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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 caramel
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)

Nail Lacquer
Obey Me—True red (Limited Edition)
Spirit of Truth—Navy blue (Limited Edition)

Opulash Mascara
Victorious—Purple (Limited Edition)
Army of Amazons—Green (Limited Edition)
Themyscira—Blue (Limited Edition)
Black—Black (Permanent)

Penultimate Eye Liner
Rapidblack—True black (Permanent)

#48 Lash

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 Glitter
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)

Blush Duo
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)

Mineralize Skinfinish
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 & 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)

Powder Blush

Gana—Bright white gold (Frost) (Limited Edition)
Sur—Dirty rose brown (Satin) (Limited Edition)

Studio Fix Fluid Foundation

NC41 (Limited Edition)
NC43.5 (Limited Edition)
NC44.5 (Limited Edition)

Moisturecover Concealer

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)

Makeup Brushes: What to Know Before You Buy

You already know that you need to use a brush to properly apply makeup but not just any brush will do. If you have ever tried to use those sad little brushes that come inside of eye shadow or brush compacts, then you know that some brushes are better than others. Buying a cosmetics brush is not just a matter of running to the drugstore and grabbing a brush that looks like it is the right size. You need to put a bit of thought into your selection or you can end up wasting a lot of money. Here are some helpful tips for choosing cosmetics brushes.

• You should always buy the best quality makeup brushes you can afford. Yes, they can be pricey but this is one case where you really do get what you pay for. Good makeup brushes are an investment. Bad brushes need to be replaced more often and can irritate your skin.

Creative Commons License photo credit: Fufi

• Natural bristles are generally better than synthetic ones. They also cost a lot more. Natural bristles are a must for large areas of the face but if you need to save some money, you can get away with synthetic fibers for any brushes that will be used with liquids.

• Pay attention to the material of the handle. Plastic is very easy to clean, which is important when you are working with liquids. Wooden handles, on the other hand, are more elegant and traditional but it can be very difficult to get stains out and these require extra drying time after washing. It’s really a matter of personal preference.

• Consider the density of the bristles in relation to the intended purpose of the brush. Stiff, tightly-packed bristles are a must for an eyebrow shading brush but softer bristles work better for applying loose powder all over the face.

• Look at handle length. Longer handles are easier to work with whereas shorter handles travel better.

• Concealer brushes can be synthetic if you are using them for liquid or cream concealer. Look for a small brush with a tapered round tip for covering blemishes and a flat, tapered square head for covering dark circles under the eyes.

• A good blush brush will be significantly larger than those that are usually included in the packaging of most blushes, yet not quite as big as a powder brush. Look for soft, natural bristles with a tapered head.

• If you are new to brushes, you might want to purchase a brush set from a reputable brand. Brands like MAC and Shu Uemura are considered some of the best. If your budget is smaller, you might want to try Sonia Kashuk or Essence of Beauty. Brush sets take some of the guesswork out of brush selection and are a great way to get a collection of useful brushes together. This often works out to be cheaper than buying them individually as well.

MAC: To the Beach Collection

Release Date: May 27, 2010
International: May 2010
Asia: June 2010

MAC Cosmetics To The Beach Collection Summer 2010 Images Pictures Swatches

MAC’s To The Beach collection is filled with the sort of items you might expect to find in a summer collection – bronzes and bright colors that look great against tanned skin. Most of us find that the colors we’ve been wearing all winter just don’t look right once we start spending more time outdoors in the summer. MAC comes to the rescue once again with great selections in eye shadow, lipstick, and bronzers.

Everything in this collection features special beach-themed packaging. At first the green eyeshadow pots with white seashells outlined on the front are a bit jarring and almost look like they are not even from MAC. But these cases and the similar green blush compacts with their starfish design actually do have their charm. In fact, it’s fun to pull these out when you’re putting on your makeup and it also makes it easier to find the new summer shades among the sea of black shadow pots you probably have swimming in your makeup drawer. The Sweet & Punch shadow is a fun color that reminds me of key limes. It’s a festive shade perfect for an outdoor lunch or lounging on a boat.

The lipsticks here are perfectly suited to the theme if a bit predictable and boring. Lazy Day is the requisite blue-based pink that only the tannest among us can pull off. Beach Bound is a frosty peach shade that is great if you’re going for a nude lip look, especially if you pair it with the sparkly peach Flurry of Fun Lipglass also in this collection. The lipsticks come in orange tubes with white conch shells and the Lipglasses have orange caps emblazoned with seahorses.

