MAC: Cremeblend Blush Collection
Release Date: March 3rd, 2011
International Release Date: March, 2011
MAC is zeroing on blush with their collection Cremeblend Blush. Powder blush wearers now how another option since this blush is a cream. This product is one of MAC’s permanents so if you like it, you’ll always be able to get it.
This collection is one of MAC’s smaller collections since it focuses only on blush. There are six different color options ranging from mauves, to corals, to browns. Although the collection isn’t very big, it appears that the colors have pretty much covered the bases for all of the basic skin tones out there. So if you are interested in trying a Cremeblend blush, you should be able to find a color that suits you.
It’s a creamy blush, hence the name Cremeblend. The blush offers a unique blend of ingredients to create a cream blush to blend on rather than a powder blush. My educated guess is that the blush should be longer lasting because cream tends to bond to the skin better than a powder.
I am not a big blush wearer, but I do recognize that it has its time and place. When the occasion calls for it, blush can be an absolute necessity. Up until now, I’ve only ever used powder blushes. I will be curious to see if I like the cream blush better.
For every contour control freak, for every persistent perfectionist comes this wondrous way to play with blush that gives you the most magnificent flexibility you’ve ever had…Starts creamy, stays creamy and proves that powder is NOT your only prerogative. Make powdery a thing of the past.
Cremeblend Blush (Permanent)
Brit Wit—Dusty rosy mauve
Ladyblush—Warm neutral coral
So Sweet, So Easy—Bright yellow pink
Something Special—Light coral
Tea Petal—Mid-tone reddish brown
MAC: Jeanius Collection
Release Date: March 3rd, 2011
International Release Date: March 2011
MAC’s spring line is starting out fierce with the new collection Jeanius. The collection offers products from eyeshadow, liner, and blush, to lipstick, lipglass, and nail lacquer. As implied by the name, this collection speaks to the denim lover in each of us.
After first glance at all of the products offered in this collection it doesn’t necessarily strike me as a spring collection. When I think of spring, I think of soft pinks, purples and even yellows. This collection does offer some of those, but it mainly includes a lot of grays and blues. I love that the collection name so specifically fits the color scheme. And you do have to hand it to MAC for the way they play on words. At least the name of the collection is genius even if the complete color scheme is not.
And as pretty as I think some of the colors look, I am not exactly sure how they will look on. For me, it takes the right outfit and the right venue to want to wear blue eye makeup. If blues aren’t done right, they just look cheap to me. But MAC does often get it right so I am willing to give this collection a chance.
Some of the nail lacquer colors are particularly interesting to me. I find that I get more into nail polish at the change of the seasons. Spring truly brings out my desire to have my toes nicely painted and my fingers matching in style. Fray-to-order looks like it will be a really pretty color. It is a white matte with soft pink duochrome pearl.
When my nails are painted, I like to have my lip color match when appropriate. I am not sure that any of these lip colors offered in this collection match completely, but I think that the lipstick shade Pretty Please might compliment the nail color nicely. I am excited to try it.
What do you think MAC customers? Is there something in this collection you are especially excited about? Or is this a collection that won’t put a dent in your wallet?
Jeanius is a celebration of the journey America made a national obsession. M∙A∙C keeps up with a Jeanius collection of moody blues and indigo ink, the quantum of modern cool, with four new limited-life denimized Eye Shadows, Lipglass, Blush and Biker Blue Nail Lacquer. Completely riveting.
Diva In Distress—Mid-tone gray with silver pearl (Limited Edition)
Motorhead—Mid-tone blue with copper pearl (Limited Edition)
Stove Pipe Black—Black with copper pearl (Limited Edition)
White Jeanius—White with silver pearl (Limited Edition)
Docile—Chrome pink peach with gold (Limited Edition) (Repromote from Fabulous Felines, ’10)
Indigo Pink—Deep burgundy with blue pearl (Limited Edition)
Painted On—Grayish beige with gold pearl (Limited Edition)
Acid Washed—Grayish beige with gold pearl (Glaze) (Limited Edition)
Pretty Please—Pale pink pearl (Lustre) (Permanent)
Riveting Rose—Deep burgundy with blue pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
Biker Blue—Black base with purple and blue pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
Frayed-to-Order—White matte with soft pink duochrome pearl (Matte) (Limited Edition)
Overdyed—Bright magenta (Satin) (Limited Edition)
Pink Cult—Mid-tone neutral pink (Matte) (Limited Edition)
Rapidblack—True black (Permanent)
MAC: Sheen Supreme Lipstick Collection
Release Date: March 3rd, 2011
International Release Date: March 2011
There’s nothing quite as worldly cinematic as a Lipstick. Imagine no muddy undertones, gliding in pearl or creme finish, moisturizing with no sticky/tacky feel. It’s a new medium, with M∙A∙C in the lead. Sheen Supreme is retro/modern and devastatingly chic.
