MAC Look in a Box All About Coral | Nordstrom Anniversary 2014

July 19, 2014

MAC has several limited-edition boxed sets and palettes available for this year’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I bought the Look in a Box – All About Coral ($39.50) which includes 2 lip items and 2 eye products:

  • Passion Charge Lustre Lipstick is a glossy medium-bright coral peachy shade
  • Stoke the Flame Lipglass is a frosted peach with visible sparkles
  • Collective Chic Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow has a glitzy champagne, olive shimmer and plum-brown frost shade
  • Brownborder Technakohl Liner is a warm brown eyeliner, it’s the only item you can purchase separately

I bought this mainly because I fell in love with the lip items. The Passion Charge lipstick and Stoke the Flame lipglass combination creates a pretty peachy coral lip that’s perfect for summer. The lipstick is a lustre formula but has impressive pigment for a glossy lipstick. The lip glass looks good layered over lipsticks but has enough color to wear alone.

If you’re like me and only like the lip colors, here are some swatches that I did in attempts to dupe Stoke the Flame Lipglass. I couldn’t find anything identical but here are some swatches:

MAC Mimmy (Hello Kitty collection, discontinued)
MAC Eurobeat Dazzleglass (discontinued)
MAC Meteoric Cremesheen Glass (discontinued)

Some more dupe attempts with other corals and peaches. I was really surprised how close it is to Tom Ford Sweet Spot:

Tom Ford Sweet Spot (discontinued)
Edward Bess Forbidden Flower (discontinued)
MAC Fresh & Frisky Huggable (discontinued)

I swatched the eye palette in store and was really impressed with the pigment. On the eyes it proved to be a bit tricky to apply. The champagne color is quite glittery and when I applied with a brush I experienced a lot of fall out. I found it best either applied with fingers by patting all over the lids with a creamy base or on top of the other two shades to set. Once on the eyes it didn’t budge, but the initial application had some fall out over the face. The khaki olive and brown plum applied smoothly with a brush and layered nicely for a smokey eye. I tested this in warm hot weather outdoors at an event that lasted from 1 pm to 7 pm. I spritzed the Urban Decay All Nighter Spray (also featured here) over the eyes and face and it made the look last all afternoon and kept it looking fresh – nothing budged.
The eyeliner is pretty basic. I like the smooth creamy texture and find it lasts long, but if you have a lot of brown eyeliners it’s not a must-have. I did some comparisons for the eyeliner.

The MAC Look in a Box sets are limited-edition. It appears the All About Coral Set has sold out online along with a few other sets but I’ve linked it so you can find the Product/Item Number. I suspect it’s still available in stores and you may want to have Nordstrom Customer service locate one for you if you’re interested. They might restock online. I found the set to be a good deal for the price. If you only like a few items in the set I hope the comparison swatches above help find something similar.

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  • Hi Sabrina,

    I love how pretty the coral lip combo looks on your lips here! It's definitely a cute set of products πŸ™‚

  • This ia such a great deal…the lipstick/gloss and pencil are full size and would cost $48…so for 39.50 you get all of them plus the eyeshadow … Got this one and the nude set also…the coral is beautiful on you!!!!

  • Hi Sabrina! The lip color is beautiful on you! you are right about the pigmentation it's pretty good! I have had a bad experience with the technakohl especially brown border! its been the worst eye liner ever!


  • Oh my goodness, these colours are so beautiful! The eyeshadows look stunning too. I hope these head to the UK xx

  • I love those lip colors on you. The eyeshadows are to die for, I can picture myself wearing something like that on colder days, at least for the darkest one. Great swatches as always πŸ™‚ X

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  • It looks like a really good value set! MAC's prices here are extortionate though, so I might think about ordering online if it ever becomes non-exclusive.

  • I love the lip colours! The eyeshadows are not 100% my style, but this is the best MAC box I've seen so far.


  • This box is certainly my favorite out of the bunch, may be worth slipping into Nordstrom to see if it's still available. I noticed that MAC has the boxes listed on their website as "Coming Soon" so hopefully people will be able to pick them up there if they've missed out during the Anniversary Sale.


  • I love the eyeliner!

  • I LOVE the lipstick in this collection! Such a beautiful summer colour! x

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  • Those lip colors look amazing on you! I would never have guessed that those bright colors in those tubes translated to such soft lovely colors! Great choice!

  • WOW, I think this a great little kit. I would wear every product. So I think its well worth picking up

  • The eyeshadow is soooo pretty! I wanna try that. I love the colors for they will def create a beautiful smokey eye look that I usually prefer.