When you grow up in the Midwest, bowling is as much a part of your life as tailgating and the Packers. When I saw that M∙A∙C was releasing the It’s A Strike Collection, I instantly felt a connection. That ability to release collections that are relatable to all is one of the things M∙A∙C does best.

The M∙A∙C It’s A Strike Collection pays homage to all things bowling with a cute and kitchy Pearlmatte Face Powder, new shades of Lipstick and Cremesheen Glass, Studio Nail Lacquers and more. What I love about this collection is that there are deep shades for Fall, yet wearable everyday neutrals too…in other words, this is a great transitional makeup collection. What I’m not sure about is the eyeshadows. With so many palettes being released, is anyone still buying single eyeshadow shades anymore?

Highlights of the M∙A∙C It’s A Strike Collection include:

MAC Its A Strike Single Eyeshadows

Eye Shadow ($16) in

  • Gutter Gal –  off-white grey (matte)
  • Bowlarama –  bright lime green (satin)
  • Bowl Out – mid-tone grey (matte)
  • 300 Game – blackened cherry (matte)
  • Join My League? – dark espresso (matte)
  • Carbon – intense black (matte)

MAC It's a Strike PearlMatte Face Powder

Pearlmatte Face Powder ($27) in Trophy – multi-colour (pearlmatte)

MAC Its A Strike Lipsticks

Lipstick ($17) in

  • Honeylove – light beige toned with rose (matte)
  • Flat Out Fabulous – bright plum matte (retro matte)
  • All Fired Up – bright fuchsia matte (retro matte)
  • Perfect Score – deep red (matte)
  • Bowl Me Over – deep burnt brown (retro matte) (online exclusive)
  • Liquid Lurex – tarnished gold (dazzle) [online exclusive]
  • Babes and Balls – deep burgundy (matte) [online exclusive]

MAC Its A Strike Cremesheen Glass

Cremesheen Glass ($21) in:

  • It’s A Strike – soft nude pink
  • King Pin – deep chocolate mauve
  • Throw A Spare – fuchsia with pearl
  • Right Up My Alley – deep red
  • Spare Me – dark purple

MAC Its A Strike Studio Nail Lacquer

Studio Nail Lacquer ($13) in:

  • Rack ‘Em Up – cool deep khaki (cream)
  • 5 Pin – deep wine (cream)
  • Baby Split – sheer lime green (cream)

I was able to try several products from the It’s A Strike! Collection; the Pearlmatte Face Powder, Studio Nail Lacquer in 5 Pin, Cremesheen Glass in It’s A Strike and Lipstick in Honey Love (matte formula).

MAC It's a Strike group

I’ve never tried the Pearlmatte Face Powder formula before; I’ve tried Beauty Powders, and this is definitely different. Pearlmatte isn’t “matte” at all; the powder is a combination of pearlized and satin shades for a luminous glow. You can see that effect just looking at the tablet in the compact; it’s beautiful. I love the Cremesheen Glass formula and if you’re looking for a beautiful blush-nude color, pick It’s A Strike up. Honey Love Lipstick is a fleshy beige color with a matte formula.
MAC 5 Pin swatch

For Fall nails, don’t miss the Studio Nail Lacquer in 5 Pin. It’s a deep wine color with a cream finish. 5 Pin takes two coats for saturated coverage; the first coat was a bit streaky, but the second coat completely covers. This is my pick for Fall nails!

The M∙A∙C It’s A Strike Collection is available now in department stores, including Nordstrom and at Pick your favorite league of colors and get in the game!


Disclosure: Press samples have been provided for by the brand/PR for editorial consideration, product testing, photography and review. Affiliate links have been used in the post; see Disclosure Policy for additional information.
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