There are very few things as sensual as lips. MAC has taken an ever deeper interest in helping to make your lips look their best with their new collection Sheen Supreme Lipstick. This lipstick is new and unique. From its texture to its finish, this lipstick stands supreme.
When MAC offers a collection like this one that is so centered on what area of beauty, you are sure to find a color that will work for you. With this collection, there is a definitely a color for every skin tone. I like collections like this some times that are focused and it’s simply a matter of picking your favorite color.
These lipsticks are a new product. One of the things I least like about lipsticks are they tendency they have to dry, cake, and crack. When the lipstick does this, it usually means it is having the same effect on your lips. We all want soft, kissable lips. The Sheen Supreme Lipstick has a moisturizing effect to help keep your lips from drying and cracking. Lipstick looks best when applied to smooth soft lips so if the lipstick can help them be smooth and soft, I would definitely want that product.
The finish of the lipstick is also very sleek. You can get the lipstick in a pearl or crème finish. Depending on the color and the look you are going for, you may want some of each. I tend to like pinks in my lipstick, but I also want to try “Can’t Resist”. It is a golden purplish red and it sounds beautiful. I can’t wait to try the lipstick and find out if the product is as unique and refreshingly modern as MAC says it is.
Sheen Supreme Lipstick
Bare Again—Pinky neutral beige
Behave Yourself—Light blue pink
Can’t Get Enough—Beige neutral
Can’t Resist—Golden purplish red
Full Speed—Bright clean yellow pink
Good to Be Bad—Deep burgundy
Gotta Dash!—Pale coral
Impressive—Neutral gilded plum
Insanely It—Watermelon pink
Look at Her!—Metallic copper
New Temptation—Vivid blue red
Quite the Thing!—Deep blue plum
Supremely Confident—Pale nude
Ultra Darling—Mid-tone yellow pink
MAC: Viva Glam Gaga II Collection
Release Date: February 17th, 2011
International Release Date: March 2011
No Bad Romance here. We’re unveiling a hot new shade inspired by Lady Gaga and her passions, in both Lipstick and Lipglass. And by now you know every cent from the sale of M∙A∙C VIVA GLAM goes toward the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund.
MAC has released another addition to their Viva Glam line with Viva Glam Gaga II. Promoted and inspired by Lada Gaga it offers a lipstick and a lipglass color. As always, all proceeds go to the MAC AIDS Fund.
Whether you are a fan of Lada Gaga or not, these two products might be worth your time and money. Both the lipstick and lipglass are considered beige or nude tones. At first I thought, “Yuck!”. I usually think of nude colors as background tones. Like me, you might not always think of beige and nude colors as something that will stand out. These colors break the mold and make a statement. They are getting rave reviews as well. Apparently, they aren’t your typical nude tones.
While I really like both the Lipstick and Lipglass on their own, I also think MAC has brilliantly paired them together. The two really compliment each other giving just a little extra wow-factor. Because the money goes to charity, the pro discount is not available for this collection. I am always a fan of anything that results in money to much needed charities, but it’s nice if what you buy with the money for charity is a great product. What do you think MAC fans?
Viva Glam Gaga II Nude—A light warm beige with an amplified finish
Viva Glam Gaga II Nude—Pale milky-beige
MAC: Future Face Collection
Release Date: February 17th, 2011
International Release Date: March 2011
M∙A∙C forges ahead with a three-in-one force: Powder, Foundation and Tinted Moisturizer all together. A broad, all-inclusive shade range means M∙A∙C Artists can cover everybody, one beautiful conquest at a time. Call your clients most in need of convincing, and watch what happens!
MAC’s newest collection not only focuses on your face now but it is all about the future as well. If we aren’t doing all we can to take care of our beauty and preserve it for the future, we’ll be disappointed when that time comes. The collection “Future Face” combines skin care products and makeup products that are beautiful and healthy for the skin. The combination will leave you looking great now with flawless skin, and great in the future with flawless skin free from the aging affects of daily life.
The collection is somewhat small compared to many other collections that MAC releases. There is a pressed powder, a liquid foundation, the return of the tinted moisturizer and a couple of brushes. I love collections like this where the whole thing really does go together. I want to buy one of everything so I have the complete “set” to moisturize and keep my face looking great now and for the future.
Studio Careblend/Pressed Powder is the new product. Is it makeup or skin care; that is the question? It offers sheer to medium coverage depending on what you want or need. The powder is supposed to nourish as it covers allowing your face to look beautiful now while still preserving the beauty for the future. The powder has a very smooth finish so you there won’t be people paying attention to the dry powder look as the day goes on into the night.
