I had no idea about MAC Veluxe a Trois collection until I saw it on the Bay website. It is supposed to be a Fall collection, with release date to be next month, and is not up on MAC website yet.
So I grabbed 3 of the 4 (LE) Cremesheen lipsticks available: Pillow Talk, Flowerscope and Quelle Surprise, $19 each. The other 2 shades in the collection – Haux and Royally Riotous – are online exclusive to MAC.
I am a little sad that these do not have special packaging, just typical black tubes. And after trying them on, I find the colours show up well, with good pigmentation, but are not that unique.
Pillow Talk, described as a malty warm nude, is the exact colour of my lips hence does not show up much. Flowerscope, a red pink with blue undertone, and Quelle Surprise, a deep purple berry, are accurately described but look more intense in the tubes than on the lips.
Needless to say, I think Quelle Surprise is the only one that is worth getting in the collection. These cremesheen lipsticks remind me a lot of Maybelline Creamy Matte lipsticks, except for the finish of course.
Swatched below the 3 MAC shades are Maybelline Daring Nude, Siren in Scarlet and Divine Wine.
Not dupes by any means, but similar colour tones and pigmentation. I am sure there are other shades in the Creamy Matte line (including the 10 new shades coming soon) that rival these.