MAC Temperature Rising Collection Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Temperature Rising Collection

It’s getting hot in here…

We all know that new MAC collections come fast, and they come furious. And I have to say, it’s been a long time since I’ve paused and been like—WOW—AMAZING! This post has taken me some extra time because I have not stopped dabbling in the new Temperature Rising Collection since it hit my desk. In a single word, I describe this one as “impressive”. Check out the pieces I tried!

Nail Lacquers in ‘Scorching Haute’, and ‘Tropical’

In the past, I’ve noticed some inconsistencies in the MAC Nail Lacquer formula. With Temperature Rising, I really liked the results I had with both shades, Scorching Haute, and Tropical. Both give stunning results with full coverage. The glitter in Scorching Haute looks good with two coats (but great with three), and Tropical looked perfect with just two coats. Unlike a lot of glitters I own, the finish was nice and smooth with my top coat of Seche Vite. (I personally find this one to work best!)

MAC Scorching Haute Tropical Nail Lacquer

Scorching Haute, Tropical

MAC Scorching Haute Nail Lacquer swatches

Scorching Haute — super glitter purple/magenta with transparent base

mac tropical nail lacquer swatches

Tropical — super glitter bronze with brown base

‘Bare My Soul’ Eye Shadow X 4

I have been hesitant to recommend many of the eyeshadow quads in recent releases, because I’ve felt that the quality wasn’t up to par for $44. I am so relieved to say that both of the quads I tried were AWESOME. Bare My Soul was superior in color payoff and wear time, but the Temperature Rising quad ran a close second. I feel confident recommending either as a purchase, because I found the shades pretty consistent quality-wise. There are some slight variances with the frosts, but nothing troublesome. Just a little bit stiffer.

bare my soul MAC

  • Bare My Soul — frosted gold (lustre)
  • When in Rio — deep green with copper pearl duo-chrome (frost)
  • Friendly — deep bronze chocolate (veluxe pearl)
  • Romantico — light taupe bronze (veluxe pearl)

bare my soul quad shades

Bare My Soul

mac bare my soul swatches

Romantico, Bare My Soul, Friendly, When in Rio

‘Temperature Rising’ Eye Shadow X 4

MAC Temperature Rising Eyeshadow Quad swatches

  • Performance Art — frosted gold mauve (veluxe pearl)
  • Swelter — mid-tone grey violet (frost)
  • Temperature Rising — light warm tanned peach (lustre)
  • Beauty Marked — charcoal black with red pearl (velvet)

mac temperature rising quad inside

Temperature Rising

mac temperature rising eyeshadow swatches

Performance Art, Temperature Rising, Swelter, Beauty Marked

‘Soft Serenade’ Lipglass, ‘Caliente’ Lipstick

While neither of these lip shades were for me personally, I’m still going to recommend them if you like the colors, because there was absolutely nothing wrong with the products. We all know I’m a fan of the MAC Lipglass formula itself, for a gloss formula it tends to last on my lips longer than other brands, and the dazzle lipstick formula was fantastic. You would think that for having so much glitter, it would feel really gritty. Not at all! One thing I will say, is that glitter will stay behind, long after the color is gone. So you may need to remove it all with an oil-based eye makeup remover. (That’s what I had to do to fully remove it.)

MAC Soft Serenade Lipglass Caliente Lipstick

Soft Serenade Lipglass, Caliente Lipstick

MAC Soft Serenade Lipglass swatches

Soft Serenade Lipglass — mid-tone neutral pink with pearl

MAC Caliente Dazzle Lipstick swatches

Caliente Lipstick — super dazzle violet

mac caliente lipstick swatches

Soft Serenade, Caliente

Powerchrome Eye Pencil in ‘Rich Glance’, and ‘Polished Jet’

This was my first time trying out the Powerchrome Eye Pencil formula, and I love it! These molten metals are super smooth on the lay down, and the pigmentation is excellent. While not completely bullet-proof, I do find them long-lasting and excellent multi-taskers. Wear them solo as eyeshadows, wear them as a base for dry shadows, or use them as a liner, and they’re totally gorgeous. I’m really interested to see the rest of the shades in the collection once they hit stores on the 23rd.

MAC Polished Jet Rich Glance Power Chrome Eye Pencil

Rich Glace, Polished Jet

MAC Power Chrome Eye Pencils

Powerchrome Eye Pencil

mac powerchrome eye pencil polished jet rich glance swatches

Rich Glance, Polished Jet

Pro Longwear Bronzer in ‘Nude on Board’

This is, without a doubt, my favorite product of the collection! I’ve never met a powdered bronzer that feels so creamy as I blend it in. True to its name, it does wear for a long time, and doesn’t shift colors on my skin. Nude on Board works well for my NW20 skin, and I like it applied lightly, but it also looks great totally built up. It won’t take much, so go easy! It’s very pigmented. I love the slight sheen it has to it, but doesn’t exacerbate oily skin conditions. Its luminous quality is a great start to refresh spring skin, and will take you all the way through summer.

MAC Nude On Board

Nude on Board — bronze yellow tone

MAC Pro Long Wear Bronzing Powder

Pro Longwear Bronzer

MAC Pro Long Wear Bronzer Nude On Board swatches

Nude on Board

Strobe Liquid Lotion in ‘Golden Elixir’

As a long-time fan of Strobe Cream, This Strobe Lotion in Golden Elixir is a nice way to warm up skin tones for summer. You can use it solo if you’d like because it softly illuminates and diffuses skin, but since this gives such a warm golden glow, try adding just a touch of it to your liquid foundation, BB cream, or tinted moisturizer for best results.

Since this is so hydrating, I don’t really recommend it for those with excessively oily skin types, as the iridescent pigments may even make oils on the surface of the skin to appear to be more than they really are. You can also mix a few pumps of this with your body lotion and apply it on your arms and legs for a healthy glow! It may not be for everyone, but it is a beautiful multi-tasker.

MAC Strobe Liquid Lotion

Strobe Liquid in Golden Elixir — warm golden glow

mac strobe liquid lotion close up

Strobe Liquid

mac strobe lotion swatches

Golden Elixir

To The Beach Body Oil in ‘Man Rays’

This hydrating body oil adds a sassy gleam to your body and looks GREAT on medium-to-dark skin tones, or those who have a little bit of a faux tan. The oils blend into the skin quickly, and what’s left is moisturized skin with a golden bronze glimmer. I imagine wearing this out with a dress on a warm summer night, or a shoulder baring sundress all summer long! It doesn’t really have a fragrance, so no worries about it clashing with your favorite perfume.

MAC To The Beach Body Oil

To The Beach Body Oil in ‘Man Rays’ — glowing tan multi-dimensional golden shimmer

to the beach close up

To The Beach Body Oil

mac man rays bronzing oil swatchTo The Beach Body Oil

Bottom Line…

There are definitely some key pieces you should consider for your collection. I wouldn’t go home without the Pro Longwear Bronzer in Nude on Board, Bare My Soul Eye Shadow X 4, or Powerchrome Eye Pencils. They simply rock.

Price & Availability…

Online now at, and all MAC North America locations on May 23rd. Lipstick—$16.50, Lipglass—$16.50, Powerchrome Eye Pencil—$21, Eye Shadow X 4—$44, Nail Lacquer—$18, Pro Longwear Bronzer—$30, Strobe Liquid—$31, Bronzing Oil—$22.50.

  • Roza Bell

    I am going to check out the pro long wear bronzer for sure!

  • Amber