Another great thing about this new Studio Careblend/Pressed Powder is that it can either be used all by itself or with other products as well. You can apply it over the liquid foundation or in addition to the moisture tint. It’s easy to carry around in your purse for touch ups through the day. So how is the powder so healthy for your skin? It has a unique blend of botanicals including Safflower Seed Oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Shea Butter, Olive Oil and Lecithin. The powder is also very versatile since it is okay for all skin types.
The Studio Careblend/Pressed Powder is getting a lot of attention. It could quite possibly revolutionize the way most of us think about pressed powders. I know that I am very excited about it. I have always liked the convenience and ease of a pressed powder, but haven’t always liked the way it made my skin look. If it does what it says it does, I am very excited to try it. What do you think? Is the Studio Careblend/Pressed Powder everything it sets out to be?
I’ve listed the complete collection below including the MAC brushes offered. I’ve found you can never go wrong with a MAC brush. Each of these products are joining MAC’s permanents.
Studio Careblend/Pressed Powder
Light—Soft pale beige
Light Plus—Pale golden beige
Medium—Soft creamy beige
Medium Plus—Tan beige
Medium Dark—Caramel beige
Medium Deep—Rich golden tan
Dark Deep—Rich golden bronze
Studio Fix fluid SPF 15 Foundation
Studio Moisture Tint SPF 15
Medium Plus—Tan beige
Dark Plus—Neutral tan beige
190 Foundation Brush
150 Large Powder Brush
MAC: Wonder Woman Collection
Release Date: February 10th, 2011
International Release Date: March 2011
MAC has amped up their superhuman forces with their latest collection, Wonder Woman. The collection is a very big one complete with accessories and online exclusives. The products offered include everything from lipsticks to eyeshadow quads, from lashes to nail lacquer.
When I first heard this collection was going to be be released, I was really excited. Wonder Woman is one of the first well-known female superheros. She was one of my superheros. What better icon is there to speak to the strong, capable woman in each of us?
Once I started to review the collection, my feelings started changing. My first thoughts were, “How fun!” But unfortunately, my thoughts didn’t go much beyond that, at least not in positive terms. Even though I want my makeup to be fun and playful, I think this collection might be a little too much for even me. As I reviewed the colors, I found myself envisioning me in this year’s Halloween costume as Wonder Woman. All of the products would definitely come in handy then.
Even many of the names went a little over the top for me. I usually love the intelligent names that MAC comes up with for their products. They fit the products so well. I guess in this case, MAC still held true to their M.O. The names do fit the products. Names like Pink Power, Spinning Transformation, Deep Truth; Again, it’s all just a little too juvenile for me.
The packaging is another thing to make mention of. Usually, MAC packaging is so perfect. This packaging just makes me think of saving my pennies to buy that one toy I wanted at the local drug store. I have seen many mixed reviews on the packaging. Many think it looks too tacky—especially for MAC. Others feel it is reminiscent of their childhood. I think I have to agree with those who feel it’s just a little too tacky.
I think the only positive note for me in this collection is that it does offer lipstick and nail lacquer in true red colors. Every once in a while, an occasion or outfit will call for a nice red lipstick and nail polish. I might consider adding one or both of these products to my personal collection.
I will also say that the collection does take me back to my childhood. My childhood is a place with many fond memories. I remember how terrible I was at putting on makeup and how I wanted to look sophisticated and beautiful. I still want to look sophisticated and beautiful and for me, this collection just isn’t doing the trick. What do you think? Are any of these products your favorite picks?