Lustre Drops make a reappearance here from the Style Warrior collection. This is a multi-purpose liquid highlighter that helps you achieve a sun-kissed look. The golden bronze Sun Rush Lustre Drops are the perfect complement to a tan while the Pink Rebel Lustre Drops help give paler skin a fresh glow. Dot on with your fingers or blend into foundation or cream blush for a pearly glow. Scorcher Nail Lacquer could very well be one of the best Nail Lacquers MAC Cosmetics has ever released. It’s the perfect coral shade to paint on your toes for the beach but bright enough that you will want to confine its use only to the summertime.

The Marine Life High-Light Powder is a pressed powder highlighter that uses shades of pink, peach, bronze, and brown to transform the surface of the powder into a work of art depicting a seahorse swimming in the ocean. The design is so beautiful that you almost don’t want to use it but the powder gives such a nice glow that you don’t feel too bad about disturbing the scene.

Eyeshadow – $14.50 US/$17.50 CDN

* Firecraker – Frosted mid-tone red orange (Veluxe Pearl)
* Humid – Intense green with shimmer (Frost)
* Sand & Sun – Light peach (Matte)
* Sweet & Punchy – Bright yellow green (Veluxe Pearl)
* Shimmermoss – Green with green pearl (Veluxe Pearl)

Eye Kohl – $14.50 US/$17.50 CDN

* Float on By – Dark green turquoise
* Rosemary & Thyme – Mid-tone olive gold with shimmer

Lipstick – $14.00 US/$16.50 CDN

* Beachbound – Sheer frosted pale peach (Glaze)
* Lazy Day – Light dirty blue pink (Lustre)
* Thrills – Rosy copper with gold pearl (Frost)
* Funbathing – Mid-tone bronzed plum (Cremesheen)

Lipglass – $14.00 US/$16.50 CDN

* Easy Lounger – Light baby pink with multi-dimensional pear
* Flurry of Fun – Sheer sparkly peach
* Splashing – Mid-tone blue pink with soft gold pearl

Lip Pencil – $13.00 US/$15.50 CDN

* Life’s a Breeze – Soft pink
* Temperature Rising – Loudmouth orange

Powder Blush – $18.50 US/$22.00 CDN

* Get-Away Bronze – Mid-tone Suntan (Frost)
* Hipness – Intense coral with soft white pearl (Frost)

High-Light Powder – $26.00 US/$32.00 CDN

* Marine Life – Multicolour pressed powder

MAC Cream Bronzer – $25.00 US/$30.00 CDN

* Beach Bronze – Golden Glow with Soft Gold Finish
* Weekend – Mid-tone deep orange brown with soft pink pearl

Luster Drops – $18.50 US/$22.50 CDN

* Pink Rebel – Blue pink with gold pearl
* Sun Rush – Peachy bronze with gold pearl

Bronzing Powder – $22.00 US/$27.00 CDN

* Golden – Muted golden tan-beige with golden shimmer
* Refined Golden – Finely spun golden with soft pearl finish

Bronze Body Oil – $22.00 US/$27.00 CDN

* Glowing tan with multidimensional golden shimmer

Nail Lacquer – $12.00 US/$14.50 CDN

* In the Buff – Muted taupe avocado (Cream)
* Scorcher – Creamy bright coral red (Cream)

Makeup Bags

* MAC To The Beach Bag – $49.50 US/$59.50 CDN
Available at MAC Stores only.


Brush 130 – Short Duo Fibre – $38.00 US/$45.50 CDN
Brush 130 Short Duo Fibre Powder/Blush – $34.00 US/$41.00 CDN

MAC in Lillyland Collection

Release Date: January 7th, 2010

MAC Cosmetics MAC in Lillyland Collection

MAC in Lillyland is a Lilly Pulitzer inspired collection that features bright, bold colors reminiscent of the shades you might see on Florida socialites. The timing of this release is either odd or genius depending on how you look at it. Most of the colors scream “spring”, but then again, thoughts of spring are very uplifting in the middle of a dreary winter. These fun colors are a great way to combat the winter blues and will still get plenty of use come spring and summer.

