Pedro Lourenço for M.A.C: Nude Quad, Ruby lipstick, Roxo lipstick – review, photos, swatches

M.A.C limited edition collections. There are SO many of them, and I have to admit I don’t generally get as excited about them as I used to. Having said that, from the first time I laid eyes on the new Pedro Lourenço for M.A.C collection, I was in love. Everything about this collection screams sleek, classic and sophisticated, and I knew that at least a few key pieces had to be mine. After umming and ahhing over which pieces to buy, I decided to pick up the eyeshadow quad and 2 lipsticks from the collection.

Pedro Lourenco Collection

This collection is packaged in sleek matte black accented with gold. I imagine it will get grubby pretty quickly, but it’s absolutely stunning.

Nude Quad:

Nude Quad 2

Nude Quad 3

The Nude Quad is a collection of 4 pink-toned neutrals, 2 limited edition (Pink Sands and Rose Cloud) and 2 permanent (All That Glitters and Sable). One of the first thoughts that occurred to me on getting this palette into my hot hands, is that the overall feel of the included eyeshadows was reminiscent of the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette. When looking at the 2 palettes side by side, there do not appear to be any exact dupes, and when swatched, the Naked 3 is much more pink toned overall.

Pink Sands:

Pink Sands

Pink Sands is a pale pink eyeshadow with warm peach undertones and a matte finish. It has medium pigmentation and a smooth velvety texture. It is maybe a little too pink to work as a highlight on my skin tone, but could work well on anyone with a medium skintone.

Pink Sands Swatch

All That Glitters:

All That Glitters

All That Glitters is an incredibly pretty peachy champagne eyeshadow with the high shine finish that comes with most of M.A.C’s Veluxe Pearl eyeshadows. It is very pigmented and has a smooth creamy texture with no fallout. It’s a beautiful eyelid shade, and a great eyeshadow for a single eyeshadow look.

All That Glitters Swatch

Rose Cloud:

Rose Cloud

Rose Cloud is a matte mid-tone brown with creamy pink undertones. It has very good pigmentation and the same silky texture found in Pink Sands. It is an absolutely perfect transition shade for fair to medium skin tones.

Rose Cloud Swatch



Sable is a warm medium brown with rosy-orange undertones and excellent pigmentation. It has a lovely creamy texture, and because of that I incorrectly assumed it was a veluxe pearl finish. It is labelled by M.A.C as a frost finish. It works well for an all-in-one single eyeshadow look, as well as being a lovely lid shade.

Sable Swatch

I’m extraordinarily happy with this quad. The selection of shades is very well edited, and they work together to create a sophisticated eye look that doesn’t feel like it is trying too hard. I can see this becoming a staple in my personal kit, and a go-to for travel.


Ruby 2

Ruby is a bright, perfectly neutral mid-toned red.

Ruby 3

It is M.A.C’s amplified formula, and has a creamy satin finish and wears very comfortably on my lips.

Ruby Hand Swatch

This is a beautiful classic red lipstick in a universally flattering shade and a comfortable formula.


Roxo 2

Roxo is a dark brown/burgundy red that feels mildly vampy.

Roxo 3

I is aslo an amplified finish, and while it offers very good pigmentation, it is not quite as creamy or smooth as Ruby.

Roxo Hand Swatch

This is a lovely lipstick that will work on most skin-tones to give your makeup look a bit of vampy sex kitten factor.

Overall, the Pedro Lourenço collection is an extremely well edited collection of makeup basics, perfect for anyone looking for some practical wearable makeup staples, or anyone just starting out with makeup. Although I cannot speak for the entire collection, I highly recommend all three pieces I picked up.

Sadly at the time of writing this, the eyeshadow quad is sold out online in Australia, the US and the UK. If you have to have this palette, try your local M.A.C counter, or I have been able to locate some being sold for a markup on Amazon HERE.

At the time of writing this, Ruby is still available directly from M.A.C online in Australia, the US and the UK. It is also available from Amazon HERE.

At the time of writing this, Roxo is available directly from M.A.C online in Australia, but is sold out in the US and the UK. It is available from Amazon HERE.

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