September 29, 2010

MAC Venomous Villains Maleficent Review, Swatches, and Photos

Everyone ready to unleash their evil sides? I’m sure many of you have over indulged your makeup sweet tooth on MAC Venomous Villains this week. Pre-launch parties have started as early as last week and the collection is selling out quickly online as well as some stores that have already launched it even though the official release date is tomorrow.

A few nights ago I was playing around with Maleficent’s Collection which has some interesting pieces.

Let’s have a peek.

Maleficent, in my opinion, will prove a tad difficult to wear for most as she contains some harder shades of shadow and lip products.

I was originally very excited about both of the MAC Mineralize Eyeshadows in She Who Dares and My Dark Magic however I did come out of a little disappointed how blackened each turned out to be. These swatched dreamy and look even better in pan however on my lids the shades come across a tad too black for me to really feel the love.

She Who Dares is a combo of of navy blue shadow and forest green. The shades all have a dominant black base which comes across when blended. In most cases, I wouldn’t have a problem combining a blue and green shades however these tend to run together and create a messy shade of black, the same holds true for My Dark Magic which contains beautiful shades of pink and deep plum.

The duos look amazing but application is a tad difficult if your skill level isn’t that of the makeup artist variety. Sponge application is best suited here as well since fall out is a major issue due to the shimmer bits included in the mix. I wouldn’t say I disliked either and I’m happy to have both, but I will say I was disappointed they came across so very black on my lids.

Lipglasses in Revenge is Sweet turned out to be a pretty little surprise. In the tube this is a louder shade of neon purple but on lips it gives a flush of purple-y pink that looks surprisingly natural. I wish the same could be said of Wrong Spell but this is a tad difficult for me to personally wear as the deeper plum comes across very blackened on my lips. Those who embrace vampy lips and can sport the trend, will adore Wrong Spell. Dark Deed Lipstick will come in handy to use under Wrong Spell as it too perfects the vampy lip trend with a solid burgundy plum base.

And finally my favorite piece in the collection, Beauty Powder in Briar Rose.. This is a soft violet pink that impacts a very nice flush of color on cheeks and face. The shade is pigmented enough to easily act as a blush and quite reminds me of the Spring Forecast Ombre Blush in Azalea Blossom.

I’m excited about MAC Venomous Villains however the more items I try from the collection the more I become a little disappointed. We’ll see what the Evil Queen brings next!

What did you haul from Maleficent’s Collection?

What do you think of MAC VV so far?

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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  • Marina

    As I saw more and more of this collections, my interest grew. However, I didn’t order anything…None of my favorite villains were used, either…but if there were one or two items that I was interested in, it was the Bad Fairy nail polish, Briar Rose, and Bite of an Apple. Those all looked nice.

  • Stephanie

    I’ve read similar things about the mineralized eyeshadows and that they don’t apply so beautifully- too bad, but my wallet will thank me. 😉

    • the Muse

      Stephanie I’m crying over them. Wish they applied as wonderfully as they swatched!

  • Kristina

    I got the Bad Fairy polish and that’s it from her collection. I want to check out the Briar Rose though – I’m just not sure if it will look good on my fair skin (NW15).

  • Phyrra

    I was good and only hauled Wrong Spell & Hot House of the lipglasses. I’m DYING to wear Wrong Spell. I think it’s the color I’m craving for my lips for fall.

    Briar Rose looks gorgeous!

  • Tracy

    What about when you use them wet Muse? I tend to wet my brush when I apply MAC’s mineralized eyeshadows and that makes them have less fall out and makes the colour really pop.

    • the Muse

      fall out is considerably less wet tracy ;-D but sadly color stays about the same for me. The colors have a heavy base of black so you can’t see that truer shade of pink, purple, blue, or green or at least I failed to see it 🙁

      sad sigh!

      how’d you do with ’em?

      • Tracy

        Haven’t got my order yet. Should be here soon though! Spent WAY too much money of course. I’ll let you know!

  • Courtney

    Sadly, most of those shades are way too dark for me. However, I am totally digging the blush! It’s so soft and pretty. I may just have to go grab myself one.

    • the Muse

      same for me courtney. I don’t mind dark shades of shadow but the vampy lip I can’t do grrr wish I could ;-D the beauty powder is fabs!

  • Danielle F.

    Thanks for the review. I placed my order the other day and from this collection I got Briar Rose and Mean & Green nail lacquer. I am wondering though, how close does Briar Rose look to the Stila Custom Color Blush? They seem like similar shades of pink (albeit not as bright).

    • the Muse

      my pleasure danielle. mmm Danielle flash was strong so no worries it isn’t as pink as stila’s more purple to it I’m sorry about that.

  • Danielle F.

    Oh no worries, I ordered the custom color blush last week and when I placed the order for my MAC VV stuff I just didn’t want to end up with two blushes that look almost the same at the same time! I am glad it is more purple, that’s what I was hoping for.