M∙A∙C Spring Colour 2011 is the feminine force that saves the day! No nemesis can match her super-sized Mineralize Skinfinish, Eye Shadows, Lipsticks and Powder Blush for this transformation! Our Artists work wonders every day – now with the help of one of the most exciting feminist figures…
Marquise d’–Sandy cream peach (Lustre) (Limited Edition) (Repromote from Brunette, Blonde, Redhead ’09)
Russian Red—Intense bluish-red (Matte) (Permanent)
Spitfire—Bright creamy magenta (Satin) (Limited Edition)
Heroine—Brown bronze (Frost) (Limited Edition)
Emancipation—Pale neutral pink (Limited Edition)
Wonder Woman—Bright red with soft pearl (Limited Edition)
Athena’s Kiss—Bright blue fuchsia (Limited Edition)
Secret Identity—Mid-tone copper with soft pearl (Limited Edition)
Obey Me—True red (Limited Edition)
Spirit of Truth—Navy blue (Limited Edition)
Victorious—Purple (Limited Edition)
Army of Amazons—Green (Limited Edition)
Themyscira—Blue (Limited Edition)
Penultimate Eye Liner
Rapidblack—True black (Permanent)
Defiance Eyeshadow Quad
Defiance—Iridescent white pink (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)
Paradise Island—Soft warm pink (Satin) (Limited Edition)
Star Studded—Mid-tone violet pink (Satin) (Limited Edition)
Real Drama—Dark burgundy with pink pearl (Satin) (Limited Edition)
Lady Justice Eyeshadow Quad
Lady Justice—Bright silver with white pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
Insurmountable—Dirty blue grey (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)
Bold Babe—Deep metal blue with white pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
Deep Truth—True dark blue (Frost) (Permanent)
Valiant Eyeshadow Quad
Valiant—Light lime with yellow pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
Spinning Transformation—Deep olive bronze with yellow pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
Diana Undercover—Dark forest green (Satin) (Limited Edition)
Manila Paper—Pale frost white gold (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition) (Repromote from Spring Colour Forecast ’10)
Reflects Pearl—White glitter with pearl sheen (Glitter) (Permanent at PRO)
Reflects Bronze—Sparkling rich gold (Glitter) (Permanent at PRO)
Bright Fuchsia—Bright magenta (Permanent)
Marine Ultra—Vivid marine blue (Permanent at PRO)
Mighty Aphrodite—Warm peach coral with gold pearl/Bright coral pink with gold pearl (Satin/Frost) (Limited Edition)
Amazon Princess—Bright yellow pink/Deep blue pink with gold pearl (Satin/Satin) (Limited Edition)
Pink Power—Peachy rose with pink shimmer/Soft rosy bronze/Soft shell pink with fine shimmer (Limited Edition)
Golden Lariat—True coral with fine gold shimmer/Soft suntanned bronze/Soft gold with fine shimmer (Limited Edition)
Wonder Woman Makeup Bag
Wonder Woman—Red (Limited Edition)
Bulletproof—Blue (Limited Edition)
Utility Belt Eye Brush Set (Limited Edition)
Includes 224SE, 213SE, and 194SE
Utility Belt Face Brush Set (Limited Edition)
Includes 129SE, 109SE, and 190SE
Wonder Woman T (Online Exclusive) (Limited Edition)
Invincible Mirror (Online Exclusive) (Limited Edition)
MAC: Lightfully Bright Collection
Release Date: February 2011 (online exclusive)
MAC has a new collection that is keeping things light for the Spring. The Lightfully Bright Collection is primarily a skin care launch with just a bit of color from four limited edition Lipglass colors.
While I am usually into skin care and love to pamper my face, I am not that excited about these skin care products. What’s going to be different about them? When I read about this skin care line, I just think about the money it will cost. The skin care products are all limited edition as well so for me personally, if I were to try something and really like it, I’d be bummed out that I couldn’t get more of it in the coming months. I prefer to just find my favorite skin care products knowing they will be around in months to come.
I am intrigued by the Lipglasses in this collection. I get really excited for spring to get here when I see colors like these. I want to try Outer Space. It is a white with pink pearl in it; Although, I may have to work on my tan before I can truly pull off the color. I also want to try the Astro Cool Lipglass. I think the light lavender with pink pearl sounds really feminine and pretty.
This collection is only available online here in the United States. It you want to buy it in MAC stores, you’ll have to travel to Asia.
Outer Space—White with pink pearl (Limited Edition)
Astro Cool—Light lavender with pink pearl (Limited Edition)
Atmospheric—Pink with blue pearl (Limited Edition)
Ethereal—Pale blue with pink pearl (Limited Edition)
Lightful Deep Ultramoisture Creme
A lightweight, gel-like cream. Provides a moisture-locking barrier for long-lasting protection. Instantly hydrates the skin for a smoother skin surface, and helps it look more luminous over time.
Lightful Active Softening Lotion
Hydrating, water-based lotion. Absorbed quickly into skin. Immediately infuses depleted skin with moisture. Leaves it feeling refreshed, soothed and soft with a more even-toned look.
Lightful Foaming Creme Cleanser
Soothing whipped creamy mousse cleanses and rebalances skin. Rinses quickly. Leaving skin feeling clean and comfortable…never stripped or dehydrated.
Lightful Charged Essence”>Lightful Charged Essence
Concentrated, lightweight, gel-like essence. Absorbed quickly into the skin. Helps it look and feel smoother, softer, brighter and more resilient.
MAC: Finally Flawless Collection
Release Date: January 13th, 2011
International Release Date: January 2011
MAC is all about helping us be the most beautiful we can be. Their collection Finally Flawless is no exception. This collection is a small one offering a Mineralize Foundation and a brush.
I love when I get reminders that beauty starts with the basics—if you have a great foundation that allows your skin to look smooth and beautiful, everything else is just icing on the the cake.
