When the promotional photos for the MAC Cosmetics x Selena La Reina Collection launched, I told myself that I was going to be “good” and that I’d only pick up a couple of items from the collection. Ultimately, I picked up everything except for the makeup bag and vibrant pink liquid lipstick. Keep reading for my MAC Cosmetics x Selena La Reina Collection Review.
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A Little Bit About Selena Quintanilla-Perez
For my American friends, the Queen of Tejano music, Selena Quintanilla-Perez needs no introduction. However, I realize that my European friends may be less familiar with the iconic, Mexican-American singer.
Selena was a popular Mexican-American singer who rose to fame in the 80s and 90s. Considered one of the most influential Latin artists of all time, Selena’s music and fashion inspired adoring fans. The talented singer was tragically murdered in 1995 at the age of 23.
MAC Cosmetics x Selena La Reina Packaging
Like many of MAC’s limited-edition collaborations, the packing of the Selena La Reina Packaging was well executed. Inspired by Selena’s famous bedazzled bustier, all of the items in this collection come in sleek black packaging with silver embellishments. Each of the lip products comes in a sleek black tube with Selena’s signature and a silver cap.
The two powder products, the Selena La Reina Extra Dimension Skin Finish and the Me Siento Muy Excited x8 Eyeshadow Palette come in black cardboard packaging with silver bedazzled detailing to match Selena Quintanilla’s famous black, bedazzled bustier. Additionally, both compacts come with a mirror and a plastic protective sheet featuring an iconic image of Selena.
Me Siento Muy Excited Packaging
MAC Cosmetics x Selena La Reina Collection Me Siento Muy Excited Palette
MAC Cosmetics x Selena La Reina Price
Despite being a highly anticipated limited edition release, all of the items within the MAC Cosmetics x Selena La Reina collection priced similarly to MAC’s normal releases.
Bullet Lipsticks: $20.00
Lip Glass Glosses: $18.50
Lip Liners: $19.00
Retro Matte Liquid Lip Color: $23.00
Me Siento Muy Excited Eyeshadow Palette: $35.00
Selena La Reina Extra Dimension Skin Finish: $37.00
La Reina & Selena Vive
Queen of Cumbia
Is MAC Cosmetics Cruelty-Free & Vegan?
Sadly, MAC Cosmetics is no longer Cruelty-Free. In 2005, MAC Cosmetics began to sell its products in China. As such the brand lost its Cruelty-Free status due to the animal testing requirements for international brands selling in China. To learn more about what it means to be Cruelty-Free, please check out my Cruelty-Free 101 recap.
Additionally, the MAC Cosmetics x Selena La Reina Collection is not Vegan. The Bullet Lipsticks, Lip Glasses, Me Siento Muy Excited Palette, and Retro Matte Liquid Lip Color contain Carmine.
Retro Matte Liquid Lip Color in Siempre Selena
Does the MAC Cosmetics x Selena La Reina include any irritating ingredients?
Some items within the Selena La Reina collection contain Talc and Bismuth Oxychloride.
MAC Cosmetics x Selena La Reina Collection Swatches
As always, swatches are not a perfect indicator of quality. However, swatches can provide clues regarding a product’s pigmentation and ability to blend. Please see below for swatches of the Selena La Reina collection.
MAC Selena La Reina Me Siento Muy Palette Swatches
Selena La Reina Lip Glass & Retro Matte Liquid Lipsticks
Selena La Reina Bullet Lipsticks & Lip Pencils
Don’t be fooled by the photo of the eyeshadows – these swatches applied quite patchily. In fact, the mattes felt densely packed and dry.
Meanwhile, the lip glosses felt sticky and almost gritty. The Retro Matte Liquid Lipsticks took a bit of time to dry down, but eventually dried down. However, it took a lot of building to reach full opacity.
Obviously, the bullet lipsticks and lip liners swatched the best. The colors applied opaque, felt comfortable, and applied without any tugging. Given MAC is known for its bullet lipsticks and liners, this comes to no surprise.
Application & Performance
Within the Selena La Reina Collection, the bullet lipsticks, lip liners, and lip glosses applied with ease. Each lippie and lip liner felt creamy without being too soft. Also, the pigmentation was built up easily. Although MAC Cosmetics’ iconic Lip Glass formula is sticky, the formula doesn’t tug on the lips as it is applied. The lip glasses easily build on top of other lippies without pulling away products. Instead, they enhance the appearance of thelips.
In comparison, the Liquid Lipsticks were not as easy to apply. The formula feels dry and thick on the lips. As such, it doesn’t feel pleasant applying the colors. Moreover, the beautiful red liquid lipstick arrived damaged, so it is impossible to apply Selena’s iconic red lip color without making a huge mess.
Likewise, the eyeshadow palette left a lot to be desired. Overall, the matte formula felt as dry as the Sahara desert. Additionally, the vibrant pink and red shades took a TON of work to build up without looking patchy. For better, less expensive red and pink shadows check out my Huda Beauty Palette Ranking or ColourPop Monochromatic Palette Ranking. Even the matte brown shades were difficult to work with on the eyelids.
In fact, within the palette, the two shimmer shades were the only saving grace. However, even those shadows were not ideal. Formula-wise, the shimmers felt soft, crumbly, and produced a ton of fallout.
Finally, the Extra Dimension Skin Finish looked beautiful, both in the pan and on the cheekbones. Although the formula looks quite deep in the pan, this shade will work on fair skin tones like mine. It is easy to apply with a light hand.
What is the wear-time for this Collection?
Across the board, I didn’t find anything unusual about the wear-time of the products within the Selena La Reina Collection. The bullet lipsticks, lip liners, and glosses wear comfortably throughout the day. Without eating, they’ll fade gracefully. However, eating will wear away the products faster.
In contrast, the liquid lipsticks had zero staying power. Although they were just as dry as old school matte liquid lipstick, these shades lacked longevity. Also, they wore away patchily. My lips looked like two uneven, patchy raisins within a few hours of application.
The palette and the Extra Dimension Skin Finish lasted for a standard amount of time for powder products – roughly 10 hours or so. However, I always apply my eyeshadow over a primer.
Selenaville & Entre a Mi Mundo
Entre a Mi Mundo & Selenaville
Where is the Collection sold?
The MAC Cosmetics x Selena La Reina Collection was not released worldwide but was exclusive to the Americas. Within the US, the collection was sold at MAC, Belk, Dillards, Nordstrom, Saks, and Ulta Beauty.
Most of this collection has sold out online; however, certain retailers are likely to still carry stock of this collection in-store. As states ease out of lockdown, I anticipate that this collection will pop up in physical retail locations across the country.
Selena La Reina Extra Dimension Skin Finish
Final Thoughts on the MAC Cosmetics x Selena La Reina Collection
All in all, the MAC Cosmetics x Selena La Reina Collection is a classically beautiful and timeless collection. However, beyond the packaging and color selection, this collection left a lot to be desired.
As usual, MAC’s classic lipsticks, lip liners, and glosses shone. In comparison, the Retro Matte Liquid Lipsticks were uncomfortable, poor quality, and too expensive. Additionally, despite the basic warm-berry color story of the palette, the eyeshadow performance was lackluster. Not worthy of MAC’s price tag.
If you can find elements of this collection in stores or online, skip the power products and the liquid lipsticks entirely. Only the lipsticks and lip liners are worth the investment.