The Pearlmatte Face Powder is one of the more interesting offerings in Lillyland. This pressed powder features a floral design with four colors that can be used alone or blended together to give a soft bronze look. It gives your skin a faint pearlish sheen without being over-the-top glimmery. The Pearlmatte Eye Shadow follows a similar concept, with separate shades of white, pink, and green in a pretty flower design that can be swirled together for a soft pearl finish or used separately. The four Lip Gelees in this collection are enhanced with pearlized glitter. The glitter can be appear prominent with a heavy application but a lighter hand can give a soft pearl finish. The glitter isn’t big or heavy enough to feel gritty on your lips. Lush & Bright is a peachy pink color that is very pigmented as far as Lipgelees go. It’s a bright coral with pink shimmer that is perfect for layering over some of your more boring shades of lipstick to help brighten them.

Cremeblend blushes are soft, creamy blushes that are perfect for drier skin. They are very easy to blend so don’t shy away from them if you’ve never used cream blush before. So Sweet, So Easy is a very muted baby pink that is perfect for very pale skin tones but way too soft to be noticeable on those with darker skin. The Joie-de-Vivre blush is perhaps the best item in the entire collection- a coral color that would look great on anyone and lends a natural flush to the cheeks.

All in all, MAC in Lillyland is a well-rounded collection that can be worn in any season so it’s definitely worth checking out.

Lipgelee ($14.00 US/$16.50 CDN)

* Lush & Bright – Bright pink yellow-coral with pink pearl (LE)
* Preppy – Blue-pink with pink pearl (LE)
* Resort Life – Off-white with pink pearl (LE)
* Shift to Pink – Light violet with silver pearl (LE)

Paint Pot ($16.50 US/$19.00 CDN)

* Bare Study – Soft beige with gold pearl (Frost) (Permanent)
* Fresco Rose – Pink with matching pearl (Frost) (Permanent)
* Rubenesque – Golden peach with gold pearl (Frost) (Permanent)

Technakohl Liner ($14.50 US/$17.00 CDN)

* Graphblack – Rich graphic black (Permanent)
* Purple Dash – Intense aubergine (Permanent)

Pearlmatte Eyeshadow ($19.50 US/$25.50 CDN)

* White, Green and Pink – Three shades in a flower pattern (LE)

Pearlmatte Face Powder ($27.50 US/$32.50 CDN)

* Neutrals – Four shades in a flower pattern (LE)

Cremeblend Blush ($18.50 U.S. / $22.00 CDN)

* Florida – Bright fuchsia (LE)
* Joie-de-Vivre – Peachy coral (LE)
* Optimistic – Orange Bright coral (LE)
* So Sweet, So Easy – Light yellow pink (LE)

Nail Lacquer ($12.00 US/$15.50 CDN)

* Coconut Ice – Light yellow peach pink (Cream) (LE)
* Steamy – Hot ‘n Steamy pink (Cream) (Permanent)


* 168 (Permanent)
* 239 (Permanent)

MAC: Magic, Mirth and Mischief! Collection

Release Date: October 15, 2009

This collection is full of fun, shimmery holiday shades. I just can’t wait for my first holiday party. With warm pinks and plums, soft sparkles and shimmery warm eyeshadow shades, I’m ready for a cozy holiday soiree already.


Magic, Mirth and Mischief is what M?A?C Holiday ’09 is made of! All the sparkle, shine and seduction you need to dazzle and delight, with holiday colour to bring out the mischievous minx in each and every one of you. Have a ball!

Shop the gorgeous holiday collection:









Put a Spell On You/Pink Lip ($36.50 U.S. / $43.50 CDN)

* Dream Mid-tone pink with intense pearlized pigments (Glaze) (Lipstick) (Limited Edition)
* Baby Sparks Pale pink with violet pearlized pigments (Dazzleglass) (Permanent)
* Dervish Low-key mauve (Lip Pencil) (Promo Size) (Permanent)

House of Mirth/Deep Lip ($36.50 U.S. / $43.50 CDN)

* Fantasia Deep rose (Lustre) (Lipstick) (Limited Edition)
* Get Rich Quick Warm yellow brown (Dazzleglass) (Permanent)
* Cedar Rich, rose-flushed brown (Lip Pencil) (Promo Size) (Permanent)