This foundation is unique in that it uses a blend of minerals and water. Since our skin is made up almost entirely of minerals and water, the foundation is helping to put back into our skin what everyday life takes out. It has a nourishing effect on the skin. It helps to reduce the appearance of pores and other skin blemishes because it moisturizes so well avoiding the flaky effect as well. It is also a gel based foundation which makes it ideal for normal to dry skin.
Makeup artist love this product. It was used in the Spring/Summer 2010 fashion shows of; BCBG, Carolina Herrera and Baby Phat. But you don’t have to be a model to enjoy the benefits of this product. It is great for any woman who wants to look her best at the office or throughout the evening. It is long lasting up to eight hours which makes this a dream for anyone who is on the go constantly needing to look their best.
The collection offers brush 130 for help in application. The brush can help you get a smooth application especially around the eyes where your skin is most delicate. Neither the brush nor the foundation are new to MAC. This collection is a relaunch of Mineralize Foundation SPF 15. The foundation is permanent to the MAC products.
Mineralize Foundation SPF 15 has the exclusive formula – micronized and coated pigments improve blendability, maintain colour purity with SPF 15, and our liquid mineral ferment complex adds nutrients. Light diffusing optics minimize the visibility of imperfections – FINALLY Flawless!
Mineralize Foundation SPF 15
Available in: NC15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 37, 40, 42, 44, 45, 50, 55; NW15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 43, 45, 47, 50, 55.
130 Short Duo Fibre Brush
A short, round, flat-topped brush ideal for the smooth, easy application of foundations, creams, emulsions, and select powder products. Features a blend of natural bristles and synthetic fibers.
MAC: Peacocky Collection
Release Date: January 6th, 2011
International: February, 2011
We fetishize the exotic peacock as a symbol of extreme beauty, raging against everything simplistic. New Kissable Lipcolour combines full flash with creamy comfort. Mega Metal Shadow gleams like chrome – yet is creamy, crease-resistant, with vitamin-fortified flexibility. Dramatic doesn’t begin to begin to describe the girl who knows she’s Peacocky.
Spring isn’t quite here yet, but that shouldn’t stop any of us from flaunting our beauty with a little help from the MAC Peacocky collection. I love the imagery of the collection name. Peacocks are beautiful and bold. They know what they want, but they don’t chase after it. They make what they want come to them simply by displaying their beauty.
MAC’s Peacocky Collection offers two limited edition products, Kissable Lipcolour and Mega Metal Shadow. The eyes and the lips are my two favorite features to enhance and MAC seems to help us all do it so well. I do wish this collection included a brush or two for application of the Mega Metal Shadow. Any time there is a new eye product, I am never quite sure which brush will work best. I guess experimentation is the way to go.
The shadow appears to be a powder, but with a texture that is creamy and smooth so you don’t see creases. I am curious to know if it is truly crease-resistant and what the texture of the Mega Metal Shadow is overall. Another thing to note is that the Mega Metal Shadows come with more product, containing .11 oz. The regular eye shadows MAC offers contain .5 oz. The Mega Metal shadow is more expensive than the eye shadows, but it’s not even double the price and you are getting more than double the amount of product.
The Kissable Lipcolour looks interesting as well. Anything with the word kissable in the title tends to intrigue me. They are all vanilla scented which is one of my favorite scents. So for me, that is another plus. The product is supposed to go on with the ease of a lipgloss, but have the finish and strength of a creamy rich lipstick.
I tend to buy lipgloss more often than lipstick because I like the application process better so I am excited to try this product. There are definitely those times that you want the finish look of a lipstick. I often feel more like a flirty little girl with lipgloss, but lipstick makes me feel like I am ready to do business in the boardroom. If this product can offer me both feelings, I will be sold.
I am most intrigued by the Kissable Lipcolour Vanity Fair. I am not sure if I will actually like it, but I am curious to know how a color can be a midtone blue pink. I don’t usually wear blue on my lips, but I do usually wear pinks so I want to know what this color will look like on. We all know that not every color looks the same on everyone. What are the colors you want to see on you?
If you are in the mood to treat your eyes and your lips to a little something new this winter, check out the full list of products included in the Peacocky Collection.
