Yearly Archives: 2006

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MAC: Danse Collection

Release Date: December 26, 2006

MAC’s Danse collection features gorgeous pastels and the always-in-high-demand Mineralize Skin Finishes. All shades in this collection are limited edition.

Graceful, supple. In performance, divine. A colour ballet…A pirouettea of pastels, lightweight tulle textures, new mineralized Skinfinishes, each one immaculately poised, choreographed to perfection for your skin, lips, eyes. Brava!

Danse – Rose Pink with silver pearl
Curtsy – Rich pinky coral with gold pearl
Classical – Creamy pinky coral with gold pearl
Russe – Cool neutral with white pearl


Corps-de-ballet – Soft plum with silver pearl
En Pointe – Pastel pink with white pearl
Standing Ovation – Creamy pinky coral with gold pearl
Pas-de-deux – Soft aluminum silver with pink pearl

Swan Lake – Blue grey with silver pearl
Rite of Spring – Antiqued white with pink pearl
Scene 1 – Bubble gum pink with silver sparkle
Jete – Sandy coral
Rondelle – Light silver with white pearl
French Grey – Dirty taupe with silver pearl

Technakohl Liner
Graphblack – Deepest richest black
Earthline – Muted grey-brown with frost

Fibre Rich Mascara
All Black – True black

Aire-de-blu – Sky blue with silver sparkle
Pastorale – Khaki green gold pearl and sparkle

Mineralize Skinfinish
Glissade – Golden peach with a muted metallic plum veining
Lightscapade – Soft yellow, pastel pink, muted orange and soft blue veined together (perfect for brightening dull complexions)

Nail Lacquer
Frilled – Metallic pink with white frost
Sacred – White Metallic cream with white pearl

MAC Couture Collection

Release Date: November 30, 2006

MAC Couture will be released on November 30, 2006 in the U.S. and then in December Internationally. This collection will be an exclusive collection that will only be available at MAC stores, not at MAC counters. The products will have special signature shiny gunmetal studded packaging (which almost looks like the products are covered in rhinestones). The lipsticks and lipglasses are special exclusive MAC Couture formulas. They come specially packaged in shiny, black, square tubes. Because of the special couture forumulas and special packaging, each product will be about $10 more than MAC’s regularly priced products (ie: $22 US/$26 CAN for MAC Couture Lipstick instead of the usual $12/$16.)


A special MAC Couture formula Lipstick. These MAC Couture Lipsticks have a finish similar to MAC’s “Lustre” finish. The MAC Couture finish has ultra shine, like the regular MAC Lustre finish, but the Couture formula has a much richer color transfer:

“Exclusive in its packaging, rich in colour and formula, this lipstick extols all virtues of being luxurious and unique. Ultra-creamy, it glides on to provide medium-to-full coverage with an intensely lustrous couture-style shine. High comfort and easy to wear.”

Red No.5 – Rich raspberry red with soft red pearlized pigments
House of Style – Elegant rose pink with soft pearlized pigments
Couture – Softly plummed mauve with reflected pink pearl pigments
Influential – Darkened peach with gold pearlized pigments


A special MAC Couture formula Lipglass:

“An ultra-sheer, extreme-shine lip gloss that combines high-level lustre with a soft cushiony feel. Lightweight in texture, soft, smooth, non-sticky and beautifully balmy: looks and feels luxurious. Wear it solo or with a MAC Couture Lipstick.”

Prestigious – Sheer darkened plum with gold pearl pigments
Magnificent – Sheer bright pink with white pearl pigments
Collection ’06 – Sheer soft pinked peach with gold pearl pigments
Savoir Faire – Sheer light caramello with gold pearl pigments

Richmetal Highlighter

An intense metallic, cream to powder, buildable highlighter. It is safe for the face, eyes and body. Not to be used on lips. A lightweight, blendable formula:

“A highly luxurious, metallic, slightly emollient, highlighter that strokes on the skin with such a cream-like smoothness, it looks as if it’s been poured on. Provides intensely brilliant multi-dimensional highlight effects in just one stroke. Layers up to maximize metallic impact.”

La Mode – Neutral Gold
Gilt Edge – Green cast gold
Rare and Refined – Rosed gold
Arc Silver – Pure platinum

Sheer Mystery Powder

“An ultra-fine, super-sheer and very sophisticated pressed powder. Mysteriously silky-soft in texture, it glides on to give the skin a velvety matte, slightly luminous and altogether flawless finish to the skin. Exclusive to the MAC Couture collection, it denotes its difference through its ultra-luxurious, black square compact with refill.”