Naughty Noir/Eye ($36.50 U.S. / $43.50 CDN)

* Blacktrack Solid flat black (Fluidline) (Permanent)
* Shimmertime Soft baby pink (Pigment) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
* Zoomblack Mascara (Promo Size)
* 209SE Brush

Alakazam! Chocolate/Eye ($36.50 U.S. / $43.50 CDN)

* Rich Ground Reddened coco with frost (Fluidline) (Permanent)
* Melon Soft bright golden peach (Pigment) (Permanent) (Repromote)
* Zoomblack Mascara (Promo Size)
* 209SE Brush

Do-the-Trick Buff and Line Brush Set ($49.50 U.S. / $58.00 CDN)

* 168SE
* 187SE
* 209SE
* 219SE
* 252SE

Wave of a Wand Sweep and Define Brush Set ($49.50 U.S. / $58.00 CDN)

* 129SE
* 190SE
* 212SE
* 227SE
* 275SE

Morning, Noon, & Knight Everything Eye Brush Set ($49.50 U.S. / $58.00 CDN)

* 194SE
* 204SE
* 224SE
* 266SE
* 275SE

MAC: Grand Duos Collection

Release Date: March 12, 2009

Okay, who doesn’t want to get two things for the price of one? With MAC’s new collection, Grand Duos, they make you feel like you are getting just that; two for the price of one. Each of the Blush Duos offers two different shades with a marbleized mélange on the one half and a mono shade on the other half. With each Grand Duo, you are getting two different shades to play with.

Mineralized powders have become increasingly more popular over the past few years, but MAC has managed to take them to a whole new level. All of the colors included in this collection seem to have a metallic glint to them. But the colors do range from pinks and oranges, to coppers and golds. With the dual action of the blush shimmer powders, you can really experiment with the way the colors highlight your face.

The collection also includes brush #188. The brush has a flat top with a full circular base which allows you to apply the blush powder as heavily or light as you want. It also will help you blend the makeup as you desire so transition of the Grand Duo colors appear effortless.

I am always excited for anything that lets me add a little shimmer to my face and body. I am especially intrigued by the Earth to Earth color shades which combine purple and bronze, with yellow and brown. We’ve included the list of Blush Duos with a basic description of the colors as well as info on the brush. The collection is set the release March 12, 2009 so if we learn anything new before then, you’ll be the first to know.

Mineralization has swept the beauty nation, but MAC makes the next move with Grand duos: Mineralize blush that has a marbelized mélange on one side, and a complementary mono-shade on the other.

Soft-shimmer, super-shine pearl in a pretty tricolour veining to enhance and glorify cheekbones, followed with the pop and dimension of solid colour shimmer without an overly-frosted look. The 188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush makes the transition magnificent. A sophisticated but simple new way to get your vital minerals.


Mineralize Skinfinish Blush Duos – (LE) $22.50USD each

Earth to Earth – Purple bronze mélange / Yellow brown
Grand Duo – Copper pink mélange / Plum
Hot Planet – Copper yellow mélange / Mid-tone plum
Intenso – Orange yellow mélange / Deep brown
Light over Dark – Orange yellow mélange / Deep brown
Love Rock – Gold violet mélange / Bright blue pink
Moon River – Blue pink mélange / Pale yellow pink

#188 Brush – A flat-topped, full circular brush used for lightweight application and blending of any formula color – fluid, cream, powder or pigment. Ideal for creating soft layers or adding textures. Made from a soft blend of goat and synthetic fibers.

MAC: Well Defined (Studio Sculpt) Collection

Release Date: February 5th, 2009

What makes the topography of an interesting face so compelling? The shapes, forms and planes are often made, not born. The secrets of sculpting features, creating volumes where they were once lacking, defining areas that didn’t seem so important, all but hold the power of transformation in your hands! Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation and Studio Sculpt Concealer put infinite possibility at your fingertips! 191 Square Foundation Brush is state-of-the-art application for foundation, 195 Concealer Brush finishes with ultimate precision. Among the finest tools we have.


Have you ever wondered how models and movie stars seem to have all of their best features played up and all of their worst features played down beautifully by their makeup? Makeup artists seem to be able to create dimensions and define areas that are so important. MAC’s new collection, Well Defined, offers the tools that the artists use to create perfection.

