink is very unique! It’s a regular item though so even if you didn’t get it this round I believe it’s on the GC =-)

  • nilla cookie

    I really like Magnetic Fields – and I’m so bummed I passed on Pink Grapefruit when it came out. I think I was having an off day and didn’t realize what pretty pinky coral color it was!

  • Dancinggal

    I love pink grapefruit, especially during the summer!!! So pretty! Was this collection released last year some time? My boyfriend sent it over for me from Canada at the end of last year.

  • ~*MC*~

    I’ll redo the look for you and send a pic tomorrow (Thursday)..I took a picture today of my new haircut for my blog, but you can’t see my eyes because my bangs are covering them lol. XD

    My local MAC counter didn’t get the new stuff on the counters today, however the artist did let me see and patch test the colours I was interested in. I came home and ordered them through the MAC site since I was uberly impressed.

    I noticed you were a massive Lush junkie like I am lol…so I thought I’d tell you that I wandered over to Lush to get their Retro Lush gift set and I will be blogging about it tomorrow. XD


  • sarahPUFFY

    yeah, I really wanted to try bronzescape. it looked really nice [a true bronze!]. and awesome! I really have a thing for Expensive Pink so if I get the chance to check it out when Im in dallas I may just snag it. 😀

  • Shefali

    A few things: I actually liked that you did your review a while after the release…it’s interesting to read your take on the things that I’ve bought and used…the good thing is…we agree on all of it!!! yay! This post inspired me to write the following comments:

    I have X-Rocks and I ADORE the color. I think it will look great on you!

    Expensive Pink and Pink Grapefruit = Shefali in love 🙂

    I bought Electro…it’s so awesome and it looks really good with Pink Grapefruit.

    I love your FOTD! Super fresh.

    Can’t wait for your take on Solar Bits…I didn’t buy any cuz I felt they were too hard to work with. Fallout city! during application.

  • Allysia-May

    I hate to say this but i’m absolutely loving those eye colours and the Pink Grapefruit lipgloss looks insane! I have to get it unless i wont have any rest…lol. I’m absolutely loving the colour on you.

    I arrived in Oz yesterday and i sent you an e-mail; will be patiently waiting for your reply hun…have a nice day 🙂

  • the Muse

    hey lilan!

    Magnetic Fields is so very cookie approved hehe. I was playing with the BB Mauve Collection last night and I was thinking of you.

    Lord Pink Grapefruit is to die for! Get to the store and snatch one up! I’m sure some counter still has one or two left! It’s a fab color 😉

    Love ya!

  • the Muse

    hiya Dancinggal!

    Me too! I think it’s one of the best shades I’ve seen released in a while!

    No this was released in June 🙂 This year!

    It’s possible that they had it ahead of time in canada maybe? Canada is the main location for MAC I believe but it’s still amazing you got it so quickly! Whoa!

    Did you get the neon orange packaging? Or the standard black? As someone mentioned pink grapefruit was a repromote so maybe it was from another collection 😉

  • the Muse

    morning MC!

    Oooo thanks! I’ll look forward too it 😉 I like the profile pic you have up on your blog now. Gorgeous!

    I’m heading to mac tonight to score the rest of the goods.

    They look mega awesome don’t they? I was impressed with the pigmentation! So lovely!

    I’m a big time lush addict ugh! Evil lush!

    I actually reviewed the retro hat box a few months ago that i got from the UK 😉 I ordered some retro online. Had to stock up on B4B love that freaking SG!

    Hope your review is posted! Going to visit you now 🙂

  • the Muse

    morning sarah!

    I’ve been slowly falling in love with tons of bronzers lately 😉

    My aunt leaves in texas..where abouts are you?

    EP is soooooo worth it. You must swatch and buy hehe!

    Love ya!

  • the Muse

    hiya Shefali!

    Awesome. I’m glad. I was a bit worried everyone would be yawning as it’s been blogged, reviewed, swatched, etc..everywhere by now!

    Wahoo of course we agree as we both have awesome taste 😉 hehe!

    Thanks! I tried it out tell me whatcha think of the FOTD I posted..I’m not sure yet but X-Rocks is workable 😉

    Oooo god yes Expensive Pink and Pink Grapefruit are on the boarder of purchasing backups! Especially pink grapefruit! Yum!

    The Muse lovey too 🙂

    I haven’t gotten Electro yet but will be shopping tonight 😉

    Aw thanks glad you enjoyed the FOTD *blush*

    Solar bits scare me too..looks like major clean up 😛 I hate Fall Out sigh..but I thought with a little help from a PP it wouldn’t be too bad 🙂

    Review to come next week likely 😉

    Thanks for your great comments! Enjoy talking to you =-)

  • the Muse

    morning Allysia-May!

    Congrats for arriving safely down under 🙂 How’s the weather?

    YOU must get Pink Grapefruit! MUST MUST MUST! You’d rock it to the ends of the world with your deep skin tone!

    I will try to get to it today 🙂 Thanks for emailing me!

    Love ya! Glad you arrived safe and sound! Hope you’re happy and rested!

    Big Hugs!

    The queen will miss you I’m sure hehe!

  • PaoPao

    I am the reader I am the reader!!!

    I’m happy to read you liked Soft & Slow 😉

    The Spaced Out blush is beautiful too.


  • the Muse

    AHH! I knew it was someone 🙂

    Thanks Pao Pao!

    It’s gorgeous 🙂

    Huge hugs!

  • sarahPUFFY

    I’m in Bossier City, LA – the very tippy top left corner of the boot state, haha. I’ve never really been on a REAL real trip so Im excited to go to stores we dont have here, like American Apparel [I LUST for their cardigans].

  • the Muse

    Dude you live in LA! I love LA for shoppin’! Although I never heard of Bossier City.

    AA is awesome! I like the accs!

  • sarahPUFFY

    You should def come to Bossier City – we’re slowly becoming a tourist town, thanks to the Louisiana Boardwalk [or as we locals like to call it…the Boardwalk, hahahaha]. We’re right by Shreveport, my hometown!

    UGH see? I feel lame for never having been to AA! They’re really pricey but I wanted some nice roomy cardigans for school.

  • the Muse

    i’d love it. we could party like it’s 1999…hehe!

    order online lovie!!!!!!!!!