Enchantee – light blue pink (Limited Edition)
Exxxhibitionist – redtoned coral (Limited Edition)
Flaunting it – grey mauve (Limited Edition)
Love peck – blackened blood red (Limited Edition)
Peacocky – sky blue with red pearlized pigments, (Limited Edition)
Scandelicious – blue fuchsia (Limited Edition)
So vain – muted midtone coral, (Limited Edition)
Strut your stuff – bright rue red (Limited Edition)
Super – muted neutral brown (Limited Edition)
Temper tantra – midtone reddish brown (Limited Edition)
Vanity fair – midtone blue pink (Limited Edition)
Woo me – light pinky nude (Limited Edition)
Centre stage – frosted chocolate brown (Limited Edition)
Dalliance – light champagne (Limited Edition)
Dandizette – navy with silver pearlized pigments (Limited Edition)
Ego – forest green (Limited Edition)
Mating call – midtone frosted violet (Limited Edition)
Noir plum – true purple with silver pearlized pigments (Limited Edition)
Odalisque – deep teal (Limited Edition)
Paparazzi – she-deep copper bronze (Limited Edition)
Peek-at you – frosted yellow white (Limited Edition)
Prance – frosted mauve pearl (Limited Edition)
Top of the posh – frosted white pink (Limited Edition)
Tweet me – gold bronze (Limited Edition)
Sexpectations – metallic burgandy (Limited Edition)
Spectacle of yourself – deep bronze (Limited Edition)
Unflappable – frosted black with purple pearlized pigments (Limited Edition)
MAC & Mickey Contractor Collection
Release Date: January 6th, 2011
As M·A·C’s Director of Makeup Artistry for India, Mickey has mentored Artists around the world. This collection of his musts is about natural skin and total performance. Foundation, Concealer, goddess-gorgeous eye shades and his favorite brushes to star in your own Bollywood hit.
Mickey Contractor is the Director of Makeup Artistry for MAC Cosmetics in India. He is known for his exquisite eye and beautiful taste. Have you ever seen how beautiful the makeup is on the Bollywood movie stars? Mickey Contractor has been the makeup artist for many of the famous who can be seen in the Bollywood spotlight. MAC has teamed up with his genius to bring us the MAC & Mickey Contractor Collection.
Why is it if something is harder to get, I just want it more? Please tell me I am not alone in this. The MAC & Mickey Contractor collection is a limited in-store launch. At this point, it looks like only 22 of MAC’s top stores will be carrying the collection.
Some of the collection is a little bit disappointing to me in that there are a lot of repromotes. I am always more curious to see what MAC is coming out with that is new. It is okay to have one or two repromotes in a large collection, but I feel like this one has just a few too many. That being said, there is one repromote I am very excited for.
I love the Prep + Prime Finishing Powder. It gives the skin such a great glow with an overall finished look. I especially like to wear it on days when I don’t wear as much makeup. It can just give the clean, smooth, youthful look all over. I have seen several reviews that state it is not the best for someone with sensitive skin so that is definitely something to take into consideration if you think you might want this product.
The colors and eyeshadows have quite a bit of new material with some permanents intermixed. The eyeshadow quad does look like something I’d like to have in my makeup bag. The colors are the typical colors I would use, but you can tell that when used together, the four colors work really well to compliment one another.
Overall, I think the collection has a lot to offer, but I feel it lacking. I don’t even know what exactly I was hoping for, just more when it comes to the combined genius of Mickey Contractor and MAC. What catches your eye about this collection? Did you want more or is it just what you expected from the notorious Mickey Contractor and MAC?
Gulabi—Bright fuchsia (Amplified) (Limited Edition)
Mehr—Dirty blue pink (Matte) (Limited Edition)
Mocha—Peachy yellow-brown (Satin) (Permanent)
Yash—Deep neutral (Matte) (Limited Edition)
Flesh—Dirty nude brown (Frost) (Limited Edition)
Lust—Soft muted pink (Frost) (Permanent)
Marvel – Deep purple with soft pink pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
Oomph – Forest green with soft gold pearl (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)
Rani – Bright fuchsia with soft pink pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
Saffron – Deep coral caramel (Satin) (Limited Edition)
Eyeshadow Quad – Athma
Carbon -Matte black (Matte) (Permanent)
Folie -Reddish-plum brown (Satin) (Permanent)
Jaan – Light neutral with soft gold pearl (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
Vivah – Brown with gold pearl (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
Ivy – Bright green (Frost) (Limited Edition)
Siahi – Deep turquoise blue (Frost) (Limited Edition)
Gana—Bright white gold (Frost) (Limited Edition)
Sur—Dirty rose brown (Satin) (Limited Edition)
NC41 (Limited Edition)
NC43.5 (Limited Edition)
NC44.5 (Limited Edition)
NC23 (Limited Edition)
NC43 (Limited Edition)
NC44 (Limited Edition)
NC45.5 (Limited Edition)
Moisturecover Double-End Concealer
Coral Corrector/Yellow Corrector (Limited Edition)
Prep+Prime Transparent Finishing Powder (Permanent)
116 Blush Brush (Permanent)
219 Pencil Brush (Permanent)
239 Eye Shader (Permanent)
MAC: False Lashes Mascara Collection
Release Date: December 26, 2010
False Lashes Mascara adds dramatic volume, the rich, creamy, volumizing formula magnifies and multiplies the look of each lash, creating dramatically thick, long, curled, exaggerated lashes. The lush brush applies a deluxe dose of heavy pigment to the lashes and works in combination with the product to create incredible volume, length and density. The pigments in the formula are treated to allow for maximum colour payoff that remains true, deep, uniform and wears all day long. It’s flake- and smudge-resistant, ophth-tested and safe for contact wearers.