The collection contains a new line of foundations and concealers. Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation is a new gel-based foundation. The gel based formula allows for the foundation to blend easily giving a flawless finish. It works for all skin types, but it’s supposed to be especially suited for dry, sensitive skin. My skin seems to dry out easily so I am excited to try this new foundation.

The new Studio Sculpt Concealer is also a gel based formula. It’s a full coverage concealer that won’t get too dry and crack. I hate the way a typical concealer feels by the end of the day; it seems to show every wrinkle in my skin because it’s dried up. I hope so much that this concealer delivers what it claims to. I’ve needed something like this for so long. There are plenty of colors offered so matching it to your skin should be no problem no matter what your skin tone is.

MAC recommends that for best results you apply the foundation and concealer with the proper brushes. This will allow for the flawless finish we all want. Thankfully, MAC has included brushes in the line as well. Below I’ve listed what the entire line contains. Oh my wallet might not ever forgive me after this line hits!

Studio Sculpt Concealer (it comes in a container similar in size and shape to MAC’s paint pots): NC15, NC20, NC30, NC35, NC42, NC45, NC50, NW15, NW20, NW25, NW30, NW35, NW40, NW45, NW50

Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation:
NC15, NC20, NC30, NC35, NC37, NC40, NC42, NC44, NC45, NC50, NC55, NW15, NW20, NW25, NW30, NW35, NW40, NW43, NW45, NW47, NW50, NW55

191 Foundation Brush AND 195 Concealer Brush AND Prep+Prime Skin

MAC: Brunette Blonde Redhead Collection

Release Date:
January 8, 2009

MAC has really been giving out the gifts this holiday season with all of the new collections they’ve been putting out. January 8, 2009 there is another collection set to release and this one is huge! With this collection, there is definitely something for everyone because they have specially formatted shades to go with all colors of hair. The collection is appropriately called Brunette Blonde Redhead, but for all of you out there who follow MAC releases religiously, you will recognize the collection as one that originally was called Hair. Can we just say that we like the name they went with so much better than Hair. Anyhow, the collection offers personalized palettes to make and create whatever look you wish for.

Like I said, this collection is a big one. There is something for the eyes, cheeks, lips, skin, and even brow. In each of these venues, there are colors for Brunettes, Blondes, and Redheads. The funny thing is, I find myself feeling much like I did in kindergarten; I don’t want to color in the lines. I want to break the rules and try colors that weren’t necessarily designed for my hair color. I just might have to do it. I am not a redhead, but the colors for redheads are so enticing. I especially like the lipstick color Blowdry. It’s such a feminine color.

The collection also offers three all new brushes. Since they are brand new brushes, I am definitely intrigued and can’t wait to check them out more closely when released. The 214 Brush allegedly will become permanent at MAC stores.

I think the thing I especially like about this collection is how basic it is to match up colors with what works best with your look. For those of us who aren’t great at identifying what’s going to look best with our tone and hair color, we thank you MAC from the bottom of our hearts. There really are so many things offered in this collection I could probably go on forever, but I will spare you all and just list the full collection below.

All’s Fair (Blonde) – Light purple pink (Lustre)
B-Babe (Blonde) – Rich pink (Frost)
Blow Dry (Redhead) – Pink coral (Lustre)
Chignon (Brunette) – Red plum (Glaze)
Marquise d’ (Redhead) – Sandy cream peach (Lustre)
What A Do! (Brunette) – Neutral pink coral (Frost)

Live and Dye (Redhead) – Cool pink
Peroxide (Blonde) – White pink
Quick Tease (Brunette) – Red purple
Red Devil (Redhead) – Coral orange
Soft Wave (Brunette) – Tan bronze
Strawberry Blonde (Blonde) – Deep pink red

Deep Shade (Brunette) – Dusty blue (Frost)
Henna (Brunette) – Dark gold (Veluxe Pearl)
Femme-Fi (Brunette) – Frosty golden cream (Veluxe Pearl)
Flip (Redhead) – Bronze gold (Frost)
French Cuff (Redhead) – Burgundy purple (Lustre)
100 Strokes (Redhead) – Ice pink (Frost)
Pincurl (Blonde) – Dusty white (Frost)
Knight (Blonde) – Dark grey (Veluxe Pearl)
Top Knot (Blonde) – Deep black purple (Velvet)

