MAC‘s just-released Marilyn Monroe Makeup Collection has captivated and left the beauty world breathless in much the same way as the film-star herself.  And now, you can own beauty products inspired by the legend.  Read on for more…

MAC really excels at taking a concept for a collection and executing, especially when it comes to the packaging of these collaborations. I’d say that this is one of my favorite MAC Collections in recent memory. The outside box and the covers of the products are emblazoned with the most gorgeous black and white photos of Marilyn, with her autograph in red. It’s a striking effect.

The MAC Marilyn Monroe Collection is a full collection and while I would usually list out the names and shades of each product, because the collection is sold out virtually everywhere, I don’t think you’ll find that useful. So what I am going to do is show you some of my very favorite products from the collection.


The showpiece of the collection is the Forever Marilyn Beauty Powder. The Beauty Powder is a sheer pale peach highlighter and isn’t sparkly, something I appreciate.


The Lipsticks in the Marilyn Monroe Collection have great pigmentation and color payoff. The shades that I have are (from left to right) Pure Zen, Scarlet Ibis, Love Goddess and Charmed I’m Sure, which is a matte dark, true red. You can almost picture Marilyn wearing Charmed I’m Sure. There is a fifth shade that I didn’t receive for preview, Deeply Adored, which is a deep scarlet.


A product I wish I’d bought a backup of is The Perfect Cheek Powder Blush. This is a neutral pink beige blush that I’ve found to be just enough color for when you’re wearing a smoky eye or when you want a really natural look.


If you hurry, not all of the Marilyn Monroe Collection Nail Lacquers have sold out on the MAC website! The nail shades include:

  • Rich, Rich, Rich – Glittery gold pearl
  • Vintage Vamp – Rich deep retro wine
  • Stage Red – Dark berry red cream
  • Flaming Rose – True red
  • Kid Orange – Coral

In this collection my favorite shade is definitely Vintage Vamp, a dark wine cream. Two shades gives a perfect, saturated color. It would have been nice to see how this nail shade would have matched up to the Deeply Adored lipstick. If you can find any of the nail colors, grab them!

Technically, the MAC Marilyn Monroe Collection is available in department stores and at select MAC locations, as well as online at  Tell me…were you able to get anything from the collection? Let me know in the comments!


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