The MAC False Lashes Mascara collection marks the release of the latest in a string of new mascaras released by MAC. Despite all the success MAC Cosmetics has had in the realm of lip and eye products, they are still chasing that elusive wonder formula that will truly put their name on the mascara road map. MAC’s mascara history is mostly full of misses, although their most recent effort, Opulash, showed some big steps in the right direction.
With False Lashes mascara, it looks like MAC is continuing an upward trend when it comes to mascara. This mascara aims to give you the look of false lashes without the hassle of applying them and keeping them in place. It boasts the typical mascara claims- namely fuller and longer lashes. A special formula and brush are designed to work together to give the illusion of lashes that are so thick and long they almost seem fake.
One good thing about False Lashes mascara is that it doesn’t dry out your lashes the way lots of lengthening mascaras can. Despite its creamy texture, it manages to stay put all day. The brush is similar to the Opulash brush which was specially engineered to deliver mascara to each lash. The brush may take some getting used to at first but it actually does a great job of delivering mascara to your lashes.
As usual, MAC has put a lot of effort into engineering this mascara. It has been tested by ophthalmologists and it’s safe for contact lens wearers. Best of all, it doesn’t flake, which means no annoying pieces of mascara falling into your eyes. It’s not drying or irritating, which is a big plus.
So far it’s only available in black but if this formula really takes off, we might be lucky enough to see some fun shades of purple, blue, and green. The black version is highly pigmented, which adds to the effect of full, thick lashes. It’s a great starting point and definitely one of MAC’s better mascaras so hopefully they will branch out and expand their False Lashes Mascara range beyond just the basic black.
False Lashes Mascara – $18.00 US/$21.00 CDN
* False Black – Black
MAC: Cham Pale Collection
Release Date: December 26, 2010
MAC’s new Cham Pale collection draws on flutes of crisp, bubbly champagne for its inspiration. Think of shimmering shades of beige, gold, lavender and pink and you won’t be too far off. After the bold, dark colors of the holidays, this collection- to be released December 26- offers a welcome contrast with its muted colors.
Perhaps the most coveted item in this collection is the Caviar Dreams Eyeshadow Quad. This quad features some colors we’ve seen before such as Et Tu, Bouquet? from A Rose Romance and the MAC classics Brule and Retrospeck. These shades are combined with the new frosted silver Caviar Dreams to create a palette of complementary shades that work together to create subtle beauty on your eyelids.
MAC is listening to the demands of their loyal fans and releasing some new lipgelees with this collection. Lipgelees are popular for their light consistency and squeeze tube application. Of the three sparkly shades, Bubble Lounge is a real standout for its peachy-pink shimmer as well as its fun name. Luxure is a pink-white gloss that gives lips a pearlized look rather than relying on shimmer. Frosty lipsticks like the soft bronze shade Flustered are perfect alone for a muted look or for sheering out deeper shades.
There is a new product called Special Reserve Highlight Powder that adds a noticeable shimmer to skin that’s not too over-the-top. There is also a new skincare product called Complete Comfort Creme that uses botanical ingredients to help even out skin tone and add moisture. Kukui nut oil, wheat germ, and algae extracts are just a few of the ingredients in this dermatologist-tested lotion geared toward reducing redness and softening skin.
MAC is also adding lavender to some of its more popular products such as Fix+ and Lip Conditioner for Cham Pale. They are also releasing a limited edition lavender tinted lip conditioner for the occasion. The beige Calm Mode tinted lip conditioner is sure to satisfy fans of neutral lips. And it’s certainly worth mentioning that there are several very muted paint pots in this collection as well as a repromote of the ever-popular true black Feline Kohl Power. Cham Pale gives makeup fans something to look forward to after Christmas.
MAC: Stylishly Yours Collection
Release Date: December 26, 2010
Just in time for New Year’s, MAC is coming out with a colorful collection called Stylishly Yours. The bright and deep shades in this collection are a stark contrast to the muted pale colors in Cham Pale, also released on the same day. This collection is anything but timid with a bright orange lipstick and a magenta cream colour base.
Finally MAC has come out with some Fluidlines that fans can really get excited about. Fluidline gel eyeliners are a great product because you can wear them so many different ways and they stay in place very well in the eye area. However, MAC hasn’t been releasing a lot of new shades for some reason. Fluidline fans can breathe a sigh of relief with the advent of Dark Diversion. This is a plummy black shade that is universally flattering but it is especially nice on green eyes.