    You say Bite of an Apple is really worth it? I was undecided about that one. How do you feel about Toxic Tale as well?

    • the Muse

      oh you’re going to like the custom color blush, it’s really a gorgeous healthy pink ;-D Very diff from the this imho!

      Bite of Apple=worth it. It’s a nice shade. Very different in my opinion or at least different from shades I personally own. wasn’t thrilled with TT to be honest. I hate cream finishes 😛

      • Danielle F.

        Thanks, muse! So helpful, I guess I might have to “Bite” the bullet and grab Bite of an Apple from my local MAC store. I do kind of have a love affair with coral and peach anything!

        • the Muse

          me too danielle, peach and coral anything normally grabs my attention ;-D call in, it seems to be selling out SUPER fast girl!


          • Danielle F.

            You convinced me! I called my local MAC and placed an order for Bad Fairy and Bite of an Apple.

            Now I am looking forward to going and swatching some of the Cruella stuff- I am intrigued by the blush and beauty powder from that collection! Although-they look a little brown for my skin.

          • the Muse

            awesome Danielle ;-D I think you’ll be pleased with BoaA 🙂 get De-Vil it’s an amazing shade of shadow imho!!!!!!!!!!! swatches are up around here somewhere ;D

  • dina

    aaahhhhh, i am on the fence abuot briar rose. it looks a bit more pigmented than the azalea blossom muse, what do you think? curious as i think i do have the azalea. planning on violetta l/s & hothouse and revenge is sweet l/g & maybe mean and green polish. debating on these shadows as they look lovely in the pot but am now convinced they will not be so practical other than maybe as a liner 🙁 also on the HUNT for bad fairy!!! s/o everywhere, booo

    • the Muse

      mmm def dina. Considerably more pigmented ;-D the shadows are such a toss up, I’m happy to have them but they are SUPER blackened…just can’t see myself bothering with them that much…prob end up in my old pile rotting away or something ;-D!

  • Kristen

    I went back and forth with what to get from this collection for a while. I ended up pre ordering nothing but lip colors, and De Vil eyeshadow from the Cruella line. Here is what I bought

    All the Cruella lip products
    Toxic Tale – Evil Queen
    Sinister – Evil Queen
    Dark Deed – Maelficent
    Violetta – Maleficent

    None of the shadows really stood out to me, but the lip colors? I had to have them! 🙂

    • the Muse

      super list kristen ;-D glad you got de-vil shadow that stood out for me ;-D

  • Misato-san

    I like the two mineral eyeshadow the most from this collection, specially My Dark Magic… I’d really like to be able to afford something like that!
    Plus, I like a lot also Toxic Tale lipstick… if I will be able to find one of this next Saturday in Milan I really think I’ll give it a try…

  • Rozelyn

    I want Maleficent so bad. I’m all about the dramatic eyes and lips. >:D

  • Ellie

    Is pink swoon similar to briar rose? or they are totally different that i need to have both? how about oh so fair?

    • the Muse

      pink swoon and briar aren’t alike Ellie. Not sure on oh so fair, haven’t tried mine yet 🙂

  • Ryou

    Dark Deed looks more plummy on your swatch than Christine’s. I still want it though. T.T

    Also quite interested in the eyeshadows. It does seem that they’d look better wet, though. Or maybe over Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy? If you do want to toss them though, feel free to toss them my way. XD; *bricked*

    Thank you for the swatches Musey! They always help me bunches. ;D

    • the Muse

      it’s really dark plum ryou ;-D epoxy might work well at catching the fall out as well ;-D lol! will do! You’re most welcome my dear!!!!!!!!! xoxo!

      • Ryou

        Guess I’ll wait until they’re available here in Aussieland so I can sneak a swatch then. If I likey then it’s time to make use of my American fiance! XD

        I almost miss Indonesia solely for el cheapo make-up, lol.

        • the Muse

          ugh I wish I lived in Korea most days of my life ryou so I can take advantage of cheap makeup everyday!

  • telle

    revenge is sweet kind of reminds of the purple lipglass from the hello kitty line- i was hoping it was more vampy purple myself.
    im excited for bad faery, hot house, wrong spell and maybe a shadow- i liked the style black collection and have cinderfella but use it mostly for a liner kind of effect.

  • Veronica

    I got the shadows because I loved all the swatches I saw online. But I actually got them to use as eye liners. I do plan on playing with them as shadows but they are really dark, so we shall see….

    • the Muse

      liner works great veronica, not so sure I can do all over my eye yet ;-D but will have fun playin’!

  • Danielle

    Thanks Muse!!!!!!!!!!!!–you were 100% right about Bite of an Apple. I got it today and I love it! I thought it would be similar to two other blushes I have, one from MUFE and one from NYX, but definitely no dupes in my current collection. Glad to have it!

