MAC Helmut Newton Collection Review & Swatches
By Ree

MAC Helmut Newton Collection Review & Swatches

5 Oct 2016 (Updated: 20 Jan 2019)

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MAC Helmut Newton is a limited edition collection and the result of a collaboration with, you guessed it, world-famous photographer Helmut Newton. It celebrates his work with packaging that displays images of his “erotically charged” work. Here’s a look.

MAC Helmut Newton
MAC Helmut Newton

MAC Helmut Newton

MAC Helmut Newton

The collection itself uses a range of limited edition colours that capture Newton’s style – “stained lips in sultry rouge, darkening eyes in black and white and nails lacquered in colours inspired by Monte Carlo and Berlin.”

MAC Helmut Newton Collection Contents

MAC Helmut Newton
MAC Helmut Newton


MAC Helmut Newton Point n Shoot Quad
MAC Helmut Newton Point n Shoot Quad
  • Real Fantasy – soft eggshell (matte)
  • Hard Currency – grey (matte)
  • Influential Brown (satin)
  • Point ‘n’ Shoot Black (matte)


  • Boot Black – black


  • Upward Black – black

MAC Helmut Newton


  • High Heels – red
  • Chateau M  – deep red wine
  • Self Portrait – dark plum


MAC Helmut Newton

  • Monte Carlo – red (creme)
  • Call Time – grey (creme)
  • Berlin – purple (creme)

I have press samples from this collection so don’t have any of the outer packaging that features Helmut Newton’s work. As far as I can tell, it is only the cardboard that features his photography or influence which is a bit of a shame, because once you have removed that, it’s all very plain.

I have two items from the collection, the Point n Shoot Eyeshadow quad and the Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick in Self Portrait.

MAC Helmut Newton Collection Swatches

Point n Shoot:

MAC Helmut Newton Point n Shoot Quad Swatches
MAC Helmut Newton Point n Shoot Quad Swatches

Although it is pretty simple, I actually really like the quad because all the textures are soft, creamy and pigmented, and it’s great to have some good quality matte neutrals. It doesn’t do anything groundbreaking, but it’s a good palette. Much better than the Brant Brothers one in terms of depth of colour and pigmentation. Thank god Carbon isn’t in there. It’s my least favourite MAC shadow ever!

Self Portrait:

MAC Helmut Newton Self Portrait Swatch
MAC Helmut Newton Self Portrait Swatch – Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick

I’m a big fan of the Retro Matte Liquid Lipsticks and the shade Self Portrait makes quite a statement. It’s a beautiful deep plum shade and perfect for autumn and winter.

The MAC Helmut Newton collection launches in the UK 6th October 2016. Find it HERE.



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2 thoughts on “MAC Helmut Newton Collection Review & Swatches

  1. There’s nothing that on first appearance gives the ‘wow’ factor, although the packaging is gorgeous. Having said that, that eyeshadow quad is so wearable!! Sometimes new collections don’t need to be all glitz and glamour but functional and to the point. xx

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