Several new pigments have made their way into Stylishly Yours. These shades are not for the faint of heart. New Fixation is a frosty fuschia red. It’s more the sort of shade you would expect in a nail polish. Follow Your Fancy is a pearly bright coral color that seems to work best on the cheeks. Perhaps the most accessible of the three new pigments is Madly Personal. It’s a very bright pink but it could easily be made more wearable by blending in a bit of Fairylite or another neutral pigment.
The lipsticks in this collection are the real headline-grabbers here because they are colors that definitely get noticed. Neon Orange Amplified Cream certainly lives up to its name. The bright violet Style Curve has a commanding presence that is only slightly tamed by its soft Cremesheen texture. The blue-based bright pink Something New is like the new pigment Madly Personal for the lips. These bright pink shades are particularly fun at the time of year this collection is being released- New Year’s.
Two new limited edition Cream Colour Bases are also part of Stylishly Yours. Keeping up the bright pink theme is Tickle Me Pink, which is as fun to wear as the name implies. The blue-red Movie Star isn’t a color that suits everyone but if you can pull it off, it’s absolutely stunning. If the muted shades of Cham Pale aren’t for you, you are certain to find something more suitable in this collection.
MAC: A Tartan Tale Collection
Release Date: October 28, 2010
A Tartan Tale is part of MAC’s upcoming holiday collection. MAC is keeping the details under tight wraps but it looks like it’s going to be a pretty memorable release. The theme here is tartan plaid and the promotional materials feature a redheaded model decked out in red, green, and blue plaid. Hopefully MAC will incorporate this theme into the packaging since MAC tends to get creative with holiday packaging.
This collection will be divided into two mini-collections called Chapter 1 and Chapter 2. Some of the product names have already been released. You can see the Scottish influence as you peruse the list. For example, a lipstick called Faerie Glen and a blush named My Highland Honey both call to mind the Scottish countryside.
The two blushes in this collection will complement fair skin nicely. Her Blooming Cheek is a very bright pink that gives a healthy flush to cheeks. My Highland Honey is a more subtle choice for those who want a honey-toned glow.
MAC Pigment fans will be thrilled to learn that MAC is also planning to release some new pigments with this collection. The Family Crest is a dark grey pigment packed with duochrome gold shimmer and Moonlight Night is a shimmery blackened green. There will also be a re-release of the Later pigment from Alice + Olivia.
There will be a few new Dazzleglass Creams released with this collection. Radiant Jewels and Passing Fancy are just a few of the new Dazzleglass Creams in store for A Tartan Tale. There will also be several new lipsticks. Details are still unknown but it’s fun to imagine the possibilities with names like Courting Lilac, Full Fuchsia, Deepest Wish, and Cut a Caper.
There is plenty of inspiration for makeup when you consider the emerald green countryside and the colorful tartan plaid kilts that are such an identifiable part of Scottish culture. This should be a fun collection and there is a good chance there will be plenty of offerings to suit fair-complected girls.
MAC: Venomous Villains Collection
Release Date: September 30, 2010
From time to time, MAC collaborates with celebrities and fashion designers to come up with a special collection. From Liza Minelli to Hello Kitty, MAC is always finding an interesting twist for their makeup. After lots of speculation, now it is official: MAC is teaming up with Disney to create Venomous Villains, a collection of makeup inspired by the villainous characters in some of Disney’s most popular movies. Yes, that’s right- Disney. It may seem like an unlikely combination but think more along the lines of Cruella de Vil and Maleficent than Donald Duck and you’ll see that MAC has plenty of fodder for this collection.
One of the main draws of this collection is a new product called Magically Cool Liquid Powder. This is a powder highlighter that feels cool and refreshing on the face and appears to melt into skin and give a finish more like the kind you’d expect from a liquid. Truth and Light is the best choice for lighter skin tones with its sheer color and silvery-pink shimmer, whereas the bronzey Cajun is perfectly suited to medium to dark skin.
The Mineralize Eye Shadows in this collection are stunning. She Who Dares combines a dark green and pearlescent lime with a pearly navy blue. The two colors look great together and even better when worn in conjunction with the blackish green French Quarter Greasepaint stick.
Hot House Deep lipglass from Strange Hybrid is back. This is a surprisingly wearable blue-based raspberry gloss with a pink shimmer that gives the illusion of fuller lips. There is also a great blush called Bite of an Apple that gives cheeks a coral flush and looks particularly nice on Snow White complexions. Heartless is a bright cherry red lipstick that is really hard for most people to pull off with everyday looks but would be great if you are actually dressing as a Disney villain for Halloween.
The packaging features the various Disney villains on top of the typical black MAC packaging with a fun twist- they are making different expressions on different products! Overall it’s a fun collection with some must-have products even for non-Disney fans.