Brow Set
Clear (Blonde) – Colour free
Girl Boy (Redhead) – Fawned over blondette
Show Off (Brunette) – Full-bodied brown

Eye Kohl
Phone Number (Blonde) – Smudgy charcoal
Smolder (Brunette) – Intense black
Teddy (Redhead) – Dark-eyed bronze

Mineralize Skinfinish
Blonde – Soft pink to rose degrade
Brunette – Soft coral to copper bronze degrade
Redhead – Gold to salmon pink degrade

165 Brush – Tapered cheek, highlight brush (LE)
214 Brush – Short shader brush (MAC stores only)
226 Brush – Small tapered blending brush (LE)

MAC: Charming Garnet Collection

Release Date:
November 26, 2008

MAC’s new collection Charming Garnet: Glamour Basics is a definite must-have this holiday season. The collection starts out with a wallet sized makeup bag that zips around to close. It is wine colored decorated with two reddish-orange stripes. As if the bag isn’t cute enough, it’s the goodies in the bag that have me all excited. It includes an iridescent powder in Belighful and a Slimshine lipcolour in Bare. The pressed face powder will highlight the skin subtly. It can be used with a foundation or even on its own. You can even mix it with moisturizers or foundations to give them an iridescent look. How cool is that? Both of these items are regular sized, which alone would make this collection a great deal. But it includes more.

Charming Garnet also comes with a mini Zoom Lash Mascara in Zoomblack and an 181SE Mini Buffer Brush. Even though the Buffer Brush is a smaller version of the regular sized brush, I think it will work just as well and it will also be easy to take with you for touch ups. The Buffer Brush has received rave reviews from so many people so I can’t wait to try it out. Usually, the regular sized buffer brush is $30 and since the whole collection is priced at $40, so it’s a great deal.

This is a MAC store exclusive so you’ll have to buy it online or go to your nearest MAC store to find it. The collection includes the following products:
• Iridescent Pressed Powder in ‘Belightful': Gilded Peach Bronze
• Slimshine Lipstick in ‘Bare': Light neutral pink with subtle gold pearl (Frost)
• Zoomlash Mascara in ‘Zoomblack’ (Promotional size)
• #181SE – Mini Buffer Brush – Compact-sized buffer brush with a dome-shaped, natural bristle head. Feels luxuriously soft on the skin. Deposits blush, flawlessly blends to provide a soft, even distribution of colour. (This is not a permanent brush)

MAC: Enchanting Vermillion Collection

Release Date:
November 27, 2008

MAC’s newest collection, Enchanting Vermillion is being released just in time for the upcoming huge shopping weekend! The collection includes 5 basic brushes necessary for everyday makeup application. THANK YOU MAC for always providing us with fantastic makeup application brushes. Have you ever tried to apply your makeup with a low quality brush? I have, and it’s not something I ever want to experience again. A good makeup brush is the key to proper application and a fantastic looking finish.
The five brushes come in a medium-sized red-orange canister with wine satin stripes. The professional brushes will stand out from others with their red gloss handles complete with black M?A?C logo. I have to admit, the look of these brushes is simply sharp. I am especially excited about brush #266 one of MAC’s Small Angle Brushes. This brush will be perfect for when I want to use my eye shadow as an eye liner. It will help me create the distinct line as thin or thick as I want to. I do love a good brush.
This chic little kit is a Nordstrom exclusive and is priced at $40.

Enchanting Vermillion: 5 Basic Brush Set contains:
• #129SE – Powder/Blush Brush: All-purpose for blush or face powder. This brush is particularly good for blush application.
• #219SE – Pencil Brush: For precision shading on lid, in eye crease or along lash line. The soft, smooth fibers of this brush are gathered into a pencil-shaped tip. It is ideal for blending eyeliner into eye shadow to create a smoky looking eye
• #239SE – Eye Shading Brush: Soft and dense to shade or blend eye shadow or emollient-based products. This brush has a tapered, rounded edge with smooth, firm, fine fibers. It can be used to build intense colour on the eyelid
• #266SE – Small Angle Brush: For creating sharp, precise lines. This brush has fibers which are carefully arranged to form a perfect angle
• #316SE – Lip Brush (Covered): For controlled lipstick or eye liner application and comes with a metal cover. This brush has small, flat, firm fibers and a tapered tip.

MAC Enchanting Vermillion