Light – Silky Ivory
Medium – Soft, cool beige
Dark – Softer caramel
Deep Dark – Cocoa luxe

MAC Couture Brush

This special edition brush is only available with the MAC Couture collection It has the special signature MAC Couture finish on its square handle, and its top is garnished with jewels.

182 Buffer Brush – The 182 brush is a short-handled buffer brush of soft natural bristles. It is the perfect brush to use with the MAC Couture Sheer Mystery Powder. Use it to buff, polish or blend. This brush can also be used with any other MAC powder or emollient-based product.

MAC Couture Black Box

“A sophisticated, streamlined clutch of black, polished metal; embellished, top and bottom, with gem-like jet; and offset on the sides by a contrasting shade of gunmetal. Opens via pushbutton, clicks smartly shut.”

MAC: Pattern Maker Collection

Release Date:
July 14, 2006


    Pink Lips

      Angel (Frost), Sweetie (Lustre), Spear – creamy light pink (Lipglass)

    Beige Lips

      Twig, Delish (Frost), Composed – Sandy tan with gold pearlized pigment (Lipglass)

    Coral Lips

      Rambling Rose (Frost), Coralside – Deep orange brown (Cream), Almost Pink – Soft peach with white pearlized pigment (Lipglass)

    Tan Lips

      Chintz (Frost), By Design – Soft brown with silver pearlized pigments (Frost), Gold Shape light gold with soft pink shimmer (Lipglass)

    Plum Lips

      Media – deep plummy wine red (Satin), New York Apple – pinky red with pink pearlized pigments (Frost), Elle – white with pink pearl (Lipglass)


    Coral Grade – Sun spiced peach (LE)
    Pinkular – Bronzed copper (LE)
    Rule of Plum – Rich deep wine (LE)
    Soft Edge – Soft mauved pink (LE)


    Warm Eyes

      Shadowy Lady
      Aqua Beige – Soft khaki beige with silver speckles (Frost)
      Rich Symbol – Penny Brown with gold pearlized pigments (Frost)
      Unsquare – Rich brown with red undertones (Veluxe)

    Cool Eyes

      Star Violet
      Circlearite – Light beige with silver speckles (Lustre)
      Pattern Pink – Rich baby Pink (Frost)
      Smoked Ring – Deep purple with silver specks (Veluxe)
      Dark Spot – Gunmetal grey with silver pearlized pigments (Veluxe Pearl)


    Delineate – Deep dark crimson (LE)
    Graphic Brown – Intense dark brown (LE)
    Penned – Deep prussian blue (LE)


    Over Print – Blushed up coral
    Flush Naked – Mid tone coral peach


    Belightful – Gilded peach bronze
    Free Form – Golden peach


    1 – 239, 219, 266, 316, 129 (LE)
    2 – 190, 212, 252, 194, 168 (LE)

The History Behind MAC Cosmetics

MAC Cosmetics Inc. (Make-up Art Cosmetics) was started in Canada by Frank Toskan and Frank Angelo in 1984. Angelo was the original founder. Toskan was a make-up artist and photographer, and Angelo was the owner of a hair salon chain. Since they were both involved in fashion photography, they both quickly recognized the need for more durable, versatile and creative cosmetics products that could handle the demands of professional photo shoots.

Always on the cutting edge with their engagement of celebrity endorsements, awareness of social and cultural diversity, and involvement in charitable social initiatives, MAC Cosmetics has now grown to become one of the most popular and influential cosmetics companies in the world.

Estée Lauder gained controlling interest in MAC in 1994 and finalized their acquisition of the company by 1998. The MAC AIDS fund was also introduced in 1994.

The year before Estée Lauder acquired the company (1997), Frank Angelo passed away from complications during a surgery. A couple years later, Toskan left MAC and founded another AIDS Charity, with his brother-in-law, Vic Casale. Casale was also one of the original Chemists at MAC.

The new MAC owners have continued on with the MAC AIDS Fund, a program where the sale of MAC’s Viva Glam products provide help men, women and children living with HIV and AIDS. MAC donates 100% of the selling price of these Viva Glam products to the cause. As of 2008, the fund had raised over $128 million dollars.