    • the Muse

      ACE! Danielle! I’m so happy for you since it was selling out so fast ;-D that’s awesome you got it girl. It’s a fab shade! Enjoy hun, wear it health!

  • Louisa

    Aww! I wanted at least 2 of the nail polishes and maybe one of the Mineralizes once I got paid tomorrow… they’re all sold out already!

    • the Muse

      louisa I think they sold out so fast b/c not only makeup junkies but disney ones are hauling ;D

      • Louisa

        No worries, I found out that the MAC website and the Macy’s website are all sold out of the good stuff… BUT Nordstrom’s site still has a good selection. Hooray!

  • dark nyx

    Oh Muse, I actually couldn’t resist picking up the Briar Rose myself! It’s so pretty! I hope the staying power is good though, since I have uber oily skin. =[ I also picked up the Innocence, beware! lipstick. I agree with you about the eye shadows…I saw the display and fell in love…but when I tried it on my eyes…I found that it was just infatuation. Anywho, thanks for the review and I look forward to hearing what you think of the other products!

    • the Muse

      hey dark nyx awesome ;-D It really is a nice one plus not as crummy as some beauty powders as it allows you to use as a blusher. aw…have you tried UD de-slick in a tube? that stuff is killer for oily bits.

      I was crushed about the shadows sigh. they swatch so incredible but on my eye it’s just really black ;P oh well! I’ll be back with the Evil Queen shortly ;D xoxox! happy weekend!

      • telle

        Hi Muse! I picked up she who dares and i really like it! i am over the moon about the sparkles, but i also really love cinderfella, so i don’t mind the black base to it. i did also get bad fairy and am not very pleased with it. :/ i have several of the orly cosmic polishes and i like those way better and i got almost double the product in the orly bottles than the mac bottle of bad fairy.

        • the Muse

          I love cinderfella telle ;-D but for sadly the shadows I wanted to apply as pretty as they swatched 😛 le sigh but I’m glad you’re loving hun! aw sorry about the nail polish 🙁 that stinks.

          • telle

            🙂 Fair enough! As for the polish, well, i am happy to know that i dont have to feel guilty for feeling that mac doesn’t reign supreme in everything! 🙂

          • the Muse

            LOL oh telle don’t worry MAC def does not ;-D They suck at mascara, bases (don’t hit me), concealers, and a few other items ;-D

      • dark nyx

        You know Muse, although I blame makeup companies for coming up with cool stuff that make me spend money because I want to try them, but I do blame your blog a little, LoL. =P Looks like I’ll be heading to Sephora to check out that De-slick gel, haha. Thanks and hope you have a great weekend too!

        • the Muse

          LOL dark nyx sorries ;-D hehe! Hope you had a great weekend, mine was incredible but way too short damnit! try deslick, I think you’ll adore it. That stuff goes to work on oil!

  • Storm

    I have Briar Rose and we…are getting on just fine. As well as My Dark Magic….and Mean and Green and Bad Fairy….and Bite of an Apple….and Heartless. Interestly enough, I mostly hauled from Maleficent. The shadows work well over pixie epoxy and I also plan on using a tiny little brush from the UD BOS II to apply them. That way, you get the pretty colors. They’re fun to play around with

    • the Muse

      awesome haul storm ;-D glad you got Bite of an Apple it’s selling out fastttttttttttttt!

  • Emily

    I totally picked up Revenge is Sweet lip gloss and have been using with Sinister lipstick (from Evil Queen) OMG what a combination!!!

  • Danielle

    Got some more of my MAC VV haul today, only waiting for my She Who Dares MES duo to come!
    Today I got Briar Rose (in LOVE with this–even more than BoAA on my skin tone!) it’s a must have imho if you can find it! Also got mean & green– like it but not as much as Bad Fairy. Strange Potion & Hothouse= love. Hothouse has an amazing shimmer and I think I can wear Strange Potion with everything! Also hauled French Quarter which I also love and Resort Life–HELLO shimmer- I heart this one too!
    So far, all of my VV purchases have been total wins! I can’t wait to try out She Who Dares over French Quarter!
    I am sort of regretting not getting Revenge is Sweet lipglass and Dark Deed lipstick though in my head I tell myself I would rarely wear Dark Deed! I came close to not purchasing anything in this collection because at first sight nothing WOWED me…boy was I wrong. Everything has been great! If you can get your hands on this stuff–do it!

    Thanks for all of your help and hard work Muse!

    • the Muse

      Hey Danielle sorry for the delayed reply ;-D Looks like a half in a half ;-D Did you get She Who Dares yet? Like it? Dark Deed is def a rarity imho so you aren’t missing TOO much! Aw thank YOu Danielle. Your mini review is totally going to help people decide!
      You’re ace!

  • naydeene

    i think if they added ursula from the little mermaid it would of been complete! :0