MAC also features additional programs for cruelty-free makeup products, child abuse and protection of the environment through recycling. MAC is definitely one of the leading cosmetics companies when it comes to social and environmental awareness.

When it comes to contemporary cosmetics, MAC is very likely the most sought after cosmetics line. Within the MAC Cosmetics line are some of the most desired products on the market. MAC also provides their customers with a client-focused philosophy which contributes to growing number of clients who adore MAC products.

Color palettes have been developed by MAC Cosmetics for every possible shade, tone and type of skin. Well over 160 shades of lipstick and 150 shades of eyeshadow have been created to date with numerous finishes. In addition, MAC consistently releases fresh, new, limited edition collections.

MAC’s newly developed skincare line (2007) also meets the needs of diverse skin types. MAC also focuses on offering products to cater to the innovation and creative needs of professional makeup-artists and imaginative customers.

MAC doesn’t use advertising to drive their sales. They don’t try to talk people into buying their cosmetics. Instead, most of their sales are driven by their celebrity endorsements (professional makeup artists, models and celebrities alike), constant word-of-mouth promotion and continued loyalty of current clients. The brand is sold in over 50 countries around the world.

Makeup artists and sales people are hired based on artistic talent. MAC Makeup Artists are an integral part of the MAC philosophy. MAC’s co-founder, Frank Toskan, said, “I don’t have the luxury of communicating with my clients, so therefore my salespeople are the link between my philosophy and their customers.” The company doesn’t train their employees to pressure the customer into a purchase. Instead, they are encouraged to act as a resource and artistic consultant for the client. The client focused philosophy at MAC has proven to contribute largely to the success of MAC Cosmetics in both client and employee loyalty. MAC Cosmetics retail staff turnover has historically been around only 7% as a result of the high demand for employment.

Here are some things to keep in mind when purchasing MAC makeup:

  • MAC has a special recycling program to encourage customers and clients to bring in their used makeup containers for recycling. This "Back to MAC" program allows customers to bring in 6 containers to any MAC Store or MAC Counter. In exchange, the customer receives one free MAC Lipstick of their choice.
  • MAC Gift cards are redeemable only at actual MAC stores. If you want a gift card that is redeemable at a MAC Counter, you should just get a gift card to the department store where the
    MAC Counter is located.
  • MAC Cosmetics offers the MAC Pro and MAC Pro Student programs to provide support to Makeup Artists and Makeup Artists in training. Certified Makeup Artists are eligible to apply. If selected to become a member, Artists enjoy the benefits of special MAC previews, makeup master classes, product discounts, and special events.

MAC Cosmetics continues to be client focused and to offer their customers more than other cosmetics companies with overall client service as well as superior products and selection. As a result, MAC’s popularity is continuing to grow, and clients are continuing to rave about their products.

MAC: Chromeglass Collection

Release Date: January 12, 2006

Chromeglass – $16.50USD

• Bronzibar – Chrome milk chocolate brown with pearlized pigments (Limited Edition)
• Chromaliving – Chrome neutral light pink with pearlized pigments (Limited Edition)
• Metalberry – Chrome plum with red pearlized pigments (Limited Edition)
• Metalphysical – Chrome neutral beige with pearlized pigments (Limited Edition)
• Pastel Polish – Chrome icy pink with pearlized pigments (Limited Edition)
• Pinkocrasy – Chrome blue pink with pearlized pigments (Limited Edition)
• Prize Shine – Chrome blue mauve with pearlized pigments (Limited Edition)
• Pulsesetter – Chrome mid tone pink with pearlized pigments (Limited Edition)
• Uberpeach – Chrome neutral coral with pearlized pigments (Limited Edition)

Cremestick Pearl Liner – $14.00USD

• Cranapple – Vibrant Red Pink (Permanent)
• Creme Sherry – Apricot Coral (Permanent)
• Deep Soul – Deep brown with gold pearlized pigments (Permanent)
• Gingeroot – Flesh Pink (Permanent)
• Lush-n-Lilac – Violet Purple (Permanent)
• Mother Pearl – Sheer Yellow Gold (Permanent)
• Naked Rose – Dusty Red Plum (Permanent)
• Raw Refined – Bronzed Plum (Permanent)
• Sweet Brown – Warm Sienna Brown (Permanent)